The cypress wetlands of South Carolina are a moody dreamland of black waters and seemingly unending mirrors of trees and branches. The perfect backdrop for our eerie romance with Edgar Allen Poe inspired gold bug jewelry, the Euphorbia and Anthorium gowns feel right at home in this unique landscape. Talk about an underrated wedding venue!
The Euphorbia gown has over 120 yards of silk organza in her tiered ruffles. I mean, if we're doing ruffles, let's not be shy about it! (see also: the Flutura) I love the combo here of opulent and relaxed...like if Marie Antoinette suddenly found chill and let her hair down. Let them eat wedding cake!
Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance -Coco Chanel
The refined styling by Emma Natter let the gowns headline in this shoot captured by D'Arcy Benincosa. These dresses have one thing in common, yards and yards of flowing fabric. Nothing compliments the diaphanous beauties more than a little movement. Our ruffled overdress, Euphorbia, is stunning contrasted against the backdrop of multiple arched windows at Wadsworth Mansion. While our layered natural white, ivory, and nude silk chiffon and crepe de chine Celestine rests in a niche along with the most beautiful blooms. Simplicity at its finest.
“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
Wild and free in New Zealand. This stunning shoot from the South Island has got us travel crazy. As it turns out, New Zealand is made up of spectacular glaciers, picturesque fiords, rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hillsides, subtropical forest, volcanic plateau, miles of coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches...and we're in! This sublime, stormy imagery was captured in the rugged Lindis Valley by KATIE GRANT PHOTOGRAPHY and LILLI KAD, styled by JANNA BROWN DESIGNS and the powers that be...I mean, you can't plan for that kind of misty grey perfection.