the loving type: a wedding inspired by love letters

A love letter is often a key ingredient in the grandest of grand romances and today’s stunning wedding inspiration shoot by Nikki Santerre Photography is based on exactly that. Passion, romance, a rich & luxurious color palette, calligraphy and of course plenty of bookish details – it really doesn’t get more amorous than this!

Red wedding cake with calligraphy detail | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ #red #wedding #cake Lace wedding dress with a low cut back | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ #lace #weddingdress Red envelope with white calligraphy | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ #weddinginvitations #calligraphy Boutonnière with calligraphy pen | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ #boutonniere Vintage groom | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ #vintage #groom Books and ladder wedding ceremony | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ #wedding #ceremony Love letter themed wedding | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ First look | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ #firstlook First look | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ Rose topped red wedding cake with calligraphy detail | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ #cake Romantic bridal look | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ Ladder, books, and flowers ceremony setup | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ #vintagewedding Romantic wedding | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ #red #bouquet Book themed wedding | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ #wedding #ceremony Vintage wedding reception | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ #vintage #reception

From Amanda Burnette of Into It Events “When we were choosing the artistic medium we wanted to represent in our photo shoot, we knew we wanted something enduring – just like a great romance. Ink was one of the first mediums that came to mind, and we just couldn’t shake it.

We knew that ink would be versatile, yet could be elegant and classic. Within our ink medium, we chose to focus on calligraphy and literature – two arts that require passion and patience.”

Literature themed wedding ideas | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ Vintage outdoor wedding reception | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ Calligraphy place cards | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ Rose topped red wedding cake with calligraphy and ruffle details | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ Romantic red and white tablescape | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ Romantic vintage wedding | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ Wax seal mini desserts | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ Stylish updo with ribbon | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ #updo #hairstyle Virginia wedding | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ Vintage book table runner | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ #vintage #placesetting Vintage book wedding ideas | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ Vintage book wedding ideas | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ Romantic wedding inspiration shoot | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ Grey and red place setting with calligraphy place card | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ #calligraphy Lace wedding dress with a long train | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ #weddingdress Bridal portrait | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ #bride Love letter wedding inspiration shoot | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ Red rose wedding detail | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/ Love letter themed wedding inspiration shoot | Nikki Santerre Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/05/loving-type-wedding-inspired-love-letters/

“We were so lucky to work with a fabulous team of vendors. The day of the shoot was calm, and really gave us all the opportunity to soak in our incredible venue and the talents of all of our vendors. We could not have asked for a better team – including our assistant and models.

FUN FACT: Our sweet models are actually engaged in real life! It was important for us to make this experience special for them, too. We chose to do a ‘first-first look’ for them once they were all dolled up and dressed. It was important to us to have a genuine moment and genuine emotions to share, as well as giving them the opportunity to relish in what their big day could be!”

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Photography: Nikki Santerre Photography // Floral Design: Anthomanic // Event Design: Amanda Burnette of Into It Events // Ribbon in Bride’s Hair: Froufou Chic // Cake: Sweet Fix // Calligraphy & Stationary: Letters of Grace // Rentals: Paisley & Jade // Hair & Makeup: Emily Hudspeth // Wedding Dress: Ava Laurenne // Venue: Virginia Center for Architecture.

Part of the Wedding Inspiration Shoot Contest

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.

Comments

  1. Sara, participating in this contest was such a dream come true! I am so grateful for the incredible vendors who made our Love Letters shoot come to life! Thank you!

  2. STUNNING!!!!! Amazing job, ladies!!!

  3. Sara, thank you so much for letting us create this shoot for this fabulous contest! We had SO much fun making this vision come to life, and are excited to have it shared here!

  4. nikkolc says:

    Those chairs are just the perfect touch!

  5. Jennie Jackson says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Love the deep shades of red in this shoot.

  6. Becca Brown says:

    Beautiful Photos.

  7. Jen Tucker says:

    Love, love, love the feel of these photos…so romantic! The open back of the wedding gown is to die for! Gorgeous photos Nikki! I always love looking at your work:)

  8. Nikki- these are amazing!!! So so gorgeous- love every single shot!

  9. With it bookishness and ravishing red hues, this shoot is right up my alley! A wonderful concept beautifully executed!

  10. What a lovely Idea for a shoot…and the flowers are so so pretty!

  11. borrowedandbleu says:

    Such a gorgeous concept – the cake and flowers are incredible!

  12. Wow! Seeing all the pieces come together and captured with Nikki’s talent in incredible!! I’m honored to be part of the team.

  13. So wonderful! What a beautiful shade of red — love it in the floral tendrils, on that cake, and in the little seals on the petit fours!

  14. Such a beautifully intense red! love, love, love!

  15. Just gorgeous! So happy I got to be a part of this beautiful project!! 😀 (@anthomanic)

  16. Lisa Brown says:

    Just stunning photos!! The rich saturated colors! Really loved the books! Great work Nikki and Amanda(my daughter)!!!!! Beautiful Job!!!!

  17. Beautiful attention to detail….love the books also! Lovely!

  18. Really loved it all! Especially loved all of the calligraphy, the words of the heart, the beautiful place setting with the names of the Bride and Groom. So unique!

  19. thebridelink says:

    I think this one has to be my favorite! Boy was this a great contest!!

  20. Love this so much!! Beautiful job, Nikki!! And what makes me love it even more is that this was my wedding venue:)…It was the perfect location for this!

  21. Colin Bunn says:

    LOVE!! Romantic and lovely!

  22. So romantic! Love the reds!

  23. Books and vintage details and wax seals and my favorite color…it’s like it was designed just for me!

  24. Outstanding!!!

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