From destination wedding planners Joanna and Sarah:
Taking engagement pictures abroad is becoming more popular with couples. We wanted to create this destination wedding shoot as inspiration for those couples. It’s a wonderful experience for the couple, since they not only get to travel to a city of their choice, but also get to capture beautiful memories with gorgeous backdrops.
We wanted this editorial to have an overall feeling of being elegant, timeless, and full of grace. From the dress, hair, makeup, and florals, we wanted it to emit a feeling of class and sophistication. We chose the beautiful Greystone Mansion as the backdrop to showcase the beauty and love of the couple captured. It truly proved to be the perfect place to tie everything together with its breathtaking architecture and lavish greenery.
We chose a real life couple for these portraits. They embody this idea of a destination engagement shoot as one of them is originally from Italy, and the other one is from the Netherlands. Not only does their well-travelled life add to this inspiration shoot, they both radiate a flood of love and beauty that will inspire everyone.
Photography Nadia Hung | Stylist/Destination Wedding Planner Honour and Blessing | Floral Design Amy Nicole Floral | Dress BHLDN | Makeup Chiali Meng | Venue Breatha | Shoes Bella Belle Shoes | Stationery Jrnl Studio
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Callista and Amy worked together to conceptualize this editorial design. Inspired by the intersection of sleek, minimal design and the old world charm of The Corson Building, they set out to design a fresh look in a well loved space. Their goal was for the design to feel effortlessly romantic, but also attainable for real couples. For the floral design, Amy worked entirely with dogwoods to create a design that was simple and clean but still lush and natural. The arch was designed to look like the dogwood branches had grown up and onto it. It was surrounded by a half-circle of bistro chairs and an aisle lined with dogwood arrangements to set the scene for the ceremony. Dogwoods also elegantly adorned the berry and buttercream cake.
The reception was set under a grapevine covered terrace, and featured white ceramic plates, contemporary wine glasses, wood handled flatware, and a dusty navy and white stripped linen. Hanging lanterns added a festive glow to the space. The menus brought together romantic calligraphy with modern typeface. This old and new combination was echoed in the rest of the paper goods, as seen in the intricate drawings of venue, the couple’s family crest, and handmade vow books. The bride’s attire featured the deceivingly simple gown. What at first seems like a clean sheath reveals a fluttery cape that catches light and movement in the most feminine way. We styled both an elegant reception look with a soft updo and natural makeup, and a fun reception look by letting the bride’s hair down. The bride wore sheer booties embroidered with tulle and pearls. The engagement ring featured an elegant Asscher cut diamond. The couple escaped into the evening in a vintage convertible.
Photography The Ganeys | Planning, Design, & Styling Callista from Callista & Co | Florals Design & Styling Amy from Gather Design Company | Dress Cohen by Alexandra Grecco from The Dress Theory | Makeup Yessie Libby | Venue The Corson Building | Cake Honey Crumb Cake Studio | Paper Goods Kelsey Malie | Jewelry Ashley Zhang Jewelry | Shoes Belle by Bella Belle Shoes | Vintage Car Tr3 from Nicholas Bergeron | Linens La Tavola | Models Angelika Natter-Frye and Ryan James of Seattle Models Guild
From Mark, the photographer:
Yesterday we shared Alice and Bruce’s beautiful mountain top elopement. Today we are sharing their day after shoot in The Old England Manor. Years earlier, they had spent Christmas Eve there so it was another place holding special memories. It was easy to capture wonderful images as they strolled through the garden, remembering old memories and creating new.