If you’ve followed along for a while, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of Disney. From the animated classic movies to the parks, there’s something about it that tugs at the strings of my heart and brings out the little girl in me who truly believes in magic. When it came to thinking about a look and feel of my wedding, I knew I wanted some way to bring the magic of Disney into it, in the most subtle (and classy, hopefully) of ways.
Cole and I are getting married this New Year’s Eve, so I immediately drew a connection to one of my all-time favorite Disney movies (and the most beautiful visually, in my opinion) – Cinderella. The clocktower is a central figure in the movie as Cinderella goes to the ball and must leave the prince before midnight. Likewise, midnight will inevitably be a very important part of our night as we count down to the New Year, and the clock will be too. If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen a piece I posted by Mary Blair (the amazing concept artist behind Disney’s Cinderella) that has inspired the color palette of our wedding.
I wanted to convey this feeling starting with the Save the Dates for our wedding, so for “my look” of the engagement photos (his were the baseball photos, which you can see here), I went with a fairytale, Cinderella-inspired theme. The ridiculously talented Austin photographer Kayla Snell also took these photos, and I was absolutely in love with how they turned out. We walked around downtown Austin at sunset and she was able to capture that golden hour look. Cole and I had so much fun dancing and kissing and just being goofy in our formal attire downtown, and when I overheard a group of highschool kids say I looked like a princess, I knew we’d captured the vision I was hoping for.
I knew I wanted a modern day Cinderella dress, poofy skirt, blue hue and all, but it was hard to find exactly what I was looking for. I kept my eye on Rent The Runway, and when this Allison Pariss dress showe dup in their new arrivals section, I knew it was the one. I have to admit I was a bit intimidated when I opened the box to find endless amount of tulle, but once I put it on, I truly felt like I was going to the ball.
A huge thank you to Kayla Snell for capturing these amazing photos – they are even more beautiful than I could have dreamed of and truly capture that magic, fairytale feeling.