Today’s featured styled shoot is sure to conjure up dreams of sugar plum fairies, dancing ballerinas, and all things a fairy tale wedding requires. Inspired by one of the season’s favorite traditions, this wedding inspiration is going to tug on the heart strings of any bride-to-be who ever dreamed of The Nutcracker as a little girl. Designed by Bespoke & Beloved Events and captured by Samantha Zenewicz Photography, this styled shoot at HIP at the Flashlight Factory features a feminine color palette of blush pink, rich plum, and crisp navy blue. Sweeping evergreens from Holly Hanna Floral were the perfect floral compliment to mirrored Marbella tables featuring beaded chargers, gold flatware, and the dishware in the palest of pink, all from All Occasions Party Rental. While the bride looked ever the princess in a darling blush dress and chic bun courtesy of Dominika Bronner Hair and Makeup, the groom had a slight edge thanks to a leather bow tie and pin stick boutonniere. A hanging cake from Tasty Bakery, signature drinks served in calligraphed holiday ornaments, and miniature nutcrackers adorning the details rounded out the noteworthy elements. If nothing says the holidays quite like The Nutcracker does, today is your lucky day! Get ready to celebrate!
About the Shoot
For this shoot, we decided to focus the theme on the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Land of the Sweets in tones of mauves, blushes, and purples. This shoot is for all of us who dreamed as children of growing up to be in the Nutcracker.
In a subtle nod to the Nutcracker prince, we chose the blue midnight pin dot tuxedo and midnight vest from The Black Tux, but opted for a leather bow tie and pocket square from Nevestica Fashion. The matching leather stick pin instead of a traditional boutonniere was the perfect touch of rock and roll to set this look apart from the traditional groom’s look. You can’t have a Sugar Plum Fairy Land of the Sweets wedding without an amazing pink wedding dress fit for a prima ballerina and bridal details to match.
The ceremony took place in front of HIP’s stunning vintage fireplace mantle styled with candlelight, Nutcrackers, tulle, and evergreen garland created by Holly Hanna Floral. The spruce branches in the bride’s bouquet mimicked the garland as well as the other floral arrangements throughout the wedding.
For the reception, HIP’s concrete topped tables carried out the vintage industrial feel of the venue. Guests found their seats at tables named for characters from the beloved ballet story. Each table number featured a copy of an original costume sketch by Robert Perdziola for the Boston Ballet printed on vellum and accented with gold edging and calligraphy by Judith Brown Calligraphy.
A Pittsburgh wedding wouldn’t be complete without the infamous Cookie Table; ours was beautifully accented by Judith Browne Calligraphy’s watercolor-washed parchment and decorated mirror labels inspired by characters found in the Nutcracker ballet’s Land of the Sweets. The bar selections were also inspired by the ballet.
Suspended in the air on a golden swing, the cake by Tasty Bakery features four tiers decorated with sugar petals, bold colors, gold leafing, piped icing, and molded fondant with a snow globe topper.