NYE Inspiration {HGE Shoot with Jenna McKenzie Photography}


Happy New Year, blogettes! I am so happy to finally share some of the photos from my most recent inspiration shoot. The whole ordeal was a New Years Eve themed dinner party elopement; you know for the the kind of bride that doesn’t want the fuss of a big wedding but still wants a little sparkle and party to celebrate her and her new hubby. I had such an incredible and talented team on board with me for this endeavor, that I hope I can do enough justice in my descriptions here. Let’s do this!

First off, the whole ‘dinner party’ theme stemmed from my idea of using Apb and I’s new home as the venue for our shoot. I originally wanted a really neutral backdrop to serve as our venue and was having a hard time thinking of a space that would fit what I was after. Then I thought of our house and how new and gray and white it was and with that a dinner party theme was born. After all where do some of the best parties and most special memories take place? At dinner parties in your home! Asking Jenna to be the photographer was a no brainer because I just love her timeless style and clean and beautiful photos.


I said it here where our shoot was featured and I’ll say it again now, I love blush pink. It’s a major part of my branding, a dominant hue in my closet, and I’m drawn to nearly anything and everything that’s pink. But as a wedding stylist and purveyor of new trends and style I feel it’s my duty to push the envelope a little; and step outside of my comfort zone and of what’s expected. So my one goal for this shoot was to make sure that there was no sign of pink anywhere. Keeping in sync with the sparkle that is associated with New Years Eve, I picked a colour palette of silver, gray and all sorts of different blue hues.


Kelly from A Piece o’ Cake is so incredibly talented when it comes to designing cakes. I’ve worked with her before and she never fails to impress me with her ability to take what I’m envisioning and turn it into something ten times better. The square two tiered cake with silver dragee detailing was perfect and that seafoam blue macaron tower? Don’t even get me started on that! It was absolutely fabulous; I mean my mouth waters every time I even look at the photos of it. Good work, Kel :)

My sweet friend Ashley, and the very talented designer behind Lemon and Lavender, created this gorgeous invitation suite for the occasion. The 3, 2, 1 theme and the use of navy blue with the baby blue was one of my most fave details. The silver sparkle behind the paper products is actually the linen we used for the tablescape, which is La Tavola’s New York linen. This beauty comes in so many fabulous colours and truly takes a tablescape to the next level. It worked perfectly with our shoot.

Here’s another angle of our tablescape. The napkins are from World Market and sort of sparked my idea for this shoot in the first place. The party poppers were DIYed by yours truly and all of the glasswear and china came straight out of our kitchen cupboards. The floral centerpieces were done by me and consisted of white peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, carnations, football mums, spray roses, tulips and seeded eucalyptus pods. Jeanette of J’s Fresh Flower Market created the stunning bouquet which had the same flowers I used in the centerpieces. J has such a flair for creating the most perfect bouquets!

That beautiful hairpiece that our model is wearing, was made by Jess from Fine and Fleurie. Jess is incredible and her work truly speaks for itself. She hand dyed the hair piece silk in two different shades of blue and it turned out even more perfect than I had expected. And if you’re really loving the exact piece you see in all of the photos, sit tight because Jess has graciously offered it up for a giveaway to one lucky reader. You can also purchase this stunning piece over here in ivory.

A whole bunch of you guys have been commenting on how beautiful both the wedding gowns and our model is and what’s funny is the two are sort of connected :) Our model is Maggie Torongo and she’s the owner of Renee Austin Wedding, a chic little bridal and prom boutique here in Grand Rapids. Maggie is so sweet and so beautiful (obviously!) and was the perfect model for the shoot. Both gowns that Maggie provided, as well as the veil, came straight from her shop (they are brand spankin new designs too!) so check out here for more info if you’re dying to get your hands on either style.

And I can’t forget to give credit to the amazing Julie Strating who made the already beautiful Maggie just a bit more fancy. Seriously this woman is a make up master; she had Maggie’s eyelids matching her hairpiece perfectly. Brides if you need a make up artist, Julie is your girl. Plus she’s super sweet. And she brings fun tools with her. Like that airbrusher. I could use a good airbrushin’ every now and then. Julie, thanks for being amazing and coming out to be a part of the shoot :)


What photo is your fave, guys? I think mine is the one I shared over in this post. Confetti, confetti, everywhere :) xoxo

37 comments on NYE Inspiration {HGE Shoot with Jenna McKenzie Photography}

  1. Hello, this is awesome!!! And what a great backdrop and fun thing to do in your house! It really worked perfectly. Of course I love the stationery and I would love to get my hands on that yummy drink! Beautiful work as always, lady!

  2. simone on

    This is absolutely beautiful Rhi, you are GOOD!!! Really good!

    It must be a challenge to think outside the box but you are so right to do it, well done you!! You have great vision XX

  3. Meg on

    So fabulous!! I love that glitter table cloth!!

  4. Liz Andre-Stotz on

    Super Gorg!!! (as usual!!!)

  5. If it’s possible, I think I love this shoot even more today than I did the other day! I can’t stop oohing and aahing over it and I loved hearing about all the inspiration and beauty behind it, plus the vendors that brought it to life. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, Rhiannon, you have a true heart and eye for this! xo

  6. Kelly on

    Happy New Year, Rhi! This is absolutely beautiful!

  7. I absolutely love this shoot Rhi! So fun and stylish. Simply chic with awesome accents and the shimmer! Oh, my sparkle! Beautiful.. one of my favorites of yours so far. Your sublime, my friend xx

  8. LOVE the shoot! The colors are gorgeous! And I love the linen! Happy New Year! Xo

  9. Lolly on

    Beautiful set, Rhi! If you ever need a model, I’ll totally fly out there ;) Haha!

  10. michaela on

    All the details are perfection! The sparkle is beautiful. Love it all!! You really did a wonderful job, friend!

  11. Bon Bon on

    wowza! Rhi, you are amaze-balls-amazing! So wish I lived nearby, then some of your amazingness could rub off on me:-) xoxo

  12. Jas on

    what stunning pictures!

  13. I’m in love with this color palatte! The cakes are stunning, and so are the place settings. AND the invitations. Love it all :)

  14. Lisa on

    Completely love this, and I’m so glad you shared all the back story and details with us! This is your best shoot ever, and you did fabulously without any pink, if I do say so myself! My favorite details are the glittery numbers, sparkly linens, and oh my goodness, that macaron tower!!

  15. Claire Bear :) on

    ahhh!! Rhi this is so. GORGEOUS. i love every little detail. as always, your work is stunning. i’m so so excited to have you with us to work your magic for our day! :) xoxo

  16. OH MY GOODNESS! this is amazing!! I had repinned this not even knowing it came from you! GREAT JOB! I totally love this! :) Happy New Year!

  17. This is so gorgeous – clean and fresh with a sparkle! I think this is my favorite of all your shoots. Happy 2012!

  18. P.S. I love the tapered candle holders – where are those from?

  19. Rebecca on

    WHAT A FUN POST! So pretty! I love the idea. I love that it is in your home!

  20. Yes! I LOVE this inspiration shoot, Rhi! The details are just incredible, so pretty and SPARKLY! And that first dress is just gorgeous!! Your home is the perfect backdrop, great job.

  21. Nora on

    Love it! I agree with Lisa, I kept seeing the teasers and I wanted to hear all the details! I also love the blue color switch! Great job, as always!!!

  22. ashley on

    so so gorgeous, rhi!! missed the cake on the first looksie because i was so distracted by the glittery tablecloth and pretty dress, but it’s amaaaze. xoxo

  23. Lena on

    You really are a wonder. This shoot is beyond gorgeous, and not a hint of pink! I knew I was going to love it, but I’m truly blown away.

  24. That linen is one of my all-time favorites. I love the use of the Navy with the cooler tones of baby and ice blue!

  25. Rhi. This seriously has to be my very very very favorite shoot you’ve done. By far. I wanted to write a list of all the things I love, but it’s everything – so there. I adore the color scheme, DYING for the first dress, the rock candy and on and on. I’m in love.

  26. Liesl on

    Oh how I am simply loving all the sparkles, shine and silver!!! GORGEOUS!!! Your shoots are amazing and I love seeing what you come up with and all your creativity just jump out!

    Liesl :)

  27. Seriously, I can’t get over this. You did such an amazing job! Love the hues, styling, and photography of course!

  28. AMAZING!! LOVE, LOVE!! What a fun idea and shoot!!

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  30. Clare on

    Rhi! This shoot is absolutely stunning! I adore these blue hues & the silver glitter.

    ~ Clare x

  31. Natalie on

    I was wondering if you could tell me the designer of the blush dress? I looked at all of the designers on Renee’s website and still could not find it. Thanks!

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  34. Wow these photos are truly amazing! Great job – very inspiring.

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