Ocean House Shoot is on Style Me Pretty!!!

I am so honored and excited that my first editorial shoot made the cover of Style Me Pretty! I did this fabulous shoot in May 2010 at the palatial Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island and it has been so hard not to share these photos until now. It is also hard to narrow down the ones to share, but I will do my best.

Table Kiss

The shoot was part of an inspiring workshop called Collaborate and Create that was put on by the super talented Carla Ten Eyck of Carla Ten Eyck Photography and Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events. This workshop was unique, as it paired a photographer and an event coordinator to stage the shoot, with the Ocean House as the backdrop as they prepared for their grand opening, just days after we left. Pretty cool, especially as I got to work directly with Candice.

So off I headed to Watch Hill in May. It is special to see a venue that is certain to become a preferred destination for brides and grooms once the word gets out of what a spectacular resort they have “re”-crafted.
Ocean House, Watch Hill RI

Having never done an editorial shoot before, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. I had taken Carla’s incredible workshops in Hartford, CT, and was eager to showcase the skills I had garnered. The team included Tony Palmieri of Datura, a Modern Garden; Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore; Dana Bartone of Dana Bartone & Co; and Nichole Trembley Michel of Coral Pheasant and of course, expert guidance from Carla and Candice. I felt like I’d been selected for the All-Star team.

First off, here are some behind the scenes shots that shows all the effort and collaboration necessary for a successful shoot.

Here’s Beth getting the dress ready, Tony hard at work creating another floral masterpiece, and Candice, Nichole, and Diana of Jubilee Events getting the table all set. The table was just magnificent, and the colors were incredible. They just popped right before your eyes!

Beth Chapman

Tony at work

Candace - Table

While most of the team was working outside on the table, Dana did her magic on the beautiful Amanda Craig, and Dapper Dan was hard at work mastering the art of tying the Vinyard Vines Bow Tie. Practice makes perfect.

Dana - Amanda

Bow Tie 101

Bow Tie 2

Well, almost… Note the direction of the horses! Second attempt… perfection. Looking great Dan!

Bow Tie Upside downBow Tie 4

No wonder Carla calls you Dapper Dan!

Dapper Dan - 1

Dapper Dan - 2

So now that the prep is done, here are some of my favorite images of the magnificent table that Candice, Tony and team put together. It was spectacular.

Flowers - 1

Flowers - 2

Flowers - 3

I love the colors of the flowers and the way the color of the chairs popped.

Table - 1

Table - 2

Place setting

Here I shot the table from a different perspective, with the Ocean House porch in the background, and Carla surveys the table looking for another interesting shot.

Carla - Table

Table - Porch view

Candice snags a moment to enjoy the Ocean House view…

Candace - Table Set

The masterful Tony created the most incredible chandelier, which you saw in my opening shot. Here’s Tony and fellow workshop participant Danny Kash giving a helping hand to hold the chandelier in place.

Tony & Danny

Amanda and Dan having some fun, flirting around the table.

Amanda - Hands-Ring

Amanda & Dan - Table

Amanda & Dan - Table 2

Amanda & Dan - Table - Seated

The old fashioned Coke bottles seemed to fit the mood of this shoot. What do you think?

Coke vertical

Coke horizontal

Here are a few more detail shots from the day… Tony’s beautiful bouquet…


…Nichole’s elegant paper work….


Place Card

… and beautiful cakes from ToriaDolce Fine Desserts and Wedding Cakes.

Cake 2

Red Cake

It was fun to be able to photograph Amanda’s new engagement ring from Dan! Nice when life imitates art~


Loved these Hey Lady shoes…


… and here’s one of my favorite shots from the day!

Shoes - railing v2

Dana provides some quick touching-up.

Dana - touch-ups 2>

A new twist on reading… or flirting… or, well you decide!

Book - 1

Book - 2

Book - 3

Book - 4

Book - 5

Hey Beth, interested in second shooting?

Beth - Camera

OK, back to Amanda & Dan…

Amanda & Dan - Jubilee Events banner

Sitting - Waist down

Wow! Isn’t Amanda just stunning!

Eyelashes v2

Looking up

Amanda - waist up

What a gorgeous bouquet Tony!

Amanda - Bouquet neck down

Amanda - vertical 1

Amanda - vert 2

Amanda - vert 3

Amanda and Dan you are a great couple and so much fun to work with. Congratulations on your engagement!

Amanda & Dan vert kiss

Thank you everyone for an amazing experience that I will never forget!

Planning & Design: Jubilee Events / Photography: Carla Ten Eyck & Crane Song Photography / Floral Design: Datura: A Modern Garden / Fashion Styling & Accessories: The White Dress by the Shore / Gown: Amy Kuschel / Jewels: Coral Pheasant / Cake: ToriaDolce Fine Desserts & Wedding Cakes / Scones: Victorian House Scones / Rentals: Rentals Unlimited / Ring Bowl: Paloma’s Nest / Shoes: Hey Lady / Seersucker Suit: J.Crew / Bow Tie: Vineyard Vines / Beauty: Dana Bartone

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  1. Posted January 25, 2011 at 1:45 pm by Sara France | Permalink

    Looks awesome! Love the colors and the feel. Awesome stuff!

  2. Posted January 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm by Candice | Permalink

    Wonderful job Hildi! You should be so proud of the amazing work you did and the gorgeous images you captured. Thank you for working so hard and delivering such great images for all the talents involved. I loved reading about this from your perspective!!! :)

    Much success in the next amazing project you work on!


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