Enchanted Forest Styled Shoot with ROAN Events

Hey all, and happy Wednesday! As a little Hump Day treat, I would love to share some images from an amazing collaboration of incredibly talented Asheville wedding vendors. I was so honored to be a part of this!

A couple months back, I was contacted by Kelly of Roan Wedding + Events, a Western Carolina-based event planning company, to see if I would be interested in joining a styled shoot that she and her business partner, Summer, were putting together. When she sent over the inspo board filled with romantic florals, quartz crowns, and textured fabrics and furs, I was sold!

I was excited to learn that many of the vendors participating in the shoot were businesses I had been peeping on instagram for the last few months just hoping to get the chance to work with. See people, dreams do come true! If you follow me on social media, you will know that the photographer, Alina Kolberg, and I have been collaborating a ton, so I was obviously stoked that she would be the one to capture all of the magic.

As we drove to the location at Roan High Bluff, I was expecting another bald mountaintop. Don't get me wrong, I love so much the incredible mountaintops here, but I was blown away when we arrived to find the crew setting up on the mountaintop hiking trail of the most enchanted forest.

Nestled into a sea of ferns and moss-covered trees was the head table, which was draped with hand-dyed cheesecloth, and adorned with rich florals, brass candlesticks, crystal glassware, and quartz accents, all placed atop a luxurious fur rug. The mixture of statement pieces by Vintage Indigo Rentals, coupled with the layered fabric, fur, metals, and stone textures could not have been more beautifully executed or breathtaking.

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The floral arrangements by Kara of It Can Be Arranged were an eclectic mix of greens, pods, and blooms. "Our goal was to play off of the natural setting of Roan Mountain with a foraged feel," she noted. "We also wanted to play with the contrast of light and dark so, White Protea was used as our bold focal flower against an array of greens that included Grevillia, Eucalyptus, Millet, Lily Grass, Ruscus and Salal." Hanging Amaranthus, Black Scabiosa, Scabiosa Pods, and Crown Jubiliee Lucadendron provided pops of color and tons of texture. The groom's boutonniere complimented the bride's bouquet and hairpiece with a blend of greens, and a quartz accent.

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And speaking of the bride! I was so thrilled to know that Brooklyn, who I have worked with before, was going to be our model. Brooklyn has adorable freckles, which I absolutely adore. When I am working with a client who has freckles, I often will use them as a reference point to test my technique. As a makeup artist, it's easy for me to properly layer products and add "natural" shine and dimension to the face so that the skin looks natural, even when I am aiming for a higher coverage of foundation. But when I am working with freckles, I really have to control myself to use as little product as possible to allow those natural pigments to show through whichever foundation I use.

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For this, I tend to put small amounts on at a time, and step back frequently to assess how the total look is coming together. For Brookyln's freckle-friendly foundation, I used MAC Cosmetics Face and Body Foundation layered on top of their Strobe cream for a natural, "lit from within" look. I popped a little peach concealer from LA Girl under her eyes to conceal any darkness, and then brightened the area with IT Cosmetics Perfect Lightening Pen in Radiant Neutral. Of course this look wouldn't be complete without adding some dimension to the skin with Soleil Tan De Chanel, and Glossier's Cloud Paint in the shade Dusk. (Click the link to receive 10% off your purchase! Full disclosure: this an affiliate link.)  For a full rundown of the products I used, scroll to the end of this post. Brooklyn's hair was then loosely curled and put into an intricate half-up braided style by Amber, and topped off with a quartz crystal crown.

As the sun shone through the trees in all its Twilight-esque glory, I couldn't help but think at how pleased I was to have been asked to be a part of this magical shoot with some of the best artists in Western Carolina. Take a look at the photos below and tell me what you think! Which detail is your favorite! 

Makeup Notes:

  • MAC Face and Body Foundation
  • LA Girl Peach Corrector
  • IT Cosmetics Perfect Lightening Pen 
  • Soleil Tan De Chanel
  • Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk 
  • Fenty Beauty Matchstick in Yacht Lyfe
  • Glossier Haloscope in Moonstone
  • Glossier Lidstar in Fawn
  • Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess Palette
  • Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Pillow Talk & Confession
  • Kiss Lashes in Pageboy


Vendor Spotlight:

photographer: Alina Claire Kolberg
dress: Wedding Inspirations Bridal Boutique
veils and headpiece: Judy&Madeleine
mua: Emily Colt Radin 
hair: Amber Potter Hoilman 
calligraphy: Calligraphy by Carrie
florals: It Can Be Arranged Floral Studio 
videography: Blue Ridge Film Productions
design & decor: Vintage Indigo
event planner:  Roan Wedding + Events
models: Brooklyn Stutzman &  @thomascrown20

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