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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.”

Autumn Picnic

Autumn Picnic

Autumn Picnic

Autumn Picnic

Autumn Picnic

Autumn Picnic

Autumn Picnic

Autumn Picnic

Autumn Picnic

Autumn Picnic

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