It’s the time of year when many couples are practicing for their wedding photos with an engagement session. This is such wonderful time for you to connect with your photographer, get to know each other, and become calm in front of the camera, while at the same time having portraits taken that will serve as reminders of a very special time in your life. Kali and Dylan’s engagement session was taken in the Santa Ynez Valley, and we love how the pastoral setting complements their simple wardrobe choices and infectious smiles.
From the photographer, Adrian Michael:
“I had a blast with Kali and Dylan wandering the gorgeous hills of the Santa Ynez Valley in California. Dylan is an amazing musician, and I asked him to bring his guitar along. They are one of the kindest couples I’ve ever met, so full of happiness and love! It had poured rain all morning while I was location scouting, but thankfully it stopped just before the shoot started. We all got soaked feet, but you couldn’t dampen the spirits of these two!”
Photographer: Adrian Michael | Dress: Irene’s Story | Shoes: Abound
We love the intention behind this wedding inspiration shoot: to simplify your wedding, editing out the details that are unnecessary, to allow you to focus on what’s truly important: love! By removing everything that’s superfluous, your wedding day becomes a thoughtfully planned experience. Read on for more from the event designer and Once Wed Preferred Vendor, To La Lune:
“The inspiration behind the Bloom With Me editorial shoot originated from the raw idea of love and life ever growing and evolving. We grow and evolve with each passing day and with this shoot we wanted to express this in a celebration of finding that one partner who will be there with you and “bloom” alongside you during every new life experience.
We translated the Bloom With Me idea into a subtle tangible experience with the bloom sketch escort cards that showcased a specific bloom for each person, which then “came to life” at their place setting. An important aspect behind the design was to keep all elements organic in nature, no serious frills; just clean, basic necessities allowing for pure enjoyment in each other’s company with nothing to distract from what is truly important: being together and growing together.”
Photographer: Diana McGregor | Event Design & Coordination: To La Lune | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Makeup & Hair: Beauty-full by Molley Beauty by Melina | Paper Elements: Type & Title Layered Vintage | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Cutlery | Designed by Miguel Flores Soeiro for Herdmar | Wedding Dress: The Dress Theory Sarah Seven | Cheesecake: Sweet Lydia’s of SD | Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Model : Hannah Renee
Our last feature from the Tec Petaja workshop is classic, simple, and full of southern charm. We just can’t get enough of all of this gorgeous architecture and beautiful gardens that are featured in this post. Imagine searching the grounds of your venue during your wedding to find beautiful nooks like these to take special photos with your love. Charleston is such a beautiful place to host a wedding, and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing four different ways you can celebrate with your friends and family in one of the South’s most historic cities.
Photography: Tec Petaja | Styling + Florals: Jacin Fitzgerald | Styling: Abby Capalbo | Location: Middleton Plantation | Tuxes: The Black Tux | Rings: Heidi Gibson | Photo Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Film: Kodak
Black tie weddings are always a classic and timeless place to start your wedding design. Taking a limited color palette, like in this inspiration shoot from the Tec Petaja photography workshop, is a great way to create a blank canvas on which your details can pop. You can keep everything in your design simple by introducing neutral florals or bring in a bit of color through your paper goods and table decor. We love the idea of mixing this traditional wedding idea up by infusing some fresh color and personality!
Photography: Tec Petaja | Styling + Florals: Jacin Fitzgerald | Styling: Abby Capalbo | Location: Downtown Charleston | Dresses: The Dress Theory: (Camille Wynn) + Sarah Seven | Tuxes: The Black Tux | Rings: Heidi Gibson | Photo Lab Richard Photo Lab | Film: Kodak