Photo by Cassie Xie of Cassie Xie Photography

Two weekends ago I was transported into a forest wedding wonderland in Forks, Washington. Surprising, I know, but completely magical.  A few weeks ago I was invited to model in a bridal inspiration photo shoot complete with gorgeous dresses, jaw-dropping florals, and two sweet photographers. Although I’m not in the market for wedding dresses or venders at the moment, what single gal in the city could resist feeling like a gorgeous princess for the day? Not this girl, so of course I said yes. It was an absolute dream and I’m excited to share the photos with you as well as a few ideas for creating your own Princess Bride look for your big day.

Photo by Cassie Xie of Cassie Xie Photography

 

Of course there are a million bridal styles to choose from, but a constant classic is the Princess Bride look. There are so few times in a girl’s life that she can dress like a total princess and get away with it. One involves your fifth birthday party, and the other? Your wedding. Here are five quick tips in creating a royal ensemble for your wedding day.

5 Steps to Princess Bride Style

 

1. Intricate Updo + Tiara

First things first, a proper princess look requires an beautiful updo. Seattle beauty stylist Anne Timss set things off by creating this intricate bundle of small rolls in the back to create a low, loose bun feeling. She pulled some pieces out in the front to frame the face, and fall gracefully against my bare neck. She secured the jeweled tiara with a couple of bobby pins to keep it comfortable and in place.

Photo by Cassie Xie of Cassie Xie Photography

 

2. Soft, Romantic Makeup

The makeup look was decidedly soft and romantic and Anne created the look with a mix of classic and soft details. She kept the emphasis on the combination of a bold lip and black liquid liner. Light eye shadow blending brought attention to the eyes, while the black liner and lashes drew attention to them, adding a little extra volume. She kept away from modern details like a winged liner to keep the more traditional styling in tact, without moving into a definitive decade or modern trend. She finished this soft look with a rosy pink blush on the cheeks and bold berry lip colour. I love the overall sweetness and romanticism of this look. It fits the rest of the look perfectly.

Photo by Cassie Xie of Cassie Xie Photography

 

3. Big, Bold Blooms

When I allow my mind to wander and envision aspects of my future big day, the first thing that comes to mind is a massive clump of petaly pretty things. Amanda Jewel of Amanda Jewel Floral Design seemed to be reading my mind the day of the shoot. While exploring the area prior to hair and makeup I got to watch her putting all of the stunning bouquets together on a picnic table out in the woods near our cabins. She had flown in flowers from Atlanta where she’s based, and collected greenery from around the area to give them that rustic, Pacific Northwest look.

Photo by Natalie Jackson of 4 Corners Photography

Photo by Cassie Xie of Cassie Xie Photography

 

4. Off the Shoulder Wedding Gown

One thing that definitely conjures thoughts of a princess bride is an off the shoulder wedding gown. This stunner, with a sweetheart neckline and flowing chiffon skirt is actually a top and skirt from San Francisco bridal design house Lace & Liberty. They are known for their bridal separates, which give brides a many options in easily creating a custom gown to fit every curve and style preference. I loved the dreamy quality of these soft sleeves. They were so light and airy and fell so gracefully against the skin. Paired with the crown in place of a veil, this look was distinctly royal.

Photo by Natalie Jackson of 4 Corners Photography

 

5. Antique-inspired Jewelry

A bride’s style can often stem from the first piece of the wedding ensemble: her engagement ring. This stunning rose gold and diamond halo ring from Trumpet & Horn is not only beautifully vintage, but it’s also very of the moment with it’s halo design. It’s a great version of the halo for the girl who nods to bygone days in her personal style. Trumpet & Horn specializes in curating an inspiring set of bridal jewelry from a myriad of decades and fills in the blanks with reimagined vintage-inspired pieces. I love how uniqueness and beauty of everything on their site, especially when compared with the oft monotonous bridal jewelry designs on the flooding the market in the last few years.

Photo by Natalie Jackson of 4 Corners Photography

 

Well, there you have it; all the ins and outs of my princess bride look on Rialto Beach. Soon I’ll be sharing another wedding inspiration post, with more of a bohemian vibe soon, so watch out for that.

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