"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind." William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream
Dreaming up spring wedding inspiration is one of our favorite pastimes at Strictly Weddings. Prepare to be transported by the brilliant photographer and visual storyteller, Teresa Cunningham, in this Midsummer Night's Dream styled shoot. Perhaps nothing says romance quite like Shakespeare. As a lover of theatre, literature, and poetry, Teresa often draws upon beloved stories.
"I wanted to portray the atmosphere, the beauty, love and confusion that is conveyed in a Shakespeare play," Teresa explains. But she waited some time before recreating this classical fantasy, developing her photography skills first and then waiting for the perfect collaborators.
"I wanted to make sure that I knew the right suppliers for the job. I didn't want just anyone, I wanted to collaborate with the best of the best, the crÃÂ¨me de la crÃÂ¨me," she explains.
Teresa chose the finest UK vendors and this wedding inspiration features the collaborative efforts of six of our beloved Luxe List partners: Red Floral Architecture, Eleventh Heaven, Flossy & Leigh, Cookie Couture, Knutsford Wedding Gallery and Marry Me Films.
Their first challenge was to capture the essence of Midsummer's Night's Dream-to create a set of images that were elegant, romantic and almost ethereal. The next challenge was to marry two different looks: shabby chic and contemporary style. We think they did the trick.
Among the verdant greens and towering trees, SW partner Red Floral Architecture created wild blooms to reflect the natural elements of the woodlands and crafted quaint bouquets to mirror the refined elegance of the fashionable gowns. With gorgeous bespoke headbands, stunning jewelry, and fabulous makeup and hair the models looked utterly angelic. To bring it all together, Cookie Couture made the most delectable cakes that were ideal for these regal brides.
The results were magical and this was certainly a love story worth waiting for. We look forward to another captivating shoot with Teresa Cunningham and our fabulous UK partners.
Are you envisioning a storybook wedding like the one featured here?
For picturesque floral design, learn more about the talented Red Floral Architecture on their Luxe List page. Every girl needs bespoke and beguiling accessories for their special day-agreed? Look no further than Eleventh Heaven. Haven't yet found the perfect gown? End your hunt at Knutsford Wedding Gallery. Makeup? It's a must-have. You too can get all glammed up like the beautiful models in this shoot with SW's partner Flossy & Leigh. And finally, for some added sweetness, we highly recommend the award-winning Cookie Couture.
Floral Arrangements and Dressing: Red Floral Architecture / Jewelry & Accessories: Eleventh Heaven / Hair and Makeup: Flossy & Leigh / Festoon Lights and Edison Bulbs: Typical Type / Cakes: Cookie Couture / Dress Supplier: Knutsford Wedding Gallery / Behind-the-scenes Video: Marry Me Forever Films / Models: Pulse Agency, Liverpool