Winter Cabin Elopement // Styled Shoot

Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek

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. 

Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek
Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek

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. 

Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek

When I first saw that stunning Abigail of Gardenia dress from Novia Mia, I knew I had found our true inspiration for the shoot! I ended up developing our colour palette by pulling out colours from that dress, and created a mood board filled with bold reds, rusty hues, and fresh greens. 

Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek
Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek
Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek

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.

Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek
Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek
Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek

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.

Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek
Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek
Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek
Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek
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Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek

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.

Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek
Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek

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.

Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek
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Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek
Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek

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.

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Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek
Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek
 

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!

Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek
Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek
Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek

 

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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Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek
Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek
Winter Cabin Elopement // On the Bexley Design Co Blog // Styled Shoot in Bragg Creek

Vendor Credits:

Styling & Creative Direction // Rebekah Bronte from Bexley Design Co

www.bexleydesignco.com

Photography // Malorie Reiter Photo

www.maloriereiterphoto.com

Models // Ashia and Kevin

@bbshmee

Florals // Seeds Flower Shop

www.seedsflowershop.com

Vintage Rentals // Orange Trunk

www.orangetrunk.ca

Nails // Hannah Pavan

www.vagaro.com/nailsbyhan

Hair // Hair by Taylor Bartel

www.foxandfernco.com

Makeup // Chelsey Auer Beauty and Brides

@chelseyauerbeautyandbrides

Dress Boutique // Novia Mia

www.noviamia.ca

Dress Designer // Abigail of Gardenia

https://shopabigail.com/

Bridal Accessories // Joanna Bisley Designs

www.joannabisleydesigns.com

Stationery // Bexley Design Co

www.bexleydesignco.com