Boudoir is often thought of in only one way…. lingerie clad and overly sexy. There are, in fact, many other stunning & wonderful interpretations of boudoir, not all in lingerie either. Today’s styled shoot from wedding photographer Vanessa Hicks Photography rides a gorgeous line between Hawaiian boudoir meets sunrise bridal session. No matter which you decide to color with, it’s a delicious treat. Starting at 4am, (4am!) Vanessa headed out with model Leslie to the rocky shores of Makapuu Beach, armed with a lush tropical flower crown & rose adorned veil courtesy of florist Creative Concepts by Jeff . The duo found the most amazing locale for this Hawaiian boudoir meets bridals, a locale forged of volcanic earth, carved out by the mighty pacific. While some models might not have been up for the cold, wind, & getting wet by the waves, Leslie delivered in so many ways. Wearing a simple, classic white one piece swimsuit, the pairing of the floral crown and cathedral length veil take us into an ethereal world drenched in yummy golden hues. Leslie is one of the rare ones, able to render you spellbound by her direct to camera eyes the very same way she is able to with her megawatt smile...
There is an undeniable beauty to the light that falls just as the sun is setting, a light lovingly referred to as 'Golden Hour'. A warm honey hue cast all around, the light in just the right place within the sky to create dreamy halos. A time of year when golden hour is especially delicious is the end of summer, a time when fall ever so slightly begins to peek through. Wedding photographer Rachel Fugate wanted to harness that earthly beauty, putting together a romantic styled shoot at the Historic Rock Castle that evoked a dark early autumn forest wedding feel. Riding the line between a indie style meets haunting sophistication, the shoot serves as a love letter of inspiration to those looking to stylistically be their own. Another key element at play that makes the dark forest wedding so successful is the hearty earthy nod found in elements like the two tier wedding cake adorned with blooms and berries, and an utterly to die for hand-tied bouquet by Hannah Jones. Each capitalizes on elements derived from the earth, displayed in such a way that their true beauty and rich falling loving hues become stars all their own. This late summer forest wedding is the stuff winter dreams are made of, the kind that leaves you swoony in the head for the beauty of things to come.
Location is such an important component of just about anything. The right spot for an event can literally make all the difference. Nicole & Patrick's Hudson Valley wedding in Kingston New York absolutely nailed the locale part of the equation capitalizing on the mix of history meets modern that is the Hudson Valley. For the first part of their wedding day, the couple allowed the historic garden side to do the talking featuring stunning old world brick buildings to be the backdrop. Lush strings of greenery hang in the air, as flower clusters and escort cards swung in the wind. For their Hudson Valley wedding reception, the duo brought guests to the modern industrial event space that is the Senate Garage featuring exposed brick, mixed farm wood tables, mini potted succulents and Edison bulb light strands. The end result is a day that is wonderfully classic yet perfectly accented by chic romantic touches that make your head feel just the right kind of swoony. Those seeking a Hudson Valley wedding should take note, Nicole & Patrick's day is all kinds of divine.
I'll be the first to admit, I'm floored each and every time I come across a couple who has known one another & dated since childhood. Its such an incredible thing to me, to be seated next to your soulmate from the very start. Grace & Carlo are the sweetest example of just that, love that lasted from a very young age. Meeting all the way back in kindergarten, going on a 'first date' in 8th grade, its fair to say these two evolved through life together in such a beautiful way. For their Winnipeg wedding, the duo opted for the stylish Fort Garry Hotel as their backdrop, allowing their modern romantic day to bloom. Details like suspended geometric shapes, lush dripping greens, a candle light reception and marble accenting might be the elements that catch your eye, its the couple's incredible wedding fashion that does it for us! A Pronovias wedding dress that fits as if it were quite literally made right upon Grace and groom fashion that is right out of GQ, I dare you not to eat up it all up. True there are many things to love about this Winnipeg wedding, it is however the portrait sessions by wedding photographer Sambajoy in the greenhouse that leave us love struck, though, its pretty hard to beat the classroom bridal party sequence! Much love for this incredibly stylish Winnipeg wedding, classic, ever so romantic and all kinds of timeless perfection.