As a wedding planner, when you’re putting together a styled shoot, you want to capture the essence of your theme – whatever that might be. You want to hit it out of the park with your details and transform the space you’re working with into the vision you see in your head. Stretching your creativity and doing things people have never seen before is one of the best parts of a styled shoot. However, they generally very specific to a season, type of couple or theme.
The best styled shoots, in my opinion, are the ones that transcend seasons and locations. The ones that inspire the couple getting married next spring in Florida as much as they do the ones getting married this fall in Washington. This styled shoot planned by Sweet Karoline Events does just that.
From Sweet Karoline: The goal was to capture a winter wedding that portrayed classic elegance while incorporating a cozy feel. Our vendors totally nailed it. Separk Mansion is the epitome of elegance, with gorgeous black and white marble floors, crown molding, chandeliers, and beautiful hardwoods. Evermore’s furniture and china complimented the space beautifully and Julep Floral was able to bring that cozy feel to the table by adding birch candle holders mixed with gold elements…not to mention her gorgeous floral arrangements.
Even though this styled shoot was planned with a cozy winter wedding in mind, it’s timeless beauty can easily inspire weddings throughout the year. One a couple simple details like switching the birch candle holders to brass or silver and swapping in dyed silk ribbon for velvet would make this wedding feel just as romantic, classic and elegant in the spring or summer as it does for winter.
Meet the Models: Kevin and I met through work almost 7 years ago; however, we each worked remotely, lived in different states, and saw each other rarely so we didn’t know each other very well for quite some time. We eventually discovered a connection and began a long distance relationship – he lived in here in Charlotte, I in Cleveland, Ohio. After about a year of long distance, we moved in together here in Charlotte!
Kevin is incredibly thoughtful a very detailed planner, so I knew that whatever he put together would be really special; however, he really knocked it out of the park with a magical night!! He is heavily involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and has been doing a lot of fundraising for them ever since he moved to Charlotte. Each year they plan a huge formal gala as one of their many fundraising efforts. This year he was on the planning committee for a tasting event called “Brewers Ball” where we were planning on volunteering our time to serve beer donated by the brewery he works for to guests. He was very organized – forwarded me emails detailing our loading dock time slot, set-up info, and quizzed me on the type of beer we were pouring to make sure I knew all about what we were serving.
Little did I know, this was all a rouse! He had schemed with my best friend back home to get into my secret pinterest board and designed the perfect ring, hired a photographer to capture our perfect moment, and invited a few of our friends to celebrate the night with us! We headed uptown early to meet a colleague of his to gather signage and set-up materials. We were walking through First Ward Park to meet “Brian” when he stopped me on the lawn and dropped onto one knee and popped the question (in front of a cheering crowd!)! I was so shocked and confused! It was then that he revealed that there was a photographer hiding in the bushes (she immediately took us around the city for an impropmptu proposal shoot!), that we weren’t in fact working/volunteering the tasting – but attending with friends to celebrate, and that a few of our closest friends were waiting for us nearby with champagne! We got to dance & drink the night away!
Photographer: more beatty photography
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Tuxedo Lady Formal
Linens and Coverings: First Impressions Linens
Cake Designer: Cake Me Away Gastonia
Calligrapher: Shop Sucerie
Hair Stylist: Glammed and Groomed
Makeup Artist: Glammed and Groomed
Heirlooms and extras: Evermore – Classic and Vintage Rentals
Dress Store: Fabulous Frocks Bridal
Floral Designer: Julep Floral
Event Planner: Sweet Karoline Events
Event Venue: Separk Mansion