A wedding photographer had a ‘Bridgerton’-inspired photo shoot complete with themed invitations and daring outfits

Wedding photographer Cristeal Felien created a “Bridgerton”-inspired photo shoot. Felien and a team of vendors

A side-by-side of a couple holding hands in front a chapel and the couple kissing.
  • Wedding photographer Cristeal Felien created a “Bridgerton”-inspired photo shoot.

  • Felien and a team of vendors combined the romance of the Regency era with modern wedding decor.

  • They hope the shoot will act as a blueprint for couples who want a “Bridgerton” wedding.

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Netflix’s “Bridgerton” was so popular when it was released in 2020 that it’s becoming a source of inspiration for people as they plan their weddings.


Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset on “Bridgerton.” LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX

Photographer Cristeal Felien and wedding planner Michelle of Nixi Weddings decided to create a “Bridgerton”-inspired wedding shoot after Felien saw posts about the show on Instagram.

A bride and groom embrace in a field surrounded by trees.

Felien told Insider she was inspired by the classic beauty of Regency-era romance, and she thought the aesthetic of the series would translate well for a wedding.

A bride and groom kiss in a field as the bride's veil flies up.

Felien and Michelle worked with a team of all women-owned small businesses in California to make their vision a reality.

A groom brushes a bride's lip with his thumb as they sit on a couch behind an ornate table.

The faux wedding brought Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton together, but the models Felien enlisted, Courtney and Ethan, are a real couple.

A bride sits on a couch outside and a groom sits next to her.

“There is something so special when somebody is genuinely in love with the other person that you can’t really replicate,” Felien said of photographing a real couple.

A bride and groom kiss as her veil flies up in front of trees.

The shoot included a themed invitation suite, addressed to Eloise Bridgerton.

Wedding invitations sit on a table next to a fan, a string of pearls, and a tan shoe.

There was even a Lady Whistledown announcement of the nuptials.

A piece of paper with a Lady Whistledown wedding announcement written on it.

Felien chose a romantic gown with a full skirt for Courtney to model during the shoot, even though it wasn’t the same silhouette as dresses from the “Bridgerton” era.

A bride stands on a pathway in front of a field holding a bouquet.

“It has that sexiness to it because it’s sheer in certain areas, but it also has this incredible elegance that I was just dumbfounded by,” Felien said of why she chose the dress.

A bride runs in a field.

The accessories Felien paired with the dress tied the theme together.

A bride sits on a couch in front of a wall of windows.

A crown, a fan, and the iconic “Bridgerton” gloves made Courtney’s look feel authentic to the era without being cheesy.

A bride sits on a white couch wearing gloves, a crown, and waving a fan.

Ethan’s tuxedo also offered a modernized version of the “Bridgerton” style.

A groom stands in a field in front of a building in a cream suit.

The cream suit had a subtle floral pattern, nodding to the Duke of Hastings’ ornate vests on “Bridgerton.”

A close-up of a groom in a cream suit smiling in a field.

The Nixi Weddings team used flowers, candles, and gold accessories to make a tablescape fit for the “Bridgerton” cast.

A table with a white runner, candles, and white and gold plates in a room covered in windows.

An elaborate cheese board nodded to the heavy hors d’oeuvres the “Bridgerton” cast snacked on at balls throughout the series.

An elaborate cheese board sits on a table.

Mirrors engraved with the names of “Bridgerton” cast members served as place cards.

A mirror with names etched into it.

Ethan and Courtney posed in front of an aged chapel, evoking the same vibe as Daphne Bridgerton and the Duke of Hastings’ wedding.

A bride and groom hold hands in front of a chapel.

Felien told Insider it was important to balance the theme and modernity so the shoot didn’t come across as gauche.

A groom kisses a bride's neck as they lean against a table in a room made of windows.

“I was really nervous about it going in, because I didn’t want it to look cheesy,” Felien said. “I wanted it to be something that would inspire my brides.”

A bride and groom run through a field.

Felien went on to say that some of the things that made the shoot feel authentic were happy accidents.

A bride and groom embrace in front of a chapel.

For instance, Ethan’s pants ended up being shorter than the team anticipated, but they looked authentic to the Regency era.

A bride and groom stand in a field looking at each other.

Likewise, the owner of the venue stumbled upon a group of baby bunnies the day of the shoot that added to the old-world feel of the day.

A bride and groom hold a baby bunny.

Felien said the bunnies made the day feel like a real-life Disney princess movie.

A bride holds a baby bunny with gloved hands.

Felien advises couples who want to have a real “Bridgerton”-inspired wedding to combine modern decor with nods to the show.

A groom caresses a bride's face as they look at each other and sit on a couch.

“Modern elements are a huge part of what made the shoot so successful,” she said.

A black hand and a white hand reach towards each other in front of a field.

“If I had just done a full-fledged costume for each of them, it wouldn’t have looked the way that it looked,” she added.

A bride and groom embrace in front of trees.


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