We love a good fairytale inspiration here on Glamour & Grace, so couldn’t resist this whimsical shoot from Alix Art Photography. Taking inspiration from a handful of storybook tales, this shoot is packed with lush florals and romantic vibes.
Inspiration for this particular Fairytale styled shoot came from a timeless literary theme, the Kiss of True Love, which surfaces in quite a few classic Fairytales. From Sleeping Beauty in a bed of flowers, Snow White falling asleep due to a poisoned apple, & even the Little Mermaid, they all have one thing in common, the princess needs the Kiss of True Love to break the Spell she is under. Its not just princesses who need the kiss, the Prince also needs the magical kiss, lest we forget about the The Frog King, or Beauty and the Beast where he needs True Love’s kiss to lift the curse. Even in our modern day culture we believe that to reach our Happily Ever After, we need the Kiss of True Love to lift us up and sweep us away into wedded bliss. Modern Day Movie, Dreamwork’s animation Fairytale: “Shrek” even has Fiona the Ogre needing the Kiss of True Love to break the magical ogre spell she is under. Disney’s Frozen also mentions True Love’s Kiss, despite the kiss not actually working to unfreeze Anna and revealing treachery by Prince Hans. It turned out to be a sisterly Act of True Love later in that particular story which broke the spell. When we really start to look, the theme of True Love’s kiss is literally all around us in the modern world. Its found hiding in dozens of dramatic movies, even the romantic comedy and its the main photographic highlight, “cant miss” shot for any Wedding Photographer, “Now you may Kiss the Bride!” and seal the deal.
Photography | Alix Art Photography | Venue | Partage Winery | Florals | Kats Flower Affair | Makeup | DesignsbyDonnovan | Wedding Cake | B’z Cakes | Furniture Rentals | Forage Vintage Rentals | Calligraphy | Wild Quill Calligraphy | Wedding Dress | Bride Chic | Submitted via Matchology
With colorful pastels and a dreamy farm setting, this shoot from Lauren Beauregard Photography inspired by Anne of Green Gables is a vintage lover’s dream! We love the amazing hand-painted wedding invitation (look at that stunning liner!) And the mini cake place settings are too adorable! The stand out detail though is the handmade wood oval arch. Covered in trailing blooms, it is the epitome of romance!
Anne is one of my personal all time favorite characters and to honor her timeless romance with her childhood love Gilbert Blythe, I wanted to embody all things Anne in a modern bridal editorial. To accomplish this I gathered the most wonderful team of specialized vendors to bring to life a whimsical Anne inspired theme utilizing summer colors, fresh fruits, wild blooms, and classic elements straight from the pages of the novel Anne of Green Gables (like the infamous raspberry cordial incident).
The venue selected was the absolute perfect setting between the farmhouse and a beautiful barn hidden away in the woods. The entire location reminded me of Anne’s beloved Green Gables, with its landscape that fit the novel perfectly. To bring focus to the beauty of the natural surroundings, my grandfather made our team an oval shaped custom arch, innovating to create a window to the story we were capturing. This arch was not the only personal aspect added to this editorial, my grandfather actually gave me all of my grandmother’s milk glass dishes to be used in our tablescape. Fusing my own story with Anne’s brought a unique emotional element to the shoot that was not anticipated.
Photography | Lauren Beauregard Photography | Venue | The Barn at the Woods | Florals | Anthousai Floral Design | Paper Goods | The Letterbox Shop | Cakes | The Round House Bakery | Hair & Makeup | Kerri Unruh | Dress | Lillian West from Prescott Bridal | Ring | Kelley Jewelers | Submitted via Matchology
With a color palette of lavender and sage, this garden wedding from Tierney Riggs Photography couldn’t be sweeter! We love the idea of a brunch wedding and this couple pulled off a gorgeous celebration. The ceremony started with the morning paper (a newspaper style program) and ended with a waffle cake!
I envisioned an English Garden Wedding. I love the old tradition of small towns in the English countryside joining in celebration with a wedding breakfast and wildflowers and ribbons and their small community. That is exactly what I wanted to replicate with my wedding. Rather than beginning with a color scheme, I thought of what style I would go for, what flowers I liked, and my planner pulled it all together beautifully into a sage, lavender, and silver dream.
I chose my bridesmaids dresses first, of all the attire. I spent months looking for dresses that would have that kind of beading and detail so distinct from other bridesmaid dresses. When I saw these, I knew they were a perfect fit for my wedding vision. I found my dress at a small bridal boutique in Camden, SC, and instantly loved the floral embroidery and beaded detail of it and the way it flowed so lightly without all of the weight of a ballgown. My favorite dresses were the flower girl dresses, because the style mimicked what I was looking for in a dress, just with a “little girl’s” twist.
My flower girls, my six year old twin cousins, are extremely close to me and Clay. A few minutes before the wedding, I was talking to one of them, Hannah, about my shoes being uncomfortable. She says “you know, if you don’t wear them, no one will actually know.” It reminded me that all of my life, I wanted to get married barefoot. With the encouragement of my small best friend, I hid my shoes in the dressing room and didn’t put them back on until the end of the reception. I just needed a little girl to remind me of my little girl dream.
At one point in our ceremony, Clay and I took a few minutes to have a personal time of prayer with each other, while my brother and cousin sang a duet. I felt the stress and nervousness of the day (caused by things like forgetting my bouquet before I walked down the aisle) slip away and was able to refocus on the joy and seriousness of our lives being joined together. While this was inaudible to the audience, we later found that our videographer had a microphone in Clay’s lapel and had captured our entire prayer for us to keep forever.
I live in a small southern town, and choosing this location allowed me to use local vendors and work closely with my mom, who manages events at a boutique hotel just a block away from my venue. I wanted my wedding to have that sweet, “breath-of-fresh-air” look, with a bit of bohemian flair, that you would find in a garden.
My wedding flowers were chosen and arranged by my wedding planner. He was able to capture my vision so well through the flowers and created a beautiful garden out of a landscape that had recently been torn apart by a hurricane. My flowers were reflective of my theme because I told him to choose whatever was in season, with no restrictions on color or style. The result was a beautiful mix of spring flowers.
The most important thing to us while planning the wedding was probably the food. I really wanted a brunch wedding reception, and out of that came the time of the wedding, the decorations, the venue choice, and the attire choices. Because we decided on a brunch wedding, we went with a brunch wedding cake: a waffle cake. This cake was absolutely delicious and the prettiest darn waffles I’ve ever seen.
My final favorite memory of the day was our “bouquet toss” alternative. We chose to include both girls and guys, and friends of any age, in a maypole style dance. Each friend held a ribbon attached to the bouquet, circling around us, while I guided blindfolded Clay in cutting each ribbon. It was a laugh for everyone involved and observing, and beats the dated bouquet toss any day in my book!
Photography | Tierney Riggs Photography | Venue | Drengaelen House of Coker College | Planning & Florals | Tim Sawyer | Day-of Coordination | Blooms and Brides | Stationery | Prim Pretty Prints | Videography | Something to Remember Productions | Catering | Hidden Treasures | Dress | Evelyn’s of Lugoff | Bridesmaid Dresses | ASOS | Makeup | The studio, A Salon | Hair | Jenna Griffen | Flower Girl Dresses | Trish Scully | Harpist | Kipper Ackerman, Harpist | Submitted via Matchology