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 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 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.
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 for the day wouldn’t have been complete without a stunning jewelry set from Johnsen Diamonds and the always fashionable Badgley Mischka bridal shoes.
Beatriz of Sweeter Layers designed the cake and the macarons.
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.”
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’
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