Traditionally Egyptian yet contemporary chic; this "Egyptian Glam" styled shoot seamlessly fuses authentic Egyptian with industrial minimalistic design elements - presented in a modern setting. Sophisticated yet simple this styled shoot is ripe full of accessible inspiration for any bride or groom looking to add some cultural edge to their big event.
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We are so excited to share this inspiration shoot with you! We couldn’t be more pleased with how all the details came together. The shoot’s theme is Egyptian Glam. It’s an exciting take on ancient Egyptian design, and emphasizes important stylistic elements including an Egyptian color palette and symmetry. I did so much research while planning for this shoot to ensure authenticity and respect for ancient designs. To our ancient Egyptian foundation I added a sophisticated, industrial minimalism to modernize the theme and make it both approachable and relevant.
Our goal for this shoot was twofold: to introduce a really fun and fresh theme, and to show brides how to incorporate their favorite cultural and ethnic elements into their wedding without the theme being too contrived or in-your-face.
Our cake was done by the incredible Catherine Sewell of Sewell Sweets. The gold beads were made by hand and are edible! I just love how the cake mimics the design of the headdress, which was created by The Verdant Muse.
The invitations and signage were done by the talented Brittany Hampton Aguila of Letters & Dust, and reflect the Egyptian theme in color and style. The invitations are engraved acrylic.
The ring was made by byAngeline, and features a stunning raw sapphire with tiny rough diamonds on a gold band. The gold dress is from Modcloth, and the gorgeous off-white wedding gown, the Madaleine Gown, is by local (Portland) favorite designer, The Nature of Isa.
Our model’s makeup was done by Tiffany Randolph Beauty. Those Egyptian eyes just pop with glamorous style! They are bold and beautiful, and made our bride feel oh-so-special.
The furniture rentals are from Vintage Meets Modern. The chair with the ornately-carved gold wood arms is actually from Egypt!
Charlotte of Charlotte Allegra Photography perfectly captured the glamorous mood of our bride, and did a great job of shooting all the beautiful details!
Our venue for the shoot was Studio 1904 in Portland, Oregon. I just love the industrial feel of the old bricks and concrete floor; they perfectly counterbalanced the richness of our Egyptian color palette.
And lastly, the coordination, styling, small props, flowers, and baklava were done by me, Bethany Graye Mahaffey, of snowberry event + design. I brought in sand for the invitation suite/ring shots as a nod to the sands of Egypt, and collected wild cattails, grasses, and reeds for the large urn displays to hint at the plants that grow along the Nile. The two gold standing props in the lounge area are my geometric/modern take on the classic Egyptian portrayal of the lotus flower. For both the lounge area and the ceremony backdrop, I kept the styling symmetrical, as symmetry was a key element of ancient Egyptian interior design and art.
~ Bethany Graye Mahaffey of Snowberry Event & Design
Cake: Sewell Sweets
Wedding Gown: The Nature of Isa
Styling/Flowers: Snowberry Event & Design
Paper Goods/Signage: Letters & Dust
Photography: Charlotte Allegra Photography
Headdress: The Verdant Muse
Model: Starla Montgomery
HMUA: Tiffany Randolph Beauty
Vintage Furniture Rentals: Vintage Meets Modern
Venue: Studio 1904