A couture tale of rich hues and sumptuous textiles bring to life Brother’s Grimm’s Twelve Dancing Princesses. Distinguished colors of lavender and plums blended with soft pinks, lilac and hints of fuchsia are married with glamorous textiles evoking feelings of passion and mystery with this fabulous inspiration. Combining the talent of vendors like Raspberry Bespoke Events, Wedding Day Hire and Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium plus so many more – you will only achieve one result – perfection. A moody backdrop at Chippenham Park, a hidden gem complete with neo classical architecture and secret gardens with woodlands that date back 300 years, sets the scenery. It’s a childhood fairytale meets couture told through the lens of Tasha Ikonworks and we are soaking up every last drop.
Raspberry Bespoke Events, the designer and planner of this vision, related to the well behaved princesses of the tale who sneak away into the night to dance. Seemingly demure behaved princesses during daylight hours and upstaged antics by night, this fairytale encompasses a small part of us all; beauty, excitement, composure and a sense of fun! The stunning baroque styling of Joanne Fleming’s elaborate gowns for the princesses worked in harmony with the overall vision and creative ideas of the team. The richly textured dresses modeled to perfection by Emma and Sophie, included the beautiful ‘Roksana’ a gold and black beaded lace gown in metallic silk organza and ‘Emilie’ a rich gold embroidered navy tulle over bronze silk organza, with a graduated hem. Also featured are Joanne Fleming’s ‘Gabrielle-Ray’ an embroidered tulle dress over champagne silk velvet; the ‘Gismonda’ a pale gold guipure lace over silk satin accessorized with the “Peony’ embellished lace and feather cape; the ‘Magnolia’ dress, an ivory guipure lace and silk organza with a silk tulle veil and lastly the ‘Krysanthe’ gown which featured gold lace and bronze silk with a graduated hem and Swarovski accents.
Amazing accent pieces like the cherub baroque gold candlesticks, hurricane lamps, tea light holders, jewels and hanging crystals from Wedding Day Hire had the shoot oozing in glamour and fairytale appeal. Alice from All In One Seasonlent her talent to create the beautiful woodland scene that boasted moss, twigs, greenery and hand selected flowers including Rosa Memory Lane, Rosa Dolcetto, Hellebores, Ranunculus, Scabiosa and Santini Demi (not available in the UK yet). She combined gorgeous pastel shades of soft pinks, lilacs, purples with hints fuchsia and the beauty of the natural surroundings to create an amazing tablescape fit for a princess.
One special candelabra from Classic Crockery hugely inspired the mood board for the shoot. From this intricate piece the pathway to the color scheme, tableware and the whole feel of the shoot came to life. The gorgeous tablescape showcased mismatched baroque glasses, delicate tableware and silver pheasants bringing attention to every detail. The regal side of the princesses at the table was noted with a beautiful crown enhanced by the stunning florals. Never being one for the usual – this team’s tabletop had to be different, for this they chose a door – rustic, yet a large part of the story as the princesses would sneak off into the night!
A Delectable Feast
Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium connects with the story and takes you above and beyond anything you can imagine. Feast your eyes on the tiered pale lilac baroque cake embellished with gold detailing and hand painted with an exquisite woodland scene. She also decorated the cake with the most realistic sugar flowers in lilac, purples and pale pink to match the tablescape. Other edible treats included a whimsical single tiered cake, beautiful cupcakes, cake pops, cookies and macarons. They featured sugar flowers, edible laser cut lace, edible gold ballet slippers, cameos, bows and cherubs. The treats were interwoven amongst the cake table décor of flowers and jewels to create a decadent and harmonious feast to refuel the dancing princesses.
We fell in love with the mystique, secrecy of this styled shoot as it’s not every day we see a dark and moody inspiration done so very right.
Photographer: Tasha Ikonworks | Designer and Planner: Raspberry Bespoke Events | Styling: Wedding Day Hire | Venue: Chippenham Park | Florals: Alice from All In One Season | Cakes: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium | Tableware: Classic Crockery | Stationery: Intricate Creations | Bridal Designer: Joanne Fleming | Shoes and Jewelry: Emmy London | Accessories: HF Couture Hair | Hair and Makeup: Boe of Botias Hair & Makeup