This Holiday-Inspired Shoot Will Convince You to Elope This Christmas
There is no season more romantic than the holidays. The stark contrast between the winter landscape and the warmth, coziness and love that envelops indoor spaces this time of year is intoxicating. Could you need another reason to get married in winter?! But if a big wedding is too overwhelming for you to imagine during the busy holiday season, let this romantic elopement convince you to make your big day more intimate.
For this styled shoot, CAKE Event Co. was so inspired by the stunning natural beauty and warmth of the holiday season. Domaine Roy & Fils, a favorite PNW (Pacific Northwest to any newbies) venue that boasts stunning Willamette Valley views, offered the perfect setting to achieve a gorgeous winter elopement-inspired shoot.
This shoot payed homage to the quintessential colors and textures of winter, emphasizing simplicity through understated elegance and natural charm. By mixing bohemian details with bold, whimsical bouquets, antique finds and delicious, deep red Pinot for the couple to toast with throughout the day, the end result was so romantic. It was a winter elopement dream!
A fur wrap and elegant headpiece is the epitome of glam. These chic elements contrasting with the rustic backdrop make a stunning combination. Not to mention, a fur wrap is a stylish way to keep warm for your portraits during these colder months!
White cakes with simple greenery are all the rage this year. The neutral color scheme plays well with the metallic tablescape details.
It’s all about texture when it comes to centerpieces. Incorporate luscious greenery with robust red floral to make Christmas come to life.
(Styling & Planning: CAKE Event Company, Venue: Domaine Roy & Fils, Photographer: Kim Smith-Miller, Floral: By the Bunch, Cake: Tier Catering, Hair & Makeup: Austie Eckley, Bride’s Dress: Azazie, Bride’s Accessories: Austie Eckley)
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!