Orchard Harvest Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Today's the day! So excited I get to share these pictures with you all today. I'd wanted to do a styled shoot for quite some time but was having trouble working up the guts to actually approach some local businesses about collaborating on one. Enter my fabulous friend, Abbe (she's been on the blog before). She loves weddings and has great taste and loves planning stuff like this. She took my vague idea of "I'd love to do a styled shoot" and brought it to life.

Since Abbe was the mastermind behind it all, here's her perspective on pulling it all together: "To create an 'Orchard Harvest' theme, we sought to combine the magical elements of autumn with the elegance of the Edwardian era. To achieve this we choose a lace wedding gown and added an ornate beaded belt, we used an antique velvet couch along with other antique props, such as china, silver, wooden chairs and trunk from Edinburgh, Scotland! Our color palette focused on rich jewel tones, the red roses and purple-green kale, the berry colored earrings and bride’s lipstick, the chocolate wedding cake with fondant figs, the metallic gold touches throughout and of course the lush, emerald green of the orchard surrounding us."

It worked out perfectly that our friends Richard & Christie (Christie was also on the blog before!) were going to be in town and they were able to model for us!

This shoot was an absolute blast and I'm looking forward to next time. :-) Please check out our wonderful vendors and enjoy the photos!

Coordinator/Stylist: Abigail Powers
Venue: Royal Oak Farm Orchard
Florals: Apple Creek Flowers
Calligrapher: The Constant Scribe
Wedding Dress: Kathryn's Bridal
Hair: Studio 10
Makeup: Renew Skin Spa
Cake: The Sugar Circle
Props: Burlap & Bows
Photographer: Kathryn Grace Photography

We were honored to have the shoot featured on Classic Bride last week! Thanks to everyone for making it all so beautiful and amazing!

Desmond & Carolyn | Wedding

One of the first things we learned about Carolyn after meeting her was that she had a special someone in Ireland. Yes, people... Ireland. (I know, I know, cue "oohs and ahhs"). Last summer Desmond moved over here to be close to Carolyn - which tells you something about how special she is to him, if he'd forsake IRELAND for Illinois. :-) It's been so fun getting to know them... they're so cute and funny, and they so obviously love the Lord.

Their wedding day was beautiful and Christ-centered; no chaotic flurries of activity and stressful episodes, just friends surrounding two people joining their lives together and covenanting before God. It's a beautiful thing!

Desmond & Carolyn, you know I wish you all the best in your married life, and thank you for the great honor of including me as part of your day! Enjoy the pictures!

Sweet little baby girl belonging to Carolyn's best friend...

Carolyn wore her mother's wedding dress!

She had a photo of her father pinned to her bouquet in his memory.

It's obvious that Carolyn and her mom share a strong bond... they were such a joy to watch throughout the day!

Note from his bride... and he obviously liked what it said. :-)

This next set was hilarious. They had chocolate cigars and wowie, did they have fun with them. :-) We all laughed so hard!  (Desmond, you're probably going to kill me for posting these on the world wide web... but I can't help myself.)

Desmond was the most adorable groom you could ask for. He grinned at Carolyn pretty much non-stop.

Carolyn's children's choir sang... so sweet!

Joy abounding!

Back for more pictures! This worked out nicely because we didn't have to cram bride and groom pictures, and bridal party pictures in between the ceremony and reception.

Desmond works at Starbucks, so we had to stop in for coffee. :-)