For more inspiration: Timeless Romantic Garden Wedding
A few years ago we got to do this incredible styled “shower” shoot. While we had done mutual events, it was the first time that I got to really work with Renee from Forget Me Not Rentals. She was so fantastic and had such an articulate point of view. I loved her design “eye” right away. From this one event, we’ve gotten to work together again and again on all sorts of fabulous projects, including the Bacon and Lox Creek Dinners and Ice Dinner.
In late December, Renee passed away from complications with chemo. I was left feeling so sad that we didn’t get a chance to collaborate more and dream about what the future might hold for our small businesses. I am so glad that her beautiful business will continue to grow as her husband takes the helm, but I will miss her beautiful soul. Thank you, Renee, for making your mark on our vendor world. We will miss you so!
|| Venue: Silvery Moon Guest House || Planner: Patchwork Planning || Rentals and Styling: Forget Me Not Vintage Rentals || Photographer: Nicole Taylor Photography || Florist: Allium Floral Design || Bakery: Cozzee Cakes || Hair: Pebbles Hair Designs || Make Up: Marina Christine || Stationary: Flourish Grace Calligraphy || Jewelry: Nespoli’s Jewelers ||
|| Photography: Justin Johnson Photography || Videographer: New Pace || Ceremony Venue: Bryn Athyn Cathedral || Reception Venue: Cairnwood Estate || Planner: Clover Event Co. || Hair/Makeup: Ariel Katrina and Jupiter Crush || Baker: Bredenbeck’s Bakery || Caterer: Sage Catering || DJ: Soul City Shakedown ||
Last week BHLDN featured the bouquet from this dinner on Instagram. We were so excited, and realized it’s high time we shared our treasure trove of images from Alison Conklin who so poignantly captured that day.
It feels so appropriate to share this event now that winter has returned and settled in. This past wedding season has been just wild. It felt like every other wedding had rain and we got exactly 10 days of autumn splendor and then, whoosh. Winter. Just like that. I have to admit, as a designer, winter is my least favorite season. While I enjoy some added time with my family, and cozy evenings drinking wine and hot chocolate by our fireplace, the added stress of potentially frozen flowers, and getting to venues in snowstorms, means winter designing is always an adventure.
We had a wedding a few years ago that was beautifully photographed by Lauren Fair and featured in The Knot’s New Jersey Spring/Summer 2017 Issue. That day was nearly my undoing. It was exactly 8 degrees outside. I’d experimented and knew that the florals in their bouquets would last exactly 8 minutes before turning into mush when they thawed inside. The bouquets were meant to be repurposed in the centerpieces, so they had to stay beautiful! Their photographer 100% insisted they take the pictures outside. And I don’t blame her-they were amazing!!! But we covered those bouquets with plastic and ran them inside and out trying to keep them warm and safe, to get a handful of perfect images.
From that day forward, I knew there had to be a better way to handle these winter weddings. While we still do fresh florals and the run inside/outside dance, many of our couples opt for silk bouquets. Sometimes we mix real greenery in that can handle the cold, and sometimes we use faux. The bouquet we featured on the cover of Lehigh Valley Style’s 2016 January Issue was an entirely faux bloom bouquet. We are actually in the process of launching an entire line of silk florals that we will be selling on Instagram, specifically for cold weather, adventure backpacking weddings and tropical destinations where you can’t get reasonably priced florals in. Don’t worry, we will be sure to let you know when the site launches later this month-so you can check out our beyond beautiful Allium Everlasting line.
All that history leads up to last winter, where Alisa Tongg from Bacon & Lox suggested that since we had explored the creek in the summer, what did we think about doing a dinner in the winter-when the water was frozen over. Because-why not? So we waited, fingers crossed, hoping and praying the ice would be thick enough.
We also realized this would be an incredible opportunity to shoot an elopement on the ice. We went back and forth, plotting and planning with Nicole Hutnyk from Rabbit Rabbit Crew about what designs would hold up best in the sub 30 degree weather. Finally, we settled on a stunning mix of dried florals and silk florals dipped in plaster of paris to create a soft creamy winter-kissed look. Theresa Byrnes from @bluebyrdred was working with us at the time and she created these exceptional aged copper florals from recycled pipes. The mix was nothing short of enchanting. We had to literally strap the florals and the structure down so it wouldn’t go sailing across the water, but oh my, if you could see it. Anthropologie generously added tableware to the scene, and we added in our collection of pillows that we often use for lounge set ups.
Silver Birches allowed us to use their property on Lake Wallenpaupack for what is easily one of the most ambitious dinner parties I ever did attend. They offered ice fishing demos and Andre DeWaal built a magical FIRE ON THE ICE that he cooked over. That food tasted so satisfying and warming-starting from that very first warm borscht course. Here was the rest of the lovingly shared meal :
Preserved Fish (Salmon, Cod, Oysters)
Cured Meats (Beef Round, Pork Neck, Lambs’ Tongue)
Pickled Vegetables (Cucumbers, Carrots, Cabbage)
Broth of Roasted Beets and Shredded Duck Legs
Bitter Greens and Cultured Cream
Served Family Style
Fried River Fish with Malt Syrup and Hop Vinegar
White Beans and Smoked Sausages
It was an unforgettable day. A frozen tundra-that made you feel wild, a survivor, a person who owns the ice and the wind, draws in warmth from the fire and carries it with them the whole winter through.
|| Photography: Alison Conklin || Gathering: Bacon & Lox Society || Celebration Congregation: Alisa Tongg || Planner: Rabbit Rabbit Crew || Venue: Silver Birches Resort || Florals: Allium Floral Design || Film: Solidity Films || Dishes: Anthropology || Menus and Details: Rabbit Rabbit Crew || Ice Kitchen and Chef: Andres Lakeside || Dessert Chef: Love Bites by Erika || Teas: Coco Loves Teas || Ice Portraits: Rob Yaskovic ||
I have a wonderful and dear friend, Alisa Tongg. We all have a version of this specific type of friend. She is simply larger than life and so generous, with the mind of a true dreamer. And she always, I mean ALWAYS, throws a fabulous party. She is also a celebrant, and cares for so many couples and families throughout important journeys in their lives. Some of my favorite events we do are with her Bacon & Lox Society. If you follow our creek dinners, ice dinner or our recent Assemblage dinner (which you may have seen sneak peaks on our Instagram)-those are all Bacon & Lox events. These events mark significant times in life, celebrate seasons and really give us an opportunity to flex all kinds of creative muscle. We just keep dreaming bigger together.
Once a year Bacon & Lox hosts a holiday wreath-making party. Those who attend feel like family and bring a delicious treat to share. Check out the hot chocolate bar/extravaganza from Love Bites by Erika. I typically do a short demo at the beginning, showcasing a number of techniques. We bring lots of interesting evergreens, foliage, berries and add-ins. This year we created little mushroom vignettes that could sit inside the wreath at the base. And those making indoor wreaths used some unreal giant airplants from Airplant City. We also featured mini pomanders made from cloves and clementines. The scent was heavenly. I am ALWAYS amazed at variety of wreaths that people create. People who attend come at this with all levels of “craftiness”. Even the least traditionally “crafty” people make the wildest and most spectacular wreaths. Take a look at this gallery of wreath portraits that Storytellers and Co. Photography took. Amazing, right?
We worked on these wreaths from the infiniti deck at Promise Ridge, overlooking a majestic cliff. The misty day made for such a surreal and dreamy surrounding. If you are planning an elopement or a small gathering just outside the Lehigh Valley, this spot is pure magic! While it’s likely that we won’t be doing anymore non-private wreath seminars this season, be sure to mark your calendars and reach out to Bacon & Lox to join our wreath making family next year. Or if you might like to host your own wreath making seminar for 10-20 people-we’d love to help!
From our Allium family to yours-we wish you a spectacular and memorable holiday season!
For more inspiration: Annual Creek Dinner, Dark Mysterious, Originals Inspired Elopement Shoot, Jewel Tones, Whimsy, Love, or Natural and Fresh Summer Wedding.