Image © Emin Kuliyev
Image © Emin Kuliyev
Firstly, huge congratulations if you got engaged over Christmas; I’m so excited for you. I’m sure over the lazy holiday period you are enjoying looking for fabulous wedding inspiration. There’s nothing better than snuggling up on the sofa over Christmas and enjoying all the wonderful ideas, and today’s romantic, elegant winter wedding feature is nothing short of perfect wedding inspiration.
Winter is such a fabulous season, perfect for some magical romance, and the styling of this shoot shows how incredible a winter wedding can be. The muted, earthy colours of blush, burgundy, green and a pop of yellow create an elegant warmth. I am so in love with the floral displays; orchids, calla lilies, roses, chrysanthemums and an abundance of foliage feature heavily. The table arrangements look so romantic in the ornate gold vases, together with matching gold candlestick holders, and wait until you see the most incredible suspended floral display and matching bridal bouquet – they really are quite spectacular. The floral theme is also carried through to the beautiful wedding stationery.
Although the floral arrangements make a real statement, the styling is simple, elegant and understated. The styling really complements the bride’s style too. She wears a stunning lace top wedding dress that is every winter bride’s dream!
If you are looking for ideas for your winter wedding then these will wow you, but the colours will also look beautiful for weddings in all seasons. Enjoy snuggling up and looking at the wonderful pictures of these romantic, elegant winter wedding styling ideas, photographed by Jack and Jane Photography.
“Inspired by French wine country, this wedding shoot was all about romance and classic elegance. With the magnificent Franschhoek valley, Groot Drakenstein Mountains and spectacular vineyards as our backdrop, we couldn’t ask for more beauty. Lynx Wine Farm’s horse stables served as the perfect location to showcase the shoot’s stylish charm, whilst Jack and Jane Photography captured all the earthy colours wonderfully.”
“With winter in mind, I wanted to inspire brides with romantic, dreamy flower arrangements using earthy and deep, moody colours. I let the flowers do what they wanted, and the end result was a messy and loosely arranged, yet structured, composition. I used brown cymbidiums, red and soft pink roses, white roses for contrast and foraged greenery and autumn leaves.
“When it came to the installation, I wanted to create a big opulent appearance. I added anthuriums, tulips and amaranthus for a hint of colour alongside the roses.”
“For the hair and make-up we decided to go for an understated, contemporary feeling. I felt a modern, unfussy top bun would inspire less traditional brides looking for something different.
“While the make-up remained clean and simple, with the features gently enhanced and highlighted, the striking deep plum lip became the focal point.”
Photography: Jack and Jane Photography
Floral Design and Styling: Foraged
Shoot Location: Lynx Wines, Franschhoek, South Africa
Wedding Dress: Fiona Mauchan Bridal Couture
Hair and Make-Up: Kirsten Murphy Make-Up
Stationery: Naomi Mulder Design
Model: Maxine Elphic
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Oh I do love a tea-length 1950s style wedding dress, and I’m blown away by the fabulous dresses in the Rita Mae 2018 bridal collection. The latest collection is full of flirty numbers, plus lace, polka dots, petticoats and even a blue wedding dress!
A beautiful collection of short wedding dresses from renowned design house Alan Hannah, the Rita Mae 2018 collection is pretty, feminine and quirky. Designer Marguerite has used a variety of fabrics and colours, and each dress is available in three lengths – short, tea-length and long.
The 2018 collection breaks away from tradition. I adore the cheeky polka dot skirts with full petticoats teamed with classic 50’s strapless bodices. It’s also lovely to see another bridal collection with a burst of colour. The blues and pinks give a striking vibrancy and instant hanger appeal to the dresses. Floral embellishments create a spring filled vivacity and freshness to the new hi low styles, and there is a sassy confidence in the fitted dresses, which have beautiful figure hugging lace to the low hip and then bustling out into a full tulle skirts.
“I especially love Marseilles. Marseilles is a clean and classic shape with a bell shaped skirt that works especially well as a hi lo dress. This adds an element of fun and irreverence, which is what I try to achieve in Rita Mae.” – Marguerite Hannah, Designer
There really are some fabulous dresses in the Rita Mae 2018 collection. Just look at these three for starters…
This is a truly unique wedding dress. If you’re going for a 1950’s feel to your wedding, what better homage to the era than this spectacular red polka dot tulle dress? If you don’t fancy the bold red polka dots, Arizona is also available with white dots.
Here is your ‘something blue’. Genoa is the perfect choice if you are looking for an alternative wedding dress. I love the way the full skirt twists – imagine dancing in this beauty.
This is my favourite wedding dress from the Rita Mae 2018 bridal collection. Nice has such a beautiful shape with the bateau neckline and beautiful full skirt. The cute 3D flowers make this such a pretty, feminine dress, perfect for a spring or summer wedding.
So what do you think ladies, gorgeous dresses or what?
You can see the rest of the stunning dresses in the Rita Mae 2018 bridal collection in the gallery below. Find out more at www.ritamae.co.uk.
Image © Jason Tey Photography
There’s only three more sleeps to go – are you excited yet? Feeling festive? If you weren’t feeling festive before, I’m sure you will after seeing these pictures by the fabulous Alicia King Photography. Taking place on a Christmas tree farm, this winter wedding shoot oozes festive charm. It’s full to the brim of the most delightful styling ideas for a Christmas wedding.
The colours used are traditional, seasonal colours for this time of year, with red, green and white running the show. With the backdrop of the snowy Christmas trees they look sublime.
If you are looking for ideas for your Christmas wedding seating plan, check out the dress maker’s mannequin dressed with a fur shrug and the most fabulous skirt made of Christmas tree sprigs, delicately adorned with guest names. This is one very cool way to showcase your seating plan.
The winter wedding styling details make the rustic wedding table come alive. From the beautiful eucalyptus, Christmas tree and rose table runner than spans the length of the table, to the array of gold candlestick holders, Christmas beer bottles with flowers, pine cone place setting decor, and cute little deer. The table looks so inviting. To top it all off there are cosy winter blankets over the chairs.
As well as the amazing tablescape, the creative team styled a Christmas wonderland in other parts of the Christmas tree farm which adds to the magic of these styling ideas.
I hope these magical winter wedding ideas make you feel fabulously festive!
“One of the greatest things about living in the North East is the changing seasons – it allows us creative types to have fun with Mother Nature’s revolving backdrop. Cutting your own Christmas tree is a big Hudson Valley attraction, and we are fortunate to have one of the country’s oldest tree farms in our backyard. Battenfeld’s Christmas Tree Farm, a family run business, has been providing fresh cut trees since 1956. What better place to host a winter shoot than on a Christmas tree farm that has for decades been celebrating the most wonderful time of the year?
“The colour palette had to be rich yet natural. We wanted it to feel like the holidays but not scream Merry Christmas. Ruby red, evergreen and winter white with natural wood tones felt like a classic holiday card straight from Currier and Ives.
“The night before the shoot it snowed eight inches in Red Hook, NY, so we all woke to a winter wonderland. When we arrived on site, the evergreens greeted us like stoic soldiers with a perfect carpet of white under their wooden feet.”
“Upon arrival to the reception, greetings from a winter mannequin with stole and pearls, adorned with tea stained escort cards in gold calligraphy. Farm tables were set with bone china and fashioned down a balsam tree aisle. We then filled in with the finest wares – vintage silver flatware along with crystal glass in gem colours. We adorned mixed wooden chairs with plaid blankets and quilts to keep guests warm. Endless evergreen and eucalyptus roping ran down the centre of the table over a linen runner, and brass candlesticks with cream candles added an extra layer of metal.
“Tailgating and horse drawn rides are a must when cutting down your tree! A 1940 Studebaker truck made the perfect tailgate, and a perfect chalkboard wedding timeline added to the styling. Fur pillows, skis, sledges and blankets made it feel like you could hang out all afternoon.”
“Our bride’s gown had pockets to keep her hands warm, and a red and black buffalo flannel shirt and mink stole kept our bride toasty. her glorious red rose crown was the star of the show, and the bouquet was just as dreamy. Mixed winter greens, juniper berries and pheasant feathers gave a woodsy look.
“We gave our groom a relaxed look, ready to cut down a tree, with lined cargo pants, flannel shirt, jacket and warm scarf. His deer buttonhole pin couldn’t have been any more fitting.”
“We created a stunning vintage lounge in the barn where they tie and wrap cut trees for travelling home. A cream couch, green velvet chair and vintage trunk with lots of plaid with furs made for a warm and cosy setting.
“The wedding cake was the most amazing edible winter piece. Realistic stump base, cosy cable knit sweater topped with a naked chocolate tier.
“A bonfire with s’mores station and hot cocoa is a must at any outdoor winter gathering, along with ribbon candy, candy canes and the most adorable winter shaped sugar cookies.”
“Beautiful Edison bistro lighting gave a warm glow from above. We ended the night with our couple decorating a Christmas tree with white lights and vintage decorations.
“This shoot was nothing less than a creative’s dream. Working in 35 degree weather, doing what we love, is a testament to all the professionals. The magical snow Mother Nature provided us was a beautiful gift we will always remember too.”
Photography: Alicia King Photography
Design Concept, Coordination and Styling: Monica Relyea Events
Shoot Location: Battenfeld’s Christmas Tree Farm
Flannel Shirt: Old Navy
Bride’s Winter Boots: Sorel
Groom’s Deer Pin: Better Fellow
Vintage Wares and Furniture, Props and Styling: North Country Vintage Rentals
Tables and China: Rhinebeck Party Rentals
Lighting: Clifton Park Rental
Flowers: Lavender and Leaf
Hair and Make-Up: Allyson Marie Gregory
Cake: The Cakery
Calligraphy: Coppola Creative
Invitations: Amber Maxfield Design
Vintage Truck: 1940 Studabaker
Horse and Buggy: Gentle Giants
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