Wedding ideas inspired from Swan Lake
Swan Lake is a ballet in four acts composed by Tchaikovskym inspired by a German folk tale. It tells the story of a prince who falls in love with a princess, Odette, trapped by an evil spell. During the day she turns into a swan, at night she takes on human form again and only true love will free her from this spell. A spell cast by a sorcerer who presents the prince a black swan, Odile, to whom he will give the features of Odette. This fabulous legend inspired wedding planner Andreea Bucur from Teastyle Weddings this elegant bridal editorial in black and white, captured by wedding photographer Jacob and Pauline .
Modern and romantic black and white wedding concept
De Andreea: Le concept de ce mariage élégant en noir et blanc est né des détails des deux robes de mariée confectionnées par Cynthia. Le contraste noir et blanc et la broderie de plumes et les appliqués m’ont tout de suite fait penser au Lac des Cygnes. J´ai voulu transposer ce conte à une mariée moderne, audacieuse et sensuelle, et amoureuse d’une romance classique. Nous avons commencé par une séance boudoir, que nous avons conçue dans une alcôve. Un nid intime, où notre mariée se préparerait pour son mariage parce que le jour du mariage peut souvent devenir stressant pour la mariée. C´est pourquoi j’ai voulu inclure quelques minutes de réflexion intime, quand une mariée peut respirer et commence à absorber la vague d’émotion que la journée lui réserve.
A decoration inspire from the ecosytem of the birds
Dressed in her white stunning gown, with delicate feathers embroidered with gold and white thread, our bride glided in for her ceremony, with her groom in a contrasting, modern black tuxedo. We designed the ceremony space with an installation inspired by the lush grasses that grow around lakes, with heads of white blooms, hinting at swan heads peeking from the vegetation.
Similarly, we designed the reception table to look as if immersed among these islets of grasses and climbing vines, with sparse nests of white blooms on the tabletop, departing from the usual centrepieces. For the place settings I chose to pair classic, highly ornate chargers and cutlery, with modern marbled plates and simple, black silk napkins. Overall, the inspiration for the shoot were the swans. Each aspect of the design made use of elements from nature and the ecosystem of the birds, as well as from the original "Swan Lake" story. We brought in a touch of wild, and nature, into this stunning Georgian townhouse in the heart of London. We used the white and black combo throughout, mixed with light greens, soft creams and blush borrowed from the colours of the venue to create a smooth transition between the space and the natural elements we brought in. I added gold accents here and there, to elevate the design, and give it an extravagant look, hinting at the more opulent style portrayed in the ballet.
Later on, our bride transitioned into her black gown, and the groom changed into a white coat tux, continuing the black and white theme. We finished the day with the couple back on the boudoir sofa, relaxing and enjoying the last part of their special day.
Sustainable beauty and conscious luxury
The main objective of our shoot was to show exquisitely crafted details and bespoke elements (beautiful heirlooms in time), in order to shine a spotlight on handmade, sustainable beauty, and conscious luxury. From the superb hand-made details of the bespoke gowns, to the delicate fondant feathers of the cake, the bamboo paper of the hand made stationery, the organic cotton and bamboo silk for the table linens, and all the way to the foam-free and seasonal floral installations. Ultimately, we wanted to put forth bridal inspiration that is stunning, indulgent and luxurious, yet conscious and relevant for our time.
V E N D O R S
- Photography & Video: Jacob and Pauline
- Artistic direction, planning, styling & stationery: Teastyle Weddings
- Wedding dress and boudoir dress: Cynthia Grafton-Holt
- Floral design: Bloominghaus ⠀
- Cake: Botanico Cakes
- Hair:: Jo Elizabeth
- Mua: Lawson Makeup
- Accessories: Hermione Harbutt
- Bague de fiançailles: Lily Arkwright
- Boudoir lingerie: Fleur of England
- Wedding Shoes: Freya Rose
- Groom attire: Moss
- Rentals & Tableware: Classic Crockery
- Venue: Carlton House Terrace
- Models: Ishika Sharma & Tom King
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