Photos By Irina Solovey
Pacific Northwest photographer Irina Solovey proves that simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication with this spare yet refined wedding shoot in Seattle. Organic around the edges, the eventscape is marked by bright whites, airy spaces, climbing greenery, and just a whisper of gold. “I’ve dreamed of putting together a minimalist styled shoot different from all the ones I’ve seen before,” Irina says. “I wanted to show brides that less is often more.” To bring her vision to life, she selected a bevy of clean-lined gowns from Belle Bridal and turned to several of the region’s most talented wedding artisans, including Sarah Woods of Gathered Confections, which creates elegant and ethical custom desserts with locally sourced ingredients, and Vancouver-based calligrapher Julligraphy, whose lettering style is lighthearted and natural. Among the finishing touches were handmade veils from designer Zalikha “Ossai” Safdari, whose bridal looks draw inspiration from both her Afghan heritage and her childhood in California. “When the I received the veils, I almost died,” Irina says. “They were so delicate, so simple, and so beautiful. Every piece used in this shoot was perfection!”
Photos By Kristen Kay
Minimalist yet dramatic, this contemporary bridal fashion shoot is the vision of Vegas-based photographer Kristen Krehbiel and flower artist Mandy Ogaz, who focuses on textural floral arranging that retains the organic shapes and topographic imprints of her natural medium. “I was inspired to create a shoot that pushed back against bridal norms,” Kristen says. “The main focus of the shoot was to showcase unique bridal bouquets. Mandy and I wanted to work with textures, shadows, dead branches, and uprooted flora to undo the idea of what a bridal bouquet should be.”
Photos By Double Dutch Photography
With this frill-free, rustically retro rehearsal dinner shoot, Minnesota-based event studio Rosetree was going for a vibe somewhere between that of storied Camp Wandawega, the great North Woods, and the designs of late Finnish modernist Kaj Franck. “We wanted to create something nostalgic, something with cozy patterns and details that evoked memories of camping during late summer and fall—hiking, canoeing, sipping apple cider, and roasting marshmallows around a campfire with family and friends,” says Paloma Mohler, one of Rosetree’s lead planners. It was important for her and her team to find the perfect setting for the relaxed eventscape they envisoned. “We wanted a charming space with lots of local character,” Paloma says. “The Food Building in northeast Minneapolis was just the right spot, and we were so pumped to do the photo shoot there. Housed in an old industrial space, it’s a new venue in town with whimsically rustic furnishings and a really unique atmosphere. Clients won’t need to invest much to create a fun event here!”
Photos By Erin Morrison Photography
Inspired by an autumnally alluring palette of marigold, rust, withered green, and torched purple, Absolute Wedding Perfection, The Bride Link, and Erin Morrison Photography joined forces to conjure up a thoroughly bewitching Halloween tablescape at The Hive, a modern bohemian venue just outside Knoxville, Tennessee. Though the vibe of the scene is decidedly more chic than spooky, the creative team snuck in more than a few festively eerie touches: bare branches, brain-like celosia, ghostly taper candles, and blackened skeleton key place-card holders bearing the names of some sinister guests unlikely to make a corporeal appearance. The Pour Guys capped it all off with a duo of spine-tingling tipples: Dark Lord, a blood-red blackberry schnapps libation with dry ice for a bubbling-cauldron effect, and Marigold Masquerade, a marigold-infused margarita rimmed with black sea salt.
Photos By Leonie Cappello
With nods to both Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and Gothic fantasy, this boldly captivating eventscape embraces the idea of letting conventions go. Germany-based Event designer Kathrin Otzmann set out to show soon-to-weds that they shouldn’t steer clear of unexpected locales or colors that are often perceived to be somber. “We wanted to express that the color black can be both elegant and festive,” Kathrin says. “It can be a happy color!” Filled with feathers, swan curios, and sprinklings of gold leaf, the shoot was set in an abandoned industrial space in Bavaria. The symbolism of the timeworn setting was clear. “You can’t go wrong with a little bit of drama,” Kathrin says. “Your venue or surroundings do not need to be perfect. You don’t have to get married in an immaculate park or garden or castle. It’s all in the details and how a couple fills a space with atmosphere and soul.” Perfection in letting go, indeed!
Photos By Elle Boone Photography
Classic Southern charm gets a contemporary twist in this dreamily inviting eventscape at the RoseMary Barn in McKinney, Texas. Made out of salvaged materials from an original pole barn built in the 1970s, the bright and airy venue is itself a blend of old and new. Working with a neutral color palette (and a bit of blue!) that played off the white-painted space, Sarah Wintersteen, owner and creative director of Dallas-based event design studio Sistered States, combined Southern favorites (think mint juleps) with of-the-moment details (think geometric designs) to create a timeless look that would work almost anywhere. “All of the refined, traditional elements are juxtaposed by a young and vibrant couple that’s not afraid to let loose and enjoy their special day,” Sarah says.