featured! our burlesque/mardi gras shoot on green wedding shoes!!

happy mardi gras lovelies!! it’s been a while since we’ve posted, but i do have some inspired goodness to share with you. also be sure to check out our feature on green wedding shoes today!

when krista mason and i dreamed up the concept for this photoshoot, we were intrigued by the sexy romance of vintage burlesque. what better space for this vibe than the brand new the loft on pine in long beach. it’s raw industrial space, with romantic curves of iron, rich wood, and exposed brick..you can’t get better than that!

as the ideas formulated more, i kept coming back to the idea of marrying the burlseque with a fun mardi gras vibe…but with a twist on colors by using black, gold, and radiant orchid. being creole, new orleans and mardi gras is in my blood…so i ran with this dark, rich, burlesque, edgy spin on classic southern traditions. the re-occurring theme we kept coming back to was feathers, lace, and masquerade. i love the mystery of burlesque feather fans and we were lucky to have fancy feather create beautiful black ostrich feather fans for us to use at the altar area. these could also be a great alternative to a bridesmaid bouquet. i wanted to keep the look straightforward and clean for ceremony, so my team created a backdrop of suspending gold dipped feathers behind our couple, and also did a mix of gold dipped feathers and reflux black roses from krista jon down the aisle. archive rentals created a “chapel meets home” ceremony setup by using a mix of wooden pews and plush tufted armchairs that looked so beautiful in the space.

the invitations were black lace wrapped with hints of gold peeking through. i love lupa & pepi for adding an edgy touch by printing black on slate paper, was so rich and luxurious! all the other paper goods had a 3 dimensional curve to them, just to make it feel a bit more romantic and less like a typical wedding day stationery. i loved how those curves looks so beautiful set against the place setting, or even mimicked the curl of the ribbons on the masquerade escort display!

when i think sexy & black when it comes to bridal fashion, i immediately think of vera wang! with it’s black lace, this gown was actually a main piece of our inspiration and it, along with the luxe jewelry pieces were from erin cole bridal. the romantic soft tulle bridesmaid dress is from bhldn, and i loved how it could be tied 15 different ways. it all paired so beautifully with these bespoke masquerade pretties from petal & thorn. we had 1011 makeup create a soft vintage hair for the girls, and natural makeup look on the bridesmaid with a little subtle drama on the bride…even her lips were a soft touch of the radiant orchid color. the stunning bouquet was a romantically wild mix of color and textures, to soften up the look.

urban palate urban palate customized an hors d’oeuvres menu with a new orleans twist…crab beignets, maple bacon biscuits, muffaletta pizza, and banana foster tartlet. it was all simply amazing!! we even had pharmacie serving up a hullabaloo spicy gin drink, and a sweet chocolatey spin on the classic mint julep. archive set antique gates behind the bar cart, i wanted the dark feel of old cemetery gates mixed with soft floral vines climbing up. dont you just love how this cake designed by sweet and saucy shop pulled together the entire inspiration?

the deep walnut dining table was draped with black lace piano shawls as a slight runner. then krista jon filled the table with an electic mix of brass pieces overflowing with gorgeous floral in various tones of fuchsia, radiant orchid, plum, and even pops of apricot colors. all the dinnerware and glassware pieces from archive (even the raw lace tied napkins) gave everything such a feel of soft romance! was so perfect for the space!

much thanks to jen with green wedding shoes for sharing our little bit of madri gras delight. now…laissez les bons temps rouler!!!

the team that made it all happen…
- venue: the loft on pine
- photography: krista mason photography
- planning/design/styling: us;)
- bridesmaid dress: bhldn
- burlesque fans: fancy feather
- cake: sweet and saucy shop
- catering: urban palate urban palate
- cocktails: pharmacie
- floral: krista jon
- gown & jewelry: erin cole bridal
- hair & makeup: 1011 makeup
- masks: petal & thorn
- cloud parade vendors: cufflinks and confetti
-onsite babysitting: la wedding sitter
- paper goods: lupa & pepi
- rentals: archive rentals

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