I have a love hate relationship with styled shoots recently. I feel like the wedding blogging scene has become a BIT inundated with them and I also feel like EVERY vendor and their brother is now getting together to do a “styled shoot” that only end up resulting in neither new nor inspiring images. The over-abundance of styled shoots almost instantly kill “trends” before they even really become trends (and we all know how I feel about that word, trend). But enough ranting about styled shoots, since my whole point was to introduce today’s blog post which is … you guessed it … a styled shoot! (oh the irony)

But here’s the catch – this one is actually different! It’s truly unique and the details are exquisite and the theme is concise (but not forced) and the best part is that it actually makes sense. The vendors took a theme and applied it to a styled shoot that could ACTUALLY work for a real wedding! The theme incorporated a song (Dave Matthews Band’s “You & Me” – a fab wedding song) AND the couple’s love story, to create a styled shoot that was yes, styled, but also inspiring and applicable to a real wedding. They also created details that the couple could actually re-use as art in their home after the wedding! What a novel idea!

Ok, enough from me, let’s get to this awesome inspiration from  Lovato Images221 by Viv {Wedding & Event Design} and a whole other bunch of awesome vendors below!

Artistic, Music Festival Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot Based on “You & Me” Song

artistic wedding based on song music


Photographer:  Lovato Images | Event Designer: 221 by Viv {Wedding & Event Design} | Heirlooms and extras: Commemory Fine Art | Makeup Artist:Courtney Nicolle Hair & Makeup | Equipment Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Personal Stylist: Mcgregorgirl Vintage Fashion | Cinema and Video: Mission Visual | Bakery: Pearly Sweets | Floral Designer: The Pink Daffodil | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

From the photographer:

Last year several [very talented] wedding artists and professionals got together to create. We started with a simple idea, a music festival inspired wedding, and it blossomed beautifully from there. Each artist contributed their own perception of the vision and together we created a dreamy love story with personal symbolism, vintage texture, soft and muted spring colors and layers of all kinds of energy. I think it’s important to collaborate with other artists to engage and develop one’s own creativity. I know I could have never come up with this amazingness on my own. It was a team effort in every sense of the term.

blue orange artistic wedding invitation suite

On the musical festival, turned wedding song theme:

So many couples have an emotional connection to music and the bands and songs they share in common with their own love story. This styled shoot is inspired by the Dave Matthews Band album ‘Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King.’ On the album is the song ‘You & Me,’ a romantic song that many couples choose as the first dance at their wedding.

Each decor element was carefully selected, drawing from the illustrative design of the album cover and each vignette communicates meaningful messages. The floral design is simply stunning and the furniture and rentals play a huge part of the story telling as well. Artist Beth Thomas of Commemory Art painted many of the wedding details that are keepsakes for the couple to take home and use in their home decor. I’m a collector, so that’s totally my kinda event design!

polka dot birdcage veil

orange tie groom

unique alternative wedding dress

I love love love the combos of oranges and blues in this shoot!

eclectic blue orange funky wedding

Click inside to see SO MUCH MORE from this musical festival styled shoot! Including an ombre wedding cake, a dessert spread in a wheelbarrow, and a ‘behind the scenes’ video from Mission Visual!

artistic wedding based on song music

eclectic music festival wedding

orange blue eclectic wedding flowers

personalized musical festival themed wedding

mixed paper and real flowers wedding

music festival themed wedding details

eclectic outdoor wedding ceremony

ombre wedding cake

Love this ombre wedding cake – with a SURPRISE inside!

ombre wedding cake blue inside

personalized musical festival themed wedding

A wheelbarrow dessert “table” and an accordion on the side? This is awesome:

unique dessert display in wheelbarrel

personalized musical festival themed wedding

unique escort card gift tags

personalized musical festival themed wedding

So this is such a steal-worthy idea! Create some sort of personalized decor for your wedding decorations – and then hang it in your home after! Such a great, reusable wedding decor idea!

personalized musical festival themed wedding

personalized musical festival themed wedding

And now the awesome behind the scenes video!!! Thanks again to all the awesome vendors that contributed to make this really rad styled shoot. Happy Friday Romancers, enjoy your weekend!

DMB ShootFinal from Mission Visual on Vimeo.



  1. This is a cute shoot and well done with the vendors involved. What will be the next evolution in wedding receptions beyond living room furniture outdoors, I wonder. Excited to see what the future holds.

  2. Thank you for the feature! The good thing about styled shoots is getting truly different and inspirational ideas ‘out there’ – thank you for helping us do just that. It’s such a joy to give couples personal artwork as decor for their wedding that becomes an everlasting memory forever in their home.

  3. trying not to sound partial, but this shoot is SO me. i’m such a music lover and would LOVE a wedding created like this, from an artist or song or lyrical story i love. so perfect.

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