Aphrodite-Inspired Bridal Shoot at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum | Milwaukee, WI

Corinne from Canvas Weddings and I met two years ago at a quaint, little cafe in Madison, WI. As we talked about our love for weddings, it didn't take long to realize that we wanted to collaborate on a styled shoot together. Corinne expressed that she had always been inspired by Greek mythology, particularly Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure. As we daydreamed about beautiful details, locations, and dresses, we knew that we ultimately wanted the shoot to celebrate the strength and beauty of women, which is why we chose to place three women at the center of this wedding universe. 

Once we had our primary inspiration in the character of Aphrodite, we turned to Greek antiquity to gather ideas for our design. First, we needed a location — and we almost immediately settled upon the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in Milwaukee, a villa built by a Milwaukee architect in 1923 that is situated right on the shores of Lake Michigan. The villa’s sprawling gardens and Italian Renaissance-inspired architecture were perfect backdrops on which we based our designs.

We took our cues from the Renaissance art of Greek mythology when determining our color palette — lush greens, delicate blush, champagnes, ivories and hints of gold. We wanted the colors to evoke the decadence of Greek mythology as well as the obvious reverence for nature in their worship practices. Amanda from Alluring Blooms achieved this by combined lush and bountiful greenery and blooms with light gold leafing in the bouquets, table garland and ceremony arrangements.

All other details, from the lace robe to the dynamic hairstyles, dramatic ceremony draping and the lush draped chairs were inspired by the duality of Aphrodite’s softness and her strength. This vision of beauty and strength was brought to life with the help of many of Wisconsin’s best wedding artists - a BIG thank you to everyone that was involved! I'd like to thank Style Me Pretty for featuring this shoot as well (you can check it out here). Check out all the grecian goodness below...

Venue: Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum | Event Design: Canvas Weddings | Florals: Alluring Blooms | Bridal Gowns & Veil: Brandi's Bridal Galleria | Cake: Bloom Bake Shop | Stationary: Sugar River Stationers | Hair Stylist: Sevva Salon | Accessories: Jaxie | Models: The Rock Agency | Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals | Linens: Event Essentials