You Belong with the Wild Flowers Bridal Fashion and Beauty Styled Shoot

We believe that true love is the ultimate freedom because when you are fully loved you can be free to be you. We called this the “You Belong with the Wild Flowers Bridal Fashion and Beauty Styled Shoot” for a good reason. Thanks Tom Petty for reminding us to always pursue passion and freedom in all things. [Disclaimer: No poppies were harmed during this photo shoot, the entire shoot team stayed on the trails and Photographer Melissa Fe has some mad Photoshop skills!]

Photographer Melissa Fe says “This year Mother Nature graced us with her presence by bringing the super bloom back to Lake Elsinore. It has been said that the super bloom attracted Disneyland-sized crowds to this poppy bloom spectacular. With valleys filled with beautiful poppy fields this was too good to pass up for a Springtime Bridal Session.

The Bride wore the Izzy gown designed by Minnesota Bridal Gown Designer, Bopha Sar Thomas. This flowy 3-tiered skirt showcased a silk and lace lining and was accompanied by a hand sewn lace top with exquisite lace detail and peep-a-boo back to show off those sexy curves. This flirty 2 piece gown is perfect for a youthful, daring Bride who isn’t afraid to show off some skin.

For the Bride’s Hair and Make up, I teamed up with the talented Juanita Lopez of @Brides_Grooms_by_JLo. I have worked with Juanita on multiple styled shoots in the past and is my go-to Hair and Make up artist for my Brides and boudoir clients.

I wanted an Ethereal vibe and look for this Bridal session so Juanita did an editorial bohemian dutch braid with some fly away pieces to frame the Bride’s face. She also used texturizing product to achieve the dreamy vibe we were going for.

Juanita went for a monochromatic, very clean "no makeup, makeup look" for the Bride. This is something that Juanita feels most brides should go for on their wedding day because it enhances their natural beauty. She used a spot concealer to allow the Bride's skin to look very natural yet maintaining a sun kissed glow. From the Bride's eyes to the blush and lip color the color palette applied was a warm light tint of orange colors to accent the pop of color from the poppies.

To bring the look together, Nancy the creative mind behind Nancy Lobo Designs, created a bouquet that was non-traditional using a combination of spring blooms and a dash of orchids. Knowing that the backdrop would be a field of orange poppies, she chose purple tones to play alongside and be as equally 

vibrant. For a little romance, she topped off the bouquet with a lace ribbon as an ode to the rolling hills. ”

Photographer + Styling: @melissafechapmanphotography

Bride: @brookeethompsonn

Hair + Make-up: @brides_grooms_by_jlo

Bridal gown: @bophasar_atelier

Florals: @nancylobodesigns

Dress Designer: Bopha Sar LLC//Beauty: Brides + grooms by jLo//Floral Designer: Nancy Lobo Designs//Model: Me//Photographer: Melissa Fe Chapman Photography

Wine Country Meets Tropical Flair in Gorgeous Wedding Styled Shoot

What do you say to stunning 360° views that allow you to drink in everything that is So Cal wedding beauty at Emerald Peak Venue?! We say yes!  This exciting tropical inspired styled wine country shoot hosted by Alexandra David, Creative Leader for this Styled Shoots Across America event, brought together some fabulous and popular trends: sweetly bright coral tones, joyful floral displays, and a surprising pop of palm leaves playing off the rustic vineyard elements make for a truly unique-to-So-Cal aesthetic. All of this wedding gorgeousness adorned an elevated plateau that overlooks the surrounding vineyards, where beautiful stations awaited their allotted time in the light.  And OH! What light there was!   The models were at their brightest and most polished, reflecting the bright, beautiful and colorful mood of the day.  From unique balloon-scapes, to a vintage three wheeled mini-truck, converted into a mobile craft beer bar, the colors popped, but the balloons did not!  Thanks Alexandra for this pop of freshness and purely perfect style!

Wedding Venue Spotlight: Emerald Peak Venue

Whether you are looking for a rustic country feel, a vintage chic look, or a classic ranch style wedding Emerald Peak is the perfect canvas to create your wedding!

Emerald Peak is tucked away in Temecula, California on a secluded hilltop with 360-degree views of orchards, vineyards, and canyons.

Emerald Peak’s rustic country style venue with a dazzling view of the coastal landscape is the perfect atmosphere for you and your guests to enjoy a truly So Cal celebration.

Other: Brand Talent//Design and Decor: Rustic Peony Co//Equipment Rentals:Nuage Designs, Inc.//Cake Designer:Sweet & Saucy Shop//Favors and Gifts: My Favorite Sweets//Design and Decor: OC Brides//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Friar Tux Shop//Other: Bubbles and Brews//Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids//Makeup Artist: Tiffani Sedano//Dress Store: Mary Me Bridal//Makeup Artist: Tiffani Sedano//Makeup Artist: Tiffani Sedano//Event Planner: ALEXIEVENTS//Other: Mia's Martini//Design and Decor: Touched by Time Vintage Rentals//Favors and Gifts: Everything Done To A T//Design and Decor: Mommy Poppins Balloons//Etsy Designer: Epanoui Grace Hair Pieces//Invitation Designer: Invitation Maven//Calligrapher: Kokomo Creative//Floral Designer: Taste of Honey Co//Event Venue:Emerald Peak Venue//Other:Styled Shoots Across America//Photographer: Lori Phillips Photography//

Mystical Matrimony Styled Wedding Shoot is Perfect for the Holidays!

Rich burgundy and plums colors, geode cake [wow!], gorgeous winery venue and a team of wedding pros who really love working together make for this lovely Mystical Matrimony wedding styled shoot!

Shoot Vendor Credits:

Photography by Rock On Photography

Photography and Videography by Guided by Imagination

Gown by D’Angelo Couture

Venue Location Granite Lion Cellars

Florals by Alpine Garden and Gifts

Cake by Joy Baked

Hair and Makeup by Sparkle by Steph Stephanie Keiser

DJ by

Specialty Linens by Linen Lady

Furnishings by AKT

Invitations by Laniletter Designs

Planning by Weddings by Kris

Pretty Pastel Pieces Make for Pleasing Accents of Feminine Wedding Details

Velvet ring boxes, pale pink roses, beautiful copper teas service, dreamcatchers and pastel macarons, what could be more feminine and stylish for a dreamy pastel wedding styled shoot by London Light Photography and team? This is still one of our favorites! #throwbackthursday

Photographer:  London Light Photography//Cinema and Video: Audrey Alba Films//Jewelry: Excavade //Calligrapher:Kindred Calligraphy//Bakery:Little Hunny Cakery //Apparel: Michelle Hebert//Bakery: Monika's Macarons EaT Marketplace//Makeup Artist:Pro Hair and Make Up Artist //Design and Decor: Rickety Swank//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Salvage Soul//Floral Designer: Soiree Design & Events//Reception Venue: The Humphreys Estate//Other: The Mrs Box//

Beach Elopement Styled Shoot is Full of San Diego Sun, Sand, and Real Love!

When a real couple let's you style and shoot an 'elopement into honeymoon' styled shoot at the beach get ready for lots of fun and chemistry!! This couple was happy to show their love and passion at WindandSea Beach in South La Jolla. After their beach elopement, they moved into in a "day after - honeymoon" session celebrating their love for one another and the first day as Mr. and Mrs. All we can say is Wow! The heat is on and it's not the soaring Summer temperatures bringing this heat wave!

Location:WindandSea Beach//Cake Designer:Amanda Rose Cake Designer//Floral Designer:A Flower Chick//Photographer: V&E Photography//

This British Tea Party Themed Wedding Styled Shoot Shows Off a Delicate and Feminine Style

While we are all still recovering from a fabulous British Royal Wedding, here is one last crumb of inspiratiom that celebrates a modern twist on true English style! This talented team of vendors, from all the way across the pond, bring a sweet, Anglo style to a lovely tea time styled shoot. Pass the biscuits! Enjoy! 

Studio Venue:Square Suite//Event Designer:eclat_events//Model:Joyce Evans//Model: antoniath//Makeup Artist: Aaliyah Latif//Dress Designer: audrey ashley couture//Dress Designer: Aneberry//Event Planner: My Wedding Fixer//Photographer: Chomelle photo//

Love Wins Every Time - Especially with This Gorgeous Wedding Styled Shoot that Celebrates Our LGBTQ Friends. Love is Love.

There’s nothing greater than the union of love, especially when we live in a world where LOVE WINS. This styled shoot is set to emphasize the love that exists, the power of collaboration and the power of LOVE. Shattering the glass ceiling was just one of the motives behind this new age shoot. Love is Love. Styled by Fairy Godmother, a Wedding & Event Company, with deep blues, rich reds [check out her gorgeous burgundy tux jacket!] and metallic gold, this powerful, vintage inspired shoot wins too!

"ren-dez-vous": noun: a meeting at an agreed time and place, typically between two people.

This pop up wedding styled shoot was set in the loft of an antique store in the heart of downtown Bakersfield, CA. Vintage vibes illustrated with dark, deep maroons and touches of gold were juxtaposed by the natural light from the industrial windows and bright colored stones handcrafted into the décor. Mis-matched candlesticks, antique dishes and sugar crystal name cards completed the tablescape. Handmade-coin rings symbolize the labor of lasting love and soft, airy touches remind us of true love’s kiss! 

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Cinema and Video:Our Legacy Photo & Cinema//Equipment Rentals:20th Street Cottage//DIY or Handmade Goods Designer:70 Knots//Cake Designer: Gimme Some Sugar//Floral Designer: House of Flowers Bakersfield//Design and Decor:Right Coast Design Studio//Invitation Designer: Matinae Design Studio//Apparel:Fino's Menswear and Tuxedo//Dress Store: Ladies and Gents Bridal//Beauty:Atomic Kitten//Linens and Coverings: Walker Lewis Rents//Event Venue:In Your Wildest Dreams Consignment//Event Designer: Fairy Godmother a Wedding & Event Company//Photographer: Left Coast Design Studio//

Beautiful Red Wedding Styled Shoot Celebrates Chinese Weddings and Color!

You know we love red! The color of passion, vibrancy, action and, in China, weddings! The colorful inspiration for this vibrant wedding styled shoot came from photographer Fangting Zuo's Chinese heritage.  With this shoot she celebrates and pays homage to the traditional color of Asian weddings by marrying the feel of rich, ancient traditions with a modern, American aesthetic, with crimson & golden luxury and the elegance of San Diego's mini Versailles; The Westgate Hotel!

San Diego Wedding Venue Spotlight: The Westgate Hotel
The Westgate is a one-of-a-kind hotel, completed filled with timeless elegance, priceless antiques and appointments one would find in an elegant home. Designed as an incredible re-creation of an anteroom in the Palace of Versailles, the Grand Lobby is noted for its magnificent antiques, Baccarat crystal chandeliers, Flemish and French tapestries and Persian carpets. 

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Art Director: Fangting Zuo

Photography: Fangting Photography

Hair Styling: Thomas Edward Salon & Dry Bar, Brenda Juckett-Schultz, owner and Mishelle Roberts, stylist

Makeup: Rachel Marie Gallenberger of Rachel Marie Makeup Artistry

Wedding Cake: Little Hunny Cakery 

Videography: Lens Life 

Bride's Fashion: Nolan Dean Le of Nolan Dean Studio  

Groom's Fashion: Friar Tux 

Wedding Invitations & Paper Goods: Ashlei Corlew, Sweet Louise Paper Co.

Jewelry: Love Tatum 

Rental Linens and Furniture: Patty's Linen Rentals

Arch Decor: Unique Rentals by Arc de Belle

Romance is Not Dead in this Stunningly Beautiful Styled Shoot

Romance is so so important not just when you're dating and leading up to a wedding - but for the rest of your life! Keeping your spark alive should be a top priority in your marriage. We just adore this beautiful styled shoot by our friends down under! San Diego and Australia have a lot in common, sunshine, beaches and stunning, on-trend, wedding style! 

Wedding Vendor Credits

Wedding Invitations: @invitationbweddings www.bweddinginvitations.com/                          

Photography & Concept: @sephoryphotography sephoryphotography.com.au/

Hair & Make up: @suzyselamakeup www.suzysela.com/

Menu & Place Cards: @adorninvitations www.adorninvitations.co.uk/

Stationery Design: Catsy Creative www.catsycreative.com.au

Printing: Inktank Printing www.inktankprinting.com

Flowers: @chloelashay_florist www.chloelashay.com/

Dresses: @raffaeleciucabridal www.raffaeleciuca.com.au/ and by @heleneconstancebride | @berta

Cakes: @maryeatscake www.maryeatscake.com.au

Jewellery: @loveonjewellery www.loveonjewellery.com.au/

Model: @oliviaa.williams from @giant_mgmt

Venue: @montdusoleil

Wine Country Wedding and Styled Shoot Gives an All New Meaning to White Wedding!

This elegant rustic-chic themed styled shoot utilizes a neutral color palette with a bespoke dress from top So Cal bridal gown designer Madeleine Fig. The opulent villa with details like handmade furnishings, stonework, rich wood furnishings and pool, complete with private helicopter naturally, is nestled in the heart of Southern California's incredible wine country. This is sure to inspire couples planning their own intimate destination wine country wedding! 

The small-wedding / elopement trend with several unique elements served as the inspiration behind this shoot. The venue boasts amazing views of the wine country and also has a dedicated helicopter pad on site to offer guests private tours! The muted hues of bronze, gold, silver, copper, combined with plenty of greenery reflect the outdoor Southern California vibe and blend flawlessly into the rugged landscape extending into the distance. Overall, the scene conveys a simple purity that relaxes the senses. The handmade furniture such as the palette bar, the desert table with back drop, and the mismatched table settings lend a custom DIY element to the theme. The beauty of the scenes, the models, the make-up, the hair, and the dresses were expertly captured and edited by a talented photographer from Monterey. The videographer from Los Angeles worked alongside providing both drone and handheld coverage that documented the full process.

This was a truly collaborative effort that brought talented vendors from across California. It turned out to be much bigger than originally intended and consisted of a full crew included: photographer, videographer with drone, models, couture bridal designer, makeup and hair, florist, catering, calligraphy, accessories, rentals, and graphic design. Behind the scenes, the chemistry between the models and the crew added to the energetic and fun vibe on set!

Wedding Professionals LOVE:

Photographer:   paulinar.photography//Calligrapher: Miller Photography Creations//Other: Upper Limit Aviation//Caterer: Parilla 84 Mexican Grill//Floral Designer: Petals of Poetry//Model:Anthony Gonzalez//Model: Paige Spagnoletti//Equipment Rentals: AKT Party Rentals & Custom Furniture//Cinema and Video: Black Tie Media Production//Invitation Designer:Brown Fox Creative//Design and Decor: Villa Del Enzo//Event Venue: Villa Del Enzo//Hair Stylist: Blush//Dress Designer: Madeleine Fig//Beauty: Blush//

You're Going to Swoon Over this Torrey Pines Beach Elopement!

We love a good elopement! Sometimes just the two of you and all the love you share is plenty. And it's even better when you capture it all with professional wedding photography [the one essential besides the officiant at any elopement]. Check out this Elopement Styled Shoot [this couple is not quite married yet - but this seems like great practice!!] full of the natural inspiration of the beaches,  cliffs and windswept vista of Torrey Pines State Park. Enjoy and swoon away! 

Photographer and stylist Bria wanted to put together a beach elopement shoot in San Diego that would bring to light to some of the amazing local cliff formations and the power [and slight wildness] of pristine California State Park Torrey Pines beaches. Kaylee and Jay [real couple!] have a deep love for nature and loved the idea of having a ceremony in a state park so we made it happen! We wanted elegance while not competing with the natural scenery. We pushed that to the limits with a black suit and veil, and the results were breathtaking! The deep rich tones in  the flowers and her makeup complimented the etherial  grey skies. For florals we combined pepper berry, protea, cappuccino roses, and three varieties of ranunculus to get a tropical yet elegant and unruly bouquet. " We think they fully captured the raw, untamed power and beauty of our gorgeous Torrey Pines State Park with this shoot don't you agree!? 

Photographer:   bria peterson photography//Event Venue:Torey Pines State Reserve//Floral Designer: Flora & Fauna//Dress Designer: Marry Me Bridal//Equipment Rentals: Mad.Love.Collective//

Celebrating Kate Spade's Influence on Weddings, Style and Fashion

With the news of Kate Spade's passing we wanted to make a post in her honor. We found this wedding inspo photo shoot, inspired by the stylings of the iconic designer, art directed by A Sweetpea Event & Celebration and felt it was the perfect way to say thank you to a woman who influenced so many with her talent.  Says A Sweetpea Event & Celebration owner Ashley Bemis; "A while ago I had the honor of planning my first styled shoot. Everyone said 'find something that inspires you and build the theme of the shoot around that!'.  Well during a trip to Bed Bath and Beyond I saw a Kate Spade navy blue with white polka dot table runner that I just fell in love with! I immediately knew this was the piece of inspiration I wanted to use and ran with the idea, creating a Kate Spade inspired wedding style shoot. I stand firm that weddings should be fun and playful as they are celebrating 2 lives becoming one! So I told the vendors to trust me and designed a style shoot that had vibrant, fun colors, polka dot patterns on the table and the bride and groom doing a 1st look with balloons...  it was playful, it was different and very Kate Spade! But it was all inspired by a designer who loved to use vibrant colors, and be fun and playful! So in honor of Kate Spade I encourage everyone to be bold, be playful, be sparkly and don't be afraid to play outside the box!"

WEDDING VENDOR LOVE:

DESIGN/COORDINATION || A Sweetpea Event & Celebration
FLORIST || Upton Grey Floral
PHOTOGRAPHY || Halleigh Hill Photography
VENUE || Rancho Las Lomas
BRIDAL SALON || Mary Me Bridal
GROOMS WEAR || Friar Tux Shop
HAIR & MAKEUP || Designed-Elegance by Emily Barton
STATIONARY || River & Bridge

Modern James Bond Meets His True Love in our Exclusive Wedding Styled Shoot

We love gathering together a group of super talented wedding artists and making something creative and fun and fashionable! First we start with a theme: "Modern James Bond Meets His True Love" think 1960's Sean Connery Bond in an Apple Store - except even better we got to play all day at Tower 23 one of the hippest, most beautifully designed wedding ceremony and reception venues (and hotels) in San Diego! The bridal fashions of Viktor & Rolf and Justin Alexander and the latest men's fashions from Gentlemen's Tux for our modern day Bond, enhanced with a vintage black Jaguar and Pacific Beach's fun and youthful backdrop were the perfect way to celebrate this space.  Enjoy. Please see full credits and gratitude at end of post. 

A big thank you to Tower 23 for inviting us in for the day to see and portray your incredibly special space. Designed by the uber talented architect Graham Downes, who we knew personally and admired tremendously, Tower 23 is alive with vibrant details and light and space like no other venue. The hotel's design is super clean and modern with playful 1960's 'mod vibe' elements infused into fun little areas that surprise and delight at the same time. It's welcoming, with a smooth, defined style that soothes and refreshes like a tall, cool glass of ice water on a hot day, It's so enveloping that we were surprised every time we looked up to see the unobstructed view of the white sand beach, the pier and the incredible sunsets of PB. There's a reason this location is so respected and sought after as a wedding venue!

This is what a perfectly tailored suit looks like on a man, by John Jaques at Gentlemen's Tux.

While art directing a shot in this shoot we were overwhelmed by the feeling that Graham Downes had designed into the space and the lightbulb went on. We got it. Architecture, like other forms of art, is designed to induce a feeling - and this space makes you feel more alive and alight and at peace, it was almost meditative in it's simplicity, yet playful, bold and youthful at the same time.

Spectacular hair by Lia Runs with Scissors of Kuthaus Glendora and makeup by Alta DeKoven all topped off with just the right amazing vintage jewelry by Carolyn of Vintage Jewelry Lounge!

And last but not least the man with the eye Justin Hulse of Hulse Photography - thank you for capturing our 'vintage mod' vision so flawlessly. 

Wedding Artists Credits and a Big Thank You to....

Venue: Tower 23
Photographer: Hulse Photography
Art Direction: Love Your Show, Inc.
Her Fashions: Justin Alexander, Viktor & Rolf, Nurit Hen
His Fashions: Gentlemen's Tux
Hair Stylist: Lia Runs with Scissors of Kuthaus Glendora
Makeup: Alta DeKoven
Her Jewelry: Vintage Jewelry Lounge
His Jewelry: BeComb
Her Shoes: "Lady" by Hey Lady 
Vintage Jaguar: Private Collection
British Flag Parasol: Pamela's Parasols
Dog Model: Tony the Wonder Dog

Fabulous and Fancy Mexican Fiesta Meets Coastal Cali Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Living in San Diego we are lucky enough to be heavily immersed and intertwined with the rich and historic culture of Mexico. From food, to music, to architecture, we celebrate Mexico everywhere! This wedding styled shoot celebrates the vibrant, the bright, and the bold colors of traditional Mexico that infuse San Diego with a good part of its charm.  This super talented group of wedding artists came together in La Jolla to brainstorm something fresh and highlight elements from our neighbors to the south creating fantastic inspiration for the couple looking to combine rustic elements with a splash of bold color and a hint of Mexican influences. We love this shoot because it takes elements that traditionally represent Mexican culture and weaves them in with a cool coastal California wedding vibe. We could say "Olé!" all day to this beautiful style! 

Photographer:  MKL IMAGES//Calligrapher: Rhonda Mancini//Equipment Rentals:Farm Tables and More//Event Venue: Saltwater Farm//Beauty: Jayden Presleigh Salon//Bakery: Whipped Specialty Desserts//Floral Designer: Bloom Style//

Romantic Winter Wedding Styled Shoot in Our Fave Little Mountain Town Outside San Diego; Julian!

Nestled away in the mountains of Southern California is the cozy little country town of Julian. Sacred Mountain Julian is the perfect venue for nuptials at any time of year, but it will truly steal your heart as the perfect setting for a Wintry themed, mountain wedding, with, of course a gorgeous couple and a beautiful Black Beauty horse model! 

Lesli and Spencer, have been married for six years, but took advantage of this opportunity to relive their newlywed days and remember exactly what it was like when they first said "I do". Being that Spencer serves in the US Marine Corps, photographer Katie Hammond couldn't think of a more deserving couple to feature in her styled wedding shoot. It's lovely to see the love and fire are alive and well (and going strong!) after six years of marriage! 

Drenched in rich tones of burgundy and gold, my shoot featured stunning details like two pairs of Badgley Mischka heels dripping in jewels, vast views of mountains and fields, gorgeous black horses, and black bridesmaid dresses (and they TOTALLY pulled it off!).