Let’s do a little something different this Halloween, shall we? The amaze team behind some of our fave local events recently styled a “white magic” bridal inspiration shoot that’s a little bohemian, a little bewitching, and all kinds of ethereal perfection for the 31st of October! Thanks to Steve Cowell Photo for sharing these snaps with us today:
On their muse, from WITTY, We’ve loved and admired the photography of Alexandra Valenti for some time and wanted to style a shoot inspired by one of her photos. We kept the colors of the furniture black and white and the fun pastel tones in our florals and styling… and of course, our hair.
Amber of Pitbulls and Posies created acrylic escort cards to adorn the tarot cards and complement the crystals.
Pastel florals + white milk glass + raw minerals… Obsessed.
Rachael of Lace & Likes says, Erica of 1011 Makeup created a natural look on all of us with thick brows and soft lips, and Kate Doyle added twigs and feathers and copper bits to our hair. This crew was an unreal team to work with; everyone brought something to the table that really made the shoot all that it is.
Thanks to the crew below for such a unique editorial!
Photographer: Steve Cowell Photo / Videographer: Max Cutrone of Max and Molly Films / Concept, Styling, & Design: Lace & Likes, WITTY / Florals: Siren Floral Co. / Makeup: 1011 Makeup / Hair: Kate Doyle / Paper Goods & Seating Cards: Pitbulls and Posies / Glassware & Tabletop Décor: Hostess Haven / Candles: Often Wander / Wardrobe: Gabi Bridges
It may be Halloween, but this sunny SoCal wedding with the dreamiest of floral arrangements simply couldn’t wait until Monday. Ya feel? E + J are both wedding photographers themselves, so they set the bar high when it came to their own big day. Even after seeing countless California venues, Saddlerock Ranch stole their hearts. Then fellow photog-friend Lindsey Johnson Photography swooped in to capture it all just how they’d always hoped…
The bride designed all the paper goodness, like invites, menus, programs, etc., herself. Such fun prints!
Now that’s a bouquet!
They envisioned an intimate outdoor wedding (they had 85 guests; the venue allows 100) that they could dress up themselves. So they enlisted Twine Events for the planning + Oak and the Owl for the floral arrangements. Emily suggests hiring a wedding planner, even if you think you can do it alone or with the help of family, so you and your loved ones can be fully present the entire time. She says:
Being wedding photographers, we’ve seen people stress over the small stuff. But really, it’s just one big party that you get to celebrate with all of your friends and family. So make sure the big things are what you want, the venue, the main décor, and don’t stress over little things, or be glued to one idea.
One of two amazing BHLDN gowns the bride donned on her big day.
A few notes from Lindsey… Even among all this gorgeousness, the real star of the day was the excitement and love between Emily and Justin along with their family and friends. There were really nothing but smiles to be seen in every direction. Both families so happily celebrating. Friends laughing and toasting. Emily and Justin giving each other these sweet and intimate stolen glances and kisses.
Photographer: Lindsey Johnson Photography / Venue: Saddlerock Ranch / Event Planner: Erica of Twine Events / Florist: Nancy with Oak and the Owl / Hair & Makeup: Tara Shakespeare / Invitation Designer: Bride / Pies: I heart Pies / Catering: Border Grill Food Truck / Rentals: A Rental Connection / Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth / DJ: Scratch Weddings / Bride’s Dresses: BHLDN / Shoes: Francesca’s & Steve Madden / Hair Accessories: BHLDN / Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein / Shoes: ECCO / Groomsmen Sweaters: J. Crew
What are you up to on this lovely day before Halloween? Hopefully planning a weekend of festivities, and this is sure to inspire. Pilar of Vintage Mingle teamed up with Beth Olson Creative to celebrate Frida Kahlo and Mexican culture while at the same time paying tribute to their Pacific Northwest setting. Annnd they totally nailed it.
Pilar tells it, We drew our inspiration from the eclectic beauty and individual style of artist Frida Kahlo and the Mexican traditions of Dia de los Muertos. We wanted to blend the subtle details of Latin cultural tradition with the Pacific Northwest as a backdrop.
Lia Griffith created this intricate banner + a paper flower piñata for the shoot – grab the tutorials on her blog here and here.
So many Frida details in the fashion: Flowing skirts, printed metallics, chunky accessories, a dreamy braided hairstyle. And the suit? Diego Rivera-inspired, of course, with a tailored brown suit jacket + orange shirt.
A bronze-flecked cake adorned with bright blooms? We’ll take it!
Pilar says, The ofrenda (guest alter) reminds us to remember the lives of loved ones who have passed but are with us in spirit, blessing our ceremony from the afterlife. ”Our dead are never dead to us until we have forgotten them”; a befitting quote from Geroge Elliot adorns signage, created by Puddle Jumpin’ Cards, and serves as a sentimental reference to the Mexican holiday.
So many brilliant details! Thanks, everyone!
Rentals: Vintage Mingle / Florist: Bramble Floral Design / Hair & Makeup: Wink PDX / Invitations & Signage: Puddle Jumpin’ Cards / Cake: Rosycakes / Cocktails, Bartender: Mint & Mirth / Papel Picado (perforated paper) Banner & Flower Piñata: Lia Griffith / Wedding & Reception Dresses: Isa / Groom’s Suit: Bad Wolf Clothier / Jewelry: Mag-Big / Day of the Dead Masks: MaskedZone / Models: Christina Collier & Michael Cox