My foundational inspiration for this shoot was cotton candy! The fluffy texture and pretty pastel colors of traditional carnival-style cotton candy came to life in my mind as an outside-of-the-box wedding theme that I just had to make a reality. So often couples choose traditional colors, styles and themes that have been done over and over again, and I wanted to bring something fresh and exciting to the table to inspire couples to incorporate fun, whimsy, and personality into their wedding day!
The theme of this shoot was Luxe Cotton Candy Carnival because I also wanted to emphasize that fun and whimsical, can be glamorous! Often, I think that couples feel that they have to choose between fun and fancy, but that is not the case, and I wanted to use this shoot to showcase that!
Drawing on the inspiration of the cotton candy, as well as the colors of macarons, the color palette I selected was pastel focused, of course, with lilac, light orange, light greens, and shades of pink and blush. Colorful, light, sweet, luxurious, and whimsical were the vibes, and each element that went into the shoot reflected that! I also wanted to place a heavy emphasis on textures, to pull the cotton candy and whimsical essence through the set ups and attire. The key texture and color elements came from the florals. Save the Date Florida created a fabulous bouquet, a lush table arrangement, and gorgeous ceremony pedestals. The gold frame of the pedestals and the gold compote vessel for the centerpiece beautifully communicated the luxury element, while the lush, pastel florals were the complete vision of texture and whimsy that I had imagined!
Details are truly everything when it comes to a cohesive theme and each element of this shoot communicated the theme flawlessly! Both of the dresses from the Lillie Mae Collection captured the whimsy cotton candy vibe that I was picturing, and the colors were incredible. Paired with the stunning and unique jewelry pieces from Arnold Jewelers, our gorgeous model looked amazing. The colors of the jewels were the perfect touch for this non-traditional wedding theme! And of course no look is complete without a dream glam squad. With makeup by Megan Panwar and hair by Tiffany Stylez, we achieved an ultra glamorous look that looked INCREDIBLE with the dresses! Hot Tip: If a non-traditional, whimsy dress is your dream, but you’ve still got a big white gown vision for your trip down the aisle, go for a reception or after-party dress with some color or whimsical essence!
There is no successful Luxe Cotton Candy Carnival styled shoot without a cotton candy cart, and so of course we worked with Posey Exchange. They also brought the shimmer wall which really elevated the theme to the next level! The tablescape was another next level element, and a beautiful collaboration with chairs from Posey Exchange and tabletop rentals from Set and Styled. Menu cards from Korynne + Company were the perfect finishing touches to complete the setup and tie all of the colors together! Hot Tip: Want to make your wedding feel perfectly themed and luxurious? Work with a rental company to get upgraded tabletop rentals! With seemingless endless possibilities, a rental company can help you bring your tablescape dreams to life. We also HIGHLY recommend renting a bar! Standard banquet tables with white linens will get the job done, but a rented bar front helps bring everything together! Vendors like Wandering Whale have an inventory of unique and beautiful bars to choose from to enhance your wedding vibes. Add in a signature cocktail and your guests will be in for an amazing experience!
I was so excited to be able to have this shoot take place at Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast! The grounds are beautiful and the picturesque house with gorgeous views provided the most exquisite backdrop for the shoot. And Amanda Zabrocki Photography beautifully captured every single detail from the day, and brought so much energy and light to the experience!
Coordination & Design: @mdpevents | MDP Events
Venue: @palmettobnb | Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast
Florist: @savethedateflorida | Save the Date Florida
Photographer: @amandazabphoto | Amanda Zabrocki Photography
Makeup Stylist: @megan_panwar | Megan Panwar
Hair Stylist: @tiffanystylez | Tiffany Stylez
Bar: @the.wandering.whale | The Wandering Whale
Chairs, Shimmer Wall, & Cotton Candy Cart: @posyexchange | Posy Exchange
Tabletop Rentals: @set_and_styled | Set and Styled
Dresses: @lillie.maecollection | Lillie Mae Collection
Jewelry: @arnold_jewelers | Arnold Jewelers
Printed Materials : @korynne.co | Korynne + Company