Marie Antoinette Inspired Photoshoot by Christina Gressianu

Decadence and opulence are words which immediately come to mind when I think of Marie Antoinette. This teenage French Queen – famous for her beauty and expensive lifestyle – has today become a symbol of wanton extravagance inspiring artists from all over the world. Just like this fabulous team headed up by creative photographer Christina Gressianu. Filled to the brim with gold embellishments, Victorian styling and a gorgeous array of cakes, this Marie Antoinette photoshoot is the epitome of over-the-top beauty and definitely fit for a princess!

From Christina: Living in Colorado from New York City, I occasionally crave the opulence I frequently brushed up against there. While the nature here is magnificent, early this year I began having ideas about a girl surrounded by wealth, gold and frills. A girl who was completely unimpressed with the grandeur around her. And so I thought of Marie Antoinette. In the height of Versailles’ wealth, she preferred to play in the grass with her dogs. This series of photographs came from that vision in my mind, and from a desire to make the pictures I saw in my head real in the world. I feel deep gratitude for the amazing team who worked with me to bring the Marie in my mind out to Fort Collins! I am so fortunate these talented people were inspired by my ideas. They went above and beyond anything I could have expected. Thank you.


Photography: Christina Gressianu /Hair Stylist: Primp Hair Studio / Floral Designer: lace.and.lilies / Venue: Tapestry House Wedding & Event Center / Dress: Dora Grace / Cake Designer: Intricate Icings Cake Design / Heirlooms & extras: Masonville Mercantile / Makeup Artist: Steele the Spotlight / Jewelry: Darvier Jewelry / Props: Inspired Vintage Rentals & Design / Paper Props:  The Print Cafe / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Benny and Joon Wedding Theme Inspiration

We’re totally smitten with this next dose of inspiration. If you’re a fan of the old 1993 Johnny Depp movie ‘Benny and Joon‘ then hold on to your hats, because this styled shoot by the creative Elizabeth Zuluaga is nothing short of dreamy. Not only does it feature a Milk Bar shoot with plenty of fun and quirky appeal (just think cute E session inspo guys!), but also a beautiful riverside wedding styled shoot with gorgeous vintage styling, breathtaking natural light and a stunning up-do I totally have to try! Dive right in and lap up the lovely.

Benny and Joon Inspiration Shoot

Photographer Elizabeth shares her inspiration: I had been wanting to do a styled shoot for quite some time and seeing as how Benny and Joon is one of my favorite movies, it isn’t hard to see where the inspiration came from. It all began three months ago when I was reorganizing some things at home and came across one of my favorite movies, Benny and Joon. Later that day I took a shower, got dressed and whilst blow drying my hair it hit me. A Benny and Joon inspired wedding shoot! I thought, what would it look like if Benny and Joon got married? What would they wear? What would their story look like if the movie just kept going? I wanted to do two looks in order to showcase the diner scene in the movie and of course, their “wedding day.

Everything models Adam and Jennifer wore was picked out carefully from head to toe by yours truly and my wonderful hair/makeup stylist, Michelle Graves. Earrings, suspenders, shoes, even Jennifer’s socks! I would also like to point out that the wedding dress is vintage from the 1950s. So much of the film is about Sam’s eccentric style and Joon’s simple taste, so I worked diligently with my makeup/hair artist to recreate the look and feel of the characters, but also keep it a bit modern as well (with a little Liz flair). I made sure every accessory, sock/shoe and hair placement was whimsical, but with a slight edge. I wanted to be true to the film itself as well, but with a calm, beautiful approach in the posing, mannerisms and chemistry between the models. 

I would have to say my favorite moment of the day was near the end of the shoot when the light was almost gone. We kept chasing the light, laughing, and running trying to get the perfect shot. I finally found this lovely little spot which was canopied by trees with a beautiful opening of the sky. This is where I shot them sitting down and Adam kissing Jen’s forehead, which turned out to be my favorite images of the day.

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Photography, Styling & Shoot Concept: Elizabeth Zuluaga / Models: Jennifer Couch and Adam Kedis /  Hair & Makeup: Michelle Graves / Florals: Citrus Valley Florist

Elegant Horse Wedding Theme

Dreaming of white horses, glamorous rustic ranches and country dining under the stars? Then an elegant horse theme for your wedding may be just the thing to satisify your cowgirl fantasy. This glamorous equestrian wedding board has plenty of gorgeous ideas to inspire. Plus it shows you many ways you can incorporate your love of horses into your big day in a stylish and elegant fashion! Let us know what you think.

Horse Wedding Theme



Credits: Girl with white horse via Polka Dot Bride  / Groom with bouquet via Style Me Pretty /Bride & Groom horseshoe signs via Wedding Chicks / Hay bales via SMP/ Bride & groom with horse by Jose Villa / Couple sitting in stables via Inspired By This/ Lucky Horseshoe Wedding Invitations /Elegant place setting via Utterly Engaged

Green and Orange Wedding Ideas

I love the colour green for a fresh classic wedding palette, and I also love a modern wedding palette with bright pops of orange. But it’s rare you see this combination paired together for a wedding. That is until this imaginative team decided to create this vibrant shoot. Inspired by this year’s wedding colours (tangerine tango and emerald), they created a vibrant inspiration shoot with a rustic Spring theme. You’ll find it full of whimsical green and orange wedding ideas as well as some simple table centrepieces you could easily DIY. So, whether your a fan of a bold bright palettes or subtle and pastel shades, you’re bound to find some inspiration you’ll love.

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Photographer: Candace Jeffery Photography / Event Planner:  Down The Aisle, LLC / Floral Designer:  The Harwinton Florist, LLC /Shoot Location:  The Farms Country Club / Invitation Designer:  Michelle Hickey Design / Dress Designer:  Corrine Weddings / Lighting:  Social Decor / Bakery:  Silver City Cakes / Models:  Bree DiMaio & Cara Cama / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Pink Crab Apple Blossoms Wedding Inspiration

This wedding inspiration shoot by Christina Gressianu came about by a simple obsession with the pink crab-apple blossoms which make an appearance every springtime in her hometown of Fort Collins.

Pink Crab Apple Wedding Inspiration

Christina decided to go with the simple concept of shooting a bride with pink crab apple trees as the backdrop. As she began organizing models, dresses, hair and make up, she started thinking about mirrors and came up with a story for the shoot . . . .

‘Three beautiful girls are surrounded by an amazing natural display of pink blossoms, yet are too vain to notice. Suddenly, they become aware of each other, the crab apple trees, and the gorgeous pink blossoms. Before long, they’re smiling, laughing together and delighting in all the beauty around them more significant than just their own.’

Christina wondered if her story was to cheesy? We don’t think so . . . because it sure made for some pretty inspiration!

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Photography: Christina Gressianu / Hair Stylist:  Cas’s Hair Studio / Wedding Dresses:  Dora Grace / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Chevron Wedding Cake Inspiration

Want your wedding cake to make a bold and modern statement? Then chevron stripes not only have contemporary cool, but will make a stylish impression too. I love the zig zag graphic style of a chevron pattern which not only looks fabulous on these cakes but can also become a wonderful accent throughout your decor and wedding details. Look at these awesome chevron cakes we found to ignite your bold modern wedding inspiration.

Chevron Wedding Cake Inspirationvia Style Me Pretty

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Chevron Wedding Cake Picturesvia Green Wedding Shoes

White Wedding Inspiration

Before I finished up today, I just had to share with you these breathtaking images I found on the The Cinderella Project. This stunning white wedding dress editorial is from Vogue Russia and features a bevy of long-legged beauties in style savvy gowns. If you’re needing a touch more inspiration to convince you to have a white wedding then these alluring pictures should tip you over the edge. Hope you enjoy!

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