Whimsy Style Shoot

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A lake wedding is one of the dreamiest and romantic places. After spending over 80 miles on the road driving around Southern California, scouting for the ideal location for the shoot, we finally settled on Big Bear Lake. The area we found, Juniper Point, welcomed us with a soft cool breeze that wrapped you up in fall. The lake was still, reflecting the homes, pine trees and clouds creating a picture-perfect backdrop. What made the location even more special is that, Morgan, the owner of Cluster Events, has always dreamed of getting married at her parent’s lake house, where they got married thirty-six years ago.

Another great inspiration for the shoot was the work of Tyler Knott Gregson, who became famous by having a 'typewriter' series of poems on social media. With the world where everyone is online, lacking the 'realness' in relationships, Tyler makes the old and new worlds meet and takes advantage of the new age to bring back something timeless. Below is the poem we choose to use for the custom napkin screen printing: "I promise to find art where there may be none, I promise to try to become it if absolutely none exists. I will live in a manner in which I look back and know I chased two things throughout: all the light, all the grace."

We wanted to highlight the design with bold colors of burgundy, charcoal, dark brown, gold with hues of pinks and peaches, and Chelsea Carter Events did a wonderful job incorporating this daring color palette into the flower arrangements. We choose gold flatware, from Alex Party Rentals, to make the sharp angles stand out and pick up the gold detail in our stemware, as well as lanterns with gold edges and our pyramid table number from Urban Outfitters, all of which flowed together nicely with our goal of incorporating organic and geometric details. The dress by JINZA Couture Bridal had beautiful long sleeves and beaded detail that would make any girl’s heart flutter. The hair and make-up, by Meg O’Hare Beauty, was kept soft and natural to go along the warm grey suit from The Black Tux.

As the sun settled over the nearest Los Angeles mountains, we continued to shoot through the dusk. It was as if time stopped, and nothing else existed other than all the light and all the grace.