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:: Behind the Scenes of Royal Romance shoot ::

4/13/2011 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

In the town of Ruiel-Malmasion, 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 City of Seven Hills has its own array of buildings that are long past their prime yet need 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.

by Shaking Hands Productions

Video produced by Shaking Hands Productions

Photos by Stone Blue Productions

Project Management Team:

Jennifer Prince
Jeremiah Guelzo
Crystal George
Michelle Duncan
Liz Cook


Bowen Jewelry Company – jewelry
Celebration – tuxedo
Church Street Bridal – gown, headpieces
elle&anne– headpieces
Interiors by Moyanne – drapes, furnishings, rugs
La Bella Torta – cake artist
Love Is in the Air – food, calligraphy
Petal Flower Company – bouquet, boutonniere
RS Exclusive – table design, decor
S Carter Studios – favors
SPA 4109 – Eyelash Extensions, Hair, Makeup, Nails


Gordana Ban – Josephine
Jordan Sorber – Napoleon

Photo equipment:

Canon EOS 7D

Lenses: Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L , Sigma

580EX Flashes
Phottix Strato
Wescott reflectors

Video equipment:

Canon EOS 60D(x2)

Lenses: Canon 15 2.8, 28 1.8, 50 1.8
Tokina 30 2.8 macro