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tea & taxidermy bridals


The Story
Our 3 wishful brides - with divergent lives and paths, reflected by their blonde, brunette and auburn hair - have met circumstantially at an abandoned home.  Their hearts, in a similar state - neglected but not yet abandoned - are bound by common hope and longing to meet their beloved, their Sparrow. The word "sparrow" being a Native American symbol of desire and fertility. 
Brother Sparrow - Agnes Obel
Voices in the street, footsteps in the concrete / Guess I hear just every sound on the ground
From my window view, I know a color blue / that can bite so very hard, the day apart
Picture FRESH as water clear / days have passed without you here

Street lights dancing on the dark across the park / 
Waiting for a word from you, waiting for a sign or two
Footsteps on the city ground, you know the sound 
Brother Sparrow, come tomorrow to my window
Brother Sparrow, come tomorrow to my window 
Not hearing word nor receiving sign, the trio is discontent to sit and wait.  They set out on a pilgrimage, climbing mountainous terrain to increase their view over the river valley.  And that is where they leave us, having scaled great heights, taking permanent watch over the area, waiting for sight of their beloved.
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The Inspiration
The Oddly Beautiful Taxidermy-inspired Bridals were a creative, collaborative effort of local artists.  FRESH brain-childs two such styled bridal sessions a year, partnering with trusted professionals to showcase, share and live our passion.  We're mostly creatives from a small mountain town, fighting boredom in the off-season.  The October Bridals were originally inspired by the mixed-media sculpture of -  former Shack Shoot model - Joey Conundrum and found vintage dresses and conceptualized by FRESH.
It's a personal goal to challenge myself creatively, technically and professionally on a regular basis.  Stepping out of my comfort into an explosion of autumn color and shadow has, I think, pushed all of us artists in a positive direction.  For it is usually when we step out - in faith, out of the box, off the cliff - that one's potential is reached.
The Players
With gratitude to my wonderful partners [listed below] who, with such enthusiasm, embraced and indulged my crazy antics once again.   I Stand on the Shoulders of Giants.
[FRESH bridal portraits offer you another day to be BRIDE! Separate date [more time & creativity, less calendar & budget conflicts!]  For a full catalogue of bridal portrait sessions, creatively-constructed and client-based, please see HERE.  Prior to / following wedding date or unique gift /anniversary.] :And check back for more plus a behind-the-scenes post on our vendors.
Visit - and say hello - to my professional partners in crime.  Their collaboration is my vote-of-confidence!
Photography - FRESH Photography
Concept, Styling - FRESH Photography
Cinematography - Ben Olsen
Cakery - Sweet Dreams Cakery
Hair Stylist - Stephanie of Shine Salon
Makeup Artist - Makeup by Emily Kjelshus
Mixed Media Artist, Assistant - Joey Conundrum
Models -  Lisa Frisk, Sam Zielsdorf, Tamer Vockeroth
Furniture - Trail's Treasure Chest

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