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Do you need inspiration for your moody fall wedding? Look no further than our late September styled shoot at Flyway Lodge in Knotts Island, North Carolina, which is the antithesis of our European Pinner House shoot from 2020. This venue exemplifies fall at its core; it’s like you can picture the colorful falling leaves, a bourbon in your hand, and a bayside bonfire from the moment you enter the grounds. Ultimately, this historical lodge is both stunning and offers endless options for wedding day layouts.

We were fortunate to have not one, but four incredible photographers and videographers join us at this styled shoot: Wild Heart Co., Meghan Glass Photography, and Chelsey Kraus Photography. The photos above are in order from each photographer or team.

We loved witnessing how each expert captured the shoot, our four model sets, and all of the smaller details throughout the day. Honestly, this is why choosing your photographer isn’t an easy task. There is so much talent in this area and a thousand different ways to view a day through composition, editing, and artistic preferences. That being said, figuring out how to share all of their work in one blog post proved difficult. So, we’re going to share one-by-one with notes on the shoot between each gallery.

Wild Heart Co.

Fall wedding ideas

The idea for the shoot started with Citrine Bride. Katie from Citrine Collective, a sustainable beauty salon, messaged us asking if we’d be interested in collaborating on a shoot. We loved the idea because it was a chance to prove that the Amber Justine Events team could pull off designing and organizing something out of our blue, coastal, European comfort zone. From there, we started talking about dates, venues, vendors, vibes, and all the other intricacies that go into a successful styled shoot.

Within a couple of months (and during a busy fall season, nonetheless), we went from conception to a full vendor team, a few different sets, and four groupings of models. Along the way, we met with notable local vendors to chat through the design and make rental selections; it was a true team effort. Organizing the timeline to get all the models through beauty, the venue decorated, and all the photographers as well as the videographer time with each model was a puzzle, but our favorite kind to piece together.

Fall wedding bourbon lounge

Wild Heart Co. brought one photographer and one videographer. To check out one of the videos, click this link to our Instagram. As for the photos… see for yourself!

Meghan Glass Photography

Fall wedding place cards

The day of the shoot was a whirlwind of exciting activity. Citrine Bride greeted models at Citrine Collective, starting hair and makeup, while Amber Justine Events headed south to Knotts Island to begin setting up the multitude of staged areas. It was a beautiful, sunny day, so we happily set up shop with snacks and music at the venue while unloading all of our items. It felt like setting up for any other fall wedding day!

Fall wedding black tablescape

Our photographers arrived before any models to capture details shots, from The Native Lion’s invitation suite to the maximalist tablescapes. We spared no stops in developing the design for the day, going as far as renting a large U-Haul to get everything to the venue. Being a wedding planner is actually a ton of physical labor, which isn’t discussed enough to prospective wedding planners. That’s why we almost never wear heels to any events; we end up lifting a ton of décor as well as walking miles and miles without sitting for hours. It’s an adrenaline rush!

Check out all the shots Meghan Glass Photography captured in this section!

Chelsey Kraus Photography

Fall wedding dried bouquet

The rest of the day moved quickly once all of our models arrived. It went in a fun, smoothly running blur! The photographers and videographers came up with a multitude of unique shot ideas; we’ve loved seeing the different ways they captured the day as they would any fall wedding. Check it out for yourself!

This section includes the stunning work of Chelsey Kraus Photography. We love her bright and happy style!

Vendor Credits

A major thank you goes to Citrine Collective’s Citrine Bride for coming up with the shoot’s vibe. We loved finding ways to implement the different design elements and bring the vision to life. Additionally, we’re eternally grateful to the entire vendor team for knocking the day out of the park. Check them all out below!

Planners Amber Justine Events Citrine Bride

Photographers Chelsey Kraus Photography Meghan Glass Photography Wild Heart Co.

Videographer Wild Heart Co.

Venue Flyway Lodge

Tableware & Furniture Rentals/Design Magnolia Street Rentals (this vendor is also one of our assistant planners!)

Linens & Wooden Chairs Waterford Event Rentals

Florist Ashley’s Flower Truck

Cake Designer MLC Bakery

Stationery & Signage The Native Lion Designs

Bridal Gowns Avenir Bridal Boutique

Black & White Bridal Gown Silk Bridal Studio

MUAs Beach MUA Makeup by Myiah

Hair Artist Citrine Bride

Spray Tan Island Toned