Spectacular, Spectacular!

I am so excited to share this session!

I knew that when I decided to do a Moulin Rouge inspired shoot, Billy and Stephanie would be PERFECT.

These wonderful people and so dear to my heart! Stephanie has been best friend’s with my husband’s sister since elementary school…so it really does feel like we are family! And let me tell you a bit about this girl….she is probably the most amazingly talented person I have ever met! Not only is she an incredible artist (painting, drawing, sculpting, you name it, she’s mastered it) but she and Billy are also musicians/singers/songwriters! In fact, Stephanie and I were totally in a band together for a split second.:)

When I told Stephanie about my idea, she jumped at the chance to take on any crafts that needed to be done for this shoot. She made her skirt with her own two hands AND she made a replica of the famous Moulin Rouge windmill from SCRATCH! I’m telling ya, this girl’s got mad skills.

We ran into a few snags with planning, but when it all came down to it, everything was perfect. I had such a great time with these two…and we even invited all of our friends to a huge after party to unveil our masterpiece! It was a BLAST!

Before I move onto the photos, I need to give some shout outs.

HUGE, MASSIVE thank you to Matt & Marie for coming through for us in our time of need. I am so incredibly thankful that you guys are mah frenz!

To my AMAZING husband: THANK YOU SO MUCH for putting up with my whining, keeping us focused when the girls wanted to chat and have girl time, and for setting up all the lights. ILY4EVA.

To my favorite girls, Hannah and Nessa, you are both so incredible. Thank you for being my emotional support and for sacrificing so much time and energy to make this shoot a success. This wouldn’t have been possible without you!

And last, but certainly not least, to Billy and Stephanie. Words cannot describe how much I appreciate your hard work and dedication to this project. Especially you, Stephanie. You were what held all of this together. You inspire me to be a better artist and I cannot thank you enough. I am the luckiest photographer on earth to have the opportunity to capture your beautiful love! Thank you. A million times.

And now, ON WITH THE SHOW!


It’s not Moulin Rouge without the ABSINTHE!;)


Freedom, Beauty, Truth and Love <3
“Above all things, I believe in love” – Moulin Rouge


I love love LOVE these fabric bouquets by Ahelya at Simple Elegance!

Um, Hi, Regina Spektor!

So, tell me…how AWESOME is this windmill?

My faaaavorite shot of the day!

Photography: Alyssa Armstrong (hey! that’s me!)
Styling and overall design stuffs: Stephanie B.
Bouquet: Ahelya of Simple Elegance
Dessert: Vanessa W.
Venue: Super awesome rad private residence
Set-up crew: Hannah, Ben, Ian, Vanessa, Gennifer…what can I say, I have rad friends.

Stephanie Bullington - April 7, 2012 - 10:32 pm

Alyssa! You are amazing. I am so fortunate to have had you translate those moments into magic. I should be thanking YOU for such incredible photos to cherish when we’re older (and now too, of course).

It was nothing short of a pleasure to help plan this shoot. I don’t know if you realize how inspirational YOU are and were during this shoot. It was your excitement that fueled mine in the first place.

Thank you for your kind words. I won’t lie… I teared up. :D <3<3<3

Vanessa - April 7, 2012 - 11:04 pm

I love you, Lyssy. You. ARE. AMAZING. You are truly flourishing. Thank you for the shout outz. <3

Chris Fawkes - April 8, 2012 - 8:18 am

Very cool. Moulin Rouge is one of my all time favorite movies. This is such a creative shoot and it’s always inspiring to see the fruition of an idea executed so well.

Emma - April 8, 2012 - 12:21 pm

What a fun shoot. I love the creativity and interpretation of it! plus i always have a place in my heart for SUNFLARE

Rachel McCauley - April 9, 2012 - 12:28 pm

What a fun and romantic shoot! Love your images.

Alex - April 9, 2012 - 1:45 pm

Very cute! I love Moulin Rouge, what a great idea :)

Chanelle - April 9, 2012 - 4:20 pm

Love the close up couple shots !

emily - April 9, 2012 - 8:18 pm

gooooorgeous adorable couple!
so much fun!
love those fabric flowers too!

Erin - April 10, 2012 - 6:00 pm

How fun! Love this idea, and adorable couple! Great job!

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