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Back in August 2017, I had the pleasure of participating in a session that involved the best of the best vendors here in the High Country! A few of the images that came from this session are some of my most favorite portraits I've ever shot! One of the portraits of the Bride and Groom towards the end is hanging in my office as a 20x24" framed and matted print. I loveee these images. Erin, our model, was absolutely stunning. She's so completely graceful and has the perfect delicate touch.


For this post, I've invited Hannah Hunt of Golden Thistle Design to walk us through her ideas, styling and inspiration behind this session. 



What was the inspiration behind this style? 


Hannah: "The Highlands of North Carolina are rich in Scottish heritage.  We wanted to pay homage to that heritage by incorporating Scottish elements in a modern way."



Describe your decor:


Hannah: "We were free to let our imagination run free and set the "reception in a location with lots of lush moss, textural mountain trees and dappled sun light. To highlight the cake, an antique frame was propped behind it to showcase it as its own unique work of art."



Describe your florals:


Hannah: "As the bride was sporting her clan MacDonald tartan and clan pin, we pulled on those colors.  Our focal flower was the Piano Garden Rose. To compliment the roses and again pull in the Highland feel, we added Thistle, Black Millet and Pheasant feathers. The pheasant feathers were also used on the menu cards to re-enforce the theme."



What was your favorite part about the overall theme?


Hannah: "The bride's Scottish Collie was the flower girl and wore a collar made of greenery. For gifts from guests, there was a traditional Scottish/British mailbox."



Let's talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? 


Hannah: "The bride wore a chiffon layered ball gown which played to the traditional feel while not clashing with the Tartan plaid. The Groom sported the traditional Bonnie Prince Charlie dress coat with the Royal Stewart Tartan and traditional sporran. The ring-bearer also sported a tartan and sporran."



Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?


Hannah: "Find small ways to personalize the day by incorporating elements of family heritage or culture."




A HUGE thank you to all of the amazing vendors who contributed to this absolutely stunning shoot:


Planning, Styling, Floral, Coordination: Golden Thistle Design // Photography: Megan Sheppard Photography  // Beauty: Sierra Mueller of Canvas Beauty Bar // Furniture: A Bushel and A Peck Vintage Rentals // China, Flatware, Place Settings: Miss Match Rentals // Cake: Brandon Kop of Stickboy Bread Co. // Stationary: Paper Union Co. // Venue: Private Property, Boone, NC, Ravens Rock Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway // Scottish Kilts: on Loan from the private collection of Frank Vance // Model: Erin Hartway




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