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Intertwined: A Family-Centric Styled Shoot at Virginia’s Oatlands Plantation
Photos By Lissa Ryan Photography
By L. K. on Mar 23, 2015 at 5:00 am in Vintage
Inspired by the tender idea of two families becoming forever intertwined through the marriage of their children, today’s beautifully inviting shoot was put together by Orchestrated Stylized Shoots, an ever-growing collective of wedding vendors who share their creativity through distinct inspirational shoots staged across the country. This particular one was held last November in the quaint town of Leesburg, Virginia, at Oatlands Plantation, a historic estate whose green grounds feature a Federal-style mansion and a number of centuries-old outbuildings, including an 1810 greenhouse, said to be the oldest of its kind in the South. Symbolic of the theme, an interlinking pattern wove its way throughout the design elements. To lend authenticity to the shoot, members of a real-life family served as models, and the ceremony, which included a modern-day handfasting, was set under a garlanded ancient oak—a fitting spot given the familial motif, which centered around that which is strong and enduring.
Presented below is the day as seen through photographer Melissa Dorn’s lens. “I loved being a part of this event,” Melissa says, “and it was such a joy to photograph, as each and every detail was meticulously styled by the extremely talented team of vendors who participated.”
Megan Acosta, the fashionable editor behind Glamour & Grace, came up with the idea of contrasting soft, vintage-inspired details with a bold black-and-white graphic pattern that reflected the theme of the shoot. It was incorporated into the invitation, created by The Girl Tyler, by way of a chic bellyband.
Florist Holly Heider Chapple looked to the venue’s enchanting formal gardens, which were at one point in time left to grow wild, for floral inspiration. This artfully unruly bouquet was composed of romantic white blooms paired with a tangle of greenery, including olive branches, seeded eucalyptus, and ivy. A black-and-white striped ribbon gave the arrangement a modern touch.
An airy off-the-shoulder gown was paired with a cathedral veil draped over a delicate pearled headband from Three Sunbeams, which specializes in handmade hair adornments.
Twined with vines, mismatched antique chairs rented from Paisley & Jade added to the intrinsic charm of the ceremony setting. The sprawling old oak was bedecked with a climbing garland of fresh flowers.
Handfasting dates back to the time of the ancient Celts. The ritual typically involves the couple clasping their hands together and fastening them with cords or lengths of ribbon—to form an infinity symbol—during their vow exchange. The act symbolizes oneness between the couple.
Wedding wellness expert and food stylist Carlene Thomas created a family-style feast for the occasion. Her late-fall menu included a rotisserie chicken platter with seasonal herbs and fruit, acorn squash stuffed with autumn grains, maple-glazed carrots, haricot verts, and spiced winter pears.
Sharing is Happiness
> Orchestrated Stylized Shoots
Concept development and publication partner > Glamour & Grace
Photography > Lissa Ryan PhotoGraphy
Event Design and Planning > Glamour And grace
Floral Design > Holly Chapple flowers
Location > oatlands plantation
Event Coordination > jacquelyne edith events
Cake > fresh bakes
Furniture Rentals > paisley & jade
Dresses > saja wedding
Bride’s Dress > the inspired bride
Food Styling > Healthfully Ever After
Bride’s Veil > three sunbeams
Bride’s Headpiece > three sunbeams
Hair > best face forward
Makeup > best face forward
Jewelry > stella & dot
Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire > maya couture on main
Stationery > the girl tyler
Linens > under a quilt
Film Scanning and Processing > alpine film lab
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What's Being Said
Andrea | The Pink Bride, Mar 24, 2015 at 8:35 am
Love the floral spray on the tree as a ceremony backdrop - so unique! Can't get enough of the textures and patterns in this collection, either.
Ariana - Hey Wedding Lady, Mar 23, 2015 at 11:49 pm
I love the blend of romantic vintage styling and modern prints!
hannah (Three Sunbeams), Mar 23, 2015 at 3:16 pm
Thank you so much for featuring our work. I am incredibly honoured to be a part of this amazing team. Thank you.
Anna | ANNAdventure, Mar 23, 2015 at 12:47 pm
So much gorgeousness going on here! Beautiful images!!! Stunning I should stay :)
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