Mar 17, 2019
Warm, garden style and glamorous inspiration shoot with living coral, soft pink, orange at the rustic Donnaha Valley Farm near Winston Salem, North Carolina
With summer on the horizon, there is no better time for Pantone’s color of the year to shine. Living coral is such a warm and bright color, and when paired with a rustic backdrop, fresh flowers, gold details and two dreamy wedding gowns it looks like something right out of a fairytale.
“We wanted to create a shoot that would evoke the feelings of sun-drenched summer afternoons, so I chose to stay with a very warm color palette,” said the photographer. “The gold details in the table setting gave the space a wonderful glow and the luscious greenery and floral arrangements made the table feel bright and fresh.”
The venue provided the perfect mix of rustic and romance. The wooden features inside mixed with the natural greenery outside, including a picturesque greenery wrapped tree swing. It all worked so well together.
As the bride had her hair and makeup done, detail shots of the invitation suite and accessories were taken and set the tone for the day. The watercolor invitation suite was warm, summery and bright. It felt natural, like the venue, yet soft and romantic. The shoes and jewelry really added a touch of glamour and princess style. The diamond teardrop earrings and diamond embellished heels added the right amount of sparkle.
The bride stepped into her first dress of the day, which was a classic sheath dress from the front but from the side had so much glamour. The side slit and beading work on the side continued into the open back straps and was breathtaking.
“This dress was actually our second choice for the shoot, but it fit our bride like a glove, so it quickly became our favorite,” said the photographer.
Her hair was pulled off to one side in loose curls and she carried a dreamy bouquet of soft pink
roses and peonies, coral carnations, orange ranunculus, and green ferns spilling out. She met her groom who wore a fitted charcoal suit and green vest and tie to compliment to soften the bright florals of the bride’s bouquet.
The couple snapped shots all over the grounds – from the ceremony arbor, to the well-dressed outdoor tablescape, to the cake table up against the wooden plank wall. They were even joined by their bridesmaids and groomsmen for some of the shots. The bridesmaids wore a gold beaded gown that really upped the glamour factor and the groomsmen wore matching charcoal suits with the same soft green color bowtie.
As the group moved from backdrop to backdrop we can’t help but gush over the décor and set up of each space. Starting with the ceremony arbor. We can’t help but think of Cinderella’s carriage when looking at the shape of this arbor and it helps bring that fairytale feeling to life even more. The iron arbor was decked out with greenery and a cluster or fluffy white hydrangeas and more soft pink, coral and orange blooms.
Moving into the reception space, there was a rustic wood topped white farmhouse table. One side had a matching bench while the other had matching white chairs. On the table one large arrangement stole the show with its lush blooms and greenery spilling out. The greenery spilled down and along the center of the table, weaving in and out between the gold candlesticks and gold votives. It all sat on top of a white gauze table runner that draped down to the floor. At each place setting there was a gold charger topped with gold silverware and a bright coral napkin wrapped in a gold ring. The finishing touch was the coral watercolor place cards and table number that tied the whole look back to the invitation suite.
“The venue was very rustic, so we wanted to elevate the space while keeping many of the elements natural and simple, so we chose a wooden farmhouse table and covered it with a light and airy gauze table runner and incorporated lots of florals,” explained the photographer.
Across the room there was a four-tier white cake that had pink and ivory rosette designs trailing down. The vintage white pedestal cake stand was wrapped with greenery and the whole thing sat on a wooden topped white vintage sideboard. A chiffon runner lay down the center and gold candlestick holders surrounded the table.
Before their wardrobe change, the couple stopped at a vintage settee that was sitting in the middle of a field and creating the most romantically rustic pictures.
The bride changed into a full-on princess gown that couldn’t have been more perfect for the last backdrop.
“From the planning stages, I knew we had to have a classic tree swing,” the photographer said. “I wanted our bride and groom to capture every little girl’s imagination of what their wedding day would look like with all the magic and wonder of being a princess for the day.”
With the coral color being the focus of this styled shoot, we are brought the feeling of a warm summer day and the swing adds the perfect detail for that summery feeling.
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