Beauty & the Beast Themed Shoot | Duke Mansion | Charlotte, North Carolina Wedding

Photography by Katherine Elena Photography

Last week on March 13th 2017, we had the opportunity to join talents from the Charlotte area to film a Beauty & the Beast themed staged shoot. With the new release of a modern twist of Beauty & the Beast coming out the following Friday, we were excited to capture something to help fulfill everyone's excitement. It was pretty phenomenal to see all of the elements in the movie being portrayed in the smallest details. I(Sarah) haven't seen the original Disney movie in years, but seeing the clock again, the books, the yellow from the diamond, blue in the grooms suit, and that pretty little mirror, brought back my childhood memories.

Photography by Katherine Elena Photography

You already know it. You see it in our work. We are film driven. Movie inspired. Cinematic styled to the finest detail. We decided to capture something from this staged shoot to create another Fesiuk Film's favorite movie miniature. We knew this "wedding day" would be different without the usual vows and actual ceremony, so we worked with the elements of sights & sounds. Where is the story here? Watch our "Beauty & the Beast, Love Story" below.

Cinematography by Fesiuk Films

The editing process is where the actual story unfolds. We decided to stick to the color theme we knew from the latest movie release & from the original. Our model/actor couple barely knew each other before the shoot, but we knew with the right advice, we could inspire them to warm up to each other to become more of a couple "who could be falling in love". The idea behind our short film is the wait before knowing. We knew this idea could relate to the experience Belle had with the Beast in the original film; unknowing, slightly afraid, unsure, and the wait. By the end of the shoot, there was life between the two models and that life & love came out so clearly in our "Beauty & The Beast, Love Story".

Photography by Katherine Elena Photography

We can't credit enough to everyone involved who made this shoot happen. Their skills & talents exceeds even our own expectations to something as unique as a staged shoot. They performed as well as anyone with experience in doing the staging and setup for an actual movie set. We hope to have the pleasure to work with each of them again in the near future. A big shout out goes to Something Perfect & Katherine Elena Photography for including us. Detailed design and a photography mind helped in making this "Beauty & the Beast, Love Story" possible. Thank you guys!

Photography by Katherine Elena Photography

A special thanks to ALL involved:

The Duke Mansion

Katherine Elena Photography

Chelish Moore Flowers


Party Reflections, Inc

Mirror Bomb Studio

Layne Barter Makeup

Hayden Olivia Bridal

Manolo Blahnik

Windsor Jewelers

Honey Silks & Company

Nona's Sweets Bakery Cafe

Katheryn Jeanne Photography

Brittney Dacosta

Michael Kolch

Huffington Post did a great job going over the history of where the original story of "Beauty & the Beast" came from. If you are interested in knowing, go ahead and read below.

A wealthy merchant falls into penury after his ships founder at sea. He moves his family to the countryside to live a more frugal lifestyle. His six daughters and six sons resent the loss of their comfortable life, their social engagements, and their many admirers. His youngest daughter, Beauty, is the only one to make the best of the circumstances, throwing herself into the daily upkeep of the home in order to keep the family clean and fed. Her older sisters, who are less beautiful and less dutiful, resent her, and they mock her for contenting herself with menial work.

Have you read this story before? Not sure? Here’s just a bit more:

Then, the merchant receives a welcome surprise: One of his ships, thought to be lost at sea, has come safely to harbor with its full cargo. His children think their fortune will surely be restored. When he sets out for the city to deal with his freight, he takes with him requests from his sons and daughters for expensive clothes and other gifts. Only Beauty is hesitant to ask for a gift, and finally asks that he bring her a single red rose.

Now is the story starting to sound familiar? One more hint: A live-action film based on the fairy tale is hitting theaters this week.

Like so many fairy tales, “Beauty and the Beast” has evolved considerably during its journey from oral tradition to the page to the screen. Moreover, there is not only one literary version ― but dozens. Today, Disney-fied fairy tales are most familiar to the masses in their animated forms; the originals, when revisited, can seem comparatively brutal and dark.

Unlike Disney’s “Cinderella” and “Snow White,” however, “Beauty and the Beast” hardly sugarcoats the violence of the original. It’s literally a romance between a captive woman and the monster she at first believes might physically attack her.

Still, the original fairy tale might not sound terribly familiar to readers.

The definitive, most well-circulated version, “La Belle et le Bête,” was composed by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont and published in 1756. Her story, a short and sweet tale with a small cast of archetypal characters ― the ingénue, the loving yet hapless father, the protective brothers and jealous sisters, and the hideous but noble-hearted hero.

That’s right: Though Disney’s Belle is an only child, in the classic tale she has siblings. Unsurprisingly, her sisters serve the role of foils for Beauty. She’s gorgeous, they’re merely average-looking; she’s generous, they’re selfish and envious; she’s hardworking, they’re lazy; she’s well-read, they’re frivolous:

The youngest, as she was handsomer, was also better than her sisters. The two eldest had a great deal of pride, because they were rich. They gave themselves ridiculous airs, and would not visit other merchants’ daughters, nor keep company with any but persons of quality. They went out every day to parties of pleasure, balls, plays, concerts, and so forth, and they laughed at their youngest sister, because she spent the greatest part of her time in reading good books.

In Beaumont’s story, Beauty’s father, a ruined merchant, stumbles upon the Beast’s castle when returning from a futile trip to recover profits from a trading ship that unexpectedly returned to harbor. Caught in a storm, he takes refuge in a mysterious castle where he meets no one, but finds food, a fire, and a bed prepared for him. When he leaves, he takes a single rose from the garden to bring Beauty ― which brings the Beast’s wrath down upon him. In exchange for his life being spared, he agrees to return with one of his daughters. Beauty agrees to go, though she’s fearful that the monster will eat her.

Instead, she’s given a lavish chamber and plied with good food and constant entertainments. She never sees anyone ― except in the evening, when the Beast joins her for dinner. She enjoys his sensible conversation, but every night he asks her to marry him, and she refuses. Finally, after several months, she admits that while she’s quite attached to him, she misses her family. The Beast allows her to return home for a visit, but warns that if she delays her return, he will die of grief.

This is where the sisters get extra vicious! Jealous of the finery Beauty wears upon her return, they overwhelm her with affection so that she will miss her deadline, assuming that the Beast will kill her and eat her in his anger. Instead, Beauty returns late and finds the Beast dying of sadness. Seeing him on his deathbed, she realizes that she loves him and begs him to live and marry her. Immediately, he is restored to his handsome, princely self ― and Beauty is rewarded for choosing a virtuous husband over a handsome or witty one. Her sisters are condemned to be living statues outside the castle, forever viewing their sister’s better fortune.

OK, sure, this isn’t too different from Disney’s take. But this is only the beginning. It turns out that Beaumont’s fairy tale was an abridged adaptation of a 1740 story written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve ― very abridged.

Villeneuve’s “La Belle et le Bête” features monkeys that speak via parrot interpreters (they serve Beauty and keep her company in the palace), five jealous sisters and six brothers, and an exhaustingly elaborate backstory ― revealed at the conclusion of the tale ― involving ugly evil fairies attempting to force handsome princes into marriage, baby princesses being snatched from the cradle, and both fairy and human political struggles for power.

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