North Carolina Bridal Session at Little Herb House

October 12, 2015 | nicole


Real bride Kelly was invited to play model in this gorgeous North Carolina bridal session at Little Herb House, and the resulting images are as dreamy as could be! Hartman Outdoor Photography began planning this beautiful photo shoot when a light layer of snow still covered the fields of Little Herb House. Inspired by the coming spring season, soft lavender, and bride Kelly’s irresistible red hair, these bridal portraits have a vintage country vibe perfect for any Southern bride-to-be!

Here’s what photographer Shelley Hartman had to say about organizing the beautiful bridal shoot:

Last winter, long before the days warmed up and the flowers bloomed, I began dreaming of weddings. I couldn’t wait for another year full of joyful couples, free-spirited brides, and outdoor ceremonies. In these thoughts, I began brainstorming for a styled shoot with one of my favorite venues in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Little Herb House is an actual working farm and herb garden. It has open fields, chicken coops, a rustic barn and all sorts of beautiful plants growing in abundance. In planning this shoot, I wanted to incorporate the herbs and wildflowers from the venue’s gardens. The owner of the venue, Lisa Treadway, designed a beautiful flower crown of lavender and gardenia. She topped the tables with hand picked flowers and used her own set of mismatched fine china to set the table. We placed the table out in the field to demonstrate an open air reception. A vintage lace tablecloth was hung from an arbor in the gardens to create an intimate ceremony site. All chairs and tables were handcrafted by Hobnob Occasions. 

Our beautiful bride Kelly is one of my real brides. She will be getting married this October in North Carolina to a wonderful man named Chris. Her gorgeous red hair is unforgettable and I was so happy to photograph her. Kelly’s makeup was done by Jennifer Waller, CEO and founder of Celtic Complexion. Jennifer creates luxury organic mineral cosmetics and I felt her brand blended well with the theme of the shoot. The sweetly subtle lavender Emmaline bridal gown was provided by Maggi Bridal Boutique. 

I am so grateful to my gorgeous bride Kelly and all of the vendors who helped style a stunning bridal session. I certainly could not have done it without them.












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The Talented Team:

Photography – Hartman Outdoor Photography
Ceremony Venue – Little Herb House
Floral Design – Little Herb House
Makeup Artist – Celtic Complexion
Wedding Dress – Emmaline Bridal via Maggi Bridal
Rentals – Hobnob Occasions

A special thanks to Hartman Outdoor Photography for sharing Kelly’s North Carolina bridal session with Junebug! For more bridal inspiration, be sure to check out Tara’s elegant Southern bridal portraits at Drayton Hall.


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  1. Oh my goodness, I adore her wedding dress! So classy and elegant!

  2. Wow ! so nice and very brightness photo shoot. Looking awesome .Thanks a lot for sharing .

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