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EDITORIAL: LOVE IN BLOOM

Viktor&Rolf bridal gown at Hemingbough, St. Francisville, LA
Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography

LOVE IN BLOOM

AS SEEN IN THE AUGUST 2021 ISSUE OF NOW WEDDINGS MAGAZINE

CREDITS:

EVENT DESIGN: Alchemy Events

ON LOCATION: Hemingbough

FASHION: Viktor&Rolf Mariage + Blanca Veils

JEWELRY: Charles & Colvard

FLOWERS: Berry Blossom Flowers

RENTALS: Pure Vintage Rentals

HAIR + MAKEUP: Ashley + Bri for Verde Beauty Studio

NAILS: Passport Polish

INVITATIONS: Eglantine Rose Letterpress

CAKE: Kimbla’s Cakes

PLACE CARDS: Quianta Treats

LINENS: Nüage Designs

MODELS: Alex D., Rachel P., Shuriel R., and Kylar S. for Chic Nouvelle Model & Talent Management

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHERS: Ashley Kristen Photography + BreAnne Frye Photography

 

Moissanite Engagement ring
Image Credit: Ashley Kristen Photography | 3.01 CTW Emerald Forever One Moissanite Signature Solitaire with Side Accents Wedding Set in 14K Yellow Gold from Charles & Colvard

 

Viktor&Rolf wedding gown
Image Credit: BreAnne Frye Photography

(ABOVE) Rachel is wearing the Bow Drape Ball Gown from Viktor&Rolf’s Mariage Collection. A soft, modern satin creates a charming take on this classic voluminous ball gown. The sweetheart bodice incorporates a generous bow that drapes down over the lavish skirt. The skirt itself features small pockets and dramatic volume thanks to a detachable underskirt. The style is finished with a majestic train flaring from the skirt.

Her veil, by Blanca Veils, is beset with fresh  scabiosa blooms and Dendrobium orchids by Berry Blossom Flowers.

Bridal Veil with Fresh Flowers
Image Credit: Ashley Kristen Photography

Ivory and blush bridal bouquet
Image Credit: BreAnne Frye Photography

(ABOVE) Rachel is wearing Passport Polish’s Ready Made Press-ons in the color Puerto Rico and she carries a bouquet of statice, bleached pipe pods, bleached lunaria, antique carnations, scabiosa, hellebore, roses and freesia by Berry Blossom Flowers.

Rachel’s ring is a 4.82 CTW Radiant Forever One Moissanite Signature Halo with Side Accents Wedding Set in 14K White Gold by Charles & Colvard.  Her look is completed with 7.80 CTW Radiant Forever One Moissanite Four Prong Stud Earrings in 14K White Gold, also  by Charles & Colvard.

4.82 CTW Radiant Forever One Moissanite Signature Halo with Side Accents Wedding Set in 14K White Gold by Charles & Colvard
Image Credit: Ashley Kristen Photography | 4.82 CTW Radiant Forever One Moissanite Signature Halo with Side Accents Wedding Set in 14K White Gold by Charles & Colvard
Hemingbough gazebo wedding
Image credit: BreAnne Frye Photography

Event Designer Rena Sweeney of Alchemy Events designed this dreamy ceremony setting at the gazebo at Hemingbough.

The mirror aisle is lined with lush arrangements of roses  by Berry Blossom Flowers. Pure Vintage Rental’s  Classic Walnut X-Back Chairs provide guest seating.

Walnut X-Back Chairs for wedding
Image Credit: Ashley Kristen Photography

 

mirror wedding aisle
Image Credit: Ashley Kristen Photography
Letterpress wedding invitations and moissanite jewelry
Image Credit: BreAnne Frye Photography

(ABOVE) Elegant letterpress invitation suite with blush floral motif by Eglantine Rose Letterpress.

JEWELRY: Signature Halo Hearts & Arrows Round Statement Ring in 14K Rose Gold,  3.71 CTW Round Forever One Moissanite Signature Cluster Halo Earrings in 14K Rose Gold, and a 24.96 CTW DEW Round Forever One Moissanite Signature Necklace in 18K Rose Gold from Charles & Colvard.

hand painted wedding cake
Image Credit: Ashley Kristen Photography

(ABOVE) Kimbla’s Cakes created this stunning hand-painted, five-tier cake with handmade sugar tulips.

The cake table is draped in Poetic Blossom Tuscany linens by Nüage Designs and a delicate soft crepe cotton ivory table runner from Pure Vintage Rentals.

Shuriel is wearing  the Floral Off-Shoulder Gown from Viktor&Rolf’s Mariage Collection with  dainty floral cuff bracelets by Berry Blossom Flowers, Forever One Moissanite Signature Cluster Halo Earrings and Signature Halo Hearts & Arrows Round Statement Ring by Charles & Colvard. Shuriel is wearing Passport Polish’s Ready Made Press-ons in the color St. Barth.

Image Credit: Ashley Kristen Photography

Shuriel’s bouquet by Berry Blossom Flowers includes anemone, butterfly ranunculus, scabiosa, roses, freesia, ranunculus and wax flowers.

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Image Credit: Ashley Kristen Photography

Events at Hemingbough often have special guests; the peacocks and peahens that call the property home, join in the events hosted on site.

For this simply elegant outdoor reception, designer Rena Sweeney of Alchemy Events selected white Alice Bentwood Chairs, Bennett Square Tables, mismatched vintage glassware and gold modern flatware from Pure Vintage Rentals.

Nüage Designs  Blush Shelby Napkins grace each place setting and gold mirror name place cards by Quianta Treats note each guest’s  place at the table.

bistro wedding setting
Image Credit: Ashley Kristen Photography
wedding lounge seating
Image Credit: BreAnne Frey Photography

 

This charming lounge setting includes  Pure Vintage Rentals Kate Sofa,  Boho and Presley Side Tables, Caroline Chairs, Salmon Velvet Tassel Ottomans and Velvet Pillows.

The floral arrangements by Berry Blossom Flowers include hydrangea, tulips, snapdragons, bleached lunaria, stock and delphinium.

Image Credit: BreAnne Frye Photography

Image Credit: BreAnne Frye Photography

Image Credit: Ashley Kristen Photography

Letter press wedding invitation and moissanite jewelry
Image Credit: Ashley Kristen Photography

 

(ABOVE) Wildflower letterpress invitation suite by Eglantine Rose Letterpress pictured with a 1.87 CTW Emerald Forever One Moissanite East-West Solitaire with Side Accents Necklace in 14K Yellow Gold,  5.04 CTW Emerald Forever One Moissanite Solitaire Stud Earrings in 14K Yellow Gold and  3.01 CTW Emerald Forever One Moissanite Signature Solitaire with Side Accents Wedding Set in 14K Yellow Gold from Charles & Colvard.

3.01 CTW Emerald Forever One Moissanite Signature Solitaire with Side Accents Wedding Set in 14K Yellow Gold
Image Credit: Ashley Kristen Photography

Image Credit: BreAnne Frye Photography

 

(ABOVE) Kylar is wearing the Rose Sleeve Empire Gown from Viktor&Rolf. This dramatic, off-the-shoulder gown has a luxurious and voluminous silk blend skirt. This gown features an intricately draped rose which transforms into a puff sleeve. The voluminous watteau train highlights the extravagance of the gown. She is also wearing Passport Polish’s Ready Made Press-Ons in the color Dominica.

Image Credit: BreAnne Frye Photography

 

Image Credit: BreAnne Frye Photography

 

Kylar’s bouquet by Berry Blossom Flowers features butterfly ranunculus, scabiosa, and roses.

Image Credit: Ashley Kristen Photography

 

Alex is wearing the Blooming Lace Layer Dress from Viktor&Rolf’s Mariage Collection. This  short fitted dress crafted from an intricate graphic guipure floral lace featuring an illusion neckline. The short-sleeved dress boasts a detachable grosgrain waistband with delicate flat bow detailing. The detachable airy and sheer tulle skirt features a bow detail in the back. She is holding a fragrant bouquet of sweet peas from Berry Blossom Flowers. Her jewelry by Charles & Colvard is 8.90 CTW Forever One Moissanite Pear & Marquise Drop Earrings in 14K Rose Gold and a Signature Pear Halo Engagement Ring 1.71CTW in 14K Rose Gold.

 

Image Credit: Ashley Kristen Photography

 

Sweet Pea Bridal Bouquet
Image Credit: BreAnne Frye Photography

 

(BELOW) Alex is wearing a fresh floral garter of wax flowers and freesia from Berry Blossom Flowers and Passport Polish’s Ready Made Press-ons in the color Greece.

 

fresh flower wedding garter
Image Credit: Ashley Kristen Photography

 

Image Credit: Ashley Kristen Photography

 

(ABOVE)

Kylar is wearing the Tulle Patchwork Gown from Viktor&Rolf’s Mariage Collection.This voluminous gown is a dramatic patchwork of volume. Crafted out of intricate layers of signature volants utilising various tulle techniques. To complete her look are 1.78 CTW Round Forever One Moissanite Halo Drop Earrings in 14K Yellow Gold and 2.13 CTW Round Forever One Moissanite Signature Halo Pendant in 14K Yellow Gold from Charles & Colvard

 

Image Credit: Ashley Kristen Photography

 

moissanite jewelry
Image Credit: Ashley Kristen Photography | 1.78 CTW Round Forever One Moissanite Halo Drop Earrings in 14K Yellow Gold,  2.13 CTW Round Forever One Moissanite Signature Halo Pendant in 14K Yellow Gold and Forever One 1.78CTW Round Moissanite Three Stone Halo Ring in 14K Yellow Gold from Charles & Colvard.

 

ABOUT ALCHEMY EVENT ACADEMY

In June 2021, Alchemy Events hosted a three day session of their Alchemy Event Academy at Hemingbough in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Focusing on educational workshops, networking and beautiful styled shoots, Alchemy Event Academy is all about building up others both through sharing information and collaborating to create beautiful photographs.

 

With so many beautiful locations at Hemingbough to choose from, Alchemy Events owner and designer, Rena Sweeney styled multiple settings showcasing the beauty of the property. Sarah Alleman of Sarah Alleman Photography and Jessica Burke, Publisher of NOW Weddings Magazine and owner of Jessica the Photographer, joined Sweeney in heading up the 3 day session, bringing their unique skills and perspectives with them.

 

As Sweeney was working with haute couture designers Viktor & Rolf on the fashion for this session of the Academy, she discovered they are involved with a non-profit organization,VOW for Girls, that partners with individuals, brands and the wedding industry to end the international child marriage crisis. 1 in 5 girls in the world (even in the U.S.) is married as a child so as Sweeney works with couples to make their wedding dreams come true, she also wanted to help protect the dreams of young girls who deserve to live life on their own terms. Sweeney is proud to announce that a portion of the proceeds from the Alchemy Event Academy was donated to VOW for Girls. If you’d like more information about VOW for Girls or to learn how you can incorporate a donation or registry for your own wedding, visit vowforgirls.org.

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