Bridal Shoot
Rustic Winter Elegance Inspiration

Afternoon lovelies :-)

With the colder weather drawing in, i thought i would share some rustic winter inspiration all the way from the US of A! Hessian, ribbon and candles, with a bride donning a cardie… all make for a cosy yet elegant feel. I hope this wets your appetite for the winter weddings coming your way soon….

Thanks so much to the lovely Mary Melissa Johnson of First City Events for submitting this wonderful shoot to me, here is what she had to say;

“My name is Mary Melissa and I am addicted to winter weddings.  So I was thrilled when Ai-Ling Chang and I decided to collaborate on this winter wedding inspired photo shoot.    Working with several local vendors and a great venue, we had an amazing time at this photo shoot.

My main concept for this shoot was rustic elegance.  I decided to use white and shades of silver for the color story.  I thought it would give a wonderful contrast and would highlight the natural features of Old Fort Jackson.  Built in 1808, the fort is a hidden gem in Savannah, GA.    With it’s beautiful grounds, serene views, and rumored ghost haunting, it was an enchanting atmosphere for our shoot. 

On the first day, we decided to focus on the lounge area and the table setting.  Savannah Special Events provided the white armchairs in the lounge area. 

Focusing on details we used interesting “vintage” charms, ribbon balls, candles and lanterns in the lounge area.  The burlap/ribbon wrapped candleholders used in this area were one of my favorite items from the shoot.   The floral design by Amy Harvey Designs was incorporated into the lounge area and the table setting.  For the table, the vines from the floral arrangement weave between the teapots and antique candleholders. The rough-edged burlap table runner stood out against the white tablecloth. Foregoing the typical napkin rings, we decided to use burlap, silver ribbon and “vintage” charms to create a unique place setting option.

On the second day, we focused on Bridal Fashion.  Lara made a lovely bride in the Vera Wang gown provided by Bleu Belle Bridal.  Tiffony Simpson of Ony Salon created a stunning up-do. Megan Mateo decided to keep the make-up simple and emphasize Lara’s hazel eyes.  We decided to keep the accessories to a minimal.  

Thank you to all the vendors that made the photo shoot possible!  I would like to thank a few special people – My Boss, Bonnie for providing support and acting as my assistant during the photo shoot; Ai-Ling’s and Lara’s husbands for providing assistance on our second day; the staff of Old Fort Jackson; and finally my mom and dad for encouraging me to follow my dreams.”

Isn’t it fab to see a new take on winter wedding inspiration? See you tomorrow ;-) xoxo




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  1. 22.10.2011 at 3:09 pm
    James says:
    amazing shots, really like them!
  2. 23.10.2011 at 8:43 am
    Joanna says:
    Really nice shoot, simple colours but love the touch of silver in there too. The lanterns and candles are very effective in front of the window.
  3. 25.10.2011 at 3:37 pm
    Lou says:
    thanks guys xx
  4. 02.11.2011 at 5:13 am
    Megan says:
    How did you do your hair? so gorgeous.
  5. 03.11.2011 at 8:11 pm
    Vic says:
    Agreed... her hair is beautiful. *bookmarking photograph to show hairdresser if anyone ever decides they'd like to marry me! : )
  6. 08.11.2011 at 10:53 pm
    Esther says:
    Great hair! I had my hair almost just like that on my wedding day!
  7. 09.11.2011 at 3:36 am
    Molly Legut says:
    The hair in this wedding is just insanely beautiful.
  8. 15.11.2011 at 9:55 pm
    Molly says:
    I want to know how you did your hair! PleAse tell me how or put up a tutorial!!! Please!
  9. 23.12.2011 at 5:14 pm
    Addi says:
    Wow! I agree with everyone else! TUTORIAL!!! Wow this is great! Amazing job!
  10. 26.12.2011 at 4:21 am
    kaylah anderson says:
    I love her hair in these pictures, it is absolutely beautiful! Can you put up a tutorial or anything about how it was done? That would be amazing. Gorgeous pictures.
  11. 31.12.2011 at 1:34 am
    Allison says:
    i love your hair! how did you do it?
  12. 16.01.2012 at 5:13 am
    Valerie says:
    I'm doing my aunts hair for her wedding and to be honest this is the best hairstyle I have seen yet. How did you do it?
  13. 22.01.2012 at 7:51 pm
    Madelaine says:
    How do you do your hair like that?
  14. 25.01.2012 at 4:21 pm
    Megan says:
    I agree with everyone else...PLEASE PLEASE show how you did the hair. I found it on pinterest, and I'm dying to figure out how to do it.
    I've tried..and it's just not happening :(
  15. 25.01.2012 at 4:25 pm
    Lou says:
    I'm working on it girls :-) bare with me hehe!! xx
  16. 15.02.2012 at 4:06 am
    Rebecca says:
    I've just about gone crazy looking for a hair tutorial for this look. Quite literally. All of my free time for the past 2 weeks has been spent searching, but I still can't find one... Please, please, please, please, PLEASE make a tutorial!
  17. 28.02.2012 at 10:19 pm
    Courtney says:
    I am curious as to where you purchased the Key charm around her neck and the ones on the napkins! I LOVE it!!

    Thank you!
  18. 29.02.2012 at 4:20 pm
    Brenda Gatz says:
    Have you made a tutorial for your hair yet?!?!? I need it by St Pat's Day for a wedding!! lol
  19. 05.03.2012 at 3:23 am
    Abbey` says:
    Hey! I love your hair! I was wondering if you could tell me how to do it? It matches my prom dress perfectly and my hair dresser can not figure it out! Prom is in a month and I would love if my hair could look like yours!
  20. 20.04.2012 at 6:51 am
    Mackenzie says:
    Fell in love with the entire shoot! Hair was amazing as well. Please share your secrets!
  21. 25.05.2012 at 8:14 pm
    Amanda says:
    Was a hair tutorial ever done for this? If so, where do I find it? It's AMAZING!!!
  22. 08.06.2012 at 10:02 pm
    Tess says:
    I'm not sure how exactly she did her hair, but here is how I'm doing my wedding hair, inspired by this, it's very close! Especially if you tuck/twirl some hair from the front! Hope this helps!
  23. 11.08.2012 at 4:17 pm
    Kate says:
    This looks so romantic! <3
  24. 24.10.2012 at 6:51 am
    D. O says:
    Beautiful. Where did the bride get that gray cardigan with rhinestones???
  25. 13.06.2013 at 12:13 am
    Jessica says:
    Was there ever a tutorial made for this hairstyle??
  26. 13.06.2013 at 9:52 am
    Lou says:
    Hi girls, i was unable to get hold of the tutorial for this hair style. Sorry about that :-) xx
  27. 28.09.2013 at 2:06 am
    Clarissa says:
    How do you do that beautiful hairstyle??!?!!?!?!?
  28. 25.01.2014 at 12:54 pm
    Paul Keppel says:
    haha I didn't see the title but was going to say its very rustic but still very classy and elegant. You pulled it off very well. :-)
  29. 23.02.2014 at 11:58 pm
    Simona Ion says:
    Really beautiful!
  30. 07.03.2014 at 12:11 pm
    Issi Greig Photography says:
    Stunning! What an amazing venue for some amazing shots. Great work.


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