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Behind the Scenes: The Design Board That Inspired Our Royal Fashion Feature

Yesterday’s chitter-chatter about yet another royal wedding got me thinking about our royal wedding-inspired fashion feature in the current issue of Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom magazine.

The fashion feature is one of my favorite spreads in our 120 pages–I quite fancy the hats and fascinators, the rich jewels and jewel tones, the dandy suits, and, of course, the fit-for-a-princess gowns. (That Claire Pettibone frock, paired with a Twigs & Honey floral ‘crown’ and a Roberto Coin rock, still makes me weak in the knees when I look at our summer cover.) So, today I though it would be fun to give you a peek behind the scenes of Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom, and share our inspiration for our royal fashion spread.

What inspired our photo shoot? Wills and Kate, natch. But also, the notion that brides and grooms should look–and feel–like princesses and princes for a day. And what better way to go big on your big day than in spotlight-stealing gowns, sharp suits, killer heels, and jewelry even the Queen would envy. Toss in posh details like macarons, tea cups, and hat boxes, plus gemstone hues of amethyst purple, ruby red, emerald green, and sapphire blue, and we had a fashion concept fit for a king (and queen). With our design board in hand, we let the games begin…

From stacks upon stacks of hat boxes and tables topped with necklaces and neckties to racks of gowns and multiples models (oh, and one very handy leaf-blower–wind-swept locks do not come easy!), our fashion shoot included a lot of coordination and many cups of coffee over the course of two very looong days. But the end result–our 10 page “Hats Off!” fashion feature in the summer/fall 2011 issue–made it all worth any of the royal pains we experienced on set.

If you haven’t seen the fashion spread and haven’t picked up our current issue, get thee to your local store (or click here), snatch up a copy of Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom, and see how we brought our royal wedding-inspired design board to life!