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A RUSTIC WINTER PARADISE

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I consider myself to be very much a summer person but every now and again a shoot like this comes around and I find myself falling back in love with the romance of winter. I love the thought of getting cosy by a warm open fire, drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows and there is something about snuggling under a blanket that makes me feel all fuzzy inside. Well, it seems I am not the only one that can see the magic in winter as shoot coordinator, Kendra Higgins is here to share her inspiration  for this rustic winter paradise shoot…

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“Most people think beach weddings and summer sun when planning a destination wedding in the Grand Haven area, but West Michigan is also a winter paradise bordering Lake Michigan with mounds of lake effect snow and gorgeous sunsets. These natural elements we face each year pushed us to heat things up with a romantic wedding that felt more like a lodge retreat”. The inspiration for the day was hyper focused on warm earth tones laced with sensible details giving a high end rustic lodge feel with blues, ivory, and gold to glam it up.

The bride was wearing a low back all over lace sheath dress with an organza sash bow by Mikaella, which was adorned by a faux fur shrug, and graceful jewelry handcrafted right in Spring Lake, by Rose Water Designs. The groom was fitted in a steel grey twilight tux with an ivory dress shirt and cosmopolitan black squared toe shoe pairing nicely with a solidly groomed beard.

The invitation suite was fashioned by Jamie Lynne Creative on kraft paper enveloped in lace with a navy wrap and twine detail. Place cards and signage maintained the same font style and hints of stylized elements. The stunning florals included Italian ruscus greenery, hypericum berries along with soft garden roses weaved into a vibrant flower crown and simple bouquet illuminating the models natural beauty. Window panes, succulents plus altar glass terrariums along with the added artichokes and cabbage leave centerpieces added classic touches that turned this rustic shoot into something glamorous yet so attainable for any bride-to-be. Brown, navy and plaid were strategically layered to create warmth, with scarves tied to signify the seating arrangement of the bride and groom. A vast amount of candles interlaced the tablescape vignette of antique ornaments creating sheen alongside the birch and tin covered vases.

The romantic scene had unpretentious values in every element carrying out the amorous undertones in the setting outdoors. Customized burn barrels under strands of lights brightened the evening sky of vibrant hues set by a classic Michigan sunset. A s’more station held homemade heart shaped delectable marshmallows alongside mugs of hot cocoa warmed by handcrafted crochet sleeves. Kendra Stanley-Mills Photography portrayed the vision in pictures that were both romantically airy and full of light.”

Super Suppliers – Photographer:  Kendra Stanley-Mills Photography// Design and Decor: add {vintage}// Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Dunhill Tuxedos// Linens and Coverings: Elegant Linen Design// Reception Venue: Holiday Inn Spring Lake// Ceremony Location: Holiday Inn Spring Lake// Bakery: Jack’s Waterfront Bistro & Bar// Invitation Designer: Jamie Lynne Creative// Dress Store: Renee Austin Weddings// Cake Designer: Spring Lake Cake// Equipment Rentals: The Rental Company// Floral Designer: Wassermans Flowers// Submitted via Two Bright Lights//

 

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