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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  • amazing shots, really like them!

  • 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.

  • thanks guys xx

  • How did you do your hair? so gorgeous.

  • Agreed… her hair is beautiful. *bookmarking photograph to show hairdresser if anyone ever decides they’d like to marry me! : )

  • Great hair! I had my hair almost just like that on my wedding day!

  • The hair in this wedding is just insanely beautiful.

  • I want to know how you did your hair! PleAse tell me how or put up a tutorial!!! Please!

  • Wow! I agree with everyone else! TUTORIAL!!! Wow this is great! Amazing job!

  • 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.

  • i love your hair! how did you do it?

  • 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?

  • Madelaine says:

    How do you do your hair like that?

  • 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 :(

  • I’m working on it girls :-) bare with me hehe!! xx

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Brenda Gatz says:

    Have you made a tutorial for your hair yet?!?!? I need it by St Pat’s Day for a wedding!! lol

  • 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!

  • Mackenzie says:

    Fell in love with the entire shoot! Hair was amazing as well. Please share your secrets!

  • Was a hair tutorial ever done for this? If so, where do I find it? It’s AMAZING!!!

  • This looks so romantic! <3

  • Beautiful. Where did the bride get that gray cardigan with rhinestones???

  • Was there ever a tutorial made for this hairstyle??

  • Hi girls, i was unable to get hold of the tutorial for this hair style. Sorry about that :-) xx

  • How do you do that beautiful hairstyle??!?!!?!?!?

  • 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. :-)

  • Awesome inspiration, So nice to know brides out there are looking at sites like this!

  • Love the grey cardigan, please could tell me where did you got it from, just the kind of thing I’m looking for.

    Many thanks ☺

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