A special holiday family tradition of mine is to see the Oregon Ballet Theatre perform The Nutcracker. For this bridal inspiration photoshoot at the gorgeous and swanky new Arc Light Event Space in Oregon City, we took this tradition and let it guide our creativity to give a fresh perspective on winter season weddings. 

Elegance comes to mind when I think of ballet. This word heavily influenced my decision-making when finding the perfect vendors to work on this styled shoot. We used snowy accents like white roses, baby’s breath, and dahlias to give the feel of the Land of Snow. Ballet slippers, nutcrackers, and snowflakes made for festive details. 

Our model Kendal wore the whimsical Opal gown created by local Portland fashion designer, Elle Heavin Couture. The bespoke gown includes a high neck, puff sleeve, and hand-sewn embellishments. The gown floats effortlessly and is perfect for any bride wishing for the grace of the Sugar Plum Fairy as she makes her way down the aisle. 

Handcrafted and one-of-a-kind jewelry was provided by Cheyenne Weil Jewelry. Cheyenne’s jewelry includes details like silvery-blue Akoya pearls, Rococo-inspired mounting, and botanical elements. Cheyenne’s designs intentionally display the ever changing growth of nature, like the Blooming Rose Solitaire with its just-opening rose. The lacy details on Cheyenne’s jewelry are a perfect match with the equally delicate design of the Opal gown. 

To compliment the cool temperatures of the season, we chose an icy blue plaid suit from Harris & Tailor, allowing our model Korbin to be a stand out groom.  Harris & Tailor uses exquisite fabrics and refined construction making for a polished look for Korbin. 

Hair and makeup was kept fresh and natural by Mai Berg Artistry. Kendal’s hair was ever-so-carefully-pinned in a low knotted bun. Mai used hints of berry and rosy cheeks as if Kendal had just entered her cozy home after a frosty walk in the snow. 

Our hope with this Nutcracker winter styled shoot is to inspire couples for a wintertime wedding that is as wondrous as the holiday season.