When Hunter Ryan Photo submitted this styled shoot to be featured on our blog, I was floored! It is gorgeous, full of passion, and so en pointe with the theme, which is Anna Karenina. I had previously put out a request for an Anna Karenina styled shoot, there was a knock at the door (an email in my inbox), et voila, there it was! We so looove it when this happens!
Some details about this gorgeous collaborated shoot:Instead of vengeance and wrongdoings in Anna Karenina our styled shoot more exploits the opulent Russian setting of Leo Tolstoy's novel, and thus becomes the inspiration for a Russian winter wedding in Southwest Florida. Had Anna and Count Vronsky been able to escape the social pressures of their worlds, this would be their private wedding-their happily ever after.
The styling dispels the myth of not being able to achieve a winter styled wedding amongst the palms of Southwest Florida, and proves you don't need sparkly white branches, fake snow or all white elements to do it. Instead of heading into a more wooded area in Southwest Florida (which is hard to come by) we set up right along the riverfront on the Caloosahatchee. We really wanted the challenge of helping brides be able to see the winter vision right against a typical Floridian backdrop. The overall theme wasusing old world jewel tones juxtaposed with soft peonies and warm furs. We started with old world Russian circus- style "Big Top" tents. One tent was created as a private sitting room, the other as their reception area...complete with a comfortable lounge filled with colorful pillows, lots of candles and rich furs. Their reception table was simple and pretty and low to the ground to stay with a loungey comfortable feel. More pillows and fur rugs served as seating. Finally for the bride and grooms styling we have a handsome groom with coat tails and an opera scarf, and a gorgeous bride in a vintage lace gown adorned in jewels and luxurious fur. And well, unrequited love turned marriage ? well it was just beautiful!
Beautiful indeed! We decided to split this shoot into two parts: Wintry Days & Spring Nights. In this post we are featuring the Wintry Days inspiration of the fabled tale. And, let me tell you, it is hard to tell that this shoot takes place in Southern Florida! It is simply stunning, and looks like the temps are frigid and worthy of some sexy cuddling.
Behold this Anna Karenina inspired shoot, beautifully captured by Hunter Ryan Photo:Photographer: Hunter Ryan Photo//Event Venue: White Orchid At Oasis//Model: Robert Lauber//Floral Designer: Botanicals on the Gulf//Invitation Designer: DM Paper Designs//Event Planner: Along Came Stephanie//Heirlooms and extras: Alter Elements//Linens and Coverings: BBJ Linens//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Black Tie Tuxedo//Cake Designer: Kakes by Karen//Model:Lorena Placencia//Hair Stylist: Salon Tease//Makeup Artist: Salon Tease//Equipment Rentals: Sperry Tents//
Gorgeous! These two make such a stunning couple. Their steely gazes lure each other in-it's intoxicating!
Here is Part II of this shoot, Spring Nights-it's a little more light hearted, yet still full of passion and added opulence!
Many thanks to Hunter Ryan Photo and to all collaborators for this beautiful styled shoot submission!
Submitted via Two Bright Lights