Vintage Carousel Wedding | Style Shoot | Merry Hill

I was asked by Amy Plant-Purdue from Plume Events to participate in her style shoot this past April. It is exciting to see it featured in Fab You Bliss blog post today! Amy explains her inspiration for this shoot below. 

"The inspiration for this shoot came to me, as almost all of my best and most creative ideas do, in the middle of the night. I awoke with a vision of the beautiful historic carousel I used to visit as a child at a park in Raleigh, North Carolina. The carousel features detailed scroll work and a menagerie of hand-carved wooden animals, including a lion, ostriches, rabbits, and even pigs. I knew I wanted the inspiration to be subtle, so little nods to the carousel can be found in the details planned by my vintage rental and event-planning company, Plume Events. Jenna DiPrima of DiPrima Photography and I knew we wanted the shoot to be soft, romantic, and full of light, so I used those ideas and added in the whimsy of the carousel. Some of my favorite details were the real vintage carousel ticket, the cotton candy cake topper, and the vintage animal figurines placed on soft beds of moss in glass cupcake stands at each place setting. The maypole, with its ribbon streamers and floral topper and the bridesmaids frolicking around it, was another fun way we brought the feel of the carousel to life.  

The beautiful cherry blossoms, overgrown wisteria, and lush grounds of Merry Hill provided the fantastic, romantic setting, and the peacocks and mini donkeys that roam the lawn were reminiscent of the exotic animals on the carousel.  

Even the pattern in the vintage chairs, the vintage china salad plates, and the custom scalloped table runner provided by Plume Events and the fun, modern take on damask in the invitations and programs designed by The Fabled Papery mimicked the intricate details of the vintage carousel.  

The dapper groom and ring bearer fit right in with the vintage feel with their gray suspenders, while the bride’s modern gown and the combination of long and short bridesmaid dresses and a stylish jumpsuit in a range of pastel hues from ASOS made the fashion both fun and relevant for the bride with modern tastes. The relaxed and romantic hairstyles were styled by Wedding Hair by Liz, and the fresh, natural makeup look was created by Adriana Lopez.

For the flowers, Plume Events chose soft, feminine roses, peonies, and ranunculus and wrapped the bouquets and boutonniere in a lush dusty pink velvet ribbon. The flower arrangements were created in assorted vintage clear glass vases and containers to keep the look light and fresh."

Styling, Coordination, Florals, & Vintage Rentals: Plume Event (Facebook
Photography: DiPrima Photography (Facebook | Instagram | Twitter)
Venue: Merry Hill
Tabletop: CE Rental
Bridal & Bridesmaid Fashion: ASO
Makeup: Adriana Lopez  @a.lomakeupartist


Jewels: Gemma Jewels

Instagram: @gemmajewelsshop


Twitter: @gemmajewelsshop


Cake: Main Street Cake Shoppe

Instagram: @mainstreetcakeshoppe


Twitter: @mainstcakeshppe

Ring Bearer Outfit: SageNThymeDesigns


Paper: The Fabled Papery

Instagram: @fabledpapery