European Winter Wedding InspirationCherokee Ranch & Castle

This January I traveled out to Colorado and did a styled shoot at the Cherokee Castle with Alexan Events. It was SUCH a fun (albeit, COLD) day and it was filled with so much beauty. Ruffled featured us last month and I wanted to post a few of my favorites here as well. Huge shout out to Paige + Chase for being such great sports in braving the cold all day for photos.

Vendors; Event Design, Florals, and Rentals: Alexan Events | Venue: Cherokee Castle | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo “Madeleine” | Bridal Atore: Anna Bé | Hair and Makeup: Ele’Posh | Groom’s Attire: H&M | Wedding Cake: Whole Foods | Invitation Suite and Menu: Eleven-Note

Inspired by the Winter season and the European feel of this old Scottish castle nestled in the Rocky Mountain foothills, we wanted to create a shoot that showed a beautiful inspiration for the season. An epic backdrop, gorgeous lush flowers complete with some DIY ideas, this shoot was a beautiful inspiration for a Winter wedding and a great showcase of how to do a mix of a “splurge and save” event.

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Black candles and dark florals mixed with the winter light snow and place setting showed the complexity of the two contrasting from one another. We brought in cozy fur to go with the stone walls and a simple Ines Di Santo dress perfectly brought the look together. Snow rolled in on us and while it clouded our view, it gave for some beautiful light and added a wintry element that we couldn’t have made up on our own.

We featured a simple Ines Di Santo gown with a beautiful fur wrap and paired it with an affordable classic suit from H&M. The florals were definitely a splurge from Alexan Events, but paired with a DIY painted candle. (Those black candles were so gorgeous! Who knew you could paint candles whatever color you want?!) The reception tables were a mix of metals and then the contrast of light and dark. Grapes were brought into the florals to give a deep purple hue. The apple name “card” was a nod to the Scottish tradition of a wedding prophecy that was done by paring an apple so that the skin comes off in one length. (As the clock strikes twelve, it was swung round the head and thrown over the left shoulder. When it landed it would form the first letter of the name of the future spouse.) The paper invitations were also a nod to old-world penmanship with calligraphy writing, thick paper with torn edges and a wax seal.

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winter wedding colorado photographer

winter wedding colorado photographer

winter wedding colorado photographer

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See the feature on Ruffled here.