One of the wonderful things about being a photographer is having the ability to express ourselves through our art, and curate beautiful imagery. I wanted to create something that combined some of my most loved interests with my passion of photography. This is when my fellow friend, Melissa, and I decided to design a fairy tale wedding inspired by Alice In Wonderland.

I have grown up a Disney fan (who hasn’t, right?) and one of my favorite films is Alice In Wonderland. I admire how different she is amongst all the princess’ (even though Alice isn’t really considered one) and maybe this is what I loved most about her character. I loved how she wasn’t afraid to be bold, to go outside the lines, and to speak her mind. While in wonderland she comes across things out of the ordinary, people out of the ordinary and she perseveres.

Have you ever seen a more perfect pair? These two were straight out of a fairytale, with a love a connection so strong, they were definitely in wonderland.

“Why sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

– Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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.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.

From Sam with Sam Allen Creates: “When Stephanie Weber 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 hand-painted flowers!”

The shoot was made possible because of so many wonderful and talented vendors, much like Ioana with CocoaBerry Cake Co. – I mean, look at the amazing display of cakes that joined our tea party. From the delicate hand-painted flowers, to the whimsical display of flowers covering the tasty cake.

From Alison with New Creation Floral Design: “Alice in Wonderland inspired the vision of this shoot from décor to florals. In the Disney Version of the story, the flowers are portrayed as an eclectic array of floral varieties. This being said, New Creation Floral Design and Vineyard Floral Design wanted to play off this theme by creating the arrangements of Alice’s dreams. The designs showcased the season’s best including Beatrice Garden Roses, which are valued for their beautiful form, unique colors and exquisite scent. They were aged to perfection in order to open the garden roses to best show off their delicately ruffled petals. Additionally, the designs also included locally grown Ranunculus, Lisianthus and Anemones, that are grown in sunny Southern California of the flower farm, Crimson Sky Ranch, but are shipped worldwide for their exquisite beauty.

The color scheme of the shoot was a playful variety of Dusty Blue, White, Gold, Coral, and Sage. The florals provided the backdrop of the shoot with bold, pops of color and lots of textures. The bridal bouquet was designed loose and airy to have the look of being fresh picked and playfully arranged straight from the garden. It included, additional varieties of flowers too, including Blush Stock, Yellow Butterfly Bush, Light Blue Delphinium, White Wax Flower and little Chamomile Daisies, which were an intentional addition based on the opening scene in the Disney Version of Alice in Wonderland. 

The ceremony site featured a playful collection of three vintage doors decorated with lush greenery and colorful florals. They provided an impeccably lighthearted backdrop to nuptials and were later utilized behind the head table after the ceremony.

The reception theme hearkened back to the brilliantly fun and slightly eccentric Unbirthday Party! Complete with lush compotes of perfectly asymmetrical blooms, mismatched tea cups, elegant calligraphy and of course a gorgeous cake. 

The lounge area of the shoot had a collection of props that represented the time period of the original Through the looking Glass by Lewis Carrol. Including, gilded frames, patterned china, and a Victorian lounge. All the pieces are further accentuated by the colorful blooms and wonderful props that create the shoot’s overall look.

Lastly, Alice’s beauty in the shoot leaves no one wondering if she is a “wildflower.” In fact, it is plain to see that her elegance surpasses the beauty of all the flowers in Alice’s garden.

This shoot could have not been possible without our beloved vendors and friends.

Photographer: @Stephanieweberphotog

Venue: @chateauadare

Florals: @Newcreationfloral & @bloom_lady

Stationery & Calligraphy: @Samallencreates

Cake: @cocoaberrycakeco

Vintage Lounge, Dessert Table & Peony Arch: @lepetitjardinvintage + @lpjstylist

Vintage Furniture Rentals & Decor: @touchedbytime

Table Top Rentals: @birdieinabarn

Videographer: @bvtvisuals

HMUA: @sandyhillegaartbeauty

Tux: @friar & @stitchandtie

Dress: @krustalloscouture

Veil: @aw.bridal

Ring Box: @lacebyrdofficial

Acrylic Signage: @Olivemintshop

Velvet Ribbon: @Emmalinhco

Planners: Stephanie Weber Photography & Melissa Fe Chapman Photography

See our publication over at Bridal Musings!