This styled shoot has been a dream of mine to do for a couple of years now. The inspiration arose from Degas’ painting Dancers in Blue. I picked up a postcard version of the painting when I lived in Europe, and its currently hanging over my makeup stand. It was a constant reminder of something I wanted to do for years. After a couple of years staring at it, I finally reached out to Christine of Christine Quarte Photography and Andrea of A Beautiful Wild Design. With their help, my dream finally became a reality. To make it even better, this was my first attempt at utilizing a hybrid shooting system, which basically means I shot both digital and film!
The painting captures a quiet feeling of anticipation before the curtain rises, the meditative energy of the dancers as they prepare to put their hearts on stage. These small moments are mirrored on a wedding day as a couple eagerly prepare and wait for the unique and precious occasion of saying their vows in front of loved ones.
Gingerspice Bakery created a wonderful variety of little treats for our dessert table! She added subtle French influences in our dessert table with the macarons and eclairs, and a delicate blush painterly texture on the cake.
We wanted a gorgeous dress that could help capture the movement of the ballerina as we had her perform her dance moves. Hannah Tikkanen‘s Opheila dress perfectly matched what we were looking for.
We used Degas’ vibrant layered blues and soft pinks for our color palette, and took advantage of the amazing French antique furniture and salvaged architectural details of our venue. The venue owner of The Westside Warehouse also provided us with an antique painted stage backdrop for portraits of the dancers.Hints of 19th century style paired with a modern spirit create a feeling of romance as timeless as Degas’ lovely ballerinas.
A Big Thank you to the Vendors!
Without these wonderful folks, I couldn’t have made this dream a reality! Thank you so much for your involvement!
Photography: Heather K Cook Photography | Venue: The Westside Warehouse | Event Planning: A Beautiful Wild Design | Floral: A Beautiful Wild Design | Stationery: Plume & Fete | Wedding Cake: Gingerspice Bakery | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Hair: JJ Roze Studio | Makeup: JJ Roze Studio | Model: Jessica He | Model: Anderson Souza | Wedding Dress: Hannah Tikkanen | Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Headpiece: Heart of Gold Designs | Engagement Ring: Trumpet & Horn
This styled shoot was featured on Aisle Perfect!