On the 8th of April, we had the privilege to film a stunning enchanted elopement in Concord, North Carolina. The venue choice was Ritchie Hill, partially for its modern beauty but also, the venue has a touch of magic in the building structure with a lovely sky view balcony. Located in a quiet neighborhood just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, what a special place to celebrate your wedding day and the days prior, with the comfort of Ritchie Hill’s staff, as well as, many room options for you, your family and friends, and bridal party to get ready or relax in.
Our gorgeous bride chooses a peach, pink, and gold floral theme to decorate throughout her intimate wedding. Her dress was a spectacular choice of a peach shade on a less formal ball gown. She chose simple jewelry to accessorize and pull off a new trend for 2017 weddings: wear the theme you are in! How daring to step out in a dress other than ivory or white! Her shoes and wedding ring added the gold she needed to completely pull off her wedding theme attire. Her hair fell loosely in light curls, with the top half pinned back like open flower heads. She chose “less is best” with her makeup, which gave her such a beautiful authentic appearance to step out on her wedding day and “wow” her guests right at the entrance.
During her finishing touches of “getting ready” we took the time to film the details of her day. Pink & peach draping cloth wrapped in greenery, hung along an open brick wall for their ceremony spot. The entrance to Ritchie Hill that morning opened up with such a peachy & pink glow, you would almost think the day was just meant for them. We took note of the farm tables decked out with beautiful candelabras and flowers of a variety of peach and pink colors standing out announcing another special spring morning. We had never seen such a neat assortment of dishware, gold forks & knives, plates with a peach glass piece separating the top from the bottom. The glasses for the bride & groom matched those of their guests with the same peach of the glass dinner plates. They choose to add a deep purple into their invites, as well as, into the table numbers and bride & groom seating cards, which added a touch of elegance into their Spring Peach & Floral Enchanted elopement wedding theme. The cake was the final touch in making the whole setting comes together with its three white layers, blanketed with a delicate floral arrangement coming up from the left bottom layer to reach the top layer on the left side. They had to know as they finished getting ready, truly how beautiful their wedding day was going to be. We could see behind our lenses how perfectly planned and crafted each element had been prior to this day.
The guests begin to arrive, as well as, the bridal party, so we begin to move upstairs and check on both bride & groom. Ashlie was patiently waiting in the opposite room of Brendon. During this time, we grabbed a few intimate photo moments of her and then followed her to the balcony as she peered off to watch her family & guests, which gave us another great opportunity to film while we were beginning to understand and see her side of this great love story. We left to grab a few shots of the groom, Brendon, while he waited for the go ahead to head downstairs toward the ceremony site. Both Ashlie & Brendon lacked any hesitation to their wedding day. We could see they were both ready to finally tie the knot.
We quickly grab our things and get ourselves set up for the ceremony. We feel a breeze slip in that afternoon, keeping the possible spring heat from affecting the wedding. After everyone gets to where they need to be, the music starts and it’s not long before the groom gets to see his bride walk down the aisle. These two were nothing but smiles standing there waiting to say their vows and with their vows came another 2017 wedding trend of using the iPhone to guide them to speak with ease. The vows were the kind of vows you only hear in the movies, so intimate, loving, and caring toward each other. By the time the moment was done, we hear “you may kiss the bride”, and we were off to capture the reception. Because their wedding was an elopement with a few family & friends, the size was unlike your normal reception, but had a “at home romantic dinner” feel to it. They allowed the floral arrangement which was their table centerpiece to give them a slight disconnect from everyone else, without being totally separated by broken up tables.
We know you guys are ready to fall in love with this wedding film. It can be watched below. =)
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The cake cut was surrounded by their best friends. You just never know how those will turn out, whether the couple stays sweet or they decide to get a little messy with this American tradition. The cake was just as wonderful as it looked, by the way. As the dinner approaches the end, you see the bride & groom take the floor for their “first dance”. We couldn’t get over how perfect the evening felt for this first dance, being outside, on the front porch, as the night chill sets in, with candles and lanterns illuminating in the background. It was as if we ourselves, our gear, and the whole world, was absent as they danced. Young love at its finest.
They spent the rest of the evening, hand in hand, like two candles that wouldn’t stop burning. When they finally slipped away into the back side of the porch, we found them resting, which was our final shot of the night. Ashlie & Brendon’s love story brought enchantment, a spring fresh feel, and several 2017 wedding trends. We looked forward to the time we spent with this couple and we hope their wedding brought all the emotions and wedding excitement to you as it did for us.
Wedding Date: April 5th, 2017
Wedding Season: Spring
Vendors from Ashlie & Brendon's Wedding
Wedding & Event Planner:
Elena Weddings and Events
Paige and Elliott - Bridal Boutique
Evermore - Classic & Vintage Rentals
Inspired Design of NC
Sky's The Limit Bridal Sweets
Sweetest Beginnings Stationary and Design
Mirror Bomb Studio
Layne Barter Makeup
We decided to add 8 tips from an article written by The Knot to help you choose your wedding style and theme.
1. Get Inspired by Your Setting
First things first: location. Have a color palette in mind as you start your venue search. Think about what colors you'd like to use, and whether you'd want to prioritize finding the perfect venue or having your perfect color palette. If you find a venue that you love, but it doesn't work with your colors, you'll want to switch up a hue or two so you don't bust your budget on trying to cover up or distract from the fact that it doesn't match. Venues like converted warehouses, lofts and tents are all blank slates, meaning you can really add as much or as little as you want to carry out your vision for color and style. If you've already found the perfect venue, use the space to help you come up with your color scheme. The colors of your reception space and its surroundings, whether it's the vintage Persian rug in the dining room or the view of the ocean, can spark an idea. And that way, you won't have to work against a clashing color palette and your colors will enhance what you love about your venue.
2. Keep Your Priorities In Mind
While the venue is usually the biggest choice you have to make in your wedding planning, sometimes there are other details to consider that might come before choosing your colors too. If you've always dreamed of having your wedding overflowing with purple dendrobium orchids, then you should use that as a starting point for your palette, instead of trying to figure out a way to work it in later. You don't want to choose a color scheme only to find that a must-have, like your grandmother's ivory table runner, looks out of place or may get lost in the décor rather than standing out like you want it to.
3. Think Seasonally
Just like your wardrobe, your wedding color scheme can be inspired by the time of year you're saying “I do." Think about the shade you want to use to bring out the season in your color palette. Rosy pink is perfect for spring, while a brighter coral is a summer staple. For fall, a rich fuchsia pairs well with other jewel tones, and blush and silver are a pretty wintry combo. Don't shy away from colors you love though just because of seasonal color “rules," which have pretty much gone the way of wearing white after Labor Day. Light pastels and barely there hues, like buff, can work for a fall or winter wedding. The trick is to concentrate on texture, and maybe even bring in a stronger accent color.
4. Set the Mood
Your wedding colors can also help create a vibe for your wedding day. If you're going for a lot of drama, then a dark or jewel tone palette, like ruby red and black or emerald and gold, is a better choice than, say, light pastels. Think about the style and atmosphere you want to have, whether it's relaxed or nostalgic, and what colors put you in that mind-set.
5. Look to What You Love
The colors that inspire your home décor are ones you know you can live with for a long time (and it's an extra perk that leftover items like Moroccan lanterns will get used after your wedding day). Open your closet: What color clothes and accessories are you drawn to? Use that as a starting point for choosing your wedding hues.
6. Do Your Research
Magazines, art galleries and friends' weddings are all great sources for inspiration. While you wouldn't want to choose a color combo just because it's on trend, looking towards art and design may help you see colors you already love in a new way.
7. Consult the Color Wheel
You don't need a degree from art school to pick your palette, but there are some basic principles to follow. Typically, colors that go well together are ones that are opposites because they pair a cool and warm (examples include orange and sky blue and turquoise and coral). Other color pairings that work are “neighbors"—they're similar to each other and share a primary color (think: sunshine yellow and melon orange or fuchsia and blush). A classic way to build your color palette is by pairing a bright, saturated color with a neutral, like violet and gray or blush and gold.
8. Don't Overthink It
It's easy to get caught up in the idea that you have to have a strict wedding color palette. If you're early in the planning process, you'll probably get asked, “What are your colors?" a lot by friends and family, and that can put pressure on you to pick the “right" hues. But color doesn't have to play the major role that it's sometimes made out to be. While your palette will inform a lot of your wedding decisions, like your flowers and your bridesmaid dresses, you should use it as a guideline instead of a rule. Not every part of your wedding has to match perfectly, so don't stress on having every detail color-coded just right. Instead, think of your wedding planning in terms of style, formality, texture and mood, in addition to color.
9.) Just have fun! We decided to add number nine here to remind you all, most importantly, have fun! This is your day. =)
For more wedding tips from The Knot, head over to Theknot.com.
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