Lately, I’ve been having these mini moments of scary realization that I am starting to love hot pink. I know, I know, you’re thinking “But Rhi! You love all things blush pink and soft.” And I do. I really do. But I’ve been doing some soul searching and have come to find that a little pop of hot pink here and there is totally me. And totally fancy. Lucky for me I had the chance to instill some hot pinkness into my most recent inspiration shoot that was shot by the wonderful Tonya Peterson. While my main goal was the keep this shoot as simple as possible in an effort to provide attainable inspiration for brides to be, I really wanted to include details that stood out all on their own. So I present to you my Kate Spade, meets Autumn meets Northern Michigan, shoot. Hopefully you’ll all “Fall in Love” with the sweet details as much as I have. Happy Monday blogettes xo
Homemade caramel lollipops from Nicole at the Caramel Jar served as escort cards sitting in a bed of hot pink, blush and gold confetti, and doubled as favors (these little treats are incredible; they taste like Wethers on a stick :) One of the underlying themes of “Fall In Love” carried over from the hanging letters behind the dessert dresser of cider and pumpkin spice donuts in lieu of a wedding cake, to the invitations wording and the framed welcome sign at the foot of the family style dinner table.
The flowers! Sigh. I was so proud of how the bouquet, bout and centerpieces turned out considering I had the opportunity to make them myself! I picked garden roses (which were supposed to be blush believe it or not! Thank goodness for mistakes right?) spray roses, lisianthus, wax flower and carnations all in variations of different shades of pink, to bring tons of colour to the tablescape. Then I used seeded eucalyptus, green amaranthus, salal, gold hypericum and gold pinecones to fill in the holes and add a bit of texture. The champagne gold mosaic urns are from Hobby Lobby and gave the perfect amount of sparkle.
I also used tons of ghost pumpkins with painted gold stems to tie in a festive fall feel without being too cheesy. Oh and let’s just stop for a minute and admire how incredibly rad the paper products are. Papertalk Press really did an amazing job with the gold shimmer paper (the photos don’t do them justice!) and the sweet envelope labels. Check out more of their gorg work here.
In love with Luichiny’s shoes. They have the sweetest red heart detail on the soles of all of their shoes :)
If you’ve ever been to northern Michigan in the fall, you know we sure love autumn up here! From cold-pressed apple cider, incredible wineries, and freshly baked pumpkin spice donuts, we live for our fall months and the coziness they bring. To me, being cozy is so closely tied to the same emotions you feel when you’re in love so it made perfect sense to combine everything about love and autumn into one pretty little shoot full of inspiration! The little bottles of apple cider were paired with fun red striped straws. And the barn! French Valley Vineyards barn is way pretty and accented with the most darling chandeliers :)
Instead of hiring models for the shoot, we asked Nick and Audrey, newlyweds themselves, to come brave the incredibly windy, cold and rather unpredictable weather for us. And when I say cold, I mean cold. Like nose running, and fingers freezing up like I have really bad arthritus cold. And the wind! Don’t even get me started on the wind. At one point I thought that perhaps the barn may have blown away into the sky a la Wizard of Oz but never fear friends, like true professionals we all made it work. Everyone was in such good spirits that day and put their best foot forward to make this shoot possible.
A huge huge huge hug to all that were involved in this shoot because I couldn’t be more blessed to have such talented vendors who are always willing to be a part of my shoots and efforts. For all of you brides to be out there, If you’re looking for top notch vendors to work with for your big day then look no further than here! Be sure to check out each vendors blog and website for more information. And be sure to head over to the Wedding Chicks today where they will be featuring the shoot :)
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Photography: Tonya Peterson Photography / Event design, florals, coordination: Hey Gorgeous Events / Venue & coordinator: Michele LeMieux, French Valley Vineyards / Shoes: Luichiny / Stationery: Papertalk Press / Donuts: Robinnetes Apple Haus / Pink and gold cake stands: Home Goods / Gold urns: Hobby Lobby / Pink striped napkins: The Wedding Chicks / Bracelet: Jazlyn Field, Ruby Sweetheart Jewelry / Caramel Favors: Nicole Ebbitt, The Caramel Jar / Fall in Love sign: A Vintage Poster