Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian mountains, this intimate elopement is beautifully brought to life. The clear air and blooming Dogwoods soften the mountain’s surprisingly rugged terrain, giving life to this perfectly rustic setting for the minimalist bride. Huntsville, Alabama’s photographer, Rachel Carter, uses her preferred medium, film, to document this peaceful mountaintop vow ceremony.
In a venue surrounded by an abundance of native azaleas, umbrella magnolias, and pink ladies, the organic and lighthearted aura of a blooming new beginning is insurmountable. The inspiration for this ceremony comes from a stance of “less is more”, capturing the organic beauty of nature and bride and wrapping them all into one simplistic display. This theme carries over into every minute detail, from the floral arrangements to the invitations – flowers derived from the surrounding wood, and simple text on white parchment.
Monte Sano State Park’s stone cabin serves as the anchor of this venue, built in the early 1900’s, it’s stoic facade provides a rustic moss-covered backdrop for the golden hour festivities. The beauty of this venue is it’s organic feel, the details were left to nature’s commission – a design that cannot be bought.
In a fanning display of green and white, the flower arrangement from Old Frond Floral takes center stage of the cobbled picnic table. A choreography of Rose, Dogwood, Snowberry, and Japanese Spirea create a vivid display as they intertwine with the foraged mountain greenery. Old Frond Floral’s dance continues with the bride’s airy bouquet of stem and petal, a spray of soft texture and vine to compliment the Bride’s natural beauty.
The table setting and center piece utilize a mix of soft and rough textures, in an ode to the surrounding landscape. The two-tiered cake from Good Company Cafe feeds the soft atmosphere, it’s strokes of white icing supplying detail where color is absent. The bride’s dress, by Lea-Ann Belter, sourced from Ivory and Birch, compliments the intimacy of the ceremony with it’s hushed lacy detail and flattering A-line fit that cannot go unnoticed.
This beautiful elopement is one that inspires working with the true beauty of nature. Letting nature set the stage for wedding design is always a wedding theme that will stand the test of time.
Venue – Monte Sano State Park- www.alaparks.com
Florals – Old Frond – @oldfrond – www.oldfrond.com
Invitation Suite – Linen & Leaf – @linenandleaf – www.linenandleaf.com
Hair & Make-up – Haley Walton – Makeup by HJ – @makeupbyhj – www.makeupbyhj.wixsite.com
Cake – Good Company Cafe – @goodcompanycafe_ – www.goodcompany-cafe.com
Bridal Shop – Ivory & Birch Bridal – @ivoryandbirchbridal – www.ivoryandbirchbridal.com
Models – Emerald and Collin Parker – @oneofthosegemstones & @collinrayparker
Photographer – Rachel Carter Photography – @rachelcarterphoto – www.rachelcarterphotography.com
Dress Designer: Lee-Ann Belter