I dare you to discover a situation where metallics just don’t work; I’ve deemed it impossible. I’ve been a fan of silver, gold, copper and more for quite awhile, but this shoot reinvigorated that love once more. Designed by 5th Avenue Weddings & Events, the mixed metallic shades came together to create one romantic, ethereal scene, captured by Simply K Studios; join me in this fashionable fan club right here!
From 5th Avenue Weddings & Events… When I was asked to put together this shoot for Hickory Hill Orchards, I sat with the owners to get a sense of what they were looking to do. We obviously wanted to keep it fresh; vintage would be an ideal look for an orchard, but why not bring a classic, modern side into that. Looking over current trends and trying not to repeat what has already been done, I knew mixed metals was the way to go and there was no doubt that I wanted copper to play a major role. As I spoke with each of my favorite vendors and pulled together the inspiration I knew it would be everything the owners envisioned. The “Elaine” wedding gown from Amsale’s new Spring 2016 line was just the beginning of the inspiration. Its soft skirt had just enough sparkle to not take away from the natural beauty of the gown. I added in the same softness with the bridesmaid dress, but in a deeper neutral grey, so it could mix well with the other metals of the shoot. The bold copper chandelier with the copper flatware, classic stationery, mixed metal makeup, ivory flowers, and soft fabrics helped bring everything together perfectly.
From Candi’s Floral Creations… With this shoot we wanted a fresh and on trend feeling and I’ve been wanting to use my vintage wire chandelier forever so I was determined to make it work in this orchard shoot.I am a big believer of adding that touch of gold or silver to glitz up a rustic wedding or enhance an elegant one. Frankly, I have been longing for a new glitzy element to use and looked to the other metallics. I sprayed my black chandelier copper and voila! The vision was born. I wanted that to be the focal piece and to have the copper and rose gold accents stand out so I chose to design all the florals in white. Since all white tends to feel elegant and given the location being an orchard, I designed everything a bit garden-y to create the overall feeling of garden elegance.
From Louis Purple… Charles Brunold is wearing a paisley ivory tuxedo jacket in wool and silk. Fully canvassed, this made-to-measure jacket brings together elegance, fit and comfort. It features a black satin shawl lapel with slanted pockets. The trousers were made out of the finest cloths in the world “Holland & Sherry” in wool and mohair. The bow tie is handcrafted in France by “Au fil de l’Aune.” Chloé and Charles Brunold, who are models as well, fell in love in New York City where their passion for the art of custom clothing provoked their encounter. You can meet them at their bespoke boutique in NOHO. Their French savoir-faire lead them to be recognized as one of the finest for custom clothing in NYC.
From Erica O’Brien… We wanted this cake to be classic with a touch of whimsy. Coloring the top tier copper allowed us to incorporate metallics while giving the cake a somewhat less formal feel, perfect for a wedding at an orchard. To compliment the florals, we handcrafted edible sugar flowers including leaves, berries, and a large-scale open rose.
From Admire Design… I started this paper suite by designing a custom monogram for the couple featuring an antique engraved frame; so classic. What really makes you say “Ooh!” when you open the invitation though is the gorgeous glitter-infused rose gold paper. It looked amazing in the sunlight at the orchard!
From Simply Gorgeous By Erin… I took inspiration from the gorgeous mixed metals used in the florals and tablescapes. I wanted the eyes to look like patina and antiqued golds and coppers so when the setting sun hit them their eyes would look like a sunset on the rooftops of Rome. Metallics are very sexy and always in style.
From Simply K Studios… Photographing this shoot was a dream. I love different textures, and there was no shortage of them between the florals, glitter-infused paper, metals, and fabrics. The play of soft fabrics and delicate florals against the harder metallics complimented the style and created an upscale twist, keeping the shoot fresh and modern. My ultimate goal was to capture genuine emotion between Chloe and Charles, as I do at every wedding I photograph.
From Kate Kudish, Events Director at Hickory Hill Orchards… My family has owned and operated this historic fruit orchard for over 38 years in the Connecticut countryside. About two years ago, I realized Hickory Hill Orchards is an ideal setting for a quintessential New England wedding or event; nothing tops saying your vows in between white apple blossom trees in May or dancing under the stars with the scent of peaches in August. Our venue and family prides itself on the rustic yet well-maintained landscape architecture and the charming farm aesthetic. When we began ideating for the shoot, we wanted to show people that an orchard wedding is just as beautiful during the spring and summer blossom seasons as it is in the fall. 5th Avenue Weddings & Events, along with all of the talented vendors, helped to create our vision of an extremely elegant and upscale black tie affair.
Photography: Simply K Studios | Event Design: 5th Avenue Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Candi's Floral Creations | Stationery: Admire Design | Hair & Makeup: Simply Gorgeous By Erin | Groom's Attire: Louis Purple | Venue: Hickory Hill Orchards | Cake Designer: Erica O'Brien