This is a HUGE blog post, but it is bursting with beauty!Â We had the pleasure of styling the fashion spread for The Connecticut Bride'sÂ Spring/Summer issue, which is currently on newsstands. It was an honor to work with such a tremendous team of talents who helped to bring this incredibleÂ project to life!
The inspiration for the shoot was A Mid Summers Nights Dream and the locationÂ selected was the lush and lovely Lord Thompson Manor.Â In the words of Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events , who created theÂ shoot'sÂ design and vision, "When you think of A Midsummer Nightâs Dreamâ aside from the storyline of loveâ it has always been a visually stunning piece of work. Remember the 1999 film with Michelle Pfeiffer and Kevin Kline? Romantic, whimsical, colorful, full of nature and flowers, weird, eccentric, fairytale-esqueâ¦ we channeled all these things into our inspiration board and came up with a color palette of pinks and purples, with a lot of green and deep wood tones."
Our team came up with several different looks throughout the dayâ each having a slightly different fashion flare, but all in keeping with the romantic theme of A Mid Summers Night Dream. Our first look was inspired by one ofÂ Candice's favorite paintings, The Swing , by Jean-Honore Fragonard. The infamy of this painting is the relationships between the characters, whereÂ the man in front of the woman is having an affair with her, while the man lovingly pushing her is her husband.
The table scape designed byÂ Jubilee EventsÂ and Tony of Datura: a modern gardenÂ was dripping with fresh moss on a vintage, hand-carved, wooden table. They used moss as chair cushionsâ accented with colorful orchids. The stunning focal point was an old brass chandelier dangling from a tree, which Â TonyÂ embellished with hangingÂ green amaranthus and orchids. Posh Paperie created garden menu cards with crepe paper flowers and butterfly place cards.Â
AÂ subtle butterfly theme was carried through the entire shoot. It was represented in the paper,Â in thisÂ romanticÂ Augusta Jones gownÂ accented with scattered butterflies, andÂ in theÂ unbelievable butterfly bouquet created by Tony.ÂAugusta Jones, Earrings- Haute Bride,Â Bracelet- Maria Elena
TheÂ layout below is inspired by the scene in A Mid Summer's Night Dream when Puck, a fairy servant, acquires a magical flower, the juice of which can be spread over a sleeping personâs eyelids to make that person fall in love with the first thing he or she sees upon waking.Â He does this in an attempt to untangle the web ofÂ love between the two couples.Fashion credit~ Gown- Anne Barge, Headpiece- Kristina Eaton Lord Thompson Manor Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Shoot Styling & Design: Jubilee Events Fashion, Accessories and Model Styling: The White Dress by the Shore Floral Design & Decor: Datura: A Modern Garden Hair & Makeup: Dana Bartone & Company Vintage Furniture: Unique Vintage (see Jubilee Events for details) Tableware: Party Rental Ltd Paper Story: Posh Paperie Calligraphy: Neither Snow
Our dream teamÂ lead by Carla TenEyck,Â recentlyÂ shotÂ the fashionÂ spread Â for The Connecticut Bride'sÂ Fall/Winter issue.Â Watch newsstands in July for a stunning combinationÂ of vintage inspired looks- from regal toÂ whimsical!Â