Victorian-Bohemian Styled Shoot
As a wedding planner and stylist, I hear a common concern among brides when they ask for help making their wedding day special, unique and beautiful. They scope out Pinterest for ideas, and, with as wonderful as all of that information is, brides often become overwhelmed with the sea of resources and ideas that Pinterest and other sites provide. It can be difficult for them to narrow down choices and figure out exactly which design elements or special touches they should choose.
I find it interesting that brides, when looking for ideas to create a unique experience for their wedding, are searching in places where the majority of people go. It seems like a contradiction to me to see "what everyone else is doing" in order to make your day "unique". While I see a lot of value in Pinterest (I'm an avid fan myself), I think this is one of those times when brides should look a little closer to home. There are other creative, innovative ways for couples to put their personal stamp on their wedding day, ensuring it stands out as a special and favorite memory for themselves as well as for their guests.
When I begin working with a couple, my primary goal is to get to know them, like a friend might. I listen to the story of how they met, find out what's important in their lives (both individually and as a couple), and discover who's significant to them as well. This, rather than Pinterest, is the perfect starting point for designing elements for their wedding. By tying in certain aspects of their story, including personal pieces that help to weave the spirit of their loved ones into the fabric of their day, couples can authentically and organically create an experience that is memorable, beautiful, and truly unique.
To illustrate this idea, I enlisted the help of several talented wedding vendors to create this styled shoot. The overall theme was inspired by the model's bohemian style and the venue's Victorian influence. As I tell my wedding couples, work with the aesthetic of your venue, not against it, as you develop your wedding's overall look. Build in your personal style, as we have done here, to convey an authentic and believable theme. In other words, don't "force" a look and try to be who you're not, or try to make the venue something it naturally isn't. If you do that, the energy will feel "off" and incomplete.
The "bride" in this styled shoot has chosen to wear her maternal great-great grandmother's rubies as bridal jewelry. She incorporated her mother's silver cake pedestal to hold the wedding cake, and used a table made from her grandfather to display it. The sweetheart table's place settings are pieces from her mother's wedding china, and the champagne glasses and silver tray were gifts from her maternal grandmother. Her paternal great-grandmother hand-crocheted all of the doilies that were used in the decor, and some of the antique porcelain serving dishes are heirlooms from her paternal great-great-great grandmother's collection. I helped our florist forage for many of the greenery elements used in the decorations to give her sweetheart table display a more lush, garden feel.
It is important to reflect upon what is important in your lives, and consider which meaningful pieces you might add to your decor. Not only is this a beautiful way to honor your loved ones and include them into the memory of your day, it has a significance much deeper than a Pinterest board. The fact that you saved money in the process by using things you already have is the icing on the cake!
Styling/Coordination/Vintage Rentals: Magnolia Blossom Events http://www.magnoliablossomevents.com/
Venue: Solomons Victorian Inn http://solomonsvictorianinn.com/
Pastry Chef: Blondies Baking Company http://www.blondiesbakingcompany.com/
Floral Designer: Blushing Blooms Floral Design http://www.blushingbloomsfloraldesign.com/
Calligraphy/Stationery: Lauren Perry Studio http://laurenperrystudio.com/
Photography: Jessica Helwig Photography http://www.jessicahelwigphotography.com/#!/HOME
Hair Stylist: Faith’s Hair Design https://www.facebook.com/Faiths-Hair-Design-152666818083325/?fref=ts
Makeup Artist: Miranda Paige Beauty http://www.mirandapaigebeauty.com/
Bridal Fashion (long-sleeved gown): Leah Maria Couture http://www.leahmariacouture.com/
Bridal Fashion (short-sleeved gown & fur cape): Country Chic Creations & Couture https://www.facebook.com/countrychiccouturemd/info/?tab=page_info
Model: Alaena Gadwill
We are thrilled to have this styled shoot featured in Southern Maryland Weddings! Check it out here!