A Tale as Old As Time | Beauty & the Beast Wedding Styled Shoot

by - July 19, 2019

Beauty and the Beast wedding in Austin, TX

July was truly Birthday Month for me! First, B modeled with me again! And this time, he treated me to the true Disney experience and I got to play my favorite Disney princess EVER for a few hours. So I'm sharing some of my personal favorites from this Beauty and the Beast Themed Wedding shoot that I got to do with my beast of a husband 😍.

My pitch for booking this shoot had two elements: 1) Belle is my favorite Disney princess and 2) My husband and I can dance and 3) it would 100% make the top birthday present list

Scroll all the way down to see select photos and the behind the scenes video recorded by fellow model and bridesmaid for the day, Jana!

First Look

"She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live."
~ Annie Dillard

The Mansion had so many elements perfect for a Beauty and the Beast inspired wedding: a large ballroom, a library, a grand staircase, and a stunning entryway. We did a few different first look-esque shots to take advantage of the variety of rooms and settings available. 


First, to stay true to the characters we were meant to be representing, a back-to-back first look with some beautiful leatherbound books (that made it into the Details section further down!). I remember thinking I should have grabbed my copy of Pride & Prejudice from home just to sneak in another element of myself into the shoot πŸ˜‰

Beauty and the Beast first look  - Morgan ma Belle model

And to take advantage of the beautiful rooms that The Mansion has to offer, we visited what I've dubbed The Blue Room to take a seat among gleaming vintage furnishings, the huge fireplace, and more beautiful natural light.
The Mansion at the Women's Federation \ wedding photoshoot

First Dance

"Tale as Old as Time, Song as Old as Rhyme..."

Can you even scroll past these next pictures without Angela Lansbury singing "A Tale as Old as Time" in your head? Go on, try it!

Despite a few wardrobe snafus (like the fact that the ball gown was a smidge too big and the available safety pins were too small and kept popping open), the ballroom scene was the best part of this shoot because both B and I were comfortable and in the zone.

beauty and the beast wedding danceBeauty and the Beast styled shoot wedding dance
Beauty and the Beast dip
Morgan Pashen - Belle ballroom dance - Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast Ballroom \ Austin photoshoot

Bridal Portraits

Any bride -- and any model -- wants photos of herself looking and feeling like a princess on her big day. 

When having your bridal portraits taken, make sure you're capturing the following:
  1. Both vertical & horizontal orientations
  2. The whole dress from a distance
  3. Various headshots - smiling, looking away, looking down, serious 
  4. Some shots with the bouqet, some without
  5. Some shots with a veil, some without
  6. Because the question of "what do I do with my hands" will amost always come up, so something recognizable and comfortable in the setting that makes sense
    1. Play the piano
    2. Smell the flowers in the bouquet
    3. "Princess hands!"
    4. Play with your necklace or adjust your earrings
    5. Lightly touch your hair
    6. Pretend you're about to pick your nails (sounds a little gross but it totally works!)
    7. Have something to hold -- flowers, champagne glass, clutch, your shoes (it's a good opportunity for a unique detail shot), your vows
  7. Tip particularly for models -- don't be afraid to move! 

Morgan Pashen piano

   Morgan Pashen as Belle bridal portrait

Beauty and the Beast bouquet for wedding


Beauty is found within, but these pretty little details are what make a styled shoot pop!

The details are even more important when creating a themed event (so hire a planner to take care of all of that for you if you can!) Red roses for the bouquet? Check! Yellow ball gown? Check! Rose ring? Check! I don't think any of the vendors missed a beat while putting together this shoot -- there was even a Chip teacup!

Behind the Scenes

It takes an entire team to pull together a shoot this extravagant! 

Venue: Texas Federation of Women’s Club Mansion
Host & Stationery: Anastacia McCarthy | Wild Stag Photography | @wildstagphotography
Planner: Micayla Moore | The Moore The Marry Her | @themoorethemarryher
HMUA for Bride/Belle: Chynjah DeLain | Beauty By DeLain | @beautybydelain
MUA for Bridesmaids: Victoria Gonzalez Perez | La Chula | @lachula_hairandmakeup
Hair for Bridesmaids: Lauren Frazier | LJ Hair Salon | @ljhairsalon
Rental Company: Saba Arif | F&S Linens | @fslinens
Florals: Wendy Trujillo | Rose Colored Floral | @rosecoloredfloral
Cake: Monica Behr | Baby Behr Bakery | @babybehrbakery

Bride/Belle - Morgan May Pashen | @morgan.ma.belle
Groom/Beast - Brian T Pashen
Bridesmaid: Jessica Santana | @jana.aureate
Bridesmaid: Annalisa Peetzah | @st.annalisa

~Photographers featured in this post~
Ashley Mathews | Ashley Red Photography | @ashleyredphotography
Grace Lind Hubbell | Gracelind Photography | @gracelindphotography

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