This gorgeous styled shoot in Indianapolis, Indiana was held at the marvelous Laurel Hall. “Nearly 100 years of history, grandeur and elegance” is their welcoming message, and my oh my is this message spot on. Built in 1916, Laurel Hall has a Downton Abbey feel, with its very own horse drawn carriage drop off area. A revival in Jacobean architecture, it reminds you of a time when aristocratic values were the center of society. Every corner of the property from the hardwood floors and mantels, to the grand staircase and the sophisticated solarium, is a true example of elegance and grandeur.
Laurel Hall was a beyond perfect setting for this lavender, magenta styled shoot. Planning and Design by Heather Benge Events, it is a show stopper of inspiration for any distinguished bride. The venue itself was a huge character in play for the design, as it hosts many photographic opportunities throughout the property. Acting as a one stop shop, it can host ceremonies and receptions, inside and outside the venue.
For the reception table decor, constructed and designed by floral royalty Intrigue Teaches, was nothing more than splendor! With its big, beautiful centerpiece, it could capture the oohs and ahhs of any wedding guest. Hints of gold sparkled in the sunlight next to the bright, illuminating magenta floral and glassware. The white rose’ fabric was stunning underneath the gold beaded chargers, elegant gold trimmed plates, and bronze silverware. Table favors included delectable, floral candy lollipops from Flour & Fig. Each place setting equipped with a simple, yet formal menu from Interprintations that completed the tables style and look.
Calligraphy designer Interprintations really did beautiful work for this shoot. The invitation suite was a wonderful sneak peek to the refined wedding theme with its simplistic design and lavender font color, nothing too overwhelming to the eye. From the menus and the escort sign, to the suite and the Mr. & Mrs signs, the design was tasteful and thorough throughout. Lastly, for an emotional and personal touch for the ceremony, soft romantic vow books were made in a lavender shade, a great color that could stand out against the gorgeous dress from Leena’s Bridal.
Another surprise of sophistication was the cake from Sweet Em’s Cake Shop, with its traditional ivory fondant and delicate sugar flowers. It sat atop of a vintage marble and mahogany side table that coincides with the fireplace in the main entrance of Laurel Hall. Vintage hints were added to several areas of the property including a wonderful escort table near the front entrance with vintage books and magenta floral. One of my favorite vintage hints was the bar table decor holding a vintage glass decanter set with accents of lavender additions.
Lavender and Magenta were the colors that shined throughout this design, and nothing shined more than the floral pieces of art. The bouquets stood centerpiece for the Bride and Groom. The bride had two bouquets for one was almost 3 foot wide, filled and full with gorgeous flowers and greenery, the other a wonderful display that would trump any normal bouquet. The masterpiece, from Intrigue Teaches, this day was the decorated mantel in the Laurel Hall’s elegant solarium. A top to bottom piece of art that would be a great backdrop for any upscale event. Many of the gorgeous portraits were taken in this one of a kind room, along with the backdrop that screams grandeur.
Overall, this magenta and lavender shoot by Heather Benge Events was simply stunning with all the elegant details shining. The magnificent property of Laurel Hall stole my focus with its charm and beautiful grounds. Anyone could fall in love with this vintage dream castle. All I can think is when I could get to shoot this lovely piece of history again!