Have any of you ever thought "I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now"? It can be surreal when your dream experience just kind of falls in your lap, but that is exactly what happened with this romantic shoot for Del Mar Lifestyle Magazine! I was having lunch with an amazing friend and colleague, Bree of I Love You More Events , when she mentioned an upcoming shoot for Del Mar Lifestyle Magazine, and that they could use some romantic wedding stationery. Of course I said YES immediately (okay fine, there may have also been some high-pitched squealing and a few excited hand gestures, but it was basically a YES), and starting working that afternoon!
The best part about a styled shoot is that every vendor has a lot of creative freedom (within the style and design of the shoot, of course). We are able to explore new techniques, styles, and materials that we don't always get a chance to explore when working with real brides. In my case, I loved showcasing some techniques, such as gold leafing, wax sealing, and invitation wraps, that I haven't had a lot of brides order yet. Hopefully the stationery from this shoot can give you some ideas about new styles you want to explore for your wedding!
These beautiful deckled edge, gold leaf place cards were the first thing on my list! I had recently received some samples of this dreamy handmade hunter green paper from SHare Studios, and I knew it would be perfect for this shoot. I couldn't resist adding gold leaf edging for a touch of added elegance, and some loose, modern gold calligraphy to match! This phenomenal gold goblet and flatware (and so many other gorgeous pieces you will see below) are all from Archive Rentals, by the way!
To accompany the hunter green place cards, I used a much softer watercolor wash with a little bit of blue in it for the menus. These were on handmade paper from Fabulous Fancy Pants, which is my favorite handmade paper for calligraphy! I wish you could all feel it somehow, because the cotton in this paper makes it just delicious to the touch, and the calligraphy ink adds even more texture, so you really feel the luxury with this paper. The watercolor keeps it soft to coordinate with the romantic styling Breeput together, and some laurel details played off of the greenery from Bluebell Florals (seriously, how gorgeous is this garland below?!)
To match all of this prettiness, the invitation suite had to be over-the-top romantic and with natural, high-end touches. I mixed a few different textures, sticking with the handmade paper, but also bringing in translucent vellum and more gold leaf. We wanted to veer away from the natural greens, and bring in some watery blue tones here. The vellum, twine layers, and gold wax seal wrapped everything up together like a present - anyone opening this invitation would definitely know this wedding is a luxury event not to be missed!
I love to include fun add-on items for special shoots, so I couldn't resist creating these cute vow books pictured below! Loghman Jewelers graced us with all things sparkly for the shoot - that ring, anyone?!
Overall, this was a dream experience to participate in a cover shoot for Del Mar Lifestyle Magazine alongside some of the best vendors and friends in the business (check all of them out below!). Throughout the day, we thought there would be some rain, but the weather held out juuust enough for us to capture this amazing moody lighting. So much credit is given to Bree, who put together the mood board that inspired all of this gorgeousness, and Kylie Chevalier who captured everything on camera!
Let us know what your favorite pieces of the shoot were, and how you may incorporate some romantic touches into your own wedding stationery!
Vendor Dream Team
Photography: Kylie Chevalier Photography
Venue: Morgan Run Country Club
Rentals: Archive Rentals
Florals: Bluebell Florals
Bridal Attire: Mia Bella Couture
Groom's Attire: Town & Country
Jewelry: Loghman Jewelers
Hairstylist: Aspire Beauty by Felicia
Makeup: EC Style Bar
Models: Keilani Ogan + Evan Taylor
Getaway Car: BMW Encinitas