A Dark and Romantic Valentine's Day Wedding

Get ready for some DRAMA! We partnered up with a few local wedding vendors this past month to create some dramatic Valentine’s inspired wedding inspiration and these photos from Samantha Suzanne Photography do not disappoint!

This couch from Spruce Wedding Rentals was the perfect choice to fit our dark and moody vibe. Can you imagine taking your wedding portraits on a piece like this?!

We chose a variety of dark red and burgundy blooms and intentionally left out any foliages to give these pieces a more modern feel. Burgundy has been such a popular wedding color for 2018 and 2019, we wanted to use this popular color scheme but give it a different spin. Protea, kangaroo paw, anthurium, ranunculus, lisianthus, carnations, roses and scabiosa all add a unique feel to these designs.

Moody Grooms Boutonniere

For the desserts we chose black fondant to cover the cake to continue the elegant, dramatic vibe. Edible gold paint adds a nice contrast against the dark icing. And what better dessert to serve your guests than dark chocolate macarons and miniature bundt cake with fresh berries!

Many thanks to these wonderful creatives who partnered on this project and we want to wish everyone a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Photos: Samantha Suzanne Photography

Hair & Makeup: @Mualeiana and Cynthia Nicole Hair

Furniture: Spruce Wedding Rentals

Sweets & Florals: Pollen and Pastry

Dress:  Adore Bridal

Models: Amy Mulder Photography

Beauty and the Beast Styled Shoot- Bloomington, IL Wedding Florist and Baker

I was so excited to receive the images this week from a Beauty and the Beast shoot we recently collaborated on! Since being able to link up with these local wedding vendors through the Rising Tide Society, the work we've been able to do together has been amazing and extremely fulfilling.

For this shoot, the inspiration was a Beauty and the Beast theme obviously, but the planner, Jordan from Ever After Planning, wanted the shoot to have the feel of Beauty and the Beast without being too literal. And I think we definitely accomplished that! 

The choice for the florals had to be red roses of course! 'Freedom' roses to be exact, which is one of my favorite red rose varieties. Large flower heads and a great dark red color. 

The dark moody, candles really compliment the moody tablescape, complete with tea pots, tea cups, antique books, and more rose petals. 

The cake we made was a three tier cake with gold piping and a cascade of those same fresh red roses, displayed on the venue's grand piano! 

The beautiful, moody photography style of By Mari Photography fit the style of this shoot perfectly and I can't thank this dream team of local vendors enough for all the amazing work they do!

Principal Design Stylist & Coordinator// Ever After Planning
Invitation Suite// Gorgeous Invites
Venue// Lake Windsor Country Club
Rentals// A La Crate * Vintage Rentals
Photographer// By Mari Photography
Floral & Cake// Pollen and Pastry
Hair & Make Up// Maggie Love Hair & Make Up
Dress// Savy's Chic Bridal Boutique