Heritage Plaid: A Beach Affair

Plaid – one of the most timeless patterns in modern fashion and design. Every year, regardless of trends, plaid always is a major force for fall and winter events. But what about when the seasons change? With the holidays now behind us and warmer days slowly breathing life into these chilly months, we are loving the working plaid into a fresh new season and pairing it with the most renewing backdrop: the beach.

This cozy seaside concept was breathtakingly executed by Kelsey of Kelsey Rae Designs. She assembled an A-Team of awesome visionaries in Connecticut to create what you’re about to enjoy. Pairing vintage china and stunning red & fuchsia florals with our Khaki, Wine & Black Plaid Runner and our Flax Metallic Burlap Napkins on a rugged farm table, Kelsey created a true winter escape.



Notes from Kelsey on the shoot:

“I’ve been traveling back and forth from Southern California to Connecticut, and I was inspired to pull together my favorite east coast vendors to do a shoot on the calm beach of Fairfield, CT during my last trip back east for the year. I partnered with Brooke Allison Photography to bring a unique twist to a winter shoot. We wanted to incorporate plaid with hints of ocean elements. Our bride model gleamed in a JLM Couture gown from A Little Something White Bridal Couture, while our male model posed in plaid.

I used a Southern California calligrapher, Louise Letters, to showcase her modern hand letting with an invitation suite and reception stationery that gave off a fun and youthful vibe. The florals blew me away! Carrie Wilcox is one of the most talented women I know and the way she arranged the centerpiece and bouquet, just left me breathless. She tied in vibrant colors and also included hints of berries- two opposites that seemed just to work.

Erica O’Brien is a wiz in the kitchen. I gave her what seemed like an odd task to interpret- use elements of the beach and winter. The cake she created was perfect! My shoots are never made possible without the help of Lauren Kreter of Borrowed, A Vintage Inspired Company. Her vintage china and styling is the very best! A huge thank you to East Coat Occasions and Amber Papastavros who adorned our model! I hope this shoot inspires beach lovers to bring in elements of the season and not be afraid to mix textures and patterns!”





Photography: Brooke Allison Photography | Event Designer: Kelsey Rae Designs | Vintage China: Borrowed, A Vintage Inspired Company | Calligraphy: Louise Letters  | Linen: Nüage Designs | Hair & MUA: Amber Papastavros | Cake: Erica O’Brien Cake Design | Florals: Carrie Wilcox Floral Design | Wedding Dress: A Little Something White | Accessories: East Coast Occasions | Farm Table: Abbey Tent Rentals

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