“On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty.
Today is such a day.” -Rumi
Allison Markova is the lady behind the lens for this inspiration shoot. Billowing and beautiful, our Ianassa gown floats across the sand, dynamic and radiant. On the beach next to the lapping waves and kissed by the end of day sun is Ianassa's happy place.
“Like a wild flower; she spent her days, allowing herself to grow, not many knew of her struggle, but eventually all; knew of her light.” – Nikki Rowe
Do you ever wonder what gives some photos that little something extra? Sure, you've got to have a talented group of people, and beautiful things to shoot, preferably in a breathtaking location. Whatever it is that adds the magic, this photoshoot, styled by Utterly Engaged and photographed for Donny Zavala’s workshop, has loads of it. The quote from Nikki Rowe painted the picture for this project and it was brought to life by the colors of the sunset on an Oahu beach, a bouquet of eucalyptus and garden roses (that looks like it washed up from some garden at the bottom of the ocean), and a crown fit for the goddess of the sea.
GOWNS: Euphorbia (shown with the Petal Slipdress) and Senara | PHOTOGRAPHER & INSTRUCTOR: Donny Zavala | CREATIVE DIRECTOR & STYLIST: Utterly Engaged | FLORAL DESIGNER & STYLIST: Catalina Neal | MAKEUP ARTIST & HAIR STYLIST: Hikari Murakami | CREATIVE ASSISTANT: Caroline Cervantes | SPONSOR: Mastin Labs | FILM LAB: Photovision | HEADPIECE: HEART OF GOLD DESIGNS | CALLIGRAPHY: Sarah Ingram | WEDDING RINGS: Susie Saltzman | SILK RIBBONS: tono & co. | MODEL: Angelei Shulman
Happily Yours, CH
Siren and sailor. We are completely seduced by this driftwood inspiration shoot by Emily Katharine of The Ganeys. It looks as though our Monticello gown has walked right out of the sea. The draped chiffon gown's washed silk and organic texture embodying the currents and waves themselves. With every detail perfected, from the abalone table runner to the delicate coral cake topper, and that sun-bleached bouquet, this seaside love story is one for the ages.
Gown: Monticello | Photography: Emily of The Ganeys during Amanda Watson Workshops | Styling: Posh Petals and Pearls | Hair and makeup: Emma Collins Beauty | Cake: Cathy Huber Cakes | Bouquet ribbons: Tono and Co. | Florist: Marble and Pine | Rentals: Snyder Events | Papergoods: Ashley Curry Calligraphy | Rentals: EventWorks Rental | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab
Happily Yours, CH
Lindsey and Maxwell's destination wedding had everything a great beach celebration requires: sand, sea, and a cotton candy sunset. Their Costa Rican venue, Pangas Beach Club Tamarindo, was nestled among the palm trees right on the beach. Lindsey chose our Plié Bodice and Stratosphere Skirt. We love that she topped it with a floral crown and finished her bridal look with bare feet. Congratulations you two!
The raw power of the ocean and the raw beauty of our Erato are perfectly matched in this shoot by Paul Simon Photography and Janna Brown Design. The castles in the sand backdrop is straight out of a dreamscape, a reality we can hardly believe exists on the shores of Newport California. All movement, all drama, all as it should be by the sea.