I am so honored to have this Elvish-styled bridal session published on Wedding Sparrow today! Wedding Sparrow is my all-time favorite inspirational website and you definitely need to go check them out!!

This woodland bridal session was inspired by two things:

1. My love for rustic woodland weddings.
2. My obsession for anything Elvish! 

The core of my inspiration was the idea of “deep roots.” It comes from this section of Tolkien’s poem, “The Riddle of Strider,” which I feel strongly translates to the concept of everlasting love:

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.” 
 
I wanted to embrace the soft, romantic, and elegant aspects of the Elven culture without being corny. For this session, we headed into the mountains and let the beauty of our surroundings guide us, through woodland groves and rocky outcrops above the forest.

My hope is that brides will stay true to themselves, whether they are eloping in the woods, or having a huge wedding at an event center. You can still incorporate something very meaningful to you, even if your inspiration starts from a non-traditional or “nerdy” place!

This session was shot entirely on film and Developed & Scanned by: The FIND Lab http://thefindlab.com/

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A HUGE thank you to all of the incredibly talented vendors who offered their services!!

Photography, styling, accessories, calligraphy, floral design, decor & art direction: Sarah Rose Burns Photography 
Dress: Tara Keely Bridal, from Blue Bridal Boutique (Denver) http://bluegowns.com/
Hair/Makeup: Kim J Beauty http://www.kimjbeauty.com/#/home/
Model: Victoria Olona http://www.modelmayhem.com/3356020
Flowers: local Lehrer’s Flowers
Decor & jewelry: Ebay & Etsy
Cloak: Ebay – Artemisiadance http://www.ebay.com/usr/artemisiadance?_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2754
Equipment: Mamiya 645AF, Canon EOS-1V, Portra 160, Portra 400, Kodak 400TMY, Kodak 400TX, Fuji 400H

No creatures from Middle Earth were hurt during this photoshoot. PS – if you have an idea for a Lord of the Rings-inspired photoshoot (or other cosplay), let’s do it!!