I was honored when Alex Tenser of Alex C Tenser Photography asked me to style her cousin, Jessica's bridal portrait session at the Historic Virginia House back in October. This shoot gave me the opportunity to focus my design toward a more moody and rich aesthetic. The Virginia House dates back to the 1500's in England. The house was later demolished and the parts were brought to the States where it was replicated by a wealthy Richmond family at the turn of the 20th century. The backdrop of the estate is ethereal and elegant and the perfect place for a wedding.
The house and grounds are English Tudor style and are full of Victorian/Gothic architecture complete with stained glass windows, dark wood paneling, rich oil paintings, and an exquisite outdoor English garden. I drew my inspiration for the vignettes from the rich Victorian colors of plum and deep red and from the geometric shapes of the house. My goal was to create wedding inspiration that was timeless but with modern elements. You will see that inspiration popping up in everything from the food table to the unique shape of the bridal bouquet by The Proper Petal.
Jessica's aunt Scottie (and Alex's mom) did her hair and makeup for the shoot. It truly was a family affair. There were tears shed as Jessica stepped out in her dress for the first time looking ethereal, striking, and like a bride full of anticipation. The end result was a bridal portrait session that was both beautiful and full of emotion. A few weeks later, Jessica married her best friend and soul mate, Ronnie. Enjoy!
Rentals: Paisley & Jade