Here at BRIDES, we never get tired at looking at the beautiful wedding dress, lush bouquets, and the dazzling décor of bridal photo shoots. (It is our job, after all!) But after you look at hundreds, no thousands, of stunning images, it's easy to get a little lost in all those yards of lace and tulle. It might be hard to stand out in all that nuptial noise, but this is one bridal shoot that certainly takes the (wedding) cake! Australian model Madeline Stuart who has been taking the fashion world by storm, from walking the NYFW runways to snagging some killer campaigns, has branched out into the bridal world with this whimsical wedding photo shoot. What makes it stand out (besides Stuart's modeling chops, the gorgeous gowns, and swoon-worthy venue, that is)? The breathtaking bride just so happens to have Down syndrome.
Stuart's modeling career has been slaying the public's perception of people living with disabilities and her most recent gig as a beautiful bride — white dress, groom, and all — has been taking the Internet by storm. "[The shoot] was to break down barriers, to let people see and understand that people with disabilities get married also," Madeline's mother, Rosanne Stuart, explained to The Mighty.
Taking place at the popular Virginia wedding venue and B&B, Rixey Manor, Stuart can be seen twirling about in Ava Laurenne wedding gowns, clutching her blooming bridal bouquet by local florist Good Earth Flower, and of course, sharing a few dances with her dashing groom. We might be just a tad jealous of Stuart's lacey illusion neckline and those fantastic furs... And how does Stuart feel about all the emotion surrounding her latest gig? "Shoot people it's just a modeling job," she wrote on her Facebook page. "How are you going to feel when I actually get married one day!" We're sure we'll be just as jealous of your dress then too, Madeline!
"A lot of newly engaged women cannot see themselves as a bride because all the images magazines use are of these tall, thin models," said Isadora Martin-Dye, the owner of Rixey Manor, as she explained the concept behind the inspiring shoot to The Huffington Post UK.
"I think that being a bride is a life experience that every woman should be able to see herself doing — and definitely not stressing about the fact that they wont look 'perfect' on their wedding day." Well, for what it's worth, Stuart looks pretty darn perfect to us!