Hello, friends! I am so excited to share this styled session with you. It was such a creative breath of fresh air to work on this shoot from start to finish–from concept to final product! I am obsessed with cool blue hues this winter. A little touch of ethereal goddess, a hint of winter wonderland, and a sprinkle of romance–this is my winter bridal inspiration for 2016!
The inspiration for this styled shoot came from a desire to provide inspiration for winter brides who need a fresh, lighthearted twist on your typical winter wedding; for those brides who are getting married in the winter, but don’t want to incorporate the usual “Christmas-like” bold color themes of reds, burgundy, greens, and gold. The inspiration for the day of shooting was to create scenes that were icy in color, but soft and romantic in essence. We based the styling choices off of the sweetest ideas of winter: snowflakes, sugar plum fairies, and soft winter stoles. With a touch of whimsy, gobs of sea-green tulle, and happy details like teal macarons, this styled shoot provides the modern bride with a softer, creatively romantic side to cold weather weddings.
I chose Jenny as our model for this shoot because of her stellar locks. While she usually sports the on-trend look of granny chic silver hair, for this shoot, she added a lovely and subtle blue color. This gives the images a special ethereal feel that will grab the creative bride’s attention! Our hair stylist, Bri of Diamonds and Do‘s, created a soft braid for Jenny’s look that makes both a effortless and beautiful statement.
I chose an Allison Parris Heirloom Dress for this shoot for it’s stunning color and soft tulle, but also because I wanted to show brides that you don’t have to choose a traditional full-length white gown to look gorgeous for your bridal or engagement photos! This dress went perfectly with our cool color palette, but also popped against the wintery outdoor backdrop of pine trees and oak branches, as well as with the more neutral indoor shots. As for the details of the outfit, I chose some snowflake-inspired earrings and with it a paired a silvery-taupe faux fur stole.
For the bouquet, Charity of He Loves Me Flowers opted for an organic look to compliment the romantic feel of shoot. She chose a base of white stock and peonies and paired it with some silvery-colored filler and blue berry stems. With a silk silver ribbon tied around the base, this bouquet split up the blue elements of the shoot and added a pure feminine touch.
We decorated a wooden cake table with a simple buttercream frosted white naked cake and some teal macarons from Springfield’s Elle’s Patisserie, as well as with some silver tapered candles. To show off the stationery inspiration, we experimented with a silver charger and aluminum tray with some baby blue ribbon. Here and there I thew in some antique white lace pieces to give the images more of a snowflake-inspired feel. Simple, understated, and yet the different textures and similar hues pull everything together to feel varied while still cohesive.
Vendors and Credit:
Photographer: Shelby of Shea Brianne Photography
Flowers: Charity of He Loves Me Flowers
Cake: Kelly Hill
Earrings: Forever 21
Dress: Allison Parris c/o Rent The Runway
Stationery: Shelby Lung
Hair: Bri of Diamonds & Do’s
Fur Stole: Forever 21
Macarons: Elle’s Patisserie
Venue: Shea Brianne Studio
Makeup: Shelby Lung