Jul 14, 2020
High-fashion styled shoot with elegant decor, white florals and an abundance of greenery at Luxmore Grande Estate in Winter Springs, Florida
As times continue to change, more and more couples have decided to adapt by embracing elopements and micro-weddings. This high-fashion styled shoot is an inspiration to all brides by showing how you can still have a luxurious wedding - regardless of the guest count.
“More and more couples are finding themselves in what can only be described as uncharted territory,” said the wedding photographer. “As COVID-19 cases spike daily, the wedding industry is encountering cancellations and postponed celebrations are the new norm.”
The invitations for this gathering were a soft robin’s egg blue, printed on feathery, deckled-edge paper. The accompanying stationery featured beautiful art showcasing the estate venue, as well as elegant calligraphy mixed with classic typeface.
For the bridal look, the couture gown was unlike any other - with a romantic, off-the-shoulder sweetheart bodice featuring the most ethereal hand-embroidery. It was truly a work of art, with delicate beading and floral lace detailing in ivory, olive green and dusty rose accents. Ivory florals cascaded down the crepe skirt, with an additional tulle attachment in the back filling out the silhouette.
The bride looked showstopping in the gown, with a cathedral veil in her bouncy blonde waves. She wore a soft apricot lip, strappy pointed-toe pumps, and a pair of crystal teardrop earrings that truly sparkled. Her groom looked dapper next to her, in a sleek black three-piece suit, white dress shirt and black tie.
Throughout the decor, the floral design followed a clean and classy, green and white color palette. For the groom’s boutonniere, he wore a tiny ivory spray rose with mixed greenery, while the bridal bouquet came to life with willow and silver dollar eucalyptus, white spray roses and garden roses.
“The florals take a two-tone white and green approach to continue the minimalistic theme,” said the photographer.
Walking through the columns into the picturesque southern manor, the grand foyer opened up to a double spiral staircase adorned in garlands of ivy. The greenery waterfalled down the floor at the foot of the staircase, popping with massive white hydrangeas. A magnificent crystal chandelier dangled overhead, while floor-to-ceiling windows allowed natural light to pour in from all angles.
“Intimate events at the estate are a match made in heaven,” said the photographer.
For the ceremony set-up, there were rows of King Louis XVI chairs that faced a fireplace with a historic, baroque-style mantle. The mantle was covered in loose florals and vase arrangements full of fresh greens and white blooms, which created the most beautiful backdrop and focal point. A crystal chandelier hung from the ceiling, which showcased elegant crown molding.
“With this inspirational shoot, it's all about the beautifully bright minimalism mixed with high-fashion glam,” said the photographer.
At the reception, name cards hung from ribbons with white gerpom flowers and long sprays of greenery. The display was suspended from an industrial wire structure, which was the perfect combination of minimalism and elegance.
This theme was the forefront of the tablescape design, starting with the statement centerpieces in oversized glass vases. Each was overflowing with white snapdragons, hydrangeas and lush greens, and surrounded by smaller arrangements in varying glass vases. A runner made from more greenery cascaded down the ends of the dark wood table, and taper candles in antique silver holders were placed throughout.
“Our reception tabletop included simple yet elegant touches of silver and glass,” said the wedding photographer.
At each place setting, there was a set of ceramic white plates layered with an ivory fringed linen napkin and a glass charger with a textured silver rim. There were sets of modern silver flatware, mixed with sharp, geometric wine glasses and champagne flutes.
“We wanted the table to feel natural and clean,” said the photographer, “and we just love the way the natural light from the windows gives it a dreamy look!”
In addition to the warm candlelight and stacks of vintage books on top of the table, one of the most enchanting details was the custom watercolor menus featuring art of the venue’s exterior.
“It gives an extra personal touch to the wedding theme,” said the photographer.
After sipping on bubbly and grazing the decadent cheese and fruit spread, it was time for cake. The wedding cake display was showcased on a vintage, whitewashed wooden table topped with sprays of ivy and single stem arrangements. There were two, two-tiered cakes with a four-tiered cake in between - each boasting stone blue and white jacquard print icing and garnished with blush roses.
“Our goal of this shoot was to show that an intimate wedding can be simple and elegant,” said the photographer, “meaning you don't have to compromise on style just because you downsized the guest list.”
The photographer said it best - could elegant micro-weddings be the future of the wedding industry as we know it?
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