Wildflowers Elopement Inspiration


"This wildflowers elopement styled shoot was inspired by the poppies themselves. Like an elopement, delicate wildflowers popped up so quickly all over California last month and we thought would be a perfect backdrop for a couple who decided to elope.

With the natural and ethereal landscape of the poppies in Temecula, I knew I wanted a dress from Deborah Lundquist. She is an eco couture dress designer who creates one of a kind wedding dresses with sustainable, organic, and recycled materials which fit perfectly for the style of our shoot." -Julie Shuford Photography


SoCal Bride Recommends:



Intimate Elopement in Long Beach


"Christianne & Adrian's wedding day was so sweet an intimate, with the perfect amount of style and details. These two have been together for fourteen years, so it was about time they tied the knot and made it official. Christianne planned their sweet and intimate elopement in their hometown Long Beach, Ca. Adrian got ready in the couple's apartment, while Christianne got ready with her mom and sisters in a near by AirBnb. 

Only their immediate family was present, and they were married by a close friend of theirs in a spot they hold close to their hearts, Shoreline Village Park. The spot overlooked the ocean and the Queen Mary dazzled in the background. After the elopement ceremony, we took a few sunset photos and then the sweet couple left to celebrate with their family members and cut the cake at Naples Rib Company, one of their favorite restaurants. 

Throughout the day, there were many tears and the love between Christianne and Adrian was undeniable. These two were made for each other and have such a deep love that has grown over the years. As an elopement photographer, one of my favorite things is getting to be part of such an intimate occasion, where only the closest family and friends are invited. It truly is an honor."

True Love Never Grows Old


"These two lovebirds are my beautiful grandparents. Since my childhood, I have always been infatuated with love at an old age, so when I became a photographer, I knew that this shoot was something that I really had to do.

The love that Joe and Johanna have for each other is what we all strive for. Even at their old age, they show each other an unending amount of love and appreciation. They do everything together, they love traveling, cooking, going on long walks, and simply spending time together in their backyard.

I aimed to capture that same unconditional love in this shoot. It took place at the Montage Resort in Laguna beach, with a beautiful sunset and lots of laughs, tears, and emotion. It was completely natural for them!" -J. Varner Photography

Candlelit Wedding Inspiration at Milagro Winery


"Megan Lynn of My Sun and Stars Co. and Madeleine Shelton of BotanicaMuse wanted to present a neutral and nuanced color palette that borrowed from the romance of blush with a sophisticated twist. The iridescence and inexplicable beauty of moonstone and opal gemstones inspired our ethereal shoot in the sprawling hills of Milagro Winery. Megan captured the majestic golden hour under the softness of a Contax film lens. We wanted to highlight opportunities for couples to incorporate custom details into their wedding day. 

Hand-selected pieces add an unparalleled intimacy and charm to the candlelit gathering. Raymond Ramirez of Kid Golightly Calligraphy created the invitation suite specifically for this shoot, complete with his signature flourishing script and an illustration of the winery location. Jillian Sassone of Marrow Fine breathes new life into family heirlooms, taking the “good bones” of yesteryear’s gems and incorporating them into an entirely new bespoke piece. Each vendor was hand-selected for their talent and unique perspective. Cyndi Gardipee styled the bride’s hair in loose curls for an elevated version of girl-next-door glamour. Our models received the utmost attention to detail by renowned makeup artist and Beaute Nouveau founder Lacey Haegan. The groom also received the star treatment with a suit and tie look customized by pieces from Lord Wallington’s collection of velvet bowties. For the bridal looks, we wanted to showcase the impact of silhouette. We selected two gowns, one sequin and tulle a-line gown from Inbal Dror and the other a Thelia Couture confection of delicate chiffon petal overlay on a sheath dress with a slight mermaid flare. 

Texture and color theory set the tone for the floral story. Madeleine wanted to play with texture and color by utilizing an array of botanicals, fruits and a complementary color scheme of muted lavender and gold. For the floral story, she contrasted full, lush roses against the architectural lines of olive branches and cream tallow berries, using the softness of bunny grass to bridge the two opposing elements together. The intimate reception table, set aglow by taper candles and AE Floral’s collection of bohemian lanterns and votive rentals, featured an arrangement with an unconventional shape. Gatherings of persimmons and grapes were placed beside exquisite vintage flatware and glassware from House of Andaloo for timeless elegance. 

Instead of a traditional tiered wedding cake, we featured local favorite, Julian Pie Company, for dessert. One’s wedding day should be a reflection of a lifetime commitment and the love story of a couple. Tradition has a honored place on a wedding day, but shouldn’t overpower the choices made by a couple. Choosing things that speak to you, like serving pie instead of cake, are details that set the tone for a special and memorable celebration. We hope this shoot inspires couples to hire creatives they trust and let them craft a wedding day overflowing with personal details and color palettes that stray from the ordinary."

Bride & Groom gets married at their alma mater, USC!


"Krystle & Billy decided to get married at USC, their alma mater. Their love story began way before their college days as high school sweethearts, where they met during football and cheer practice. (Billy stumbled onto Krystle while chasing after the football, so cute!). 12 years later, on their anniversary, they vowed to continue to love one another for eternity.

A traditional catholic mass took place at the church located on campus, Our Savior Parish Church. Krystle wore a Hayley Paige gown that sparkled as she walked down the aisle, to her emotional and sweet husband. 

The reception took place at the Town & Gown Ballroom on campus. The color palette for the wedding was blush pink mixed in with the USC maroon. During their grand entrance, Krystle & Billy decided to surprise their guests with the USC marching band marching behind them. Everyone chanted "fight on" while holding up their victory "V's." This was a fun and spirited way to invite their wedding guests to feel the USC spirt." -Jessica Lynn Photography

Modern Nautical Bridal Shoot


"The Richard Nixon Library and Museum is a hidden gem within the hills of Orange County. Once you step inside this Presidential Library, there is an event space that no one can even imagine being in within these walls. Recently, while Three16 Photography was shooting a wedding, Jerrick, the owner came up with the crazy idea of wanting to do a shoot with a boat in the pool which is a replica of the Reflecting Pool in Washington D.C. With President Nixon being in the Navy and the fact that there has never been a boat in the pool, it was a perfect opportunity! Three16 Photography and JenEvents created a vision for this styled shoot and were able to put together an incredible team to execute it. We wanted to keep within the President Nixon’s Navy theme and incorporate the blues of the ocean as well as bring in this year’s Pantone’s Color of the Year, greenery.

Our friends at Flower Allie designed a classic but modern centerpiece for our tablescape. They created an ultra lush fireplace display that looks like it was always meant for the mantles. Then they truly brought our canoe to life even more greenery and beautiful white roses. Cherished Rentals provided the shoot with some amazing plates off of their Al Fresco and Luna Collection. The plates were all complimented by her Mid-Century Gold Flatware and Emerald Pressed Glassware from their Gemstone Glassware Collection. Classic Party Rentals provided the shoot with their Two Tone Gold Fanfare Chairs with suede blue cushions which matched perfectly with the room. They also provided the linen and napkins from their Lamour collection to complete the tablescape. 

Chasing Linen created a beautiful invitation suite and escort cards that embraced the colors of the ocean. With the playful but classic feel of the watercolor wash, the papergoods were perfect for the theme. Their modern calligraphy is nothing less than perfect. The wax seal was a beautiful final detail to pull it all together. Elise Cakes designed a gorgeous three tiered cake that included a watercolor effect, perfectly wrapped rope, and a sailor’s knot to top it off. Jason's Catered Events puts together the most creative and beautifully displayed food. From mini burgers and mini tacos to a crisp salad to a filet mignon entree; they created a meal that was fit for royalty.

The shoot could not have been complete without our beautiful couple. Fuse Hair had their team do Maddy's makeup with a classic look accentuating her natural beauty. Her top bun gave her that modern look we were were going for as well. Her bridal gown was a Pronovias Tais provided by Mon Amie Bridal. The groom, Hunter, was dressed by Friar Tux in their slate blue coat with heather grey pants and vest. Hunter's look was completed with a grey and white pipe edge bow tie and cognac shoes. Hunter and Maddy met while working together at the happiest place on earth, Disneyland. They both love going on adventures and being in the great outdoors. They enjoy spending time together and their loved ones. Hunter asked Maddy to be his girlfriend after seeing how sweet she was when she threw him a surprise birthday party that included all his friends and family. They were both full of giggles and smiles as they embraced each other during the shoot. We could have not asked for a couple that was more in love."

Romantic Garden Wedding at Twin Oaks House & Garden


"Twin Oaks House & Garden Estate is truly a hidden garden gem in San Diego County. Upon walking in, you immediately fall in love with the organic greenery, the secluded vibes and the vintage adornments everywhere you look. The space is enhanced with a vintage bridal room, which used to be a schoolhouse, and a dainty, dreamy greenhouse in the corner. It's a garden heaven where two people's love can easily unfold. 

Macy + Pat ensured every part of their day would mesh seamlessly with their venue by including a fresh color palette of greens + whites in their florals, timeless long farm-table dining, and mismatched vintage plates at every seat. Macy's gals kept it classy with art deco gowns from Adrianna Papell + Macy added a charming touch to her style by including gorgeous kitty shoes by Charlotte Olympia, reminiscent of their kitty cat! Their entire day was reminiscent of a classic garden party with a little pizazz added by their unique styles. 

M + P kept the classy vibes going when they left style - in an all white + chrome Rolls Royce!"

Garden Chic Wedding Ideas


"Garden chic never looked so good! With spring upon us, Pure Lavish Events teamed up with photographer, Gavin Wade Photography to create a bright and whimsical inspired shoot, complete with soft yet modern flare.

With gorgeous vintage d├ęcor and elegant floral designs from French Bouquet, there was no better venue to capture this vision than Galway Downs in Temecula, California. Having it be an equestrian property, a live horse was a MUST and truly captured the whimsical look they were looking for.  Unique and flirty elements such as, a blue beaded gown, suspended cake swing, and a custom Moscow Mule bar were pieces they felt would help capture a different and inspiring look for any newly engaged couple. For a peek at all of the gorgeous photos, check out their favorite details below along with an amazing video by Billy the Camera Guy."

Romantic Sand Dunes Elopement Wedding Ideas

Romantic Sand Dunes Elopement Wedding Ideas | Tenth and Grace Photography

"Our inspiration for this editorial came from the location itself - the stunning sand dunes, which provide such an awesome backdrop for an elopement. I really can't think of a more epic location to exchange vows with the one you love! Hint of Chic and Chloe+Mint collaborated on the florals and design. They settled on a soft, pastel color scheme to complement the colors of the desert at sunset. The pale pinks and purples in the bouquet looked beautiful with the dunes as a backdrop. The Carol Hannah bridal gown was an absolute showstopper with its long flowy train that provided so much beautiful movement in the wind. We couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather for this shoot - it was definitely one to remember!" -Tenth and Grace

The Crown (Netflix) Regal Inspired Wedding Editorial in San Diego


"If you’re one for historical charm and elegance, you’ll be head over heels for Netflix’s The Crown, based on the story of Queen Elizabeth coming into her reign of England. Inspired by this show for its depiction of Elizabeth and Phillip’s marriage, as well as the wedding of Diana and Charles, this wedding editorial features many regal and luxury English-inspired details that are sure to make sophisticated brides swoon.

The palette I curated for this shoot included golds, rose golds, greens, and creams. With just enough distinguished infusions of color to suit a wedding during any season, the predominantly neutral palette carries a level of refinement that pays homage to past royal weddings.

For the table settings, stylist Cara North of Luxe Events chose beautiful floral print china to complement the gorgeous green chairs and textured linens. A cupcake and macaron graced a rose gold plate for each setting.

Breesa’s lush green and white floral arrangements gave the table a full look that conveyed just enough opulence for a royal wedding without looking excessive.  The shape of Diana’s cascading white and green bouquet inspired the bridal bouquet she created for our bride who donned a gorgeous YSA Makino gown that was truly out of this world.

For the cake, Sweet Cheeks created a five-tier masterpiece that featured a square bottom tier and successive round tiers. Gold detailing, inspired by one of Elizabeth’s crowns, framed the beautiful elements of emerald within the cake. What brides would love about this cake is that is simple, yet exquisite. For this shoot, royal and luxury did not equate to excess, but rather well intentioned designs that would be adored by lovers of traditional regal elegance." -Cavin Elizabeth Photography


Photography: Cavin Elizabeth Photography | Venue: Westgate Hotel | Floral Design: Blooms by Breesa Lee | Styling: Luxe Events | Beauty: Unveiled Beauty | Wedding Gown: YSA Makino from Here Comes the Bride | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Desserts: Sweet Cheeks Baking | Stationery: Four Things Paper | Ring: Trumpet and Horn | Tabletop Rentals: Hostess Haven | Models: Ivy Beech | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux | Crown: Elle Bridal Boutique