January 4, 2024

Japonica Path Wedding

Posted in: Weddings

Grandmillennial style is increasingly popular these days and I love seeing it make its way into weddings. In a beautiful blend of nostalgia and contemporary elegance, Carrie Lea and Dalton’s winter wedding at Japonica Path came to life. Carrie Lea made the bold choice of ditching the traditional white wedding gown and embraced extraordinary with a gorgeous custom blue wedding gown from Heidi Elnora Atelier. She made another daring move by selecting white velvet dresses for her bridesmaids. The color scheme could not have been more perfect!

The rings held stories of their own – Carrie Lea’s ring, a cherished heirloom from her maternal great-grandmother and mother, echoed generations of love. Wearing it, she carried not just a symbol of commitment but a piece of her family’s history. The cross necklace on her bouquet, a tribute to her grandmother, added a touch of sentiment, making each step down the aisle a walk through cherished memories. Dalton’s wedding ring bore the weight of memories, once worn by his late father. It became a symbol not just of his commitment to Carrie Lea but a connection to a deeper legacy, bridging past and present.

Atop their cake was another beloved heirloom – the cake topper that was also used on Carrie Lea’s grandparents’ wedding cake many years ago. Carrie Lea’s grandfather also lent them his fully-restored 1921 Studebaker to use for portraits and a statement piece.

For the duration of their engagement, Carrie Lea and Dalton have been away at school in Florida. As such, Carrie Lea’s mother, Dea, took on the task of planning their entire wedding with the help of friends and family. To honor her mother in a big way, Carrie Lea grabbed the microphone after the first dances. She told the crowd of her mother’s tireless work planning their wedding and dedicated her bouquet to her.

Carrie Lea and Dalton, thank you so much for trusting me to capture your gorgeous and unique wedding day! I don’t usually take on December weddings anymore, but there was no way I could miss yours! It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you over the last year and seeing the vision for your wedding come to fruition. I enjoyed taking your engagement photos, bridal photos, and now your wedding photos! I pray you will cherish this day and your photos forever. Thank you again for letting me be part of it!

The Creative Team:

Photography | Ashley Brooke Photography

Second Photographer | Emily Wolfe

Videography | Easton Film Company

Wedding Planner | Camille Deer

Wedding Day Coordinator | Samantha Thornton

Venue | Japonica Path

Floral Design | Marika Knowles Designs

Ceremony Music | Susie Shortt Music

Reception Music | 2nd Coming

Cake | Jenny Banks

Catering | Catering by Gayle

Hair Stylist | On the Glow Hair and Makeup by Kelsey Varallo

Makeup Artist | On the Glow Hair and Makeup by Kelsey Varallo

Bride’s Dress | Heidi Elnora Atelier

Bridesmaids | Revelry

Groom and Groomsmen | Men’s Wearhouse

Live Portrait Artist | Melissa Munger Art

  1. Pam Bjelke says:

    These photos have given me chills!! The care that went into the planning of this sacred affair, has left me breathless. The joy on the wedding party ‘s faces, as well as the guests, exuberated their love. Congratulations to Carrie Lea and Dalton! Much love for a long future!!
    Pam Bjelke

  2. Bayli Morin says:

    Love!!! Such a beautiful day!

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