In the town of Rueil-Malmaison, France sits the Chateau de Malmaison, a mansion which once belonged to the Bonapartes. In fact, Napoleon was away at war when Josephine purchased the manor, much to his dismay because they spent years restoring it, but it eventually became a beloved home to the Bonaparte family. The love story of Napoleon and Josephine is not generally focused on, yet Napoleon was truly a romantic at heart with his lengthy love letters and affections for his wife.
This is the scene that the vendors of Hill City Bride have portrayed through a stylized photo shoot. Much like the deteriorating chateau, our editorial takes place in a building that is long past its prime yet needs some love and attention.
Napoleon’s time was filled with rich colors, opulence and a regal feel, all of which is conveyed through this editorial. In much the same way, brides are able to ponder different eras for ideas and translate them into workable elements for their own wedding day. Whether a wedding is a full rendition of a theme or merely has hints and flairs, it is a couple’s day to transform and make their own.
So, the team of Hill City Bride welcomes you to meet Napoleon and Josephine as you are temporarily transported to the city of Rueil-Malmaison.
Editorial Shoot Schedule:
Tuesday, March 1st – Editorial Shoot Debut in Lynchburg Living’s Hitched Issue (March/April pages 11 and 64-67)
Thursday, March 3rd – Behind the Scenes Video (click the link to view)
Tuesday, March 8th – Pear Favor DIY (click link to view DIY posting)
Friday, March 11th – The Sitting Room (click the link to view)
Friday, March 18th – The Dining Reception (click the link to view)
Tuesday, March 22nd – Tuesday Shoesday (click the link to view)
Friday, March 25th – The Cake Reception (click the link to view)
Thursday, March 31st – Behind the Scenes Photos (click the link to view)
Project Management Team
Jennifer Prince – Hill City Bride, Project Coordinator/Art Director
Jeremiah Guelzo – Stone Blue Productions, Photographer/Art Director
Crystal George – Crystal George Studios, Artistic Consultant
Liz Cook – Sincerely, Liz: Photography, Creative Consultant
Hill City Bride Vendors
Bowen Jewelry Company – jewelry
Celebration – tuxedo
Church Street Bridal – gown, headpieces
Michelle Duncan, elle&anne– headpieces
Interiors by Moyanne – drapes, furnishings, rugs
Jennifer England, La Bella Torta – cake artist
Linda Hall and Mary Love, Love Is in the Air – food, calligraphy
Elisha Dudley, Petal Flower Company – bouquet, boutonniere
Sandra Guelzo, RS Exclusive – table design, decor
Sabrena Deal, S Carter Studios – favors
Brad Bennett, Shaking Hands Productions – cinematography
SPA 4109 – Eyelash Extensions (Joellen Perkins), Hair (Kate Pitera), Makeup (Patty Mattingley), Nails (Jeanine Maxwell)
Gordana Ban – Josephine
Jordan Sorber – Napoleon