• Emily Gustafson

Creating a Cozy Christmas Wedding - #Wednesdaywisdom

Hey strangers! Long time, no... blog. What can I say folks, we hit Thanksgiving and life kicked it up to a new gear. Lots of meetings with wonderful clients - brand new and established, new partnerships and opportunities, one incredible photo shoot, a Christmas play, and two preschool parties later, here we are! This time of year is exciting and bring lots of moments to celebrate the end of a year and the beginning of a new one.



Photo by M&M Photography


Today, I'm blogging that photo shoot I mentioned above and sharing enough Christmas cheer to have the grinchiest grinch fired up about creating a cozy holiday wedding or maybe just a pjs and hot toddies getaway right in their own home. At the beginning of this month, me and a few of my vendor buddies put together a little styled shoot at Happily Ever After at the Barn. It was a wintry cold, overcast day and it even flurried just a little bit. We created two treatments of a "Christmas/Winter wedding" and the first was a traditionally festive palette of red, black, white, and lots of seasonal deep greens. It was perfect for getting us all into the spirit.



Photo by M&M Photography


The idea from this shoot came from the fact that the barn at Happily Ever After has never hosted a Christmas wedding. I was a little shocked by this, because the barn with its soaring stone fireplace and warm surroundings seem to me that it was MADE for it. So, we had to create a holiday moment worthy of the Hallmark Channel. I think we need a pretty good job of capturing some cheer.


Our lovely florals were created by Now and Forever Designs in beautiful red, green, and a touch of blush. They were gorgeous and featured foraged winter greenery and pinecones.


Photo by M&M Photography


Our design inspiration was traditional Christmas with lots of textural elements, some gold accents, and these stunning dark green etched glasses. Tammy at Happily Ever After at the Barn did an incredible job of designing our sweetheart table and making the barn feel like the coziest spot for hot cocoa that I could imagine.


Photo by M&M Photography

And, it certainly felt like Christmas inside the barn with a roaring fire and all the trimmings of an incredible, festive Christmas wedding. If you're like me, and really love the joy and especially the generosity that the holidays brings out in so many people, then this is the shoot for you.


Check out this beautiful ballgown on our lovely model, Samantha. She was stunning in this red, faux fur lined cloak that Steve of Happily Ever After at the Barn ordered just for this day. We think Santa might need to step aside and let this lady be the official spokesperson of holiday magic.


Photo by Sarah Keenan Photography

We had the most incredible faultline cake by Catie Cakes complete with sugared cranberries and goldleaf along the faultline's edges. It was one of the most unique cakes I've ever seen.


Photo by M&M Photography

We also had the amazing Scruffy City Lettering and Signs provide us with the perfect wedding sign and invitation. I think that this sign could be one of my favorites of her incredible work. And that invite on the dotted vellum but adorable.





I'll leave you with a few more shots of our sweet couple, Samantha and Parker, looking perfect in their wedding day attire. Parker was dressed by Bellario's Formalwear in a white tux with black detail, red paisley vest and red velvet shoes. Seriously, they made the outfit!


The lovely Samantha was pampered by the amazing Katie Carnegie who added the perfect amount of glam for this day of classic Christmas beauty.


See the lovely gallery below with shot by M&M Photograpy and Sarah Keenan Photography



Complete list of vendors:


Venue/decor: Happily Ever After at the Barn

Photography: M&M Photography

Second shooter: Sarah Keenan Photography

Floral: Now and Forever Designs

Bridal: Lace and Glam

Men's formalwear: Bellario's

Hair and makeup: Katie Carnegie

Cake: Catie Cakes

Signs and invitation: Scruffy City Lettering and Signs

Planning/Coordination: EG Weddings & Events


Next week, I'll be taking a short break to enjoy Christmas with my family. So, Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday to everyone who finds this little corner of the internet. I hope that the holidays bring you time to enjoy those that you cherish the most.


Happy planning,




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