European Garden Inspired Shoot

The beginning of Spring evokes so much emotion. If you’re lucky enough to witness it in the Northeast, you’ll know there is nothing more inspiring than fresh flowers after a particularly chilly winter. Now add the architecture of a European inspired estate.

You can find the stunningly beautiful Cairnwood Estate located atop a hillside nestled just north of the bustle of Philadelphia in the Historic District of Bryn Athyn. Cairnwood Estate became the magnificent backdrop of our European Garden Inspired Shoot. Desiree’ of Devoted Wolf Events put together the swoon worthy team of wedding vendors in order to create a vintage, old world garden at the lovely estate.

The Stationery

The stunning details begin with the clean, Peachy Pink stationery suite that was created by Joanna with Eros Studios. “I wanted it to be modern, romantic and be indicative of a classy, elegant bride but with an edge – someone who likes to try something new but still respects formality and etiquette.”

The Attire

The breathtaking bride, Justyna, wore a solid Ivory Marisa Bridals ball gown from Serendipity Bridal Collections located in Northfield, New Jersey. The groom, Evan, is wearing a black on black Calvin Klein suit.

The Beauty

Allison of Allison C Beauty created the stunning hair and makeup for beautiful Justyna. She has some great beauty tips too!

“For brides’ special day, Hair and Makeup should be a reflection of their personal style. This ensures the bride feels her best and is comfortable for a long day surrounded by loved ones and lots of cameras. Sticking with the classics is always a great foundation on deciding what look to go for. Keep in mind, the classics can always be modified to match the theme or style of the wedding itself.”

Allison says brides should look for inspiration in bridal magazines, Pinterest, and the red carpet. “Makeup should be fresh, clean and really emphasize the eyes for portraits and detail shots. Hairstyles should flatter the brides natural bone structure. Hair extensions can be added to provide length and/or volume. Brides should remember that their wedding day is going to be recorded forever and this is the time to trust the professionals to make them look and feel their very best!”

The Accessories

The accessories for the day wouldn’t have been complete without a stunning jewelry set from Johnsen Diamonds and the always fashionable Badgley Mischka bridal shoes.

The Sweets

Beatriz of Sweeter Layers designed the cake and the macarons.

The Rentals

Melissa, with Vintage Kissed Rentals, brought some amazing and authentically vintage table settings and furniture to help create a romantic atmosphere. “Every single one of our vintage pieces are hand picked by us and we love to think about its history; the family tables they have graced and the parties they attended. Our vintage treasures add texture, beautiful tones, and elegant details to any event, large or small.” With names like The Biltmore and Viola, every single piece feels dripped in nostalgia.

The Floral Design

Sally, with Pink Dahlia Vintage brought the most eye catching florals that helped accentuate the natural beauty of the surrounding property. She truly encompassed the feeling we were looking for in this European Garden Inspired Shoot.

Some of the main flowers that Sally used were roses, ranunculus, hellebores, fritillaria, sweetpeas, and various foliage. She used one of her favorite flowers for this shoot too! (Eze ranunculus) It has an old world dusty mauve color that was perfect for this shoot. She also used creeping thyme in some of the smaller arrangements because she loves mixing fragrant herbs with lovely and romantic flowers.

“The style of my design is garden-esque and organically romantic. I admire the British floral designer, Constance Spry, who drew inspiration for her designs from Dutch 17th-18th century flower painters. She was known for using unusual plant material foraged from outside gardens and spaces to use along side of lovely blooms. I wanted to convey in the designs a feeling of romance and opulence to match the architecture of the Cairnwood Estate. This estate was known for it’s gardens. I wanted to bring the garden indoors.”

The Talent

Of course, no one would have been able to see this European Garden Inspired Shoot had it not been for the superbly talented Myra of Myra Roman Photography. Not only is she super fun to work with, she’s extremely knowledgable as well. While dress shopping, she pointed out features that would photograph well. While shooting, she directed her bride and groom with posing angles and tips and tricks. Her photography is impeccable but her attention to her couples make her a truly wonderful wedding photographer.

Diana and Korey, the super fun duo of Timeless Visions Photography followed everyone around all day. They were able to capture behind the scenes footage and witness true love unfolding in front of our eyes. Because, you see, Evan and Justyna aren’t models. *GASP* Nope. They’re newlyweds! Young and in love. Just like you!

I cannot say enough about this stellar team of rockstars. Everyone arrived with their A-game -and a bunch of doughnuts and coffee! I’m so thankful for each and every one of them. We get to work with love. That’s literally what we do. And nothing is more special or more rewarding.

In order to continue to work with love, we have to be willing to be daring, to be creative, and think outside of the box. That’s why I love styled shoots so much. Especially this European Garden Inspired Shoot! Being creative is a must in our industry and these shoots are the best way for us to truly get creative with no restraints. —Desiree’

Vendor Team:

Venue: Cairnwood Estate
Stylist + Coordinator: Devoted Wolf Events
Concept + Photography: Myra Roman Photography
Cinema: Timeless Visions Photography
Floral Design: Pink Dahlia Vintage
Table Rental: Lou and Co Rentals
Table settings + Vintage Rentals: Vintage Kissed Rentals
Cake + Macarons: Sweeter Layers
Stationery Suite: Eros Stationery
Beauty: Allison C Beauty
Attire: Serendipity Bridal Collections | Calvin Klein
Accessories: Johnsen Diamond | Badgley Mischka
Wax Seals: Blue Sweetie Seals

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Congratulations! He proposed! Now what? Have you ever planned a wedding before? No? That’s ok! That’s why there are professionals. We’re here to help guide you through this amazing process. We’re here to make your life easier. We want you to be able to enjoy the fun parts of planning the best day of your life while we worry and stress about the ~ugh~ things. Wedding planners and coordinators can help you save money, keep you on track, and stress less!

We always start by determining your style and budget. In order to have a successful wedding, these two things need to align. Pinterest is super great for inspiration. But it’s likely that those pins were staged. They really don’t do a great job at portraying the costs of a real wedding. And what may be affordable to some, may also break the bank for another. Sticker shock is huge in the wedding industry. How much time did you spend going back and forth with a vendor JUST to get their pricing? As wedding planners and coordinators, we make it our job to know how much each professional charges for their services and how they structure their pricing. By determining your style, we’re able to help guide you to the best vendors who will be able to provide what you want at a price you can afford.

We also know how they work together too. If you’re having fresh flowers placed on your cake, you’ll want to consider if your baker has worked with your florist before. Do they agree on who will take responsibility for placing the flowers on your cake? It’s important to know who works well with others when liability issues can arise. And as coordinators, that is literally our job. To coordinate your vendors.

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Lots of wedding planners are partnered with amazing companies. With all of the discounts we can provide to our clients, sometimes we even pay for our own cost of services! For example, Devoted Wolf Events has partnered with Kleinfeld Bridal Party were we can help you say YES at a fraction of the cost. And we’ve partnered with Minted. We can help you get discounts ranging from 25-100% off save the dates, invitations, monograms, and other various items and services.

If you’ve never planned a wedding before, would you know how long it takes for your caterer to serve each guest? If you want stunning outdoor photographs, do you know when golden hour is? Details like this are huge when creating your timeline. They may seem small and insignificant but it could mean the difference between a beautiful picture just before sunset when the lighting is perfect and a disastrously dark picture that no amount of light and airy editing can save.

Even if you can’t afford a full service wedding planner, you owe it to yourself and your friends and family to, at the very least, hire wedding management services. Don’t ask your best friend or aunt to help coordinate everyone on your wedding day. Ask them to be present and enjoy your day as guests. 


What used to be called day-of coordination has shifted significantly. There is simply no way to execute a successful event without coming in a few weeks prior to verify all vendors and details have been covered. This is why you may be seeing a lack of ‘day-of’ wedding planners. But rest assured, we’re still here to help, we’re just shifting the phrasing a bit. Let us come in and wrap up any loose ends. We will make sure no detail was overlooked or forgotten. Because let’s be honest, that’s your biggest fear isn’t it? 

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Alyssa + Adam

Saturday February 2nd, 2019

Historic Grant Station

Grant, Florida

Here is a collection of just a few of my favorite images from Alyssa + Adam’s perfect day!

-Scroll for a list of all of the amazing vendors that made Alyssa + Adam’s day beautiful!

Wedding Planner: Devoted Wolf Events | @devotedwolfevents

Venue: Historic Grant Station | Grant, FL | @grantstationevents

Photographer: Anna Barroso Photography | @annabarrosophoto

Caterer: Two Chicks and a Pot | @twochicksandapot

Entertainment: DJ Shane Entertainment | @djshane_florida

Florist: Buds, Etc. | @pattibuds

Cake Baker: Cakes So Simple | @cakessosimple

Videographer: John Lewis

Beauty: Amanda Bates

Samantha + Eric

Saturday September 29, 2018

Moonstone Manor

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

Here is a collection of just a few of my favorite photos from Samantha + Eric’s special day!

-Scroll for a list of all of the amazing vendors that made Samantha + Eric’s day beautiful!

Wedding Planner: Devoted Wolf Events |

Venue: Moonstone Manor | Elizabethtown, PA |

Photographer: Tony Gibble Photography |

Caterer: Legends Catering | Elizabethtown, PA

Cake Baker: The Couture Bakery |

Entertainment: Occasions DJ |

Florist: Jeffrey’s Flowers | Elizabethtown, Pa

Beauty: Nicole Drouillard

Officiant: Rev. Judith L. Guasch, M.Div |

Abigail + John

Friday October 19, 2018

Semple Mansion

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Here is a collection of just a few of my favorite photos from Samantha + Eric’s special day!

-Scroll for a list of all of the amazing vendors that made Abigail + John’s day beautiful!

Wedding Planner: Devoted Wolf Events |

Venue: Semple Mansion | Minneapolis, MN |

Photographer: Maressa Lea Photography |

Caterer: Fork & Flair | Minneapolis, MN |

Cake Baker: The Thirsty Whale | Minneapolis, MN |

Entertainment: Midwest Sound Entertainment |

Florist: Kalos Florals | Minneapolis, MN

Beauty: Designs by Kara | Minneapolis, MN