Fans of Diana Galbaldon’s Outlander books (which is currently a hit series on Starz), today’s dreamy editorial is for you! We weren’t ourselves familiar with the plot, but it follows James Alexander Malcohm Fraser and his beloved Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp in a whirlwind love story set in Scotland in 1743. The premise was the perfect inspiration for stylist, Joyce of La Vie Le Gage Couture Events, and photographer, Lisa O’Dwyer, to collaborate on a setting that would bring pieces of the novel to life. We love how this editorial stays true to Outlander, yet also offers couples tons of beautiful wedding ideas, no matter what the theme of their day might be. The florals (by Flowers Forever Design), tablescape, and other dreamy details are sure to completely win you over.
Joyce shares, The venue, Cherokee Castle & Ranch, was a great fit for an inspired Highlander ceremony and reception feast. A stunning fragment of architecture built on a hill overlooking the Castle venue, characterized the small enchanting chapel as written in the book where Jamie and Claire recited their vows. Our goal was to have the ‘feel’ of 1743 fit into a brides’ thoughts in present time as well. A glimpse of Jamie and Claire’s story is revealed here to be enjoyed…
Our new favorite look? A flower crown topped veil!
The Castle views, where the reception table was set up, were incredibly breathtaking! Implementing researched components concerning 1743 were scotch, pewter, period clothing, and simple rustic fare. I decided on a color palette to bring historical richness of that era and reflect today’s brides as well.
Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp was known in Outlander as a healer in 1743. To convey this point of Claire’s character, I thought of displaying an apothecary table. Setting this mood for Claire, I donned the table with a mocha brown table linen effectively highlighting the lavender vials, apothecary scale, and written apothecary notes along with a personal missive from Jamie executed by calligrapher Jillian of 2 Hearts B 1 Designs. By adding very old books I acquired from an auction gave reference to Jamie being an educated Highlander when, most were not. Colored lavender apothecary vials filled with fresh lavender and other selected herbs would connect with brides today. These vials linked the color palette to the floral.
They even had a few wet plate collodion prints (a historic process) made by Denver Wetplate Studio,Dylan Burr (seen below). He is offering this service now for weddings.
Such perfect inspiration for those with Scottish heritage, or fans of the Outlander novels + series, to incorporate into their day! Thanks so much to the following creatives for sharing their talents with us today!
photography: Lisa O'Dwyer Photography // venue name: Cherokee Castle & Ranch, Sedalia, Colorado // event design: Joyce Goeppinger of La Vie Le Gage Couture Events // florals: Flowers Forever Design // wedding dress: Rebecca Schoneveld // hair stylist: Allison Beach // makeup artist: Allison Beach // cake: Astonishing Cakes, LLC // linen rentals: La Tavola // styling: Joyce Goeppinger of La Vie Le Gage Couture Events // wet plate collodian photography: Dylan Burr // veil: Blue Bridal Boutique // heirloom pearls: Lisa O'Dwyer // full kilt regalia: Kilt Rental USA // men's poet shirt: Joyful By Design // invitation: Karen Bartolomei // book mark favors: Karen Bartolomei // labels on vials: Karen Bartolomei // calligraphy on apothecary notes: Jillian Yee-Pham // vows: Jillian Yee-Pham // chairs: La Vie Le Gage Couture Events // table props: La Vie Le Gage Couture Events // staging decor: La Vie Le Gage Couture Events // tables: Event Rents Denver // scottish bonnet: Scottish And Moor // lavender books: Calhoun Book Store // apothecary scale: Austin Metro Retro