This green and gold estate wedding modeled after Ernest Hemmingway’s own estate, is truly a manifestation of his quote that also inspired it: “We would be together and have our books, and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.” How romantic is that?! Erin McLean Events created something exquisite and magical when she planned this wedding inspiration shoot. The simplicity of the bride’s style & her bridesmaid’s dresses is captivating, the reception table with it’s giant palm centerpieces is the picture of an elegant greenhouse, and the ivory and gold accents are supremely elegant. Erin shares her inspiration and Theo Milo Photography‘s beautiful images below.
We wanted to envision a wedding on Hemingway’s Estate in Key West. What would he have wanted? Pulling in the rich and bold greens through varying types palm and mixing with creamy ivories, captured the essence of a warm day in the islands. With the front porch of his beloved home in mind, we chose a neutral palette with earthy greens to mimic the flora of his estate and the weathered shutters of the home itself. To elevate the table, we chose to blend gold tones through flatware, guest chairs with an interwoven pattern, and intricate place settings. Guests would be welcomed to a table that would not only take their breath away with its simple elegance, but invite them to dine on fresh lobster from the Caribbean Sea and clink glasses bubbling with crisp chilled champagne.
Hemingway lived an understated life, filling his home with things of comfort. His books, his cats, and his drink. To reflect his simplicity, we selected easy flowing gowns for the wedding party. Gowns that would lend themselves to bare feet in the sand. The Bride was in a simple silk gown with a stunning cut out back complimenting the classic old southern gentleman’s attire pulled together with a bow tie and loafer true to the time period.
Inspired by his words, shaped by his lifestyle, and created with a translation of textures, colors, and hints to his legacy, our goal was to transform a space into one that Ernest himself would have found comfort in and enjoyed a freshly rolled cigar alongside the newly married couple under the stars of a Key West night.