Because Game of Thrones and weddings go so well together.
"I had the idea to create a Game of Thrones styled wedding shoot. I knew that it would be a tough style to recreate while still managing to keep it elegant enough for a wedding. Nevertheless, we took on the task to recreate the vision that I had in my head for this epic photo shoot. Two of the more memorable characters, and frankly two of my favorite, in the show are Daenerys Targaryen and Sansa Stark. These two women are both very strong and beautiful but have a soft, elegant side to them as well. We wanted to portray this in both the dress styling as well as their attitudes. We reached out to a local designer, RCB Fashion, to create gowns that would fit the characters and leave others breathless. After deciding on the fashion, the location was the next critical element of planning. Smithmore Castle, a 121 acre private mountain estate, provided the perfect setting. This “castle in the sky” in the Blue Ridge Mountains was the perfect place inside and out to set the atmosphere for the inspiration shoot.
To complete the invitation suite, a “dire wolf” wax seal was placed on the back of the envelope. A Game of Thrones shoot wouldn’t be complete without dire wolves. Full Moon Fam Wolfdog Sanctuary, a not-for-profit sanctuary for abused wolfdogs who find themselves in need of love, shelter and care, provided the model: “River the Ambassadog.” River stole the show with his regal nature and was a true testament to the incredible work done on the farm, which is one hundred percent funded through donations and sponsorships.
The 10-foot antique wooden table was set with branches, moss, greenery, a faux fur runner, endless candles and candelabras and a feast fit for royalty from Reid’s Café and Catering. It was one of those scenarios where everyone we involved put as much time and heart into the project as we did and it truly showed when we got to Smithmore Castle."
Credits : Katherine Elena Photography
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