Whimsical Woodland Fairytale Inspiration


“Once upon a time, in a land far, far away…”

Everything we showcase here at So Dearly Beloved is all about romance and fairytales, so imagine our excitement when we happened upon this gorgeous inspirational shoot by **Joy Michelle Photography**. It brings to life every element we would expect to find in a real-life fairytale wedding. Feminine, enchanting and just drop-dead gorgeous, this themed shoot will surely leave you yearning to create your own magical celebration.

Be inspired by:

The bride’s dress; Joy says the inspiration for this theme started with the discovery of this flowy, one-shoulder gown created by Russian designer Angelina Androsova. “Once we had the dress, the rest of the shoot just fell into place.” 

The backdrop: Designed and created by Planner/Stylist Rebekah Coxe, this fabulous backdrop was made by creating a pattern with vintage wallpaper squares and then adding dried flowers. So simple, and oh so beautiful.

The invitation suite:  Every element of this suite is magical. We were especially floored by the hand-drawn map, which served as a direction card, and the lovely hand-lettered invitation that was lovingly belly banded and topped off with a wax seal. Designers Jenna and Elizabeth, of Little Bit Heart, literally transport guests into a land of make-believe with a touch of whimsy and a whole lot of romance.

The vintage scroll: Jenna and Elizabeth also designed a darling scroll on which they hand lettered the verses of the E.E.Cummings poem “I Carry Your Heart With Me.” Lovely…and oh so romantic!

We were so enamored with this shoot that we decided to create a special Holiday issue around this theme. Stay tuned for an announcement with all the details.

(C) Joy Michelle Photography 2015

(C) Joy Michelle Photography 2015(C) Joy Michelle Photography 2015

(C) Joy Michelle Photography 2015

(C) Joy Michelle Photography 2015(C) Joy Michelle Photography 2015

This invitation suite rocked our world. Jenna and Elizabeth designed a beautiful hand-drawn map that truly makes you feel as if you’re traveling to a magical kingdom, and a lovely invitation complete with a delicate belly band and wax seal. <swoon>

(C) Joy Michelle Photography 2015

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Joy says, “We wanted to keep all the tones whimsical and romantic “

(C) Joy Michelle Photography 2015

(C) Joy Michelle Photography 2015

(C) Joy Michelle Photography 2015

Click here to see the recipe for this beautiful signature cocktail

(C) Joy Michelle Photography 2015(C) Joy Michelle Photography 2015We certainly hope the talent of this creative team has left you feeling inspired to create your own fairytale-themed celebration. If you do, take a ton of photos, and keep in touch. We may feature your photos in an upcoming holiday issue.

** Joy Michelle Photography is a So Dearly Beloved Premiere Concierge

Photography: Joy Michelle Photography  Instagram: @joyymmichelle
Coordination, Planning, Backdrop & Styling: Rebekah Coxe  Instagram: @wifeandlife
Flowers: Little House of Flowers   Instagram: @littlehouseofflowers
Cake: Winnie’s Bakery by Elise Smith  Instagram: @winniesbakery
Dress: Dream and Dress   Instagram: @dream_and_dress
Belt, Earrings, Shoes,& Hairpiece: BHLDN   Instagram: @bhldn
Stationery & Hand-Lettered Scroll: Little Bit Heart   Instagram: @littlebitheart
Ring Box: The Mrs Box   Instagram: @themrsbox
Tables & Furniture: Vintage
Hair: PSC Hair Artistry   Instagram: @pschairartistry
Makeup: JRG Makeup   Instagram: @jrgmakeup
Model: Tish C   Instagram: @tishcaa
Venue: Private Residence in Maryland

Click HERE to download this inspiration board designed exclusively for our “Beloved” readers by Sofia Boyer of Magnolia Creative Studioinspboard-whimsicaltheme




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