Ice Blue and Crimson Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

Once we caught an eyeful of this baby blue wedding dress, we knew we were sold, and for a good reason — the stylists at AniA Collection Bridal Boutique built the entire shoot around it! Ashley Forrette and Aaron Courter were there to capture all of the romance-meets-steampunk with pops of one of our favorite flowers, protea.


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From the stylists of AniA Collection Bridal Boutique: As a bridal salon, we wanted to create a shoot completely based on a gown- and not just any gown- a huge, blue tulle ballgown. We’ve been inspired by the colored bridal gowns this season- blush pinks and soft pastels peppered the runways in New York; we wanted to take it to that level and try out a colored gown as well.

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Local designer Jennifer Phillips (owner of Nicole Couture Bridal) designed and created the gown off of our vision – and the result was this one-of-a-kind, romantic yet glam statement dress with a vintage twist. The illusion neckline, layers upon layers of soft tulle and hand beaded Swarovski belt bring together a soft, yet still highly dramatic, tone. The teapot, teacups, Eat- and Drink-me tags, clocks and top hat were our homage to the classic Alice tale, but we strayed from too many whimsical or overly “happy” items- trying to maintain that Victorian steampunk vibe.


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portland oregon bridal inspiration wedding shoot from ashley forrette

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portland oregon bridal inspiration wedding shoot from ashley forrette

The proteas made a simple, oversized look on the tables and the bouquets. The Queen Anne Victorian Mansion’s quirky taxidermy and truly vintage allure made for the perfect backdrop. Our dessert stylist, Amy Childs of One Divine Party, created a unique tablescape of candied apples, gold chocolates, and blue macaroons. From the top hat to the steampunk wedding rings, we used local or independent designers for as many details as we could- we are from Portland, after all.


View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (Portland, OR):

Wedding Venue: Queen Anne Victorian Mansion / Wedding Photographer: Ashley Forrette and Aaron Courter / Event Stylist: AniA Collection Bridal Boutique / Wedding Dress, Bridesmaid’s Dress and Bolero: Nicole Couture for AniA Collection / Bride’s Shoes: Creative Recreation / Jewelry: Rachel Roellke Jewelry Designs / Makeup: Kale Teter / Hair: Venus Allure Salon / Groom’s Suit: Duchess Clothier / Tophat: Ashley Lindberg Lawrence / Wedding Flowers: Fleurology / Paper Flowers and Stationery: Sunny & Stumpy / Rentals: Peter Corvallis Productions / Groom’s Ring: Swank Metalsmithing / Bride’s Ring and Groom’s Cufflinks: Noble Studios / Dessert Styling: One Divine Party / Coffee Favors: Apropos Roasters / Models: Kaysha Everetts, Alex Cooksey and Ryan Hinkle

8 comments
  1. Alice G Patterson Photography

    This is the kind of stuff dreams are made of. The photography perfectly illustrates these stunning details!

  2. Adrienne @ MyDeejay

    Completely in love with her hair!

  3. Molly Legut

    She looks like Cinderella at the ball. So pretty, so classic, so unique.

  4. Sabina

    I always wanted to have a two colors bridal gown, but this ice blue dress is simply amazing.

  5. Alicia Nicolay

    amazing – the ice blue is perfection!

  6. Astrid Mueller

    gorgeous wedding, love the details! the flower in the place setting is that origami? it looks so delicate and stunning! beautiful accent, to match the florals of the bouquet. such pretty inspiration. thank you for sharing!

  7. Violette Noble

    Every single part of this inspirational wedding shoot is beyond gorgeous! I LOVE the colors and Ashley Forrette is so talented!

    I’m honored to have my jewelry included in these lovely photos!

    Thank you!

    Faithfully yours,
    Violette Noble

  8. Mikayla

    Hello,
    First I would like to say you had a lovely wedding, what I really loved were the shoes. I was wondering if you could possibly send a link to these shoes, I am having a Steampunk wedding in February next year and instantly fell in love with these I have been looking all over for these. If you could that would be lovely, please and thank you.

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