Feb 20, 2020
Celestial-themed styled shoot with indigo and rust tones, whimsical florals and vintage decor at The Ridge in Asheville, North Carolina
This winter celestial-themed styled shoot truly transported us to another world! The mood was set at a French and Spanish inspired villa in North Carolina, boasting breathtaking 360-degree views of the gorgeous mountain ranges. Outside, a dusty white snow blanketed the lush landscape.
“My inspiration for this shoot came from my obsession with the sky,” said the photographer. “I’ve always had a fascination with the moon and stars.”
Starting with the invitation suite, every detail and color palette was aligned with the celestial theme. The stationery was created on navy, lapis blue and charcoal deckle-edge paper, with specks of white resembling stars. It was complete with beautiful handwritten calligraphy and accented by moon imagery.
“For this shoot, I really wanted to put as much of my own boho style into it as possible,” said the photographer. “When choosing the colors, I immediately was drawn to that orange and blue combo - blue for the sky and orange for the earth.”
The model looked absolutely angelic in her boho-chic bridal look - a flowy, ivory gown with a deep V neckline, lace detailing and delicate tulle overlay. Her sleeves were adorned with little dots, adding a really unique touch, and her long blonde waves were loosely twisted back into a half-up, half-down style. For the final details, she wore a dainty lariat necklace and a bold berry lip.
“For the bride’s look I definitely wanted something flowy and bohemian,” said the photographer. “When I found this one I was obsessed with the see-through sleeves and tulle overlay that was over top of the vintage lace.”
Matching the color scheme, the groom wore a classic blue suit, with an ever-so-faint variation in the threading that was stunning. He paired it with a rust colored bow tie and handkerchief and to top it all off, he added a pair of blue and orange corn dog socks!
“This was our fun little hidden touch to the shoot,” said the photographer, “and if you look close enough in some of the shots you’ll see the little corn dogs peeking out on his socks!”
Together they looked fierce and sophisticated, with her bridal bouquet tying the ensembles together effortlessly. The enchanting arrangement included several variations of neutral colored roses, anemone, tulips, blush colored ranunculus and sprigs of greenery and baby’s breath.
“The flowers for this shoot were so unique, our florist is some sort of magician!” said the photographer. “When I sent her photos of our moon shaped arbor, she was so excited and had the amazing idea to completely cover it in baby’s breath - it ended up perfectly matching the snow!”
The snow was unexpected, yet turned out to be an essential decor element of the shoot. Outside, there was a custom-made, moon shaped arbor in place for the ceremony moment. The structure was made from greenery, and sprinkled with a dust of powdery snow it looked even more magical. Paired with the mountain range, it was the most romantic backdrop for the couple, who posed in a warm embrace in the winter wonderland.
“The snow was absolutely CRAZY!” said the photographer. “We were hoping for a little bit of a dusting but we got to experience Asheville completely covered in snow, it was so beautiful!”
They posed hand-in-hand in front of the chateau doors, before heading inside to escape the chill. The indoor space featured whitewashed plank wood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows that allowed for exquisite natural light. The couple was seated for a few shots in a pair of berry, crushed velvet tufted armchairs, accompanied by a glass accent table and taper candles. Following some individual shots of the bride, the groom posed on a majestic, brown leather upholstered armchair.
There were multiple tablescape designs throughout the shoot, one for the couple and also for the guests. The guests’ table was a large round table set up with a soft stone blue linen, with antique cane-back chairs and a statement centerpiece flower arrangement. Each place setting featured textured, bone-colored porcelain chargers and dinner plates, with classic silverware and cream linen napkins.
At the bride and groom’s antique wooden table, there were layered hand-dyed table runners with amber goblets, oversized candlesticks and floral arrangements in front of them. For the table placings, they layered a vintage glass charger, a black ceramic plate, and on top a round hand painted menu at the corner to create the shape of a moon on the black plate.
“To be able to bring those colors in exactly how I imagined, I hand dyed all of the cheese cloth seen for the table runners and flat lay details!” said the photographer.
The wedding cake display was separated from the table setup by two metal grids, intertwined with ivory cloth and a floral installation. It was a petite, single-tiered cake with burnt orange marbled icing and moon accents, accompanied by a navy runner and gold star structure.
After the team captured all the shoot’s design elements, the couple nestled into a pile of rust and indigo, plush velvet pillows. The oriental area rugs beneath them and the surrounding array of lit candles added to the warm ambience of the set, and overall aura of this couple’s love.
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