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A Midsummer Night’s Dream-Inspired Wedding Shoot with Principle Ballerina Hee Seo

By Shayna Seid | Photography by 

Allen Tsai Photography

|Planning by 

Paulina Yeh Events

Wedding planner Paulina Corvi of Paulina Yeh Events was inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the ballet adaptation and brought that passion to produce a styled editorial wedding shoot with ballerina Hee Seo. Hee is not only the first Korean ballet dancer to be promoted to the position of principle dancer at the American Ballet Theater, she was also one of the youngest to achieve that title at the age of 26.

As the play of course takes place in summer, the dresses, ceremony setting, and tablescape can truly inspire weddings for any season through the use of rich colors and lush florals. “I wanted the audience to walk into this floral wedding dream with me,” Paulina explains.

Paulina and photographer Allen Tsai  shot the editorial at 620 Loft & Garden in the heart of Rockefeller Center, and Haseok Chung Studio captured everything on video. Since Hee and the shoot’s “groom,” Thomas Forster, are principle ballet dancers who dance at the iconic Lincoln Center, Paulina knew the shoot’s location had to be equally breathtaking and evocative of New York City’s spirit. And Designs by Ahn transformed the already impressive space with beautiful florals.

When it came to styling, Spina Bride kindly lent five wedding dresses designed by Santos Costura, Chana Marelus, and Liz Martinez. Since Hee often performs with heavy makeup and her hair in a low tight bun, Paulina wanted to show her audience something different and Beautini kept her makeup clean and simple and her hair was styled down and in a romantic updo.

To set the scene, Seniman Calligraphy created a beautiful invitation suite, and for “dessert,” Soma Cakes NYC showed off their talents with a tiered floral wedding cake. During the day, Hee and Thomas exacted impressive lifts, and even the tiniest movements produced the most beautiful shots.

The greatest wedding themes transport guests to another world, and Paulina has proved that you can have an elevated theme that reflects the couple and still keeps the fantasy element alive.


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