Phantom of the Opera has long been one of my favorite plays. Its themes of passion and love are both thrilling and haunting. After re-watching the 2004 version directed by Joel Schumacher and featuring Gerard Butler as the Phantom an idea came to me to create a wedding inspired by the beloved drama. I immediately began pulling ideas together and building my Pinterest Board .
When I decided to pursue this vision, I knew I needed a dramatic venue. I had already visited the beautiful Asheville Masonic Temple in the heart of downtown Asheville, NC, and I knew that it was the perfect venue for my vision. With its gilded trim and gorgeous theater, it was clearly the best choice. I contacted them and described my vision and they were immediately on board.
After securing the venue, my next obvious choice was my photographer and Sabrina Greene came to mind. Sabrina’s storybook style of merging photography with illustration and her ability to capture pure emotion caught my imagination and I was not disappointed. Her photography is the lifeblood of this shoot.
With venue and photographer in place it was time to discover the details. I knew I was looking for dramatic theming. I looked no further than Stargazer’s Designs. Renowned for her skill with flowers and a true delight to work with, Kristi Mayrand was my first thought. I knew I could describe my vision and she would run with it to create something beyond beautiful. The florals were breathtaking.
Not only did she provide the stunning florals, Stargazer’s Designs also provided the formal wear for our bride and groom. I knew that a traditional white wedding gown would simply not do. I wanted drama. I visited Stargazer’s Bridal and browsed through the collection of beautiful gowns and found two that absolutely fulfilled my vision. A black gown by Blush Designs brought the drama. Then I found a gorgeous off the shoulder bridal gown by Venus Designs. It was a true showstopper with black satin trim including a dramatic black bow trailing to the floor down the back. The back was further detailed with a row of tiny buttons. It was serendipity because they fit our model Sydney Brown like they were made for her.
I knew that our groom (the Phantom) could be no less dramatic. Glen Messomboom stepped into the role as if he were born to it. The formal wear for our Phantom was provided by Stargazer’s Designs. The crowning touch to his attire came from an unexpected source for wedding attire.
Susan Sertain of the Costume Shoppe of Asheville provided the cape and the mask to complete our Phantom’s look. And they were the piece de resistance in bringing the Phantom to life.
No bride is complete without stunning jewelry, especially the ring. Cary Cocke provided the vintage engagement diamond ring and trust me when I say it was most assuredly the “icing” on the cake. Our bride’s look was further complimented by the outstanding hair design created by Tracy Wilde, owner of A Wilde Hair and stunning makeup by Ali Lawless. Both of these talented women took an already gorgeous girl to absolutely stunning bride. Finally, a Paparazzi necklace and bracelet added the perfect amount of glistening glamour.
Still searching for the best elements to increase the drama, I searched high and low for the perfect place setting to set our table. After a fruitless search, I walked through my kitchen and there, right in front of me, was my own red transferware china. I looked at my china cabinet in disbelief thinking “how could I have missed you?” Once my shock and awe subsided, I got straight to work designing the table scape. I placed a floor length black linen on the banquet table and a crushed red velvet runner down the middle. For dramatic effect, I purposely pooled both the linen and the runner on the floor at the ends of the table. Gold charges and gold flatware along with pressed glass goblets and crushed velvet napkins completed the display. But did it really? I still needed subtle thematic elements so I began running through my initial list of must haves and it dawned on me that I was missing two very essential elements – the rose and the music.
I wanted something different so I began an internet search for roses used in place settings and after a couple of unsuccessful forays into cyberspace I came upon the perfect addition—Chocolate Roses by Rosebud Chocolates—perfect a décor element and a favor all in one (I love elements that serve a dual purpose, beauty and budget friendly, win-win). I reached out to Beth Kilgore at Rosebud Chocolates responded with great interest and sent me the roses that would complete my table scape. They arrived well protected and elegantly packaged. In short, they were perfect. The only thing I added was some green floral tape around their stick to give the appearance of stems. I laid them across the place setting and it was instant perfection.
I still needed music and I knew that no Phantom of the Opera theme would not be complete without music. So, on that note (see what I did there?) I began a search for the Phantom of the Opera Theme music score. The internet is a wealth of information and my search proved fruitful within minutes. I printed the score and aged the paper then used decoupage to attach it to a painted rosette to create the table numbers.
FeatherQuill Illustrations, a division of Something Like a Dream, created the invitation suite and the place cards with rich red card stock and antique styling.
Finally, last but certainly not least, Andrea Clark Hollifield creating the stunning three tier cake covered in fondant then intricately decorated in black lace that mirrored the lace on the black dress. The cake was vanilla with cherry almond filling and it was a little piece of heaven on the plate.
These talented wedding professionals took my vision and breathed life into it. The scene in the theater at Asheville Masonic Temple could not have been more captivating. It has been a great privilege to work with this group of talented wedding professionals and I can’t wait to see what we come up with next.
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