Stopping my day to soak in every last ounce of pretty from this woodland bridal shoot didn’t take a lot of convincing. In fact, it took absolutely no convincing at all. Because when you combine the pure talents of some of Illinois’ finest vendors (think Amanda’s Bake Shoppe, Petals n’ Bloom Special Event Florist, The Constant Scribe and many, many others) against a breathtaking backdrop like the Pleasant Valley Conservation Area, it’s an inspiration home run. Ready to get lost in all of the beauty? See every last moment captured by Elizabeth Greve right here in the full gallery.
We were inspired by the natural raw feel the conservation area provided us and by the serenity and simplicity of this location. The old stones of the amphitheater provided a solid and strong foundation… like a good marriage should have. We pulled colors and shapes from the flowering red bud and burr oak tree canopies. These spring colors seem so vivid and awakening after a long dull winter. We also incorporated different greenery elements of fern and moss to showcase the many varieties seeming to be bursting to life on the forest floor. To add to the rustic appeal we wanted a mixture of old and new materials reminiscent of the passing seasons.
Photographer: Elizabeth Greve Photography | Floral Design: Petals n’ Bloom Special Event Florist | Calligraphy: The Constant Scribe | Cake+Dessert: Amanda’s Bake Shoppe | Hair: Brit Rodriguez | Make Up: Gracie Hoffman | Location: Pleasant Valley Conservation Area – Stone Amphitheater McHenry County Conservation District in Woodstock, Illinois | Models: Mick Johnson, Laura Ferkaluk, Margo Borg & Lily Behrns