From lace that’s like the soft light of the morning to beading that glimmers like the glow of sunset, this bridal editorial, shot by the talented Dillon Ivory Photo, feels like a journey through a full day of romance. The talented team took inspiration from each BHLDN dress to create a distinctly inspired bridal look, and the results are that of magic hours.
Photography: Dillon Ivory Photography
Hair and Make Up Artistry: Alisha Cassandra Hair
Flowers: Carrot Flower Company
Model: Ksenya Sovenko of Heffner Management
One could say that “the Force” brought Ben and Anna together – the force of love, that is. Marrying a “little bit of a Star Wars nerd,” the bride surprised her groom with custom-made Hans Solo and Princess Leia cake toppers that resembled the two of them, while Ben spent weeks making a 7 1/2 foot tall Star Wars photo booth that was absolutely adored by guests. The celebration was aglow with lightsaber fights and camera flashes from all the subsequent poses. All Star Wars references aside, the wedding day was a beautiful display of family and friends coming together to celebrate the beginning of a new saga all captured by Benjamin Clifford Photography.
The couple took to Canemah Park in Oregon City for their first look. “I was so excited to see my future husband Ben and for him to see me in my dress for the first time, I could hardly contain myself. It was a very special moment for the both of us – so much emotion pours out in that moment. He was perfect and I could not wait to marry that man.” In true Pacific Northwest fashion, it began to rain off and on. “I was trying to do my best and not panic with it being an outdoor venue. The umbrellas, however, made for some really fun pictures.”
Another unique element of their Portland garden wedding was their intimate vow exchange, only attended by their photographers and the honor of having Ben’s step brother pronounce them as husband and wife. Celebrating the start of their journey, guests cheered and tossed pink rose petals our way.
“We had so much fun I forgot all about the rain, the torn dress and all the other minor things that go wrong at weddings. We just danced the night away and enjoyed our magical day! Our wedding was unforgettable, by far the best day of my life. After all, at the end of the day the only thing that matters is your love and commitment to one another. Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Venue: Abernethy Center
Photography: Benjamin Clifford
Dress: Bridal Exclusives
Groom’s Attire: Nordstom
DJ: Jerry Erven
Hair and Makeup Artist: Luba Gannotskiy
Bridal Party Bouquets: Brenda Fields
Holly Stalder is in the business of turning romantic reveries into reality. A Portlander with a penchant for lace, Stalder designs one-of-a-kind wedding gowns that are available at the charming storefront, Diamond Sea Bridal. Whether they’re dripping with elegant detail or vintage flair, her gowns are inspiring works of art. Get to know the designer and story behind the custom dress line below:
Tell me about the inspiration behind your bridal line.
I am fascinated by lace and it’s delicate beauty, the drape of silks, the movement of tulle.
How would you describe your style?
Vintage glamour with a modern edge.
If the Christos Spring 2016 collection could be summed up in one word, it would be ethereal. With flawless, flowing tulle and dreamy details, each and every one of the eight gowns are visions of airy romance. Get lost in the collection’s most breathtaking looks below:
The dainty flowers dotting the illusion neckline and short sleeves of the Hayden gown are a stunning ode to nature’s intricacy. The dress’ smooth, tulle skirts fall beautifully, and its simplicity allows the bodice detailing to shine. The small blooms continue onto the gorgeous v-back, ensuring wow-factor whether the bride is making her grand entrance or bidding guests goodbye.
Sultry yet sweet, the fitted lace-covered corset of the Lina gown contrasts flawlessly with its fuller tulle skirt. Ultra-thin spaghetti straps supply a detailed and unexpected feminine touch that a strapless neckline couldn’t have delivered. There’s no need for beading or bling with its sophisticated and ballerina-like silhouette.
Fit for the free-spirited, the Mabel gown walks the line between bohemian and refined with its elegant details and relaxed shift shape. The embroidered bodice is accented with a show-stopping wraparound ruffle that serves as on-trend off-the-shoulder sleeves.
The Mila gown is a drop-dead-gorgeous update to the ever-popular mermaid gown. Tulle straps overlay a deep sweetheart neckline for the ultimate touch of class, while its all-over Chantilly lace shimmers with subtle beading.
Have you fallen in love? Luckily for Seattle locals, we can swoon over Christos in real life at the Green Lake-based boutique, The Dress Theory.
Be sure to check out the complete collection of dresses here.