Inspiration: Baroque Styled Shoot
Imagine you could step back in time to the elegance of the French Baroque period, with larger than life ball gowns, decadent desserts, and elaborate jewelry. Our baroque industrial shoot was born from the idea that Marie Antionette and her court were frozen in time as they prepared for a ball. As the centuries went on, the palace crumbled around them, leaving exposed walls and floors draped with fabric and art. Then the courtiers woke up.
It was important to us that the queen and her court represent the diversity we find in the world. We found models of many backgrounds, including African, Middle Eastern, and Latinx. We wanted this shoot to be an inspiration for anyone who wants to capture the opulence of the baroque era for an event or wedding, even in an unconventional space.
Meredith from Rocking Bird Flower Co. hand-crafted and customized each bouquet and boutonniere to pair with every courtier’s outfit. The floral headpieces, each hand-placed onto the courtiers and our “Marie Antoinette”, added to the luxe feel we were looking for.
The Confection Witch created an ornate cake on which the gala-attendants could feast, including wire to imitate the spiderwebs that would naturally occur during the time lapse. Inscribed on the top tier was “Tu es la vie que je veux,” or “You are the life that I want.”
In keeping with the European theme, we were very excited to be the first American planners to highlight the English brand E&W Couture, with two bridal gowns shipped directly from Cardiff specifically for this shoot. The Barbara Kavchok Couture Collection was also highlighted, due to its perfect complement of style and grace. In addition, the gentlemen donned Christopher Schafer Clothier, a brand dedicated to the influence and incorporation of English attire with American flare.
Letters by Becca provided the elegant gala invitation, using the jewel tones highlighted throughout the decor, rentals, florals, and makeup. The modern elements of the industrial venue of Fostr Collaborative were inspiration for this hand-written suite.
In keeping with the opulence of the time, the tablescape became a floating concept throughout the scene. A more “formal” setting was displayed adjoining the cake, but teacups and saucers could also be seen in the hands of courtiers, as if to say “let them eat cake!”
Photographers: Erin Tetterton Photography @erintettertonphotography, Casey Crowe Taylor @caseycrowetaylor
Planning + Design: Jade & Joy Events @jadejoyevents
Florals: Rocking Bird Flower Co.: @rockingbirdflowerco
HMUA: Shaune Hayes Makeup @shaunehayesmakeup, Embrace MUA @embracemua, Go by Geohaghan @gobygeohaghan
Cake: Confection Witch @confectionwitch
Decor: Blue Ridge Vintage Affairs @blueridgevintageaffairs
Venue: Fostr Collaborative @fostrcollaborative
Wardrobe: Christopher Schafer @christopherschafer, Barbara Kavchok @barbarakavchok, Soliloquy Bridal @soliloquybridal, E and W Couture @eandwcouture
Models: @sara.n.dipity, @Valentina.massa, @fruwahboma, @Danielle_finley, @mariahmirandaphoto, @viviepp, @amfoto, @casey.rowe
First featured in Ellements Magazine.
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