This inspirational bridal shoot is the perfect example of when Murphy’s Law tries to get in the way but art and nature come together and make it better than you ever imagined. Drawing inspiration from the newly released invitation suite from Margaux Paperie, this soft and whimsical garden portrait session is like something out of a dream. After choosing the perfect fit venue with a garden to boot, COVID-19 and the shelter in place hindered our plans. We instead opted for a nearby state park. Immediately we began to narrow in on the blush hues that tied together with the butterfly invitation suite and the bridal gown, along with deep greens of the evergreens in the backdrop. When we arrived on location, we were taken back by the beauty of the sunset and the golden grass. And in fact, it all came together better than we ever envisioned.
The gown was chosen for its soft romantic tulle, capped sleeves, delicate appliqué, and feminine ruching. It was paired with its perfect match – the Sylvia heel from Wedding shoe designer Bella Belle’s Poetry of Love collection. The hand-sewn lace roses tied in perfectly with the dress and the “nuanced fusion of poetic elements and Bella Belle aesthetics” were exactly what we were looking for. Carrie Whelan Designs created stunning custom pieces with golden beaded leaves and pearl petal shapes inspired by the location. It was the perfect setting to tie in nature and celebrate both femininity and timeless style.
Florist Cassia Forêt created an asymmetrical design, a delicate touch of a vintage rosé with cappuccino garden roses. She chose to use Italian ranunculus, a rather large and full of texture blooms, paired with soft pink scabiosa and fragrant blossoms of sweet pea, as a symbol of delicacy and bliss. For the details, we of course played off of Margaux Paperie’s whimsical suite featuring butterflies and pastels. We featured the matching vow books and Wedding calligrapher Pretty Written Things added a magical touch that was the cherry on top with gorgeous calligraphy. She wanted it to be a reflection of the suite, so she wrote with a balance of whimsy met with fragility.
When we arrived on location, photographer Araka Waker shared, “I was stunned by the radiant setting sun behind Claire and the gracefulness she radiated. I couldn’t help but say aloud that I felt like I stepped into a Jane Austen novel. The timelessness of it all hit and I felt this photoshoot could be an inspiration to brides across borders. Across time.”
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Planning: Jeannene Lillie Events | Photographer: Araka Walker Photography | Florals: Cassia Forêt | Hair & Make-up: Glamology Beauty Lounge | Stationery: Margaux Paperie | Calligraphy: Pretty Written Things | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Jewelry & Accessories: Carrie Whelan Designs | Model: Claire Campbell
Jeannene Lillie is a Michigan Wedding Planner and Michigan Event Planner serving clients in Michigan, Pittsburgh, Ohio, San Diego, and Worldwide Destinations. The JLE Team is committed to coordinating and designing inclusive and intentional events that celebrate the romantic and modern couple. Inquire with us today and stop by the JLE Instagram to get a peek into our beautiful events and get to know us better!
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