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!

Orchard Harvest | Styled Shoot: Preview

I'm just bursting to share these images from the Orchard Harvest styled shoot! I'm still keeping it mostly under wraps until we get it submitted for publication, but I couldn't resist posting one preview! This is one of my top favorites!

We had some amazing vendors - pictured here are gorgeous florals by Apple Creek Flowers, a stunning gown from Kathryn's Bridal, hair by Studio 10, and makeup by Renew Skin Spa!

Wes & Kate | Royal Oak Farm Orchard Wedding

There is something so special about a Christian wedding. Most weddings are beautiful, even if they aren't necessarily Christian, but I think Christian weddings really top them all, because they understand what it's really about. It's not about making you happy, or even making each other happy (though that's part of it). It's about Christ, and mirroring His love.

I loved working with Kate and Wes! Kate and her mom let me tag along to come see the venue ahead of time prior to the wedding day, and we all prayed together about the day. When I arrived on the wedding day I was greeted with a hug from Kate's mom and felt like family! :-)

There were so many little heirloom-y things that made this wedding special. The fact that Kate wore her grandmother's opal necklace; that they cut their cake with the same knife that Kate's parents used at their wedding; that her grandfather built the beautiful arbor under which they were married. I love it when there are small things like that - they don't make a huge difference to the average person attending, but they make the day so personalized.

Wes & Kate, it was a joy and an honor to document your wedding. Many blessings to you as you begin your life together and live it for God's glory!
Many thanks to Wendy for second shooting this wedding with me! Several of these shots are hers!

Such a fun bridal party! They were up for anything!

Role reversal... :-)

Kate's parents have a photo like this from their wedding and it hung in the photographer's storefront for months. Haha!

The guests were served different kinds of pie and ice cream, served by the bridal party
They had the best first dance I think I've ever seen!

After the first dance, we slipped out to the orchard for a few more couple photos as the sun was setting. Love these!

Love this shot from Wendy!

Venue: Royal Oak Farm Orchard
Wedding dress: Complete Bridal
Florals: Everything Floral
Catering: Crystal Lake Rib House
DJ: Sheer Vinyl