As we all drove into Zebulon, North Carolina, the fog that settled over all of the Carolinas had to be something for the history books. I said a little prayer that we weren’t driving down the path of total failure. A dreamy BHLDN wedding dress was wrapped up pretty and waiting on us. Our vehicles were packed full of dresses, high heels, accessories, pink roses, holiday greenery, gold swags, Nutcrackers, camera equipment, pointe shoes… We were all counting on this day. And whenever we felt a little bit better, one of us would remind the other that we had to repeat the process in 48 hours — did you see our vintage holiday wedding inspiration published yesterday?
I thought of The Nutcracker. It was one of my favorite parts of the holidays when I was a little girl — going to see the ballerinas each year. How could we turn that theatrical production into something gorgeous and inspirational for winter weddings? How could we use something oh so “Christmas” without making it too over the top? And nevermind what Pantone has to say about “emerald” and “radiant orchid”! My heart was craving blush.
Things got “real” for me about two weeks before shooting… which is around the time I found my bravery and reached out to Ashley on social media. Having never met her before, I knew she was a ballerina (and gorgeous!) and connected to some of my friends already. This was the first of many prayers said this December… I thought after I wrote her, “she must think I’m crazy!“
Dancing Through Fog
Our intent with Ashley’s ballerina photos was to create an ethereal environment with the shoot, because The Nutcracker is a magical story. The fog that Jordan photographed through that day turned out to be truly ideal for the look we were going for… there’s no sunny afternoons in the original Tchaikovsky play, after all!
We used blush hues as our inspiration, with gold accents throughout. This allowed each bridesmaid to wear a unique dress without looking out of place, one of our favorite trends of the year! The Rosecliff wedding gown from BHLDN was absolutely darling and perfect for the day.
All That Glitters
A vintage gold bar held stacks of gifts for the bride, holiday fruit punch in mason jars, and holiday decor. It would later showcase the custom tiered wedding cake. Our nutcracker was hand-painted pink, mauve, and periwinkle to match the theme of the day.
You Are Invited
Sweet invitations from Smitten on Paper reminded us of holiday wreaths, but kept with the blush color palette of the day.
Pretty in Pink
The tablescape was inspired by vintage, blush and gold… we very much wanted everything to be feminine but still “holiday.” After Ashley was finished with her pointe slippers, she donned a sparkly pink sequined dress that we adored!
Snow and snowflakes are a common theme of The Nutcracker ballet. Although it rarely snows in North Carolina, the bride’s bouquet featured a crystal snowflake charm… we’re smitten with this little winter detail!
Look closely, and you’ll see that the cake (custom made for our Nutcracker wedding inspiration) is delicately hand-painted with an all over pearl floral design. It was a dreamy, subtle touch of white-on-white…
Venue: Bennett Bunn Plantation | Models: Emily, Ashley, Kendall, Samantha | Hair & Makeup: LULA Hair & Makeup | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Bride’s Necklace, Scarf: LOFT | Bridesmaid Dresses: twobirds from Bella Bridesmaid of Cary, North Carolina | Sequined Dress: N/A | Invitations: Smitten on Paper | Furniture, Vintage Rentals, Vintage China, Candlesticks: Simply Put Vintage Rentals | Florals, Ribbons, Greenery, Vases: Eclectic Sage | Cake Stand, Cake: Skys The Limit Custom Cakes and More | Cake Jewelry: The Bead Lady | Pointe Slippers, unworn: eBay | Mason Jars, Pink Lemonade: Walmart | Paper Straws, Wrapping Paper, Gold Tray: Target | Nutcracker: hand-painted by Amy at The Lovely Find | Coordination: The Lovely Find | Styling: The Lovely Find with Jordan Maunder | Calligraphy, Photography: Jordan Maunder Photography
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