Romantic Country Inspired Photo Shoot by Alea Lovely
June 29, 2012
Alea Lovely knows her way around a camera and that camera is a pretty storyteller through and through. From a breathtaking wedding re-do to an elopement with the sweetest sentiments woven into the folds and right on through to this inspiring shoot. It's Country Romance taken to a whole new level with florals and design by Victorian Gardens and a lineup of cakes by Classic Cakes that are sure to be making their rounds on Pinterest in the coming days. So grab that coffee and prepare to be dazzled by a gallery brimming with the prettiest of details.
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From Alea Lovely... A little bit of country, a little bit of elegance. I am from the Midwest and wanted to show a new way to do a Midwestern affair. We got away from the rustic look and found a more romantic way to fit this wedding. With bright colors and eye catching details, my team and I put together a styled shoot that a bride from any region could get on board with. I loved the cake table. The three cakes with ombre details and soft pastels was a new spin on the traditional one cake. Stunning florals accented the unfinished wooden top table and the "bride and groom" mannequins brought a very unique accent to the table.

The dress by Ivy and Aster was a great complement to the shoot. I was going for something elegant that could also be very casual. With laser cut layers and a gorgeously detailed beaded cape, it was a super light and airy gown and also perfectly falls in line with the bridal fashion trending right now. I had her hair done with lighter extensions to accentuate the ombre in her hair. Our hair stylist created gorgeous curls that looked effortless in the wind, and we gave her a rusted golden hair piece to pin back her hair, a nice accessory that wasn't too overbearing. She wore flat gold tin earrings that complemented her hair, and bronzy makeup. The groom wore a soft blue button up with a vest and tapered pants to give a more relaxed look overall.

The ceremony area was in an open field with the center stage being wooden poles, much like you see on a country home, and decorated with florals and hay like accents. I chose mismatched chairs as a fun way to play up an intimate ceremony. The reception table was a worn blue table and we used purple napkins to contrast the colors of the florals. Old silverware was placed next to the gold-lined plates for a subtle juxtaposition of classic and antique. There were great food details like the mini open fruit pies, pecan desserts, and a peach signature drink with actual sliced peaches in it. The invites were watercolor with a modern approach to the RSVP card. After shooting a ton of weddings in the Midwest over the years, I just wanted to put a new spin on something that is a country wedding. Big thanks to my team, who always does a great job!

Photography + Creative Direction: Alea Lovely / Floral + Set Design: Amy Cason of Victorian Gardens / Props: Victorian Gardens + Hickory Dickory / Dresses: Ivy & Aster / Jewelry: Jennifer Behr / Hair: April McReynolds of Neon Hair Design / Makeup: Cara Porter / Models: Andrea + Lucas Larson / Cakes: Classic Cakes / Invitations: Announce This Design