Elegant Holiday-Inspired Plaid Styled Wedding Shoot at “The Farm on the Ridge”



December 30, 2017

When my fellow photographer and friend Danielle Durbin-Kelly (Your Story Films and Photography) began brainstorming for this styled shoot, we were instantly drawn to the idea of a plaid wedding. With the upcoming Christmas holiday and the slowly drying soybean fields of Western Pennsylvania ready for harvest, we quickly put together a fabulous team of vendors from the Pittsburgh region who shared our vision for the event.
Our hosting venue was a beautiful, quiet farm tucked away in the mountains of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and notably, it is the same place where my husband and I tied the knot a few years earlier. The Farm on the Ridge allows for quite a bit of customization, so each bride and groom who pass through the red barn doors are really able to make it their own.
Our models, Kylie and Billy, are a real-life married couple from nearby Pittsburgh, PA. They are young, absolutely adorable, and crazy-in-love! Kylie fit our gorgeous “Jasmine” fit-and-flare gown from the Disney Princess Collection like it had been made for her, and we chose a bright plaid pattern to really show off the contrast between the jeweled ivory and the red and blacks of the shirt. Her hairstyle and make-up were modern, elegant, and fresh with a bold red lip and fabulously crafted updo. We loved the floral hairpiece our amazing florist created for her as it matched the various floral pieces throughout our decor set-up beautifully.
One of my personal favorite parts of the shoot was the partially naked cake created by Mediterra Bakehouse. From the sugar crystal covered berries that graced the top to the elegant icing drips falling over the sides, it was an absolute wintery delight. I can see this particular cake being perfect not just for a holiday wedding, but for a Christmas party as well! They also supplied us with a variety of sweet treats including apple pie caramel apples (Divine!!!), tarts, mini frosted cakes, and several lovely large loaves of bread.
We chose to set up our ceremony location near a rustic building known to The Farm on the Ridge’s brides and grooms as the “chapel”. The rust-covered walls made the perfect backdrop for our hand-built wooden ceremony arch crafted just for us by Danielle’s husband Josh. Another favorite detail of mine were the vow books we featured from “The Art of Etiquette.” It’s such a beautiful way to make sure you both have those all-important vows on your wedding day, and they are such a lovely keepsake that a couple can keep for years to come.
All-Occasions Party Rental went all-out with the luxury table decor they supplied for our styled shoot. From the shiny red charger plates to the black matte salad plates, our reception and sweetheart table appeared luxurious, whimsical, and festive. Silver stags and candle holders made from trees mingled among gold rimmed glasswares and clear ornaments holding lit candles.
Our invitation suite was personally designed by Kristy at Locust House, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled with her interpretation of our theme. The black and white plaid pattern mixed so well with our red and black plaid, and our lay flat was able to feature both as well as the beautiful rings made with real antler from Boundless Bands. The rings were so fun, and they photographed beautifully!
We love to encourage our brides and grooms to think outside the box, and we really feel that this shoot was a fabulous expression of that. After all, it’s always a nice day for a plaid wedding!

Venue: The Farm on the Ridge
Hair and Make-up: La Pomponnee Beauty Artisans
Photography: Lindsay Eileen Photography LLC and Your Story Films & Photography
Gown: Alfred Angelo Bridal Jasmine Gown from the Disney Princess Collection
Models: Kylie Lindley and Billy Wade
Invitation Suite: Locust House
Planning and Design: Lindsay Varner, Danielle Durbin-Kelly, Em + E Events
Floral Design: Allison Brooks Events
Rings: Boundless Bands
Cake and Desserts: Mediterra Bakehouse
Ring Box: The Mrs. Box
Vow Books: The Art of Etiquette
Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental
Ceremony Arch: Josh Kelly

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Fueled by equal parts caffeine and passion, I spend my days capturing the kinds of images that make you stop, smile and ask time to please slow down. Your story, your love, is beautiful and I can’t wait to capture it in images you will treasure for years to come. 

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