With this rush of cold weather we’re having, it’s the perfect time to share this snowy European winter wedding inspiration from Jordan Weiland and Alexan Events. The team played up a color pairing of deep burgundy and rich greens, making sure not to pull too much attention from the beautiful castle venue. We’re in love, that’s for sure!
From the photographer, Jordan Weiland: Inspired by the Winter season and the European feel of this old Scottish castle nestled in the Rocky Mountain foothills, we wanted to create a shoot that showed a beautiful inspiration for the season. An epic backdrop, gorgeous lush flowers complete with some DIY ideas, this shoot was a beautiful inspiration for a Winter wedding and a great showcase of how to do a mix of a “splurge and save” event. Black candles and dark florals mixed with the winter light snow and place setting showed the complexity of the two contrasting from one another. We brought in cozy fur to go with the stone walls and a simple Ines Di Santo dress perfectly brought the look together. Snow rolled in on us and while it clouded our view, it gave for some beautiful light and added a wintry element that we couldn’t have made up on our own. Our models are a real couple that are getting married this May.
We featured a simple Ines Di Santo gown with a beautiful fur wrap and paired it with an affordable classic suit from H&M. The florals were definitely a splurge from Alexan Events, but paired with a DIY painted candle. (Those black candles were so gorgeous! Who knew you could paint candles whatever color you want?!) We really wanted to use the beauty of the castle as the backdrop for most of the spaces and the courtyard provided a lovely space for an intimate wedding. Instead of a ceremony chuppah, we went with a table with candles and draped greenery all dusted with snow. The cakes were also a more affordable option, going with a mixture of ready-made sizes and flavors from Whole foods and topping them with fruit or flowers. We love how Alexan styled them and made it seem like a completely custom option. The reception tables were a mix of metals and then the contrast of light and dark. Grapes were brought into the florals to give a deep purple hue. The apple name “card” was a nod to the Scottish tradition of a wedding prophecy that was done by paring an apple so that the skin comes off in one length. (As the clock strikes twelve, it was swung round the head and thrown over the left shoulder. When it landed it would form the first letter of the name of the future spouse.) The paper invitations were also a nod to old-world penmanship with calligraphy writing, thick paper with torn edges and a wax seal.
Photography: Jordan Weiland Photography
Event Design, Florals, and Rentals: Alexan Events
Venue: Cherokee Castle
Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo “Madeleine”
Bridal Atore: Anna Bé
Hair and Makeup: Ele’Posh
Groom’s Attire: H&M
Wedding Cake: Whole Foods
Invitation Suite and Menu: Eleven-Note