Fall is one of my most favorite times of year and it is ever so quickly approaching. Apple picking, leaf changing, fabulous fall coat wearing; you get the idea. And along with that crisp, cool approach comes a plethora of Fall weddings (also on my favorites list). This inspiration shoot captured by Green Apple Photography is cozying up to that Fall-ish genre.  It’s apples and berries a plenty with a gorgeous floral spread by Honey of a Thousand Flowers  and paper goods by October Ink perfect for a cool weathered alfresco affair. Head to the gallery for even more inspiration ripe with berry hues. And be sure to check out the easiest/ crazy cute DIY you ever did see right here.

From Lindsey Stewart of Green Apple PhotographyThe seed for this shoot was inspired over a year ago, when I first visited Phelps Berry Farm and fell in love with the stunningly beautiful, quiet farm, nestled in the Mountains of Payson, Utah. Living in the city, I was enchanted by the rural surroundings. Phelps Farm stayed on my mind for over a year, and the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to design a shoot around the farm. This was my first attempt at a styled shoot, and I knew I wanted to keep it simple, romantic and fresh. It ended up being a wonderful collaboration of extremely talented women. The starting inspiration was raspberry and gold, and we designed the shoot from there.

Jayne Swallow of October Ink created the personalize place settings, and the cups and silverware are her grandmother’s. Jayne also designed custom invitations with watercolor and gold foil, table cards and the berry box sayings. The beautiful, Grecian-style gown was custom made for the shoot by Melissa Blackburn, and was stunning on Mari. Melissa also provided the French lace for the Chuppah and the Boy Scout table used for the cakes. Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is an amazing stylist in addition to florist, and she created the centerpieces, bouquet and boutonniere, incorporating a mix of fruit and flowers. She also provided the birch branches for the Chuppah, candlesticks, crates and picnic table pillows. The party favors were berry boxes, hand-painted gold, that said, “To Have & To Eat.” I can’t say enough about the talent that was present, the cameraderie of all these talented women creating together. April Benincosa did a flawless job with the hair and makeup. I knew I wanted braids, rosy cheeks and bright, raspberry lipstick, and she created a flawless, romantic look for Mari. April stepped in at the last minute and really helped finish off the overall look.

All the women joined in on styling, and I loved seeing what a joint collaboration and mutual enthusiasm can create. My wonderful husband baked the six dozen cakes that we brought. The idea was farm-fresh for the cakes, and we kept it simple with bundt cakes, raspberries and a few flowers. The picnic table came from our backyard, and I made the floral headbands. The Phelps family was extremely generous in opening up their beautiful property to us. Some fun, behind-the-scenes facts: Mari and Blake are parents to a darling little six month-old boy, who played on a blanket at that shoot with us and was a dream the entire time. I shot Mari and Blake’s wedding 18 months ago, and it was so fun to reconnect and see their little family grow. On the day of the shoot, the entire valley was covered in a thick, gray smoke from several wildfires in the area. Magically, the shoot appeared to be in the one clear spot in the area, and the winds eventually blew the smoke away. Gratefully, a few weeks later we got some much needed rain.

Photography: Lindsey Stewart of Green Apple Photography / Location: Phelps Berry Farm in Payson, Utah / Floral Design: Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers / Styling: Lindsey Stewart, Sarah Winward, Melissa Blackburn, Jayne Swallow + April Benincosa / Wedding Cakes: Scott Stewart / Paper Goods: Jane Swallow of October Ink / Berry Boxes: Garnish / Wedding Dress: Custom by Melissa Blackburn / Hair + Makeup: April Benincosa of Vintage Rouge / Models: Mari + Blake Tengberg

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