Delicate and Natural Boudoir Photography Inspiration

Bridal boudoir photography has become increasingly popular for brides in recent years, and while the concept of being photographed in not but lingerie can seem daunting (after all, we’re normal women here – not models!), we’ve found that natural sessions that seek to highlight the bride in a simple, delicate way can be absolutely breathtaking works of art. Take today’s styled session as an example: though her robe is sheer, it is not distasteful; though she’s photographed in a bedroom setting, it is not racy or scandalous. If you’re toying with the idea of memorializing this moment for your groom but aren’t sure about it, we absolutely recommend creating a simple, delicate space that will make you feel incredible.

More from the photographer, Shannon Von Eschen:
“On the very first day of the workshop, we were presented with the most stunningly beautiful boudoir session. Kurt Boomer & Joy Proctor styled the simplest but visually intricate scene, and all of us were enthralled with how lovely the tiny space was. A small, delicate vine of ivy trailed up the rock wall behind the bed our model sat on. The sunlight filtered in through the door to our right, and the stone floor warmed with its presence. The gown she wore flowed freely when she moved, and her makeup and hair were flawless. She was uniquely quiet and beautiful, and I kept feeling like I’d walked in on a painting. Kurt and Joy wanted the scene to be delicate and natural, so there was minimal posing. The whole session unfolded effortlessly, and I remember such quietness from us all as we took in our surroundings. We played with light and photographed her first with the sun cradling her back, and then later, with it kissing her face. I walked away inspired and euphorically peaceful with all the pretty my eyes had just beheld. But nothing compared to the joy I felt after getting my scans back. Seeing my memories from this workshop captured on film, those moments so beautifully designed for us as attendees preserved forever, was magic.”

Photographer: Shannon Von Eschen | Workshop: Kurt Boomer Photography | Styling: Joy Proctor Design | Hair & Makeup: Jess Wilcox | Floral: Amy Osaba | Vintage Gowns and Lingerie: Girl With a Serious Dream | Vintage Rentals: Found Rentals | Candles: Creative Candles | Venue: Sunstone Villa | Ring: Trumpet & Horn

04.20.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Romantic Outdoor Wedding with Unique Details

Yesterday we featured Jillean and Michael’s beautiful LA engagement session, and today we’re thrilled to share their romantic outdoor wedding. One quick glance through this post will highlight some of their unique details, but trust us: you’ll want to look through this wedding again and pin every last photo. It all gets started with this amazing collection of film photography from Lauren Balingit, and gets even better thanks to Jillean’s truly unique wedding gown (this stylish gal had a hand in the design!) and the lush florals (the delphinium aisle markers make such a romantic statement!).

Read on for more from the bride!
“Michael and I had been friends for nearly six years before it clicked, but once it did, our relationship was effortless and seamless. After a year of dating, he surprised me with the most intricate proposal at a loft in downtown LA – I am still shocked over the entire night when I stop to reminisce. We were engaged for 6 months and enlisted our dear friends Fletcher + Ellmore (also conveniently maid of honor + bridesmaid) to help us along the journey. The venue was chosen immediately – it was the only one we even considered. We chose The Fig House’s partner caterer, Room Forty because everything they do is stunning, and the food was important to us. The rest of the details we let fall into place effortlessly; we went with what we were drawn to and with vendors that we got along with. I designed my dress with a local Los Angeles designer and wore black shoes, much to my mother’s dismay.

I had 9 bridesmaids, Michael had 8 groomsmen and we were married by his best friend, and our pastor, Jake Sweetman. I wanted the girls to feel beautiful but most importantly, like themselves. I had them pick out their own dresses, hair, makeup, shoes, everything. They were breathtaking. We wrote our own vows, shared in communion, and walked out to Josh Ritter’s Homecoming. Our first dance was River by Leon Bridges, one of our favorites. We ate food that was too good, drank the best old fashioned’s, danced to very curated music thanks to Dart DJ’s, inhaled cake too beautiful to eat (Whisk&Whittle), hugged and cried our way out to Magic by Mystery Skulls and spent our wedding night at The Line Hotel. The very best night that I couldn’t have dreamed better.

It was such a blur planning the wedding; we both work for startups and had zero time to make decisions, so we went with our instincts. At some point we let go of the small details and always kept our focus on the fact that we were making a commitment and vow to one another for the rest of our lives. That was what truly mattered. I remember Michael pulled me away from the dance floor at some point in the night so I could take it all in. All I remember is seeing and feeling genuine, deep love, surrounding us – our family, our friends, his love, God’s love. I remember looking up at Michael, still hardly believing I got to have him for the rest of my life – this was the party of a lifetime, but it could have looked any way, in any setting with any dress or food or music and it would have been the exact same love.”

Photography: Lauren Balingit | Event Planning: Fletcher & Ellmore Events | Floral design & Photography Assistance: Kelly Lenard of Intertwine | Videographer: Jonathan Arnold Lewis | Wedding Gown: Dodo-Dez | Hair & Makeup: Vanessa Rene | DJ: Dart DJs | Coordination: Kara Elise | Venue: The Fig House | Food: RoomForty

04.19.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

White Wedding Ideas

We love the symbolism behind a classic white wedding. We also adore how it can take form in many ways and drift into many directions style wise. Modern and clean or soft and ethereal, a generous white color palette comes to mind for both. Here we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to add white into your wedding:

04.19.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Casual Engagement Photos in Los Angeles

Engagement photos are the perfect opportunity for a couple to become comfortable with their wedding photographer, with being in front of a camera, and also to have this beautiful time in their lives memorialized. Jillean and Michael met up with their photographer, Lauren Balingit, a few days before their wedding to have a casual engagement session in the hills overlooking Los Angeles, and we’re sure that these simple, sweet photos will hold cherished memories for a lifetime.

Read on for more from the photographer, Lauren Balingit:
“Just a couple of days before from Jillean & Michael’s wedding, in the midst of welcoming their families and tying together last minute details, I had the pleasure of sneaking them away for some sunset photos in Griffith Park in LA. That was the first time we were able to meet and get to know each other a little bit; we talked about our faith and families, and they shared the beautiful story of how they met and fell in love.

The best thing about photographing people is just that- the people.  It’s always such a joy to get to know the stories of those in front of my camera, and it allows me to photograph them in a more authentic way.”

Photography: Lauren Balingit

04.18.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog