A styled shoot filled with one-of-a-kind details, an incredible wedding gown that’s ready to impress, and not one but two styled tablescapes all add up for a feature we just can’t wait to share with you all. Maria Mack Photography, Love ‘n Fresh Flowers along with the help of Confetti & Co. created these beautiful scenes for us to enjoy, both sharing the theme of natural wedding inspiration with a careful eye for detail. Let’s take a look!
From the florist and shoot designer, Jennie Love of Love ‘n Fresh Flowers: Over the past 12 months, I’ve watched wedding trends shifting from rustic-vintage to a more raw, natural, One-of-a-Kind (OOAK) look. I find it really exciting to embrace this evolution and wanted our styled shoot to reflect an “earthy/OOAK/artisan” approach. I immediately drew inspiration from Carol Hannah’s Kensington gown, available at Lovely Bride. What amazing texture and form it has! It’s romantic, yet a bit raw and undone, with a decided OOAK approach. Exactly the look I was seeking for our model to wear! Philadelphia-based designer Doreen of Asarum Designs created OOAK jewelry for the shoot. The raw fluorite and quartz stones hugged by copper were the perfect match to the Kensington gown. Doreen also made beautiful OOAK wedding bands for the couple out of silver and copper. Her work is truly inspirational!
It was a lot of fun designing a bridal bouquet to go with the Kensington gown! Clean white peonies were a fluffy fragrant base, but I wanted a bit of wildness to match that of the skirt so I added more delicate, textural blooms like agrostemma, astilbe, astrantia, maple leaves, and ferns. All the flowers were grown organically at our own urban flower farm in Philadelphia. The bouquet was wrapped in long tails of OOAK hand-dyed raw silk ribbon from the crazy-talented Shellie at Silk & Willow. That ribbon and that dress…. m’wah!! They should always be together!
The venue, Pomme, is a bit of a blank slate, but beautiful with its clean white walls, hardwood floors, and stone fireplace. It was the perfect space to hone in on the details that make an event like a wedding memorable. We crafted a custom-built aged oak branch chuppah draped with organic raw linen and tied with more Silk & Willow ribbon out on the sloping front lawn along the winding little stream. The maple leaves that adorned the corners echoed the rich burgundy-purple hues in the ribbon. The dinner tables were draped in luxuriant Irish linen and flanked with wooden cross-backed chairs that elevated the curated tabletop decor. Copper chargers brought in some shine yet avoided being too glam. Each place setting was given a tiny fern and a raw piece of fluorite. The centerpieces were also from our own flower farm. They were designed in OOAK floral-textured ceramic bud vases made by Philadelphia-based ceramist Chase Brown. Bits of raw fluorite ran down the center of the table. Peachtree & Ward’s chef plated some beautiful seasonal food for us, including fiddlehead ferns, salmon and spring edamame. I was so lucky to have the super talented Maria Mack Photography to work with for the shoot. Maria’s natural style was perfect for the earthy organic details. And makeup artist Beke Beau is a true magician with her brushes! I am constantly in awe of her ability to draw out each of her brides’ natural beauty, making them all OOAK masterpieces.
A cute side story worth telling: our models for the shoot, Sarah and Ben, are a real-life couple who were getting married a few short weeks after the shoot. Months earlier, when Sarah had gone shopping for her own wedding gown, she had fallen totally in love with the Kensington and would have chosen it if her more traditional family hadn’t vetoed it. She chose a more traditional dress from BHLDN, but she told Ben about the Kensington and her disappointment. When Sarah found out we were using the gown for the shoot, she started crying. And it really was the perfect gown for her! We kept it a secret from Ben, and he didn’t see her in it until their “first look”, which was a very sweet moment to witness. It was such a lovely bonus to the shoot to see these two so in love and enjoying all the details of the day so much!
Shoot Location: Radnor, PA / Photographer: Maria Mack Photography / Event Styling and Floral Design: Love ‘n Fresh Flowers / Day-Of Assistance: Confetti & Co. / Venue: Pomme / Dress: Carol Hannah “Kensington” via Lovely Bride / Jewelry: Asarum Designs / Makeup: Beke Beau / Caterer: Peachtree & Ward / Tabletop Settings: Party Rental / Crossback Chairs: Vision Furniture / Irish Linens: Special Occasions / Ribbons: Silk and Willow / Ceramist: Chase Brown