The moment we saw this beautiful styled shoot by William Parkinson Events we fell in love. Roia Restaurant in New Haven, Connecticut was the perfect venue to showcase this gorgeous vintage glam wedding shoot with it’s incredibly detailed architecture. Our favorite part about this shoot is the color palette, we rarely see such a bold mix of red and purple, but balanced so beautifully against the white and neutral backdrop of Roia. We love the gorgeous uplighting by Shindig Lighting, the intricate and unique florals by Fleur de Lys Floral Company, the deco glam paper details by Roseville Designs, stunning Jenny Packham bridal gown by Everthine Bridal Boutique, hair & makeup by Larissa Lake Make Up Artist, the delicate and ornate cake by Lovely Cakes, and of course the overall design by William Parkinson Events.
Brooke Allison Photography captured every detail and shared her favorite parts of photographing this shoot, “I was excited about this styled shoot before I even walked in the door! What I loved most was the quiet nod to glamour that William Parkinson Events brought into so many parts of the shoot. The glitz of gold, the drink arrangement, the chic cake and the tablescape all were infused with a subtlety of glamour that translated beautifully into photos. One of my favorite parts of the day was photographing the couple in the booth, and working closely with Dan of Shindig Lighting to capture that perfect shot. Watching the artistry that goes into his lighting setups is amazing and makes you appreciate what an artist he truly is.”
William Parkinson talks about his inspiration, “The inspiration for this shoot was heavily influenced by the venue itself. The architectural details that comprise every facet of Roia’s design makes the space such a unique and timeless gem in the city of New Haven. In its heyday, the Taft Building (home to Roia and once home to former President Taft) was an early example of American High Society. Guests to the hotel and neighboring restaurant included such stars as Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hephurn, Rogers and Hammerstein, Spencer Tracey, the Marx Brothers, and countless other members of Broadway elite and Hollywood royalty. I wanted to capture the rich history of the building, while complimenting Roia’s roots in French and Italian tradition through displays of old world opulence. Thus, Vintage Glamour was born and perfectly executed through the contributions of the best vendor team a planner could ever ask for!”
More from William Parkinson, "There were two moments throughout the day that really stood out for me. The first was when Fleur de Lys finished assembling the table centerpiece. At that moment, everyone stopped what they were doing and just gazed at the massive 6 foot tall centerpiece at the center of the venue. It was such a special moment and reaffirmed for me that this shoot was truly something special. The second was working with Dan and Brooke to capture the shots of the couple in the booth. When Dan finished positioning his lighting and that perfect glow encircled our couple, I screamed ... literally! Those shots perfectly captured the atmosphere I was trying to create, and the joy of seeing it all come to life was overwhelming in that moment.
My advice for emulating this look is to focus on creating at least one signature element to your wedding design, then find ways to magnify its effect to create that 'wow' factor. For our design, we focused on the table centerpiece to really capture and display a sense of old world opulence. The same effect can be achieved by focusing on your entryway, your escort card table, or any other display that will be a focal point to your guests. This theme is all about the details and presentation, so be strategic with what you incorporate on the place settings. Using mismatched china, and finding creative and playful ways to incorporate the theme into all your details is a great way to accomplish this."
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