Blue and Pink French-Inspired Styled Shoot

"My journey of inspiration for this shoot began years ago during my first trip to France. I was overcome by the design, cuisine and culture of the French people. From the toile fabric to the perfect, buttery croissant, I loved all things French. I grew up in Ohio, and moved to Los Angeles in 2008. I was a desert plant novice, but found an affection for native plant life as I explored my new city. Walking through neighborhoods and driving over canyons, I was completely floored by these new, vibrant plants at every turn. For this styled shoot, I decided to incorporate two of my favorite themes: gorgeous French inspiration in a distinctly Southern California setting. I specifically chose The South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes, CA for its plethora of plants native to California. I was delightfully surprised to find some plants native to France, as well, including Cypress trees and a field of lavender. The bright, bold colors of the shoot were also inspired by both France and Southern California. I chose the blue and pink color palette as an ode to both places: traditional French blue with pops of cheerful pink. Bougainvillea is my absolute favorite plant native to California, so making sure that was incorporated throughout the design was a priority. We began shooting early in the morning, and there was some "June gloom" that created a magical feeling for the ceremony. The sunshine came out as our shoot progressed." -Golden Poppy Events

Wedding Vendors: Photography: Molly and Co | Wedding Planner: Golden Poppy Events | Venue: South Coast Botanic Garden | Wedding Gown Designer: Atelier by Dawn | Menswear: The Black Tux | Beauty: Michael Vincent Academy | Jewelry: Margaret Rowe | Stationery: Hadley Designs | Floral Designer: Wisteria Lane | Catering: Republique | Bridal Shoes: Glint | Bridal Accessories: Hushed Commotion | Bakery: The Butter End CakeryFurniture Rentals: Sweet Salvage Rentals | Dish Rentals: Dish Wish | Bride’s Reception Dress: Mod Cloth | Rings: Justine Liddy Fine Jewelry | Croquembouche: Kellie Kay | Wardrobe: Samantha Schwartz