We had been dreaming of designing a snowy winter wedding styled photo shoot for quite some time. Towards the end of the second week in February, we got hit with almost two feet of snow in Northern RI, so we decided to contact our amazing photographer friend, Dawn Temple, to see if she would be interested in photographing this project for us. The only catch was that we had to make it happen FAST in order to capitalize on all that beautiful snowy goodness!
Dawn, who is such an adventurer, was totally up for making this happen, so we quickly gathered some other local talent to help us bring our ideas and design together.
We decided on a moody color palette of lavender, deep purple, berry, graphite, and blush with accents of gold and silver. We threw in some wood tones (with our table and chairs) to warm it all up a bit. The pictures below are our sneak peek photos. We'll have more on our website soon!
For our high and low arrangements as well as for our bouquet, we used a combination of spruce, juniper, lemon leaf, azalea, aspidistra leaves, tree ivy, kiwi branches, eucalyptus and euc. pods, plumosa, some tetrastigma vines, some beautiful hydrangea blooms, menta roses, hellebore, lisianthus, stock, tulips, orchids, winter sunshine cones, and thistle. We added in a few bleached peacock feathers because they were just such a pretty accent.
We crafted a super lush garland of spruce, juniper, and some tetrastigma vines, added some long ribbons, and hung it above the little window behind our table.
We decorated Crystal's gorgeous three-tiered cake (from Bake.Eat.Love) with a few roses and some mixed greenery as well as some dark grapes, piles of blackberries, and plums.
We asked Ali, from Ali Lomazzo Beauty, to create a beautiful but slightly edgier look for our model, Molly, and she totally nailed it!
Samara, from Sam-honey Pottery brought us a beautiful pair of ceramic geometric napkin rings and ceramic octagonal seating stones that complimented our color palette. She makes the seating stones in various shapes and colors, and they can be written on with chalk marker (which is erasable).
Amy's Apples & Devilish Delights brought us the most beautifully decorated favor cookies!
Amy's Apples' cookies can be custom designed to fit any color palette or style, and they create much more than just specialty cookies. (The monogram cookie design is just so classic. Those were my favorite!)
The funniest part about all of our quick planning and trying to take advantage of all the snow we had piled up outside was that the weather during the week BEFORE the shoot was super cold and wintery, and we were expecting to get hit with even more snow, which would have been perfect! But... mother nature had different plans in mind, and not only did we not get any more snow, what we actually got was some incredibly warm, sunny, and beautiful weather that felt like we were in the middle of Spring, and all of our beautiful snow was melting away!!! So when it came time to start photographing our table, our team had to shovel snow from other spots that hadn't melted yet and place it around our table!
And that's the behind the scenes *magic* of a styled shoot for ya!
Here's our wedding inspiration palette and idea board:
PHOTO SHOOT CONTRIBUTOR INFO:
photos: Dawn Temple Photography
cake: Crystal Sparkman of Bake.Eat.Love in Pawtucket, RI
specialty cookies: Amy's Apples & Devilish Delights
ceramic seating stones and napkin rings: Sam-honey Pottery
hair and make-up: Ali Lomazzo (of Ali Lomazzo Beauty)
model: Molly Natalizia
flowers, decor, and styling: Rustic Roots Design
photo shoot location: Slatersville, RI