It’s always invigorating and inspiring to see travel photos from other places in the world, and to see new environments photographed beautifully for a couple’s wedding is doubly special. Today, Chelsey and Donald’s destination wedding in Mexico story shows us how a couple can truly create a simple event with tropical flair, while remaining true to their own style.
Read on for more from the photographer, Chantel Marie Photography: “This wedding was the most authentic representation of a couple that I have ever shot. Chelsey and Donald brought together the exact elements that make them who they are and make them happy as a couple. They moved past any pressures from outside sources on what they ‘should’ do for their wedding or the things they ‘should’ have included. Their focus on what makes them happy is what made the day so authentic. They did exactly what THEY wanted, and it was perfect.”
Read on for more from the bride: “The sisal and palms, lush botanicals, and warm tropical air drew us to the Yucatán for our celebration of love. We invited our closest loved ones to join us on the palm-covered grounds of Hacienda Sac Chich, a beautiful and historic property made up of three homes in the jungle outside the city of Mérida.
The setting itself was magical and played an important role in the celebration. Donald and I stayed several nights at Casa Sisal, the more modern part of the hacienda and also the site of our ceremony. Being able to make that sacred site our home for some time before and after the wedding was incredibly special. We wrote our vows together, looking out onto the great lawn where we would exchange them the next day.
On the day of the wedding, we shared a large breakfast of fresh fruit and chilaquiles with our friends who stayed with us at the hacienda. Our dear friend and officiant Richard led a meditation. Then we all lounged by the pool together. We had an incredibly relaxing day before the wedding began.
The most beautiful moments of the festivities were those of the ceremony. We arranged guests to sit in a circle with us at its center. Before we entered, Richard circled the space with holy copal. What happened next was beyond words. The powerful energy of love that emanated around us was infinite and transportive and brought nearly everyone to tears. Those were moments of truth—that love is everything.”
We love to see bridal portraits set amidst lavender fields a la Provence, but if a destination wedding isn’t in the books, or if your venue doesn’t happen to boast this fragrant flower – not to worry! We’ve got plenty of ideas for you.
You can incorporate lavender into your day by choosing to outfit your bridesmaids in elegant tulle gowns in different shades of the hue or by opting for a romantic bouquet featuring lilac, sweat pea or anemone. When it comes to floral design, you can’t go wrong by choosing colors that complement one another. Ask your florist to pair your chosen purple flowers with lush, organic greenery and pale peach, blush or yellow garden roses. If you prefer a subtle touch of color amongst an otherwise neutral scheme of white or cream, we love the idea of placing small stems of lavender here and there to add a bit of naturalistic charm.
You can bring out lavender’s more rustic personality by treating it as an herb. Use single sprigs to garnish a cocktail featuring lilac infused liqueur or to decorate each level of a multi-tiered cake.
Don’t forget that simple touches can go a long way. For example, gather stems together to create bundles and place them in wicker baskets near the ceremony entrance.
The artistic bride who wants to add something unique to her wedding day ensemble should consider the colored-gemstone trend. We love that more and more brides are embracing this move towards alternative center stones. Kunzite, moonstone, amethyst and rose quartz are just a few gorgeous options.
Of course, we don’t think it has to stop there – what about a gown in muted mauve paired with an all-white bouquet? Nothing could be more ethereal. Or, if you are going for a more classic look, you can still add a hint of whimsy with a delicate flower crown made of lavender and twine. Regardless of whether you use it minimally or in a big way, lavender will bring an understated yet elevated allure to your wedding day design.
A gorgeous setting creates an undeniable mood and atmosphere for a wedding, so we always suggest that brides choose their venues carefully and before they start the rest of their planning. In the case of this inspiration shoot, the old-world setting of this European-inspired castle (in Arkansas!) becomes the most luxurious backdrop. Read on for more of the modern design inspiration!
More from the designer, Jessica of Zimmerman Events: “Nestled in the heart of Arkansas, we have the unique luxury of being surrounded by all of the beauty this state has to offer. The Castle on Stagecoach may only be half an hour’s drive from our studio door, but it feels like stepping into something magical across the ocean. When selecting the elements of this shoot, we were inspired by the old world European character of the castle and wanted to create a stark contrast between a style that is notorious for beautiful details – everything from its rough-hewn stone walls to ornate ironwork–with a minimalistic style that portrays an almost lack of detail, a forgotten simplicity. Unstructured arrangements of greenery and white maintained effortlessness while adding a contemporary element. The result was an ethereal and enchanting scene that allowed the location to speak for itself.”
There are so many elements in today’s feature that we fell in love with immediately: the lush florals, the neutral and fresh palette, and this stunning venue. As much as we love outdoor weddings, sometimes, the venue itself needs to be celebrated and pulled into the event design. Designer Joy Proctor and florist Amy Osaba found the perfect ways to accentuate the beautiful Sunstone Wintery. Starting with the neutral color palette pulled from the warm tones of the stone walls, they created garden-inspired floral arrangements and placed them with baskets of fresh bread on a beautifully worn farm table. We’d love to be guests at this feast!
More from the photographer, Sarah Collier: “Kurt Boomer’s workshop at the breathtaking Sunstone Winery was an incredibly beautiful experience. The design was well thought out and lovingly done, and the atmosphere Kurt created was relaxing and allowed me to experience each moment exactly how Joy Proctor and Amy Osaba’s team designed it to be. His teaching focused on film photography, and getting rid of the digital camera crutch once and for all, so that you can create images that speak from your soul as an artist. This was something I had been working toward and this workshop was the final push I needed. I could not be more happy with my experience there and the images I was able to gain from it. Our real couple for this shoot was a dream to work with, and every photo of them is authentic; something I strive to do in any shoot no matter how styled it is.”