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Gibraltar Rock Sunset-Inspired Wedding Editorial | Styled Session | Metallic Bridesmaid Inspiration.

September 1, 2015

I am SO excited to be able to share this shoot with you on our blog today!! It was recently featured on 100 Layer Cake (AHHHH!!!) + so now we can share even more images from the shoot with you here!! Waiting to share is the toughest part about shooting these gorgeous styled sessions!! Hehe : )

This shoot was dreamt up by the sister duo wedding planning team Elevate Events. I’m going to let them do the talking on the inspiration behind this shoot, however I do want to THANK THEM for allowing us to be a part of it!!! It was truly an amazing (+ FUN) day!!! We also had to hike up some major elevation to make this thing happen, so a little workout thrown in there was just the icing on the cake for us!! I mean it!! A perfect evening in our books : )

From Elevate Events:

“Earlier this summer, the two of us were on a hike in south-central Wisconsin, chatting away about beautiful places to get married, when the thought struck us: with so much gorgeous scenery in the area, what’s to prevent a nature-loving couple from taking their cue from the land + bringing their family + very best friends to their favorite hiking spot to get married!?

With so much beauty in this state, we thought there were quite a few natural “venues” that were being underutilized, so we designed a styled shoot around an iconic natural feature of southern Wisconsin – Gibraltar Rock. Gibraltar Rock is a flat-topped butte towering 200 feet above vast farm fields and a picturesque view of the Wisconsin River Valley, nestled just outside the sleepy town of Lodi. Not onlydoes the name “Gibraltar Rock” draw you in with its dignity; the 360 degree views at the top create a truly majestic experience.

To style this nature-inspired editorial, we took our inspiration quite literally from the rock formations themselves. The first thing we knew we had to consider was what our adventurous bridal party would wear.For the bride, we chose a slate grey chiffon gown from BHLDN. The feminine, ethereal quality of the gown worked beautifully against the hard rock formations, and the non-traditional color was a must, since this was certainly a non-traditional ceremony space! It is impossible to leave out the three metallic Sorella Vita “Modern Metallic” dresses worn by the bridesmaids. These dresses were the perfect juxtaposition to the soft, flowy quality of the BHLDN gown, + definitely upped the glam factor. We also loved how the gold androse-gold hue in the bridesmaids’ dresses mirrored the gorgeous sunset we were able to capture that evening.

Speaking of sunset – can we talk about the gorgeous florals?! Taking her cues from the beautiful colors of a summer sunset (magentas, oranges, soft pinks + creamy yellows), Amanda from Alluring Blooms was able to create a phenomenal floral altar at the very top of the rock + bridal bouquets also inspired by the same hues.

As planners, we firmly believe that you can create a gorgeous + fun reception anywhere, so when we decided to plan our shoot at GibraltarRock, we had to consider ways to make our party portable. Luckily, three adventurous gentlemen already had us covered – they converted an air stream trailer into a bar, now fondly known as the Barmadillo. What better way to throw a gorgeous, mobile reception than driving in your very own bar on the back of your pickup, serving some wine + a delicious cake made out of cheese + dancing the night away??

For those of you who are adventurous brides, planning your dream wedding + reception (even if it’s at the top of a rock) CAN be done. With a little extra planning, you really can take your wedding to new heights.” -EE

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!!! 🙂

A LITERAL cheese cake!!!

Such stunning bouquets!! I love the bold color palette!!

Then we hiked to the top of the cliff + it was GORGEOUS!!!!!!

The (AMAZING) Team

Styling + Planning: Elevate Events | Floral: Alluring Blooms | Wedding Gown: BHLDN | Bridesmaid Gowns: Bucci’s Bridal | Bridal Accessories: Vera’s House of Bridals | Hair + Makeup: Alice Ezrow | Rentals: Event Essentials | Drink Service:  | Cheese Cake: Fromagination

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