The past few months have been pretty amazing and full of fun creative shoots that I cannot wait to share! When I was in California in December I got to collaborate with my dear friend TJ Hazzard, who is an incredibly talented hair stylist and all around amazing person, on a shoot in the Santa Rita Hills. I have driven between Santa Barbara and my hometown of San Luis Obispo about a million times and have always been in love with the rolling hills of Northern Santa Barbara County. The vast countryside that lines the highway has always made my heart skip and beat and I have wanted to plan a shoot there for ages. Finally we got the chance to make it happen and a few days before Christmas organized a fun bridal shoot with a gorgeous blush Reem Acra gown. I love seeing the pastel toned dresses in the new bridal collections and am SO hoping some more European designers start to add some color soon to their lines soon. Grey and Blush wedding gowns look great on almost every skin tone (unlike white dresses) and are so unique! During our shoot, I shot 100% film while Andreas shot digital, so an extra big thank you to him for being his amazing self. :) If you want to see more, check out the gallery with more images.
“Come away o human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand.
For the world more full of weeping than you can understand.”
- W.B. Yeats, “The Stolen Child”
The Stolen Child…
Production, Creative Direction & Styling : Pearl & Godiva | Hair Stylist and Make Up Artist : Lora Kelley | Florals : Sarah Winward | Gowns : Bespoke Tulle and Lace Creation for Pearl & Godiva by Emily Riggs | White Muslin Gown with Gold Embroidery by Sarah Foy Design | Jewellery : Kristin Hayes Jewelery | Stationery : Stephanie Fishwick | Model : Caoimhe at Distinct Model Management | Shot on Location at Lisnavagh House and Gardens, Ireland | Fuji 400H scanned by Carmencita Film Lab
On a Monday in September I woke up to a message from Rade asking if I could come to Madrid that week to photograph his engagement session and of course my answer was a yes proceeded by lots of exclamation points (!!!!) :) I had the most incredible time exploring the city with Rade and David and was thrilled that I was able to join them. They are such an inspiring couple in so many ways, with their great style, business savvy and love for each other. I cannot wait to see them in Los Angeles in a few weeks and for their wedding in the south of France next year.
At the end of August, Andreas and I photographed a fabulous three day celebration in Munich along with Doreen Winking Weddings and the boys from Vision on Fire. Our lovely bride and groom, were just the sweetest and the weekend’s celebrations were so beautifully styled by Doreen and her team. The ceremony was held on the stunning rooftop of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the heart of Munich with gorgeous 360 degree views of the city. After the ceremony, along with all of the guests, we rode rickshaws through the city to the reception location held at the Haus der Kunst. The rickshaw ride was such a fun experience for all of the guests and a LOT of fun to photograph. It was also a little dangerous as I was standing up while taking photos on a bike that was racing through the city, but fortunately I had Andreas there to hold on to me and our gear :) After dinner, they threw one heck of a dance party- with tons of confetti (!!!!), a surprise appearance from Elvis and even a burlesque dancer! These are just a few of my favorite details from the weekend, with all the vendor details at the bottom of the post :)
Wedding Planner: Doreen Winking Weddings | Florals: Hörl Floral Kreativ | Wedding Dress: Kaviar Gauche | Paper Goods: Die exklusiven Einladungskarten | Ceremony Location: Mandarin Oriental Munich | Reception Location: Haus der Kunst | Rickshaws: Pedal Munich | Videographer: Vision on Fire | Fuji 400H scanned by: Carmencita Film Lab
I am so excited to share part 2 of our Garden Wedding Inspiration Shoot and the whole shoot was featured today on one of my favorite American wedding blogs, Wedding Chicks! We had a great day shooting together and as always it is so inspiring to work with such inspiring vendors. While part 1 of the shoot was a bit more glamorous, the last look was a bit more bohemian and casual. I am in love with that massive bouquet Hurriyet created. Hop over to Wedding Chicks for the whole feature and to read more about some of our inspiration behind the shoot. Check out part I here.
Photography: Ashley Ludaesher Photography
Coordinator: Beautiful Occasions
Venue: Gartenglück Wegendorf
Stationery: A Creative Affair
Flowers: Botanic Art Floral and Event Design
Hair & Makeup: Lena Schleweis
Dress designer: Ambachervidic
Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss & The Kooples
Church: Dorfkirche Wegendorf
Model: Josefin from Seeds Management
Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic
Erin & Paul’s wedding was extra special since we have gotten the chance to spend time together since I photographed their engagement photos almost two years ago in Berlin. The wedding was incredible, with friends and family from all over the world coming together in Long Beach, California to celebrate Erin and Paul tying the knot. Erin was such a beautiful bride and I just LOVE her Sarah Seven dress, it fit her so perfectly. Along with her bridesmaids, Erin created all of the floral arrangements themselves and I was seriously impressed. It was a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony and the day ended with an amazing dance party under the stars. There was even a few minutes of rain at the end of the evening, which is very atypical for August in Southern California, but no one seemed to care. Thank you again, Erin and Paul for inviting me into your lives and bringing me to California to photograph your wedding day, it was such an honor!
Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Bridal Belt: Untamed Petals | Flowers: Bride and Bridesmaids | Hair and Makeup: Design Visage | Wedding Planner: Hutchinson Weddings | Videographer: Jonathan Chou, view their wedding video here Extra big thanks to my dear friend from college, Chrissie Good, for assisting and second shooting.