A Romantic, Styled Elopement by Daydream Lane Photography

A Romantic, Styled Elopement by Daydream Lane Photography | British wedding blog - Bride and TonicToday’s beautiful, country inspired shoot is from Daydream Lane Photography, a husband and wife team with a love for the ethical side of weddings – our favourite! This shoot has such lovely themes and ideas behind it so we will hand over to photographer Daydrielane to tell you more…

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This styled shoot was inspired in part by the spirit of the venue – The Red Horse Inn. The Inn was built by the owners, Roger and Mary Wolters, who dreamed of a place with beautiful private spaces. A place where artists, musicians and writers can get away to find their muse. On Sunday April 26, 2017, several such artists and wedding professionals in the upstate of South Carolina came together to create a beautiful, simple, yet elegant shoot. Mother Nature herself even chimed in, constantly changing her mood from cloud, to storm to sun and back again! This lead to a variety of natural scenarios, with no need to use artificial light or equipment, and resulted in lovely images of a very happy and photogenic couple in a very lovely and beautiful landscape.

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The Venue

In 1993, Mary and Roger Walters, then newlyweds and fresh out of college lived around the corner from a beautiful piece of land owned by a pulp and paper company called Bowater. Rumors had it that a real estate developer was planning on purchasing the land  owned by Bowater to build 200 houses on it. Roger and Mary succeeded in having the land sold to them instead and with a second hand bulldozer, they began to clear the land to make way for the Red Horse Inn. “We were young artists, newly out of college and with the fast pace of life, it was hard to find the peace, quiet and solitude to be in touch with one another and nature. We wanted to create an environment that embraced those qualities and give the guest a real sense of relaxation at a pace they created.” The Inn is now also being operated by son and co-owner Christian Wolters and fiancée Chelsea. To add to his parent’s vision, Christian and Chelsea’s goal is to rescue injured and retired horses. They hope that very soon, guest at the Inn will be able to look out ANY window and see a grazing horse!!

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The Photography

When we got married 9 years ago, we wanted our wedding to be small, intimate, outdoors and full of earthy textures and elements. A year after our own wedding, we began photographing weddings of people who had a similar mindset to ours; couples who believed in simplicity and creativity. We love using natural light diffused by a door or window and we love playing with shadows and tones to capture the purest emotions and scenery.

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The Florals

At Bloom 95 Florals we are constantly on the hunt for the best flowers we can find. Thankfully, we live in beautiful Greenville, South Carolina where local, fresh florals are all around us. We partner with the small businesses who supply our flowers and gather our own greens that we incorporate in every arrangement. We’re inspired by the beauty around us and by the amazing flower growers we get to meet along the way.

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The Stationery

I have been in this business for about 5 years, and I feel like people are just starting to warm up to my work to the extent that I don’t have to worry as much about creating boring designs just to make a buck…there are so many handmade steps in creating custom wedding invitations. Sofia created a rose floral, gatefold design specifically for the styled shoot along with a wood cut menu card.

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The Cake

This cake was heavily inspired by a Kate McDonald Dress that I fell in love with as soon as I saw it! It is a two tier almond cake with fondant, ruffles, and hand painted watercolor florals with 24k gold leaf accent.

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The Cellist

I played the violin in 4th grade and found myself to be very good at it. When my mother asked me if I wanted to play a different size, I immediately pointed at the cello. When I went to the shop, I wanted the oldest one they had. It was a German cello. The aged wood and German making gives it a beautifully mellow, earthy sound.

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The Models Story

I (Jessica) was young and dating a guy that thought no girl deserved him. I would always end up alone at a party or watching as he spun another girl around the dance floor.  Time after time again, his good friend Ben would always apologize and walk me to my car. Ben drove a 69 Camaro and would occasionally end up at our house working on his car with my dad and brother. Time went by and we didn’t see each other for several years. We both began dating other people and I even became engaged. One evening I got a call from my brother. He was calling to let me know that “Camaro Ben” lived right across the street from his new apartment. “Camaro Ben?” Then it clicked Oh yeeea, I remember him. Great guy. Later that evening while at my brother’s, Ben and I began a conversation that will last a lifetime. He never officially ask me to marry him. He didn’t have to. We knew. 

Ben is the most amazing individual I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Loyalty is the best word I can think to describe him. I never worry about where I stand with him. He makes sure that I know on a daily basis how important I am to him and his love for me.

Our favorite thing to do together is laugh. Given the right mood, we will both make up jokes and laugh until we cry. Most of the time, we aren’t even sure what we are laughing about.

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Such a beautiful shoot and so lovely to hear stories behind the suppliers and the super cute models! Big thank you to Daydrielane + Lucas Osorio from Daydreamlane Photography for sharing with us. For more about each supplier click for their website below: 

Photography  /  Daydream Lane  |  Venue  / The Red Horse Inn

Cake  /  Sugar Magnolia Cake Boutique  |  Florals  /  Bloom 95 Florals

Makeup  /  Brittney Breault  |  Stationery  /  Sofia Invitations and Prints 

Cellist  /  Victoria Olmer  |  Models  /  Jessica + Ben Davis

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