Once Upon a Lilac Fairy Tale

Purple’s softest tone, juxtaposed with an airy, industrial-chic venue, sets the stage for a wedding-scape bursting with whimsy, romance and joy.

purple wedding

Purple is, perhaps, one of the most overlooked hues. Regal to romantic, it is also one of the most versatile. From deep plum to the softest lilac, purple can imbue a celebration with depth, originality and an unexpected exuberance. Brittny Hart, founder and principal of Love Brittny Photography, used this timeless color to create an unforgettable wedding scene at The White Shanty in Provo.

purple wedding


Airy and light-filled, The White Shanty provides a clean and contemporary backdrop for just about any wedding theme, but it fosters a design as soft and romantic as this one particularly well. Built in the 1940s as a steel fabrication plant, The White Shanty is now a dedicated celebration venue with seating capacity for 120 guests. Its exposed and white-washed interior is complemented by Edison-bulb light fixtures, hanging and potted plants, round-bulb string lights and an impressive square steel chandelier. Floor-to-ceiling sliding barn doors, installed with French casement windows, seamlessly allow for an indoor-outdoor event while reinforcing The White Shanty’s industrial-chic ambience.

purple wedding


“I think people are afraid of purple,” Hart says. “I wanted to show how soft and modern in can be when used in a wedding context.” Hart embraced this inspiring color with stunning results. She set the tone from the start with lavender invitation envelopes. On the tables, lilac-hued napkins, table-runner embellishment and candles play a supporting role to the just-picked bouquet, whimsical goblets and stunning macaron “cake.”

purple wedding


Hart clearly establishes the bride as the leading lady of this fairy tale-like setting by outfitting her in a flowing handkerchief-hem dress with an applique-embroidered bodice, tulle overlay and deep-V back. Light and dewy makeup and a loose, beachy-wave hairstyle complete the modern-princess look. “Can’t you just see this bride running through a meadow with this dress on?” Hart asked. “I think it complements the theme perfectly.” The final, crowning touch to this storybook scene is the stunning custom-made, 14K rose-gold ring. It boasts vine detail, six sparkling natural diamonds and a mesmerizing amethyst center stone.

purple wedding
purple wedding


Photography & Fashion Styling: Brittny Hart, Love Brittny Photography
Venue: The White Shanty
Floral: Taylor Pruitt, Eclectik Floral
Plates & Flatware: IKEA
Invitation Suite: Brin Design
Macaron Cake: Ciara’s Macs
Purple Goblets: Strawberry Street Vatican red wine goblets, amazon.com
Wedding Gown: The Bride Room
Amethyst Ring: Forge Jewelry Works
Models: Madi and Carter Hall

Don’t shy away from some sweet color on your wedding day. See another brightly-colored spring shoot here.

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Melissa Fields is a wife, mother, freelance writer, editor and—since the moment she migrated to Utah from Michigan more than 25 years ago—a huge fan of the Wasatch Mountains. A few of the outlets Melissa writes and edits for include Salt Lake Magazine, Park City Magazine, Utah Bride & Groom Magazine, visitutah.com and downtownslc.org. When not wordsmithing at her laptop, Melissa spends her time volunteering, hiking, pedaling, skiing, rock climbing and playing her guitar.