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Something Gold, Something Blue: A Romantically Elegant Wedding Shoot Filled with Fresh Foliage and Blueberries
Photos By Deborah Zoe
By Lauren Kathryn on Aug 15, 2016 at 3:00 am in Classic, Glamorous and Earthy/Organic
Set just north of Boston at the DNE School of Dance, this thoughtfully executed wedding shoot is a study in earthy elegance with a touch of East Coast classicism and a hint of French flair. Taking center stage is the splendiferous floristry of Andover-based flower studio Les Fleurs, which first opened its doors in 1989 as a tribute to the owner’s mother.
“Our inspiration for this shoot stemmed from the cool, tranquil tones of Serenity—one half of Pantone’s hybrid Color of the Year—and the natural lushness offered by crisp summer greenery,” says Kerianne Nelson, director of weddings and events at Les Fleurs. Carried throughout the scene’s finespun details, the delicate blue hue—described by the iconic color authority as “weightless and airy, like the expanse of the sky above us”—was paired with effervescent champagne gold to exquisite effect. Each exuberant floral creation reflects a design style that is rooted in tradition yet stunningly fresh and adventurous.
“My work is ever changing and evolving,” Kerianne says. “I am continually weaving together new color palettes and approaches to floral design in order to remain current and to capture each couple’s personality. Styled shoots like this one provide an opportunity for creatives to spread their wings and go beyond the ordinary in the hopes that viewers and future clients will take away some seeds of inspiration for their own special events.”
Proper Paper’s hand-deckled invitation suite featured organic-looking calligraphy done in blue watercolor. A gilded outer envelope was sealed with stamped wax.
The bride carried a dazzling horizontal bouquet of delphiniums, sweet peas, camellias, olive branches, spiral eucalyptus, and gilded foliage.
“Set atop natural flax linen, layers of gold-rimmed china and crystal added such romance to the tablescape,” Kerianne says.
Brass candleholders, mercury glass vases, and blueberry-filled pressed glass compotes added textural intrigue. “We brought in ‘something old’ with the candleholders, which were handpicked local antiques, and the compotes, which belonged to my grandmother,” Kerianne says. “Sentimental pieces can add so much character to your special day.”
Delphiniums, lilacs, camellias, ‘Majolica’ spray roses, ‘Patience’ garden roses, blue milkweeds, gilded foliage, and eucalyptus overflowed from a cast iron urn—a Brimfield Antique Show find.
Dramatically draped with eucalyptus and camellia foliage, a leafy chandelier was the indisputable showpiece of the shoot. Suspended above the tabletop, it complemented rather than overwhelmed the centerpiece beneath it.
“When designing with a grouping of such full florals and lush greenery, keep composition in mind,” Kerianne advises. “As a designer, I aim to strike a balance between the two, so that the florals shine without being overshadowed by the density of the foliage. When possible, take advantage of seasonal branches and greenery. The organic quality brings heightened personality to each arrangement.”
“In keeping with the garden-inspired aesthetic,” Kerianne says, “we reinvented the traditional table number, opting for a natural, living alternative that was handmade out of freshly cut and fragrant Japanese spiral eucalyptus.”
The bridesmaids’ bouquets consisted of white ‘Majolica’ spray roses and ranunculi accented with blue milkweeds, jasmine vines, gilded foliage, and eucalyptus.
Models Allie Farren (center), Simone Aptekman (left), and Abigail Matses (right) donned intricately beaded gowns and separates from BHLDN.
Champagne cocktails were garnished with blueberries and edible violas.
A vision in white, this nearly naked cake was the work of local pâtissier Jenny Williamson. Wreathed with eucalyptus, it was scantily clad in clusters of English ivy, ‘Majolica’ spray roses, sweet peas, camellias, ranunculi, and sprigs of spirea. A scattering of blueberries added a pop of contrast.
As the blushing bride, model Allie looked lovely in BHLDN’s “Jolie” gown, a sleekly romantic frock featuring rosy lace and an illusion neckline.
An arboreal ceremonial arch featured flowering white cherry branches and camellia foliage.
Sharing is Happiness
Event Production and Design > Les Fleurs
Photography > Deborah zoe photography
Fashion Styling > shine on weddings
Décor and Prop Styling > les fleurs
Videography > Justin joslin
Location > DNE School of Dance
Flowers > LES FLEURS
Gowns > BHLDN
Cake > Jenny’s wedding cakes
Furniture Rentals > peterson party center
Bride’s Shoes > Badgley Mischka
Hair > hair that moves
Makeup > amanda mccarthy
Earrings > BHLDN
Paper Goods > proper paper
Calligraphy > proper paper
Model 1 > allie farren
Model 2 > simone aptekman
Model 3 > abigail matses
Candles > The Bee Man Candle Co.
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What's Being Said
Deborah Zoe, Aug 15, 2016 at 10:19 am
Thank You so much for sharing this collaborative inspiration shoot!! It's amazing to see it all come together and beautifully featured :)
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