Think of a wedding and a fairy tale: likely your first thought is quintessential Cinderella, complete with a tulle ball gown, soft romantic details and elegant details. But this innovative styled shoot, conjured by Courtney McManaway Photography, turns fairytale wedding on its head with lush red velvet, the faintest hint of darker undertones, and unforgettable DIY touches in this styled shoot, inspired by Red Riding Hood.
Far from generic, everything in this styled shoot plays with conventions, while at the same time managing to hit iconic and timeless notes. That begins with the rich color scheme: red roses, the symbol of passionate love, make a play in a crimson bouquet, a tiered cake, napkins, and even a luxurious red cloak for the bride. With touches of white and black accents, the color scheme is classic with deeper undertones, for a truly unique and striking look.
Velvet ribbons, matte invitations, and eclectic silverware come from DIY inspiration, white the deep wood balances the bold, lush reds and adds a rustic appeal reminiscent of deep wooded paths. The three tiered fondant cake includes branch and flower accents made by hand for a striking detail. Tea candles surround a gorgeous bouquet of roses, wildflowers, and even blackberry vines.
If the rest of the styled shoot plays homage to Red Riding Hood, no more is that clear than with the bridal look. Donning a red velvet cape, the bold approach is perfectly balanced with classic fairytale elegance: the choice of all over ivory lace and a high neckline with sleeves gives a vintage yet timeless look to the wedding dress. The black sash nods back to darker undertones, while bringing definition to the natural waist. And a delicate gold and pearl tiara gives off woodlawn princess vibes.
Photographer: Courtney McManaway Photography//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Vertegris//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: For Such a Time Designs//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Fawn in the Forest//Cake Designer: Occasions Cookies & Cakes//Makeup Artist: Charmed Beauty//Floral Designer: Florals by Jenny//Dress Designer: Hope Stanley Bridal Stylist//Invitation Designer: Polkadot Weekend Weddings//