When we started our journey to create a winter inspiration photoshoot, we could never have fathomed the deeply rooted history we would tap into—spanning from the pre-colonial era to the present—that allowed us to produce one of the most beautiful occasions we have ever seen! The shoot was a celebration of heritage, history, and love. Heritage has always been an important aspect of many a southern wedding, but it perhaps has never been taken to such extreme and gorgeous results!
The groundwork for our photoshoot was laid by the discovery of a pristine brocade print gown Will’s aunt handmade in 1964. From there, the inspiration flowed! Caitlin wore the dress along with a vintage fur-trimmed bolero of the same era, which was accentuated by a flower hairpiece inspired by Grecian cameos and designed by Sybil Skinner of Yeopim Flowers. Perquimans County translates to “Land of Beautiful Woman” in the Yeopim Indian (Algonquin) language, and Caitlin certainly exemplified the saying! Our handsome Will perfectly complimented Caitlin’s look, wearing a casual tweed jacket, vest, and red scarf.
Since Will and Caitlin are both botanists, we celebrated their passion for nature by bringing their stunning photo shoot to the woods! The warm tones of the North Carolina wood-scape certainly did not disappoint– the way the Spanish moss draped from the bald cypress trees and the mirror-like stillness of the Yeopim River leant the impression of a time past. Indeed, we learned after our shoot that the location we used looks out to Batt’s Island, where Nathaniel Batts, employed by John Smith, secured the first Deed in North Carolina!
Sybil Skinner of Yeopim Flowers did an astounding job weaving classic English and vintage elements flawlessly into the rustic and woodsy feel that is true to Will and Caitlin’s spirits. Hues of crimson and splashes of silver placed as a banquet along the tables popped from the neutral-warm landscape effortlessly!
Speaking of the tables, every detail of this shoot was full of significance, even down to the heart pine farm tables! We were so lucky to be able to include these handmade tables, made especially for the occasion by Sybil’s brother Ben (of Hobbs Furniture), a Master Period American Furniture Maker. Ben also provided handmade chairs, made from designs of real 18th century northeastern North Carolina chairs.
Other delightful elements we incorporated included a delicious gingerbread cake made by Patricia’s Grille, a vintage ruby ring from the Silver Fox of Hertford, NC, and a handsome invitation and menu suite created by local and legendary calligrapher, Elizabeth Jones.
By this point, our photo shoot was firmly entrenched in the tradition and heritage of northeastern North Carolina, where generation upon generation of Will’s family have called home. The results were more amazing and sentimental than we could have ever imagined.
We know that planning brides love all things elegant, classic, and steeped in meaning. Although vintage is an amazing wedding trend, when ‘heritage’ is used to inspire ‘vintage’, as in our photo shoot, the memories and celebrations become priceless! We truly feel that this shoot will inspire brides to find charming pieces of heritage to lovingly incorporate in order to make their own wedding day priceless!
Jerry & I, and all the fabulous vendors we collaborated with on this shoot wish you the Merriest Christmas!! We are looking forward to more styled beautifulness to share in 2016!!
Carolina Christmas Wedding Inspiration
Floral Design – Yeopim Flowers
Hair/Makeup – Glimmer Hair and Makeup
Cake – Patricia’s Grille
Jewelry – The Silver Fox of Hertford
Calligraphy – Elizabeth Porcher Jones
Furniture – Hobbs Furniture
Videography – Layden Films