One of the things I love most about being a designer is the talented professionals I meet along the way. When Meredith Perdue asked if I would like to coordinate and style a collaboration showcasing the work of a few wedding professionals in the New England area, I exclaimed “of course!” I immediately began gathering inspiration and recruiting the team.
Winter beckons the beholder to marvel in its wonder and magnificence. It is the perfect time for a jubilant occasion such as a wedding; however the chilling air creates a challenge when enjoying the splendor of the season’s offerings. Bringing the natural beauty of the season in is the inspiration behind this staged winter wedding shoot. The essence of winter is emphasized using representative elements and details. Rustic wood, natural fibers, wintry white, icy blue and glistening silver and gold embody the palette.
The backdrop for the wedding is a historical private residence located in wintry Maine. The elegant architectural details of the dining room hold a sharp contrast to the cool bucolic event décor but together create a sense of fire and ice.
The fireplace is festooned to act as the ceremony dais.
Vintage pieces compliment a rustic candlelit fire.
Antique blue bottles hold family wedding portraits along with flowers and natural berries of white.
The couple’s initials sparkling in silver and gold are hung from the mantle by natural woven fabric in blue.
A piece of white birch bark with the couple’s initials sweetly carved in it, acts as a ring pillow.
Chelsey Brennan of Fourth & Folded designed wedding stationery and paper goods which perfectly compliment the overall theme with their fresh color palette of crisp white, icy blue, shimmering gold and silver.
The event invitation, response card, travel and itinerary information are neatly packaged in a small gift box which is then wrapped in craft paper for mailing.
The escort cards and menus follow suit with natural fabric and silver thread as accents.
The wedding program with its unique interior fold is pocketed in a natural muslin bag for guests to cherish as a keepsake.
Similarly packaged is the wedding favor; all the materials needed to grow a tree in memory of the special day.
The reception tablescape is a miscellany of wintry elegance.
Mercury glass vases and antique blue bottles wrapped with silver thread hold white stock, tulips, orchids, carnations, dusty miller and dried berries.
Mercury glass candlesticks add a warm ambiance to the icy blue dinnerware and table linens. The homemade table linens draw inspiration from the patterns of the wedding stationary.
To complete the design a table number is crafted from white birch bark and silver thread.
Other event details keep with the overall rustic winter theme.
The event guest book takes the form of fabric squares for guests to leave their warm sentiments for the newlyweds.
The idea is for the squares to be sewn together to form a quilt.
Escort cards are secured to ribbon by mini clothes pins which are hung from a vintage gold frame.
The dessert buffet, designed by Jessica Parrott of Nothing Bakes Likes a Parrott, is a dream come true for those guests with a sweet tooth.
Marshmallows, brownie pops, white macadamia cookies, mini cupcakes, rock candy, truffles, pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate, strawberry shortcake displayed in mason jars and the quintessential Maine whoopie pie, all accompany a scrumptious wedding cake centerpiece of silver and gold. The buffet is decorated with vintage and rustic elements. How much goodness can one buffet contain?!
The bride’s bouquet is crafted from balsa wood roses.
Her gown is by Rosa Clará. A gray and silver plaid wrap keeps her warm while posing for formal portraits in the cool, crisp winter air.
The bride’s curls are held back by a handcrafted wool flower hair clip embellished with crystals.
Her true jewels are two St. Bernards.
How can you not think winter wonderland when you see these beautiful, loving creatures?
I would like to thank all the ladies and the gentleman who contributed their talents to this fun shoot.
Meredith Perdue of & Unlimited for capturing such beautiful photos.
Chelsey Brennan of Fourth & Folded for designing such amazing paper goods.
Jessica Parrott of Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott for making such delicious eye candy and treats.
Sarah Bisson of Lellies for crafting such a lovely hair piece.
Jessica Bailey for styling the hair and makeup of our gorgeous bride, Aga.
And last but not least Aga, Bessie and Beau for being such super models.