For this styled bridal shoot, the team sought a creative shoot that was relatable and do-able for actual modern brides. The shoot began with an idea to re-imagine a darkly romantic folklore/literary character circa the 1820s–Katrina VanTassel from the Washington Irving classic–as a bride.
About the Literary Character Bridal Inspiration
In the storybook, Katrina is the daughter of a wealthy man in a small village. Therefore, we wanted to interpret her style in terms of natural elements that you will see in the color palette and details throughout this shoot: feather, twig, smoke, moonlight, gold, geode, rose quartz, and wax.
To the team, winter stands out as a romantic time, so they chose this time in Northern California for the shoot. The venue, Scribner Bend Vineyards in Sacramento looked incredibly perfect during this time with the turning leaves and hazy California sun.
Two gowns were chosen in order to portray a ceremony look, as well as a celebration/reception look. The white Simply Bridal gown with the long black sash and sequins for a traditional white dress ceremony look, and the Marchesa Notte gold gown that is definitely a nod to the socialite status of the girl, Katrina.
Place settings and indoor reception ideas included gold flatware, ivory scalloped plates and gold chargers from Target, as well as calligraphy place cards in the shape of feathers by Post & Plume. Also incorporated were English antiques, a DIY cameo-inspired table number in antique brass frame, and a signature cocktail in equestrian theme glass with a smoking rosemary garnish as a subtle reference to the Horseman (the villain in the tale).
Christi Reynolds Beauty created two distinct looks for going from ceremony to reception with a vintage Marcel wave and then long curls and lighter, more natural makeup to a more dramatic look. The incredible cake was created by wedding cake artist, Sevacha Cake in an opulent ruffled and gilded black, white, and gold masterpiece fit for an American literary princess. Love letters were incorporated into this shoot in the form of the cake and the calligraphy, which was important to the team in order to stay true to the literary origination of the character.
Photographer: Ashley Noelle Edwards Photographs, LLC//Makeup Artist: Christi Reynolds Makeup Artistry//Calligrapher: Post & Plume//Other Location: Scribner Bend Vineyards//Cake Designer: Sevacha Cake//Model: Sierra Burt//Submitted via Two Bright Lights