“We wanted to mix it up a bit and showcase the beauty of an elopement. Just because it’s small, doesn’t mean you need to skimp on any of those “traditional” larger wedding day details. It was important that we demonstrate you can have an amazing dress, stunning tablescapes, a fabulous bouquet and it still be a small and intimate affair.
We showcased The Wilds Venue located in the heart of Brown County Indiana. This unique and modern location was the perfect spot for just such an elopement, with it’s stunning views, rolling hills and gorgeous fall colors on the trees and in the landscapes. Alison Faulkner, owner of The Wilds, has really carved out a place where couples feel like they are the most important people in the world. Her attention to detail is felt throughout the grounds, both indoor and outdoor.
When we saw the dress from Sophia’s Bridal we knew right away that it was the perfect amount of fun and classic. It’s not what we’d call the most “traditional” of wedding dresses, but just because you’re not having a big wedding doesn’t mean that you don’t still want to feel like a bride. We also loved that it felt like you could wear this dress again and again for a variety of occasions. The sparkle and vintage flare was also super appealing from a photography point of view…and the color was a uniquely subtle twist on a white gown. We gravitated towards the idea of a blue suit for our groom…again with the nontraditional take (and who doesn’t love a sharp fitting blue suit?). Suspenders, bowtie and some snazzy socks were the finishing touches to his look. The entire team at Sophia’s was incredible to work with, helping with all of the final details of the wardrobe.
The florals were out of this world and we couldn’t have been happier with the final pieces that Gina Martin from Pomp & Bloom created. The use of corals, reds and pinks, textured greenery…it was all absolutely stunning. We wanted to create a relaxed and inviting space for the ceremony that felt like they were right in the middle of something living. What Gina created was just beautiful. For the “dinner for two” table we took inspiration from the season and stuck with deep greens and oranges with pops of pink from the pomegranates, persimmons and pears. The farm table, with its richness and pattern was just the touch of texture to make it all come together. It’s simple and oh-so wonderful; a dinner set for two.
The cake was ideally suited for the occasion. We enlisted Alison Ballman from Farmhouse Cakes to help. After chatting about the inspiration of the shoot, from which oranges were a key color, she settled on the idea of incorporating candied orange slices. It was understated and artistic when placed on the minimal marble & wood cake stand.
We were also thrilled to have Christy Wilson from Creative in Bloom onboard as the calligrapher. Her work speaks for itself and she created such beautiful pieces in the invites and the place cards for the table. Her lettering is gorgeous; she’s an artist with ink.
Robbie and myself did a majority of the design. We thrive on being involved in the vision and planning portion as much as we can. We saw this being as much about the landscapes, textures, and colors as the couple themselves. We love the details and are big believers that the smallest of elements can make the biggest impact. Take the pears on the table that we used as name cards for example. Something as simple and delicate as “bride” & “groom” place cards are really made to feel so special when they’re placed underneath a pear that has been sliced horizontally all the way up. We must give credit where credit it due though. Morgan Banks from Ashely Wedding & Events, along with Alison Faulkner, truly made the tables and all the décor POP. They took plates and flatware, glasses, florals and fruits and turned those elements into a stunning tablescape. Without their keen eye for details, it really wouldn’t have all come together like it did. We couldn’t be more grateful for their amazing work.” –openField Photography
Photography + Event Design: Open Field Photography // Venue: The Wilds // Design + Decor: Ashley Weddings & Events // Florist: Pomp & Bloom // Signage: Creative in Bloom // Cake: Farmhouse Cakes // Rentals: Perfect Parties // Bride's Attire: Sophia's Bridal and Tux // Bride's Jewelry: Katie Carder Fine Jewelry // Hair + Make-up: Studio M Salon