I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, with sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.
~ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, II.i
I’ve always been inspired by fairy tales and the genre of fantasy. Last semester, in a Shakespeare course I took at school, I completely fell in love with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I had never read the play before, and the mixture of whimsy, beauty, magic, and surprise just struck me. At the end, I loved imagining what the double wedding between Lysander and Hermia and Demetrius and Helena would look like.
When I Googled “A Midsummer Night’s Dream wedding”, a lot of, let’s just say, interesting things came up, mainly along the lines of theater majors forcing their bridesmaids to dress up as fairies… But I did find this gorgeous photo shoot collaborated on by florist and event designer Tricia Fountaine and photographer Elizabeth Messina. It’s probably pretty dramatic for most people’s tastes, but between the stunning flowers and whimsical decor, I think these pictures can inspire beautiful details for a variety of weddings!
I promise we’re not having A Midsummer Night’s Dream themed wedding, but there are elements of this wedding that I would just love for ours to feel like.
Think but this, and all is mended: That you have but slumbered here, While these visions did appear.
Act V, epilogue
So, what do you think? Is it a little over the top for your taste? Or do you have a soft spot for fairy tales, magic, whimsy, and Shakespearean comedies, like I do?