Making a Frozen Lake Michigan Look Downright Gorgeous
May 11, 2017
RomanticLakesideWinter Weddings
Get lost in this winter wonderland created by Forever and a Day and captured by Kelly Sweet Photography. Set alongside frozen Lake Michigan, this wedding inspiration session features a layered, flowing Hayley Paige gown and a soothing, icy blue palette, drawing from the beauty of its natural surroundings. Yes, it is as good as it sounds. See it all in the Vault.
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From Melissa Mathis of Forever and a Day... I was inspired by a photo of a Finland sunrise over the lake. I was captivated by the stillness of the season and the soothing colors that came with it. I wanted this shoot to embody and resemble the calmness that comes with a sunrise. Traditionally, a bride on her wedding day is a reflection of someone who will become the stillness of a family, however large, who has complete control both in slow times and in chaotic times.

For this inspiration, I chose a light blush gown with a large layered skirt to mimic the flowing water. The bride's hair was styled into a messy fishtail pulled to the side, and her makeup was subtle, made up of red-browns, peaches, and pale pinks. Lastly, I designed the bride's bouquet to be full of texture with a flowing ribbon, not wanting to overpower her gown. I also wanted the the main focus on the bride, capturing her more as an individual, rather than a pair.

I added a simple tablescape comprised of gold chargers, china, and flatware. A touch of baby eucalyptus was added to each place setting to give it texture. The last added aspect was the hot cocoa bar with several toppings, which blended perfectly with the cold, snowy backdrop.