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Melody + Daniel’s Woodland Fairy Wedding

Get swept away in the magic of this whimsical woodland wedding from Melody Pepper Photography as the forest, and their guests, celebrate Melody and Daniel’s big day.
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From the photographer and bride, Melody Pepper Photography:

“My beloved partner Dan and I have always found refuge in nature. I’m also a vintage lover, interior design hobbyist and photographer by trade. Thus in planning our intimate wedding, I opted for a thematic mix of hand-crafted fairy-oriented decor, a backdrop of flora & fauna and a bohemian edge. As part of my full-on DIY intimate wedding immersion process, I decided that I would photograph the atmosphere, details and some lyrical portraits (with the help of my photo assistant Raven) and to entrust the so-called “action shots” to my dear friend, and long- time collaborator fashion photographer Jason Konrad.”

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“I had initially presumed that my talented friend Hope Santineao would design my wedding dress, but Hope and I unexpectedly found a lovely gown right off the rack. Thus, Hope only had to add some of her signature special touches to make my dress truly amazing. Santineao made my dress look more ethereal by adding hand-stitched pink silk flowers and peacock-feather-like lace to the train. She then paired the dress with some pink pearls and an amazing pair of custom silk sleeves of her own design. I completed the look with a vintage floral head piece circa 1940. Hope and I also hand-crafted unique floral hair crowns for our key guests to wear.”

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“Dan and I held our wedding ceremony at our favorite local sanctuary- the Hunterdon County Arboretum. The Arboretum features a uniquely mystical two-story gazebo built in 1893, a “wizard walking path” and even a miniature castle on the garden grounds. Instead of having traditional attendants in matching ensembles, we opted to keep the experience relatively informal and introduced our own rituals. The groom’s brother Jeremy accompanied his son Sam and the groom’s son Jacob down the aisle together; the boys were tasked with carrying cornucopias of river stones and providing a rock to each of our guests. Next, my sister-in-law Sarah accompanied her twin daughters (dressed as winged fairies) up the aisle as the girls sprinkled fairy dust from their magic wands. Our respective parents accompanied Dan and me down the aisle- the fathers in whimsical garb and the mothers donning the aforementioned flower-crowns on their heads. Our mutual friend Raven performed the marriage ceremony and we exchanged our own vows before our closest friends, family and our pet “dragon”/ cat. We then led all of our guests to surround a lovely dogwood tree that we had planted on the grounds to celebrate the occasion. We had Raven read a touching excerpt from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Our mothers scattered dirt from their own homes around the tree (to symbolize our roots). Dan and I watered the tree together (to symbolize unity and growth). Finally, all of our guests placed their river rocks around the tree (to symbolize the protection of love through friendship).”

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“For the festivities that followed the ceremony, I enlisted the help of my “fairy godmother” Katarzyna and her husband Stefan as they were gracious enough to host our woodland-fairy-themed reception at their stunning homestead. As for the decor, my primary objective was to create an ethereal ambiance by interweaving natural raw materials with whimsical details so as to make the wedding decorations seem “native” to our venue. I designed all of the table centerpieces from natural Manzanita branches that I adorned with leaf-like butterfly garland, adorable sparkly birds, various mystical-looking flowers and an irrational amount of craft moss. Katarzyna and I then placed the decorated branches inside of tall glass vases filed with river rocks and we placed them atop sheer moss-green table cloths. Next I decorated all of the archways, stairs and mantles with vines, tree bark, flowers, peacock feathers and animatronic butterflies.”

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“Stefan helped me to created a customized cake stand out of a naturally heart shaped wood slab and I surrounded it with glittering fairy dust and light-up branches. Our wedding cake was designed to resemble a tree-trunk with our initials carved in it and I topped it with a silhouette carve-out of a fairy kissing a dragon. Finally, our guests signed our tree-faced guestbook with a twig pencil and each was given a live cedar tree sapling or a dusty miller plant to take home and grow in their own gardens of love.”

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Vendors: Photographer:  Melody Pepper Photography //Lingerie: Agent Provocateur //Dress Designer: Catherine Maladrino//Dress Store:David’s Bridal//Design and Decor: Decorative Branches//Other: Golly King//Fashion Designer: Hope Santineao //Event Venue: Hunterdon County Arboretum//Invitation Designer:Invitations By Dawn//Jewelry:Ken & Dana Design//Lighting:Lights for All Occasions//Second Shooter: Melody Pepper Photography//Heirlooms and extras: Michael Aram//Design and Decor:Michael’s //Etsy Designer:Plasticsmith //Veils and headpieces: Somerville Antiques//Apparel: Tessuto//Favors and Gifts: Twig Pencils //Linens and Coverings:Wedding Linens Direct//Bakery:Whole Foods Market//Apparel: Your Dress Maker//Shoes: Zappos//Submitted via Two Bright Lights