“The genius is really in curating things from the past and reviving them in the present”
– Johanna Blakley
I was listening to the TED Radio Hour on my run this week, and those words by Johanna Blakley just struck me. In context, she was speaking about fashion and the ability of designers to bring back classics that feel relevant and fresh today, mixing them with current trends and styles for a unique look.
And this, making vintage modern, is what my amazing friend Amy of XOXO Vintage does with her furniture and props…and her pretty things are all available to rent for photo shoots and weddings!
Each of her pieces are handmade with love; she has an eye for unique furniture and accessories with good bones that just need a little extra TLC. While they may start out looking like they belonged in a bygone era, Amy transforms them into statement pieces that fit into modern settings but still have character and history. She truly is a genius at bringing new life to old things.
But what’s more…Amy is a creator at heart. She doesn’t just deliver rented pieces or reupholster furniture – all of which she does, in fact, do on a weekly basis. She makes each and every rental personal. I’ve watched her put menus on mirrors and draw on doors to turn each piece into a signature item for a wedding, event, or styled shoot. Creating furniture pairings to match the style of an event is a gift of hers, and she goes the extra mile to personalize the treasures for each person who rents her pieces.
We made a date to make photos of some of the newest inventory in her collection, and Amy put so much thought into the styling of each piece. I love the silhouettes on the pair of doors that would be so lovely as the entrance to an outdoor ceremony site. The lighted anchor above the navy sofa is just the perfect pairing for a nautical cocktail lounge. And the wood-topped ironing board as a cake table is just the most adorable new use for an old thing I’ve ever seen.
And of course, you don’t just have to have a wedding to use these lovely pieces…they make great props for engagement sessions, head shots, and almost any other portrait session or party you can think of!
Want to rent props for your wedding or portrait session? Get in touch with Amy! Want to make beautiful photos for your wedding or of your pretty things? Let’s work together!