Once upon a time, on the shores of the Kenai Peninsula, there lived a beautiful siren in a filmy, blue wedding dress. In reality this was a beach wedding inspiration project that was centered around Kiera Cass’s YA novel “The Siren.”
We’re featuring a styled shoot today that gives you a good example of how you can craft a bridal ensemble that matches your destination wedding. If you have never heard of styled shoots, they’re popular in the wedding industry. They provide inspiration for brides, and it also allows vendors to flex their creative muscles and stay fresh.
Last week, we toured The Barefoot Bride in Memphis to learn about the experience of shopping for a dress. Even if you know what to expect, walking into a shop full of gorgeous gowns can still be overwhelming. Remember that post when we discussed Things to Do When You Get Engaged? The final item was to choose your date and venue- not your dress! If you have chosen a time of year, time of day, and venue- that immediately whittles your choices down to a manageable sum! For instance, you wouldn’t wear a backless, chiffon sheath for a mid-winter affair in Aspen because you’d freeze. Likewise, you don’t want a long train of duchess satin dragging through the dirt at a garden wedding.
The goal for this project was to create a wedding day look for mermaid (and beach) lovers. Rose Red Bridal Designs provided a dreamy, blue dress that floated like a whisper… it was so perfect! I love the shoulder skimming swags, multi-layered skirt, and the lace-up corset. Our model’s gorgeous hair was kept loose, and alluringly wild- just right for romantic, beach vibes! Anytime you can reflect your wedding day environment, you are making a cohesive style choice.
- Choose fabrics and styles that mirror your wedding day environment (just as we chose blue, ethereal chiffon that reflected the ocean).
- Choose practical dress features (notice shied away from trains, heavy fabrics, and stiff hairstyles that can’t withstand the damp breeze).
- Take your cue from nature. God is the great designer and His creation comes jam-packed with inspiration! Take not of what color combinations, textures, and shapes exist in your wedding’s ecosystem. If you can incorporate bits of nature into your look then you are making a solid design choice! (for example, notice the blue, layered skirt, and flowing fabric compliment the waves and water colors).