Let Them Eat Cake: Versailles Reimagined

All Feature Photos by MILK + HONEY Photography Co.

For this inspirational shoot, Brittny Ervin of Carefully Curated Style longed for a classic, elegant, and dreamy look – but with a heavy dose of whimsy. Tradition is turned on its head, so expect the unexpected as the objective of modernizing Marie Antoinette comes to life through the lens of Megan Burnett of Milk + Honey Photography. The best part? The overall look, though trending toward high fashion, shows off subtleties easily adopted by the everyday bride.

Both on the birdcage blusher and on the tablescape, feathers become a point of interest—adding surreal style but not much in the way of cost.

And that ethereal Enzoani bridal gown? It’s one for the books – the storybooks, that is! The romantic frock features a crystal-encrusted and boned bodice with the subtlest of bustier effects. Having never been seen in Charlotte before, surely it was serendipitous that our shoot’s stylist happened upon the dress at a pre-season trunk show at J. Majors. Its glamorous debut on set at the Duke Mansion is every bit deserving. With seemingly high-end details, future brides will be surprised to learn that the gown fetches an average price point at just over $3500. Three luxurious interpretations of lace—beaded embroidered lace, alencon lace, and Chantilly lace cascade through layers of tulle and trim the corselet.

The exaggerated floral headpiece is actually a repurposed clothing accessory, its pin-back easily accommodates bobby pins for placement upon any hairdressing. We think it’s particularly suited for this slightly tousled and majorly teased updo.

Don’t ever look at a piece as having one use, but consider all of the possibilities.
-Brittny Ervin

The tiniest Hunter boots became a tongue-in-cheek addition thanks to the dreary weather. But they work. The boots fit the flower girl’s personality and give contrast to the ruffles and rosettes of her blush pink party dress.

While the allover sequin gown is perfect for attendants, it can also serve double duty as a mother of the bride dress. Sequins are youthful and glamorous. But the color and the cut of the dress are a bit demurer.

As for the tablescape, strands of pearls are strewn about. Dyed ostrich plumes grace the place settings, their organic texture complimenting the cheerful conceit of the mismatched china and goblets. And shockingly pink napkins layer over playfully effervescent taffeta linens to tone down the otherwise oh-so-serious gold flatware.

PHOTOGRAPHER: MILK + HONEY Photography Co.
BRIDAL STYLIST, CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Brittny Ervin, Carefully Curated
CONSULTANT: Therese Brooks, Brides of Charlotte
PLANNER: Kelley Event + Design
LOCATION: Duke Mansion
MODEL: Emmie Edmo, “Bride”
MODEL: Maya Ervin, “Flower Girl”
MODEL: Tara Muma, Harpist
FLORAL DESIGN: Bookout Blooms
PAPER FLOWERS: Pages to Petals
BRIDAL GOWN, SHOES, ETC.: J. Major’s Bridal
PAPERIE: Elle Dee Designs
CALLIGRAPHER: Kristen Henderson
SIGNAGE: MBM Calligraphy
LINENS: I Do! Linen
FLORAL WEDDING CAKE: The Wow Factor Cakes
CROWN WEDDING CAKE: Sweet Scene Cakes
CHINA, GOBLETS, SILVERWARE: VTGCLT
FLOWER GIRL DRESS: Uniquely You Photography
FLOWER GIRL BALLET FLATS: Kixx Shoes for Kids
CROWNS: Shop Katie Baby
HAIR STYLING: Lindsay Pizzuti, Mirror Bomb Studio
MAKEUP: Layne Barter Makeup Artistry

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