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Midsummer Night’s Ballet Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Enchanted wedding inspiration meets the New York City ballet in this stylish shoot from Diane Hu Photography and Busy Bride Planning + Consulting, and we couldn’t be happier. Dreamy details are laced throughout the entire shoot, inspired by Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, including two darling flower girls dressed as fairies. Add some pointe shoes, and we’re good to go!

midsummer night's ballet wedding inspiration - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

From the stylist, Jackie of Busy Bride Planning + Consulting: We (Jackie Travers from Busy Bride Planning + Consulting, and Diane Hu from Diane Hu Photography) were inspired by the enchanted land of magical fairies, elegant lovers, and lush green woodlands from A Midsummer Night’s Dream as performed by the NYC Ballet. We thought it would be fun to style a playful wedding filled with romance, whimsy, and mischief!

midsummer night's ballet wedding inspiration - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

delicate bridal bouquet - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

midsummer nights ballet wedding inspiration - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

flower girl shoes - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

ballerina wedding - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

Romance: We invited professional ballerina, Stephanie Salts, from the Lustig Dance Theatre of New Jersey, and New York City actor, Matthew Dunigan, to play the role of Shakespearean lovers. Through movement and dance, we captured delicate, intimate moments between our model bride and groom. The bride wore a gorgeous, custom Rebecca Schoneveld wedding gown with a lace corset bodice that accentuated her petite figure and a dramatic, long pleated skirt that allowed our ballerina bride to pirouette, arabesque, and chassé with ease. City Girl Flowers made a delicate flower bridal crown comprised of light pink, blush and white roses to match our woodland theme.

romantic flower crown - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

midsummer nights ballet wedding inspiration - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

midsummer night's ballet wedding inspiration - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

summer drinks - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

midsummer nights ballet wedding inspiration - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

midsummer night's ballet wedding inspiration - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

fairy flower girls - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

Whimsy: We wanted to create a magical setting filled with unique, handmade details and fanciful décor. We filled our tablescape with assorted vintage chinaware. Each place setting varied just slightly to avoid looking “too” perfect! Park Slope Press created lovely letterpress table numbers and an exquisite ethereal invitation suite. The outdoor garden space at My Moon Bar and Restaurant has green ivy draped along stone walls and is surrounded by lush greenery, which provided the perfect woodland wonderland backdrop. City Girl Flowers placed delicate flowers in hanging mason jars along the outdoor deck – the jars appeared to float in the sky. Our escort cards were hand made using small potted plants tied with a beautiful ribbon and displaying each guests’ name on a miniature white flags. The “ring bearer pillow” was also handmade with a moss-filled antique wooden box (found at a local antique store) and a gold ribbon to secure the rings. Our dessert table was full of refreshing summer treats: pitchers filled with strawberry lemonade, a donut tower decorated with flowers, and a simple vanilla cake adorned with blueberries. All of our DIY décor are simple, beautiful, and inexpensive projects that any bride-to-be can take on!

plant escort cards - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

midsummer nights ballet wedding inspiration - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

table number on an easel - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

midsummer nights ballet wedding inspiration - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

reception chair signs - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

midsummer nights ballet wedding inspiration - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

ballerina wedding - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

Mischief: Our A Midsummer Night’s Dream Ballet shoot would not have been complete without our adorable (and mischievous!) flower girl fairies, Emma (age 3) and Cameron (age 5). Janelle Funari New York provided stunning, hand-made couture dresses with French painted laces, silk taffeta and vintage trimmings. Petal Halo created custom-made flower headbands. The very talented Etsy shop, Enchanted Fairyware, created beautiful handmade fairy accents, including magical ballet style slippers and enchanted sparkle fairy wings. We are so grateful for the tremendously talented vendors who helped bring this magical story to life through dance, delicate details and whimsical décor!

midsummer night's ballet wedding inspiration - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

midsummer nights ballet wedding inspiration - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

wedding cake with blueberries - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

midsummer night's ballet wedding inspiration - photo by Diane Hu Photography http://rufflebdlog.com/midsummer-nights-ballet-wedding-inspiration

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Be sure to watch the behind-the-scenes film from Bethany Michaela Jones:

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Diane Hu Photography

Event Planning:

Busy Bride Planning + Consulting

Florist:

City Girl Flowers

Venue:

MyMoon

Wedding Dress:

Rebecca Schoneveld

Bridal Accessories:

Hushed Commotion

Hair:

LP Styling

Makeup:

Lindsey Jones

Flower Girl Dresses:

Janelle Funari

Flower Girl Headband:

Petal Halo

Flower Girl Accessories:

Enchanted Fairyware

Groom's Attire:

Brooklyn Tailors

Rentals:

Bits And Pieces Vintage Rentals

Stationery:

Park Slope Press

Videography:

Bethany Michaela Jones

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Bohemian Weddings

You just can’t top a backyard wedding in Malibu, can you? Zoom Theory and The Little Branch were part of the talented team on hand for Kayla and Jakob’s wedding day, which was full of bohemian details and sweet personal touches, made all the more special by the whole thing taking place at the groom’s childhood home.

intimate backyard wedding in Malibu - photo by Zoom Theory http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-backyard-wedding-in-malibu

From the bride, Kayla: We wanted something really intimate and down to earth with a bohemian feel to it. We focused on having amazing food, good music and great people. We wanted to get married somewhere that would have meaning for us and were so lucky to be able to have the wedding at my husband’s childhood home. It was really important to us to keep things intimate and only have our closest family and friends there to celebrate with us.

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Flower recipe: I wanted the flowers to feel very relaxed and romantic – nothing too fussy. So we went with loose, organic feeling bouquets. All of the bridesmaids’ bouquets were in the same style and colour palette but each was unique. The bouquets had peonies, ranunculus, poppies, and garden roses, with lots of greenery. We also had small potted succulents and single blooms of peonies, and pink mink protea on the tables.

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As far as a theme, I really wanted to emphasize a boho vibe with gold metallics. We ended up with a few odd gold touches, like the rose gold cutlery, gold sandals for the bridesmaids, gold handwritten place cards, and the variety of brass and gold vases, urns and mercury votives on the tables and here and there around the yard. Lighting was really important to us as well, and the hundreds of twinkle lights and market place stringers, together with the mason jars with candles we had around the yard really made for a warm and romantic feel. We wanted to do as much as we could on our own. The family recently had to cut down a large tree in the yard because it was leaning on the house, and so they had these great stumps from that Jake’s brother made into stools, and his brother also made a very large wood table that made the most beautiful dessert table. We had a work day where our extended family came over and helped with gardening, painting some of the outdoor furniture a bright and cheery yellow, and Jake’s uncle built the swing that you’ll see in many of the photos and got each member of the family to put in one nail, so it was a group effort. Jake’s grandma did our chalkboard seating chart, and his mom contributed the pieces of amethyst that were at each place setting and served as our wedding favours. We ordered the arch for our ceremony off of Etsy, but it was my mom and Jake’s brother that made sure it was anchored and would look stunning on the day by cementing the feet of it into planters and then planting flowers to give it a natural look. I got overly ambitious and decided to attempt to calligrapher all of the envelopes to our wedding invitations and write the place cards myself.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Our advice would be to try to enjoy the planning process and make it your own. We liked to choose a few details that were very important to us and focus on those and let the other details fall into that same theme. We would also say, that sometimes less is more.

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intimate backyard wedding in Malibu - photo by Zoom Theory http://ruffledblog.com/intimate-backyard-wedding-in-malibu

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Wedding Music:
My husband was largely in charge of the playlist and we really wanted to have more classic music. We had the odd newer song in the mix, but we had a lot of Rod Stewart, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Sam Cooke, Van Morrison, Cat Stevens, etc. A year or so ago, we, along with Jake’s siblings, became huge fans of Smooth Hound Smith, a folk and blues duo now based out of Nashville and were so fortunate to have them play at the wedding as well.
Processional: “At Last,” Etta James
First Dance: “Love Me Tender,” Elvis
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight,” Frank Sinatra
Last Song: “Dancing in the Moonlight,” Toploader

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Zoom Theory

Florist:

The Little Branch

Day-Of Coordination:

Avesta Carrara

Venue:

Private residence

Wedding Dress:

BHLDN "Seraphina"

Flower Crown:

The Little Branch

Hair:

Drybar

Bridesmaid Dresses:

Free People

Groom's Suit:

J.Crew

Catering:

Rock Chef Rolls

Band:

Smooth Hound Smith

DJ:

Skyline Entertainment, Spring Austin

Photos by:

Zoom Theory

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Wedding Design

Beach weddings often take up space in my daydreams, and they just as often happen to look awfully similar to today’s shoot from Michelle Roller Photography, Sandcastle Celebrations, and Eden Floral Design. The entire scene was put together with a palette of grays, blues, and metallic accents in gold and brass, keeping everything perfectly tied to the waterside theme.

windswept bridal editorial on the beach - photo by Michelle Roller Photography http://ruffledblog.com/windswept-bridal-editorial-on-the-beach

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A billowing canopy structure constructed with birch branches echoed the sails of a sailboat. A dining table set with gold rim china and glass ware from Italy nestled elegantly within this natural structure. The napkins and cheese cloth table runner were dip dyed to reflect the ombre colors of the sea. Vintage trunks, wooden crates and lanterns anchored these stylistic elements. The floral designs created by Eden Floral utilized both native plants and conventionally grown florals. A vintage brass urn used for the centerpiece showcased the delicate florals. The bridal bouquet accented the exquisite fabric of the bridal gown. The torn and trailing fabric tied to the bouquet complemented the gown. Paper Cake Events created a gorgeous cake that of reflected the waves of the sea. Edible gold foil was used to decorate both the cake and the delicious French macaroons. The invitation suite created by Morningside Paper Studio utilized a stunning mix of watercolors and gold foil. The suite perfectly captured every element of the inspiration. What started as a beautiful hand-made gown coalesced into an exciting bridal inspiration shoot showcasing many talented vendors from California’s Central Coast.

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Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Michelle Roller Photography

Event Design:

Sandcastle Celebrations

Florist:

Eden Floral Design

Wedding Dress:

Milamira

Hair:

Becky Wolfe

Makeup:

Candace Miller Makeup

Wedding Cake:

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Wedding Invitations:

Morningside Paper

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