When a couple both work in fashion, you can place a pretty sure bet that they’re going to have amazing style for their photos. For Debbie, that meant embracing her style and choosing a unique, short dress with eyelet style lace. The flirty skirt is perfectly toned down thanks to demure long sleeves and a mock turtleneck. Set against the backdrop of a centuries’ old German castle, Debbie and Almin’s photos tell their story in a unique way. And wouldn’t their style be perfect to steal for your modern wedding?
Read on for more from the photographer, Karina Papadopoulos:
“This is the story of two lovely people, Debbie and Almin, both entrepreneurs in the fas)hion industry, who met for the first time at a fashion show in Milan. Debbie and Almin took an hour to record a personal photo-shooting moment, in the background of a 13th century Castle in southern Germany. The idyllic landscape has been an inspiration for both, since they grew up in the countryside, a place so familiar, full of wonderful childhood memories.
The old German castle, which is located in the heart of the Black Forest, makes a bold statement of a once-upon-a-time medieval grandeur, revived again eloquently through sensitive camera lens. Surrounded by the beauty of nature it becomes a rich source of inspiration, folklore and beautiful symbols, generating an energy to create fine art film photography.
Beautiful Deborah poses both with Almin and alone, wearing a modern, short ruffled white lace dress by Self Portrait. Adding her unique style and take on fashion, she topped it with a white oversized statement collar wool coat by Max Mara. Almin is wearing an elegant dark blue stripe suit accented by a classic bow-tie. This autumn attire was completed with an amazing organic bouquet and gave a depth to the soft natural color palette inspired by the forest.”
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“For this workshop I wanted to create shoots that would provide a strong base in style for the attendees. I wanted to make sure that they had something to shoot that would be beneficial in their growth in learning film photography. It was very important to me to design a shoot that was artistic as well as realistic.
In designing the style for the workshop I looked to the venue for a large part of the inspiration. RiverOaks is a gorgeous European inspired venue in Charleston, SC and the architecture was the perfect backdrop to our design. I wanted to pull in the elegant simplicity of European style with a color palette of rich tones in the florals as well as textures. The movement of the water and age old oak trees was also used as a source of inspiration.
My main vision for the styling of each shoot was to focus on simplicity, light and an organic feel. Shop Gossamer provided a beautiful dress that flowed and moved so effortlessly. It fit perfectly with the environment and accentuated our brides soft features. The venue offered multiple areas of different light. This was the perfect atmosphere to teach the workshop attendees the way film captures light and to also build on what they know of film already.
RiverOaks also allowed them to see how one location can offer so many different feelings and emotions. The florals from Amy Osaba used multiple textures and tones as a nice juxtaposition to the environment and simplicity of design. They not only incorporated rich tones but also helped to enhance the design and style they were an integral part of. Every element of this venue was a perfect complement to the elegance and natural flow of my design and offered multi-faceted depth for the attendees to build their skills.”
Everything about Maggie and Brian’s outdoor wedding in LA is refined, down to the last detail. After finding a dreamy venue for both the ceremony and reception (Greystone Mansion), they chose a neutral color palette of taupe, beige, bronze and touches of lavender to blend well with the setting. A chic two piece dress and gardenesque florals were the perfect selections to keep all the details in line.
Read on for more from the bride about her wedding planning:
“Our love story began in Los Angeles when Brian and I first met as students at UCLA. As a result, we knew we wanted to get married in sunny Los Angeles after becoming engaged despite the fact that we were now living in New York City. We took a trip to LA during December 2015 and looked at multiple venues. Just when we were discouraged by the fact that we haven’t fell in love with any of the venues yet, we saw Greystone Mansion. It was perfect – the ceremonial garden area, the cypress tree walkway, and the breathtaking view of LA. I could just envision every detail of our wedding as we toured this Los Angeles hidden gem. Ten months later, our wedding was everything I wanted it to be and more, thanks to the amazing vendors we worked with.
With a color palette of taupe, beige, and bronze, with hints of lavender, we wanted to seamlessly blend our decor with the naturally beautiful setting of Greystone Mansions. I also wanted to keep my own look timeless, but with a modern touch. My dress was a two-piece from Monique Lhuillier with a lace beaded mini dress and an overskirt with slit and pockets. I wanted everything I purchased for the wedding to be wearable again beyond my special day, and I became frustrated when I could not find headpieces for me and my bridesmaids that fit the criteria at a reasonable price point. Therefore, I decided to design and create my own, and that is how Maggie Wu Studio was born. On the day of the wedding, each of my bridesmaids picked out their own headpieces that went perfectly with their convertible jersey dresses, which will hopefully be worn again sometime other than my wedding!
Needless to say, our wedding day came and went like a beautiful whirlwind, but it was truly the best day of our lives. We were so happy to share our special day with our dearest family and friends at such a mesmerizing setting up in the hills of the city where Brian and I first fell in love.”
Photography Sally Pinera | Videographer Seven Production | Month of Coordinator CCL Weddings | Hair & Makeup BeNYLA \ Florist Karen’s Garden | Catering Huntington Catering | Cake & Dessert Fantasy Frostings | Furniture Rental Etablir Vintage Event Rentals | Furniture Rental Found Vintage Rental | Furniture Rental Town & Country Rental | Mirror Calligraphy Letters to You | Escort Card Calligraphy Bespoke by Leslie | Lighting, DJ & Sound TMMPro | String Quartet Organic String Quartet | Pianist Pianist on Call | Piano Rental Kim’s Piano | Photobooth Hashtag Photobooth | Bride’s Dress Monique Lhuillier | Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses Etsy | Groom’s Tuxedo Zeglio Custom Clothiers | Hair Accessories Maggie Wu Studio
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