{ twilight breaking dawn wedding : a styled shoot }

I have been DYING to share these images with the world since the shoot (and the idea since before that). Just ask my mom, keeping secrets is NOT an easy thing for me. At. All. So this has been twisting me up for way too long. But at last, TODAY, my Twilight: Breaking Dawn styled wedding was featured on GREEN WEDDING SHOES!!! I’m so excited that the very first place I’ve been published was with one of my absolute favorite wedding sites/online magazines of all time.

I’ll admit it, I’m a Twilight fan. I got sucked into the books a few years back and watched the movies because of how much I loved the books. Being a wedding professional, the closer we got to the Breaking Dawn installment, the more excited I’ve gotten. This is my first ever styled shoot and I knew I wanted to do something big for it – the Breaking Dawn wedding seemed like the perfect choice.

I invited several people to be involved, some of whom were fans, some who had never read a word. And that’s exactly what I was hoping for. My vision for the shoot was to create something beautiful that captured the themes and inspirations of the Swan/Cullen wedding without being too literal. In my head I imagined a new bride deciding to style her own wedding after the Twilight wedding but wanting to do it subtly, tastefully, and in a way that her groom could be on board. This meant no sparkles or white-painted skin, but I wanted to bring in our own sparkles.

Certain elements came directly from the book – the hanging flowers at the various locations, the art nouveau inspired details, our “Bella’s” ring, and even the name cards were tied to chess pieces to reference the cover of the Breaking Dawn book. But from there we took some liberties. The color scheme was also inspired by the book – the choice of sapphire blue came from the hair combs given to Bella by her parents that contained sapphire stones. We interpreted the shoot with a bit more of a southern California feel, opting for our own “forest” of oaks and incorporating the colors of the forest into the design. Emilee, my stylist, and I settled on slate greys, deep rich wood tones, forest inspired greens, ivories and creams, a few blacks, and of course, the POP of sapphire blue. The inspiration for the actual look of our models was taken from a Peggy Sirota shoot with Vanity Fair with the original Twilight cast. I loved the natural organic look and wanted to bring that softness to this shoot as well. Emilee worked her magic with the Tasteful Treasures vintage pieces and setup an absolutely magical location.

The florist, Lindsay of Petalicious, added her own elements as well. “The bouquet came from our take on Edward and Bella in the Twilight movie saga. The handle of the bouquet represents the dark edginess of Edward but mixed with the soft white flowers, it brings us right to Bella making it pure and loving. We added the heart locket to the bouquet and a key charm to the boutonniere to represent the unlocking of everlasting love between Bella and Edward.” Lindsay also created the most amazing willow ball cloud to ground the reception table. I mentioned wanting something “sculptural” and she quite literally created that piece from her own imagination.

We chose sunset and the time just after – quite literally twilight – to shoot to capture the moodiness and deep romantic elements of the “wedding”. Using glowing laced mason jars hanging from the trees and in our own version of the “clearing” we added our own twinkles and sparkles. The very last image of the shoot – our “clearing” – was the only image I had in my head from the very beginning of the planning of this shoot. I knew I wanted to re-create it, adding sparkles through the tea lights in the mason jars rather than Edward’s skin, and that the perfect time would be a very narrow window just after the sun had set and twilight had settled in. After placing my models, we set in to wait. It took a little while before I knew the moment was perfect, but as soon as I saw the image on the back of my camera, I knew we had it. The hills glowed their own blues and greens and greys, the shadows had stretched into their own blacks and the sparkles created an aura of light and romance that exactly captured my hope for the shoot.

I hope you enjoy the images. I couldn’t be more proud of this dream team!

Photography: Brienne Michelle Photography
Styling + Rentals: Emilee Sutherland – Tasteful Treasures
Floral Design: Lindsay Schmidt of Petalicious
Paper Designs: Shannon LaBare Designs
Hair: Anna Quinn
Makeup: Kiara Roberts

FAVORITE IMAGE – and literally the last frame of the shoot (using only natural available light):

July 6, 2011 - 9:14 pm

Lindsay - I love the way you write. Like I am sitting having a conversation with you. I like the last paragraph “we set in to wait” which is exactly what we did. You on a ladder with Scott and Elise on the rocky hard ground and everyone else scattered. Waiting. haha! Love it. So proud of the dream team!

July 6, 2011 - 9:59 pm

Jennifer - Absolutely amazing! You should be really proud of yourself because I was completely blown away! Fantastic…really just unbelievable! Congrats on all the success you deserve for this!

July 7, 2011 - 12:08 am

Susannah VanDyke {Lukas VanDyke Photography} - I just saw these on GWS ~ These images are beautiful! I love all the details you guys created. Great job!!!

July 7, 2011 - 5:48 pm

Donloree - Love this! I am so happy for you! :)

July 7, 2011 - 9:45 pm

Brienne - Thanks so much everyone!

Lindsay – that’s pretty much my approach. I used to try to write all savvy and cool. Umm. Yeah. That didn’t work. So I figured I might as well just write the way I’d say it. At least that way when I meet people it’s consistent, eh?

Jennifer – Thanks! I’m still blown away by how perfect all the details came out – it’s totally thanks to my Dream Team!

Susannah – THANKS! I think we have a mutual friend, by the way – Nathan Board? I think Lukas shot his sister’s wedding. Love the small world syndrome!

Donloree – thank you thank you m’dear. And thanks for walking through a lot of the junk of the last year+ with me!

July 9, 2011 - 5:54 am

Heather - WOW. Thank you for sharing this with the world! Incredible work!

August 5, 2011 - 7:42 am

Deidra Wilson - Love the hanging flowers! Well done!

August 13, 2011 - 1:22 am

Brienne - Thanks Deidra! We had so much fun pulling this shoot together!

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