Black and White Modern Winter Inspired Wedding Shoot | White Rock Canyon

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What happens when you combine an elegantly formal color palette with dreamy winter flora and edgy, industrial details? The resulting inspiration will conjure sophisticated snowy visions for couples wanting to embrace the wintery season here in Florida.

Planner and designer Delaney Driver of Wilder Mind Events shared that her inspiration was the contrast of the colder season with Florida’s almost year-round tropical weather.

“This theme can be described as a Florida-inspired winter. As you know, we don’t really get much of a winter in Florida. I thought it would be a good idea to showcase that you can still have a very romantic and winter feel to your day, even if it’s in a traditionally warm place,” Delaney explained. “Our colors were black and white. These colors were easy to pick because I wanted the white to really pop and the black accent helped bring out that color even more. When I think of winter, I think of snow, so I wanted to create that feeling through our colors.”

Fueled by the approaching holiday season and the picturesque venue, the creative team set out to craft an elevated twist on traditional wedding inspiration. The setting’s azure water and rocky terrain felt like a complete departure from the typical Florida landscape, which helped spur the direction for the photo shoot’s overall vibe.

“It is a gorgeous venue, and I really drew my inspiration from it,” Delaney recalled. “It reminds me of a place that doesn’t belong in Florida, so I thought it was the perfect location to plan something that was a ‘wintered’ theme since that doesn’t really exist in Florida. The holidays were also approaching, and it felt like an appropriate time to have this kind of style for a shoot.”

Tampa Bay wedding photographer Amber McWhorter Photography artfully captured the details and sun-filled portraits in a modern-moody style.

In just three short weeks this team of professionals came together to create their frosty Florida concept, including hair and makeup artists Femme Akoi Beauty Studio who worked their magic to create a modern glam look for the bride.

Neon signs were incorporated in order to complement the venue’s modern-industrial accents and were a favorite detail of the day, along with the adorable pup. FairyTail Pet Care was on hand to help coordinate the furry friend’s 15 minutes of fame, also ensuring he looked his best in one of their custom made tuxedo bandanas.

“I loved the ceremony backdrop the most and thought the neon sign was a fun touch to modernize the look,” Delaney gushed. “I also have to mention that it was really exciting to have my dog model in the shoot (proud mom).”

Black and White Florida Winter Wedding Invitation Suite Stationery Set Flat Lay | Amber McWhorter Photography
Loose Natural Curls Bridal Wedding Hair Style Inspiration by Tampa Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Florida Winter Wedding Bouquet with White Peony Garden Roses, Ranunculus, and Pine Greenery | Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeve Wedding Gown Bridal Dress | Amber McWhorter Photography
Outdoor Bridal Portrait | Florida Winter Wedding Bouquet with White Peony Garden Roses, Ranunculus, and Pine Greenery | Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeve Sheath Wedding Gown Bridal Dress | Amber McWhorter Photography
Outdoor Bride and Groom First Look | Groom Wearing Classic Formal White Jacket with Black Lapel and Bow Tie | Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeve Sheath Wedding Gown Bridal Dress | Amber McWhorter Photography
Outdoor Bride and Groom Portrait | Groom Wearing Classic Formal White Jacket with Black Lapel and Bow Tie | Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeve Sheath Wedding Gown Bridal Dress | Amber McWhorter Photography
Outdoor Bride and Groom Portrait with Sunburst | Groom Wearing Classic Formal White Jacket with Black Lapel and Bow Tie | Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeve Sheath Wedding Gown Bridal Dress | Amber McWhorter Photography
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Outdoor Bride and Groom Portrait | Groom Wearing Classic Formal White Jacket with Black Lapel and Bow Tie | Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeve Sheath Wedding Gown Bridal Dress | Amber McWhorter Photography
Outdoor Bride and Groom Portrait with Sunburst | Groom Wearing Classic Formal White Jacket with Black Lapel and Bow Tie | Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeve Sheath Wedding Gown Bridal Dress | Amber McWhorter Photography
Waterfront Outdoor Bride and Groom Portrait on Bridge over Stream | Groom Wearing Classic Formal White Jacket with Black Lapel and Bow Tie | Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeve Sheath Wedding Gown Bridal Dress | Amber McWhorter Photography
Outdoor Bride and Groom Portrait with Pet Dog Furbaby Puppy in Tuxedo Bandana by Fairytail Pet Care | Groom Wearing Classic Formal White Jacket with Black Lapel and Bow Tie | Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeve Sheath Wedding Gown Bridal Dress | Amber McWhorter Photography | Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Outdoor Bride and Groom Portrait with Pet Dog Furbaby Puppy in Tuxedo Bandana by Fairytail Pet Care | Groom Wearing Classic Formal White Jacket with Black Lapel and Bow Tie | Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeve Sheath Wedding Gown Bridal Dress | Winter Florida Wedding Bridal Bouquet with White Peony Garden Roses, Ranunculus, and Pine Greenery | Amber McWhorter Photography | Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Florida Winter Wedding Bouquet with White Peony Garden Roses, Ranunculus, and Pine Greenery | Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeve Wedding Gown Bridal Dress | Amber McWhorter Photography
Modern Industrial Farm House Florida Wedding Waterfront Venue White Rock Canyon with Stream and Rocks
Outdoor Bride and Groom Portrait in front of Bar Trailer Cart | Groom Wearing Classic Formal White Jacket with Black Lapel and Bow Tie | Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeve Sheath Wedding Gown Bridal Dress | Amber McWhorter Photography
Florida Winter Photo Shoot Wedding | Bride and Groom Cheers Toast with Signature Drinks Cocktails | Old Fashioned Cocktail and Lavender Gin Specialty Cocktail
Outdoor Bride and Groom Portrait in front of Modern Industrial Farm House White Rock Canyon | Groom Wearing Classic Formal White Jacket with Black Lapel and Bow Tie | Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeve Sheath Wedding Gown Bridal Dress | Amber McWhorter Photography
Black Modern Industrial Metal Screen Wedding Ceremony Backdrop Panel with Neon Sign, Candles, and Asymmetrical Floral Arrangements of White Roses and Winter Pine Greenery

What were your favorite elements of this shoot?
I loved the ceremony backdrop the most and thought the neon sign was a fun touch to modernize the look. I also have to mention that it was really exciting to have my dog model in the shoot!

Black Modern Industrial Metal Screen Wedding Ceremony Backdrop Panel with Neon Sign, Candles, and Asymmetrical Floral Arrangements of White Roses and Winter Pine Greenery | Bride and Groom First Kiss | Groom Wearing Classic Formal White Jacket with Black Lapel and Bow Tie | Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeve Sheath Wedding Gown Bridal Dress | Amber McWhorter Photography
Black Modern Industrial Metal Screen Wedding Ceremony Backdrop Panel with Neon Sign, Candles, and Asymmetrical Floral Arrangements of White Roses and Winter Pine Greenery | Indoor Bride and Groom Portrait | Groom Wearing Classic Formal White Jacket with Black Lapel and Bow Tie | Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeve Sheath Wedding Gown Bridal Dress | Amber McWhorter Photography
Black and White Modern Industrial Wedding Reception Table Inspiration with Neon Sign on Brick Wall | Black Table Linen with White Garden Chairs, Taper Candles, and Floral Centerpieces of White Roses and Winter Pine Greenery
Black and White Winter Florida Modern Industrial Wedding Reception Table Inspiration | Black Table Linen with Black and White China Plates, White Napkins, Taper Candles, and Floral Centerpieces of White Roses and Winter Pine Greenery | Black and White Calligraphy Table Number Card
Black and White Winter Florida Modern Industrial Wedding Reception Table Inspiration | Black Table Linen with Black and White China Plates, White Napkins, Taper Candles, and Floral Centerpieces of White Roses and Winter Pine Greenery | Black and White Calligraphy Wedding Menu Card

How would you describe your theme?
Florida-inspired winter. We don’t really get much of a winter in Florida. I thought it would be a good idea to showcase that you can still have a very romantic and winter feel to your day, even if it’s in a traditionally warm place.

What were your colors?
Black and white. These colors were easy to pick because I wanted the white to really pop and the black accent helped bring out that color even more. When I think of winter, I think of snow, so I wanted to create that feeling through our colors.

Black and White Winter Florida Modern Industrial Wedding Reception Table Inspiration | Black Table Linen with Black and White China Plates, White Napkins, Taper Candles, and Floral Centerpieces of White Roses and Winter Pine Greenery | Black and White Calligraphy Table Number Card
Black and White Winter Florida Modern Industrial Wedding Reception Table Inspiration | Black Table Linen with Black and White China Plates, White Napkins, Taper Candles, and Floral Centerpieces of White Roses and Winter Pine Greenery | Black and White Calligraphy Wedding Menu Card
Black and White Modern Industrial Wedding Reception Table Inspiration with Neon Sign, Taper Candles, and Floral Centerpieces and Bouquet of White Roses and Winter Pine Greenery | Indoor Bride and Groom Portrait | Groom Wearing Classic Formal White Jacket with Black Lapel and Bow Tie | Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeve Sheath Wedding Gown Bridal Dress | Amber McWhorter Photography
Bride and Groom Sweetheart Table Inspiration | Black and White Modern Industrial Wedding Reception Table Inspiration with Neon Sign on Brick Wall | Black Table Linen with White Garden Chairs, Taper Candles, and Floral Centerpieces of White Roses and Winter Pine Greenery
Winter Florida Modern Industrial Wedding Cake Table Inspiration with Neon Sign on Brick Wall | Sequin Sparkle Cake Table Linen with Floral Centerpieces of White Roses and Winter Pine Greenery | Tall Square Modern Unique Wedding Cake with Neon Cake Topper
Winter Florida Sequin Sparkle Cake Table Linen with Floral Centerpieces of White Roses and Winter Pine Greenery | Tall Square Modern Unique Wedding Cake with Neon Cake Topper
Wedding Day Pet Care Pet Furbaby Dog of Honor Puppy with Tuxedo Bandana by FairyTail Pet Care
Outdoor Bride and Groom Portrait in front of Vintage VW Van | Groom Wearing Classic Formal White Jacket with Black Lapel and Bow Tie | Off the Shoulder Lace Sleeve Sheath Wedding Gown Bridal Dress

Estimated cost for this event:
Wedding Planner: $1,500-$5,000 | Cinema: Starts at $2,300 | Venue: Starts at $13,500 |Decor/Table Stylizing: $2,400 | Invites/Acrylic Name Cards and Table Numbers: $500 | Bridal Hair & Makeup: $225 | Dress: Starts at $1,000 | Neon Sign Rental: Starts at $100 | Rentals: $600 | Pet Care: $400-$700 | Mobile Bar: $1,500-$2,000 | Cake: Starts at $500

Venue: White Rock Canyon
Photographer: Amber McWhorter Photography *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Videographer: Labif Filmhouse
Planner: Wilder Mind Events
Florals: Flower Child Florist
Cake: Farmhouse Cakes and Confections
Pet Care: FairyTail Pet Care *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Neon Sign: Posy Exchange
Tables/Chairs: Traditions Rentals
Tableware: Flock Decor
Linens: Elite Events and Rentals
Invitations/ Place Cards: Mad Wolfe Designs
Mobile Bar: The Tipsy Trotter
Attire: Nikki’s Glitz and Glam Boutique
Hair and Makeup: Femme Akoi Beauty Studio *Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pro
Jewelry: Marble n Moss
Models: Alexandria Chester and Tyler Hunt

Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

*Preferred Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Pros are highly respected by our local wedding community and have been personally vetted by our editor.

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