Many couples want a winter wedding, but December and January are not your only options. This winter shoot happened to be very special. It would fall on a unique date, February 22, 2022. Dates like this one can take a decade or more to come around again. The inspiration behind this styled shoot was what I imagine a perfect late winter wedding to be. The weather is just on the cusp of being warm, but yet snow is still on the ground. Sunsets in late winter are stunning and that is the vision that I used to style the shoot. It happened to be a perfect late winter day. The air was chilled, but the beating sun provided some warmth. The rolling hills of The view at Morgan Hill had the perfect background setting. Some may think the brownish grass underneath the snow is nothing to look at , but this was a great natural canvas to enhance the green pine trees and beautiful orange sun.
The Backyard Bar Co. would serve handcrafted “his” and “hers” cocktails to guests as they arrive. The unique mobile bar is a remodeled horse trailer owned by best friends, Brittany and Candice. The drinks were planned around the color palette, so the homemade ingredients and overall appearance of the drinks seamlessly fell into place. The donuts were an added touch to the bar that tied in with the donuts served with the cake. I made the decision to go with tiers of donuts to go with the cake because the donut wall has been overdone. The tiers of donuts are beautiful and simple but it is still a statement piece.
When I sat with the owner of Moonchild Floral Design, Monica, to discuss the mood board and design, she said it brought back memories of driving west to Arizona. The color palette was screaming Sedona Sunsets! As we discussed floral options, we knew that bleached and terracotta tones had to be a focus but soon realized that adding soft pink tones would romance the bouquet and centerpieces. Monica wanted to use blooms that would offer delicate textures but also use palms and greenery that offered lines to complement the geometric stitching on the wedding gown. Monica decided to let the bouquet and centerpieces give the sunset vibe as she left the crescent moon arbor all white.There is something about using a white backdrop for its simplicity and purity.
When choosing the tablescape elements, I wanted to stay true to the winter sunset and also bring out the colors in the centerpiece. I used the crisp white linen to mimic winter snow. Amber colored water goblets brought out the yellows and gave a romantic vintage feel to the table. The natural beauty of the acacia wood charger highlights the bronzed finn patterned plate, adding a knotted burnt orange napkin for the final touch.
Beauty: Anjeh Beauty//DJ: Appalachian Entertainment//Equipment Rentals: A to Z Event Rental//Dress Designer: Porcelain Blush Bridal//Signage: Simply Borrowed Event decor//Floral Designer: Moonchild Floral Design//Other: The Backyard Bar Co//Event Planner: Rebecca Elaine Event//Bakery: Amy’s Creative Cakes//Ceremony Location: The View at Morgan Hill//Second Shooter: Bmore Visuals//Photographer: Christman Photography//