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Being in the wedding industry it’s always fun to see what the latest trends are and getting the opportunity to see them styled in fun, unique ways. Recently, I had the pleasure of collaborating with a group of talented vendors who all got together to create this gorgeous styled shoot.

We styled this editorial with the intent of having an organic, relaxed elegance. It is minimalistic with a classic, neutral color palette of whites, greens, natural wood, and touches of metallics; yet exudes personality with its use of natural materials, including raw wood, slate tiles, and elk antlers discovered from the woods of Montana. The wooden ceremony benches were crafted by hand and display beautifully next to the authentic Moroccan wedding blankets and warm New Zealand wool flokati rugs.

The natural brick walls, exposed wood beams, and amazing original window frames provided by Howl Event Space completed the earthy and elegant atmosphere. With a mixture of masculine and feminine elements, the strong structural branches like olive branch intertwined perfectly with the soft blooms of the delphinium. In the dining set up we used six feet tall pepper berry branches suspended from the ceiling and windows to continue the vibe inside the Howl event space. Providing an awesomely perfect amount of earthiness without overpowering the structural beauty that already exist in their restored space.

For dining, the St. Helena Table is a hand-forged, reclaimed wood farmhouse table with a parquet top & sitting alongside, the Charlotte chair, a simple cross-back wooden chair that works well in any rustic or refined environment.

The dessert cart was a rustic wood industrial cart that played beautifully against the unrefined backdrop of the exposed brick. Love Me Sweets, created an ” Earthy & Elegant” wedding cake with fondant covered ruffles, painted gold luster, pearl trim, hand made sugar leaves with a touch of shimmer!

The wedding cake was complemented with buttercream cupcakes in soft hues of color, designed with handmade sugar flowers and leaves, accented with gold and pearl embellishment, lace trim, and vintage decor. (Berries and ferns were provided by Studio La Fleur.)

 

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I recently had the idea of putting together a styled shoot in a beautiful indoor setting with a high-end feel. With the help of Bride’s Bestie Events, we began brainstorming and decided on creating something elegant, earthy and romantic with a stylish flare. As it happened, I knew of a beautiful private estate in Newport Beach. I reached out to the owner and she agreed that we could use it for the shoot. The Estate has stunning white marble floors, huge windows that let in amazing light and a gorgeous fireplace and mantel that was perfect for the ceremony space. Pia Florals provided a beautiful garland that really helped set the mood for our shoot. The garland was accented with berries, lavender roses, and pine cones to give us an earthy feel and mood. It was a versatile piece that we were able to incorporate into every set of our shoot – from the table setting, to the lounge area, and of course, to the ceremony space. Bride’s Bestie completed the look with a gorgeous bouquet for our bride. Along with the florals, the tablescape was set with china, glassware and flatware from Dish Wish in black and gold tones to give us an elegant setting. The intricate details on the pieces brought in the sophistication that we were striving for with this shoot.

Bella Vita Vintage Rentals provided the elegant couch for our couple to enjoy their custom-made drink by Mr. Bartender. We wanted to show couples that they can enjoy a few moments away from their guests in a stylish little corner all to themselves. I contacted a couple of modeling agencies that I regularly test models for and they sent me the perfect talent. Our female model’s hair was a bit short for the updo we wanted (the gown had an open back that just had to be shown!) so we contacted Ladore Hair and they provided the most gorgeous extensions that blended in naturally into our model’s hair. Our bride’s gown was provided by Blush Bridal Couture, a Martina Liana sweetheart gown with an illusion tulle bodice. All accessories to complete our bride’s look was provided by Styled by TC. The groom’s Navy Lorenzo tux was provided and styled by Friar Tux. To give our couple their picture perfect look, Alicia Wheeler was on makeup and Brenda Barron perfected their hairstyles.

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Team of Wedding Pros:

Photographer: Brian LaBrada Photography | Planner/Designer/Bridal Bouquet: Bride’s Bestie Events | Bridal Shop: Blush Bridal Couture | Gown: Martina Liana | Tux: Friar Tux Shop | Florals: Pia Floral Design
Make-up: Alicia Wheeler | Hair: Hairapy by Brenda | Hair Extensions: LaDore Hair | Paper Goods: The Houndstooth Press | Dishes/Flatware/Glassware: Dish Wish | Linens: Wildflower Linen
Chair Covers: Classic Party Rentals OC | Furniture: Bella Vita Vintage Rentals | Bride: Mia Faith from Osbrink | Groom: Ryan Boone from Brand Models | Accessories: Styled by TC | Cake: Sweet Situation
Cocktails: Mr. Bartender

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What an amazing time I had photographing Kristy and Geoff’s wedding! The day couldn’t have been more perfect. I shot their engagement session a few months ago in Pasadena, Ca and I knew they would be a ton of fun. Kristy and Geoff said “I Do” under the beautifully decorated gazebo during their sunset ceremony at Padua Hills Theater. Their wedding had great details and such beautiful light, but most importantly they had their closest family and friends there to celebrate their big day with them. Wanting to capture the entire group, everyone made their way over to the patio overlooking Claremont for a fun group shot with the newlyweds. Once the happy couple entered the reception area it was time to dance and enjoy the night. It was a blast being a part of Kristy and Geoff’s special day and we wish them a lifetime of happiness and laughter!

Check out some of their wedding day highlights below.:)

 

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When it comes to planning a beautiful outdoor wedding, the summer season is by far the most popular. But in Southern California, gorgeous weather and naturally picturesque foliage isn’t hard to find year-round. And for that exact reason, I wanted to photograph a fall wedding inspiration look that could rival the most alluring of summer weddings. As the ideas started flowing, I reached out to A Good Affair Wedding and Event Production in Orange County, Ca to discuss collaborating with them on this shoot. As we talked, we agreed that we wanted to create something elegant and stunning for a fall wedding inspiration that had not been done before.

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We reached out to The Villa San Juan Capistrano and they loved our vision for the shoot. Once The Villa graciously agreed to open their doors to us, A Good Affair and I reached out to some of our favorite vendors to help us make our vision a reality.

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Not wanting to stick with the traditional black tux typically seen on grooms during the fall months, Friar Tux provided the perfect slate gray suit. With a burgundy tie and pocket square, we fell in love with our fall groom’s style. Also straying from a traditional ball gown and the increasingly popular mermaid bridal dress, we chose a form-fitting lace gown by Pronovias from Mon Amie Bridal. Keeping with our fall look, the gown is complete with lace three-quarter length sleeves to give it that extra touch of grace and elegance. The bride’s look was completed by our talented hair and makeup artists. Lilly gave our bride a newlywed glow that was matched by the sophisticated updo created by Brenda. And of course, every bride needs a bridal bouquet to compliment her style – and that’s exactly what we got with gorgeous bouquet from Little Hill Florals. Our bride and groom could not have looked more stunning. Along with our insanely talented group of vendors, we were lucky enough to work with a gorgeous couple that just so happened to be celebrating their first wedding anniversary!

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For the ceremony setup, A Good Affair took full advantage of the interior space – which is not typically used for a ceremony at The Villa. Front and center was a lavish floral garland by Little Hill Florals that helped add warmth and a pop of color to the space. Our bride and groom’s unique and intimate ceremony was complete with cushion seating provided by Found Rentals. Adding to the one-of-a-kind style were the upside-down candles that were hung from the chandelier. An extra special touch added by the team at A Good Affair who hand painted each candle.

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Also from Found Rentals was the bold and luxurious eight-foot black table and perfectly mismatched chairs – all of which was set on Persian rugs that helped define the formal dining area. The eye-catching tablescape was set with pieces provided by from Dish Wish and Lux Linen; to tie in our ceremony area we incorporated the hand-painted candles with the floral arrangements from Little Hill Florals.

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And what wedding isn’t complete without their very own signature cocktails? Cocktail Concierge provided our couple with beautiful and delicious cocktails. We love the giant ice cubes, definitely a fun element. Not to be outdone, Rooney Girl Bakes provided the magnificently detailed cake that she bas-relief and adorned with sugar flowers and sugar vines of berries.”

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Featured on Green Wedding Shoes.

Design: http://agoodaffair.com/

Florals: http://www.littlehillfloraldesigns.com/

Wedding Gown – Pronovias : http://www.pronovias.com/us/

Bridal Shop – Mon Amie Bridal : http://www.monamie.com/

Veils – Veiled Beauty : https://www.etsy.com/shop/veiledbeauty

Mens Suit – Friar Tux : https://www.friartux.com/

Make Up Artist – Lilly Pollan : http://www.lillypollan.com/

Hair Stylist – Brenda Barron : http://www.hairapybybrenda.com/

Cake – Rooney Girl Bakeshop : http://www.rooneygirlbakeshop.com/

Linens – Lux Linens : http://luxelinen.org/

China, Silverware, Glasware – Dish Wish : http://www.dishwishevents.com/

Cocktails – Cocktail Concierge : http://cocktailcrg.com/

Furniture – Found Rentals : http://www.foundrentals.com/

Accessories – Styled by TC : http://styledbytc.com/

Models – Jennifer Hawkins via Brand Model & Talent : http://www.brandtalent.net/ & Blake Nyman via http://www.palms-to-pines.com/

 

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What do you get when you have a comedian and kindergarden teacher as your clients? An engagement session full of laughs and super sweet moments! Not only was he cracking jokes and making his beautiful fiance laugh at the drop of hat, Geoff has some serious style going! Going non-traditional with a bright blue suit and burgundy striped bow tie for outfit number one, he complimented Kristy’s fun and colorful dress perfectly. Wanting their engagement session in a natural setting, but not necessarily out in the middle of a forest, we decided on Arlington Garden in Pasadena, Ca. The garden offered so many beautiful backdrops that we weren’t even able to shoot them all in our 90 minutes together.  It was such a great location and we loved every one of their images. I can’t wait for their wedding later this year at Padua Hills Theatre in Claremont, CA.

 

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