I feel so much joy when I get to step behind my camera and capture priceless moments for couples. I’m a big fan of ice cream, prefer late nights over early mornings, and live for planning my next big international journey.
It all started with a fall staple – the red apple. Instead of taking it the traditional route, we wanted to focus on the charm of a schoolhouse at Hoosier Grove Barn in Steamwood, Illinois and highlight its vintage and romantic flair. Cinthia from Savvy Rose Events worked with Amy of Rustique Swan Event Design Styling & Vintage Rentals to design an inspiration board full of deep, cozy colors, fur accessories, and unexpected elements. We knew red apples needed to be part of the décor because it tied so perfectly with the schoolhouse venue and was a creative twist in the traditional red heart motif.
A wood archway served as the focal point for the altar and ceremony to continue the natural elements already found outside. Aysel of Aysel Cristian Floral constructed a stunning floral installation with cascading greenery and blooms to highlight the couple as they venture into this adventure together.
Red roses set the tone of the floral arrangements. To soften the design, Aysel used white ohara roses and astibles gave the arrangement the right amount of added texture. Pink roses were used to add dimension and shape, while a few anemones and white ranunculus completed the overall design. Of course, no floral arrangement is complete without an abundance of rich, natural greens, which included ferns, asparagus sprengeri and rucus.
The three-tiered cake was kept a soft white to highlight all of the beautiful details happening with the decor and florals. Red apples were added strategically to the cake as accents, as well as red and pink roses.
Amy from Rustique Swan found additional inspiration in the natural colors found throughout the property. Specifically, natural wood browns in apple barrels, stark white and black contrasts of anemones, combined with unexpected colored glassware were key elements to the evolution of this styled shoot.
As the pieces started to fall into place, fur elements at the head table and red apples serving as place cards set the scene for an intimate wedding setting fit for a queen and king. Gold silverware, deep green vintage glassware and gray linens created a statement.
Lead Photographer: @MegahnMcCarthyPhoto