All Feature Photos by Casey Hendrickson Photography
As winter approaches, photographer Casey Hendrickson takes us on an adventure deep into the woods at Albemarle, NC’s Il Bella Gardens. A true escape from the hustle and bustle of winter holidays, the serene setting is perfection for couples seeking a cozy, inviting venue, even on the coldest winter day.
Hendrickson wanted a rich pallet, choosing gold and plum tones to bring warmth to the natural setting. It is hard to even know where to begin with each detail being just as beautiful and meaningful as the next.
The bride, in a stunning lace gown from The Bride’s Choice in Locust, NC, stays warm with a luxe mink stole, and is radiant in the arms of her groom. Chelish Moore Flowers provide the stunning floral centerpieces and bouquets to bring a dramatic pop of color to the otherwise muted backdrop.
The tablescape, anchored by a natural wood table, is a collection of elegant details, including a lamb skin and antlers, chosen by Hendrickson for their cohesiveness with the outdoors, and is dotted by golden pinecones to enhance the surrounding natural elements. Vintage china provided by Evermore, is paired with plum linen napkins and complemented by deep purple and gold stationery by Sweetest Beginnings. As the evening turns dark, the votive candles that hang from tree branches and tall candles along the tables are sure to add a hint of warmth and whimsy to the reception.
Perhaps one of the most stunning pieces of décor is the cake by Sky’s the Limit Bridal Sweets. The violet fondant creation is embellished with a lustrous version of the E.E. Cummings poem “I Carry Your Heart with Me,” and sits atop a warm, dark wood sideboard. And what’s dessert without coffee? Guests will delight in the Irish coffee bar, complete with all the fixings to warm up from the inside out.
Hendrickson pulls her vision together effortlessly in this cold-weather-inspired shoot. From the stunning scenery provided by nature to the thoughtful details carefully curated to make it a warm and inviting space, it’s easy to see why this bride and groom are glowing.
PHOTOGRAPHER, DESIGNER: Casey Hendrickson | www.caseyhphotos.com | @caseyhphotos
VENUE: Il Bella Gardens | www.ilbellagardens.com | @ilbellagardens
HAIR & MAKEUP: Madison McIlwaine, Belize Salon and Day Spa | www.belizesalonanddayspa.com | @madiisonniichole
JEWELRY: BluEyed Horse Designs | www.blueyedhorse.com | @blueyedhorse
RENTALS: Carolinas Southern Vintage
FLOWERS: Chelish Moore Flowers | www.chelishmoore.com | @chelishmoore
CHINA: Evermore | www.evermoreeventcompany.com | @evermoreeventco
STATIONERY: Sweetest Beginnings | www.sweetestbeginnings.com | @sweetestbeginnings
CAKE: Sky’s the Limit Bridal Sweets | www.stlbridalsweets.com | @stlcake
DRESS: The Bride’s Choice | www.thebrideschoicenc.com | @thebrideschoicenc
MODELS: Katie Culp and Drew Batchelor