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French Vineyard-Inspired Wedding Inspiration at Northcote Estate

January 6, 2019
Northcote Estate Bridal Fashion

The hillside vineyard, stately French gardens, sweeping lawns, and leafy arbors of Northcote Estate set the scene for a fairytale wedding fashion and design shoot. An amazing group of Milwaukee wedding experts worked together for a marvelous series of moments to capture.

Pastoral Romance

The day was the vision of Janelle Meyer-Brown, owner of événement, who wanted to capture the feel of the French countryside. Lush florals, soft textures, and fresh fruit creates an idyllic picture of pastoral romance. “We tried to make a story of each vignette,” Janelle explains. “For the rosé bar, we imagined a bride stopping to pour herself a drink, pearls in hand.” She sets down the pearls and takes a sip.

Flowers were sourced locally by Bank of Flowers and feature sage-lavender, Veronica navy berry bushes, cafe au lait dahlias, eucalyptus, maroon smoke bush, purple allium and fuchsia stock. The centerpieces are embellished with ornamental pears, plums and grapes on the vine. “Just ripe for the season!”

Other décor and necessities, such as invitations, tablescapes, plates, and glassware, work within the theme and chosen colors. Paper goods from Coqui Paperie exude feminine romance, with watercolor flowers in a palette of soft blushes, purples, and greens to mirror the real-life arrangements.

Dreamy, eclectic furniture and accessories — everything from chairs to an accent dresser to dinnerware — came courtesy of the imagination at Relics Vintage Rentals. Small floral favors from Sweet n’ Flowers adorn each guest’s plate as they wait for a scrumptious slice of Simma’s three-tiered wedding cake in all its simply-detailed, flower-crowned glory.

Katy and Dale of the Artist Group and Jaime at JC Designs worked behind cameras to shoot the glamorous footage.

Feminine Fashions

Gowns selected by Bucci’s Bridal and White Dress Bridal Boutique are perfectly suited to the pastoral scene so beautifully set forth by these expert wedding designers, florists, culinary experts, and craftspeople.

Feminine is in, as decorative necklines, ballgown skirts, sparkle, and texture take center stage. Whether plunging or boat-necked with delicate sleeves, necklines boast full lace and intricate edges. Other ways to achieve texture, aside from lace, is the use of intricate beaded bodices, illusion netting with appliqué, and fabric with an intrinsic texture.

While some dresses hug the bride’s curves, others embrace the drama of a full skirts with tiers of ruffles, lush layers of tulle, and even a folded bodice. If not a princess-style bell shape, gowns tend toward the ever-flattering A-line, always with a defined waist.

While timeless fantasy fashion is in, more current silhouettes can be just as appealing. A modern high-low dress, featuring a shorter dress underneath a flowing floor-length skirt, makes for a wedding day showstopper. It’s also just as fashionable to practice modesty through high necklines and pretty sleeves as it is to bare some skin. Though the gowns featured here venture in a variety of directions, they’re all venturing in style.

Styling by Danielle Horvatin and Matt McFall, from Rosewood Weddings, tends toward breezy, effortless beauty. Hair is either softly pulled back, left to fall loosely, or is drawn up into a clean top knot. Makeup is kept clean-faced, save for a striking pop of color, as a red lip is always a classic choice.

Accessories from White Dress Bridal Boutique and Julie Schnoll, such as beaded headbands, statement earrings and necklaces, tiaras, jeweled collars, and dainty gloves, elevate each bridal look to something a bit regal. Featured in one of the pink champagne glasses is a stunning ring from Steven Paul Design. The center stone is a Malaya Garnet framed by diamonds. The stones are set in 18-karat rose gold — the perfect choice for a rose-tinted wedding day on a picture-perfect vineyard.

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