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This luxe styled shoot, brought to us by Erin Padgett Events, is full of rich color, exotic florals and adorable critters! Here’s Erin to tell us more:

There is something about animals that bring a smile to your face and makes you happy. More and more people are using their personal pets as part of their wedding and we wanted to expand on that concept and utilize wild african animals in our safari themed photo shoot. With the use of a natural warm-toned color palette, my amazing team of vendors worked together to showcase what I think to be my most favorite project to date.

See more after the cut!


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Starting with a beautiful cranberry red as the main color, we added in pops of yellow, green and orange to fulfill the outdoor romantic theme. Willow Floral Boutique added a gorgeous touch to the farm table meets gold chairs with their incredible centerpiece arrangement, filled with out-of-the box unique flowers.

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We decided on three different looks bridal looks for our stunning model. A low key natural vibe was perfect with the floral crown and lion cub. In order to portray a more realistic look for our everyday bride, we chose a sleek, peplum lace gown to showcase the models figure and gorgeous face. Our third look was the most stunning dress paired with an elegant updo and fresh face of makeup to go alone with the killer bouquet.

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Not to be left out is the awesome candy bar! Filled with tons of chocolate, rock candy, jelly beans and pretzels – it was mouth watering for sure!

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Gorgeous, thanks Erin! For more information about Erin Padgett Events, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.

What do you think of today’s styled shoot? Let us know in the comments below!

Photographer: Dianne Personett
Planner/Designer – Erin Padgett Events
Venue: Zootastic Park of Lake Norman
Dress: Fabulous Frocks
Flowers: Willow Floral Boutique
Hair and Makeup: Cali Stott Artistry
Candy Bar: Sugar Pop’s
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Charlotte
Paper Products: Coppia Creativa


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  • Erin Padgett

    Love this so much! Thank you for sharing!

    • weddinglovely

      Thank you too, it’s so lovely!

  • Sarah Chancey

    I’m obsessed, love love love this concept and these photos!

    • weddinglovely

      AND A BABY LION! It’s just so awesome.