Do you remember that iconic scene in Ariel, you know, the one where she and Prince Eric get lost in each other’s eyes while floating down a firefly-lit waterway? That whimsical feeling is exactly what a talented group of creatives wanted to capture in this bridal inspiration shoot—minus the singing sea creatures of course.

boat bridals
Photo by Hailey Marie Photography
boat bridals
Photo by Branson Maxwell

THE VENUE

Setting the scene at Orem’s Sleepy Ridge golf course and wedding venue, a group of photographers, florists and event planners took full advantage of the nearby Utah lake to create picturesque boat bridals. “We chose the venue because we really wanted to have a bride in a canoe,” says photographer and planner Hailey Marie. The surrounding willow trees and tuscan-inspired architecture added an extra dose of Disney romance. “The pond with the willow tree was just absolute perfection,” she says. “I couldn’t be more happy with how it all turned out!”

boat bridals
Photo by Branson Maxwell
Photo by Hailey Marie Photography
boat bridals
Photo by Hailey Marie Photography
boat bridals
Photo by Hailey Marie Photography
Photo by Branson Maxwell

THE INSPIRATION

Like many creative projects, the inspiration for this bridal shoot was sparked during an unassuming scroll through the ‘gram.”One day I was scrolling on social media and I saw a photo with a bride in a canoe and in that moment I just decided I needed to do something like that,” Marie reflects. The savvy photography quickly pulled together a team of vendors and began envisioning a whimsical waterside scene filled with pastel hues and floral prints. “I wanted to showcase the idea of fine art and elegance, and I believe we pulled it off with my amazing team of vendors!”

boat bridals
Photo by Hailey Marie Photography
Photo by Hailey Marie Photography
boat bridals
Photo by Hailey Marie Photography

A BALANCING ACT

Of course, photoshoots on the water are bound to come with a few challenges. Once the model was safely seated in the canoe, which was adorned with sweet cream and peach floral arrangements by Tapestry Floral and Wild Earth Designs, the team had to figure out how to prevent the beauty from floating from shore. “We finally figured out to secure the canoe to one end of the tree and used a broom to push the other end away from the bank,” says Marie. The result? Stunning boat bridals that stand out from the typical inspiration shoot.

boat bridals
Photo by Hailey Marie Photography
boat bridals
Photo by Branson Maxwell
Photo by Branson Maxwell
boat bridals
Photo by Branson Maxwell

THE TEAM

Concept & Planning: Hailey Marie Photography
Event Coordinator: Kuashay & Co. Events
Venue: Sleepy Ridge
Canoe Florals: Tapestry Floral & Wild Earth Designs
Gown: Perfect Fit Rentals
Ring: Forge Jewelry Works
Earrings: Sj Bailey Co.
Model: Anna Walters
Event Rentals: Diamond Event and Tent
Linens: House of Hough
Cake: Frosted by Ash
Stationery: Gates Paper


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