Ballet Inspired Shoot by Jessica Claire + Jill La Fleur
March 10, 2011

Black Swan seems to have taken the world by storm and its reach can even be seen in the wedding world with ballet inspired bridal fashion popping up everywhere we turn and we aren't complaining. The glamour, the romance, the ballet shoes...the girly girl in us is squealing with delight. But honestly, once we saw this shoot styled so, so beautifully by the awesome Jill La Fleur we forgot about the movie or any other ballet inspired shoot to date. All eyes were on this beauty and the gorgeous images by another one of our favorites, Jessica Claire. So get comfy SMPers because this shoot is FILLED with beautiful tidbits and there is a whole gallery for you to explore once your done poring over this post.

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See the FULL shoot here!

From Jill La Fleur... Since I was a little girl, I loved the ballet and of course like most little girls wanted to be a ballerina! I was one for a short while and I still remember the feeling of putting on my ballet shoes and tutu to this day! It's playing ultimate dress-up! Recently, I was completely inspired by the incredible movie, Black Swan! The movie itself was amazing but what I couldn't stop thinking about were the ballet outfits, the dance studio and the romance. I couldn't wait to create a ballerina inspired wedding shoot after seeing this film! I pictured a ballet studio with beautiful window light, a beautiful black dress and romantic ballet-inspired blush dress and of course the shoes! I pictured feathers and wings and stunning hair/makeup. I wanted to bring in some romance and pictured an old phonograph, a cellist and an antique dressing table. The tabletop was dressed like a ballerina itself! The linens and lamp shades were all custom made and the champagne carafe and flutes were antiques. The models were all dancers and really enjoyed "dressing up" and doing what they loved to! How beautiful would a wedding be with all of this romantic ballet inspiration! I think little girls dream of being two things from a very young age...a ballerina and a bride! And this inspirational shoot brought the two together so beautifully!

Photography: Jessica Claire / Design and Styling: Jill La Fleur of La Fleur Weddings & Events / Florist: Camilla Svensson Burns / Hair and Makeup: Cathryn Van Breene / Dresses: Romona Keveza and Vera Wang via  b. Hughes Bridal / Tux: King Tux / Cellist: Lars Hoefs / Head pieces: Jannie Baltzer