Photos By Irina Solovey
By L. K. on Jan 23, 2018 at 2:03 am in Simple/Minimalist
Pacific Northwest photographer Irina Solovey proves that simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication with this spare yet refined wedding shoot in Seattle. Organic around the edges, the eventscape is marked by bright whites, airy spaces, climbing greenery, and just a whisper of gold. “I’ve dreamed of putting together a minimalist styled shoot different from all the ones I’ve seen before,” Irina says. “I wanted to show brides that less is often more.”
To bring her vision to life, she selected a bevy of clean-lined gowns from Belle Bridal and turned to several of the region’s most talented wedding artisans, including Sarah Woods of Gathered Confections, which creates elegant and ethical custom desserts with locally sourced ingredients, and Vancouver-based calligrapher Julligraphy, whose lettering style is lighthearted and natural. Among the finishing touches were handmade veils from designer Zalikha “Ossai” Safdari, whose bridal looks draw inspiration from both her Afghan heritage and her childhood in California. “When the I received the veils, I almost died,” Irina says. “They were so delicate, so simple, and so beautiful. Every piece used in this shoot was perfection!”
Photography, Design, and Styling > Irina Solovey / Production and Creative Direction > Irina SOlovey / Bridal Attire > Belle Bridal / Veils, Tops, and Intimates > OSSAI / Cake Concept and Creation > Gathered Confections / Second Shooter > Dimitriy Solovey / Location > Generations Seattle / Floral Design > Alanna Garcia / Gowns > Belle Bridal / Rentals > Wander Event Rentals / Bride’s Shoes > Mi Shoes / Flower Girl’s Dress > Little Ossai / Hair > Yessie Libby / Makeup > Yessie Libby / Groom’s Suit > Gustavo Apiti Couture / Calligraphy > Julligraphy / Model 1 > SOFIA TVETER / Model 2 > Jessica Marie Boyle / Model 3 > Matt Fresco Dealy / Model 4 > / Model 5 > / Model 6 > / Model 7 > / Model 8 > / Model 9 >
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By L. K. on Dec 19, 2017 at 4:08 am in Modern
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Photos By Dylan Howell
By L. K. on Dec 7, 2017 at 4:08 am in Rustic and Bohemian
Jedel and Salil met three years ago while working in the San Francisco startup scene. On their first date, in true San Francisco style, they ate tacos in the Mission and drank old-fashioneds at a cozy backroom bar, where they talked late into the night. Three years later, Salil popped the question at the San Francisco Ballet’s annual rendition of The Nutcracker, which they’ve watched together every year since they met. “I had absolutely no idea Salil was planning to propose, which he did on an empty stage after the performance,” Jedel recalls.
With the help of event planning studio Bridal Bliss, the pair held a June wedding in Clackamas County, Oregon, at the Barn Kestrel, a historic working barn built at the turn of the 19th century. “It’s a beautiful family farm with horses, intricate gardens, a storied sequoia tree, and a big barn—the oldest in Clackamas County!” Jedel says. “We wanted to honor both of our families and our different heritages, so we aimed for a traditional Indian wedding with a Pacific Northwest feel. We were careful to ask for our families’ input, but we also tried to find a balance and create a day that was uniquely us.”
“Before the rehearsal celebration, the women were invited to attend the mehndi ceremony, which is a traditional Indian pre-wedding ritual where intricate henna designs are applied to the bride’s hands and feet,” Jedel says. “We held the mehndi ceremony at our home, and each guest chose her own henna design. Melanie of Blue Lotus Henna did a beautiful job with the henna, and it was a really fun way to get some girl time in before the big day!”
The groomsmen wore marigold-hued safas.
Salil wore a custom suit from Hall Madden, a local haberdashery. Jedel found her dream wedding dress, made by Rue de Seine, in Los Angeles. “The dress featured lots of beautiful handcrafted lace and a structured bustier with floral appliqués detail,” Jedel says. Both Salil and Jedel also donned formal Indian attire for part of the day. Salil wore a traditional sherwani, and Jedel wore a tomato-red lehenga, which she accessorized with stacks of bangles.
Jedel’s bridesmaids wore blush chiffon maxi dresses from Monique Lhuillier.
“Salil’s family participated in a baraat, a lively wedding procession for the groom, and my family welcomed his family at the barn,” Jedel says.
“Peter Corvallis and Bowerbird Events helped us design a Bollywood-inspired dancing hall in the barn, complete with lanterns, little accent tables, and couches covered in saris for our guests to relax on,” Jedel says. “Bowerbird Events also created a beautiful wedding mandap for us to get married under and did all of the lighting for the event.”
“The ceremonies were truly special,” Jedel says. “Father Kevin Yell presided over our Catholic ceremony, and Salil’s aunt officiated the Hindu ceremony. It was so gratifying to be able to honor both of our families’ traditions and share these moments with our guests.”
The couple splurged on the culinary aspects of their wedding. Papa Haydn designed their hexagonal cake, which featured four lemony tiers and etched piping. The towering treat was topped with fresh berries, lime-infused coconut, and cardamom-infused coconut—a nod to both Jedel’s Swedish roots and Salil’s Indian roots. Other sweets on offer included mini berry tarts, mini bourbon balls, panna cotta shooters, fresh macarons, mini carrot cakes, mini chocolate cupcakes, raspberry gateaus, and cappuccino brownies. “We both have quite the sweet tooth and wanted our guests to have as many yummy options as possible,” Jedel says.
Jedel’s advice to other brides and grooms? “Plan as best you can and try to stay within budget, but when the big day arrives, don’t sweat the small stuff! This day is all about celebrating the beginning of your journey as a married couple, and no one will remember the tiny things that didn’t go exactly according to plan.”
A rainbow made up for the drizzle earlier in the day.
Photography > Dylan Howell / Event Design and Planning > Bridal Bliss Event Planning / Ceremony Venue > Barn Kestrel / Reception Venue > Barn Kestrel / Flowers > New Seasons Market / Catering > Vibrant Table and Swagat Indian Cuisine / Bar > Heart & Honey / Cake > Papa Haydn / Desserts > Papa Haydn / Rentals > Peter Corvallis Productions / Bride’s Dress > Rue de Seine / Bride’s Shoes > Nordstrom / Bridal Boutique > Lovely Bride / Bridesmaids’ Dresses > Monique Lhuillier / Hair > Blossom & Beauty / Makeup > Blossom & Beauty / Lighting and effects > Bowerbird Events / Groom’s Attire > Hall Madden / Alterations > Valentina European Alterations
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Photos By Marissa Kay Photography
By L. K. on Nov 30, 2017 at 4:08 am in
Austin and Vivian met during a group meeting for their Christian ministry at Stanford University. They quickly bonded over their small-town roots—she’s from suburban Oklahoma, and he’s from rural Colorado. After graduating, the two remained together in Northern California, where they began their careers—he at Farmers Business Network, she at Education.com. (“Basically, Austin makes sure farmers are treated fairly, and I help make fun math and reading games for kids,” Vivian says.) It wasn’t long before Austin popped the question, surprising Vivian with a ring at the end of a morning hike to a seaside cliff in Marin.
The outdoorsy duo decided to hold their May nuptials, centered around faith and family, at the Los Altos History Museum, which is located in one of Santa Clara Valley’s last remaining apricot orchards, an aspect especially appreciated by Austin, given his love of agriculture. “It was important to us to have a venue that was welcoming and homey,” Vivian explains. “It felt like a little piece of home in the crazy urbanness of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.” With help from event designer Bri Childs, the couple created a weddingscape that epitomized California casual yet still seemed distinctly their own. “Our wedding felt warm (even though it ended up being pretty cold for a spring day), intimate, fun, meaningful, and a little bit goofy,” Vivian says.
“I ended up getting a simple dress from BHLDN,” says the bride, who was drawn to the gown’s comfortable fit and fluid chiffon skirt. “People said it was perfect for me.”
Vivian adorned her locks with an orchid and hellebores.
Pops of red were incorporated at the last minute. “Our florist, Kelsey Brain of With Flourish, was the best,” Vivian says. “She was super gracious and dealt with multiple changes in colors and ideas.”
Vivian accessorized her look with dainty druzy bracelets from Kendra Scott.
Austin wore a navy suit with a pink bow tie—a contemporary classic. “With the help of our videographer, he learned to tie a bow tie on the day of the wedding!” Vivian laughs.
The couple snuck in “elements of goofiness and fun” wherever they could. “A set of gag ceremony programs, with lines like ‘Vivian and her dad parachute in,’ was hidden in the stack of normal programs, which were still pretty silly,” Vivian says. “My mom mistook the real programs for the joke ones. Oops!”
Vivian walked down the aisle to the worship song that she had been singing when Austin realized he was falling for her.
“We loved communion and praying together at our ceremony,” Vivian says. “It helped ground us, and it reminded us of why we were getting married and the importance of this celebration.”
“We hung a tapestry calligraphed with a Bible verse that is meaningful to us to reflect how our faith is central to our marriage,” Vivian says.
Personalized muslin sachets filled with soil and succulent seeds made for Earth-friendly favors.
The chair swag was a nod to the couple’s first date—a viewing of Star Wars in Vivian’s dorm room. The newlyweds also entered the reception to the Star Wars theme song.
Photography > Marissa Kay Photography / Event Design and Planning > Desert Child Events / Videography > Cast Life Studios / Ceremony Venue > Los Altos History Museum / Reception Venue > Los Altos History Museum / Day-Of Coordination > Desert Child Events / Floral Design > With Flourish / Catering > Absolute Barbecue Co. / Cake > Jen’s Cakes / Cake Topper > Custom Topper / Vintage rentals > Viewpoint Events / Tabletop Rentals > Gathered Table Supply Co. / DJ > Elite Entertainment / Bride’s Dress > BHLDN / Bride’s Shoes > Sam Edelman / Bridesmaids’ Dresses > BHLDN / Bridesmaids’ Robes > Here’s to Love / Hair > Salt Spell Beauty / Makeup > Salt Spell Beauty / Wedding Rings > Classic Rock / Earrings > Kendra Scott / Bracelet > Kendra Scott / Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire > The Black Tux / Groom’s Tie > the tie bar / Groom’s Shoes > Asos / Stationery > Ink Me This / Invitations > Basic Invite / Guest Book > B. Gregory Design / Favors > Stamp Out Online / Faux Flowers > Simply Serra Floral / Cufflinks > Sir Cuffs / Calligraphed Tapestry > Altogether Lovely Shop / Alterations > Angelina Haole / Pocket Squares > The Handkerchief Shop / Faux Greenery > The Blaith in Blair Shop / Hand-Lettering > / Signage > The Heart and Hand
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Photos By Sonya Yruel
By L. K. on Nov 17, 2017 at 4:08 am in Bohemian and Colorful
For Jessica Mishra and Scott Blasingame, it was quite literally a story of girl next door meets boy next door. The active couple—she’s an avid yogi, he’s a devoted swimmer—met in their San Francisco apartment building at a neighbor’s BBQ. A few years later, Scott popped the question atop Peak 9 in Breckenridge, Colorado. “He said he had to fix his boot when we got off the lift,” Jessica recalls. “He bent down and came back up with a ring!”
The two recreated that alpine exhilaration for their March wedding, which was held on Squaw Valley’s High Camp deck beneath a bright and frosty sky. “We wanted guests to feel like they were on a fun adventure,” Jessica says, “and we wanted to embrace the beauty of Tahoe and the Sierras in winter, with pristine snow, beautiful pine trees, and a mountaintop site that made you feel like you were suspended in the clouds.”
Captured by photographer Sonya Yruel, the day also featured numerous nods to Jessica’s Indian heritage. “My last name, Mishra, means “mixture”—perfect since I am a mix of ethnicities,” Jessica says. “My Indian background is very important to me, and I wanted to reflect that.” Tiny statues of Jessica’s favorite deity, Ganesha, who is thought to bless weddings and remove obstacles, made many appearances. Rich, vibrant colors traditional to Indian weddings—think burgundy and saffron—radiated warmth. An Eastern-inspired rug ran down the aisle. A throw made from sari fabrics was draped behind the cake table. “We wanted elegance and a touch of drama that stood out against the simplicity of the natural background but didn’t take away from it,” Jessica says.
“My gown had a beautiful latte-colored lining that made the ivory lace pop,” Jessica says. “It hugged my curves in all the right places and made me feel super feminine and confident. I wanted something that would bring in a bit of my Indian heritage, and the patterns of the lace reminded me of henna designs. I also loved how the tiered lace on the skirt emulated mountain peaks. I felt like a snow queen in it.”
Jessica hosted a henna painting party for family and bridal party members a few nights before the wedding.
Floral designer Brandie Chisholm used anemones, garden roses, scabiosas, ranunculi, and eucalyptus to create Jessica’s bold, beribboned bouquet.
Jessica and Scott planned their day with the help of Cloud Nine Event Company. “I run my own accounting firm and am also a yoga teacher, so it was often tough to find time for wedding planning, but the experience served as a nice creative outlet for me,” Jessica says. “We did have several challenges due to the record snowfalls in Tahoe this year. Blizzard after blizzard left both our original rehearsal dinner venue and reception venue damaged and unusable. What’s funny, though, is we ended up with our first choice of venue in the end.”
The altar was marked by a eucalyptus garland wound around the deck’s railing.
“There is an Indian tradition of showering the bride and groom with flowers (representing their love) during the recessional, so when I found flower confetti poppers on Etsy, I had to have them,” Jessica says.
Guests were treated to artisanal truffles made by Bisou Chocolate, one of Jessica’s favorite small businesses in the Bay Area. “They make their truffles with their own blend of chocolate, and the ganache is made with coconut milk instead of cream,” Jessica says. “These were filled with a delicious Sumatran coffee and coconut milk ganache, then sprinkled with an edible confetti made from butternut squash and other dehydrated fruits and veggies.” For a playful presentation, the truffles were served in mini glass cloches.
Handmade by Half Pint Fauna, the toppers for the groom’s cake were a little tribute to the couple’s respective alma maters. Scott attended UC Berkeley (represented by the California Golden Bears), and Jessica went to the University of Texas (represented by the Longhorns).
A dusting of coconut gave the couple’s wedding cake, made by Sugar Pine Cakery, an apropos snowball effect. Plasticsmith crafted the topper based off a drawing from Jessica. “I was a competitive gymnast growing up, and I love to do handstands, so I had her make me a handstanding bride,” Jessica says.
All of the couple’s paper goods were designed by Jessica’s best friend and matron of honor, Courtney Craig. “My favorite of her designs was our program,” Jessica says. “Sticking with our theme (and hashtag), she turned our program into an ’80s childhood game—the cootie catcher. My hope was that guests would have a fun time playing with them.”
Photography > Sonya Yruel / Event Planning > Lindsay townsend / Ceremony Venue > High Camp Deck at Squaw Valley / Reception Venue > The Terrace at High Camp / Floral Design > Brandie Chisholm / Catering > Squaw Valley / Bar > Squaw valley / Cupcakes > Sugar Pine Cakery / Cake Topper > Plasticsmith (main cake) / Cakes > Sugar Pine Cakery / Cake Toppers > Half Pint Fauna (groom's cake) / Desserts > Bisou Chocolate / Officiant > / Rentals > / Ceremony Music > The Class / Reception Music > The class / Bride’s Dress > Matthew Christopher / Bride’s Shoes > unisa / Bridal Boutique > Nordstrom / Bridesmaids’ Dresses > renz rags / Hair > Meg Keyes / Makeup > McKenzie Morrison Makeup / Rings > Harry’s Jewelry / Earrings > Nadri / Confetti > Confetti Cone Company / Stationery > Courtney Craig / Paper Goods > Courtney Craig / Accommodations > Resort at squaw creek / Sash and Garter > Bella Fleur Bridal / Gloves > / Fur > / Bridesmaids’ Shawls > Elegance Scarf / Henna Painting > Henna Blessings
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Photos By Kristen Kay
By L. K. on Nov 9, 2017 at 4:00 am in Earthy/Organic and Modern
Minimalist yet dramatic, this contemporary bridal fashion shoot is the vision of Vegas-based photographer Kristen Krehbiel and flower artist Mandy Ogaz, who focuses on textural floral arranging that retains the organic shapes and topographic imprints of her natural medium.
“I was inspired to create a shoot that pushed back against bridal norms,” Kristen says. “The main focus of the shoot was to showcase unique bridal bouquets. Mandy and I wanted to work with textures, shadows, dead branches, and uprooted flora to undo the idea of what a bridal bouquet should be.”
Hair and makeup artist Janelle Ingram gave model Morgan Bronson a look that was both relaxed and glamorous. A metallic winged eyeliner was offset by a nude lip and loose waves.
Mandy—proprietess of The Potted Pansy in Pleasant Grove, Utah—used an uprooted potted plant, a scraggly lavender skeleton, a bleached branch found in the desert, and an oversized bunch of foraged roses to create her strikingly unusual designs, which were photographed in the South Room of Miesh Studio.
Morgan wore an airy bridal jumpsuit and a floral jacket. “You don’t always have to hold flowers,” Kristen says. “You can wear them instead.”
Every dainty piece of jewelry was handmade by Sloane. “Her geometric designs are so modern, simple, and unique,” Kristen says.
Callie Ann Cakes created a vegan, gluten-free lemon cake with an asymmetric design. A dusting of poppy seeds added texture and visual interest.
Epoch Design’s stationery suite epitomized elegant minimalism.
Photography > Kristen Kay Photography / Location > Miesh Studio / Event Planning > Kristen Kay Photography / Flowers > The Potted Pansy / Cake > Callie Ann Cakes / Hair > Janelle Ingram / Makeup > Janelle Ingram / Jewelry > Sloane / Stationery > Epoch Design / Model > Morgan Bronson
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