Stars & Stripes

Jun 8, 2020

Patriotic styled shoot with a traditional red, white and blue color palette at Field Manor in Merritt Island, Florida 

This patriotic-themed styled shoot came to life on a historic manor boasting rustic elegance and old charm. From the endless shoreline to the breathtaking sunset views on the river, paired with the traditional red, white and blue color palette, this shoot has us dreaming up all the holiday inspiration.

“My inspiration was simple, I didn’t have anything to ever post on holidays!” said the photographer. “So I created content for myself for 4th of July, Memorial Day, etc.”

All three brides looked breathtaking, and each wore a gown that complemented her figure and personality effortlessly. The first model donned a form-fitting, ivory lace gown with a sheer bodice, open back and front slit. She wore a cathedral veil that cascaded from her short blonde curls to her gown’s sheer lace train beautifully. Her groom, a retired marine, wore his military uniform!

“What screams freedom more than someone who has fought for it?” said the photographer.

In a white ball gown with a full tulle skirt and sleeveless satin top, the second model looked like a true princess. She wore crystal drop earrings, an embellished hairpiece in her twisted updo, and a bold merlot lip. She even added a pair of patriotic-themed slip-on shoes - which paired perfectly with the groom’s stars & stripes socks! He wore a Pantone blue suit with a red jacquard print tie, brown leather suspenders and a red lotus on his lapel.

The third bride looked so natural in an off-white, full lace gown with an A-line silhouette and deep V cut. She wore her hair pulled back in a low bun with loose strands framing her face, and finished it off with a soft berry lip.

“We had a few gowns to choose from, but ultimate picked ones that fit the ladies the best,” said the photographer. “They were almost TOO perfect!”

Each bridal bouquet was a slight variation of the next, including fern and eucalyptus leaves, red dahlias and ranunculus, merlot-colored lotus, baby white tulips, creamy garden roses and Lily of the valley blooms. The patriotic-themed arrangements were focal elements throughout the decor.

“I left the florals up to the expert, the florist!” said the photographer. “All I wanted was some reds, whites and blues, but I left the rest up to her and boy did she deliver!”

After shooting some portraits with the American flag on the manor’s romantic white porch, with turquoise blue shutters and charming white rocking chairs, the team prepared to shoot the ceremony site. However, as the day progressed, they quickly endured typical Florida afternoon weather. It poured as they scrambled to get everything under the porch.

“This severely delayed our set up but we somehow made it work,” said the photographer. “The skies cleared up just in time for sunset!”

Just as the rain cleared up and the sun was sitting on top of the water, the florist set up the wooden triangular arch intertwined with vibrant florals for the ceremony arbor. Off to the side of the waterfront venue, they used a gorgeous overhang to set up the reception area, lounge area and cake/dessert display.

“Using this overhang was not part of the original plan, but it still worked out well for us!” said the photographer.

They set up a wooden farm table with crossback chairs under the cover, with a vintage lace runner, taper candles and single stem arrangements in various white ceramic vases. Each place setting featured a bright red charger with a textured rim, a blue and white chinoiserie print dinner plate, red and white mixed flatware and a blue acrylic goblet. Layered on top of the plates was a menu and a cream hemstitch napkin in a gold napkin ring.

A local caterer assembled a red and blue grazing board with mixed berries, which went perfectly with the other classic patriotic dishes: corn on the cob and fried chicken. In the lounge area, there was hand-selected red and blue furniture, which really helped the inspiration come to life. One couple got cozy on a burgundy, velvet tufted loveseat, while another bride posed on a navy velvet upholstered armchair.

There was a marvelous cake and dessert display, set up on an off-white baroque style table in front of a rustic sliding barn door. The four-tiered wedding cake had wood-like planks on it that made it super unique, painted red white and blue with stars & stripes, of course. On top, there was a big flag-inspired bow made from delicious fondant.

“It was unlike anything I’d ever seen before,” said the photographer.

They even displayed red velvet shooters with whipped cream, a tower of glazed donut holes and miniature pies with tiny little flags in them, tying the whole display together. Just underneath the spread, they hung a sign reading “America, Land of the Free.” When the day came to an end, the team relaxed and marveled at the watercolor sky before them.

“My favorite part of the whole shoot was probably sunset,” said the photographer. “It had rained almost all day but once it cleared up, the sun came out for the most perfect sunset.”

This shoot has us ready for all the holiday festivities!

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Creative Team

Jennifer Nicole Photography

Field Manor

Fern and Curl Designs
Whimsy Design Studio

Sweet Miss V’s
My Favorite Sweets

Denise Marie Beauty

Rentals & Decor
Mimosas & Moonshine

Red Heart Creative
The Cross Eyed Fox

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
Exceptional Events

Two Chicks and a Pot

Olivia Bowen Bridal
Over the Moon Bridal

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