Summer Bridal Inspiration Shoot!

When an idea is born there is a spark. That spark creates the idea that is no larger than a mustard seed. A smidgen of thought. As that seed of an idea is formed, added to, molded, and shared, it eventually grows into a full fledged reality. A simple spark grows into a creative fire!

That is what happened over tea and cupcakes a month or so ago. Marriam of The Little Purple Cake Shoppe and I sat down to chat and started to feed a spark of an idea that grew into a reality, which I am very excited to share with you today! With the help of some very talented wedding vendors that helped bring our vision to life, I happily present to you our Summer Bridal Inspiration Shoot! 🙂

A beautiful collaboration between:

The Little Purple Cake Shoppe

Just Weddings Floral Design

Fiori Bridal Boutique

Truly Noted Stationary

The Grand Isle Lake House

North Photography

Our inspiration color palette was a mix of bright summery colors (Tangerine and Lime Green) and mellow vintage colors (Aqua and Seafoam). Our goal was to create a wedding that had a modern style with a vintage flair that complemented the rustic feel of The Grand Isle Lake House. Is there anything more ideal than a summer wedding at a historical Vermont Lake House? 🙂 Not wanting to have a dress that felt to formal for an outdoor wedding, we looked for one that had a hint of ruffles and lace to enhance the romance and elegant feel and then carried the ruffles and lace vision to other elements of the day. Subtle hints of design truly are what bring a wedding together.

The Grand Isle Lake House is located on Grand Isle just North of Burlington, VT. The island is surrounded by beautiful Lake Champlain, which you have  a fabulous view of from the wrap around porch of the Lake House. The porch is the perfect location for an outdoor reception that is semi-covered. You still may enjoy the wonderful lake breezes, but also have the option of closing the porch “curtains” to protect against cooler evenings.

“You’re Invited!” to a beautiful summer wedding affair.

Truly Noted took our color palette and ideas and custom created a beautiful Magnolia Metallic Pocketfold invite with Tangerine and Seafoam accents. Truly Noted offers wedding invitations and stationery for every budget. You may chose from their Signature Design Collection or have a unique  custom design crafted for you. Free consultations and mock-ups! And Colleen is a gem to work with. 🙂

I just love the vintage floral design! A fabric similar to that design would make a cute sash for a flower girls dress. 🙂

The Grand Isle Lake House has expansive lawns for guests to mingle on during cocktail hour and play lawn games throughout the celebration. And of course their are numerous beautiful locations for portraits. 🙂 The ceremony site is situated with Lake Champlain as a backdrop.

The custom bouquet was made by Just Weddings Floral Design where Katherine and Marriam join forces creating floral works of art for many happy couples.

The gown that won our hearts and fit perfectly with our modern meets vintage vision was the Lasara strapless gown by Watters from Fiori Bridal Boutique. The Ivory silk taffeta bodice lends an air of gentle elegance while the self rouched flowers and embellishments on the skirt complete the romantic ensemble. The skirt has a silk organza overlay that gently flows around creating a very dreamy light feel to an already dream come true kind of day. The puddle train is the perfect length for an outdoor ceremony and reception

The elegant ruffly flowers on the silk organza skirt were a starting theme for other designs elements.

Ruffles that we carried through to the dainty ivory high heels by Nina at Fiori Bridal Boutique.

Roses, stock and kale create a beautiful bridal bouquet that not only looked amazing, but smelled wonderful as well! Just Weddings Floral Design brought in a little vintage look by using Seafoam and lace to wrap the bouquet.

A pop of color! Have your groom and groomsmen wear ties that compliment the wedding colors. Choose one favorite color or use different ones!

For something a little different during the day, change into colorful flats that compliment your wedding colors! Here our bride wears aqua flats that were custom ordered from Fiori Bridal Boutique.

A truly quintessential Vermont location. The Grand Isle Lake House overlooks Lake Champlain on three sides. With beautiful gardens and backdrops, the portrait opportunities are endless!

Raining petals are just as lucky as the real thing. 🙂

Just Weddings Floral Design used kumquats in the grooms boutonniere and orange Star of Bethlehem in the flower girl’s headpiece. Add a few dragonflies for a playful summer feel and you have an accessory that every little girl will love to wear!

If you are looking for custom made jewelry, Fiori Bridal Boutique can create something to match your vision. Here a three strand pearl necklace was created using tiny crystals to create a more modern design.

The bridal suite overlooks the ceremony site and Lake Champlain. The interior of The Grand Isle Lake House features beautiful decorations that share history and Vermont charm.

Truly romantic accessories can be found at Fiori Bridal Boutique. Vermont designer Jude Mullé of Hats by Mullé created the dainty headpiece our bride is wearing. With a touch of feathers and a netting face cover, nothing is more vintage!

A table for two! A sweetheart table is a great way to have some special moments together at the wedding reception.

Clementines create a unique way to welcome guests to the reception. Truly Noted created the name leaves that are pinned to the clementines using straight pins.

Clementines and kumquats bring a bright pop of color to the table decoration. Creating a centerpiece using fruit is a great idea for summer because guests can help themselves to a refreshing burst of citrus throughout the celebration!

Bride and Groom signs are very popular and a fun way to tie in your wedding colors. Here Truly Noted created the design and Marriam of Just Weddings Floral Design pulled things together using painted wooden signs and bright ribbon. A pinned on silk flower for the bride gives a feminine touch. 🙂

Ruffles were a very common vision for us as you can see in the dainty high heels by Nina at Fiori Bridal Boutique and



The beautiful cake with a ruffle icing by The Little Purple Cake Shoppe.

Marriam of The Little Purple Cake Shoppe custom made buttons in the wedding colors and a name plate to pull the beautiful work of art together.

A fabulous idea!! Cake Favors. Marriam of The Little Purple Cake Shoppe creates adorable Cake Favors by layering cake and icing in jars that are decorated with a complimentary ribbon and tag. The jars can be presented open on the cake display table or with the lid on. Guests are encouraged to have their cake now or perhaps later! Sometimes people prefer to take part of their cake with them to enjoy at home too! Either way it is a sweet idea and a fabulous creation!

The Little Purple Cake Shoppe has a variety of cake and icing flavors. Here the icing is flavored with fresh citrus and topped with candied orange slices and orange sugar. Since you cannot taste it yourself this moment, you will have to trust me when I say, I have never tasted such refreshing cake before! 🙂 The orange flavoring was true orange and not overly sweet. Delicious!

It’s all in the details! The menus were custom created by Truly Noted and tucked into the napkin folds at the guest seats. A kumquat decorated each napkin for that pop of color we love!

Just Weddings Floral Design created a table piece for the attendant card table that used the same flowers as in the bridal bouquet.

Lace ribbon ties it all together.

When all is said and done, it is truly a wonderful thing to be able to enjoy your wedding day and all the beautiful details that tie it together. As always, look for vendors that will work with you to achieve your vision and  help to make your day as hands off as possible for you. Your main idea on your wedding day should be to focus on one another and the love that you share, not wondering when things will be taking place or where things are going. If you are looking for that perfect Vermont summer wedding location, Sue at The Grand Isle Lake House is a wonderful wedding and event coordinator and will certainly help you to reach and enjoy a perfect day! I encourage you to contact any of the fabulous vendors that helped make this inspiration shoot a reality. We all share the same love for weddings and look forward to hearing more about your ideas! Be well, Kathleen

7 comments
  • Kelly SchulzeMay 28, 2011 - 12:49 pm

    It’s things like this that make me want to get married again! Beautiful job ladies! I love the colors and seeing all the details work together.ReplyCancel

    • KahtMay 28, 2011 - 1:35 pm

      We should get re-married so we can attend one another’s weddings. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Stina BoothMay 28, 2011 - 8:45 pm

    Amazing Kaht
it really is inspirational! I love every detail! Next inspiration shoot should be all of us photographer ladies getting together in our wedding dresses!ReplyCancel

  • SairaMay 29, 2011 - 4:39 am

    Beautiful!!! Well done Marriam. You girls have done a brilliant job.ReplyCancel

  • Em KayMay 30, 2011 - 11:29 am

    Kaht, I love every bit of this shoot. You have done such a great job of capturing all the details, and as always I am just blown away with the story telling abilities of your photography! <3ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Jo WilleyMay 30, 2011 - 12:00 pm

    Scrumptious!!! Wonderfully executed all the way around! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!ReplyCancel

  • ColleenMay 31, 2011 - 8:15 am

    Gorgeous! Everything came out wonderfully – I totally want to be a guest at this wedding!ReplyCancel

Thank you for stopping by! My name is Kathleen and I am a wedding and portrait photographer located in Vermont. If you are looking for beautiful pictures and inspiration, you have come to the right place! In order to book a session or wedding date, please contact me today!

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