When Stephanie Weber and Melissa Fe Chapman reached out to me about working on an Alice in Wonderland styled shoot, I enthusiastically responded, “YES!!”
I love all things Disney so when I get to combine that passion with my love of paper and design, I just get giddy!
The mood board for the shoot was primarily a garden wedding, so I while I designed the invite, I thought about ways to make the invitation classy like a garden wedding but whimsical for Alice’s topsy turvy world.
I wrapped the invite in a sheet of vellum printed with vines, but with a unique cut for that touch of whimsy, but my favorite part was the wax seal, impressed with a key! These elements combined to give that “through the looking glass” feel as you enter into Wonderland.
Once the guest opened up their invitation, they were greeted with a simple invite with draping vines. A pop of color was added through the blush pink envelope and large handpainted flowers!
My next project was creating matching vow books and a quote from Alice: Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.
Alright! Enough about the paper details, let’s get to the gorgeous bride… the most perfect Alice!
From Stephanie: We recreated a lot of the elements in the film, from the tea cups, clocks and whimsical florals to the “eat me” cookies, and we even had Lewis, Carol and Alice join our mad tea party as our very important guests. The designs chosen for the ceremony and reception site included a mismatched combination of shabby chic rentals, bringing to life the mad tea party. We showcased vintage books, keys, and even The White Rabbit made an appearance throughout the shoot.
The best part of working on a styled shoot is seeing all the vendors coming together, each with their own talents, to create something fresh and unique. Since I got to attend this shoot in person, I loved watching the florist work, as Alison arrived with buckets of beautiful stems and then transformed them into these amazingly intricate installations!
As the photographers moved on from shooting the ceremony to portraits, the vendor team assembled to redress the area for the reception. No one had worked together prior to this day, and yet we all worked seamlessly with the final vision in mind. It was so fun to watch the photographers and organizers of the shoot to come back later and see it all done and put together, that’s a sign of a good team for sure!
More from Stephanie: We ended our shoot as the sun set and our couple enjoyed reading a book, much like when the story began with Alice and she entered wonderland as her sister read her a book.
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Photographer: Stephanie Weber Photography
Venue: Chateau Adare Estate
Florals: New Creation Floral & Vineyard Floral Design
Stationery & Calligraphy: Sam Allen Creates
Cake: CocoaBerry Cake Co.
Vintage Lounge, Dessert Table & Peony Arch: Le Petit Jardin Rentals + LPJ Rentals Stylist
Vintage Furniture Rentals & Decor: @touchedbytime
Table Top Rentals: Birdie In A Barn Event Rentals
Videographer: Bradley Toms
HMUA: Sandy Hillegaart Beauty
Tux: Friar Tux and Stitch & Tie
Veil: AW Bridal
Ring Box: Lace Byrd
Acrylic Signage: Olive Mint Shop
Velvet Ribbon: Emma Linh
Planner: Stephanie Weber Photography + Melissa Fe Chapman Photography