Winter Wedding Inspiration
Let it snow! Icy blues and shimmering white create a whimsical and dreamy wedding.
A love for winter’s natural beauty was the inspiration. “There’s something about winter that’s so whimsical, magical, and serene,” Carolina Marles says. “I feel winter needs to get the credit it deserves.” So she assembled a team of pros to help create a wintry wedding with the season’s icy elements. It took place at The Preserve, a wedding venue that sits beside a lake in the shadow of Mount Chocorua. Photography, styling and coordination are all by Carolina Marles.
For the invitation suite, Riddy Quinney of Ridgely Calligraphy incorporated elements from the day — the snowy ground, the romantic setting, and a contemporary flair — to give a sense of time and place. She kept the suite minimal, with the addition of handmade paper for a little softness. “The color palette was muted with pale neutral and icy blues, and contrasted with a deeper blue for the return envelopes — the best place to add a splash of color,” she says. A gold eucalyptus seal ties in the gold calligraphy.
Cool tones — white, gray, blue — dominate the florals. “We were going for icy elegance with a touch of free-spirited magic that a couple willing to share vows on a frozen lake must possess,” says Alyssa Van Guilder of Apotheca Flowers. The bridal bouquet is a mix of dyed and natural flowers, including light blue Bella Donna delphinium, purple compactum, David Austin garden rose “Princess Miyuki,” teepee leaves, plumose asparagus fern, powdered blue anemone, tweedia, tulips, thistle “Magna Questar,” acacia, lisianthus “Double Roseanne Brown,” “Playa Blanca” rose, white ranunculus and seeded eucalyptus.
The tablescape carries on the color palette of cool tones. A blue table runner as a backdrop for the centerpiece amplifies the blues. Subtle warm tones are interwoven. The gray plates and napkins sit on a gray-and-white patterned charger. The wood of the barn and the table add a warm contrast to the icy look of the table setting and clear Chiavari chairs.
Cake and Refreshments
“We incorporated pulled sugar and icy sugar flowers to give the illusion of the cakes being frozen,” says Jaime Melfi of Autumn Nomad. She also created a matching signature cocktail with infused burnt rosemary for a fire aspect with Hypnotiq and Absolut citron.
Icy Celebration on the Lake
It looks like a cake made of ice, but it’s not. “I used edible sugar that looks like ice,” says Jaime Melfi of Autumn Nomad. She then designed fresh flowers around the cake.
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