We might be inching slowly toward spring, but that doesn’t mean our hearts won’t be stopped in their tracks by an out-of-this-world Winter Wonderland wedding – especially when it’s by Lauren Fair Photography. Whitney works at Anthropologie, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that her wedding is bursting with creativity and details. Terrain provided the perfect backdrop, don’t you agree?
From the bride, Whitney: We were drawn to the rustic and whimsical nature of Terrain – but wanted to keep the affair simple and elevated in terms of decor and execution. We had only 60 guests so it felt comfortable and incredibly cozy. This also allowed us to serve our dinner family style, which we loved! Passing plates, and sharing food was the perfect way to make everyone feel at home. We projected old black and white Christmas movies (It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th St.) onto the focal wall within the space. This added an element of movement, nostalgia and familiarity – it was definitely my favorite part! We also had a s’mores station set up outside around the fire, which was a big hit and encouraged guests to utilize the entire space.
Bouquet recipe: The star was a perfect pink peony, and it was surrounded by pine greens and other amazing assorted stems.
It was important to us that our evening felt festive, cozy, warm, and sophisticated. I suppose the theme was built around Christmas, but without the traditional (and expected) holiday representations (reds and greens, poinsettias, Santas and such). The idea was to emphasize the feeling that we all get as we head into the season, the excitement, the anticipation, the nostalgia, the light, the movies, the familiarity of friends and family and of course, the food! We didn’t necessarily have a color scheme… my dress was blush and my sister (matron of honor) wore a wonderfully warm bronze silk. We used a lot of metallic, a lot of pine, and relied on the space to ground the palette with woodsy browns. As for DIY, I designed and produced all of our paper elements (invitation, menu, place cards, ceremony candles, favor tags, etc) but outside of that we kept everything simple – relying on light and trees to fill the space in terms of decor.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Define a ‘vibe’ and stick to it in every way. From sound to sight, even scent, we wanted a really cohesive feeling and we ensured that all of our individual components lent themselves to rounding out that story. Also, make a big impact with a few items, rather than sprinkling a lot of ‘littles’ throughout the space.
Music was so important! We went with an amazing mix of soul, classics, singer/songwriter, rock, more current selections, a little 80s/90s dance, amazing covers and of course a lot of incredible (hand-picked) Holiday music.
Bridal Party Processional: piano version of The First Noel
Bridal Processional: piano rendition of Silent Night
Recessional: “I Love the Holidays,” Office Romance
First Dance: acoustic version of “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve”
From the photographer, Lauren Fair: Whitney + Mike’s beautiful Winter Wonderland wedding featured incredible details like black + white Christmas movies projected on the wood walls of the reception greenhouse, a s’mores station, hanging floral installations above long farm tables, thousands of candles, a pink wedding dress, market lights galore, an adorable pug, and even a perfect sunset! The amount of coziness that oozed from every aspect of their wedding is the perfect inspiration for brides planning a rustic winter wedding!
Wedding Location: Glen Mills, PA / Photographer: Lauren Fair Photography / Venue and Caterer: Terrain at Styers / Florist: Matthew Muscarella, Terrain at Styers / Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza / Maid of Honor Gown: Nicole Miller / Groom’s Suit: Vera Wang / Wedding Cake: Flying Monkey / DJ: Marc Fisher / Wedding Invitations: Designed by the bride