The 2019 wedding season is underway, and this year it’s all about cutting waste and adding more thoughtful, personalized touches. Bridal dresses for this year are simplistic, with clean lines and higher necklines. Similarly, bouquets will be minimalistic with plenty of greenery or grasses. Grooms will be clothed in bespoke suits in rich, deep tones with an overall ‘custom’ look. As a whole, wedding dress codes are shifting to more straightforward attire requirements, such as ‘black tie’, to minimize confusion for guests and to help create a cohesive feel.

Because this year is focused on sustainability, expect less signage and décor at weddings and more focus on enriching the overall experience of the guests at the reception. Wedding cake is making a comeback after the recent trend of alternatives such as donuts or macrons. Brides are ditching the traditional sit-down or buffet dinners and are instead featuring hearty appetizers and passed hors d’oeuvres with charcuterie boards. This helps cut down on waste and encourages guests to dance and mingle as they please. Overall, receptions will feel less traditional and will instead have fun features to make it feel more like a party.

Rock and Roll Wedding

Photographer: Black Dog Photo Co

Photographer (2nd shooter): Mara Robinson

Photographer (2nd shooter): Rachael D Photography

Venue: House of Blues Cleveland

Floral Designer: The Red Twig

Event Designer: Creative Transformations Styling & Events

Cake: Luna Bakery Cafe

Gown Salon: Something White Bridal Boutique

Invitations: Pink Tomato Creative

Equipment Rentals: Event Source Party & Equipment Rentals

Linens: L’Nique

Hair & Makeup: Bella Bronze Studios

When rock and roll meets high-energy fashion in a historic landmark, the photoshoot speaks for itself. This shoot brought together an incredible amount of wedding talent under one roof. Not just any roof—the infamous House of Blues Cleveland, Ohio. A Cleveland landmark reaching back into the early 1900s, this site is rich with history. Notable features include hand-painted wall murals, rich detailed wood carvings, and expansive spaces to accommodate the most elaborate event. Creative director and stylist Teri Woodruff, owner of Creative Transformations, brought a rich and dramatic color scheme and design into play while paying homage to the rock and roll capital of the world. Guitars, amps, and metal accents brought in a sophisticated play on a rock-themed styled shoot. Table settings with mixed metals and colorful touches from Event Source graced the stunning dark linens from L’Nique to complete the look for a luscious and romantic feel. Who wouldn’t want a seat at this cozy and one-of-a-kind table? Floral designs from The Red Twig included custom headpieces and floral tattoos. Edgy and glamorous greenery softened the rich, dark corners of this historic building.

Elegant, yet fierce garments were modeled in many beautiful areas of the venue, from the deep and dark entertaining areas to the amazing backstage area where you’ll catch a glimpse of rock legends’ signatures along the walls. A chic wedding gown, provided by Something White Bridal, set the stage for drama and glamour, while additional dark and moody dresses and groom’s attire were selected from Nordstrom. Hair and makeup by Bella Bronze/Sarah Steele completed the look, and handcrafted stationery by Pink Tomato Creative set the stage for a beautiful table spread. A gorgeous cake from Luna Bakery playfully contrasted dark colors with metallic touches to create a work of art ready for rock royalty.

Beauty at Stan Hywet

Stylist/Event Coordinator: Creative Transformations Styling & Events

Photography: DelPrincipe Photography

Venue: Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Wedding Gowns: Something White; A Bridal Boutique

Hair & Make-up: Bella Bronze Studios

Menswear: Savile Lane Custom Clothiers

Florist: Dietz Falls Florist


The historic and lush grounds of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron, Ohio, set the scene for this seasonal styled photoshoot. The notable country estate is one of the largest homes in the United States and was once the private residence of F.A. & Gertrude Seiberling, founder of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. The picturesque estate encompasses 70 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and versatile settings which supplied all of the elements needed to create a gorgeous backdrop.

We were inspired by modern bohemian vibes mixed with rich textures and colors. Something White: A Bridal Boutique provided simplistic wedding dresses with beautiful details that contrasted the rich green foliage on the grounds. The bride modeled a gown with a sweetheart neckline, lace overlay, and a sweeping train. The groom and groomsmen rocked a layered look with textured, patterned jackets and vests. This, paired with a slim pant and a tie or bowtie, contributed to the contemporary style.

The bridal bouquets styled by Dietz Falls Florist featured subtle colors, with pops of burnt orange, pastel pink, soft yellow, and fresh greens. The ladies wore beautiful floral headpieces to complement their bouquets, and the guys sported boutonnieres to match.

Bella Bronze Studios made sure our ladies were wedding-ready by creating beautiful hairstyles on the bride and bridesmaids, including textured braids and subtle volume. The makeup looks were elegant but natural, playing into the bohemian theme.

This styled photoshoot, produced by Creative Transformations Styling & Events and DelPrincipe Photography, showcased the most talented vendors and models. The modern fashion, exquisite florals, and picturesque venue created this stunning look.