Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Ethereal Mountain Bridal Portraits

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Outdoor Bridal Portraits by Heather Payne and Team Flower

Today’s style shoot is not only a production from the 2014 Philosophy Flowers Design workshop, but it also tells a story of an old Hebrew wedding tradition. According to ancient Hebrew culture, a bride waits for her groom while he prepares a place for them to spend their lives together. What an amazing vision this creates! Read more about the vision behind this shoot below while enjoying the breathtaking photos by Heather Payne Photography and Team Flower!

“Waiting. This word typically brings negative feelings to our mind, but peel back those initial layers and beneath you find that waiting brings forth loveliness in its purest form.
!In ancient Hebrew culture when a bride and groom were engaged, there was a time of separation, of waiting. Rather than planning every detail of their wedding day together, the groom needed to leave his bride at her home and go to his father’s house to build a room for he and his bride to live in when they married. She never knew exactly when her groom would return, but she trusted him and waited. This trust brought peace and rest to her mind. In that time she prepared herself for his arrival, fully confident he would return at just the right time.

I began imagining this bride patiently preparing for her groom against the ethereal backdrop of the mountains — running through the hillsides in her flowy, heirloom gown to see if that was him coming around the bend. She gracefully gathers freshly cut flowers, the perfume of each one making her sweeter. Every night she keeps her lamp burning — anticipating his return. And while she waits her love and longing for him grows stronger producing a rich charm and elegance in her eye, one that only comes through waiting. These images tell that sacred story.”


Participating Vendors

Photography: Heather Payne Photography | Design, Styling & Florals by Team Flower | Accents Floral Design, Andraya Northrup, Aunt Willie’s Wildflowers, Dimauro Originals, Jonica Moore StudioKennedy Occasions, Mary Margaret PowitzSpringvine Design, RiverOaks CharlestonSimone Gebsattel Design, Stone House Creative, The Day’s Design, Wild Green Yonder

Location: White Fence Farm | Model: Ariana Clare | Hair: Heather Rogers of Haircut 101 and Miah Zimmerman of Haircut 101 | Dress: Gossamer | Stationary & Paper Goods: Brown Linen | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Additional Contributors: Kathryn Godwin & Goldmine Journal

This project was a part of the spring 2014 Team Flower Workshop hosted by Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers.

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