Getting married on an Alpaca farm is perfect for the bride who loves animals and wants a low-key vibe. The Edel Haus Farm in Wall, NJ is just that; a truly unique wedding venue featuring alpacas as the main attraction, and for good reason: they are adorable and oh-so fluffy! Planning for this styled shoot began when I approached Jeanne from Bogath Weddings and Events, and asked her if she would be interested in collaborating. There was no hesitation and an immediate YES as soon as I said the magic word…alpacas. We then pulled together a dream team of professionals as unique as the farm itself. We chose to incorporate rustic elements from the farm and tempered them with vintage details and a color palette of rich jewel tones.
Photographer |Susan Elizabeth Photography
Venue | Edel Haus Alpacas Farm
Planner | Bogath Weddings and Events
Hair | Kiss the Bride Hair and Makeup Design
Make-up | Perfect Bridals by Christina
Florals | Pretty Things
Farm Table | MT Farm Tables
Invites, Signage & Calligraphy | Kelmade Goods
Rentals | Dovetail Vintage Rentals
Dress | Dreamers and Lovers, Aurora Lace Gown
Bride’s Shoes | Badgley Mischka, Basile Crystal Embellished Sandal
Jewelry | DeNatale Jewelers
Cake | Jenni Cakes
Men’s Accessories | The Tie Bar, Hinterland Floral Bow Tie
Vintage Curated Postage | Magnolia Postage
Ribbon | Silk and Willow
Candles | PCB Home
Bride | Giana Tucci
Groom | Anthony Morolda
The invitation suite featured hand painted watercolor elements and the deep jewel tones that were used throughout and was further enhanced with curated vintage postage. The vintage theme and rustic location were further emphasized by the gorgeous Lace Aurora Gown designed by Yanique Barnes of Dreamers and Lovers. The gown has beautiful lace detail, a short train, and long sleeves. It was the perfect selection for the vintage autumn wedding. Other details included jewels in classic vintage designs, a stunning platinum and emerald necklace, and emerald green shoes for the bride from Badgley Mischka. Our model, Giana, was a Miss New Jersey finalist in the 2016 Miss America Pageant and she was so excited to put it all on!
The bridal bouquet featured an array of tropicals including Purple Tulip Anthurium, Uluhe Fern Shoot, Green Ice Calathea, Red Ti Leaf, Ti leaf, Pink Ice Protea, Blue Eryngium, Safari Sunset Leucadendron, Veronica Blue, Israeli and Italian Ruscus, and Baker Fern. Then we added long flowing silk ribbons in rich tones of blue, gold, and cranberry from Silk and Willow with the lyrics from All of Me by John Legend written on it in calligraphy. Together, this bouquet and the ribbon gave us all the feels!The rich tropical jewel tone floral design was continued on the tables cape and included a hand-constructed farm table (by my hubby Mark , MT Farm Tables) and was paired perfectly with simple cross back chairs. The table was set with vintage plates, gold chargers, and a stunning length of garland that included Purple Tulip Anthurium, Uluhe Fern Shoot, Green Ice Calathea, Willow Eucalyptus, Silver dollar Eucalyptus, Seeded Eucalyptus, Olive branch, Dendrobium green orchid, fuschia Amaranthus, Misty Blue Limonium, Pink Ice Protea, Blue Eryngium, Safari Sunset Leucadendron, Blue Veronica, and Israeli Ruscus.
We included a welcome station that greeted guests upon their arrival at the farm, a welcome sign in a brushed gold and black vintage frame, a blackberry mojito drink station, and a beautiful escort card display using an old window to which were pinned individual cards.
There is no doubt the fan-favorite was G.T. He hung out with our bride and groom wearing a beautiful floral wreath that included Purple Tulip Anthurium, green Hypericum, Misty Blue Limonium, Blue Eryngium, Safari Sunset Leucadendron, Blue Veronica, Israeli Ruscus, Astilbe, and Baker Fern. And while G.T. had moments where he wanted nothing more than to eat the bouquet, he gave us his best work and we ended up with some amazing bride, groom, and alpaca portraits!
The day continued with shots of the bride and groom hanging out on vintage furniture upholstered in jewel tones. The vintage furniture also included an antique trunk decorated with more garland and vintage hurricane lamps.
The sweetheart table was styled with a simple gold tray holding small bunches of flowers and calligraphy candles
For our bride’s hair, we went with long flowing loose curls that any laid-back Alpaca-loving bride would covet. For makeup, a deep eggplant color palette complimented the autumn and jewel tones used throughout the shoot.
Anthony was dressed in simple attire with green suspenders, a boutonniere made of Safari Sunset Leucadendron, cotton, and poppy pods. We completed his look together with a classic bow tie from The Tie Bar in a simple floral pattern using jewel tones of green and cranberry that matched perfectly with the gorgeous bridal bouquet Giana carried. The cake was displayed on a DIY cake swing, hand built by the planner, and hung from the balcony of the barn! The cake included three layers. The first dripping in gold, the second with a beautiful floral design, and the top tier with gold leaf.
Giana and Anthony really hit it off and were such great sports throughout the whole shoot. They spent the day making jokes about their “wedding day” and creating their own hashtags, and making up careers for their alter egos, Louise and Fred!
This shoot was, without a doubt a large and ambitious styled shoot that took months to put together, but the results are something the entire creative team is so proud to have been a part of!