vintage valentine’s {cozy knits & snappy cameras}

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I couldn’t conclude this week of Vintage Valentine’s posts without bringing your attention to two of my favorite elements from the shoot. First of all, turn your eyes on the soft, cozy and romantic goodness of these mittens. Emily hand-knit them herself. YES, really!! Isn’t she amazing?? This idea is perfect for any winter wedding or event. Greet guests with mittens strung up on twine and held in place with clothespins. According to Emily, these were a breeze to make (I do not know how to knit, and thus the fact that she made three pairs of perfectly beautiful mittens in a matter of days is simply amazing to me).

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Another wonderful personal detail that Emily knitted for the shoot were the miniature hearts used at each place setting. I got to bring one home, and I am still smitten with it’s sweet and whimsical charm.

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There is something so good and fun about these hand knit elements. I love the added warmth and texture that they bring to this chilly winter setting.

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Before I go, one more thing I want to share with you. This amazing collection of vintage cameras belongs to my good buddy, and web designer extraordinaire, Mr. Justin Peterson. He was gracious enough to let us borrow them all for the shoot. By using this antique desk, I was able to display several of the cameras on the shelves, with the rest hanging out in this explosives crate. Behind the cameras, Dena and I strung up ribbons and clipped polaroid photos to them using clothespins. This little set-up could easily double as your own photobooth if you could get your hands on a good quantity of polaroid film.

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I just love these two shots. I really feel like each camera is unique and distinct in personality, and it’s fun to capture that.

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We also got to let our bride and groom and maid of honor and best man play with the cameras a little bit. I am in love with the personality that the use of these simple props brings out!

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Well that’s all folks! I really hope that you have enjoyed the (in-depth) look at the various elements and pieces of the Vintage Valentine’s shoot over the course of the past week. It was a blast putting it together with Emily and Dena, and so fun to share it with all of you here. See you next week!

*All photos taken by Emily Steffen.

  1. Emily, fabulous series! Brilliant concept bringing the polaroid into play especially with the bride & groom in the snow. I just love it; so much emotion with personality plus!

    When my Dad passed away a few years ago I had to clear out his place and he had an old polaroid, I had a yard sale. Yes you guessed it… sold! I just thought the film had been discontinued, and I’ve been kicking myself in the bottom ever since! Keep up your wonderfully inspiring work!

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