As far as I am concerned, there is nothing more romantic than a winter wedding! And being a New Englander, there is no better place for one than Vermont. This styled shoot encompassed all of the best parts of winter-cozy fabrics, interesting textures, fluffy white snow, comforting treats and warm snuggles.

In planning the fashion for the shoot I set out to embrace the cozy elements of winter, but to create contrasts.

It was such fun playing with textures and taking traditional wedding elements and mixing them with wintery pieces. For the bride’s less formal look, I paired a cabled cashmere sweater from Elisabeth Hunter Cashmere with a statement necklace from Ivy and Aster and a custom blue tulle skirt created by our in-house seamstress, Penny. For the groom’s formal look, I styled a classic tuxedo from Valentino Tailors with a handmade vintage chunky scarf. A bride’s attire should always be reflective of her venue—even if you are getting married on a frozen lake! I layered various textures in shades of white for the bride’s look on the lake. It not only created beautiful dimension, but kept the model warm in the freezing temperatures! I paired a chunky cashmere turtleneck sweater from Elisabeth Hunter Cashmere with a Modern Trousseau fur bolero and tulle ball skirt. The look was completed with a cashmere beret accented with a stunning blue crystal brooch from Maria Elena.

This shoot included some incredible industry talents. We all had such fun not only frolicking in the snow, but playing with different textures and unexpected elements.

Nichole of Coral Pheasant Stationary and Design was the mastermind behind not only the paper, but the tablescape. “In styling the table, I was inspired by the various fabrics that Beth had chosen for the models. Cozy cable knit sweaters, brown leather boots and rhinestone belts parlayed into a nubby hand-woven jute runner and ivory chenille checkered overlay, wood scalloped chargers and glass plates molded with the subtle texture of finely woven cloth. Vintage china with blue laurel leaves and gold edging complemented the colors of the florals.” Who says that flowers can’t be beautiful in the winter? Floral designer, Tony Palmieri of Datura: A Modern Garden worked his magic to create beauty in bloom: “For the tablescape, we brought the indoors outside and set up a table in the crisp white snow.  A hint of warmth was added to the wintry table with spring tulips, hyacinth and orchids, adding a lighter note to the heavier statements of thistle and hydrangea. No tablescape is complete without a chandelier!  We adorned a vintage chandelier with white ginestra and pale blue hydrangea blooms.”

The piece de resistance of this shoot was the fabulous milk punch that kept us all warm during long cold days of shooting, prepared by Nichole of Coral Pheasant: “Milk Punch goes particularly well with the inside warmth and soft light of winter holidays. The charred barrel flavors of bourbon and vanilla mix delightfully with milk. Egg nog be damned!”  Visit the blushing blog for the recipe.

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Carla Ten Eyck
FASHION STYLING: Beth Chapman | The White Dress by the shore
BEAUTY: d.d. Nickel
FLORAL DESIGN: Datura: A Modern Garden
CAKE: But a Dream Custom Cakes

SWEATER: Elisabeth Hunter Cashmere
HEADBAND: Maria Elena
TULLE SKIRT: The White Dress by the shore
BOOTS: Provided by stylist
GLOVES: Provided by stylist
RING: Vintage, provided by stylist
SCARF: Provided by stylist
SUIT: Vintage, provided by stylist
BOW TIE: Brooks Brothers