wedding editorial: ballet-inspired details

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A performance by the Pacific Northwest Ballet last month prompted me to organize a bridal photo shoot for Project Wedding inspired by ballerina style. I gathered my favorite wedding girls for an afternoon session at The Cleaners. Lucky for us, Lisa Warninger served as photographer.

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The dress, created by Elizabeth Dye, includes two removable skirts. The first is a soft tulle, dyed to just the right ballerina-pink hue! The second is a fun silk organza mini adorned with a fluff of gorgeous handmade flowers. I think the latter would also be cute for prom!

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The amazing Madeline Roosevelt created two hairstyles. The first, a side swept chignon and the second, a flirty side braid. Our model, Hannah rocked both.

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For a bit of cheeky fun, we added little swan details everywhere and instead of a wedding cake, brought in a croquembouche! See Project Wedding for the full article. Thank you to all involved!!

Credits + sources. Hannah Osborn/Model. The Ace Hotel/location. Chelsea Fuss/Styling + concept. Lisa Warninger/photos. Elizabeth Dye/dresses + wardrobe styling. Madeline Roosevelt/hair + makeup. The English Dept./silk flowers. Styling intern/ Lauren Willhite Assistant /Amber Johnstun. Cabin 7/ Table card display. Fish Bone Deco/large gold swans. La Provence/croquembuche. Creative Candles/ tapers.


  1. Lovely is a perfect word for these photos. I am “mad” for all white tablescapes and this one seems ethereal!! Love how the napkin seems to be “relaxing” on the plate. Well done!!

  2. Chelsea this is such a cute idea. The styling is perfect and I love that croquembouche! Great job!

    p.s. Sorry to hear about the comp and bankcards – I can’t stand it when those things happen! Enjoy your break this weekend 🙂

  3. You really outdid yourself! The soft green tones are lovely. My sister had croquembouche instead of a cake at her wedding, and it was delicious 🙂

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