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Adventurous Mountain Styled Shoot With an Untamed Side

Nov 17, 2018

Romantic winter wedding inspiration in the mountains with a pop of red at the Linville Gorge in Western North Carolina

When you mix a farm table, antique chairs, gorgeous florals and twinkle lights with sweeping mountain views at sunset, it’s hard to contain the beauty of this styled shoot. The shoot was based around the idea of taking all the beautiful fixtures that are normally seen at traditional venues and setting them up in the wilderness.

“I was inspired by the sweeping views of the gorge seen from The Chimneys trailhead and worked with several local vendors to provide items that suited the aesthetic,” said the photographer. 

The table was set up at the beginning of the trailhead, because let’s be honest, it’s not easy to carry an 8-foot farm table down a trail. But it didn’t matter because that was the perfect spot for it. Surrounded by tall trees and the leftover fall leaves on the ground, there couldn’t have been a better spot for the winter-inspired shoot.

Before sitting down at the table, the “bride and groom” headed off on a hike to enjoy some time by themselves and of course, get some good pictures out of it!  

“After walking through the forest and a short ascent, the trail opened up to reveal granite rock faces and we spent time exploring the different cliffs on either side of the trail,” the photographer said. “I used the leaf barren branches to frame multiple shots and show how this landscape can be beautiful even in winter.”

Not much can beat newlywed photos on a cliff at sunset. Especially when the bride is wearing a long sleeve lace gown with an open back and a white fur stole. She had her hair down and wavy, pinned to one side with a very loose twisted braid and rocked a bold lip color. It worked perfectly with the adventurous and untamed wilderness vibe of the shoot. 

The bride carried a bouquet just as wild and untamed. The greenery was darker and more rustic feeling, and there were a few dark red roses for a pop of color. The pop of color matched the groom’s dark red tie and pocket square which looked dapper against his navy blue suit and khaki tweed vest, the ultimate touch of winter for his look. 

After their sunset photo shoot, they headed back down the trailhead, only to be greeted by the site of their reception, which was now lit up by the glowing twinkle lights strung from the trees and the candles all over the table thanks to the sun setting. 

There were two place settings set at the table for a romantic first dinner as husband and wife. Each spot was set with a neutral colored, textured charger, rust rimmed teal watercolor dinner plate and textured rust salad plate on top. The flatware was black matte and brought the right amount of untamed feeling to the table, because who has black silverware? 

In the center of the table lay a gorgeous greenery runner full of eucalyptus, fern leaves, myrtle and a few loose succulents to add a little adventure to the look. The center was beefed up with white hydrangeas, blush roses and red hypericum berries. All throughout the runner were different types of votives mixed in so that it was glowing once the sun went down. 

And then the cake was brought out and it was something special. The four tiered cake was marbled with a single gold vertical stripe going across all four tiers. On each tier was a different looking floral cluster that made it look just as adventurous as the rest of the shoot. 

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Creative Team

Couture Cakes of Greenville

Rentals & Decor
Tri-County Rentals

Mill Street Florist

Linville Gorge

Emily Fincher

Zack Bradley Photography

Glam by Jessie Hamby

The Poinsett Bride
Empire LTd

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