Romantic Grace Kelly Inspired Bridal Shoot
NIKKI SANTERRE PHOTOGRAPHY
Few names evoke the idea of vintage elegance quite like Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy, so when David’s Bridal unveils an exclusive new bridal and bridesmaid collection by a designer who dressed both, you just know it is going to be something special! And today’s inspiration shoot from the talented ladies of Aisle Society captures the regal opulence and timeless elegance of the latest designs from Oleg Cassini perfectly…..
And luckily we have the lovely Aisle Society ladies on hand to talk us through every detail…. “Our inspiration evolved from the designer himself. Oleg Cassini is a celebrity designer who is known for dressing icons like Jackie O and Grace Kelly. As the queen of timeless elegance, we were inspired by Grace Kelly, and envisioned the romance of “Grace Kelly in the Hamptons” captured beautifully on film.
The venue, Seven Springs, is a picturesque historical estate just outside of Richmond, Virginia. Built in 1732, the manor has a rich history, included a stay by George Washington himself. Seven Springs is also home to a flock of heritage breed Hog Island sheep, who make an appearance at events for animal lovers.
The gowns were the stars of the show, with dreamy pale pink lace, retro silhouettes, and impeccable beading as some of the highlights. With breath-taking cathedral veils and the perfect red lip, the brides showcased a timeless elegance that would have made Grace proud!”
Ending off the celebration was a retro caravan bar that featured scrumptious champagne accoutrements selections like lush blackberries, fragrant rosemary and a dash of pear juice. The caravan served as the perfect bridge to yesteryear while showcasing modern amenities and stylings. The day was complete with a champagne toast and a cuddle with Cupid, one of Seven Springs’ sheep!”
“At the reception, we designed a romantic table for two, complete with sweetheart settee for the newlyweds. For the tablescape, we took our inspiration straight from Grace Kelly in a scene in High Society, where she is with a model boat of the boat, True Love. As the perfect nautical touch and nod to the film, the highlight of the decor is the model boat, floating on a bed of greenery, with “Darling, let’s be adventurers” in calligraphy adorning the sail. Heirloom glassware and silverware add to the chic timelessness, while hand-lettered mussel place cards give an added touch of whimsy.”
As a designer for Grace Kelly and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Oleg Cassini is known for creating some of the most memorable moments in fashion history, and so I can only imagine how special it would be to walk down the aisle in one of of his creations [does this make it seem like he’s still alive and designing? He is not, sadly, but his legacy lives on in his namesake collections at David’s Bridal]! To me his dresses embody the glamour of American royalty with timeless silhouettes and lavish adornments. Apparently the designer once said that designing a wedding dress is “perhaps the most special task,” and the collection that bears his name reflects this devotion to detail with each gown crafted of the most luxurious fabrics, appliqués, and beadwork; simply perfect for the bride with an eye for elegance. The new and exclusive Oleg Cassini bridesmaid collection launched in stores and online at www.davidsbridal.com last week.
A huge thankyou to David’s Bridal and all of the wedding professionals and creatives involved, and especially to the lovely Nikki Santerre for capturing it all so beautifully. If you love this shoot and would like to see more of Nikki’s work, pop on over to her website at nikkisanterre.com, and be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!
Or to see more beautiful bridal inspiration from David’s Bridal (this time in a heavenly palette of blues) take a peek here.
Contributors & Credits
Event Design – Aisle Society // Event Production – Storyboard Wedding and Glamour & Grace // Photography – Nikki Santerre Photography // Venue – Seven Springs // Floral Design – Amanda Burnette // Wedding Dresses – Oleg Cassini exclusively at David’s Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses – Oleg Cassini exclusively at David’s Bridal // Shoes, Veils & Bridal Accessories – David’s Bridal // Hair & Makeup – Ave 42 Style Studio // Bar Rental – Cozy Caravan Club // Rentals – Paisley & Jade // Place Cards – Love Always, Me. // Tabletop Rentals – Creme de la Creme // Calligraphy – Capital Calligraphy // Invitations – Laura Lavender