Coastal Bridal Inspiration: Cannon Beach Styled Shoot

The coast is calling, Pacific Northwest brides-to-be. To strike the perfect balance of organic, elegant, and effortless, take style inspiration from the awe-inspiring surroundings of the Oregon Coast. From an ethereal tulle veil evoking the mist of the ocean to the deep, unexpected hues of the bridal bouquet, a haze of romance envelops all aspects of this Cannon Beach styled shoot, captured by the talented McKenna Rachelle Photography as a part of the Jeremy Chou Oregon Coast workshop. As an Oregon Coast native, McKenna’s roots certainly shine through the images below.

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The Details:

Wedding Dress: Mywony Bridal
Model: Alyda Grace of Option Models
Design & Styling: Tristan Needham Design
Hair & Makeup Artistry: Cassandra Kennedy
Ribbon & Styling Textiles: The Poetry of Silk
Instructor: Jeremy Chou, as part of the Oregon Coast Workshop

I Still Do: A Holiday Celebration

The holiday season is the time to reflect on all of the love that fills our lives. Whether it’s spending time with family or sharing mistletoe and midnight kisses, it’s hard not to notice the extra bit of magic in the air.

One couple decided to make the most of the most wonderful time of the year by celebrating their ten years of marriage.

The enchanting  “I Still Do” photo shoot and surprise gathering was Scott’s gift to his wife, Bethany for their anniversary – all captured by  the talented Rachel of Frit~Fru Photography.

Bethany shares: “He told me we were doing a wedding-themed photo shoot…when it turned out he had actually invited our closest friends and family for a dinner party to celebrate! After we were well into the photo shoot, we “happened” to walk into a little clearing in the woods that was straight out of a fairy tale! Every detail was perfect and looked like it belonged there–twinkle lights and vintage tableware in the middle of the forest. Scott designed and built the gorgeous table around the tree in the clearing and a rustic bar for drinks. Our daughters, parents, siblings, and closest friends all came to celebrate with us, Scott’s family cooked us all an incredible meal, and we lingered late into the night…until the generator powering the twinkle lights ran out of power! It was such a special and beautiful night.”

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The Details:

Photography: Frit~Fru Photography

Ribbons: Silk & Willow

Calligraphy : Painted Cloud Studios

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The First Dance: A Ballet Bridal Editorial

Music and movement are languages of love, and as  the first dance is one of the most emotionally potent points of a wedding, there couldn’t have been a source of better inspiration for this carefully choreographed editorial. Ink & Grain Photography captured the beauty of ballet with blooms by Ponderosa and Thyme and an ethereal Leanne Marshall gown via Portland’s The English Depart. Rich with feeling, this styled shoot juxtaposes soft tulle and pastel petals with striking shadows and bold movement- resulting in the ultimate representation of romance.

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Brunch with the Bridesmaids

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As the very first editorial planned for Northwed Magazine, this bridesmaids’ brunch editorial was extra sweet to shoot. I had the honor of working with talented photographer, Julie Harmsen-Fitts and food and prop stylist Malina Lopez, who kindly offered up her home and impressive collection of antiques for the day.

The inspiration for this editorial centered on celebrating the excitement of marriage and savoring the gift of friendship. To honor such a special occasion, I dreamed of a setting that was rich with vintage charm and feminine splendor. What could be a better way for a bride to ask her girls to be her bridesmaids than with a modern take on a tea party? Amongst pretty pastries, bright fruits, and candelabras, the delicious, delicate lemon crepe cake by Love and Pie was the star of the brunch table. To make the editorial even more special, the girls surrounding the table are my best friends who I’d gladly call my own bridesmaids one day. 
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The Details:

Photography: Julie Harmsen Photography
Food and Prop Styling: Malina Lopez
Creative Direction and Wardrobe Styling: Olivia Tinsley (Northwed Magazine)
Crepe Cake:Love and Pie
Other Sweets: Whole Foods (tarts), Le Panier (pastries)

Lucy and Ryan’s Styled Session on San Josef Bay

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When it came to displaying Lucy and Ryan’s love for one another, San Josef Bay made for the ultimate backdrop. The two of them recently tied the knot in a coastal setting, and this shoot was the perfect opportunity to capture a more casual celebration of their commitment. The happily married couple called upon the artistically-inclined photographer, Kimberley Kufaas to capture their couple’s shoot and harness their love for the beach. The results are simply stunning. Though the styled session was carefully pieced together with an editorial eye, the narrative that it represents is anything but contrived. Wade through their beautifully rugged and emotionally-rich images below, and keep watch for their wedding images to come.

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Enchanting Winter Styled Shoot

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As snow softly falls from above, the beauty of winter captivates our souls. The kiss of the cold ignites goosebumps on our skin and the light reflecting off of the white dances a little differently. There’s an undeniable aura of romance that the season provides, and this enchanting styled shoot, captured by Behind the Sea Photography, beautifully marries the wonder of a wedding with the majesty of wintertime.

“For this shoot, we set out to create a warm and moody indoor environment that would lend itself to a intimate winter gathering. Lush florals by Jordan Moll topped off the style with a rich, moody color palette of crimson, berry hues, gold, and a touch of dusty blue.

The Summit at Snoqualmie gave our series a final, dreamy touch as the light snowfall highlighted an original gown by Phuong Minh Nguyen and a sparkling headpiece by Melinda Rose Design.”

-Olivia of Behind the Sea Photography

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Thanksgiving Wedding Tablescapes

The season of gathering with loved ones to give thanks is upon us, and the pressure is on to wow guests with not only a delicious, but beautifully decorated meal. With the added focus on table presentation that Thanksgiving brings, so comes the perfect time to harvest some ideas for an elegant late autumn wedding tablescape.

Place Setting Ideas

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Functional and fun, this place setting not only gives your guest a seat, but a gift to be popped open to celebrate.

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Local Love: Pacific Northwest Styled Shoot

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If you’ve ever questioned if the Northwest is truly best, this locally and sustainably sourced styled shoot by Lightworks360 Photography is sure to remind you why fell in love with the place you call home. We’ve got a lot to be proud of in the upper left, and collaborative talent that shines through these images is no exception. This Pacific Northwest styled shoot is rich with inspiration to make your wedding not only only a celebration of your love, but of all the creativity and beauty that the region radiates.

Learn more about the story behind this styled shoot:

Being born and raised in the incredible Pacific Northwest, with mountains as a headboard, the beach as a pillow, and the forest as a blanket… it makes a girl pretty spoiled. As I assembled my dream team for our end-of-season styled shoot this year, I had two strong visions: I ONLY wanted a locally-based, female-led team for our vendors, and I wanted to display as much of the crazy-beautiful variations on the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest.

 

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Seaside Styled Shoot at Ruby Beach

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Rich with earthy elegance, this seaside styled shoot photographed on location at Ruby Beach points to the intimate sentiment of a coastal elopement. Supplying mystery and romance, the hazy oceanfront setting translates flawlessly into these images captured by Fleur de lis Photography. This shoot is far from short of Pacific Northwest charm with its extravagant, organic bouquets by Sara Jane Camacho and adorable mussel shell details. The bride’s effortless open-back gown with a cascading ruffle detail from The Dress Theory supplies just strikes the perfect balance of relaxed and regal. Get caught up in all the magic below:

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“On the Wind” Organic Styled Shoot

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Inspired by a landscape of rich, rugged rock, lush waters, and rolling trees, this styled shoot beautifully captures the spirit of the Pacific Northwest. Romance abounds in every shot captured on film by the talented Anna Peters. Embracing the Earth’s elements, the bride’s dramatic cathedral veil and the ribbons of her bouquet softly float in the wind. The bride’s carefree spirit shines in an understated three-quarter sleeve dress and a loose, bohemian French braid. The styled shoot’s effortless elegance continues into the tablescape, where casual linens and simple place settings meet with a cascading floral arrangement and vintage candelabras. The calming color palette of earthy greens, soft gray-blues, and ethereal ivories is sophisticated and fresh, perfect for a transitional summer to fall wedding. Allow yourself to get swept away by the gorgeous images of this styled shoot.

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