Being able to collaborate on photo shoots with other talented people in the wedding industry is definitely one of my favorite aspects of my job! I find that they give me a chance to push the envelope and try some new techniques and designs out. This photo shoot was definitely an experience like that. When Lina Wallace and Heather Ham told me about their plans for a Twilight inspired photo shoot I knew I couldn’t turn it down and then to top it off they said Meg Perotti was photographing it, so I knew the photos would be gorgeous! Lina and Heather definitely thought this shoot through and have great back stories to all of their design and details. They wanted to do their interpretation of what they thought Twilight’s wedding look might be like…we had all seen the darker side play out in photo shoots, but they wanted to do a lighter feel to it and do more of a forest, earthy look to it. I have to say they did AMAZING! Here ares some words from them describing the look…
We mainly took our inspiration from the fourth book in The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer, Breaking Dawn, in which the two characters Bella and Edward get married. The wedding was described as taking place at the house where Edward and his family live in the woods surrounded by all white flowers. We also took inspiration from the iconic cover of the first book where hands are holding an apple. Apples were used as escort cards, candleholders, a cake topper, and our signature beverage, hot apple cider.
For our ceremony setup we had floating rose heads and crystals hanging from a tree with a simple white rose petal aisle.
For the bouquet, we used peonies, roses, lisianthus, dusty miller and bluporum tied with a simple white ribbon that had the words “so the lion fell in love with the lamb” written by our calligrapher, Calligraphy Katrina.
For the cake I knew I wanted to have some hand painting, but also some other 3D elements that popped off the cake. My friend Heather did the painting part for me and then we made sugar molds to accent the side of the cake and also stuck on real lace pieces as well for texture. And to top off the cake I thought a hand painted silver apple would be the perfect addition!
For the favors, we had several options including buttons with “Team Bella” and “Team Edward”, as well as miniature green trees and pashmina wraps in coordinating colors.
For our main tablescape we used all white flowers (roses, lisianthus and hydrangea) as well as some greenery (dusty miller and bluporum and a few succulents). We incorporated apples as candleholders as well as using floating candles in glass containers and silver candelabras. We had a lace table runner made by Sashes of love placed down the center of the table. We had menus made by our calligrapher with each guest’s name (Bella, Edward, Alice, Emmett, Esme, Carlisle, Rosalie and Jasper). We used a chocolate brown satin ribbon with a crystal broach at each place setting.
We also decided to do a “Luxe for Less” look to show brides how they could take a high-end tablescape and interpret it into something more reasonable for those concerned with their budget. Instead of the rented wooden tables we used a standard linen in camel. We used wooden folding chairs in an antique finish and used a single candelabra with a few floral centerpieces for a similar effect as the main tablescape.
We wanted to bring Bella and Edward’s wedding to life similar to how it is described in the book. We’ve seen other inspirations that are very gothic and dark using reds and blacks, but we wanted to show our interpretation of what their wedding would really look like with delicate, light, airy details.
Thanks to all the wonderful vendors that made this gorgeous photo shoot a reality!
Event Design: Lina Wallace – A Stunning Affair and Heather Ham – Events by Heather Ham/ Photography: Meg Perotti / Floral design: Lina Wallace Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Stationary: Calligraphy Katrina / Table Runner: Sashes for Love / Venue: Church of Our Saviour