Gilded Woodlands inspired elopement

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Ooo I kind of feel like I’ve been taken on a bit of a journey reading the below story from CASTO PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMA who collaborated with COTE DESIGNS on this ‘perfect for the holiday season’ woodlands shoot. They’ve set the scene so well I won’t say anything further and leave you to get lost in their romantic plot… get comfy, and inspired!

“For this woodland inspired elopement we were inspired by a forbidden love and the pantone color of the year marsala. To us there are few things more romantic than an intimate elopement in the woods. In our Gilded Woodlands inspiration shoot, we were initially inspired by the way the golden sunset glitters through a pine forest. With pine needles dripping from trees and fluttering as the wind blows, a sense of romance takes over the scene.

For this shoot, the groom, donned in his finest tux, and arrived at the home of his stunning bride with a bouquet of ruby red amaryllis in hand to escort her to the middle of the forest where an intimate gathering of family awaited at sunset. The guests would have received their custom calligraphy invitation just days in advance, as this couple could not bear to wait any longer to wed. After exchanging love letters for years, the couple finally reached the long-awaited day of their marriage.”

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“To evoke the sense of romance, the color palette of cranberry, deep reds, forest green and glittering gold created an atmosphere that was rich, yet rustic. Incorporated in the floral centerpiece and atop the cocktail and dessert bar, guests will find a nod to the forest through deer antlers foraged from Cote Designs’ property and greenery draped on the candelabra from a property near the private residence where this shoot took place.

Simple yet rich foods added to the sparkle of this inspiration shoot. Gilded truffles sit on the table alongside mini gilded chocolate cakes with candy pine cones. Guests would mingle at the reception while the couple enjoyed the sunset drinking a Cranberry Amaretto Kiss signature cocktail for the evening.

The bride’s gown, simple yet elegant, is the perfect backdrop for her gorgeous pop of lip color and florals complete with a flowing Silk and Willow ribbon. Plus, the groom knew from the start of the perfect ring for her finger: as unique as it is stunning: an antique gold ruby ring surrounded by sparkling diamonds.

As the golden sun set on this gorgeous evening, the couple took a moment to embrace the rustic elegance of the woods by exploring the pine forest. A gentle breeze, a romantic sunset, and a future together.”

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Photography CASTO PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMA / Assistant Photography LAUREN CARNES / Floral & Event Design COTE DESIGNS / Hair & Make-up BELLA FACCIA, LLC / Dessert DIANNA TORNOW / Models TAYLOR SHAYE and WILL DURRETT / Gown ANNA MAIER supplied by HOUSE OF THE BRIDE / Stationery LEEN MACHINE CALLIGRAPHY / Mens Formalwear SIMONS FORMALWEAR / Location PRIVATE ESTATE, AIKEN, SC
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Marsala Holiday Inspiration Ideas

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Ok if you’re lacking a little bit of holiday spirit (sadly I must put my hand up for that one – I blame the miserable weather we’ve had!!) then this shoot is bound to fix that right up! Get those pinning fingers ready cause there is plenty of stunning inspiration here to put some vigour into your step and revive your love for all things Christmas!! With exquisite styling by AMORE EVENTS BY CODY the shoot features Pantone’s colour of the year – Marsala – in an array in incredible florals by WHIMSICAL FLORAL. The models look stunning in their gowns and accessories from BHLDN and it’s all captured beautifully by RACHEL MAY PHOTOGRAPHY at EARLY MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS. Wouldn’t you love to attend a Christmas celebration like this? It’s so welcoming! The shoot took place at the BEAUTY AND THE BRAINS workshop run by RACHEL and TYLER CORVIN.

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Photography RACHEL MAY PHOTOGRAPHY / Styling & Decor AMORE EVENTS BY CODY / Gowns, shoes, veils and hair combs BHLDN / Florals WHIMSICAL FLORAL / Venue EARLY MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS / Hair BRIANNA ADAMS / Make-up TINSLEY ONUEGBU / Co-Coordination, Cake & Signature Cocktails JACLYN CONLOGUE, EXCHANGE EVENTS & CATERING / Ribbon MIDORI / Runner SILK & WILLOW / Jewellery Box THE MRS. BOX / Models HELEN KREUTZER & KATIE JONES

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Blush Wedding Inspiration from Slovakia

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I’m thrilled to share these truly stunning images by INSPIRED BY LOVE at the workshop Sona held recently in Slovakia. CIARA O’HALLORAN styled a beautifully elegant shoot which was set against the backdrop of Slovakian rolling hills, capturing the natural beauty of the historic HOTEL CHATEAU BÉLA. Working with a palette of citrus, blush and dusty pink shades florist BIELY ATELIÉR created some seriously pretty bouquets which were accented with luscious hand dyed silk ribbon from SILK & WILLOW. A dreamy blush wedding gown by SARAH JANKS as well as a gorgeous beaded one from JANA JUR?ENKO were the showstoppers.

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