Mad Hatter

Truth no longer penetrates the corners of my mind. This maze of wonders, unexplored, has pulled me in and endlessly it winds.

What makes madness undesirable? All men say that happiness is joy, but this lie is insurmountable.

Maybe joy lies in the chaos of the unknown. In the corners of our consciousness, where the light has never shown.

Photography/Makeup: Milaya C Photography. Styling: Rafa Peinador & Statnaia Corsets. Venue: Hagemann Winery. Models: Joy Casey & Sylvia Hodges.

Madness has begun to overtake me, but why should I reject this strange gift that comforts me so strangely?

Is madness simply joy in its purest form? Am I slipping slowly into darkness or will I end up where the sun rays are always warm?

Photography/Makeup: Milaya C Photography. Styling: Rafa Peinador & Statnaia Corsets. Venue: Hagemann Winery. Models: Joy Casey & Sylvia Hodges.

I cannot tell what is real and what is imagined. I just know that this new world of happiness comes without abandon.

A glimpse of truth may occasionally enter my mind, but I am quick to fade off again and gleefully leave it all behind.

Photography/Makeup: Milaya C Photography. Styling: Rafa Peinador & Statnaia Corsets. Venue: Hagemann Winery. Models: Joy Casey & Sylvia Hodges.

Is madness to be resisted like an unrequited lover’s kiss? Or should I embrace this stranger who tenderly persists?

At times the air is filled with wonders unimaginable, but those around me cannot find this fathomable.

Photography/Makeup: Milaya C Photography. Styling: Rafa Peinador & Statnaia Corsets. Venue: Hagemann Winery. Models: Joy Casey & Sylvia Hodges.
Photography/Makeup: Milaya C Photography. Styling: Rafa Peinador & Statnaia Corsets. Venue: Hagemann Winery. Models: Kevin Crowder, Sylvia Hodges, & Joy Casey.

I faintly recall a sunny afternoon where much laughter and wine caused my head to swoon.

Is this memory a concoction of my mind’s own making? Or did I run through the vineyards glamorous, my mind unwaking?

Photography/Makeup: Milaya C Photography. Styling: Rafa Peinador & Statnaia Corsets. Venue: Hagemann Winery. Model: Sylvia Hodges.
Photography/Makeup: Milaya C Photography. Styling: Rafa Peinador & Statnaia Corsets. Venue: Hagemann Winery. Models: Kevin Crowder, Sylvia Hodges & Joy Casey.

I do not wish to fight this so-called madness any longer, I wish to embrace it tenderly like an infant in slumber.

Truth no longer penetrates the corners of my mind. This maze of wonders, unexplored, has pulled me in and endlessly it winds.

Photography/Makeup: Milaya C Photography. Styling: Rafa Peinador & Statnaia Corsets. Venue: Hagemann Winery. Model: Kevin Crowder.

I now believe that madness is truly pure joy. How else can I explain this content isolation that I continue to employ?

I look around and choose to see my last glimpse of reality. Then, I will my mind to lose its last shreds of sensibility.

As I embrace this new world of pure joy and wonder, how can madness be undesirable? I continue to ponder.

Photography/Makeup: Milaya C Photography. Styling: Rafa Peinador & Statnaia Corsets. Venue: Hagemann Winery. Model: Joy Casey.

We would like to thank Rafa Peinador for providing us with his beautiful hats, fascinator, and jewelry for this photoshoot. We would also like to thank Statnaia Corsets for providing us with the corsets used on our female models. And lastly, we would like to thank Hagemann Winery for providing us with wine glasses, wine, and the use of their vineyards to elevate the beauty of our photographs.

Credits:

Makeup and Photography provided by Milaya C Photography and Artistry of Elements of the Beautiful. To learn more about Milaya click here.

The poem was written by Crysten of Elements of the Beautiful. To learn more about Crysten click here.

Hair Design provided by Kaitlin in partnership with Elements of the Beautiful.

Hats, jewelry, and fascinator provided by Rafa Peinador. You can read our original interview with this talented designer here. Please visit his website by clicking on the name above. You can also follow his Instagram accounts here and here.

Corsets provided by Statnaia Corsets. Visit their Instagram account here.

Venue, wine glasses and wine provided by Weingut Hagemann.

Models are Kevin Crowder, Joy Casey, and Sylvia Hodges. To learn more about our models, click here.

The concept of this photoshoot is executed by Crysten and Milaya of Elements of the Beautiful in collaboration with Rafa Peinador and Statnaia Corsets.

Photography/Makeup: Milaya C Photography. Styling: Rafa Peinador & Statnaia Corsets. Venue: Hagemann Winery. Model: Sylvia Hodges.

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