July 25, 2012

Swan Lake Inspired Summer Soiree

Photos by Ace Photography

We are most happy bringing design to life – be it a bride’s vision or our own ideas.  When asked by Enchanted Brides Magazine to style an editorial shoot with Ace Photography for their summer magazine, we thought it would be fun to use the famous ballet “Swan Lake” as inspiration and showcase Cedarwood’s Mooncake Lake.  Every detail of this swoon-worthy summer soiree is as graceful as a ballerina en pointe.  Full of frills, flowers and downy fluff, we hope our swan lake inspired wedding’s idyllic settings and delicate details evoke your fairytale passion.

Working with wedding fashion designer Karen Hendrix Couture is always a thrill, but for Karen to design two dresses specifically in tune with the Swan Lake aesthetic sent us to the moon and back.  Using fabrics, feathers and texture, the couture wedding gown is beauty and grace in motion.  Karen also designed a short reception gown which looks like it pirouetted right out of a ballet.  European styling from Street Tuxedo ensures that the groom is handsomely tailored.

Designs in Paper pairs classical style with rich, romantic fonts to create a paper suite at home with the graceful setting.  We used sheet music from the famous ballet to hold a potpourri of petals and feathers for an ethereal exit for the bride and groom.

Cedarwood floral designers created a bridal bouquet in natural hues of whites, creams, nude and blush, using sweat peas, hydrangea, ranunculus, “Blizzard” roses and “White Majolika” spray roses, accented with coque white feathers and champagne ostrich feathers, also mirrored in the groom’s boutonniere.   Fresh rose petals arranged in custom flourishes embellish the aisle with art. Fabric draping, a floral wreath and feather garlands decorate the altar in classic elegance.

Al Fresco beneath a Swarovski crystal chandelier, metallic toned linens and lace with bountiful flowers in neutrals and nudes add regal elegance to a beautifully dressed table.  Handmade jewel embellished ribbon chair backs add a romantic flutter.   Guests nibble on delicate bites including shrimp salad and egg ‘swan’ canapes, nestled on an edible ‘lake,’ along with scrumptious small plates from Copper Kettle.

Le Grand Courtâge French Champagne is the perfect bubbly for a celebration of love.  Translated as The Great Courtship, La Grande Courtage is the perfect companion to pamper wedding guests, especially when overflowing from a tower of vintage gold rimmed glasses.

To top off the evening, a beautifully layered wedding cake from Royal Icing mimics a voluminous ruffle skirt. After sweets, the bride and groom glide in Cedarwood’s vintage rowboat at dusk, reflecting the moonlight shimmer of Cedarwood’s Mooncake Lake. A magical moment.

Special thanks to Enchanted Brides Magazine for inviting us to create a “Signature Style” piece for the magazine and to all our friends and vendor partners listed below for a lovely collaboration!

Thanks again to Le Grand Courtâge for providing us with a taste of your very delicious French Champagne.  At about $20 per bottle, it is a great value for all special celebrations. We highly recommend it!

Linda & the Cedarwood Event Team

Venue: Historic Cedarwood and Mooncake Lake
Floral, decor, linens, event styling:  Cedarwood Weddings
Photography:  Ace Photography
Wedding dress and reception dress:  Custom designed by Karen Hendrix  Couture
Veil:  Le jardin de Julia
Groom’s Attire:  Street Tuxedo
Cake:  Royal Icing
Catering:  Copper Kettle
Lighting:  Uplight Events
Paper Goods:  Designs in Paper
Champagne:  Le Grand Courtage, France
Hair:  Brides by Mary
Makeup:  Artistry Spa Salon
Models: Rachel Todd and Joel Alexander

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