UP! THE HOT AIR BALLOON ELOPEMENT SHOOT

Behind the scenes with Kate Veling

Kate Veling is a talented writer, celebrant, mother and an all round Banger of a human being!

When we noticed that she’d been hanging out with our WHIZ BANG mates Coco and Confetti, Lindqvist Ink AND Just For Love Photography – it was a no brainer to ask her to share the experience with us too!

A Styled Shoot – Behind the Scenes with Kate Veling from Inner Circle Ceremonies 

When Ngaire from Event Stylist & Co invited me to be a part of a crazy amazing idea that she and Kylie from Just For Love Photography were hatching, I didn’t hesitate. A styled elopement shoot with a hot air balloon as the backdrop? Hell yes!

A styled shoot is a way for people who work in the wedding industry to showcase their skills through a visual medium. We’ll often get some great images from weddings we work on, but the focus then is on the bride and groom and their experience, which is exactly as it should be.

A styled shoot gives us the chance to get creative and collaborate with other vendors who float our boat.  (Which we also do with weddings, but in this instance, we have creative control. Stand back!)

It’s a feat of logistics to assemble all the right people and props. Our shoot included an event planner and stylist, photographer (obvs), gown designer, film makers, florist, props, paper goods, hair and make up artist, models, cake, decorative silks and menswear – and of course a hot air balloon. There were months of planning involved. Hats off to Ngaire and Kylie for making it happen!

If you’ve ever been ballooning then you’ll know it can only go ahead with the right weather conditions. We had to reschedule the shoot three times due to rain but when we got the call that the planets had aligned and the sun would be shining, it was on!

The models were getting prettied up from the early hours, Ngaire and Kylie loaded their cars with props and we drive south to Byron Bay Ballooning where there was a mad hustle to set up, style shots and get the gold before sun down.

Our models for the day Katie and Jackson were real life lovers and I think that came through in the images – you can’t fake that kind of chemistry or connection.

It was pretty amazing to see it all come together – such a creative and inspiring bunch of people working to bring this vision into being.

I think it’s safe to say WE NAILED IT! The photos say it better than words ever could – Kylie is a magician with a camera. There was some serious high fiving and excited squealing happening when she sent us the shots.

So feast your eyes! Be inspired! And check out all the brilliant vendors involved. If you want talented, passionate and creative people as part of your wedding, these guys are the cream of the crop.

Wowee those images are a feast for the eyes! Huge thanks to the organisers and the busy bees behind this shoot for letting WHIZ BANG Weddings Club share your efforts and shout out to Kate Veling for being uber amazing!

Photography Just For Love Photography  Planner & Stylist The Event Stylist & Co  Hot Air Balloon & Venue Byron Bay Ballooning Prop Hire Coco & Confetti Flowers Floral & Mineral  Wedding Gown Begitta Bridal & Couture Silk Songbird Silk Calligraphy & Paper Goods Lindqvist Ink Celebrant Kate Veling ~ Inner Circle Ceremonies Hair & Makeup Artist Stacey Hermann Cake Amanda’s Cakes Wooden Bow Tie & Suspenders Wood & Beau