Ok I cheated... its not 100% black and white but the few images that aren't deliver just as deeply in the moody beautifullness as their B&W kin. Pacific Northwest wedding photographer Kel Ward Photography dropped a treat on us all in the form of a gorgeously moody boudoir session, shot in home, that uses the strength & power that is film like quality. The story is simple, gorgeous Jessica captured in her own environment, surrounded by natural light, with the beauty of contrast to tell the story. A mark of a great B&W shooter is someone who realizes that they should not be afraid of contrast, the powerful highlights and the even more powerful shadows. To know just to to play with the exposure so that detail isn't lost, simply translated into a more profound way, is the real beauty. Kel Ward does a gorgeous job of bringing this boudoir session to life in a way that is so much more. I love a great black and white session, an art that needs to be brought to life so much more often!
To ease into the week I've got a sweet little treat from Canadian wedding photographer Samantha Clarke Photography who teamed up with Miami wedding vendors Ever After Floral Design & Persnickety Events to create an easy breezy Miami Beach elopement. Wanting to focus on a stripped down wedding that allowed for the beauty that is Miami's gorgeous beach locale to be the star, the team opted for a light palette of blush & cream that beautifully mimicked the soft white sands surrounding them. To bring a bit of organic drama to the beach elopement, Ever After Floral Design crafted a gorgeous monotone bouquet in a wild dutch master's like style, easily echoing the way that beach winds move around in such sporadic ways. The remaining pieces were left to the couple themselves, given a pure and simple opportunity to be together in a private and true way. Not every wedding, not every elopement needs to be filled with fanfare and this private & beautifully quiet Miami Beach elopement makes for the perfection destination wedding getaway!
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I seek out those that raise above, that literally craft a dream. In that vein, for sometime now I have been lusting after Australian based wedding dress designer Paolo Sebastian. To put it frankly, his designs are not like the others you see, they are works of art that you simply will not see on the bride next to you, they will be yours and yours alone. His freshest collection, Paolo Sebastian Spring Summer 2015-2016, was inspired by the nightingale and the enchanting call they omit that captivates us so deeply. To express this in dress form, designer Paul Vasileff articulated his vision into hand sketched embroideries that are brought to life on sheer paneling while other pieces feature metallic feather embellishments that are as much rock'n'roll as they are breathtaking romance. The collection toys with a couple hemlines variances with a certain stand out in the form of the illusion tulle ballerina gown featuring the most stunning of periwinkle floral embroideries. Another star within the collection is a simple silk fishtail gown, which I am sure is lovely, but showcases perhaps one of the most gorgeous capes crafted of Hallette beaded lace that I have ever seen...
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