If you’ve ever been to northern Michigan in the fall, you know we sure love autumn up here! From cold-pressed apple cider, wineries that could rival any in Napa, and freshly baked pumpkin spice donuts, we live for our fall months and the coziness they bring. To me, being cozy is so closely tied to the same emotions you feel when you’re in love so it made perfect sense to combine everything about love and autumn into one pretty little shoot full of inspiration!
While my main goal was the keep this shoot as simple as possible in an effort to provide attainable inspiration for brides to be, I really wanted to include details that stood out all on their own; and that were unpredictable in the given context (like gold pinecones in the bouquet and hot pink confetti!)
Pops of pink, fuchsia and gold, complimented the blush pink satin and twine braided bow around the bouquet, while the textural centerpieces in gold mosaic urns added just the right touch of color and sparkle to the understated tablescape. Ghost pumpkins and gourds with gold stems, metallic-hued and hot pink confetti, gold shimmer stationery and blush pink striped napkins (from the incredible Wedding Chicks shop!) added a dash of drool-worthy Kate Spade style.
Homemade caramel lollipops served as escort cards sitting in a bed of even more confetti, and doubled as favors. And the underlying theme of “Fall In Love” (a play on words, and the season) carried over from the hanging letters behind the dessert dresser of cider and donuts in lieu of a wedding cake, to the invitations wording and the framed welcome sign at the foot of the family style dinner table.
Instead of hiring models for the shoot, we asked Nick and Audrey, newlyweds themselves, to come brave the incredibly windy, cold and rather unpredictable weather for us. They both wore the same thing they wore on their own big day except Audrey wore a beautiful pair of blush pink Luichiny heels with the sweetest red heart detailing on the soles.
French Valley Vineyards is the epitome of rustic elegance and is surely one of the most unique reception venues in all of Michigan for anyone looking to “Fall in Love” anytime of the year.