Oh goodness, I can’t even begin to describe how deeply in love I am with this Scottish-inspired shoot from D’Arcy Benincosa Photography. From the Bride’s seriously amazing fishtail braid to her breathtaking florals from Galleria Floral to every pretty detail Sorella-Sorella placed perfectly – it couldn’t tug at my heart strings harder. Because it simply doesn’t get prettier than this, and you can see just what I am talking about right here.
From D’Arcy Benincosa Photography… For much of my life I have lived in Europe. One of my favorite places to be was in the Scottish Highlands. I read and studied about the rich culture and wanted to bring some of the old traditions to the highlands of Park City, Utah. When I met Amber and saw her stunningly long, vibrant red hair, I knew I had found the perfect Scottish bride. As a photographer who mostly shoots in New York City or Los Angeles, I wanted to reach out and introduce myself to new vendors to create something unique, personable, and with a touch of tradition to showcase our talents. Each vendor has newly come to the Park City wedding market. feel very lucky to call Park City, Utah home for a few months out of each year. It’s cool, crisp, fragrant, and the days are perfect for a destination wedding.
Traditional Scottish weddings are small affairs with customs that include the Maid of Honor washing the Bride’s feet before the ceremony, joining hands together during the ceremony with the clan tartan, toasting with the finest Scotch, eating lots of bread and cheese during the reception, and getting married in the highland groves. The lovely arch was handcrafted and tied together using limbs from the local willow trees. The willow tree leaves were cut fresh that morning and remained green while all the other trees in the mountains were variations of the bride’s red hair. The arch echoed the green of the bridesmaids dresses from Anthropologie, while the furs came from our grandmothers closets.
The hair and make-up inspirations was a simple affair. Lightly crafted braids that could be taken right off an ancient or modern Scottish lassie. The make up was simple, with warm colors and soft highlights. The hand crafted invitations and thank you notes expressed the Scottish phrase for “Many Thanks” by saying “Moran Taing” in delicate calligraphy. The challenge given to the florist was to create a wedding bouquet based off the Scottish thistle (yes, that lovely little flower that has become a very symbol for Scotland herself!). If you look closely you can see the purple/bluish bulb of a plant throughout the flowers in the bouquets and the centerpieces.
This shoot was simply stunning. Each image has a golden glow that is unique to this shoot. The final thing we needed to make this shoot transport us to Scotland was the professional bagpipe player we hired to come and play while we ate and talked and photographed and danced some jigs. The locals of Park City came out from their houses to see the event and the feeling of community that is present in the images is 100% real.
Photography: D’Arcy Benincosa Photography / Ceremony Location: Park City, Utah / Event Design: Sorella-Sorella / Floral Design: Galleria Floral / Arch Design + Construction: Spencer Francom / Wedding Invitations: Custom made, Colleen from Shea of The Valley Designs / Bagpiper: Grant Ensign / Dress + Handmade Headpiece: Custom Made, Lily Bride Designz / Furs: Family Heirlooms / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Anthropologie / Hair + Makeup: Vintage Rouge