This styled bridal shoot was based on Edward Lear’s classic poem, “The Owl and The Pussycat”. The walls of the cafe are decorated in fantastic chalk art, and there is such a whimsical woodland vibe throughout the entire establishment. Enjoy this Poem Inspired Styled Shoot! Xoxo, Jessica
Poem Inspired Styled Shoot
Submitted by: Kimberly Lehman of Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning
What was your design inspiration?
I have always loved the classic story of “The Owl & The Pussycat”, by Edward Lear. I recently came across a beautifully illustrated children’s version of the story, and I knew that I had to bring this story to life. In the neighborhood in Akron, Ohio, where I work, there is the most charming cafe. The decor is very eclectic and whimsical, and owls are a prominent feature. There are fantastic chalk murals on the walls and a handcrafted tree in the very center of the cafe. I knew this was the perfect location for this styled shoot. There is also a wonderfully casual patio outside of the cafe, that beckons you to sit and stay a while. I also wanted to incorporate the literary aspect of the project, so we wandered across the street to the library, and took some shots in the reading garden, and inside among the book stacks.
Describe your flowers.
Since the cafe is so colorful and whimsical, I wanted to keep our floral look soft, with muted pastel colors. The bridal bouquet is comprised of lavender, blue, and pink silk hydrangeas, and pastel silk roses. The boutonniere is a large pastel silk bloom that looked wonderful against Conner’s dark blue suit. I created a rounded centerpiece of the same silk hydrangeas and roses as the bridal bouquet. For a little depth and contrast, I also added large blush silk peonies. This arrangement was placed in my grandmother’s antique soup tureen, and then placed on top of my vintage white cake stand, with a decorative floral edge. We also used some of the natural greenery and wood elements found in the cafe as decor.
Describe your cake.
The cake, created by Debbie Wright of Cake Wasted, was a magnificent three-tiered confection! The three round tiers were each decorated in a shade of blue or green, to represent the ocean in the story. She added several beautiful handcrafted flowers to accentuate the gorgeous cake. The cake topper, created by Katie Meek of Meekly Yours, was a charming rendition of the owl and the pussycat sailing away for a year and a day in their little boat.
Tell us about your attire choices.
Our male model, Conner, wore a slim fitting blue suit of his own. I added a bright yellow silk tie that had little sailboats embroidered on it to go with the theme of the shoot. He also donned adorable owl-framed glasses, that looked so cute on him!
For Sammy Kay, we had 4 different looks. The first was a lovely flowing bridesmaid gown in a color called “desert rose”. This gown set off Sammy’s neckline and beautiful creamy skin. The bridal gown was an ivory lace sheath dress with an embellished empire waist, cap sleeves, sweetheart neckline, and sweep train. She looked amazing in it! The second bridal dress was a tea-length vintage design from the 1940s, sheer with an overall lace design. The final dress was also a vintage design from the 1950s. It was a day dress, deep rose in color, and had an overall lace pattern. The neckline was trimmed with matching satin piping. Sammy Kay added vintage gloves, hats and jewelry to complete the overall look for each outfit.
Please describe any handmade, DIY, or personal items.
There were several handmade items provided by vendors for this amazing photoshoot! Michal Elaine Johnston created a beautiful painting with colors featured in the original inspiration board. Katie Meek of Meekly Yours, created the cake topper, round wooden sign, and table number. Jodi Kennedy of Pink Tomato Creative hand made several of the decorative items, like the large banners, and paper goods.
We used my grandmother’s antique soup tureen as the display container for the floral centerpiece, as well as other sentimental items from my personal collection like vintage books, gloves, and figurines. We also displayed a poster of The Owl & The Pussycat, which had been mounted on a multicolored backdrop, and framed.
Describe the tablescape elements.
We had two tablescapes, one for the cake, and one for the dining table. The cake table was covered in delicate pink table linen, and the gorgeous wedding cake was placed on an ornate antique gold pedestal cake stand. We added gold mercury and small blue glass jar votive candles, and the children’s book of “The Owl & The Pussycat.”
The dining table was covered in a gorgeous blush pink petal tablecloth. Behind the table, we had our bride and groom models seated in magnificent high backed chairs, covered in white leather. The place settings were layered with gold beaded clear glass charger plates and ivory bone china with gold rims. We also used vintage floral china, and gold flatware. The stemware included cut crystal glasses with gold rims and smaller amber aperitif glasses. White and pastel linen napkins completed the look. The place cards were handmade paper boats with sails, as a nod to the boat in the story. I created a rounded centerpiece of the same silk hydrangeas and roses as the bridal bouquet. For a little depth and contrast, I also added large blush silk peonies. This arrangement was placed in my grandmother’s antique soup tureen, and then placed on top of my vintage white cake stand, with a decorative floral edge. We also added a few small owl and cat figurines, and gold mercury votive candles.
Photography: Stacey Long • Venue: A Walk in the Park Cafe • Event Planning: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Floral: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Stationery: pink tomato creative • Wedding Cake: cake wasted • Bridesmaid Dresses: Doreen Leaf Designs • Headpiece: Doreen Leaf Designs • Model: Sammy Kay Smith • Model: Conner Moore • Laser Engraving: Meekly Yours • Bakery: A Walk in the Park Cafe • Wedding Dress: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Fashion: English Rose Vintage Oh • Tableware: Millers Party Rental • Cake Topper: Meekly Yours • Paintings: Michal Elaine Johnston • Handmade Items: pink tomato creative • Tableware: Love, Laughter & Elegance: Wedding & Event Planning • Submitted via: Matchology
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