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“Only spread a fern-frond over a man’s head and worldly cares are cast out, and freedom and beauty and peace come in.”

John Muir 

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The inspiration for this wedding shoot was simple, sleek elegance juxtaposed with living, botanical beauty. Our aim was to create inspiration for the couple that wants something different from soft pastels. The result is ultra feminine, yet still sophisticated. We turned our attention to nature’s lush and beautiful creations: ferns,  succulents, tillandsias, and the giant Gum tree. We were also inspired by the love and happiness shared by our models, real life husband and wife Sonny and Khristine, as they spent the afternoon walking the gorgeous grounds of the 90 year old Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

Photography: Melissa Jill Photography | Film Lab used: Photovision | Floral & Styling: Sarah’s Garden | Gown: Houghton “Angie” via The Dress Theory | Ribbon: FrouFrou Chic | Hair: Emily Hughes | Makeup:Arielle Rondeau | Models: Khristine & Sonny Flores

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“You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”

-Pablo Neruda

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photography: ace & whim, location: encanterra & san tan mountains, dress:amelie by lovemarley via wedding belles boutique, table & place settings: vintage rusticity , paper goods: foil and ink, ribbon: frou frou chic models: agency arizona, hair and makeup: kiana waltz

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Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.

D. H. Lawrence

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This desert wedding inspiration was drawn from the natural beauty of El Chorro.

Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Film Lab: The FIND Lab | Venue: El Chorro | Creative Director: Duran Events | Coordinator: KDP Events | Floral Design: Sarah’s Garden | Gown Boutique: Lillian Lottie Couture | Gown: Allure Bridals | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Earrings: Majorica | Gold crown & Juliet veil: Mignonne Handmade | Hair & Makeup: Jessica Fierro | Groom’s Attire: Parker & Schmidt Clothiers | Paper goods & Calligraphy: Graceline | Cake: Honey Moon Sweets | Rentals:Classic Party Rentals

 

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“The color of springtime is in the flowers. The color of winter is in the imagination.”

- Terri Guillemets

One of my most favorite aspects of my career in the wedding industry is working with bridal gowns and styling brides. I fell in love with this beauty from The Soft Collection from Rosa Clara Bridal  from Lovely Bride in LA. The soft netting and glowing sequin work was perfect for the winter bridal inspiration shoot.  I had the joy of collaborating on this session with my friends Brushfire Photography and Posies Floral. What a treat to be out on location in this magical place, just outside of Superior, Arizona learning even more about the creative direction aspect of a styled shoot. It was so fun to work side by side with my friend and fellow florist, Jami Pitts, the mastermind behind Posies, and give my clippers a rest. She created the most gorgeous greenery garland and a stunning bridal bouquet that was just the right mixture of rich and earthy tones to juxtapose the ethereal gown and setting. 

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“We are all just visitors to this time, this place, we are all just passing through. Our purpose is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love…and then we return home”.

-Australian Aboriginal Proverb

 Reflecting today on when you have the most amazing time or moment and you wish it would just last a little longer or never end. Like a dream adventure, like a wedding day… It’s the images that are captured by the magic of photography that allow us to return to these moments again and again. Learning and teaching at the Weddings Defined Styling Intensive in December 2014 was a time that I hope will not become a faded memory. Being in the middle of this gorgeous place, surrounded by like minded creatives was the type of experience that feeds the soul and mind. It was truly an honor to meet and spend time with our amazing attendees, I am so grateful to have to opportunity to have met them all.

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The Weddings Defined Styling Intensive was such a meaningful and unique experience. Getting an amazing group of creatives together to share inspiration and knowledge was one of our highlights from 2014. The bridal styling inspiration was drawn directly from this amazing eucalyptus forest at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, Arizona. The Weddings Defined team worked together to create cohesive and innovative images for the attendees. Jacki from Foil and Ink created the stunning invitation suite and body paint design including the eucalyptus motif and the amazing stippling art by the Australian Aborigines.

photo credit: brushfire photography  styling and floral sarah’s garden coordination kdpevents invitation suite foil and ink model samantha white from theagencyaz gown paolo sebastian via nearly newlywed hair and makeup jessica fierro

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