Charlotte Wedding Photographer || Ethereal Ballerina Styled Shoot

My favorite old-world, ethereal ballerina styled shoot from the Duke Mansion in Charlotte is FINALLY hitting the blog! It was first published in Wedding Chicks on my birthday! (I know, best birthday gift EVER!).


This shoot was near and dear to my heart for several reasons. First, because the idea sprouted out of a need in myself to express myself creatively outside of just serving my clients. I LOVE photographing my clients and their precious moments, but I also have to do things creatively on my own in order to grow.


My thematic concept for this shoot can be summarized in three words: music, movement, and history. There is so much beauty to be found in all 3. The ballerina in me wanted to celebrate the wonder of ballet and the beautiful movement that is born when the ballerina has the freedom to move with her own creativity. Much like film photography, ballet is an art form. Both are thoughtful and evoke emotion from the viewer.
As for the details, the invitation suite was designed to be an inspiration for those that love a vintage flair and want to incorporate music into their wedding day. Megan with Delighted Calligraphy created the sheet music on her computer and tea-stained and hand-tore the paper to give the suite a dated feel. The cake was meant to be wild and asymmetrical, yet tasteful and beautiful, just like the ballerina. All of the flowers on the cake and petals on the table were sugar flowers and handmade by Whisked by Cate. Finally, I knew the shoot had to be held at the Duke Mansion in Charlotte, NC, as there are years of history and elegance there to round off the thematic concept of our shoot.
This vendor team poured their heart and soul into this amazing styled shoot and we hope you adore it as much as we do!

Bridal Gown and Jewelry: Paige and Elliott || Cake: Whisked by Cate || Calligraphy: Delighted Calligraphy || Florals: Julep Floral || Hair and Makeup: Be Pretty Charlotte || Photographer: Demi Mabry || Rentals: Evermore Event Company || Venue: The Duke Mansion

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