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Let Them Wear Couture

Mar, 09, 2015

We cordially invite you to bask in this magically modern take on Marie Antoinette. This couture collaboration — which showcases gowns created by the divine Melissa Blackburn — brought together the best of the best and is dripping with decadent ideas that will elevate your wedding to royal status. Take in these tips and then check out the vivacious vendor list below. And for more details on this shoot, check out the 2015 issue of Utah Valley Bride!


Be Bold For the love of all that is fabulous, be bold.

Gilt-y As Charged Even if you can’t spring for such an elaborate setup at your reception, consider a detailed tablescape for a wedding dinner or simply decorate the head table in grand fashion.

Sitting Pretty For photos, have your photographer move your cake from the standard setup and display it in fun settings.

Social Butterfly Incorporate a head-turning element from your theme into your wedding wardrobe. You could wear butterflies in your hair, ladies. We promise.

Body Of Work Take a cue from Melissa and focus on this focal fabric. The wedding gown sets the tone for the entire wedding. Make it a priority.

But First, Cake If you want to have your cake and eat it, too, make sure its presentation is as impressive as the cake itself.

Frill Seeker Make sure the delicate details of your gown read well in photos — since that is what will be remembered long after the big day.

Your Majesty Awaits Full skirts bring the wow factors like nothing else — and don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. “Try on things you aren’t sure you like,” Melissa says. “You will be surprised!”

Va-Va Volume Go big (hair) or go home. “If you have a big, beautiful dress, you might as well balance it with big, beautiful hair, right?” says Kali Wengreen, a hairstylist for the shoot. “Don’t be afraid of a little more volume than you are used to with your wedding day hair.”

Ravishing Risks Bridal photos are the perfect time to take a risk with bold styling, whether it’s an over-the-top prop, a wild hairstyle, a fearless red lip or a striking, unexpected pose.

Tower Power Decorate the food table with fruit! It adds color, interest, depth and charm.



Gowns Melissa Blackburn

Photography Mikki Platt Photography

Additional Photographers Jefra Starr Linn, Heather Nan Photography, Crystalyn Nilson, Green Apple Photography, Nichole V. Photography

Creative Direction Melissa Blackburn, Mikki Platt, Jefra Starr Linn

Project Director Jefra Starr Linn

Table Styling Karli Elaine Events

Floral Design Tinge Floral

Cupcakes/Cookies/Cakebites Sweet Tooth Fairy

Furniture Dear Lizzie

Model & Prop Styling Rosie Jarman of Dear Lizzie, (Instagram: @rosielovesrococo)

Makeup Jade Baird of Kissable Complexions

Hair Bethany Loveless, Jessie Ward, Kali Wengreen

Gold Flower Brittany Jepsen, The House That Lars Built

Cake Cake-A-Licious

Props Hale Center Theater

Backdrop Penny Jones

Models Amanda Larsen, Ashlyn Anderson, Chloe Thompson, Michelle Lier White, Sarah Miskin, Suzy Clawson, Jacee Murray, Camille Romriell, Kelsey Lund Murphy, Shaquel Farr, Rosalia Badger Long, Katie McDermott, Dani Braun

Butler Chris Clark

Junior Footmen Hank and Slade Blackburn

Shoot Location Spanish Fork warehouse




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