Dark Ocean Winter Wedding Inspiration

Dark Ocean Inspiration

Photographer, Emily Delamater, the mastermind behind today’s ultra pretty shoot, took the ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’ approach to this project you’re about to see. She spills, We shot this editorial here in Maine’s never-ending winter, and designed the shoot around a love and embrace of a long, dark winter season. Perhaps easiest to do now as it is is finally on its way out!

Emily teamed up with florist + stylist Carolyn Snell to create a setting that embodied an ocean-inspired feel, as apposed to nautical. Since so many weddings tend to err on the side of light and airy, they thought it might be really beautiful to indulge the other – darker – side of things. What they created is just so good + perfect for couples tying the knot in the winter. The palette of blues, black, silver and grey is not too feminine, but not too masculine, and the mood was as romantic as it was unique!

navy suit

sequin dress

Dark Ocean Inspiration

Dark Ocean Inspiration

Truvelle Bridal dress

Dark Ocean Inspiration

The bridal bouquet incorporated some of our winter faves: leafy greenery, eucalyptus, rosemary, succulents and feathers – a perfect contrast to the stark white and black anemones. Organic, hand-died ribbons in shades of grey + slate blue further executed a soft + moody feel.

winter anemone bouquet

Dark Ocean Inspiration

Dark Ocean invitation set

winter garland backdrop

winter garland backdrop

winter anemone bouquet

Sometimes all you really need is a simple garland to pretty up a space! And that gorge dress from Truvelle Bridal doesn’t hurt either!

winter garland backdrop

Dark Ocean Inspiration

Dark Ocean Inspiration

Dark Ocean Inspiration

Emily says, We really wanted to incorporate some graphic illustration and letter elements. We used tiny salt and pepper bowls with an elephant and whale from K Collette , press printed elements, Valérie Casado hand made small plates, black goblets and black and white candlesticks, mixed with pewter and silver elements, as well as old book pages for the place card. On the white linen table runner were the hand written vows of the couple (painted by the bride in blue-black ink) we wanted the shoot to have the feeling of a lost love letter.

Dark Ocean Inspiration

thistle bud vase

winter chair garland

silver pear plate setting

silver pear plate setting

Dark Ocean Inspiration

winter cocktails

winter rock ring

winter inspired desserts

While that sweet, two-tone cake by Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott is the star of this little vignette, the team used a mix of fresh + silver-painted blackberries and pears, powdered dark chocolates+ worn wood bowls to decorate the sweets table.

ocean inspired cake

A big thanks to the talented team below for sharing!

photography: Emily Delamater Photography // venue: Fort Andross Brunswick, Maine // florals: Carolyn Snell of Snell Family Farm // styling + event design: Emily Delamater + Carolyn Snell // dress: Truvelle Bridal Vancouver CA // cake: Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott // glassware, flatware + linens: K Collette // plates: Valérie Casado // jewelry: Abacus Gallery // hair: Aphrodite Salon // makeup: Leigh Passagio for Neman Marcus + Joanna Kagan Moynihan // vintage props + coral: Fort Andross

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Laid-Back DIY Alabama Wedding: Lauren + Trevor

Alabama river wedding

When Wesley + Emma of W&E Photographie, aka photographers behind today’s gorge wedding, described this couple’s day as ‘effortlessly cool’ + ‘stylishly detail oriented’ we we’re chomping at the bit to have a peek. Once we saw the photos (and recognized the friendly faces of Lauren + Trevor from their Rocky Mountain winter engagement session we featured!) we were 200% sold on sharing it all here with you!

If L + T knew one thing, it was that a traditional southern wedding just wasn’t for them. Instead, a DIY soirée filled with lots of fun details + a relaxed, carefree vibe was what they were after. They infused the setting with their personal style, creating a scene that was unique to them. Lauren tells us, There are so many places to pull inspiration from when it comes to a wedding celebration. For us, we just wanted to have the whole weekend reflect who we are as a couple and embody the laid back vibe we exude. When thinking about the grander vision of the wedding day, including decorations, flow, and feel, we just wanted it to be a culmination of what we love.

modern type invitation

deep red and white bouquet

wooden ring

bridesmaids in army green

wild river bouquets

We’re pretty on board with everything you see here. Bridesmaids in Zara shift dresses (paired with booties)? Yep. Super lovely woodland bouquets (with feathers!) by Marked? Mmmhmm. And Laura’s crazy-good bridal ensemble (a top from Revolve Clothing, paired with a skirt by Joanna August)? Absolutely!

bridesmaids in army green

groomsmen in blue

Trevor: The entire wedding ceremony. I felt like it was the perfect display of our love for one another, the faithfulness of God, and the support of our family and friends.

Lauren: The whole day (really the weekend) was incredibly memorable, but if I had to pick a particular moment I would have to say walking toward my man. Music is one of the most important things in our relationship (I am a musician and Trevor works as a concert promoter in the music industry), so choosing the perfect song to build up to me walking down to the river was a long process. In the end, Belmont alumna Dinah Smith's arrangement of Come Thou Fount and Bon Iver's Perth couldn't have been more fitting. As the song echoed through the forest we were surrounded by and my amazing dad steadied my hand, I walked toward my groom. The particular moment that will forever be firmly fixed into my mind is when I stepped onto the river's concrete slab and could finally see Trevor's eyes. They were not only brimming with tears, but they were filled with awe, adoration, and unwavering love for me. In that moment I knew that I had never loved anyone more than him, and I would spend the rest of my life learning how to love him well.

Alabama river wedding

Alabama river wedding

Processional: Groomsmen: We Will Make it There – Abby Gundersen; Bridesmaids + Bride: Perth/Come Thou Fount – Dinah Smith

Recessional: Stop Your Crying – Lake Street Dive

First Dance: I'll Be Your Man – The Black Keys

Alabama river wedding

Alabama river wedding

Alabama river wedding

boots with wedding dress

Loving everything about these two + their style!

Alabama river wedding

floral hair piece

Alabama river wedding

Alabama wedding

wooden calligraphy program

paper seating chart on wood

bistro lights

W&E Photographie shares, Lauren and her gals hand-made the amazing macrame hanging piece behind the head table, while her brother created the structure it would hang from and rigged the Edison bulb lights. Their reception was also spotted with a couple of campfires and a ton of falsa blankets. It was so cozy!

giant macrame backdrop

green garland runner

towel favor napkin

winter centerpiece

winter centerpiece

cake table

smoke bomb photos

I would encourage everyone to look at the planning process in the greater scheme of life. Your wedding day, although extremely important and irreplaceable, is just that - a day. When the process becomes overwhelming, remind yourself that at the end of it all you will be married to your best friend. What's better than that? I would also encourage people to consider investing more time in preparing their hearts for the huge life change that is marriage, rather than becoming consumed with color schemes and seating charts.

photography: W&E Photographie // venue: Swann Lake Stables Cahaba Heights, Alabama // event design + planning: Bride // day of coordinator: Abby Grace Brown // florals: Marked // wedding dress: Top from Revolve Clothing, Bottom from Joanna August // shoes: Nisolo // bridesmaid dresses: Zara // hair + makeup: Hannah Marie Clardy // groom’s suit: Billy Reid // videography: Back Down South Films // invitations: Daniel Petrino // paper + stone goods: Bride // catering: Tazikis // cake: Mary Deaton Heldman // rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited // officiant: Matt Francisco // music: Stephen Fryrear and Jules Huff

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Nestina Accessories Collection + A Giveaway!

Nestina

Once you’ve found THE dress, it’s time to figure out the pieces that will work with it to complete your wedding day look. At top of that list sits accessories, obviously! And if you are looking for a special piece, delicately designed and handcrafted with care, today’s post comes at just the right time!

Nestina Accessories, handmade by Ernestine in her Florida home studio, are inspired by her love of the authentic hand beading art + cover a wide gamut of styles – from classic to modern to simple and sophisticated.

Nestina

gold floral hair crown

silk flower hair piece

Nestina Accessories’ pieces are crafted from a mix of rhinestones, glass beads, pearls, lace, which  gives each design a unique, but high-end feel. There’s subtle nod to vintage throughout the entire collection, creating an air of romance that can’t be beat.

Nestina

Nestina

Nestina

Nestina

silver crystal hair piece

Nestina

Nestina

If you’ve spotted the perfect accessory above, don’t miss out on the fun offer from Nestina Accessories for GWS readers! One lucky bride-to-be will win a $200 store credit, redeemable at nestinaccessories.com, by filling out the form below!

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photography: EricaJ photography // acessories: Nestina // model: Lauren MClauglin // hair + makeup: Michelle Leila

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