Orange & Purple Rustic Vintage Garden Styled Shoot from Jillian McGrath Photography

I remember seeing this shoot for the first time on Facebook. I fell instantly in love with it. It was bright. It was bold. It was just a little bit eclectic. It was different. I loved the brilliant pops of orange and purple, that it was both rustic and vintage all at the same time.

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While this was originally a styled shoot for promotional images for Splints & Daisies (floral boutique), I’m so excited to share it with you today because I love the daring creativity in it. I love that the inspiration came from a park and a bright orange velvet Victorian couch. It shows that inspiration for a wedding can come from anything. It makes a statement. That it pays to be creative, to be daring, to be different. I also love that it was photographed by Jillian McGrath, because everything she does makes me swoon :)

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orange and purple rustic vintage garden wedding ideas, eclectic wedding ideas, Splints & Daisies, Jillian McGrath Photography

{Inspiration Behind the Shoot from Tara} I had only met Jillian about a month prior to the shoot. We began chatting like old playmates and decided we needed to play!!! I am primarily a wedding florist, and I tire of seeing the same shots over and over, so wanting to have materials with “something different” pictured. I wanted to portray a natural, loving environment of a carefree couple. I wanted to use only found/local/borrowed materials. Nothing that was not easily at hand. The simplicity of a few items that make a bold statement is always my suggestion.

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The inspiration for the shoot was Lancaster Central Park, which is a place my fiancé and I visit often (and where we met!). We run and bike through the park, and while on a run one day, came across this lovely field that had the most beautiful evening light, and knew it needed to be included in the shoot. A second inspiration was my orange velvet Victorian couch bought at a secondhand store. It NEEDED its picture taken. Orange is not a very popular bridal color, so I knew it would stand out as bold and different.

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Things just kind of fell together after that… we had a couch, and a field. Add to that a dress found in a friend’s closet, add a handmade purple ruffly belt, some extra curly fluffy hair, and a bouquet in a mix of “most all things local”. I try to primarily use only local flowers when at all possible. I gave my grower the list of “oranges and such”, and she brought me what she had. I LOVE to work that way, and adore brides who follow suit, and are interested in color and style more so than specific flowers. It gives me more freedom to create artistically, and make it up as I go.

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The rest of the shoot speaks for itself…as we played around in the field and laughed and laughed, things just got silly and we ended up down by a covered bridge. I took off my cowgirl boots and suggested we have a few shots IN the water since most real brides would not ever think to agree to doing so. Jillian jumped right in! I ended up soaked head to toe by the end of the shoot :)

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When I asked Jillian if I could feature this shoot on the blog, she told me that I would also love the love story within it. The couple in the shoot is actually real-life couple Tara (owner of Splints & Daisies) and Jason. I loved their story so much, I had to share it with you too :)

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Just a little over a year ago, Tara met Jason, a shy, innocent, country boy, or at least that was her first impression of him when she stepped out of her floral delivery van in the parking lot next to the Garden of Five Senses at Lancaster Central Park. She was trying to find the spider that landed in her lap while she was driving, and in doing so, somehow ripped a button off of one of the pockets on her cargo shorts. The chaotic mess didn’t deter Jason who wandered over and struck up a conversation.

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They sat on a bench for a while in the Garden, then strolled along the side of the road together toward the Conestoga River. He warned her to steer clear of a 3-leafed plant that grew along the side of the road, insisting that it was poison ivy. But Tara knew better. She knew that it was actually a baby walnut tree. He insisted otherwise and after going back and forth for a moment, Tara grabbed a handful of the leaves and rubbed them on his arm. At that point, the shy boy she’d just met became Jason, the giggly, awesome, adventurous man that she loves today. Needless to say, he did not end up with a poison rash from the baby walnut tree.

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Their hour-long conversation ended after wading in the river aways, they exchanged numbers, and parted ways. The next day, on the way home from white water rafting with friends, Tara received a text. Jason wanted to come over and make her dinner. It sounded like a smart idea, you know, letting a guy she’d only known for an hour into her house to make her dinner. But, sometimes, you’ve just got to go with your gut. They’ve been together ever since.

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Just a couple of days after the shoot, Tara and Jason were on vacation in Costa Rica. Lounging in the pool one morning, an orange butterfly was sitting on the edge of the pool. He began flying over the surface of the water looking for a place to land for a drink, so Tara held out her left hand to suggest a perch. To her surprise, the butterfly landed on her ring finger and stayed for a few minutes sucking water off of her finger!

Later that day, they traveled to a secluded waterfall they found out about from a local. It was there that Jason started acting funny as he asked her to join him in the water. They were about knee-deep when he got down on one knee and proposed. She said yes, and later, as they sat by the waterside, a blue butterfly came and landed on Tara’s ring finger. It was as if the universe was approving this next step in their relationship. Amazing!!!

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Congratulations, Tara and Jason, who will be tying the knot next May IN the Conestoga River!!! Thank you so much for sharing your love story with us and your inspiration for this shoot. It was incredible!!! And thank you, also, to Jillian McGrath for capturing and sharing with us today! xoxo

Jillian McGrath Photography is a fabulous member of our Vendor Boutique. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.

Photographer: Jillian McGrath Photography / Design & Florals: Splints & Daisies / Makeup Artist: Pemberley Jones / Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania Central Park

Comments

  1. says

    I am a neutrals kind a of girl {except for my coral and pink} but the brides bouquet is fantastic! What a vibrant and unique wedding. That’s what weddings should be about individuality! XO

    • AlexandraAlexandra says

      I love it too! It’s perfect for that bright, bold, eclectic bride, no? Weddings should absolutely be about individuality. Every person, every bride, every couple, every wedding is different, and they should be, that’s what makes them beautiful! :) xoxo

  2. says

    Thank you so so much for sharing our images and the amazing shoot we were able to participate on with Tara and Jason :) Just a side note Pemberly Jones did Tara’s hair/make up and totally rocked it out :)

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