Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Enchantment Under the Sea

vintage sea dress

I'm so glad to be surrounded by balloons (40,000 of them, in fact!) instead of snow for today's post!  Every year, the Rochester-based balloon folding artists known as Airigami put together an amazing exhibition called Balloon Manor, and this year, it's all ocean-themed!  They're even holding an event on Friday that's based off of the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance from Back to the Future.  Since I can't attend the dance (which is a shame, since there's even going to be a vintage costume contest!), I was able to convince my friend Henry to take some prom-inspired photos with me during the day, when Balloon Manor is open to the public. 

balloon manor
under the sea
balloon manor enchantment under the sea
nishe dress
vintage style
pirate ship

The artistry of Airgami's work is truly astounding.  They make everything from epic scale sculptures to wearable balloon dresses!  I don't have a balloon print dress (shocking, I know), so I opted to wear my Nishe seashell dress and add some vintage accessories.  Henry is a vintage fiend, so I knew he would be the perfect partner for these shots (and he kindly did my hair for the occasion, too!).  

bettie page hair
shell dress
vintage inspired
 Outfit Details
Dress: ModCloth (old)
Hat: vintage (Etsy)
Pearls: similar
Clutch: old
Shoes: ModCloth

enchantment under the sea dance
 Have a wonderful Wednesday!
xox Sammi


  1. OMG I wanna jump in that balloon pile!!! And you guys look like you're part of the exhibit, kind of awesome :)

  2. I don't what I love more- your hair, your outfit, his outfit or all the amazing balloons.A Truly Scrumptious (and yes, I did sing that in my head) photoshoot!

  3. darling post. love your makeup, headpiece, and dress! those are some AWESOME balloons
    xx Sarah
    Russian Dressing

  4. Absolutely love the way you two look! <3 You look absolutely fabulous! I love it!
    x Angela //

  5. Oh my God, this was so adorable. I love that Henry joined you! He looks great as well! I love the back drop of balloons galore. So cool!!!

    In a Nutshell...

  6. Holy shit I love this post! Your dress is divine, your hat is even better, and your hair is beyond pretty. That balloon palace looks like a lot of fun - what a great idea. It's too bad you can't attend the dance, but these are some wonderful photos.
    On a side note, is Henry's hair just like that, or does he have some wicked skills with finger waves? I would love a tutorial if it's the latter! :P

    1. He does some sort of finger wave set at night -- I'll have to get details from him! :)

  7. That must have been SUCH an amazing exhibition to see live!!!! It looks incredible just in photos! Henry is adorable- he looks really cool and I love the duo shots! He kind of reminds me of Henry from Ugly Betty, particularly because of his posture! Your dress is beautiful xx

  8. Gosh, how cute are you! The dress is amazing (you couldn't have picked a better one) and the prom pose pictures are adorable. Henry is clearly a man of many talents... and I second Jessica.... is his hair naturally like that or does he have some mad finger wave talent?

  9. So cool- what a fun experience! Alex

  10. I love this so much! You two look adorable! That is such great dress and you really built the perfect look with it. Henry's look is so good too!

  11. This dress is absolutely perfect for the occasion! I wish we had something like this in my town, or maybe I wish I could've gone with you. I love your hair and makeup too. Basically, you're a vintage inspired dream!

  12. That is officially one of the coolest things I've ever seen! I had no idea that there were balloon festivals like this. I massively want to attend one now. Balloons were a childhood favourite pastime of mine and I still adore them to this day in every form (right down to my mid-century metal balloon bouquet brooch :)).

    ♥ Jessica

  13. I love those prom style pictures.. so adorable! I wish I had a balloon festival.. ocean is the perfect theme.

  14. I am so glad I found your blog!! I can't wait to look through it and see new posts!! <-- Sorry, I'm just really excited. ♥

  15. This is pretty amazing! Who know you could do so much and have such detail with balloons!? Your dress is perfection too!



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