A Winter Picnic Elopement Inspiration

snowy picnic shoot

Sometimes you just gotta work with what you have – a notion known all too well to the Northern Indiana based wedding creatives who drummed up this beautiful editorial. Photographer, Destany of The Colagrossis, shares, Northern Indiana is quite short on great wedding venues, so many of our brides opt to have a laid-back outdoor fete at a park pavilion or shelter. The pavilion we chose for the shoot was old and left abandoned in the woods. The heavy wood beams and moss-covered slate roof served as the most lovely and whimsical backdrop.  

While it seems almost foreign to us in sunny SoCal, I think we can all agree there is something romantic about the aftermath of a snowstorm. Destany says, The evergreens, the snuggles to keep warm, tweed, the way snow twinkles in the light. Yes, yes, yes and yes. With the design skills of Savage Design Co and florals from Karmen + Chris of Be Married, we don’t doubt that this mid-century style picnic in the woods they created will be a concept snatched up by couples all over the globe.

winter bride

winter bouquet with roses

Now that’s a bouquet! Loving all the green!

winter flower hair piece

winter boutonniere

snowy winter shoot

snowy winter bride

snowy winter bride

snowy winter bride

green gem ring

snowy winter bride

We love that the bride is keeping warm in her faux fur from Forever 21 :)

mid century snowy picnic

hanging candle holders

mid century snowy picnic

mini wreath plate setting

mini wreath plate setting

mini wreath plate setting

How many Indiana couples out there will not even finish this post before reaching out to this amaze venue – Foster Park Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne. So super cool.

mid century snowy picnic

mid century snowy picnic

hanging candle holders

vintage trunk cake table

And that beautiful naked cake by Sassie Cakes was an amazing fit.

winter cake

mid century snowy picnic

See more from this pretty, snowy shoot in the film below by Matt Thomas:

Big thanks to everyone below for contributing to such an inspiring shoot! Destany closes with these wise words, We currently have a couple that wants so much to have a winter wedding and they are getting so much push-back. If we could give our couples any piece of advice, its to stay true to yourselves and have the wedding day that is YOU from the season to the style, to the format. There is no “way to have a wedding” besides just being yourselves and having the most loving day of your lives!

photography: The Colagrossis // planning + design: Savage Design Co. // venue: Foster Park Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, Indiana // florals: Karmen + Chris of Be Married // videography: Matt Thomas // wedding dress + headpiece: One Fine Day Bridal // dress designer: Modern Trousseau // faux fur: Forever 21 //  jewelry + engagement ring: Pacula Diamonds // cake: Sassie Cakes // veil: Paris by Debra Moreland // groom’s suit: H&M // hair + makeup: Leah VanCleave from A Day Away Salon and Spa

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Woodland Mountain Wedding: Corinne + Dave

Woodland California wedding

As soon as we laid eyes on Corinne + Dave’s amaze woodsy wedding on Palomar Mountain, we were smitten to say the least. Could it be possible that some of our all-time favorite wedding elements were artfully bundled into one gorgeous celebration? Yep, it’s true. And we think you guys are gonna love it, too.

These guys found a beautiful space in the hills near San Diego, Ca and Corinne immediately fell in love with a line on their venue’s website that mentioned “preparing for your wedding in a style that bespeaks a simpler time.” We can see why! They let their pretty surroundings do the talking, but didn’t miss any opportunities to infuse their personalities into the details where ever possible. And since Corinne is a designer herself (Stuck With Pins), DIYing it all was absolutely no problemo.

They enlisted the talented Tyler Branch who rocked it with these super gorge images. Congrats to C + D on a beautiful day and thanks so much for sharing!

woodland invitation

yellow bridesmaid dresses

Yellow dresses AND flower crowns? Heart be still. We’re loving it all.

flower crowns and robes

ring holder

bride

first touch

My favorite memory from the day was the rain! All weekend, there wasn't a cloud in sight, but as soon as Dave and I wrapped up our "blind first look" prayer, the sky opened up and started pouring rain. Luckily, I love rain (and we don't get much of it here in San Diego), so I was excited! Our guests were such troopers, and everyone goodheartedly stuck it through the entire time. It was indescribably beautiful. The whole place just sort of came alive at that point. The trees glistened and the wet earth smell filled the atmosphere. When it came time for the ceremony to begin, the rain suddenly stopped and the sun started peeking out from the clouds, making for some really unbelievable photos afterwards.

first touch

woodland groosmen

yellow tie groom

parasols

aisle entrance

log backdrop

Corinne tells us, Our ceremony backdrop was made by my parents with wood all hand cut by my dad, while the gates on the sides were scrap they had lying around at the house.

lanterns

hanging bottles

ceremony sign

Woodland California wedding

^^ The best groom reaction ever, right?! ^^

Woodland California wedding

Woodland California wedding

Woodland California wedding

Woodland California wedding

Woodland California wedding

Woodland California wedding

Processional: I Believe In A Thing Called Love (The Darkness cover) – Branches

Recessional: Step Out – Jose Gonzalez

First Dance: Blue Skies – Ella Fitzgerald

woodland wedding party

mustard yellow bridesmaids

mustard yellow bridesmaids

woodland wedding party

Woodland California wedding

Woodland California wedding

Bailey's Palomar Resort

Bailey's Palomar Resort

gold dipped nail escort cards

gold dipped nail escort cards

My mom made all of the bouquets, boutonnieres, garland, and table flowers with a mixture of wildflowers she gathered on trail rides and materials forged from around the venue. My aunts and cousins spent most of the weekend slaving away on our cake and cupcakes which were then displayed on wood stands made by my mom. I designed, printed, cut, assembled, and hand painted every sign and graphic detail throughout the wedding (including our invites). And I’m a collector of bones and curios, so I brought in lots of skulls, antlers, and deer figures from my personal collection (my husband even gave me a skunk pelt as my wedding gift – if that doesn’t make our wedding unique, I don’t know what does!

vintage decor

custom painting

mason jars

Bailey's Palomar Resort

mason jars

rustic wedding decor

woodland cupcake tower

rustic wedding cake

Woodland California wedding

Woodland California wedding

Woodland California wedding

Such pretty portraits! Hello, golden Cali light!

Maggie Sottero wedding dress

Woodland California wedding

Woodland California wedding

Bailey's Palomar Resort

Bailey's Palomar Resort

Get to know these cuties better in their (seriously) adorable engagement film captured by Zach Andrews:

DIYing and wedding planning is a full-time job! Don't think you can do it all on your own. I'm a crazy creative control freak, and almost lost my mind by the end. Thankfully I had a ton of helping hands on the weekend of and lots of friends well-versed in the art of weddings who came through on the big day to save my sanity.

photography: Tyler Branch // planning + design: DIY (the bride) Stuck With Pins // venue: Bailey’s Palomar Resort Palomar Mountain, California // florals: DIY // engagement video: Zach Andrews // wedding dress: Maggie Sottero // shoes: Anthropologie // catering: San Diego Taco Company

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A Yogurt Parfait Bar

Yogurt Parfait Bar

We are always looking for ways to stay a little bit healthy, even at fun events like bridal showers or brunches. Yogurt is definitely one of our go-tos, but we hadn’t heard of Aussie-style yogurt before, until we came across Yulu! Yulu is inspired by Aussie yogurt, but their delicious product is made in the USA. It’s extra creamy, double-smoothed (making it double delicious!) and best of all: healthy!

We had fun whipping up some super yummy parfaits using Yulu’s honey + vanilla flavors, and a slew of nourishing + amazing-tasting toppings. These recipes would totally come in handy at your bridal shower, for a day-after wedding brunch, or even just to enjoy this weekend!

Yulu yogurt

We love that our parfaits were filling + felt like you were eating “real food”; something that we don’t always feel when we’re grabbing a quick breakfast or attending brunch with the girls. We created four fun recipes, perfect for any occasion that will surely satisfy different taste buds! Which one are you most excited to try?

blood orange & pecans

Honey Blood Orange Yogurt Parfait

Ingredients:
• 1 container of Yulu Honey Yogurt
• 2 Tablespoons crushed Pecans
• 1 Blood Orange, sliced
• 1 mini glass jar (we used this jar)

Directions: Place a layer of the Honey Yogurt in the jar. Next top with some of the blood orange pieces (we cut each orange slice into 3-4 pieces) along with some of the crushed pecans. Repeat that step two more times. That’s it! :)

blood orange & pecans

peanut butter & banana parfait

Peanut Butter Banana Yogurt Parfait

Ingredients:
• 1 container of Yulu Vanilla Yogurt
• 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter (or Almond Butter if you prefer)
• Granola
• 1 small Banana
• 1 mini glass jar (we used this jar)

Directions: Mix the Vanilla Yulu Yogurt with 2 tablespoons of Peanut Butter and 4 slices of bananas. Place about 3 tablespoons granola in the bottom of the jar. Then layer 5 slices of banana. Cover with the PB Yogurt mixture. Top with Granola + more sliced Bananas.

peanut butter & banana parfait

Nutella & chocolate parfait

Nutella Parfait Yogurt

Ingredients:
• 1 container of Yulu Vanilla Yogurt
• 1 ½ tablespoons of Nutella
• 2 tablespoons of crushed Hazelnuts
• 2 tablespoons of crushed Dark Chocolate
• 1 mini glass jar (we used this jar)

Directions: Mix the Vanilla Yulu Yogurt with 1 ½ tablespoons of Nutella. Set aside. Mix the hazelnuts and chocolate pieces. Next put a layer of the Nutella yogurt in the jar. Cover with a layer of the nut and chocolate mixture. Layer with the rest of the Nutella Yogurt. Garnish with Chocolate and Hazelnuts

Nutella & chocolate parfait

cherries & wine

Cherries + Red Wine Parfait

Ingredients:
• 1 container of Yulu Honey Yogurt
• Cherries
• Red wine
• Sugar
• 1 mini glass jar (we used this jar)

Directions: Chop your cherries and make sure you remove pits! We used about 10 cherries but feel free to add more or less for your own preference. Then add the chopped cherries to the saucepan with a few tablespoons of red wine and a teaspoon of sugar. Simmer until the liquid has thickened. Once it has thicken, cool before you top.

Put a layer of the honey yogurt in the jar, then top with a layer of your cherry mixture. Repeat two more times.

cherries & wine

Yogurt Parfait Bar

While many consider Greek yogurt an “acquired taste,” word on the street is that most people fall for Yulu from the very first spoonful. We can attest to its extra creamy and delicious flavor! Without the too-sour quality some find in Greek, and with 9 grams of protein in every cup, we love that it’s a nourishing choice too.

We hope you’ll try out some of our recipes using Yulu! They’d be perfect for your bridal shower, girls’ get-together or a when hosting friends for the weekend. Of course, no special occasion is necessary either! Simply enjoy the goodness of Aussie-style yogurt for a healthy breakfast any day of the week :)

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Yulu. The opinions and text are all mine.

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