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You'll Be Dreaming of Weddings at The Biltmore after seeing this editorial inspired by The Vanderbilts

Photography By Sarah Bradshaw
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A Visual Love Letter

Photographed at the historic Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina, this artistic and historically-inspired styled shoot created by wedding photographer Sarah Bradshaw is an homage to George Vanderbilt and his wife, Edith. It was Christmas Eve, 1895, when Vanderbilt first welcomed friends and family to his “brand new” American castle. Over 125 years later, his vast historic estate can now be rented for private weddings and events.

“This editorial is a love letter to The Biltmore, the man who built it, and the women he loved,” shares photographer Sarah Bradshaw, who chose specific elements of their stories and crafted a visual narrative to resonate with a modern audience. “Drawing on my love of history, architecture, fashion, & design, I asked, “What would they wear? How would they commemorate their love? Where would they want portraits taken?”

Sarah’s answers unfolded with one of the most beautiful and thoughtfully executed wedding editorials we’ve seen in a long time.

First, let’s introduce you to the cast of characters for this editorial, inspired by the Vanderbilt family as described by photographer Sarah Bradshaw:

 


Here, the model chosen to represent Edith wears a blue and white Sareh Nouri gown fit for a princess, inspired by Edith’s own Cinderella story.

 

 

 

 


Upon return from their European honeymoon, George and Edith Vanderbilt were welcomed by an oversized, 50-ft floral horseshoe arch reading "Good Luck." Horseshoe motifs appear throughout the styled shoot as an homage to the floral arch arranged by the estate staff and Biltmore Village residents.

- Sarah Bradshaw, Photographer

 

 

Edith was a woman marked by gracious hospitality and a deep commitment to enriching the lives of those around her, regardless of social status. An editorial was styled at the Gardener's Cottage to commemorate Edith's connection to the land she lived on and the families employed by the estate.

- Sarah Bradshaw, Photographer

 

 

 


 

 

An avid horsewoman, these portraits representing Cornelia feature a horse named Niko who belongs to George Vanderbilt's great-grandson, the current custodian of The Biltmore.

- Sarah Bradshaw, Photographer

 

 

 


Heirloom roses from the rose gardens at Biltmore were used in the pink bouquet pictured above.

A European-inspired breakfast table was arranged as a nod to the breakfast that followed Cornelia’s wedding to John Cecil at the local church.

 

 

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Photography and Creative Direction @sarahbradshawphoto, Production and Styling @type_a_society, Logistics and Planning @beckon.events, Venue @biltmoreestate @biltmoreweddingsnc, Florals @kateasireflorals, Beauty @beautybespoken, Jewelry @eragems, Gowns  @reemacrawedding @moniquelhuillier from @carinesbridal and @annebarge @nardosdesign @sarehnouri, Formalwear @mossbros @ralphlauren @boss, Headpiece @jenniferbehr, Shoes @givenchy @dior @manoloblahnik @ysl, Still Life Backdrops @locustcollection @laurahooperdesignhouse, Ring Boxes @the_mrs_box, Rentals @professionalparty, Cinematography @chasingmozart, Models @hunter_delvalle @directionsusa, Isabel and Matt Sara @marilynsagency, @jordannagoodman @ursulawiedmannmodels
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