When my friend Lindsay of Lindsay Hackney Photography reached out to collaborate on a 'weekend away' inspired wedding shoot, I knew it was going to be something special. Her vision combined everything I am passionate about: beautiful design, a thoughtful & meaningful wedding weekend experience, and my home state of New Hampshire... so joining the vendor team was a no-brainer! The Preserve at Chocorua was the perfect setting to showcase amazing local New England vendors. They are one of the best venues New Hampshire has to offer for an elegant yet rustic weekend away wedding celebration.
I had the opportunity to contribute a wedding invitation suite, wedding menus, escort cards and wedding vow books to the shoot. For this post, instead of just throwing gorgeous images at you, I thought I'd walk you through a little bit of my thought process and what I took into consideration when designing the pieces. In my next blog post, I'll break down part of my design process for this project for a more behind-the-scenes peek into how I work!
The final product turned into a stunning execution of all of these gorgous elements that I couldn't be more proud of. Enjoy!
The shoot was crafted to appeal to city couples that are looking to have a comfortable destination-style wedding experience, so in my design process I wanted to keep all of the major wedding invitation elements simplistic and minimal, and accentuate the pieces with bolder nature-inspired colors/elements. You can see that in the invitation suite, with the modern-minimal wedding invitation pieces combined with bold copper and evergreen envelopes and tied all together with leather cord. Included in the wedding invitation piece was sketch to help bring in some subtly color and soften the minimal feel of the invitation pieces. I chose to illustrate a lush, colorful fishing bait as a nod to the beautiful New Hampshire setting, as the venue sits next to Chocorua Lake.
For the reception part of the shoot, the tablescape design had bolder elements in the florals and serveware so I kept the wedding menu design minimal with touches of copper calligraphy to tie back to the wedding invitation suite. The escort card display was beautifully nestled in a bed of ivy and florals, which accentuated the simple yet modern copper escort card calligraphy. Finally, for the wedding vow books I wanted to create something that felt like an authentic representation of our modern city couple in this gorgeous New Hampshire setting. The combination of the amazingly textured deep green handmade kozo paper in contrast with matching copper calligraphy achieved this delicate balance perfectly!
All of these details seem like small nuances, but as architect Charles Eames once said, "The details are not details. They make a design". All of the talented vendors from this amazing project contributed irreplaceable details that all tied together cohesively to create an atmosphere that feels lived in, comfortable, authentic and welcoming. What did you think about the shoot? Comment below, I'd love to hear! If you're reading this and are thinking "YES GIRL, I NEED this level of detail for my wedding!" or just want to chat, feel free to reach out! I love to talk all things design / meaningful details.
I'm forever grateful to Lindsay, The Preserve at Chocorua and the entire vendor team for letting me be part of such a great project. The whole team is credited below, so make sure to go check them out and give them some love!
Weekend Away Wedding Shoot was published & featured in Magnolia Rouge. Check out the full feature here!
VENDOR TEAM: Photographer LINDSAY HACKNEY PHOTOGRAPHY | Venue THE PRESERVE AT CHOCORUA | Florist EMILY HERZIG FLORAL STUDIO | Photography Assistant KENDRA ENGEL | Cake and Desserts AUTUMN NOMAD | Invitations and Calligraphy AMR CALLIGRAPHY | Hair HAIR THAT MOVES | Wedding Dress LEANNE MARSHALL | Makeup THE CROWN BOUTIQUE | Hair Accessories EMMA KATZKA BRIDAL | Pottery CAMPFIRE STUDIOS | Chairs KADEEMA RENTALS | Planning & Styling LINDSAY HACKNEY PHOTOGRAPHY | Bridal Boutique CEREMONY BOSTON | Ring INSPIRATION STUDIO