Forest Wedding Shoot Featured on Green Wedding Shoes

August 23, 2013

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This photo completely captures my own excitement to be featured today on the leading wedding blog Green Wedding Shoes.  I’ve been “chomping at the bit” to share these photos with all of you.  The moment has finally come!  A big shout out to photographer Ryan Zarichnak who made this all possible.  It was his vision and I was just pleased to help make it come to life. Without further ado, the feature (click on the image below) and a blurb from Ryan himself…

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Before I talk about the shoot I would just like to say that none of it would be possible without all the fantastic people credited below. A great shoot starts with a great team, and mine was pretty darn awesome!  We knew that we wanted a unique location that encompassed the vastness of the outdoors and the intimacy of a backyard wedding.  So with loads of gear we trekked into the wilderness of Pennsylvania to find a location that had both the character and the intimate feel we were looking for.  The hike wasn’t the easiest, but the end result made all of us feel like it was quite worth it.  I chose an exterior space because I love outdoor weddings;  they always seem to have a lively and visceral feeling that is tough to replicate indoors.  The goal was to create a wedding that we would want to attend.  And a ceremony and reception in the middle of a forest sounded just about perfect to us.
Pittsburgh is a place where tradition runs deep in peoples veins which is why we wanted to encourage new brides to think differently when it comes to their own wedding planning.  The goal of the shoot was to take a classic, vintage look and place it in the middle of a forest so that the classic feel would be supplemented with green pines, glacier rocks, and small waterfalls trickling in the background.  We focused on blush tones with red and gold accents for our colors.  Even the warm sunset helped us out by casting a golden glow during the shoot. 
We started with our tablescape. Event planner, Shayne Souleret,  had a collection of antique china that provided the inspiration for light floral touches. To complement the centerpiece, Shayne strung flowers from hanging mason jars, had buds spill onto the table and pinned red ranunculus into our bride’s hair. To bring in the earthiness of the great outdoors, we added a moss runner and wood stumps for seating. Cake designer Megan Hart, seen on TLC’s Next Great Baker, created a blush ombre cake with lots of texture which we surrounded by moss and rocks and accented with red blooms.  Choosing the dress was difficult but we finally decided on a simple, yet stunning oatmeal tulle gown by Reem Acra.  We kept her look simple, adding only gold pave earrings, bangles and an antique engagement ring of course!  While surrounded by the beauty of the wild, why not add have a picnic?  We mixed old fashion soda bottles and rustic wooden touches with glass decanters and a luxurious beverage cart found at a local boutique.  We ended the shoot with a hike up the mountain to a waterfall.  With a vintage chaise lounge on our backs, up we went.  Countless falls into rushing water, muddy knees and difficult climbs (our bride often barefoot in her in a tulle gown) … It all paid off!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
And the fabulous team of vendors includes… Photography: Ryan Zarichnak Photography. Flowers: Hens & Chicks. Event Design & Antique China Rentals: Soiree by Souleret. Hair + Makeup: Justine Kolano from Beauty Justified. Location: McConnell’s Mill State Park Portersville, Pennsylvania. Prop rental: T’s Upholstery Studio. Flatware Rental: All Occasions. Stationery: Lisa from Sapling Press. Cake: Megan Hart from Dozen Bakeshop. Dress: Reem Acra from Rent the Runway. Models: Katie Schurman + Michael Kappler.
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