Farm and Garden Estate, Connecticut

Although I've only been in the summer, I have heard countless times that the East Coast in the autumn is spectacular. This styled shoot took place in Connecticut, and it certainly made me long for a fall East Coast road trip more than ever before! The shoot is earthy, organic, and full of rich, autumnal color; the perfect set of photos to share at Thanksgiving! There are so many talented vendors that pulled together to create this shoot, and it turned out so beautifully! There is a lush, textural bouquet full of gorgeous peach roses and burgundy dahlias. The table is laden with a sumptuous feast of farm-to-table goodness: cheese, bread, berries, cocktails, and a stunning pomegranate-topped cake. The dress is full of lace, the models are beautiful, and the estate is absolutely gorgeous!

When creating this invitation suite, I wanted to keep the dark, moody fall tones in mind, as well as let my decisions be inspired by the natural, earthy theme of the shoot. I used cream handmade paper, hand-mixed burgundy ink, thin Saint Signora paper twine, and a soft green watercolor crest to add a delicate feel. I used black envelopes for contrast, and lined them with beautiful Share Studios kozo blend feather paper. The final touches were red-toned vintage stamps from Vintage Postage Shop, gold wax seals, and shimmery hand-written calligraphy on the envelopes.

I also created a menu for this shoot, and used black abaca paper and gold ink for consistency with the invitation suite. This paper is also from Share Studios, and I cannot say enough good things about it! If you are a handmade paper geek like I am, you have to purchase some items from Share. The textures, colors, and overall quality are incredible.

This invitation suite was a bit out of my comfort zone; I usually stick with light neutrals and cool tones, and hardly ever venture into warmer hues. But I absolutely loved working with burgundy, black, and gold, and I am so pleased with the way this suite turned out! I hope you enjoyed looking through these photos as much as I did.

Photography: Emily Kirke Photography / Event Planning: Gathered Vintage / Florals: Jakkelyn Iris / Dress Courtesy of: Everthine Bridal Boutique / Dress Designer: Romantique by Claire Pettibone / Rentals: NECR Rental & Design / Hairpiece: Emma Katzka Bridal / Jewelry: Local Eclectic / Model: Amy Brandi / Hair and Make-Up: Upstyle / Cake: Erica O'Brien