Winter Cabin Elopement // Styled Shoot
When the model, Ashia, first contacted me about doing a winter elopement shoot in the forest, I was so excited to work with such a great group of vendors to create this beautiful wintery shoot filled with inspiration for the modern bride.
The venue we chose was a lovely air bnb, the Mama Bear Cabin in Bragg Creek. It was close to Elbow River which gave the couple opportunity to explore the forest and exchange vows along the river.
The couple brought such a fun and loving feel to the shoot! Ashia is a professional model who loves allocating time to creative shoots, and I love that her husband, Kevin, joins some of them as well! Aren’t they just the cutest?!
I wanted to add richness to this inspiration shoot through layered textures and bold colours. Texture was incorporated throughout the tablescape, from the layered textiles on the table, to the hanging chiffon on the tree behind. Rentals from Orange Trunk added both colour and texture to the table with stunning vintage glassware and a lovely dinnerware set.
If anyone is planning a winter wedding for next season, PLEASE use this gorgeous dining set from Orange Trunk! I’m obsessed with the vintage pattern and slightly scalloped edging of those plates and bowls.
My handlettering also adorned the place cards: one on each place setting, as well as hanging from the tree as you can see above. Wouldn’t this make such a great seating chart? With handlettered place cards hanging from a tree, tied with delicate chiffon ribbon and intertwined with pine branches! (#goals!)
The bride’s hair was gently pulled back by Taylor Bartel into a fun yet sophisticated updo (Is it still called an updo if the hair is half up, half down?), adorned with beautiful pearl pins from Joanna Bisley Designs. We decided on a dark lip for the bride, to add a touch of boldness to this wintry shoot, and to tie into some of the other colours in the palette. Her makeup was beautifully done by Chelsey Auer Beauty and Brides. Her nails were done by Hannah Pavan.
Ashia and Kevin wrote their own vows for this heartwarming scene. The sunlight poured down on them as they exchanged their vows to one another. I love how Malorie Reiter so authentically captured the natural light and heart-felt exchange.
I handlettered small pieces on each vow sheet, and printed all the text in a deep scarlet. I wanted to create something different with the design, and decided to make small cutouts in the paper to tie the long ribbon through. It gave the most wonderful effect during the reading! I just love how the chiffon ribbons hung from the vow sheets, and blew ever so gently in the breeze from the river.
The outfits of both the bride and groom incorporated so much colour and brought a unique aspect to the shoot. I hope this inspires more brides to consider non-traditional wedding gowns, and more grooms to wear coloured suits, because this shoot shows how stunning those combinations can be!
This shoot will be featured on Rocky Moutain Bride this summer, so keep an eye out for more wintry romantic inspiration on their blog!
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Styling & Creative Direction // Rebekah Bronte from Bexley Design Co
Photography // Malorie Reiter Photo
Models // Ashia and Kevin
Florals // Seeds Flower Shop
Vintage Rentals // Orange Trunk
Nails // Hannah Pavan
Hair // Hair by Taylor Bartel
Makeup // Chelsey Auer Beauty and Brides
Dress Boutique // Novia Mia
Dress Designer // Abigail of Gardenia
Bridal Accessories // Joanna Bisley Designs
Stationery // Bexley Design Co