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This styled wedding shoot is filled with organic design ideas, creating a beautiful story to inspire your wedding planning. It all starts with an incredible venue, and this abandoned castle in Virginia (built in an Italian Renaissance style) offers an incredible patina of natural textures: rough stone, polished marble, brick, wood, cracked plaster, and so on. All of these textures weave together to form a beautiful background, which allows the neutral color palette and floral details take center stage. In the end, we’re presented with a refined, artful aesthetic with a calming feel.

Read on for more from the stylish, Once Wed Premium Vendor Claire Duran:
“The inspiration for our shoot began at an abandoned castle in rural Virginia of Italian Renaissance architecture style. We intended to showcase richness in textures, while meaningfully maintaining design simplicity and a neutral palette. The overall feeling is meant to inspire a refined and intimate wedding full of artful details.

In both the tablescape and ceremony design, we pursued the balance between wild, organic, and polished, incorporating foraged greenery and other refined and classic elements.
The muted green on the underside of the foraged leaves provided some softer tones to our chosen neutral color range. This is a perfect alternative to a tablescape full of lush greenery for couples who tend to style with neutrals.

The property also lent itself to a hint of mystery. This inspired the almost ghostly images of the bride dancing in the moody light. It is as if she is connecting to a time in the past, full of old world grace.”

Photography:  Kate Ignatowski | Stylist:  Claire Duran | Florist: Photosynthesis Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Tatyana Merenyuk | Paper Goods: Quill and Co | Bride’s Robe:  BHLDN | Bride’s Hair Comb: Hushed Commotion  | Cake: Catherine George Cakes | Hair & Makeup: First Look Artistry | Ring: Single Stone  | Tux: Alton Lane | Table, Chairs, Tablecloth, Silverware: Classic Festive | Cake Table, Bench: Paisley and Jade | Wood platters, Napkins, Plates: Crème de la Crème  | Models: The Artist Agency 


In May 2017, Ashley of Tinge Floral along with a few other very talented women will be returning to the beautiful Washington Schoolhouse Hotel for Color Theory, the next installment  of the Tinge workshop series.

A few words from Ashley:

“Spring is abundant with delicate colors and textures, with all the best blooms readily available to us. Together we’ll build harmonious color palettes in bouquets, arrangements and installations incorporating foraged product from our surroundings. Often times the most complex beautiful color palettes are found by utilizing what is growing around you.

We will have this boutique hotel all to ourselves and enjoy the incredible service it provides. While we will have a full itinerary, you’ll still be able to relax and enjoy the beauty that is Park City, Utah.”
For more information on pricing, inclusions, and the full itinerary, please email
Flowers + Workshop Host: Tinge FloralPhotography: Ciara RichardsonStylist: Tess ComriePaper Goods: Kaela RawsonGowns: Leanne Marshall, Jann Marie BridalVenue: Washington Schoolhouse Hotel | Tart: Pippa Cakery | Hair and Makeup: Lesley Lind


Today’s real wedding feature, located in the incredible mountains in Georgia, features one of the most lovely neutral color palettes that we’ve seen, set against the backdrop of an incredibly scenic view. The couple invited just a small handful of dear friends and family members, to create a sense of intimacy and closeness. After that, they let the mountains do the talking: the natural palette of greens and stone grays and blues took center stage. Her off-white, simple gown flowed in the breeze, while the couple spoke their vows in the midst of 2 crescent shaped floral installations that created an organic “altar” of sorts.
Read on for more from the bride:
“We decided to hold our ceremony in the mountains. They have a special atmosphere, there is something mysterious and attractive about them, something that keeps intimate feelings and emotions away from the public eye. And even though there are many beautiful and majestic mountains in Italy, Switzerland, and France, our choice fell on a very picturesque place in our beloved Georgia – Kazbegi. It is hard to find more hospitable people, living with a sense of a holiday inside and always smiling. And we just wanted to experience this inexpressible Georgian charm.

We invited only our closest loved ones, making the celebration very cozy and homey warm. Our guests stayed with us in the world famous Room Hotel Kazbegi, whose interior literally tells the story of the Georgian people.

The basis for the décor conception, as well as the entire wedding, was natural textures and ethnic motives. The location we chose, with all its rocks, mountain tops, and slopes, was so original that only a few additional décor elements were necessary.

Our decorators picked amazingly beautiful natural materials: stones, impressive wooden tables, silk ribbons, swags, candles in the stone holders, and added some tender white and gray-blue flowers.

My wedding dress was custom made of natural silk with a long train easily picked up by the wind. With the stylist, we decided to make three different images: the one for the morning had natural curls, the other for the walk had the hair on one side, and for the ceremony, we put the hair back and added a three-meter long veil.”

Photography: Muravnik photography | Wedding Planning: Wedding Classic | Flowers and decor: Holiday Everyday | MUAH: Anastasia Raevskaya | Dress: Maria Alekseeva | Accessories: Nch Wedding Jewelry  | Video: Fresh Feeling Studio

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