Berry-Toned Picnic Elopement Styled Shoot
From the coordinator and stylist, Bethany Graye Mahaffey of Snowberry Event + Design:
“We wanted to create a fun, styled shoot that incorporated the very best elements of the season - warm blankets, colorful plaids, crunchy golden leaves, and of course, apple cider! We decided to do an intimate “Autumn Picnic Elopement” theme. I chose rich jewel tones to complement autumn’s golds and oranges, visually appealing textures and cozy textiles. I made use of some great vintage props, like an iconic green Stanley thermos and an old enamelware fondue pot.
Leather was a repeating stylistic element, from the leather detailing on a picnic basket to the bride’s braided leather headband. The bride’s bouquet and groom’s boutonniere were tied with leather ribbons. Our lounge area had a gorgeous green velvet chair for the bride and a handsome leather sling chair for the groom. Will Leather Goods out of Eugene lent us an exceptionally-crafted Golden Age leather football. It added such a fun element to our shoot and was definitely very “fallish!” I loved watching the couple hug and laugh and run through the grass as the photographer got her football shots. Cynthia Mercer of Vancouver’s Flower Friends created the bouquet and boutonniere featuring seasonal flowers in a rich palette of burgundy, blush and orange.
We found a beautiful location for our shoot on the North side of the Columbia River at Domaine Pouillon Winery. It was the perfect venue for our fall theme, with golden grass and magnificent old oaks. Being surrounded by so many stunning views, it was definitely a challenge to choose just a few places to shoot!
I created the picnic vignette under a giant, moss-covered oak tree. It became such a strong, grounding element for the scene, and to me symbolized the strength in unity of the bride and groom. We had a great picnic spread featuring bubbling cheese fondue, rustic bread, charcuterie, brie, fresh fruits and crisp steamed asparagus and artichokes. We had a lovely cake topped with candied blood oranges, made by Paula Bock of Windflower Cakes in Hood River. Our cocktail was an apple cider shandy –quintessentially autumn – and our hosts at Domaine Pouillon generously donated the wine.
The talented photographer behind the shoot, Charlotte Allegra Hines of Portland’s Charlotte Allegra Photography, loves to capture candid moments between couples. She gave our models, Melissa Hoffman Berry and Dan Berry, a bit of direction, but also asked them to just have fun and be themselves. It allowed her to capture some truly genuine moments.”