Style: Romantic fine art LGBTQ+ wedding inspiration
“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.”– Victoria Erickson
Even in Columbus, Ohio, the last bits of summer drift lazily into fall. Warm days give way to cool nights with increasingly cozy dinners. This feminine wedding photo shoot celebrates the end of summer and its hazy, buttery pops of color that gently begin to fade away.
Columbus, Ohio boasts a strong LGBTQ+ community and a supportive wedding community to serve them. We’re the home of superstar Nina West, and our vendor community firmly believes that love is love. Though our city may not rival the sprawling metroplexes around the nation, we’re proud of the abundance of diversity and love in central Ohio. We were honored to feature a confident and beautiful local same-sex couple in this inspiration shoot.
We started by bringing the model couple to Luxe Redux to find fashions that fit their personal styles. Mercedez wore a mix-and-match suit combination with a clean jacket and lace slacks from Martina Liana, as well as a satin camisole from Willowby Waters. Cara donned a striking off-shoulder gown with sheer panel cutouts from on-trend Australian designer One Day Bridal. Both brides held complementing garden-style bouquets with buttery yellow and latte-inspired hues from State and Arrow.
From here, we carefully planned the details to create an event with heart and soul. While the look of an event always sets the stage for celebration – terra cotta candles, copper-toned flatware, and worn wooden chairs usher in the intimate earthiness that fall brings – in this inspiration, we wanted to hint at the experience behind the look.
As the golden sun set, the couple shared a kiss and stole away to their dance party!
Color: I was inspired by the way the light begins to changes as summer blends into fall. The bright yellow sun begins to fade into a more buttery tone, and colors start to gently fade.
Unique: Many of the details were locally sourced, from the Pink Moon candles on the reception table to the Prospect Jam Company welcome gift treats! I love it when couples choose to support local artisans for their wedding details.
Story: I loved collaborating with local Columbus, Ohio wedding professionals to bring this together. We had such a fun time working as a team. Our midwest market is full of abundant talent that can give big cities a run for their money!
Dress: Not all brides want to wear a dress! For this photoshoot, we were able to source a beautiful and chic bridal suit.
Flowers: Adria from State & Arrow created a lush, romantic floral look with ikebana centerpieces and relaxed bouquets.
Ceremony: The ceremony setup in the Franklin Park Conservatory Bride’s Garden showcased the location’s pretty architecture, comfortable chairs from All Occasions, and freeform asymmetrical arrangements by State & Arrow.
Reception: The dinner table had a bit of a Tuscan feel, with relaxed La Tavola linens and an assortment of earthy candle holders.
Wedding Favors: A warm welcome gift of epicurean soaps and jams greets guests with love and care.
On The Menu: A toasty old-fashioned and citrusy French 75 announce a lively cocktail hour. A hearty cool-weather meal of butternut squash soup, beetroot salad, and beef short ribs create an unforgettable seasonal dining experience for the guests. Creamy buttery Chardonnay was poured for the first course.