From the photography, Jake:
Sarah and Dan grew up on lakes. The location of their engagement shoot was a place where their individual hearts lay, as well as a location where their relationship has grown stronger together. This lake is where Sarah would come in the summers to spend time with family and friends doing what midwesterners love to do: waterskiing, getting sunburned, and essentially living in a bathing suit the entire summer. Sarah’s choice of suit for this session was impeccable, as it assimilated so incredibly well into the vibe of our time together.
Water makes people honest, and it was such an incredible experience to witness the character and nuances of Sarah and Dan’s relationship within it – full of kindness, romance, and laughter! A engagement session such as this (devoid of distracting details or unnecessary props) allows for the genuine connection between the couple to be displayed. It is a fortunate circumstance to find oneself committed to another human for life, and having the honor of witnessing this incredible couple’s way of loving was a reassurance of such a commitment. Having an engagement session documented in this way reveals these sort of nuances, and is what every engagement should be!
Photography Jake Anderson | Her swimsuit J Crew
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Blush and neutral toned weddings seem to continue to be a strong trend. There is something so ethereal and appealing about these tones. So how do you keep things from getting too cute? Check out the wonderful styling of this lovely shoot! They have created a wonderful balance by countering these tones with strong elements that bring a whimsical bride into the modern era.
Take for example the two dresses shown. The blush dress has a strong architectural design not usually seen in a light toned dress. Accessorizing the look with large blush bubble earrings picks up on the dress design and definitely say modern woman! The neutral dress has a strong pattern in the material that is allowed to speak for itself without unnecessary frills. Both looks are finished with strong eyes, pale lips and clean lines to the hair (we are loving the hair coloring and the ponytail)!
The balance continues in the floral design, tabletop and paper goods. Water lilies represent delicacy, femininity, and elegance. But having a bouquet of all lilies makes a strong color statement against the neutral dresses and lips! The invitations are simple and elegant (which we all know is a time proven classic that works). The table is beautifully adorned and creates a heavenly ambience – but the chairs ground the look in reality. See how well well this balance works? So pick your elements and have fun creating your neutral toned wedding!
Photography Sally Pinera | Stylist and Dresses Gossamer | Floral Design Running Wild Florals | Hair & Makeup Sharon Park | Ribbons Silk and Willow | Calligraphy The Little North Sea | Dinnerware Looks like White
There are so many wonderful adjectives that can be used to describes this luxuriously minimal collection: contemporary, chic, artful, fun, fashionable, personable, non traditional, free spirited, and individual. If you are a woman who feels your femininity goes without saying, loves stylish creations that speak to your heart, and takes the path less traveled, then you will find the dress of your dreams in this collection!
Designer Anya Ostapenko was born in wintry Russia, but moved down under to sunny Australia at a very young age to enjoy warm summers and surf. The vast cultural differences started a passion for travel, always for pleasure first and then for business. Her curious eye propelled her into photography too, allowing her to express herself through the lens and capture beautiful moments whilst adventuring. During her travels she met strong females from all walks of life, inspiring her to create for these women. After concentrating on bridal accessories for the past four years, she couldn’t help but give in to the desire to expand into the gown sector and channel her creativity in that way.
As you can see from the images above, L’eto Bridal chose to photograph this collection in a nostalgic golden glow of a luxurios seaside retreat. The rural landscape and geometric structures of the house made a stark background that allowed the delicate textures, soft wispy fabrics, and light embellishment of the dresses to shine. Add in the silhouettes reminiscent of past decades, plunging necklines, and decorations of metallic thread and crystal fronds and you see the stunning result!
As you slip on each dress, you will find that each lends a distinct attitude to the bride; assuring her that yes, you look beautiful, and you know it. We have to warn you that with these wonderful choices, it may be hard picking just one from this fabulous collection!
Photography Stellar Hours Photography | Hair and Makeup Emilia Petronelli | Venue Annandale Coastal Retreats | Models Polly Batchelor from Unique Model Management | Assistants Samantha Gerard , Sophie Isabella Milne , Balencia Lane