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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