Elegant Editorial At Buhl Mansion Guesthouse and Spa
This richly ornate and ever so romantic photo shoot developed into this beautiful gallery of inspiration in a very organic way. A dream, a lovely wedding vision that evolved once Angela found the setting. She allowed Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa to guide her in choosing every exquisite element. From the strikingly beautiful color palette of maroon and blush with mixed metals to the lush flowers to all the smaller details and even the dress choice. I encourage you to stop what you’re doing and read Angela‘s description below.
Angela: This photo shoot was inspired by my dream of seeing Amy March and Theodore Laurence of Little Women’s Wedding Day. Although we did not keep their names, this concept was very much kept with that in mind. I looked high and low for a venue that felt like “them” and when I toured Buhl Mansion Guesthouse and Spa. I felt that this venue (named one of the top 10 most romantic B&B’s in all of America) would be the perfect backdrop.
When you turn into Buhl Mansion, you are met with stone archways and what feels like a secret place away from all the noise of the world. The grounds feature one of the most beautifully kept mansions near Pittsburgh, Pa alongside hedge-lined paths to lovely garden areas, and a perfect greenhouse for couples to use for different events during their wedding day.
Once inside this historic home, you are taken aback by their collection of Dutch Master’s paintings, ornate gilded molding and a feeling of luxe comfort. When I was deciding on the color story of this “wedding,” I found that Buhl Mansion had chosen the loveliest maroon and blush accents as well as mixed metals throughout their decor. To me, it was pretty obvious that I had found the perfect palette.
Another part of Buhl that influenced the shoot was their collection of antiques throughout the four-story estate. Their collection of paintings become the inspiration for the floral arrangements in each of the event areas. Staying true to the “what is found and available” unspoken motto of Dutch Master’s Paintings. Fruit and in season flowers combined to create a bit of drama in the reception area.
For the cocktail area the mansion’s gardens’ became the foreground with the tall castle-like structure in the background. I used vintage furniture to connect the indoors to the outdoors.
When deciding on the dress style, I was drawn time and time again to the simplicity of the A-line gowns. Their romantic embodiment of the gowns worn in that era felt true to Miss. March and Lories wedding day. As I looked deeper into the popular hairstyles in the late 1800’s, I think I laughed out loud a couple of times, but one thing that kept coming back to me was the center part which we executed with a more modern combination of the up-do. I was sure to use details that, although have remained popular, still have roots in those times.
Calligraphy is one of my favorite timeless attributes of the past and feels perfectly in-line with the invitations and place cards.
Another detail that echoed Laurie’s adventures were the favor metal boxes. I imagine that he would have collected items that he found perfect for gifts for Amy. Seeing these boxed with their Indian flare, I felt Amy would have gifted them to each of her guests as Thank you’s.
I also wanted to introduce a wee bit of today into the shoot by using details that I thought would make great additions for a wedding including the “to the bar” sign and the “down the hatch” flask as a little ode to today’s couples.
In closing, I would love to say that the vendors that collaborated with me on this shoot were simply handed a box of inspiration (ribbon, lace, calligraphy pieces, etc.) and allowed to create what spoke to their hearts. I can’t say enough about how without them none of this would have been this perfect. My wanting to see Amy and Laurie married has come to fruition and it is thanks to their talent and efforts.
Photographer: Angel’s Vision Photography | Veils and headpieces: ABT Custom Monogrammed Veils | Equipment Rentals: All Occasions | Cake Designer: Bethel Bakery | Event Venue: Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa | Calligrapher: Calligraphy & Lettering Design | Makeup Artist: Des Marie Makeup Artist | Event Planner: Divine Celebrations | Hair Stylist: Elisha Evans Styling | Design and Decor: House 15143 | Linens and Coverings: Lendable Linens | Invitation Designer: Marie Couture Designs | Groomsman Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Floral Designer: Mocha Rose Floral Designs | Design and Decor: Peacock Creations Event Design | Dress Store: The Winner Outlet | Etsy Designer: Unique Decor Supplies | Design and Decor: Vintage Alley Rentals | Submitted via Two Bright Lights