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By Jaymee Photography
Thinking about planning a winter wedding? Despite the popular belief that summer is the perfect wedding season, winter weddings can be just as stunning and romantic. After browsing through this beautiful styled shoot put together by some of Wellington’s talented vendors, I’m almost convinced that winter weddings will be the next big thing! From forest-themed table décor to clusters of slowly burning candles, this mid-winter styled shoot is bound to inspire you.
1. How did this styled shoot come about?
JAYMEE: As a wedding photographer I don’t have as much work during the winter months, which means I don’t tend to shoot as much as I would like. This winter I took advantage of my free time and thought it a great opportunity to organise a wedding collaboration. Melissa (from Melissa Jane Flower Studio) was recommended to me and together we began planning. We bounced ideas off each other and considered lots of options. Thankfully for us we had so many other vendors interested in taking part which made it lots of fun and much easier.
MELISSA: It was perfect timing when Jaymee initially approached me to help her organise a styled shoot. I was super keen to jump on board as I had been thinking of organising one myself! From there it was a joint effort to get other vendors involved; we had multiple catch ups over coffee to discuss all the details. The theme was agreed on together after we visited our chosen venue and location. We were inspired by Foxglove and the Wellington Town belt and from there the floral styling was created.
2. What/who inspired your choice of theme for this shoot? What did you want to accomplish with this theme?
Enchanted Romance was the theme for our shoot. There aren’t many weddings held in winter so we thought this was an opportunity to create some fresh content. We wanted to show our viewers love, romance and warmth and that a winter wedding can be just as fun and romantic as a summer celebration! We both loved the idea of shooting in the pine forests and were very inspired by the natural and earthy feel of this location. Our venue, Foxglove, was also the perfect choice with its gorgeous, warm-light chandeliers and dark brown, wooden floors. To fully create our Enchanted Romance theme, we realised the importance of using a ‘real couple’. There’s nothing more magical and romantic than capturing two people with a love and spark for one another.
3. Can you tell us a little bit about the styled section of the shoot?
MELISSA: As a florist, nature is what really inspires me. I love going for bush walks; that’s when nature captivates me and my imagination gets to run wild. I really wanted to create something magical and give an insight as to where my creative mind takes me when I’m in the forest. To create this look, I used only natural materials including moss, pine cones, bark, twigs and tree stumps mixed with earthy greens, rich reds and deep pinks. Adding soft pastel tones and warm candle light created the romance.
When it came to styling, the most important thing for me was that everything came together and not one section looked out of place. Each section was carefully thought out and all tied in to create an overall enchanting theme and look.
4. What was your favourite part of the styled shoot?
JAYMEE: Melissa did such an amazing job of styling the venue! My favourite section was our portraits in front of the curtains. These images remind me of old 1800’s portraits – there is something enchanting and romantic about this idea. The experience was also something I won’t forget. There are so many talented vendors in this industry and our team rocked! Everyone was so helpful and easy going. It felt good to shoot content that was based around all of our own ideas.
MELISSA: My favourite part was seeing everything come together. Coming up with an idea is one thing, but watching a concept come to life and having a brilliant team of top Wellington Vendors all pitch in to do what they do best was truly amazing and very rewarding.
5. Tell us a little bit about the venue – why is the Foxglove a great wedding venue choice?
JAYMEE: There are so many photographic opportunities under one roof!
MELISSA: Foxglove is a great venue if you want to stay in the city. The Queens Wharf Ballroom is a unique blend of historical ambience and contemporary convenience, a popular choice for weddings. Wooden floors, velvet drapes and elegant chandeliers fill this stunning space and add to the simple ambience that complements the most extravagant or understated decorations. The venue also includes Foxtail, which is a smaller room perfect for a more intimate wedding. AND it’s right on the waterfront with gorgeous harbour views.
6. Any décor tips for those among us wanting to plan a mid-winter wedding?
JAYMEE: I would recommend having flexible plans with your photographer because the weather can change ‘just like that’ (which is what makes your day unique)! I know it sounds a little crazy, but use the wind and rain to your advantage; it can create magical imagery.
MELISSA: Pinterest is a great and useful tool for inspiration but the options are endless, so be careful not to get too carried away. Quite often people make the mistake of bringing too many great ideas together which in turn ends up diminishing the overall impact of their theme and style. Remember to keep it simple.
A little bit of advice – the words ‘DIY’ don’t necessarily equate to a cheaper option. If you’re on a budget, expert advice and professional services can end up saving you not only a lot of time and stress but also money in the long run. By the time you’ve gone out and purchased all the materials to create something yourself, it will probably have been cheaper to hire or pay for the service in the first place. Wedding planners and stylists are a worthwhile investment!
Photographer: Jaymee Photography
Model/Talent: Voda Model Management – Olga and Kyle
Florist and Styling: Melissa Jane Flower Studio