A White Horse Without the Knight

Jan 9, 2019

Rustic and vintage elegance in a neutral colored styled shoot featuring white florals and greenery at Legacy Stables & Events in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

A dreamy venue, a white horse and golden hour sunlight – what more could you ask for, really? This naturally elegant styled shoot had the right mix of rustic, elegance and vintage styles. The neutral color palette, vintage furniture and rustic backdrop all combined effortlessly for one gorgeous look. 

“I have a deep love for vintage elements and I try to incorporate them into all of my shoots,” explained the photographer, Shannyn Dare Photography. “I really wanted a natural, yet elegant, feel to this shoot, so all of the colors used were neutrals.”

The day began with the bride’s hair and makeup, which was done in a soft, romantic look. Her hair was in a curled up do, with a few loose strands framing her face. She wore a simple tulle veil that had diamond sequins on the bottom to add a little glam. Even more glam was added with the diamond teardrop earrings. 

Once she got dressed, the whole elegant and romantic look came together. The gown had a low V-neckline and a full tulle skirt. The back was also a low V and once the embellished belt was added, it was perfection.

“We waited to look at gowns once we were at a bridal shop because we really wanted a gown that suited

our model and gave us dreamy feels,” said the photographer. “The gown we chose was nice and flowy with a very clean look.”

The bride carried a bouquet that gave us all of the feels. It was oversized and full of white lilies, white roses and so much amazing greenery. The classic white flowers gave it the hint of elegance while the greenery kept it natural and rustic feeling. 

Then came the fur stole and white horse, and we need all the heart eye emojis to tell you how we feel about it. The bride spent some time out in the natural outdoors dancing, posing and cozying up to the sweetest (and famous!) white horse while the sun set. Seriously, something straight out of a fairytale, minus the knight in shining armor.  

“He was a gorgeous Saddlebred gelding that also happens to be a movie star – he was in an American Girl Movie!” told Shannyn. 

After making a pit stop in the renovated stables – complete with greenery chandeliers – the bride headed over to the romantic and intimate sweetheart table setup. There was a single rustic farm table set with two Tuscan wooden crossback chairs. The two place settings were each set with a stack of vintage plates, including a glass one with an olive hue. On top of the plate was an olive velvet napkin with a gold spoon tied with a sheer ivory ribbon. The other gold flatware was set on the top next to the three vintage drinking glasses. One was a clear glass, one was tinted green and one was gold. It was a perfect combination. 

Along the edge of the table was a sheer ivory runner topped with the most amazing lush greenery runner and more white lilies and roses. In between all the greenery were several gold candlesticks holding white taper candles. 

Around the corner from the sweetheart table were two vintage olive velvet parlor chairs. Another greenery garland was draped between the two and we can’t imagine a better spot for a bride and groom to sneak away to for a few minutes of privacy.

The last stop of the night was to the cake table. The sun had set, and the cake was lit up by nothing but candlelight. There were candles on the vintage buffet that cake sat on top, candles on the floor and candelabras in the corner.

“The cake table was a vintage buffet covered in candles, to give it a romantic feel,” said the photographer. “We draped garland over the buffet, too and it was exactly what it needed.”

She wasn’t wrong. The candlelight mixed with the garland, mixed with the simply elegant single tiered cake was a dreamy look. The all white cake had a simple textured icing design to give it a little style. 

The last piece to this styled shoot was the invitation suite, which seemed to perfectly embrace the mix of elegant, rustic and vintage styles. The invitation and RSVP cards each had a leafy greenery design to incorporate the rustic aspect but had a calligraphy style cursive to add an elegant touch. The rugged edges of the pieces and the old timey stamps added that vintage feel. 

We love when different styled come together to create one cohesive look. And this styled shoot couldn’t have combined rustic and vintage elegance any better!

Looking for the perfect photographer to capture your wedding day? Check out Shannyn Dare Photography HERE!


Creative Team

Legacy Stables and Events

Shannyn Dare Photography

Dahlia's Floral Design

Artsy Cakesy

Camel City Videography

The Beauty Tribe
Kaitlyn Elizabeth Styling

Rentals & Decor
Twice Loved Vintage Rentals

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
Kalos Designs

Southern Bride

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