CB Vintage Inspiration Shoot in New Orleans!

Mar 15, 2010

As promised, below is a peek at the CB Vintage photo/inspiration shoot my husband and I did in New Orleans with photographer Maile Lani. :o)

The reason I really wanted to do this inspiration shoot was so I could incorporate some of my favorite vintage items and demonstrate just how awesomely brilliant they can really be when used in an engagement shoot {or in our case, a married couple's shoot!} ;o) ... And to make things even more fun, everything featured in the shoot is FOR SALE! Most of the items are listed on CBV but a few of them haven't made it there yet and are listed at the bottom of this post. If you have any questions or would like to see more photos of a certain item, feel free to message me at theclassicbride@gmail.com! I'd be happy to chat!

So let's get back to the shoot ... I've wanted to do an afternoon picnic shoot for years and now that the launch of CBV gave me a reasonable excuse to do so, we took a day off and went over to New Orleans where we found a perfect little spot under a mossy oak tree in Audubon Park in the Garden District to use as our backdrop. We unfolded the beautifully hand-sewn patchwork quilt and I started styling the smaller pieces from there ...


Old records are always so much fun to include in shoots and I just looove the one featured above that says "An American in Paris" - perfect for any Francophile, no? You can check out all the records I have for sale at CBV here, including that one!

And isn't the light blue alarm clock fun? It has such a great Alice in Wonderland vibe to it and it's a true vintage piece from Yugoslavia! If you want to know more, scroll down to the bottom of this post for details.


I recently found some old, wooden dominoes and thought they'd be such fun to play during our shoot! And isn't the moss in the tree divine? So primitive and ethereal at the same time - love!

For a listing of all vintage books like the one above titled "An Old-Fashioned Girl," head here to CBV - there are so many fun ones that would be perfect for photo ops!

I love mixing fresh fruits into a scene - they always have such rich colors and great texture. I'm dying to do another shoot and incorporate some milkglass vases holding bright red cherries and others overflowing with frosted black grapes. :o)

You can click here for details on the Dr Pepper bottle as well as other fab vintage glassware. And if you're looking for a selection of milk glass, I have several darling varieties!


I love the one corner I set up with the vintage stepstool ... It feels so farmhouse chic to me with the wire basket, milkglass hen and bird's nest nestled under the glass terrarium. I placed some dried lavender in the aqua mason jar to incorporate some more texture.

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of our photoshoot and I hope you feel inspired to create a little scene all your own for your engagement or couple's session - props add so much dimension and give you something to focus your energy on! It can be uncomfortable being directed by a photographer you don't know very well - especially when you're being told to kiss and cuddle on cue ... it tends to help a bit when you can snuggle up on a quilt, read a funny book together or play a game of dominoes. ;o)

{And a big mushy thank you to my sweet husband [which will most definitely embarrass him] for spending all day lugging things in and out of the park, helping to model my vintage wares and making me laugh all day long. You're my hero! xx.}

And here's the details on some of the pieces featured in the shoot - everything else can be found at CB Vintage! :o) If you have any questions, feel free to message me at theclassicbride@gmail.com!

Light Blue Vintage Alarm Clock
Made in Yugoslavia, this vintage light blue wind-up clock adds a touch of whimsy and charm and could be a delicious touch to any centerpiece. We haven't tried to wind it up so we can't guarantee that it will work but it is a delightful prop regardless.
Price: $139.00 + shipping
If you would like to purchase the alarm clock, just send me a note at theclassicbride@gmail.com with your zip code and I will get you a shipping quote. All final payments are accepted via PayPal.

Mint Green Savoy Camera
This super cute 1960s camera has an incredibly retro/space age look and reads 'Savoy' on the front. It still has the attached wrist strap making travel a cinch. Measures approximately 4" high x 4" long x 3 1/2" wide. It does appear to work but as I haven't actually tried it, I can't say for sure.
Price: $144.00 + shipping
If you would like to purchase the camera, just send me a note at theclassicbride@gmail.com with your zip code and I will get you a shipping quote. All final payments are accepted via PayPal.

Metal Wire Locker Bin
Strikes the perfect balance between utilitarian modernism and vintage charm - the wire bin used to be a locker and we were told it was most likely available to patrons of a swimming pool where they could stow their personal items. Today, it makes a cute storage bin for an office or it could be a interesting card or program holder at a wedding. It still has the faded locker numbers on the front and is in great vintage condition.
Price: $49.00 + shipping
If you would like to purchase the metal locker bin, just send me a note at theclassicbride@gmail.com with your zip code and I will get you a shipping quote. All final payments are accepted via PayPal.

Milk Glass Hen Dish
A classic, this dish features an adorable milk glass hen roosting on a nest-covered dish. The bottom portion of the dish features a criss-cross basketweave texture. The dish is in superb condition with no cracks or chips and would make a lovely gift for a bridesmaid or flowergirl. It would also be a perfect accessory in a bird-themed wedding! Measures approximately 4" x 3" x 3.5" tall.
Price: $64.00 + shipping

If you would like to purchase the milkglass hen dish, just send me a note at theclassicbride@gmail.com with your zip code and I will get you a shipping quote. All final payments are accepted via PayPal.

Glass Terrarium w/Real Bird's Nest and three sparkly gold eggs
Such a great accent for a wedding with a bird theme! The nest inside the terrarium is indeed a real bird's nest - it was abandoned when we found it so don't worry - we didn't take anyone's home! ;o) The eggs we placed inside are sparkly and gold and add just the right amount of shimmer and shine. Would be a lovely centerpiece in a wedding or at home.
Price: $229.00 + shipping
If you would like to purchase the terrarium, just send me a note at theclassicbride@gmail.com with your zip code and I will get you a shipping quote. All final payments are accepted via PayPal.

Vintage Step Stool
This stool embodies an irresistible primitiveness. The weathered appearance and overall simplicity are the perfect match for a vintage modern wedding. The stool would look positively dreamy holding vases of overflowing floral arrangements.
Price: $389.00 + shipping
If you would like to purchase the vintage step stool, just send me a note at theclassicbride@gmail.com with your zip code and I will get you a shipping quote. All final payments are accepted via PayPal.

Shabby Chic Floral bowl
This quaint little charmer actually used to be a chamber pot - would you have guessed? I think it would be a witty/silly touch if used as a floral vase. It has been broken and fixed - there are several crack marks but it was glued and seems to be a sturdy piece once again. I actually find the cracks to add to the shabby chicness!
Price: $79.00 + shipping
If you would like to purchase the floral pot, just send me a note at theclassicbride@gmail.com with your zip code and I will get you a shipping quote. All final payments are accepted via PayPal.

Vintage Dominoes
The set is composed of 25 dominoes and there is no box. We believe they are made of wood. They all contain an elaborate embossed design on the back and are in great condition. Lovely for an e-shoot, wedding or house decor!
Price: $44.00 + shipping
If you would like to purchase the dominoes, just send me a note at theclassicbride@gmail.com with your zip code and I will get you a shipping quote. All final payments are accepted via PayPal.

Vintage Picnic Basket
The wooden picnic basket is extremely sturdy and the two top wooden flaps open and shut perfectly allowing you to stow away everything you'd need for a getaway in the park. Perfect for e-shoots or any Saturday afternoon! Measures approximately 13" long x 18" wide x 8" tall.
Price: $129.00 + shipping
If you would like to purchase the picnic basket, just send me a note at theclassicbride@gmail.com with your zip code and I will get you a shipping quote. All final payments are accepted via PayPal.

{All images by Maile Lani}

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