A Warm, Poppy Inspired Spring Wedding Editorial at Carroll Hall

This Styled Wedding Editorial can also be seen on Green Wedding Shoes

Venue: Carroll Hall | Photographer: Karina Mekel | Videographer: Amelia Frances Film | Florist: Floral Designs by Sofie | Rentals: Big Dawg Party Rentals | Tabletop: Zara Home | Catering: Jillicious Foods | Cake: Miel NY | Couple’s Attire: ASOS | Jewelry: Goldpoint BK | Grooming: Facetime Beauty

Many moons ago, I spent several months living in the South of France while I finished up my BFA. Something about the rolling poppy fields, quiet air, and sweet whispers in the wind has always stayed with me, and I dream about getting to go back. While it’s not in the cards to move back to Lacoste, I can try to bring Lacoste to Brooklyn. When Carroll Hall reached out to me about organizing a styled wedding editorial, I knew their secret oasis would be the perfect spot to bring this vision to life.

The Inspiration

As expected, the poppy fields were at the center focus of my inspiration. Poppies are my favorite flowers (if you couldn’t tell by our name!), and what I love most about them is that they are dramatic yet soft, bold yet playful, whimsical yet strong. They are full of contradictions and yet so stunning. I kept that with me while planning out this wedding editorial. For starters, so often in the wedding world, “brides” are the ones that are portrayed as delicate and soft. “Grooms” are usually shown in stiff black suits with their “bros” as they down beers before the ceremony.

There is very little representation of “grooms” (and I use that term loosely) being shown in a delicate, ethereal light. Our models, Nic (they/them) and Jack (he/they), did such an incredible job of showing that balance of bold and soft. They’re a real couple based in Brooklyn, and Nic actually went to high school with me back in the day! Their love for each other is so palpable and beautiful, and I was honored they agreed to join us.

The Fashion

Our marriers, as we coined for them day of, were adorned in more “feminine” adaptations of traditional wedding attire. Texture, pattern, and playful silhouettes were the name of the game. Goldpoint BK was kind enough to lend some stunning jewelry, showing that diamonds are for EVERYONE! Sofie, our incredibly talented florist, designed a coordinating pocket square and boutonniere that were the envy of the day. Nic wore a stunning floral suit set from ASOS with a pussybow satin top. Meanwhile their partner, Jack, had a sage green linen suit with a textured blush top and coordinating blush suede loafers. Stylish and madly in love? The perfect combination.

The Decor

When it came to designing this day, I pictured what I loved doing most in Lacoste. Grabbing a basket of strawberries, my favorite cheese (Beaufort cheese to be exact), a baguette, and a bottle of cherry wine and having a picnic outside my villa. It was the PERFECT way to spend a day, and I wanted to bring that to life. Details were light and whimsical. The china on the tables incorporated an elegant toile pattern that was brought through the paper goods in a more playful capacity.

I brought in poppy orange, sunny yellow, shades of green, and touches of blush to portray the color scheme of a summer day in Lacoste. And in my book, you can never have too much glassware. A mixture of textured and colorful glassware set the tone for what would later be a festive and intimate dinner party. Jillicious Foods created some stunning charcuterie and plated courses that would make anyone drool. And last but certainly not least, Miel NY created a cake that perfectly met the intersection of classic and whimsical.

This wedding editorial was so special for me to bring to life, and I am so thankful for the all star team that made it possible. Karina and Amelia both effortlessly captured the magic we made that day, and I am so honored to have worked with such an incredible team.

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