A Vineyard Elopement-Inspired Style Shoot

Photos ByCarrie House Photography

If you have ever visited Michigan, you might realize that after just one trip, it's gorgeous settings often call you back for more. Inspired by this very beauty, Carrie of Carrie House Photography aimed at capturing a vineyard wedding to highlight the wonders of Northern Michigan.  She believes this area is quickly becoming a trending locale as more and more couples turn to Michigan for their destination weddings.  

"This styled shoot is a collaboration of local vendors who love Northern Michigan!" Carrie says.  "I recently attended a styled shoot in Highlands, North Carolina, and I was immediately hooked. I knew that I had to do one in Michigan, in a place I love. So I asked some amazing vendors to work with me, like Stems and Sprigs, Events by Tanya, and the awe inspiring Ridge at Verterra Winery, to create some images that would inspire couples to have their destination wedding right here in Northern Michigan.”


The team decided on a style concept of  “A Vineyard Elopement.”  Carrie says, “Many smaller, intimate weddings occur in the vineyards on the two peninsulas, so we wanted to capture the feeling of intimacy between the vines.”

Sitting on the highest point of the Leelenau Peninsula with sprawling, 360 degree views of Northern Michigan, it’s no wonder the team chose The Ridge at Verterra. It is a venue so new, in fact, that it’s first wedding took place only two days before the shoot. Carrie says, “This venue will definitely be one to watch in 2017 as a wedding hot spot.”

To complement the beauty of the natural surroundings, the dress, selected from To Have and To Hold bridal boutique in Traverse City, was both elegant and simple in its' lace design.

Stems and Sprigs worked with the very warm and fall-inspired color palette of blue, gold, pink and deep maroon. They accented the vintage china plates and sweetheart table with natural greenery to complement the vineyard backdrop and mixed bold pops of maroon into the bouquet. “A hot trend for 2016 was using colorful chargers and the use of vintage plates for more rustic weddings,” Carrie says.  “Shooting at a vineyard is a very natural, rustic feel, so we felt the vintage plates would add to that while using subtle color pops with gold and maroon.”

The bride’s simple, natural look also aligned with the shoot’s look and feel. Carrie explains, “Since the model has short hair, the hair style is very natural with product to help it stay. The model also has a very creamy complexion, so using light, natural makeup helped accentuate her beautiful features."

“For stationery, I asked the calligrapher, Taby Eaton, to provide us with stationery that was gold and navy,” Carrie says. “This helps tie in the blue from the plates and the gold from the flatware.”


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