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Elegance in Ruin: A Wedding Fashion Shoot at an Abandoned Train Station
Photos By Jason Q. Tran
By Lauren Kathryn on Jun 30, 2016 at 3:00 am in Vintage, Modern and Urban
Set at Oakland, California’s 16th Street Station, a crumbling Beaux-Arts relic that recalls the Bay Area’s age of rail, this captivating fashion shoot saw classic elegance play against dilapidated grandeur and urban decay, the created scene simultaneously juxtaposed against and elicitive of the historic structure’s faded splendor.
“The marble floors and old-world interior contrast beautifully with the distressed and lively graffitied exterior,” says event designer Kristine Tsai, who put the shoot together with the help of some local cohorts. “I love the lines of the railroad remnants and the soft light inside the station. Walking in, there’s a sense of loftiness that makes you stop and catch your breath. It was the perfect backdrop for highlighting the kind of elegance that we aimed to create.”
Tied with luxuriant black velvet ribbons, the bridal bouquet included anemones, hellebores, scabiosas, lady’s slipper orchids, and maidenhair ferns.
The first bridal look featured Anne Barge’s “Cognac” gown, which has an intricately beaded bodice and a lustrously light sheath skirt made of crepe-backed satin overlaid with tulle.
Makeup artist Liza Marie gave the bride a dramatic smoky eye that appeared either aubergine or midnight blue depending on the light.
‘The groom was polished but had a hint of roughness around the edges,” Kristine says. “We gave him a self-tie bow tie and kept the boutonniere simple and understated. For a twist on the classic look, we opted for a gray jacket, which we accessorized with a clean white pocket square.”
“We wanted the bridal looks to reflect an elegant, independent, and confident woman,” Kristine explains. “Whether walking down the aisle or into a black-tie event, this is a woman who knows how to make an entrance, effortlessly dazzling any room.”
“Our florist, Jeanne Eckard, proposed a traditionally masculine color palette of greens, whites, and blacks,” Kristine says. “We kept the floral décor simple, with wispy jasmine vines that appeared to climb along the existing fixtures.”
The second bridal look featured Anne Barge’s chic “Colmar” gown, a draped column dress with long sleeves and a low back framed by a curlicued, bead-encrusted appliqué.
Owned by BRIDGE Housing Corporation, the 16th Street Station is being restored as part of a local redevelopment project. RAILS, a community nonprofit, was formed to serve as the steward of the Station’s redevelopment.
Sharing is Happiness
Photography > Jason q. tran
Location > 16th street station
Event Design and Planning > kristine tsai
Flowers > Jeanne eckard
Rentals > blueprint studios
Bride’s Dress > anne barge
Bridal Boutique > kinsley james
Hair > liza marie
Makeup > liza marie
Earrings > kinsley james
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