A Stunning Red Riding Hood Wedding Style Shoot

The idea of the Red Riding Style Shoot was stemmed from the owners of The Magnolia Wedding Collective befriending Rachel Brown-Wilson of Mountain Mama Photography, a live wolf photographer in the area in the fall of 2019. 

They spoke about her work with wolves and the wedding business. An idea was formed to create a Red Riding Hood Style Shoot in Rachel’s favorite location for her wolf photos, Cacapon Resort State Park. Then Covid-19 hit the industry, the wolf couldn’t travel and the wedding industry shut down.

Creating a Red Riding Hood Styled Shoot 

Last summer, Sarah K Events created and planned a Whimsical Sunset Styled Shoot and the owners of Magnolia participated as their individual businesses. They asked us to help them with the Red Riding Hood-style shoot they had imagined and hoped to have in the spring of 2022. 

So, with an idea, a venue, and a wolf we started creating and designing the Red Riding Hood Style Shoot. We wanted to create a moody and romantic outdoor wedding.  Rebecca of Sarah K Events started inviting wedding professional members of Magnolia Wedding Collective.  

wedding menu

Photo by Rachel Wilson-Brown, Mountain Mama Photography

Red Riding Hood Style Shoot

Photo by Rachel Wilson-Brown, Mountain Mama Photography

Then she started to invite some of her favorite vendors to contribute to the styled shoot. Sarah K Events used a timeline program called Timeline Genius. 

The software allowed Rebecca to create a detailed timeline that all the vendors could access online to make comments or ask questions regarding the event. An inspiration board was created as part of the timeline and sent to the vendors asking them to contribute according to the style and theme of the styled shoot.  

Amazing Floral Designs 

They were given the freedom to bring their perspective to the project and they didn’t disappoint!  Petal Pushers created amazing floral designs for the mantle and a table centerpiece, as well as the bridal bouquet and boutonniere. 

It was created by using dark reds, purples, greens and accented in gold and black. For the design, Sarah of Sarah K Events used chandeliers and furniture outside as well as bringing moss inside for both the table decorations and the area around the cake. 

Floral design for wedding

Photo by Rachel Wilson-Brown, Mountain Mama Photography

Little Red Riding Hood wedding table

Photo by Rachel Wilson-Brown, Mountain Mama Photography

She also wanted to use different textures for the shoot, including a velvet table runner, the wood tables, and satin napkins while working with natural settings.  Although most brides don’t have access to a real wolf or want one at their wedding, we wanted the wolf to add authenticity to the fantasy of the Red Riding Hood theme. The wedding table and decor made small nods to the theme as well.

The Wedding Venue

Growing up, I have fond memories of vacationing at the Cacapon Resort State Park. The Park has over 6,000 acres of trails, woods, cabins, and a large lake. 

The day we visited the park to scout the best areas for the staged areas, the park was shrouded in snow and fog that we had hoped to recreate. We chose several options for the staged areas, our absolute favorite was the Batt Shelter due mostly to the beautiful rustic interior. 

Little Red Riding Hood Shoot

Photo by Rachel Wilson-Brown, Mountain Mama Photography

The Staged Areas

It has a large fireplace, stone pillar, and large flagstone patio that created the needed look for our central staged areas. The day of the shoot however was unusually warm and windy, and the park had many visitors, so we made the decision to use the area in and around the Batt Shelter almost exclusively. 

It is a log and stone shelter built in the 1930s by the Federal Civilian Conservation Corps, better known as the CCC. We used the shelter to create staged areas in front of a fireplace, Including a burgundy settee provided by Something Borrowed WV, and a chandelier, provided and hung by Grand Event Center. 

Red Riding Hood Styled photos

Photo by Rachel Wilson-Brown, Mountain Mama Photography

Dining in the Woods

Two additional staged areas were for the cakes and the table. On the table, in addition to the florals, we used real moss, a gold velvet table runner, wolf figurines, candles, and individual charcuterie boards created by The Cut-n-Board. 

The “Dining in the Woods” area included a chandelier and a picnic of wine and charcuterie for our couple to enjoy. A last-minute decision was made to move the settee to a clearing to stage some photos with Alma, the wolf with Maddie, and Dave, our couple. 

wedding table design

Photo by Rachel Wilson-Brown, Mountain Mama Photography

wedding food

Photo by Rachel Wilson-Brown, Mountain Mama Photography

Ohio Canid Center handles Alma’s presentations and encounters. Alma had been part of the park’s nature center presentation earlier in the day.  In fact, she had a very full calendar the weekend of the photoshoot, and took some coaxing for her to get in the mood to work. Luckily, Maddie and Alma instantly connected

Some of the details showcased for the styled shoot included, not only the large charcuterie board used for the Dining in the Woods but also individual charcuterie boards at each place setting. 

The Wedding Cake, and The Red Riding Hood Cake

Whisked Sugar Bake Shoppe made two amazing designs for the cakes. One was a beautiful wedding cake. The other was an extremely detailed Red Riding Hood Theme cake. Jennifer Frey, the owner of Tier of Heaven, made a howling wolf made completely out of sugar. 

Little Red Riding Hood Inspired Style Shoot

Photo by Rachel Wilson-Brown, Mountain Mama Photography

The Bride’s Hairstyle

Hair and make-up artist Amber Warren from Studio Verne created a dramatic look accenting Madison’s eyes and creating the overall moody vibe for the shoot.  Her hair was styled in a low boho chignon bun with a wisp of hair framing both sides of her face for the overall effect.

The two nice models for our bride and groom were real-life couple Maddie Mackintosh and David Betz. The two met back in high school and found each other later when they were at college, at a Bluegrass music festival. 

They are planning their own wedding for the fall. How did David propose? He took her to a waterfall along the Shenandoah River where they visit every year. This is where they went out on one of their first dates. 

Little Red Riding Hood wedding photos

Photo by Rachel Wilson-Brown, Mountain Mama Photography

The “Proposal”

As they were standing at the top of what they call “the falls” Maddie asked David if he was ready to jump in, meaning literally to jump into the water beneath the falls. When she turned around to hear his answer, he was on one knee!  After Maddie said, “Yes!” 

They did jump in together! Maddie said she likes to think of their proposal as “the big jump” as it is the beginning of the rest of their lives together. Maddie wore a strapless Adore by Justin Alexander gown provided by The Valley Bride. 

wedding ring little red riding hood

Photo by Rachel Wilson-Brown, Mountain Mama Photography

Red Riding Hood Styled photo shoot

Photo by Rachel Wilson-Brown, Mountain Mama Photography

Red Riding Hood Styled photo shooting

Photo by Rachel Wilson-Brown, Mountain Mama Photography

The Valley Bride also provided the burgundy hooded cape. David wore a classic black tuxedo from True Elegance Bridal & Formal Boutique.

We invited Elevated Media a videographer in addition to three different photographers to the styled shoot, each of them giving a little different perspective to what we were trying to achieve.  This album was created by Mountain Mama Photography.

Here’s the list of the Styled Shoot Vendors:

Event Planners and Design: 

Sarah K Events, LLC 

Sarah or Rebecca Hott 

Mobile:  Rebecca: 304.671.0650

              Sarah: 304-.671.6302

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: @sarahkevents 

IG: @Sarahkevents16 

 

Florist:

 Petal Pushers 

 Kelsie Mast 

 Mobile: 5403335339 

 Email: [email protected] 

 Facebook:@petalpushersva

IG:@petalpushersva 

 

Cakes:

Whisked Sugar BakeShoppe 

Cheree May

Mobile: 304-279-7255

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: @/whiskedsugarbakeshoppe

IG: @/whiskedsugarbakeshoppe

 

Photographer: 

Mountain Mama Photography 

Rachel Wilson-Brown

Mobile: (540) 664-9019

Email: [email protected] 

Facebook: @RGBWilson 

IG: @colourcrazy23 

 

Hair Stylist and Make-up Artist:  

Studio Verde 

Amber Warren 

Phone: (540) 692-8945                                                                                        

Email: [email protected] 

Facebook: facebook.com/svog511 

IG: @studio_verde_salon_and_spa

 

Rentals: 

Grand Events Center

Annie Solenberger 

Mobile: (540)247-0067

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: @grandeventcenter

IG: @grandeventcenter 

 

Wedding Attire: 

The Valley Bride 

 Morgan Beachler 

 Mobile: 540-664-7580 

 Email: [email protected]

 Facebook: @TheValleyBride 

 IG: @the_valley_bride

 

Favors and Sugar Wolf

Tiers in Heaven 

Jennifer Frey 

Mobile: (703) 887-8205

Email: [email protected] 

Facebook: @TiersInHeaven 

IG: @ediblesugarart

 

Rental Company: 

Something Borrowed 

April Johnson 

Mobile: 3049196922

Email: [email protected]  

Facebook:@somethingborrowedwv

IG:@somethingborrowedwv

 

Calligraphy: 

Nicole Walsh Creative 

Nicole Walsh 

Mobile: 337-313-8224

Email:[email protected]

IG: @NicoleWalshCreative 

 

Videography: 

Elevated Media 

Rob Atha 

Mobile: 304.451.9300 

Email: [email protected] 

Facebook:@ElevatedWV 

IG:@elevated_media 

 

Caterer:  

The Cut-n-Board Charcuterie Boards 

Jonelle Daugherty 

Mobile: (570) 640-8768 

Email: [email protected] 

Facebook: @thecutnboard 

IG:@thecutnboard   

 

Wolf Handler

Ohio Canid Center 

Rachel Lauren 

Mobile: 740-759-1289 

Email: [email protected] 

Facebook: @Ohio Canid Center 

IG: @ohiocanidcntr

 

Jewelry:  

Creekside Gift

Phone: 540.662.0270

Website: www.creeksidegift.com

IG: @creeksidegifts

 

Bride Model:    

Madison McKenzie

IG: @madmackfit

 

Groom Model:  

David Betz

IG: @david-betz10

 

Venue:  

Cacapon Resort State Park

Contact: Valarie Chaney or Kim Malar

Facebook:@cacaponresortstatepark

IG: @cacaponstatepark

 

Style Shoot Sponsor

Magnolia Wedding Collective

Contact: Jennifer Frey

Phone: 703-887-8205

Website: http://www.MagnoliaWeddingCollective.om

Facebook:@magnoliaweddingcollective

IG: mangoliaweddingcollective

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