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“And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed

and every morning revealed new miracles.”

The classic story The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was my inspiration for this shoot and I was so fortunate to have had help from some amazing wedding artists to bring it to life. Working as a destination wedding photographer afforded me the opportunity to travel back “home” to Ireland this past June, so I organized this editorial for one of the days of my visit. These images were shot on location at a private Manor House with a Victorian walled garden in County Wicklow, Ireland on Fuji Pro 400h film.

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Walk through the gates of the secret garden…

From the moment you walk down the garden path, shaded by canopy of leaves, and unlock the rusted gate with the ancient skeleton key, you can’t help but fall in love with the charm and whimsy of this magical place. There is no end to the delightful sights on the grounds of the manor house — from the resident ducks to the lush pond to a darling vintage bicycle — there is something enchanting around every corner!

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A Magical Garden Wedding Cake

Jen Rojas of Cupcakes and Counting created the most beautiful 3-tiered cake with climbing vines and wildflowers from the garden as well.

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Sustainable Irish Florals

The organic florals were all sustainably grown on-site in the walled garden and intentionally arranged by Fionnuala Fallon (The Irish Flower Farmer), who also hand-dyed the silk ribbons.

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The most delicate garden vines and an exquisite diamond ring…

Kristine Hayes’ delicate touch when styling the place settings and paper goods along with the sparkling oval diamond ring from Susie Saltzman made for the prettiest of detail shots.
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Bespoke Paper Goods

Hand-drawn floral sketches adorn the invitation suite, which combines romantic calligraphy with modern typesetting, all designed by Vita Popov Studios.

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“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

I am so grateful for the help of all of the talented wedding artists from all over the world who helped make this Irish Garden Dream a reality. I’m so lucky to have connected with Fionnuala Fallon of the Irish Flower Farmer who helped arrange our dreamy location in addition to her stunning work on the florals for the shoot. Our wonderful and gracious host, Margaret, welcomed us to her property with such kindness and it felt like a gift to shoot there. Please pay a visit to the vendors from this shoot and see their stunning work…

Florals: The Irish Flower Farmer

Stylist: Lovebird Designs

Ring: Susie Saltzman

Cake: Cupcakes and Counting

Paper Goods: Vita Popov Studios

Hair Stylist: Claire Barry

Makeup Artist: Making Faces

Dress: Cathy Telle

Model: Lily Finlay

Film Lab: The FIND Lab

All Photographs ©2017 As Ever Photography

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A Real-life Fairytale

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Provo Castle Amphitheater

The Provo Castle Amphitheater was most perfect setting for these princess bride portraits. Built in 1936, it was originally the recreation center for the Utah State Hospital. Its two stone towers invoke the feeling of a medieval castle and make this setting such a romantic backdrop for wedding portraits.

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Princess Bride Gown

This gorgeous ballgown style dress is the first of an all-new private label line of gowns exclusive to Harlow Brides in Salt Lake City, Utah. Its perfect peachy-blush hue, plunging V bodice, and delicate fluttering appliqué make it the perfect gown for brides who want to look and feel just like a princess on their big day.

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Statement Bouquet

Marianne of Bushel and a Peck Floral created a breathtaking bridal bouquet in peaches and whites to perfectly complement the gown and to match the romance of the setting. A stunning combination of garden roses, ranunculus, tulips, foxglove, and Japanese andromeda, this bouquet is the epitome of lux floral design!

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pintopinterestpintopinterestThis shoot is one of those times when everything just came together perfectly. I love taking the time to design a really involved editorial, with lots of details and a developed concept — but I also love when a spur-of-the-moment fun afternoon with sweet friends turns out this spectacularly! Enjoy perusing the lovely inspiration portraits and when you get to the end of the post, please check out all the amazing artists who collaborated to make this day happen!

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All Images ©2017 Jen Corbett/As Ever Photography

Florals: Bushel and a Peck Floral

Dress: Harlow Brides

Hair and Makeup: Beauty by Analisa

Model: Abigail Johnsen

Film Lab: The FIND Lab

Collaboration with Loblee Photography

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If you know me in real life, you’ve probably heard me mention (about a thousand times) that I used to live in Ireland. And you probably also know that my favorite place in Ireland (maybe in the whole world) is the Aran Islands. They are three tiny islands off the West Coast of Ireland and are part of the Gaeltacht, which means that Irish is the primary language spoken there. The first time I visited the “big” island, Inis Mor, I fell in love with it and returned many times, sometimes alone and sometimes to share it with my favorite people. So you can imagine that when D’Arcy Benincosa announced she was offering a 1:1 mentorship which included second shooting an intimate wedding on Inis Mor, I snapped it up pretty quickly!

Toni and Chris traveled to Ireland with their families and close friends for an elopement style ceremony on the Aran Islands, the ancestral home of Chris’ family. Their ceremony, at St. Ciarán’s Monastery on Inis Mor, was performed by Celtic Priest and Monk, Dara Molloy. It was without a doubt the most special and unique marriage I have witnessed. The marriage involved several “stations”, starting with the Holy Well. The Holy well celebrates the woman to be married and the groom circles around her in the same way that the earth circles the sun every day. The bride’s hands are placed in the well water while prayers focus on her as a wife and mother.

The second station, the Standing Stone, is a Celtic symbol of male fertility and here the man to be married is celebrated. The groom places his hand on the stone and prayers focus on him as a husband and father.

The next station is the Altar, which represents Divinity. The bride and groom stand before the altar facing each other to make their vows. Rings are exchanged and their hands are bound in a Celtic handfasting ceremony. Here they receive the blessing of the Four Elements from the Priest.

They next move to the Sundial station. The sundial is a carved stone with a hole, a circular dial, and a Celtic Cross. Here the couple faces each other and touches fingers through the hole as they confirm their marriage vows, which is a continuation of an ancient practice of using the Sundial as a contract stone. Then a silk scarf is passed through the hole in the Sundial three times while a wish is made by the couple and then by other witnesses. Finally, the Priest anoints the couple with oil and water, blessing their relationship. The oil placed on their hands symbolizes health and wholeness and the water from the sacred well sprinkled around them is a symbol of protection.

The ceremony is concluded by the bride and groom joining hands and walking around the sundial in a clockwise direction, which is a piece from an ancient Celtic ritual and is believed to bring everyone into harmony with the cosmic rhythms.

Toni and Chris are a couple so deeply in love, it was absolutely palpable during their wedding. They were completely surrounded by love as well, with each person in attendance so filled with joy for them. I felt like I had been given a beautiful gift, being there to document it.

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jen

P.S. You’ll also want to check out D’Arcy’s beautiful images from this day as well… They were just featured on Martha Stewart Weddings this week. And definitely click on the link to see Luke Lindgren’s amazing video of the day!

The information regarding the Dara Molloy’s Celtic marriage ceremony above was sourced from www.DaraMolloy.com.

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All Images ©2017 Jennifer Corbett/As Ever Photography

CREDITS

Featured Photographs: As Ever Photography

Lead Shooter: D’Arcy Benincosa

Cinematographer: Luke Lindgren

Officiant: Dara Molloy

Groom’s Apparel: ASOS

Bride’s Apparel: Maria Luisa Rabell

Headpiece: Mignonne Handmade

Planning: Waterlily Wedding, LLC

Pony and Trap: Thomas Flaherty Tours

Ceremony Location: St. Ciarán’s Monastery

Flowers: Mulqueens Florists

Film Lab: The Find Lab

 

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  • That is seriously the coolest wedding ever. I so want to visit Europe. I’m a big Outlander fan so a Celtic wedding would be so cool to witness.ReplyCancel

  • George Corbett

    Wow. What a beautiful location! And the pics are beautiful. Truly amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Jen, this is the most beautiful, touching wedding.ReplyCancel

As much as they are one of my favorite ways to spend a day, styled shoots aren’t just fun days where we make pretty photographs. I mean, yes, they are that, but I look at them more as personal development shoots. They are days when I can work on my photographic style, when I can practice posing and composition, and when I can sharpen and maintain skills I use on wedding days. Editorial shoots are also amazing ways to create and nurture those wonderful relationships with “friendors” (vendor friends) and they give everyone involved the opportunity to showcase their best talents. We use the images on our websites and social media to show clients what we love to create and it can help brides with inspiration for their own wedding.

Sometimes these shoots are smaller scale and spur of the moment (so fun!) and sometimes they are more involved, requiring detailed planning and coordination. This desert bridal editorial was one of the latter. Even though it’s a lot of work, I absolutely love the process of developing an idea and seeing how each artist involved interprets my vision.

My initial inspiration for this session was the beautiful lace cape from Marisol Aparicio. She had sent it to me to photograph, but it took weeks for me to find the right dress to pair with it. I ended up choosing a reception dress from BHLDN in the color “umber”. From there, I became inspired by the look of a classical Spanish painting… The color palette, the florals, and the overall aesthetic came from this inspiration. For the mood and feel of the shoot, I was inspired by a stanza from a poem by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda titled “Your Feet”:

 

But I love your feet

only because they walked

upon the earth and upon

the wind and upon the waters,

until they found me.

 

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All Images ©2017 As Ever Photography

This editorial was recently featured on the stunningly curated site, Magnolia Rouge. Click here to see the feature!

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I am so very grateful to all of the amazing artists who collaborated with me to create these images. Please check out their work via the links below:

Florals: The Potted Pansy

Cape: Marisol Aparicio

Hair and Makeup: Kelli Miller Beauty

Silk: Honey Silks & Co.

Paper: Honey B Paper Co.

Dress: BHLDN

Model: Sarah Parry

Second Shooter: D Plus J Photography

Film Scans: The FIND Lab

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  • This is so gorgeous. Love the cape and all the beautiful tones.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    I love the movement in these images. The colors are also amazing and geez that model is gorgeous!! Beautiful work.ReplyCancel

Fine art as a wedding aesthetic can be interpreted in myriad ways: It is timeless, marked by thoughtful details, it is emotional and intentionally beautiful, it is a lovely story-telling. The words “fine art” connote the careful and inspired attention to detail characteristic of a sculptor or a painter. To create art in the celebration of the wedding and in the telling of the couple’s love story is the intent of the fine art stylist or photographer.

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These may seem lofty goals when choosing the details for your wedding, but you can begin simply by approaching your styling with an artist’s eye and by incorporating a few key visual elements. In this piece, I’m featuring some of the fine art details I truly love to capture with my camera. They set the tone and theme of the day from the moment you announce your wedding.

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Hand Lettered Paper Goods

Hand lettering and custom crafted paper goods are the first details of your wedding that your guests will see and this is your first opportunity to imbue your event with an art-inspired ambience.

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Calligraphy artists create a fully personalized invitation suite, complete with hand-addressed envelopes. The script itself, made with a pointed nib pen and luxurious ink, is a work of art and invokes the aura of antique correspondence. The roughness of the paper edges, the vintage postage stamps, and the serifs and flourishes all create the impression of bespoke luxury. The pieces of the invitation suite look exquisite styled with the wedding bands, bridal jewelry, and other details that you will want to remember about your celebration.

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Artisan Florals

A floral artist with a background in art and design and a solid understanding of the interplay of color, texture, and negative space will create the most stunning bouquets and arrangements.

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A bouquet from an artisan florist will be surprising and beautiful from every angle. It will feature unique floral elements, each stem intentionally placed with care and thought. A floral designer can help you refine your color palette and will offer ideas for unique ways of incorporating your colors into your decor. As the bouquet will be placed prominently in many of the bridal portraits, a floral artist can insure that the design and style of the bouquet complement your gown and the overall style of your wedding.

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Hand-Dyed Silk Ribbons

This soft and billowy style of silk ribbon photographs ever so beautifully. The colors can be soft and muted or bolder, depending on your palette.

pintopinterestOften with raw edges, these silks are crafted to have a more matte finish and softer drape than the traditionally-used shinier, often wired ribbons. When adorning the bridal bouquet, these ribbons mimic the luxe beauty of the wedding gown while at the same time adding movement and color that stand alone in their grace. Silk ribbon is also the perfect styling element for use in photographs of tablescapes, jewelry, invitation suites, and bridal details.

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Couples can look to all manner of artistic expression for inspiration when designing their wedding day and creating their personal interpretation of the fine art aesthetic.

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Some of my own favorite sources of creativity include paintings, literature, unique architecture, and my best-loved travel destinations. This intentional approach to styling will help your photographer capture detail images that will be the perfect accompaniment to the most cherished photos of the day, those of the bride and groom and loved ones.

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Together, these photographs will make your wedding book a masterpiece. For those couples who love the fine art aesthetic but want to make planning an absolute breeze, a wedding stylist can make all your fine art dreams come true!

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All Images ©2017 As Ever Photography

Silks: Honey Silks & Co.

Florals: The Potted Pansy

Calligraphy: Vita Popov Studios

Film Lab: The FIND Lab

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