Portrait Session in a Treehouse: Haley + Alex

treehouse engagement

It probably comes as no surprise that we think photography is one of the most important elements of a wedding. When it’s all said + done, what’s captured on camera from the day is the only really tangible thing you have. We love it when couples put extra effort into making sure they have amazing portraits together. And that can mean planning for additional shoot locations or setting aside time on another day to make sure it happens.

Photographer Amy Cloud snagged these ultra amaze images of Haley + Alex in the coolest treehouse ever, dreamt up and built by Quinn Peterson, an entrepreneur + BYU student from Provo, Utah. He built it in three weeks all from leftover wood and windows in his backyard! And it couldn’t have been a better backdrop for H + A, a stylish duo with sense for adventure and a love for the untraditional.

treehouse engagement

treehouse engagement

pink and blue bouquet

treehouse engagement

Love Haley’s dress, which was a vintage, one-of-a-kind find.

treehouse engagement

treehouse engagement

treehouse engagement

tatted groom

tatted groom

Utah engagement

Utah engagement

tatted bride

vintage white dress

treehouse engagement

Amy tells us, We wanted to take a relaxed and easy approach to this shoot. Something casual yet unique. This bridal session is proof that you don’t have to shoot your session at a perfectly groomed or crafted location.

treehouse engagement

treehouse engagement

treehouse engagement

smoke bomb engagement

These shots with holi powder smoke bombs are so rad, right?!

smoke bomb engagement

smoke bomb engagement

smoke bomb engagement

smoke bomb engagement

See more in the fun film Haizel Creations captured of the day!

So good, right?! We love that this session provides inspiration for couples to consider an additional portrait location somewhere super unique or meaningful to them. Big thanks to the team below for sharing Haley + Alex’s images with us!

photography: Amy Cloud Photography // planning + design: Amy Cloud, Brittney Johnson, Quinn Peterson // venue: Private residence in Provo, Utah // florals: Angie Miller of Indigo and Birch Floral // videography: Haizel Creations // tie: QP Collections // hair + makeup: Araceli Ortega

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Secret Garden Wedding Inspiration

secret garden purple bouquet

We’ve been loving all the fall inspiration floating around on the blogs and (of course) Pinterest lately. There’s nothing quite like that red + burnt orange palette to really get you into the spirit of the season. That being said, we don’t feel like fall brides + grooms should feel obligated to stick to that classically autumn color story. As soon as we saw today’s shoot from Two Spoons Photography + Mug of Love Weddings, we realized you truly can have it all this time of year: a cozy feel that fits right into our current holiday state of mind + the wedding colors of your choosing; in this case a unique, jewel-tone palette that seriously couldn’t be prettier.

This editorial evokes the most magical secret garden feel, and the location – James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, Virginia – and the florals – designed by Whimsical Floral Design – are to thank for that. If you’re looking to infuse your day with a moody, romantic vibe, you’ll want to pay extra close attention to how these guys pulled off such a dreamy setting + tablescape…

BHLDN wedding dress

BHLDN wedding dress

secret garden purple bouquet

That bouquet has some major wow-factor goin’ on! It features so many amazing elements, but the stand-outs are fuchsia garden roses, purple anemones, and burgundy amaranthus.

ranunculus bout

ranunculus bout

BHLDN wedding dress

secret garden inspired wedding

Seriously, is there even a setting where a BHLDN dress isn’t total perfection?!

secret garden inspired wedding

floral covered gate

secret garden inspired wedding

The floral adorned gate is one of our most favorite details from the entire editorial.

secret garden purple bouquet

seating table

seating table

seating chart books

floral basket

secret garden tablescape

The tablescape portrayed a beautiful ‘secret garden’ vibe with more gorgeous florals (featuring ranunculus, pomegranates, eucalyptus + more) and a rustic runner made up entirely of moss. Gold accents + mismatched vintage teacups and saucers helped add in a fun sense of whimsy.

key plate setting

secret garden tablescape

gold calligraphy name tag

gold calligraphy name tag

secret garden tablescape

vintage tea cup

secret garden centerpiece

vintage tea cup

floral covered gate

secret garden purple bouquet

floral covered gate

secret garden inspired wedding

We hope this gorgeous shoot helps inspire your wedding vision, no matter the time of year! Big thanks to the talented team of artists below for sharing their work with us today!

photography: Two Spoons Photography // planning + design: Mug of Love Weddings // venue: James Madison’s Montpelier Orange, Virginia // florals: Whimsical Floral Design // creative director: Emaleigh Franzak // paper goods: Blue Stocking Calligraphy // hand-drawn map: A Pocket Novel // desserts: Gourmet Cookies by Valli // rentals: River Design Vintage Rentals // dishes: Classic Party Rentals // gowns: BHLDN // suit jacket + shirts: Ledbury // jewelry: Kay Adams // hair + makeup: Shannon Harrison and Rachel Duke // models: Kerensa Davenport and Charlie Glenn

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Order your Holiday Cards from Minted

Minted Holiday Cards

If the holidays seem to always sneak up on you, like they do us (Christmas is only a little over a month away!), it might be time to think about placing your holiday card order soon. Minted is always our go-to for super cute holiday cards that are bold, stylish, and so easy to customize! And since we’re all extra busy this time of year, Minted is making our holiday to-do lists a bit less painful with their new FREE recipient addressing envelope feature. For any of you who have ever addressed hundreds of wedding thank you cards or sent out a bunch of holiday cards, you know just how much time this feature will save you!

Let’s have a peek at some of our favorite holiday card designs from Minted…

Minted Holiday Cards

Minted non photo holiday card

minted holiday photo cards

MInted holiday discount

Minted is awesomely offering GWS readers 15% off the ENTIRE SITE with code ‘GWSHOL’! The discount is valid from November 20th – 25th. And those dates also happen to be the opportune time to get your holiday card order in to avoid a last minute scramble! So whether you decide to totally personalize a photocard or simply modify one of Minted’s already gorgeous designs, there’s no doubt you’ll find a style you absolutely love this year! And if you’d like a little bit of help narrowing it down, check out more of our personal GWS favorites below.

Thanks so much to Minted for this great deal + happy holiday card shopping, friends!

 

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