A beautiful Galentines Day Inspiration shoot with pretty red, pink, and white accents

Today I am thrilled to share a beautiful Galentines Day Inspiration shoot with pretty red, pink, and white accents.

Galentines Day on February 13th has been designed to celebrate those other equally special relationships in our lives: our best girl friends.

Whether you want to plan something special to symbolise the importance of those friendships, or whether you are getting married soon, and could spin it as a Bridal shower / Hen Party idea then it’s important to show those in your life how blessed you feel to have them with you.

Images were captured by Jenna McCarty Photography with planning by Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning, and the collaboration of a fabulous creative team.

Kimberley says of the shoot…

 

The holiday celebration of “Galentine’s Day” was made popular a few years ago by the TV show “Parks and Recreation”.

I loved the idea of a day dedicated to sharing love and friendship with your best gal pals so I decided to design a styled photo shoot with some awesome ladies, sharing treats and an afternoon full of fun.

The venue is really unique, The Cross-Eyed Moose Event Center, in Homeworth, Ohio, formerly a Methodist church, that had been remodeled into a wonderfully charming, rustic, event center.

We used a mix of patterns in reds, pinks, and whites, to create a colorful and cozy setting for our celebration.

The results were utterly adorable! This theme also works really well for a bridal shower, or the theme of “What the World Needs Now, Is Love, Sweet Love.

 

Our models were encouraged to choose their own attire, hair style and makeup looks, as long as it went with our color palette of black and white, pink and red.

The looks range from a casual arrival look, to brunch ready, and dinner fabulous. Each outfit reflected the ladies’ personalities, and they certainly sparkled that afternoon!

 

We had two tables for our Galentine’s Day celebration, one for dining, and one laden with all kinds of sweets.

Our guest table was set at one of the venue’s unique custom made wooden tables, along with rustic high backed chairs.

We used a white jacquard linen, and placed a custom made table runner that was covered with hearts in different patterns.

We added gold charger plates, and delicate pink floral china plates.

The napkins were a mix of pink hearts on a red background, and a playful pink plaid. In the center of each place setting we laid a conversation starter card, so the ladies could have a fun, lighthearted chat over dinner. In vintage champagne glasses, we poured a lovely and sweet adult beverage.

We had a lovely centerpiece on our dining table, in a tall red glass vase.

We used shades of pink in the dahlias, peonies, and garden roses. At the very top of the arrangement was a single deep red rose.

We added a few sprigs of greenery to balance the overall design. A pair of rose colored taper candles in silver heart shaped candlestick holders completed our table, fit for our beautiful queens.

On our dessert table, we placed a black and red buffalo check cloth over a white linen.

We created a fun centerpiece for the table with a container that read “Happy Heart Day”, with pink and red tissue, a bouquet of wrapped chocolate roses, and a stuffed heart with sequins.

We had two cakes to grace our dessert table. The first is a chocolate heart shaped ice cream cake, decorated on the upper left side with a vanilla icing drizzle and hand molded chocolate pieces.

The base of the cake was layered in chocolate shavings. It was so yummy!

Our second cake definitely resonated with our theme of love and friendship.

A darling two tier confection, the first tier was covered in pink fondant icing, white piping and dots.

Small black chocolate tiles surrounded the base of the cake, each featuring a heart shape in the middle. The top tier of the cake was covered in white fondant icing, with pink piping and dots.

Around this tier, there were pink chocolate tiles with black hearts and flourishes. The cake was topped with a handmade cookie, where on one side read “I Love You”, and the other read “BFFs”. It tasted as amazing as it looked!

Both of the delicious cakes were placed on the table, along with several varieties of candies.

Rounding out our holiday brunch menu, we added glazed honey buns, chocolate brownie bites, blueberry and chocolate chip waffles, and individual bottles of sparkling beverages.

To finish our design, we added a sign that featured waffles and “Galentine’s Day”, a couple of small white lanterns, and LOVE letters.

 

For a last few personal cute handmade details we tied tags to pink chevron straws on the mini bottles of sparkling beverages.

For the intimate seating areas we added colorful blankets and pillows to one of the handmade wooden benches to create a cozy setting for our lovely ladies to snuggle up, keep warm and sip hot cocoa..

Above the bench there was a large mirror, to which we added handmade paper pinwheels, a puffy tulle banner, and letters that read “BFFs, Gals, and Pals”.

 

 

Shoot Vendors

Photography: Jenna McCarty Photography

Venue: The Cross Eyed Moose Event Center

Event Planning, Linens, Desserts, Decor Items, Tableware: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning

Bakery: Eat Cake 216 and Cold Stone Creamery

Floral and Props: Old New and Something Blue

Handmade Items: Melissa Walker

Models: Sammy Kay Smith / Beth Ann Starrett / Olga Nagdaseva

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UK Wedding Blogger with an eclectic style based in Glasgow

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