As Halloween draws nearer, what could provide better inspiration than Edgar Allen Poe’s “Annabel Lee?” Tulip + Rose Photography and asrai garden are the creative minds behind this shoot inspired by one of Poe’s most famous works, and they filled the dreamy shoot with gobs of grey, black, and muted blues, setting the mood perfectly for a chic Halloween.
From the photographer, Tulip + Rose Photography: As lovers of all things romantic and the Halloween holiday, we have always wanted to do a dreamy wedding inspiration that played to both. We drew our inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “Annabel Lee;” which is a story of lovelorn romance set at a kingdom by the sea that ultimately ends in tender tragedy. Steelwork Park, which is actually the ruins of the old US Steelworks in Chicago, is set right on Lake Michigan and made for the perfect kingdom by the sea. Chicago Vintage Rentals provided the antique table and chairs and the elegant place settings which were integral to our vision. The tablescape was completed with a graceful runner by Silk & Willow and delicate shells and driftwood from Asrai Gardens.
The florals, expertly crafted by Elizabeth Cronin of Asrai Gardens, were an amazing array of blooms many of which were sourced locally. The lush bouquet and centerpiece boasted an amazing architecture as the greenery and flowers delicately cascaded in a purposefully haphazard way – creating stunning artistic movement that mimicked the waves of the sea. Luscious Silk and Willow ribbon was tied around the stems of the bouquet to add even more romantic appeal. Jessica from Boho Ink‘s modern aesthetic merged with classic calligraphy techniques to create this incredible invitation suite. We simply couldn’t stop swooning over her attention to detail in every aspect of the design – from the paper to her intricately constructed words to the overall composition of the each piece – she truly creates works of art. While Edgar Allan Poe is traditionally rather macabre, this poem bears a slight deviation – incorporating unending love in the face of impending doom.