Roccoco Rapunzel Wedding Shoot

When I was approached by the ladies at Engaged! River Valley to do a Roccoco Rapunzel themed styled wedding shoot at the amazing wedding venue at Audobon State Park, I was 100% in! I had been binging the Netflix series Versailles and the architecture of the museum there is French chateau-inspired. Score! I knew binging on Netflix would pay off eventually! The only problem was that they wanted to use Rapunzel as our fairytale princess inspiration. Rapunzel, however, is a German fairy tale.

I put aside the problem of the German fairy tale and became super inspired by the Baroque period design and wardrobe elements, which was the style during the reign of King Louis XIV. Taking this period into consideration, I knew we had to incorporate lots of ornate gold and silver elements. While researching, I found that within the Baroque period was the Rococo period and ooooohhhhh, how I fell in love with this design style! Pastels, florals, and happy, soft hues galore!

Again, the issue of French architecture and design and the German Fairytale emerged and I just couldn’t resolve that issue in my mind (because I’m a total geek! lol!)

So I did some digging…

It turns out that one of the original versions of Rapunzel was a story written by a French noble who was banished from King Louis XIV’s court. It was called Persinette, meaning “little parsley.” and this telling of the tale is one version that inspired the Brothers Grimm story of Rapunzel we all know today. For an added bonus, I found out that Disney used Rococo period paintings as inspiration for the background art in Tangled!


I could finally feel good about using Rapunzel inspired details in this shoot because, after all, it was a French tale first! Aaaaaaannd Disney used the same design period as inspiration! Talk about a dream come true and happily ever after!

The entire creative team and I had so much fun combining royal elements that would have come from the “prince’s” side of the family, with wild and organic elements that would have come from “Rapunzel’s” side of the family, into this styled shoot. I absolutely fell in love with the bouquet, which had a trailing vine as well as tiny heads of lettuce as a nod to our inspiration. Our bride even wore a lavender dress and her hair was perfectly styled into a modern-day coiffure! Plus, she even looks like the Rapunzel in the Disney version of Tangled (you’ll need to see it below to believe it!).

I am so thrilled with how this shoot turned out! It could be one of my all-time favorites!

Wedding invitation with hand written caligraphy laid across baby blue cheese cloth on top of a silver charger with a white peony and fresh greenery

Linen ceremony program with caligraphy writing decorated with hand painted flowers and framed with fresh spray roses and pink ribbon and a boutenniere resting on a silver tray on top of blue cheese cloth

Silver and diamond vine inspired earings resting on blue cheese cloth

White fabric draped across a wedding ceremony arch with fresh greenery and a silver and cystal candelabra

A bride in a lavendar wedding dress and a groom holding her bouquet with a fabric draped arch in the background

A boutenniere with a small white peonie and lamb's ear and a bride and groom leaning in for their first kiss in front of a fabric draped arch

A bride and groom dance under a fabric draped arch with fresh greenery tie backs

A bride and groom pose in front of the museum at John James Audobon State Park

A bride and groom ascend the stairs at the museum at John James Audobon State Park

A beautiful bride smiles while a groom nuzzles her ear and a banquet table set with gold and silver candelabras in front of the museum at John James Audobon State Park

Silver and crystal candelabras adorned with fresh flowers in the center of a banquet table with mismatched antique china and silver chargers

A large pink peony sits on top of a vintage floral painted china dessert plate and mismatched dinner plate with a silver charger underneath

Close up details of a silver candelabra and floral painted antique china

A lavender ombre three tiered wedding cake decorated with fresh peonies and greenery sitting on top of a white dessert table with the Audobon Museum and Nature Center in the background

A lavendar ombre three tiered wedding cake decorated with fresh peonies, lambs ear, and grapes

A bride and groom sit at a sweetheart table in front of the Audobon Museum and Nature Center

A groom whispers tenderly into a bride's ear while sitting in mismatched chiavari chairs decorated with white chiffon and fresh floral tie backs with the Audobon Museum and Nature Center in the background

A bride and groom standing in the garden in front of the tower at the Audobon Museum and Nature Center in Henderson, KY

Creative Team:

Venue: Audobon State Park

Florist: Zeidler’s Flowers

Table Scape/Decor/Arch: Just Your Style Event Rentals

Dress and Jewelry: Paparazzi Glamour

Hair and Makeup: The Hair Traveler

Menswear: Ella Park Bridal

Cake: Piece of Cake

Check out the full feature in the Summer 2018 issue of Engaged! River Valley magazine below!


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