Katie and Ryan wanted their winter wedding to feel like “dining in the woods on a magical moonlit night.” Are you in love yet? We were as soon as we saw the beautiful result from their team of vendors including Justin Johnson Photography, Arielle Fera Events, and Chicory Florals, who captured and created a truly majestic celebration. Who says you can’t bring the forest indoors?
Is there any better way to kick off the weekend than with some beautiful floral inspiration? We think not, so we’re sharing these images by Carography Studios from Vero Workshop to get things started off right. Ellie Alexandra and Lindsay Coletta Designs were tasked with event and floral design, bringing the romance full circle.
Spring, summer, and fall weddings are all amazing in their own way, but doesn’t there seem to be some sort of special charm specific to winter weddings? Just take a peep at the wedding of Dez and Josh, photographed by Live View Studios and planned in North Carolina by Southern Roots Events. We love that the couple threw in some nods to viking culture to tie in to the colder weather!
Beach weddings are certainly a highlight of summer, but they can be equally beautiful come wintertime. In this styled shoot, French vendors Lorenzo Accardi, Atelier Blanc, and Josephine show the beauty of the Camargue region and its wild landscape. Two bridal looks are the perfect accent, one with lace cap sleeves, and the other a gauzy blush pink confection.
If you love emerald green and cozy winter vibes, you’re in luck. Charlottesville wedding team Amy Nicole Photography, Alana Futcher of Chancey Charm and Photosynthesis Floral Design and more got together to dream up of an editorial filled with rich + deep hues made of winter wedding dreams. We will start off with this gorgeous antique engagement ring:
Just in time for all of the merry festivities, W&E Photographie sent over Sarah and Trey’s holiday-inspired Alabama fête that’s giving us all of the Christmas feels. They wanted to incorporate their beloved holiday and did so in a most elegant way, with a moody red and green palette (as seen in the bridesmaids’ dresses and the beautiful floral arrangements by Staci Bledsoe) and a wreath backdrop worth replicating. Just like the dessert table at their reception, this wedding is the sweetest.
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Winter weddings can have their tricky moments to plan, but Carrie and Mike carried out their Philadelphia wedding day with such finesse and Redfield Photography skillfully captured all of the goodness on camera. We love that they chose a greenhouse setting and brought in beautiful, deep, jewel red colors and floral arrangements by their event and floral designer, Q|A Events; it brought a fun, vibrant feel to the whole event while keeping in line with the season. This is definitely one ultra-creative way to do a cool-seasoned wedding!
From the bride, Carrie: We envisioned a warm, romantic, bohemian feel for the wedding. We originally wanted something laid back, but when we picked a winter wedding date we decided to dress it up a little bit while trying to keep the bohemian feel. We didn’t really have a color scheme, but we chose marsala and berry tones for our flowers because we thought it would compliment the greenery in the venue as well as the bridal party attire. We didn’t do any DIY projects, but I worked very closely with the event designers and I think we designed something amazing together!
Flower recipe: Eucalyptus, king protea, garden roses, and peonies.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Start as early as possible and stay organized! Also, when things get overwhelming, make sure you take some time alone with your fiancé to have some fun together. It’s simple, but I think it was the only thing that kept me sane.
Groomsmen and family processional: “First Day of My Life”, Bright Eyes
Bridesmaids’ processional: “God Only Knows”, The Beach Boys
Bride’s processional: “Make You Feel My Love” Bob Dylan (It’s our song!)
First dance: Slow version of “You’re My Best Friend”, Queen
Event Design and Floral Design
In this absolutely breathtaking styled shoot from Sonia Bourdon Photographe, we saw creativity at its finest unfold. Mlle Artsy was the designer for this and rather than shy away from the cold temperatures, they embraced it, threw a pretty dress in and a bespoke suit for good measure, and dolled up this cave to no end. This setting definitely comes with ample inspiration, so Flore&Sens Atelier Floral created colorful arrangements that meshed perfectly with the aesthetic of the shoot and its surroundings. Who says all of the warm months get to have all of the fun styled shoots?
From the event designers, Mlle Artsy: This creative shoot was inspired by our magnificent wintry landscapes of Canada. We are blessed to have such breathtaking scenery here, and we had to put nature at the forefront of our styled elopement shoot. We were greatly inspired by the cave at Arbraska Laflèche, with its unbelievable stalagmites and gorgeous stone walls. The cave inspired our colour palette: shades of white, gold, rust and black, and completed our palette with a rich dark turquoise color that we used as our accent color. We incorporated geometrics, granite, geodes, quartz and gems into the shoot, which tied into the location. Those quartz perfectly complemented the stalagmites and stalactites found on site. We transform this cave into a mine of Ice and Gems. Finally, a winter wedding is not completed without furs, especially for their rich textures and warm colours.
Brooch Bouquet and Accessories
Calligraphy and Paper Suite Design
Laser Cutting and Engraving
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I genuinely just don’t know where to begin with this styled shoot from Meg Cooper Photography, Fox & Fern Floral, and denae brennan weddings & events. The lush bouquet with pops of red peonies? The gold chandelier hanging above the reception table in the woods? The impeccable Tara Keely gown? They’re all great starting points, but just wait until you take everything in for the full picture of perfection.
From the event designer, denae brennan weddings & events: When Meg Cooper approached me with the desire to put together a winter-themed styled shoot, I immediately contacted Brianna at Fox & Fern Floral to get her on board as well. The three of us did two weddings together in 2015 and I was excited to get these talented vendors on the same project again. Brianna and I had worked at a very special private ranch property on a 2014 wedding, and the owners were gracious enough to not only let us set up our shoot there, but also take out one of their gorgeous horses for a few shots!
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Well it just doesn’t get any cozier than this next wedding from Sweet Root Village and Strawberry Milk Events. The incredible day was pulled together in under 2 months (can you believe it?) and was an intimate celebration at one of our favorite event venues, Terrain at Styers. Let’s take a look!
From the photographers, Sweet Root Village: Kayanne and David got hitched at the courthouse back in September, but still desired a more formal (yet intimate) celebration with family and close friends. It just so happens that Kayanne’s new sister-in-law is Julie Savage-Parekh of Strawberry Milk Events. She helped Kayanne whip up a cozy, Christmastime celebration in under 2 months for around 40 guests at the charming Terrain at Styer’s (Anthropologie’s nursery and cool event space outside of Philly.)
Being 2 hours outside of D + K’s hometown of Annapolis, MD it made for a fun, mini destination wedding location. Julie, David and their family visit Terrain every year at Christmastime for brunch and shopping because it’s simply magical. Kayanne had never been – and her first visit was the day of their wedding where she too, fell under it’s enchantment. They had their first look among the Christmas tree farm while guests arrived and enjoyed a mini cocktail hour complete with gourmet hot chocolate bar and a cheese and charcuterie display. Guests then entered the greenhouse for a candlelit, religious ceremony where the bride and groom exchanged their own vows.
After the ceremony, the curtain was pulled back to reveal a magical dining room with one dramatic, long kings table that held hundreds of candles and crystal candelabras. A seasonal garland of greenery also ran down the length of the table. The farm to table multi-course meal was fantastic (we’re talking butternut squash bisque, braised beef short ribs and individual apple pies a la mode in cast iron skillets), and there were several heartfelt speeches and toasts. Although the celebration was more of a dinner party, the bride and groom still shared a first dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” The sweetest surprise actually came after cake cutting, when Kayanne’s maid of honor showed a touching video of special messages recorded by Kayanne’s family back home in Brazil who were unable to make the trip. The bride did her hair and makeup herself and had two something borrowed’s – Julie’s Vera Wang veil and antique diamond shoe clips. The bride DIY’d the polaroid guest book table, signage, gold glitter pine cone ornament favors and place cards.
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Today’s styled shoot was inspired by the event designer’s trip to Iceland, and the Nordic inspiration just flowed from there. A modern bohemian tablescape, a cable-knit sweater cake, and plenty of candles and birch wood accents all shared the spotlight with a beautiful couple and a sweet pup named Zeus. LV Imagery and Blush + Bowties did absolutely stunning work here!
From the event designer, Blush + Bowties: It’s not often one hopes for grey skies, but on the day of our shoot, we were praying for overcast weather. As luck would have it, Mother Nature was on our side and delivered an incredibly atmospheric backdrop for our Nordic Woodland creative shoot. Three years ago I spent a week in Iceland for my honeymoon. It was an unexpectedly enchanting trip. The landscape was like nothing I had ever seen — mysterious, stark, and hauntingly beautiful. Since visiting, I have been dreaming up a shoot with Nordic design and a woodland twist.
The models/actors for the day, James and Annika, playing the roles of our Nordic couple Eiric and Asta, could not have been more of a pleasure to work with. The blond, blued-eyed beauties captured the story of our bride and groom. Hair and makeup artist Angela McQueen brought out the natural beauty of our bride for the day and finished her look with an ethereal braided crown. Renna Reddie, of Get Reddie, provided the cozy and whimsical attire for our couple, which reflected the feel for which we aspired.
Leslie, from Warehouse 84, who supplied the props and furniture for the shoot, generously offered up her private home set on several acres of land for the shoot. A wooden arbour adorned with a lush woodland garland, created by florist Jen Pogue, was the ideal home for our deer skull (nicknamed Ned). Birch stumps with drip candles and terrariums completed our ceremony set up. A cozy cable-knit sweater cake and copper cake, designed by Le Dolci, perched perfectly atop our wood plank table and antique ladder. We stayed simple with the table and chairs as a nod to the minimalist Nordic style. A garland cascaded across the table and onto sheepskin rugs. A lush berry-toned centrepiece and antlers were woven beautifully into the tablescape, which also included geometric terrariums, organic shaped plates set on wood chargers, gold flatware, and copper mugs. Custom-designed menus with a subtle geometric pattern and place cards were provided by Paper and Poste.
On site was a forest, where we placed our cozy lounge for the couple. A masculine leather couch grounded the space and was draped with furs and patterned pillows. As we lit the flame on the candles, the true romance of the scene came alive. One of my favourite moments of the day was when Zeus, Leslie’s dog, made a surprise cameo in the shoot and was quickly adopted by our couple for the duration of the day. Celebrating the bare but enchanting landscape, understated Nordic style, and raw woodland design was a superlatively satisfying endeavour. Lauren from LV Imagery beautifully captured the allure of the scene, and I am so happy to share the photos with you.
For me, there’s nothing more calming than an all-white color palette. Studio EMP and Found Vintage Rentals recently gathered to showcase some of Found’s beautiful rental pieces, accenting them with soft ivory blooms, white pumpkins, and neutral linens for a look that’s totally monochrome and striking in its simplicity.
From Found Vintage Rentals: Benjamin Moore announced Simply White as 2016 color of the year, and we’re not at all mad about it! There is something very relaxing about an all white palette that we just can’t get enough of. So pull up a cozy European homespun linen bench, unpack Grandma’s heirloom crystal, and fill ironstone vessels with blooms of white, and enjoy a cozy Christmas dinner around our Domaine Table. Simply (perfectly) White.
It isn’t often that we get to share an inspiration shoot that took place in an actual ice castle, but today is a very special day. Rodeo & Co. Photography and Emily Herzig Floral Studio worked together on this incredible shoot in New Hampshire in a beautiful creation by Ice Castles — talk about real life Frozen inspiration!
From Meg of Rodeo & Co. Photography: The Ice Castle was in Lincoln NH & I had heard about it on NPR- so I decided to bring my boys one day for fun…..Once I got there I was blown away by the beauty of the ice & immediately had a vision of doing a shoot with a bride in a blush pink gown. I called my dear friend Emily, of Emily Herzig Floral Studio & we reached out to vendors and it all came together.
Hair and Makeup
Catering and Food Styling
When your wedding date just so happens to be Halloween, you have two options — one, ignore the holiday altogether, or two, embrace it and pull out all the stops. Chelsey and Nathaniel chose option two, fusing Halloween spookiness with an enchanted forest theme for a result that’s both elegant and inspiring. Birke Photography and Valley Flower Company did excellent work here, especially the bride’s lavender rose bouquet!
From the bride, Chelsey: Nathaniel and I met in the 7th grade and have been good friends since spending a whole night talking in the 9th grade. At 24 years old and both in a time of change we decided to move to Mexico together and the adventure continues! The ceremony was held in the Milking Parlor of the Round Barn – a romantic and simple classic vibe, using lavender flowers to incorporate California (where we live), ocean song grey roses with grasses and some darker leaves to accent. The flowers were tied with black velvet.
For the evening reception in the hayloft of the round barn, to feel like you are outside in an enchanted forest we used tree branches, grasses, berries, some dark red roses and pumpkins. I wore my grandmothers pearl necklace as a hairpiece and 4 pins by our 4 grandmothers on my bouquet. The veil was my sister’s that she wore 3 years ago, and I also wore a gold bracelet that I made.
As soon as I heard the description “chic warehouse wedding in Brooklyn,” I was sold. Then I saw the work put together by all-stars Pat Furey, Bespoke Only, and Ariel Dearie Flowers, and I was completely blown away. Meredith and Billy wanted an intimate celebration with an industrial but welcoming vibe, and everything was topped off perfectly with a mix of fuchsia peonies and white anemones.
From the event designers and stylists, Bespoke Only: With a winter wedding in New York, Meredith and Billy always knew that they wanted something that not only feels warm and lively, but truly embraces the spirits of an inviting and intimate celebration. With the concept in mind, a sophisticated gathering was born at a warehouse turned venue that comes with both a stunning water view and an unique industrial interior vibe. We carefully curated the event with details that speak to both of the couple’s backgrounds and loves.
Inside of the raw and cool space, hanging cafe lights and generous amount of candlelight together provided a festive ambient lighting that warms up the exposed brick walls and expansive floor space. Exquisite and elegant, the head table was set apart by a vintage style farm table adorned with ample pale wooden pillar holders. A array of tables in mixed shapes brought interests to the floor layout, while deep champagne linen with jeweled toned of floral tied the entire scene together harmoniously without feeling overly matched. A large chalkboard that highlights the couple’s signature cocktails welcomed the guests by the entrance, while one gestural flowering quince arrangement hinted the coming of a new season as well as life. The ethereal ceremony had an altar that was graced by puddles of sequin runner and abundance of tea lights. When the night got late, a s’mores station was set up by the open fireplace, which made the most perfect concluding note for a night that was nothing short of warmth and togetherness.
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Ceremony + Cocktail Band
Winter is the perfect season for embracing simplicity and minimalism, as today’s shoot from the fantastic team of Feather & Twine Photography, Jen Rios Weddings, and Oh Deery shows. Using wooden details, greenery, and a clean color palette of whites and greens, this shoot is everything we’ve come to know and love from the year’s chilliest season. The simple greenery arch for the ceremony offset with romantic votive lighting particularly catches my eye!
From the photographers, Feather & Twine Photography: Our concept for this shoot was a lovely organic winter with ethereal and natural elements. With a neutral color palette we focused on layers and texture to convey contrast instead of bold color palettes. The primary player here was all the natural beauty found in winter scenery, flora and fauna. By highlighting a bride and her very best friends as bridesmaids we created an ethereal look in fashion with all white, ivory and champagne garments accented with greenery accessories. The overall vision was a wintry woodland wedding with dreamy and delicate design elements.
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We just adore the trend of pomegranates (or any fruit, really!) in wedding decor. Those pomegranates are the focus of this styled Christmas wedding from Tyler Rye Photography, Forevermore Events, and Bloomers Flowers & Decor, who take the traditional reds and greens of the holiday season and update them with a modern twist in a unique desert location.
From the photographer, Tyler Rye: We wanted to put a little twist on the traditional holiday Inspiration shoot. We added fun details like an old sled and a hand made table by Tyler Rye Photography. We wanted a shoot that would remind people of the beauty of the holidays with out being too traditional.
Shoot Location: St. George, UT / Photographer: Tyler Rye Photography / Event Design and Styling: Forevermore Events / Floral Design: Bloomers Flowers & Decor / Venue: Private residence / Hair: Sittin’ Pretty Studio Salon / Wedding Invitations: Alex Obering Design
When the weather starts to cool down, my mind can’t help but wander to s’mores, cuddling under blankets (preferably plaid), and drinking hot cocoa. Looking through these images shot by Jenna Henderson, I get the same cravings! Styled and dreamed up by the wonderful Feather+Oak and coordinated by Locklane Weddings and Events, this team worked their wedding magic to create this styled shoot that’s sure to warm you right up on the chilliest of days.
From the photographer, Jenna Henderson: The inspiration for this shoot came from a collection of vintage plaid thermos bottles, which served as containers for the table’s floral arrangements. Throw in a gorgeous bride with a cozy, checked infinity scarf, some delicious s’mores, and a cracking bonfire, and this shoot becomes the perfect inspiration for a unique, intimate evening wedding spent relaxing by the fire. Fun fact: our models for this shoot are true newlyweds, having just been married 4 days before the shoot!
Shoot Location: Franklin, TN / Photographer: Jenna Henderson, Photographer / Event Planner: Locklane Weddings and Events / Florist: Rosemary & Finch / Stylist and Vintage Rentals: Feather+Oak / Venue: Shelter+Roost, Storybook Cottage / Dress: The Dress Theory / Hair and Makeup: Kristain Miller / Chocolate Bars: Olive & Sinclair / Vintage Fabrics: New York to Nashville / Calligraphy and Paper Products: Hardink Calligraphy / Wedding Invitation Graphic: Dennis Thompson
If your life is missing a heavy dose of glam, then a few looks at this wedding from Ryan Flynn Photography and McKenzie Powell is just what the doctor ordered. Gold sequin tablescapes, vintage stoles, a luxe satin wedding gown all conspire to make this Seattle wedding one of the prettiest we’ve seen yet!
From the bride, Liz: When planning our wedding I really wanted to create a day where all of our family and friends could come together to celebrate Jake and I in a beautiful setting with great food and good drinks. I’d say we definitely achieved this. The day came together even better than I could’ve imagined. It was so filled with love, laughter, and cheer. It’s really hard to choose just one favorite part, but sitting down for the delicious dinner surrounded by all of our loved ones was probably my favorite moment. We chose to get married at Palace Ballroom because we love Tom Douglas’ food, and the menu designed for our wedding did not disappoint. Everything from the beet salad we started out with, the black cod and steak we ate as the main course, to the dessert bar we finished off the night with was so delicious. It was so special to share our favorite food with our family and friends surrounded by so much love on our wedding day.
All of the small details that went into our wedding made it special. I wanted our wedding to feel collected and personalized with an art deco style, through the details we achieved that aesthetic. From the lace robes my mom made for my bridesmaids and me, the runner my sister hand painted, the different bridesmaids dresses that matched each of their personalities perfectly, the vintage gold brooch I wore in my hair that belonged to my great-grandmother, to the black cod entrée we served at dinner (my husband is a commercial fisherman for black cod) our wedding felt so personalized. McKenzie Powell really worked with us to achieve this feel too, her centerpieces of collected vases, candles, and winter flowers set against the sequin tablecloths looked so magical. Our guests are still raving about how beautiful of a job she did.
Also, getting married with the city of Seattle as our backdrop was really meaningful to us. Jake and I are high school sweethearts and both Seattle natives, we both really love our city and it has been the setting for most of our relationship. Our wedding ended up being on the day of the NFC championship game between the Seahawks and 49ers. It felt like thousands of people descended on the city not only for the game, but also for our wedding. There was a lot of tension among guests as the game went on throughout the ceremony and cocktail hour. During the cocktail hour my Grandpa was listening to the game on the radio through headphones and yelled “Interception!” letting all of our guests know that Richard Sherman made the interception in the last minute to win the game. After the win everyone relaxed and it was time to let loose and celebrate. While it’s not really ideal to have your wedding during a major sporting event, it ended up being a good story and the win just ended up adding to the excitement of the day.
Wedding Location: Seattle, WA / Photographer: Ryan Flynn Photography / Floral and Event Design: McKenzie Powell / Venue: Palace Ballroom / Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka via The White Dress / Bridal Fur: Autumn and Yo’s Vintage / Bridal Earrings: Kara Ross / Hair and Makeup: Glynne Davies / Rings: Ben Bridge / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Aidan Mattox via Bloomingdales, ASOS, Pisarro Nights via Nordstrom, Parker / Junior Bridesmaid Dress: J. Crew / Flower Girl Dress: Nordstrom / Bridesmaid Robes: Bride’s mother / Caterer: Tom Douglas with Palace Ballroom / Wedding Cake: New Renaissance Cakes / Matches: Beau-coup / Menu and Program Design: McKenzie Powell / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Today’s styled wedding shoot is sure to play into your romantic side, from the lush floral design to the horse-drawn carriage. Isa Images Photography Studio, Sweet Deets Events, and The Local Bouquet gathered to create a wedding using local resources and dashes of deep blues and winter greens, showing just how cozy a winter wedding can be.
From the photographer, Alyssa of Isa Images Photography Studio: This winter shoot at Boland’s Tree Farm in rural Rhode Island was all about inspiring brides to see the charm of going back to basics. Utilizing local resources and vendors, we wanted to create something cozy and homey. Staying true to the season, our palette consisted of shades of blues and and winter greens, both on the table and surrounding. Warm brass and gold metals with greens over antique wood with tiny hints of sparkle brought a warmth to the table. Our couple was escorted to their venue by a horse drawn, timeless carriage that added a special touch of genuine country wedding to the scene.
We incorporated a fun DIY cocoa bar complete with mugs and yummy mix-ins like marshmallows, crushed mints and cinnamon. Using warm vintage and up-cycled accessories the couple seems comfortable and relaxed during their winter wedding. Our unique location on a local tree farm added to the homespun feeling we were going for. We all have a common belief that buying local is better for the environment but also benefits local farmers and families, all of which are a vital and wonderful part of Southern Rhode Island!
Shoot Location: Tiverton, RI / Photographer: Alyssa Wood of Isa Images Photography Studio / Event Design and Styling: Sweet Deets Events / Flowers: The Local Bouquet / Venue: Boland’s Tree Farm / Wedding Dress: Alexandra’s Boutique / Jewelry: Tiffany Peay Jewelry / Wedding Shoes: Modern Love / Groom’s Attire: Wharf Clothing & Wares / Stationery and Calligraphy: Heather Belle Ink / Carriage: Little Compton Carriage
Today’s wedding has all the makings of a super romantic day – shades of pink, endless cakes, tons of glitter, snowy weather, and sweet fuzzy bunnies. It doesn’t get much better than this! Olga and Sergey brought their dream wedding to life with the help of Sonya Khegay Photography, Ajur Wedding, and Latte Décor, all of whom did their part to make the big day a smash success.
From the event designer, Latte Décor: The couple approached us in November 2012. From the first meeting it was clear what kind of delicate and touching feelings they have for each other. The ceremony itself Olga and Sergey planned for the beginning of spring. In Russia this period is not the most popular time of the year for a wedding, because the weather can be quite unpredictable – and one should not expect bright sun with the first leaves on the trees. Looking ahead, it is worth saying that it was exactly what happened on the day of the wedding – there was fabulous snowfall.
While preparing, we decided we needed to dilute the cold landscapes with warm hues, bringing in an atmosphere of love and tenderness that comes from the couple in the winter wonderland. So we decided to use gold in the decoration and candles that always brings special magic and coziness. We wanted to make something special, but at the same time to maintain harmony with winter views, so we had the idea to bring cute and fluffy bunnies to the photo shoot and to “grow” green grass among white snowdrifts and snow-covered fir trees. Like an island of spring being a symbol of the emerging family.
Wedding Location: Moscow, Russia / Photographer: Sonya Khegay Photography / Wedding Planner and Invitations: Ajur Wedding / Flowers and Event Design: Latte Décor / Wedding Venue: Mona Boutique Hotel / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Shoes: Christian Dior / Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. / Hair and Makeup: Olga Chursina / Wedding Cake: Odry Cake
If you asked me to plan the ideal upbeat winter wedding, it would look exactly like this inspiration JBM Weddings and Ash Orzol. The duo wanted to design a winter wedding with a modern Aztec influence and plenty of awesome geometric and crystal touches, thanks to the team with Jove Meyer Events and 2H Flowers.
From the shoot designer, Ash Orzol: The inspiration behind the shoot was about bringing the Aztec/boho feel to an intimate upstate winter wedding. We wanted to keep things modern yet rustic so we weren’t taking away from the venue, because we wanted it to feel organic. I think it’s always best to make the wedding reflect the bride and groom but also be an extension of the surroundings.
We also wanted it to have an attainable DIY aspect to the wedding. We did this by creating handmade accents such as the painted utensils, the mobiles, the garlands and the dipped feathers for the ceremony. In order to really showcase what we each do as vendors, we decided to do an entire faux wedding instead of just doing a styled shoot.
Make sure you don’t miss the behind-the-scenes film from Love + Brain Films:
Shoot Location: Upstate NY / Photographer: Jacob Murphy of JBM Weddings / Event Concept and Design: Ash Orzol / Event Planner and Co-designer: Jove Meyer Events / Flowers: 2H Flowers / Dresses: Rubicon Collection / Robes: bridesmaidsrobes / Hair and Makeup: Ash Orzol / Jewelry: Sundays Gold / Groom’s Suit: Brooklyn Tailors / Wedding Cakes: Alana Jones-Mann / Stationery: Fourteen-Forty / Videographer: Courtney Arcese of Love + Brain Films / Models: Deenie Hartzog and Timmy Mislock (a real couple!)
What do you get when you pair up some gorgeous floral design from Anthology Co., treats from Whole Foods, and organic yummies from Earth and Sugar? One heck of a spectacular party, that’s what. Thanks to Melanie Gabrielle for thinking up and photographing this beautiful dinner fête!
From the photographer, Melanie Gabrielle: This sounds a little silly, but I was grocery shopping one afternoon when I passed by these gorgeous cream pumpkins, and the idea literally hit me! I wanted to style a Kinfolk-style diner party that was inspired by a mix of fall and winter: cranberries, pomegranates, lots of lush greenery, some birch wood, pumpkins, and antlers. I called up some wonderful friends of mine, and we scheduled the dinner for a week later. The wonderful vendors listed below came on board within days of the party, and delivered above and beyond my wildest dreams!
The details and portraits were shot on film, and the dinner was shot on digital. The dinner meal was from Whole Foods. Champagne and pomegranate Italian soda were served with dinner. The dessert table blew my mind. The organic desserts made my Earth and Sugar tasted even better than they looked (which is almost unbelievable!!) Love in Vintage supplied 100% of the gorgeous rentals! Farm tables, chairs, candles, candle holders, gold silverware, cake stands, etc. Anthology Co. sent us the most stunning florals! She even threw in a breathtaking floral halo and some accessories for our pretty pony friend!
Panna Cotta topped with Pomegranate Seeds
Rustic Cranberry Walnut Bread
Miniature Vanilla Cake
Plum and Berry Galette
Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins
Honey and Apple Mascarpone Tart
One of the greatest things about the holiday season is that it really just makes us want to cuddle up to the people we love and share some cozy time together. Nicole Berrett and Rayven of Beauty & the Blush put together this styled shoot with that idea in mind, but they added in plenty of floral beauty from Bows & Arrows Flowers and lots of glitz to pep things up a bit, thanks to an incredible gown from BHLDN.
From the photographer, Nicole Berrett: Rayven from Beauty & the Blush and I collaborated to put this shoot together. We really wanted to do a winter shoot, but have it be one that felt warm & cozy and made you want to stay inside and cuddle! The bride and flower girl both wore amazing BHLDN dresses, which we are totally in love with. The invites and paper goods, done by Lovely Paper Things, featured the warm cozy feel, and the invitation suite featured a hand painted hot cocoa mug.
We put together a lounge area using rentals from Rent my Dust, and a hot cocoa bar with the help of Cakewalk Bakeshop and had warm blankets as the favors! Bows & Arrows put together an amazing design for the ceremony backdrop, and a beautiful leafy floral table runner to give our table a warm inviting feel. We added a little bit of whimsical woodland touches here and there as well.
Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Nicole Berrett Photography / Event Design: Nicole Berrett and Beauty & the Blush / Venue + Rentals: Hickory Street Annex / Floral Design: Bows & Arrows Flowers / Wedding Dress, Flower Girl Dresses, and Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN / Hair and Makeup: Beauty & the Blush / Cakes and Hot Cocoa Treats: Cakewalk Bakeshop / Rentals: Rent my Dust / Paper Goods: Lovely Paper Things
Leah Teague of Flourish Floral Designs and Sarah C Photography teamed up to show us some luxe winter wedding ideas teeming with the richest golds, the prettiest purples… and a bit of sparkle, of course!
From the photographer, Sarah C Photography: This Rustic Luxe Winter Shoot was designed to give inspiration to brides who are getting married indoors. We embraced the rainy, winter weather for this shoot. The sign by the lavender bath salt favors even says, “You make me happy when skies are gray.”
Butterfly Gap is a modern venue full of clean lines and metal walls so it provided the perfect minimalist backdrop for the bold color palette. The rich jewel tones in the flowers (including orchids, garden roses, pansies, various greenery and feather accents) have depth and create a great contrast for the rustic elements. The rustic elements are found in the antler decor, the branches and the wooden runner on the table. The bride’s textured braid is also a nod to the rustic theme. We incorporated river rock in the ceremony decor since the venue is located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.
Wedding Location: Maryville, TN / Photographer: Sarah C Photography / Wedding Venue: Butterfly Gap / Floral Design: Flourish Floral Design Studio / Styling: Leah Teague of Flourish Floral Designs / Wedding Dress: Lee Ann Belter via Wedding Wonderland / Accessories: Wedding Wonderland / Hair: Bombshells Salon / Makeup: Ruffles & Rouge / Wedding Cake: Sassy Cakes / Linens: White Table / Stationery: Be True Designs / Models: Gage Talent
Today’s styled wedding shoot just goes to show you can find inspiration in unlimited places. Tyler of Tyler Rye Photography formed this shoot after seeing an anvil in a farmer’s work shed. He brought Swoon Vintage Rental Co. and Floral Design by Erin on board to help complete his vision, and the rest is photo shoot history!
From the photographer, Tyler Rye: Forged was inspired by a simple Anvil. I was working at a farmer’s house and happened to look over and see his Anvil setting on a stand near his shed. It clicked in my mind how cool it would be to do a Black Smith themed wedding shoot. I started that day to gather antique smithing tools – everything from hammers to smelting tools. The couple that modeled are friends of my wife. They have been married for two years and this was a great way for them to reconnect as a couple. The location has been a dream spot for me ever since my wife and I had our Engagement pictures taken there 3 years ago! I had a lot of help getting this shoot ready and I couldn’t have done it without the help of my wife. Not only did she do the hair for the model, but she arranged both the tables and made them look amazing.
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Shoot Location: Boneville Salt Flats State Park, UT / Photographer: Tyler Rye Photography / Event Design: Swoon Vintage Rental Co. / Floral Design: Floral Design by Erin / Hair: Sittin Pretty Studio Salon / Makeup: Gentri Lee / Wedding Cake: The Petite Pastry / Wedding Invitations: SE7EN creative / Videographer: Red Tie Cinematography
Warm, inviting and very personal, this Vancouver urban winery wedding by styled by our Blue Label member Petite Pearl Events and Jaylena Photography was just that. Full of sweet details near and dear to their hearts, the bride and groom wanted their special day to feel like a big hug… and I’m sure their guests would agree that the feelings of love and comfort in the air felt like a warm embrace for each and every one of them.
From the bride, Jennifer: We wanted our wedding to feel like a hug. We wanted our guests to feel embraced, cared for and comfortable in every way. We did this through inserting thoughtful personal touches everywhere we could – and really taking the time to think about how we could make each piece from flowers to music to food reflect us as a couple. We also thought about our guests as individuals and tried to give each of them a little something that said we had them in our thoughts. We did this in little ways… like making sure my uncle who likes gin and tonic had the particular brand of tonic that he drinks at home, and including some songs by The Committments for our friends from Ireland, and so on. In this way, the style ended up being something totally unique to us as a couple and to our family and friends as a circle. If I had to describe it, the style was warm, modern, romantic and elegantly down to earth.
My very favourite, and most labour-intensive DIY had to be my bouquet, which I made with the help of my best girl friends. I had seen these lovely DIY paper flowers online that someone had made using old pages from a book. I took this a little further and typed up the inscriptions from all the cards that my husband had given to me over our 11 years together – from our first anniversary, to birthdays and Valentine’s Days – I’m lucky enough that my husband loves to write me long and really touching cards. Then I printed this document out onto some beautiful papers that I picked up from Paper Ya, an amazing paper goods store in Vancouver, and over the course of many nights my wonderful friends and I made them into a totally one of a kind bouquet. I love that so much love went into that piece. Both in John’s words but also in the time that my dearest friends spent making this with me. I loved it so much on our wedding day and now it’s something that we keep in our bedroom, and it makes me smile every time I see it. Defintely worth the effort.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Number one, breathe. Number two, hire people who’s work you love and who you can trust. Our vendors were so very amazing and made everything come together on our wedding day super smoothly. Lastly, try and remember that your wedding is about you and your spouse celebrating your love with the most important people in your lives. If you can remember that your day is all about love, hopefully that will help you to have fun through all the many steps and decisions leading up to your wedding day. And if that fails sometimes, and it did for us, be gentle with yourself, remind yourself that everything will work out and in the end you will have a great day, stories to remember forever and be united to the person of your dreams. How great is that?
Processional: “Longing to Belong (to you),” by Eddie Vedder
Recessional: “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher,” by Jackie Wilson
First Dance: “Into the Mystic,” by Colin James
Location: British Columbia, Canada / Photographer: Jaylena Photography / Ceremony: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church / Reception:
This vintage wedding photographed by Lisa Dolan has just the right balance of casual and glam. Pops of peach were mixed with black and gold to create a unique color palette throughout the ceremony and reception spaces. I must say, Converse and fur have never looked so good together!
From the bride: Sam and I had been together for almost six years and were more in love than ever when he proposed. Wedding planning commenced immediately, it was exciting, but it was definitely an exercise in decision making and editing, to say the least. I had just started Mint Design, my own wedding and event styling business, so our wedding was the perfect opportunity to showcase my ideas.
The guys wore a perfect vintage-but-not-too-vintage look that was still casual, thanks to their classic Converse Jack Purcell sneaks. The ladies all looked so soft and pretty in their ivory bridesmaid dresses and gold jewelry. It was absolutely freezing the day of the wedding, so their colorful cardigans contributed some bright and cheery pops of color.
Both Sam and I are interested in a variety of styles, so the aesthetic of our wedding was rather difficult to nail down. We were married at Quail Ridge Lodge, in the small town in which I grew up. It is a gorgeous A-frame log cabin with pine- clad walls, windows, and natural light.
We wanted our wedding to be a little bit of a mix – a little bit rustic, a little bit vintage. Our colors were ivory, black and gold, with pops of peach. Just about every aspect of the wedding was handmade by myself, Sam, and my wonderful friends and family.
I loved designing everything for the wedding – from the entire paper suite to the table runners, the backdrops, the boutonnieres, and so on. One of my favorite projects was designing a custom plaid pattern using some of the wedding colors and having a custom fabric printed by Spoonflower, then making the bow ties myself.
Our wedding day was perfect – it was a gorgeous day full of love, laughter, family, and friends. A few days later we left on our honeymoon to Thailand and the Philippines, where we spent a few weeks with Sam’s amazing family. My advice to brides who are planning their wedding is to get things done as early as you can.
Processional Song: “Hoppìpolla,” by Sigur Ròs
Recessional Song: “Home,” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
First Dance: “Forever and Ever Amen,” covered by The Avett Brothers
Father/Daughter Dance: “Daddy’s Hands,” by Holly Dunn
Location: O’Fallon, MO / Photographer: Lisa Dolan Photography / Wedding Planning, Invitations, and Fashion Accessories: Mint Wedding & Event Styling / Wedding Flowers: Troy Flower Shop / Wedding Dress and Veil: White Traditions Bridal House / Bride’s Shoes: ASOS / Bride’s Necklace: J. Crew / Bride’s Belt: BHLDN / Makeup: Adrienne Sandusky / Hair: Denise Saral / Groom and Groomsmen’s Outfits: Express / Wedding Cake: Susie G’s
Soft white snow, jewel toned flowers and decadent decor set the tone for this incredible Lake Placid winter wedding captured by Tree of Life Films (who is now offering photography in addition to their gorgeous films!). With touches of vintage and handmade elements, this bride and groom were able to create their very own winter wonderland for guests to enjoy… hot chocolate and s’mores included!
From the bride, Filipa: Ever since Adam and I met each other, things have always quietly, and, quite beautifully fallen into place for us. The wedding was no exception. It was a complete collaboration – a meeting of two minds and old souls. Wherever possible, we strove to find vintage items and homemade projects, but never to the extent that it became overwhelming or stressful. Once we fell in love with something, we became committed, no looking back or second guessing, sparking a wonderful journey of bringing our wedding dreams to fruition. We were engaged on the 4th of July, started planning in September and married by December.
Choosing Lake Placid Lodge was a no brainer. Adam chanced upon an advertisement. We were so impressed by the pictures that we immediately booked a weekend to visit and a decision was made on seeing it in person. The same went for choosing Tree of Life Films and my Reem Acra gown. In all instances, a little research was done, a “first date” had, then sparks, chemistry and they became part of the story.
In compliment to those major components that make up a wedding, there were the little touches and the personal embellishments that made it uniquely ours. Maisie, Adam’s sister, is a talented artist, she created a personalized graphic which we then incorporated into our wedsite, menu cards, and thank you stationery. My mother put her many talents into designing and sewing my cape and constructing the table runner for our reception dinner, while my sister pieced together place cards from birch bark and did my make-up.
I knew the lodge would be festively and tastefully decorated for Christmas, so I certainly did not want to work against it in designing the ceremony and reception spaces. Guests were welcomed before the ceremony with a hot chocolate and eggnog bar. For the ceremony space we chose the covered front porch which ended in a semi-circle, a moose head and a fireplace, over-looking Lake Placid. To take off the evening chill, some guests snuggled under their throws that were draped on every chair. After the ceremony we all adjourned to an inner parlor and enjoyed cocktails and h’orderves. Adam even surprised us all with a serenade to me… there was not a dry eye in house!
Dinner was served in a private dining room and is where I spent the most time planning and decorating. I wanted a dining table that was rich and decadent, a real contrast to the stark white beauty of the mountains and snow outside. The dining room had a roaring fire going and the table was filled with deep, jewel toned flowers and multiple levels of candles. I also chose mercury glass for the votives and candlesticks for a muted vintage reflectiveness. Trillium Flowers went above and beyond my expectations and was a true pleasure to work with. The cake topper was a vintage find on Etsy, while the flowers decorating it were simply an extension of the table centerpieces. After dinner we guided guests to an outdoor fireplace and had some fun with s’mores and trickled into the pub for games and night caps. The Lake Placid Lodge is a truly magical location. I wanted our guests to feel that it was ours for the evening, and moving the celebration gradually throughout different parts of the lodge really leant to that feeling.
I never reflect on our wedding as being small, but know that it was intimate and extremely personal. It was a true reflection of what is important to Adam and I : Family, marveling at the natural beauty that abounds and exploring our own personal style while nodding to the past.
Wedding Location: Lake Placid, NY / Photographer and Videographer: Tree of Life Films / Wedding Venue, Caterer, Cake and Coordinator: Lake Placid Lodge / Flowers: Trillium Flowers / Wedding Dress: Reem Acra for Nordstrom / Wedding Shoes: DSW / Stockings: BHLDN / Hair Piece: b. Poetic / Jewelry and Gloves: Vintage / Groom’s Suit: Bespoke by Hickey Freeman / Groom’s Shirt: Reiss / Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Wedding Music: Steve Borst
I have the utmost respect for today’s bride and her dedication to celebrating all things vintage and Old World-inspired. Not only was her wedding gown a true 1950s dress, but she also sourced each of her bridesmaids’ dresses to fit with the 1950s fashion look she envisioned. Joyeuse Photography was the perfect complement to realize her aesthetic of a vintage holiday wedding!
From the bride, Jaimie: I had always envisioned my wedding feeling like a Christmas Eve service. I wanted it to be a night wedding with lots of candles, creating an environment that was warm, intimate, ethereal, and holy.
I love the intricate and high quality craftsmanship of vintage clothing, furniture, and decorations so we started searching antique malls to find details that would create that old-world, romantic feel. We also decorated with antique pieces that belonged to both sides of our grandparents’. It was so special to use pieces connected to their daily lives and legacies of life-long marriages. We wanted to use light blushes for the bridesmaids to give some color but mostly we were decorating with antique lace and muted browns, golds, and cremes. To create more light in the space and to aid the whimsical feel, we found dead tree branches at our local recycling center, connected them with wire, and put them in tree stands. Then we spray painted them golds and browns and strung Christmas lights and other decorative pieces from crafts shops like Hobby Lobby and Michaels.
We found the archways at antique shops and decorated them with lace that was my grandmother’s, as well as decorative pieces and lights from craft shops. We used lace pieces dipped in modge podge on our candle holders so they would cast intricate patterns when they glowed and found glass medicine bottles in antique shops and decorated them with muslin, ribbons, and buttons for the flower vases on the reception tables. After the ceremony, the bridal party led a candle-lit processional to the reception site. The house party passed out branches with tiny brass bells that we had attached with wire and lace so everyone could make noise celebrating!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I think it is very important for Brides to find ways to make their wedding extremely personal and meaningful to them. In the years to come, what will be most important is that memories of your wedding remind you of the warmth in your relationship and that you can look back and say you made choices that were consistent with what is important to who you are as a couple. I would also suggest that couples allot time to nurture and grow the relationship outside of wedding planning.
Bridal Processional: “More Love to Thee,” Fernando Ortega
Communion: “The Lord’s Prayer,” Selah
Father/Daughter Dance: “You’ll Be in my Heart,” Phil Collins
Mother/Son Dance: “Sweet Pea,” Amos Lee
First Dance: “Thinking About Me,” The Light Parade
Wedding Location: Abilene, TX / Wedding Photographer: Joyeuse Photography / Wedding Planner: Bride and bride’s mother / Wedding Dress: Vintage Alfred Angelo designed by Edythe Vincent / Wedding Veil: Mia “068” via Violet Bells / Bride’s Headpiece: Jannie Baltzer “Jasmine” / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Vintage / Groom’s Suit: J Ferrar / Wedding Caterer: Tru-Blue Catering (trublucatering @ me.com) / Wedding Cake: McKay’s Bakery / Reception Music: The Light Parade / Wedding Invitation: Bride and bride’s mother