Sometimes a photographer is inspired by a location, sometimes by a theme… There’s always a muse in there somewhere. For Ana Lui Photography, seeing the unique, colorful bridal collection by Maria Lluïsa Rabell immediately evoked dreams of the Ibiza countryside: a natural setting to bring out each piece’s colors and light to filter through the fabrics. And of course, bright flowers made the best accessories.
Dress designer Maria Lluïsa Rabell creates easy, fresh pieces that Ana + Danielle knew would shine in a setting like Ibiza’s countryside. (Destination wedding, anyone? Just a thought!)
Ana says, When I saw Maria’s pieces I knew they would go incredibly well with stunning olive and fig trees, green, bold cactuses and colourful flowers picked by Danielle. We decided to shoot at Danielle Hodgson-Lindley’s farmhouse near Sant Carles. I shot this session entirely on Contax 645 and Fuji Film. I wanted to get the perfect skin tone and soft, grainy look that beautifully shows Maria’s dresses.
Rabell’s website says the dresses convey an ‘informal elegance’ for each original bride. We’re definitely into that—chic and sophisticated, colorful and playful, the best of both worlds.
Big blooms and long ribbons flowing in the breeze… Feels like spring for sure! Kate told the team at Going Lovely that she loved the idea of just a bit of 1920s era influence, and from there they created a color story of blush, green, black and white stripes, and gold accents. The result? Elegant and formal, yet still laid back and relaxed. That’s the way to do it, we think. Thanks to Edyta Szyszlo Photography for the photos below! (Oh, and find her work in Monday’s feature here too.)
Kate + Adrian met in college in California, moved to Seattle together, and then shortly after jetted off to London for Adrian’s job opportunity. A year quickly turned to three, but when it came time to choose a wedding location, San Francisco was the place. The Presidio Chapel has a grand entrance and formal feel that Kate wanted guests to experience the way she did when she first saw the venue.
Don’t you love the leaf accents here? Twigss always impresses.
Kate says, My mother lost both of her parents within eight months of each other the year before we were to get married, and she was looking for a way to incorporate both of them into our wedding so that we could honor them in spirit on our big day. She happened to find two beautiful Waterford champagne glasses that were made from Dublin Irish crystal but were hand crafted in Milan. Her thought was that because both my grandparents were Italian, and especially because my proud grandmother also came from and Irish background as well, that these glasses encapsulated both of them perfectly. My grandparents loved to have a good time whenever the opportunity presented itself while they were alive, and my mom thought of what better way for Adrian and I to honor that aspect of them, than with our first toast as a married couple.
You really don’t need much more than a flower when the frosting looks this good!
Their sweet proposal story, via Kate, after she’d dropped hints all throughout Christmas and New Years without so much as a peep from Adrian…
Eleven days after New Years, on a very cold Friday morning, I heard Adrian get dressed and leave for work. It was basically like any other morning, except about twenty minutes after Adrian left, I heard the door open again, and Adrian walk back inside. I asked him if he forgot his bag, but the next thing I knew was he was on one knee next to the bed with my favorite flowers (stargazer lilies) and a little blue box! I didn’t even open the box before I said yes! We then spend the rest of the day playing hooky from Adrian’s work and enjoying the city.
Um, that dress. Can you say swoon? Amelia tells us this beauty actually inspired some of their wedding design, with touches of gold in the décor + neutral shades influencing the bouquets. The mix of styles at The Ranch at Bandy Canyon led to a romantic theme (see Amelia’s Pinterest) with rustic structures, succulents, and lots of greenery. Jewel tones, French blue, and plum accents were scattered throughout too—all stunning colors that Chadwick & Jenika of Gantes Co. captured with a timeless vintage photography style:
Amelia’s bouquet recipe: white peonies, ivory hydrangea, silver brunia, seeded eucalyptus, spiral eucalyptus, and dusty miller.
Other bouquets + boutonnieres: white ranunculus, lavender succulents, dark centered white anemones, scabiosa pods, burgundy scabiosa, black calla lilies.
Amelia’s Claire Pettibone dress is platinum silk with ivory lace, crochet details, a deep v-neck, and cap sleeves. You can totally see the influence in the table shots below…
Hostess Haven took care of all the yummy fruit tarts, and Amelia’s aunt Sharon dreamed up a most perfect little naked cake.
Greenery always makes a good backdrop in our book. But those climbing ferns + white walls in this shoot styled by The Southern Table take the whole earthy, organic look up a notch, eh? The cream gown and loose hairstyle gives off a little goddess-esque bohemian bridal vibe too… Take a peek in these pics by Apryl Ann Photography:
From the team at The Southern Table: For floral, we also wanted a contrast of moods and color tones to create a rich palette. We balanced feminine pinks and corals in garden roses and peonies, with deep pops in scabiosa, dahlias, and ranunculus.
You know a bride + groom are just too cool when they choose a classic theme like nautical and transform it into something that totally represents their playful, sweet relationship. Candy colors, sailor motifs, and good vibes made up the design—all after their initial planner didn’t come through. (A blessing in disguise because Vanessa of Alchemy Fine Events clearly executed Christin’s vision flawlessly.) They were pretty thrilled when she also recommended Ashley Kelemen—now they’ve got a go-to photographer for life.
Christin + her MOH handmade all the stylish bowties for the groom + groomsmen.
Christin explains, It was love at first beach! We actually met in La Jolla at John’s beach house birthday party. The open ocean, sunshine, and white sand has been something that we both enjoy and consider a necessity in our life. We found ourselves always taking vacation to tropical destinations with amazing beaches. A beach wedding was an absolute dream come true for us.
This netting and chandelier situation is incredible.
Guest count: 125 Budget: 80k
C + J actually danced down the aisle to Bruno Mars’ Marry You, and had their first dance to Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. Catch a snippet in the Joel VanZ film below. To those of you watching from the office—you will definitely giggle… And probably cry. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Classic romance with a modern spin and hints of Italian elegance… That’s what Jennifer Bradshaw Events had in mind when designing the set at this San Francisco private residence in Pacific Heights. The home is so beautiful on its own, when you add all the elements Jennifer did, the inspiring details sure start to add up.
For the bar I created a ‘his’ and ‘hers’ element so I matched Veuve and champagne coupes with Saison Du Point Beer and Biere steins. I stuck with the muted tones of peach, ivory, and gold and added pops of tangerine to match the glow of the pillar candles and play off the gold accents in the other rooms.
I love garlands for any tablescape because they add an element of modernity and wilderness, and paired with David Austin Roses you cannot ask for anything more lovely. The muted sequin linen was an amazing foundation for the magic of Frances Lane—the dishware and rose goblets added the extra bit of charm. I love the combination of peach, blush, and gold and wanted those colors throughout the shoot—all pretty and pink.
How perf are these sequins if you want a touch of sparkle without going too far?
Thanks to the team below for sharing this styled shoot with us today…