For this micro wedding inspired styled shoot, a team of talented vendors took an already charming backyard and transformed it into a gorgeous setting for the most romantic wedding ceremony and reception. They used what was already there - a stately tree transformed with an artful array of flowers and pampas grass into the perfect ceremony backdrop; and crafted scenes out of open spaces - a lounge area with a pretty pink sofa, an open air dining space under a vine-wrapped canopy, a cove flanked with twinkle lights perfect to slip away for a moment together... Flowers, winding vines, and pretty glass lanterns abound, creating an epicly romantic scene. As the sun set, it added an even more romantic ambience to the space.
Three take aways for backyard ceremonies:
- they tend to be more relaxed so you can more easily include family pets in your day
- time is more flexible so you can capture those sunset photos
- ceremonies can still be gorgeous, romantic and chic
Concept/Planning @pennsylvania_weddings @pennsylvaniabride
Dress & Veil @nicole_bridal Claire Pettibone
Headpiece & Earrings @pinkpeonybride
Hair/MUA @k.j.mua @truebeautymarks
Mens Styling Items @thestitchinghorse_
Furniture and Décor @lilacandlaceco
Rentals and Tabletop @bucksmontparty
Venue - Private Residence
Bride Model – Erin
Groom Model - Zach
Perfect details combined with gorgeous florals in a beautiful and iconic location. This Winter Bride styled shoot was all about the bride! Her hair and makeup were stunning. Her gown was a beaded show-stopper with brilliant back detailing and a soft, flowy train. She was adorned in sparkling wedding jewelry with an artful custom made bridal set.
With soft colors, the decor and design paired perfectly with the venue space. The ceremony took place on an outdoor deck backed by nature with the mountains in the distance. The reception took place at the beautiful Nittany Lion Inn which created wedding photo magic. A hot chocolate bar was perfect to warm up after the ceremony or twirling on the outdoor patio under cafe lights. Some fun was had on a gold bar cart before capturing some final moments by the fireplace and on the balcony lit by the sparkling chandelier of your dreams.
About the Shoot
I am just in awe of all the talent and heart there is in the local Central PA wedding industry. This shoot is what Penn State wedding dreams are made of. I wanted to highlight the beauty and unique details of a winter wedding at this iconic venue and I was blessed to pull together an incredible team of vendors to bring this vision to life. It was inspired by the gorgeous views from the Penn Stater Hotel and the classic beauty of the Nittany Lion Inn.
Thank You to this Incredible Team!
Photography – Mia Bastille Photography
Gown – Madison Marie Bridal
Wedding Jewelry & Headpiece – Pink Peony Bride
Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands – Reini Goldsmiths & Jewelers
Hair – Winged Beauty Studio
Makeup – Northeast Beauty Co
Florals – Pocketful of Poses
Venues – The Penn Stater Hotel & The Nittany Lion Inn
Event Décor – T & T Events
Model – Shianne Barton
On October 28th, 2019, I announced that pretty things are coming to the High Street in Bellefonte. Though Pink Peony Bride will not officially open for a few months, 2019 laid the foundation for the salon.
Pop Up Shops
On March 2019, I had my first Pop Up Shop at the beautiful Lydia Shafer Photography Studio at 136 West High Street in Downtown Bellefonte. The studio is in one of the gorgeous buildings that Bellefonte is famous for. Lydia had just finished renovating it with crisp white walls and billowy white curtains that were perfect to showcase my sparkling bridal jewelry and headpieces.
Photos by Lydia Shafer Photography. Vendor Collab info below.
On April 27th, 2019 I had another Pop Up shop at the Art Alliance Downtown Gallery in Downtown State College on Fraser Street. It was during the Downtown State College Pop Up Ave event. Pop Up Ave was set up in the plaza just outside the Fraser Street Shops with great music all day, plus food vendors and craft vendors from all over the area. There was an art show going on in the gallery at the time so I got to talk to some of the artists and meet the owner of Duck Donuts (yum!) who stopped by to say hello. It was a fantastic day.
Photos by Danielle Leigh Photography.
My first bridal styled shoot was in April 2019. It was at 1181 Creekside Manor. A picturesque wedding venue in Mechanicsburg, PA. The shoot was styled and coordinated by Jenna Violet Photography and set up by the creek from which the venue gets its name. It was gorgeous to say the least.
Photos by Jenna Violet Photography. Vendor Collab info below.
At the end of August 2019, I had my second bridal styled shoot. This shoot was styled and coordinated by me and took place at the beautiful Harmony Forge Inn in Bellefonte. The property boasts a magnificent main house for hosting the bridal party, a large barn and extensive grounds which are beautifully kept. It was gorgeous and the shoot was just as much.
Photos by Lydia Shafer Photography. Vendor Collab info below.
My Love Affair with Bellefonte
From the first time I visited Bellefonte I fell in love with the waterfront and the gorgeous buildings. The High Street is one of my favorite streets and I am so excited to establish my business there. I always get excited when new shops open in the downtown. I remember a clothing shop right across from the Governor's Pub, Helen Foxx & Co, Dam Donuts (we loved Dam Donuts), and the Cakery among others.
My husband and I call Bellefonte home. Before we were married I lived in an apartment on Allegheny Street close to the beautiful Curtin Street. It was in a gorgeous old house with a clawfoot tub and those huge doors that just reach all the way up to the ceiling. Oh how I loved that little place.
Some of our favorite places in Bellefonte include the Governor's Pub, the Gamble Mill (we used to love going there on Friday nights for dinner and live music), Big Spring Spirits, Helen Foxx & Co, Cool Beans Coffee & Tea (oh the scones!), Bonfatto's, Talleyrand Park (or as my kids call it - the Duck Park), the Wok and we still need to try State Burger. We love all the fairs that happen and are so excited about the addition of Bellefonte Under the Lights.
For several years I dreamed of opening my own shop on High Street but it seemed like such a far off thing that may be one of those that just remains a dream. It's surreal that now it's so close to being a reality. This is a dream come true for me and I am so excited to help our brides make their dreams come true.
Pop Up at Lydia Shafer Photography
Photography & Venue – Lydia Shafer Photography
Styling – Southern Roots & Rain Boots
Florals - Pocketful of Poses
Balloon Garland – Chalk it Up With Shianne
A special thanks to Joyce from Helen Foxx & Co for loaning us some pieces to style the space
1181 Creekside Manor Styled Shoot
1st photographer - Jenna Violet Photography
2nd photographer - Lindsay Eileen Photography
Dress - Rent From Lael
Venue - 1181 Creekside Manor
Invitation suite - Jess Smith Designs
Furniture - On A Lark Rentals
Harmony Forge Styled Shoot
Venue - Harmony Forge Inn - Historic Inn & Wedding Venue
Hair - Winged Beauty Studio
Floral Crown - Pocketful Of Posies
Makeup - Northeast Beauty Co.
Photography - Lydia Shafer Photography
Model - Alayni C.