From Makayla Estoos of Flowery Farmgirl….
As a wedding stylist & florist, I’m naturally obsessed with all things wedding inspo. Being a long-time lover of The Chronicles of Narnia, I’ve always dreamed of planning a winter wedding inspired shoot. After the first snow hit here in Portland a few weeks before Christmas, I met with Kalahan from Kalahan & Sean. We started brainstorming ways to make this dream come ALIVE. After hours of phone conversations, putting together the color pallet, multiple trips to the floral market, days spent hunting for the perfect details, and searching for our lovely models… we finally were able to execute my dream: A Mountain-Top Champagne & Ice Wedding Inspiration.
We really desired our color pallet to be soft and airy, and chose colors based on what we believed would complement the snow. Light grey, blush, white, champagne, with the smallest touches of dusty green is what we decided on. I love gold, it’s my usual accent color of choice. However, for this particular shoot, I really wanted to move away from any kind of brassy gold tones, and focus in on lighter champagne tones. We did mix in some silver- the details of her rings, her shoes, the glass card box, and the cutting edge of the knives… but for anything remaining else we wanted crystal. Champagne gold & crystal were our main focus for accent details- therefore, our theme came to life: Champagne & Ice.
One of the most lovely parts about this shoot were our models. Kelsey & Josiah were wonderful for this mountain-top adventure. This couple spends their weekends exploring and traveling. They drive up to Mt. Hood on a regular basis just to soak in the beauty of it all. They were extremely helpful when finding the perfect location for shooting, as they knew every twist and turn of the mountain. Kalahan said she always prefers to photograph styled shoots with couples who have been married for a few years. She loves the opportunity to bless couples with gorgeous photos that they will actually be able to treasure for their whole lives. Kelsey & Josiah are coming up on their four-year anniversary, so they were the perfect fit. We had so much fun working together.
Our most exciting DIY project was the wreath I made. I created this eye catcher by spray painting the wire wreath champagne gold and then attached iridescent eucalyptus. I chose the iridescent eucalyptus in hopes of reflecting the magical mountain light. And yes, this was lots of fun to transport (wink).
One of my personal favorite elements was Kalahan’s idea. She came out to our farm to look at all of the pieces I had put together and when she saw the dogs her jaw dropped: “THIS IS THE MISSING PIECE.” Tucker & Tessa, our Great Pyrenees pups, reminded her of polar bears and she thought it would be the “epic” edition that we needed. I was skeptical at first, but I must admit, I was surprised to see our farm-guard dogs “modeling” so majestically in the snow.
Something we thought we were going to have to DIY was the snow dusting. We knew we wanted snow, we just didn’t know if it would actually be snowing, so we came prepared with faux snow dusting. It just so happened that the snow started falling at the perfect time and naturally provided the loveliest dusting along our tablescape!
Altogether, this was an incredible undertaking from start to finish. I truly hope that this encourages brides who desire to have a winter wedding, (but may be discouraged due to “weather conditions” and other reasons), that when planned out right, you absolutely can have the winter fairytale wedding of your dreams.
The Creative Team:
Photography: Kalahan & Sean
Venue: Mt. Hood Meadows
Florals: Flowery Farmgirl
Cakes: Kylee’s Confections
Kalahan & Sean is now a Moses Lake, WA based Wedding, Engagement, and Lifestyle husband and wife photography team. We serve couples in Eastern Washington, Portland, OR, and beyond - we love to travel!