Bennie + Clyde Styled Shoot

Some day they’ll go down together
And they’ll bury them side by side
To few it’ll be grief, to the law a relief
But it’s death for Bonnie and Clyde.
Source: Bonnie Parker, “The Story of Suicide: The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.”

This styled shoot was first featured on Love Inc. Mag.

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We were so thrilled when we were asked to be a part of this new take on the Bonnie and Clyde love story! Vintage suits, cigars, tapered candles, custom paper products with bullet holes, and a stunning vintage color palette – it just doesn’t get any better or more thematic than this!

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Don’t know the original story of Bonnie and Clyde? To many ordinary citizens during the Great Depression, bank robbers were seen as victims of injustice driven to commit crimes, folk heroes wreaking vengeance on a callous economic system. The notoriety of the Barrow Gang (“Bonnie and Clyde”) was bolstered by wild shootouts with police, spectacular car chases, and the romance of two lovers outside the law. In turn, they courted publicity and cultivated the image of misfit heroes. Bonnie and Clyde’s “aspirations” were low: they preferred raiding small, isolated banks and did not hesitate to prey on modest stores and marginal businesses. Bonnie Parker sent poems and photographs to newspapers, heralding the Barrow Gang’s exploits and defending her honor. They were often depicted as star-crossed lovers driven to a life of crime. Bonnie and Clyde remained at large until a Texas posse ambushed them on May 23, 1934. Dying together in a proverbial hail of bullets—the Texas lawmen pumped some 187 rounds into the couple—helped perpetuate the romance surrounding their short, desperate, and destructive lives.

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The color palette for this shoot was burgundy and cream with textures of tweed, wood grain, and the smell of cigars. Since this design had such a masculine edge, I didn’t want to go over the top with frills and stuck with the classics, roses, orchids, callas, and hydrangea, with a touch of feathers for whimsy. Cigar boxes served as levels and gold votives were scattered throughout with accents of blooms around the brass of the tapers. Rent Vintage Chicago has beautiful china and glassware that were the perfect touch to the tablescape. And those chairs! Is anyone else pining for them for their house like I am?
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Photography: Ed & Aileen Photography
Coordination: Michael Sawyer, Bliss By Sam Weddings and Occasions
Venue: Zhou B Art Center
Rentals: Rent Vintage Chicago
Florals: Zuzu’s Petals
Cakes: Sugar Fixé
Lighting: Art of Imagination
Stationery: aDORAble Designs
Apparel: Richards Fabulous Finds
Models: Alex Rodriguez & Nicolas Ortiz

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