Rustic Elegance Styled Wedding Shoot

styled-wedding001I’m so excited to share my first styled wedding shoot with you. This shoot was born out of the desire to give two extremely hard working friends the wedding photos they never had. This adorable couple got married when they were young and broke, and couldn’t afford wedding portraits. Margaret and Michael now have two young children, and rarely get the opportunity to do anything just for themselves, as you can imagine. I was so excited to be able to make them feel pampered, gorgeous, and remind them how young and in love they really are.

The Mediterranean inspiration for this shoot came from the beautiful land I grew up on in the hills of Santa Barbara, and it’s sweeping views of red-tiled roofs by the sea. The “American Riviera” as it is called, has a wild, romantic feel that evokes Tuscan sunsets and French orchards.  I wanted this shoot to embody the rustic elegance of Santa Barbara.  This inspiration shoot was filmed in and around the olive orchards of my family home, a landscape that begs for floaty dresses, wind-swept hair, and a getaway Vespa!

This shoot was very DIY and filled with personal and sentimental details.  All the style elements came from around my family home, many of which were actually from my wedding, which took place on the property exactly a year ago.  The bride’s beautiful art deco engagement & wedding rings were her great grandmother’s, who was married in 1925. The hand-lettered paper goods by Joya Rose were inspired by the light and romantic feel of the Ivy & Aster dress, and made to compliment the dark and leafy florals, by Seahorse Floral Design, and beautiful olive trees of the orchard setting.

It was such a great experience to be able to work with such talented and creative group on this shoot, and positively inspiring to see the love between Margaret & Michael after two kids and four years of marriage. I am delighted to be able to give them these photos as a memento of their love, and hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we do.
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Florals by: Seahorse Floral Design

Paper goods and styling by: Joya Rose

Dress store: The Dress

Dress: Nora by Watters