So, last time, I talked about how we’ll be looking at actual real life Lord of the Rings themed weddings to fuel our inspiration. Today, we’ll be looking at a beautiful Hobbit themed wedding shoot (read: not a real wedding, but more like vendors coming together to show off their skills, making the shoot look like a wedding) While no one actually got married here, the photos and details are amazing, and you need to see them.
The spearheader of this shoot is Sarah Crowder, of Sarah Crowder Photography, and she brings it. Sarah talks about how she got the inspiration for this shoot:
“I fell in love with Tolkien and my husband at the same time. It was my junior year of college and I borrowed The Lord of the Rings from a guy friend in my class. He was reading them for the 3rd or 4th time and was writing extensive notes in the margins about his favorite character, Samwise Gamgee. His insights into that character opened my heart to realize that there was much more to this friend, I realized that I was falling in love with him.”
Uh, falling in love with someone over Tolkien is the best way to fall in love, so good job Sarah.
Our Collaborative Group of Vendors has been planning this shoot for several weeks. I chose Cedar Lake Cellars for the venue because they have a barn loft area that has so much character, as close to a hobbit hole I could think of. The bar area was decorated with moss, flowers, and books. A signature cocktail, Ent Draught, was made with sweet tea, vodka infused with herbs, and garnished with blueberries.
“A quote from J.R.R. Tolkien was included on the menu board, ‘If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.'”
“Our invitations for our couple were made by a wood press and cut in a circle to echo the hobbit hole doors.”
The inspiration for this shoot was the scene where Bilbo is reading over the contract given to him by the Dwarves. However, Sarah puts her own unique twist on it
“This image was the foundation of the styled shoot, but instead of a concerned hobbit, a loving groom would be reading a love letter from his bride-to-be.”
I think the flowers and little details like the fabric flag bunting really sell this for me though. Maybe it’s because I’ve been transplanted from Texas to Kansas, but sunflowers are starting to grow on me. Also, can we talk about how much I love moss? I LOVE it. I feel like I need more of it, and these photos only confirm that yes, indeed I do. (But, in a way, don’t we all?)
Something about the bright jewel tones just say “Hobbiton” to me. It’s all happy and cheerful and awesome.
Here are some photos of the bride, groom, and adorable flower girls.
And, here are the rest, which include the reception tables and other beautiful details!
Did you notice how many of the wording used in this wedding shoot include Lord of the Rings fonts? Head on over to this older post of ours to download the same fonts for your wedding or event!
Here’s a link with more photos and even some actual video of the shoot that’s worth a watch. OK, that’s all I’ve got right now, thanks for reading!
Venue: Cedar Lake Cellars | Hair: Luminesce Salon Spa | Dress Boutique: Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique, The Bridal Shoppe | Makeup: Glow2Go | Florist: Troy Flower and Gift Shop | Invitations: Papercuts Paperie | Event Designer: All Dressed in White | Photographer: Sarah Crowder Photography