Bohemian Wedding Inspiration: Wandering Nomad

March 6, 2015

Carmel Vandale of Mt. Lebanon Floral, Ansley Esterline of Bliss Events, and I are all drawn to the beauty of the bohemian style and feel. We’ve each had quite a few brides and grooms who have expressed a longing desire to detail their weddings in the bohemian style – but so often, couples hold back from that because it can seem overwhelming; like an unattainable vibe or feeling.

We wanted to create a bohemian wedding inspiration session to inspire our clients and to show that it is something they can pull off beautifully. Think outside the box, be fearless, and let your inspiration lead the way.

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Carmel visited New York City and hand picked textiles she found to be most inspiring from laces, to velvet, to embroidered ribbon. She brought back fur trim, feathers, and antlers to complete her vision. The end result was gorgeous – an organic mixture of rich tones and lush greenery. She mixed baby pineapples with bright red petals and even hand crafted various headbands and cuffs to go with her floral arrangements.

When we began searching for a location to hold the photo shoot, fate stepped in and led us to the perfect spot. 200+ acres of wooded land sitting atop one of the highest points just beyond Pittsburgh. The beautiful property belongs to a husband and wife team who spent many years creating a perfect wilderness oasis by hand- complete with a log and stone bed and breakfast rebuilt entirely from pieces of original log cabins on the property. From the first moment they heard our vision – they were on board. After finding that perfect lush green land, the nomad/gypsy themed session was ready to take flight.

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Ansley Esterline, Bliss Events, event planner –
“For the table-scape I wanted to complement the bold colors of the floral, but not take away from it. I paired tons of gold with a colorful patterned charger, elegant china and simple, regal stemware. I think a lot of people are afraid to go ‘bold’ and make a statement on the place settings, and this shows you that you can make a statement and it’s not overdone, just complementary! Bringing in the element of the wooden farm table, mismatched chairs and a stunning oriental rug pulls the look and feel all together.”

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Carmel Vandale, Mt. Lebanon Floral, florist and designer –
“I love bold, rich colors and after a season of blush and cream weddings I couldn’t wait to explode with color. I love how formal the candelabras in gold are and the China juxtaposed with the abandon of the florals chosen. A feast of color and texture was served!”

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Ansley Esterline, Bliss Events, event planner –
“The menu reflected the gypsy and rustic side to tantalize your palate. Artesian cheeses, paired with pomegranate, grapes, pears, berries and nuts all are just delicious together. A simple arugula salad with fig & roasted chicken would satisfy any guest and create the experience of indulgence!”

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Carmel Vandale, Mt. Lebanon Floral, florist and designer –
“The inspiration for our photo shoot came from my love of all things organic and textured. I adore an eclectic bohemian look and I chose ribbons in velvet tapestries, and raw silks for their rich textures. I always choose flowers by what the season has to offer. Lush, full, coral charm peonies were used alongside prickly pineapples and sturdy proteas. Clematis vines, Sarracenias, Hostas, Veronica, and Scabiosas were used to fit in with our woodland location. I also love the way tillandsias or airplants work alongside the antlers so they were used as well.”

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Hannah Conard, Hannah Conard Beauty, lead hair stylist and makeup artist –
“I knew the beauty had to feel effortless and almost ethereal. Their hair and makeup couldn’t look contrived. Soft dewy skin, tousled waves, loose braids adorned with flowers and feathers they had gathered in the woods. Beauty doesn’t always have to be flawless. I love the idea of being perfectly imperfect and it’s a look that is increasingly in demand for today’s bride. I think this shoot epitomizes beauty through individuality, and I was thrilled to be a part of it.”

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Erin Szymanski, Glitter & Grit, dress shop owner and stylist –
“Once the Nomad theme had been decided upon, I had a few very specific dresses in mind that fit perfectly. The Daughters of Simone dresses are so simple with a great bohemian vibe, and I had been dying to use Lu for a shoot that really did it justice. It’s a grand dress, but understated. The long-sleeved Tessa has almost a renaissance air to it but can be styled so many different ways that I knew it would compliment everything around it. Mignonne Handmade’s Gaetane is honestly one of my favorites, with a touch of woodland nymph in the soft chiffon and lace accents. Lastly, Lindee Daniel’s Rebekah never fails! This wild silk gown has wonderful texture and color, and is just perfect for the outdoors. With the romantic draping on the sides, Rebekah was a great piece to balance Lu. The interesting thing is that each of these dresses make a bold statement on their own, yet worked so beautifully together. I think this shows just how versatile a dress can be.”

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

Bohemian Nomad Inspiration Wedding

In memory of Andy Shick of ADS Lighting who is responsible for the dreamy bulb lighting throughout this session. We are so lucky to have had the honor of working with him.

Models: Debra Williams, Colleen Kuchta, Rachel Lamory, and Amanda Rachel Schindler
Floral: Mt. Lebanon Floral
Event planning: Bliss Events Ltd.
Photography: Veronica Varos
Dress boutique and styling: Glitter & Grit
Venue: Stoney Creek Bed and Breakfast
Hair & makeup: Hannah Conard (assisted by Brazil Raine and Hannah Donovan)
Jewelry: Mt. Lebanon Floral
Cake: Patty Finnerty
Linens: Mosaic Linens
Lighting: ADS Lighting & Staging
Tableware: All Occasions Party Rental
Creative assistant: Mandy Fierens
Vintage rentals: bVintage
Stationary: More Than Words Pittsburgh
Belt: Tessa Kim
Veils: Kata Banko Couture
Gown designers: Lindee Daniel, Mignonne Handmade, and Daughters of Simone


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Jessica Vogelsang 14:55 March 6, 2015 Reply
completely beyond insane.
Heather Kanillopoolos 21:22 March 7, 2015 Reply
Absolutely gorgeous work- both by these wedding vendors and by you!!
kong wai 15:56 March 8, 2015 Reply
A great set !! Gorgeous
Aaron 12:39 March 9, 2015 Reply
WOW what a beautiful set, really inspiring and wonderfully shot/presented! Your details shots are rather epic - lovely stuff (but then I've come to expect nothing less) :)
james fear 13:22 March 9, 2015 Reply
WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW
andy stenz 15:31 March 9, 2015 Reply
They are all stellar -- but that last shot with the sunset is just beyond fantastic!
Leeann 15:43 March 9, 2015 Reply
Very pretty, Veronica! Love the shot that made the front of WHIRL :)
Teresa K 03:03 March 11, 2015 Reply
Wow!! This is incredibly beautiful. There's just so much design inspiration in every image.
Adam 10:09 March 11, 2015 Reply
Everything about this is amazing!!! Like some sort of fairytale! Good job.
Mercedes 03:25 March 12, 2015 Reply
Amazeeeee! Not sure I can add much to what's been said. Stellar styled shoot and you presented everything so beautifully. Bravo!