Bridal Inspiration from the Russian Ballet

dark and moody ballet inspiration

Today, we’re sharing some super gorge inspiration plucked from two of our favorite wedding components. First up, fashion (and you’ll have to wait just a bit to see what we’ve chosen for our next feature!). Inspired by a Russian ballet article in The New Yorker, this editorial, conceptualized and photographed by Jen Huang, is a look at the hardship and darkness behind Russian ballet, but translates that drama into something lasting and beautiful.

We recently shared BHLDN’s Fall 2014 collection, which was also inspired by the ballet (but perhaps the lighter side of it) and we have to say we’re loving every angle of expressive dance for bridal inspiration! We’re finding that the layers + tulle, and the moody textures + hues, channel a certain sophistication + elegance that just feels so right for fall + winter bridal style…

pink ballet shoes

loose branch florals

New York-based talent, Sarah of Saipua, worked her floral magic, using rich, moody tones + interesting textures to keep up with the shoot’s cultivated aesthetic. 

cherry blossom florals

pink and gray dress

ballet bun hairstyle

ballet bun hairstyle

beaded pink dress

loose branch florals

dark and moody ballet inspiration

dark and moody ballet inspiration

Loving these ballet-inspired looks? Check out a few of our current favorite dresses that match this style and would make perfect wedding or bridesmaid dresses!

adriana papel dress

ballet shoes and tights

glass dome of florals

cherry blossom branches


black tuell ballet dances

ballet flats

black tulle ballet dancer


black mermaid dress

black mermaid dress

loose yellow centerpiece

black tulle ballet dancers

So stunning, right? Be sure to pop by a bit later to see another great feature, because sometimes it’s nice to focus on one element of the wedding at a time, don’t you think? Thanks so much to the very talented team of creatives for sharing this gorgeous bridal inspiration with us today!

photography: Jen Huang // florals: Saipua // hair stylist: Styles on B // makeup artist: Jessa Blades // calligraphy: Jen Huang Art // location: Saipua Studio in Red Hook Brooklyn, New York // wedding dresses: Oscar De La Renta via Nearly Newlywed // ballet wear: Capezio