I’m thrilled to finally share a gorgeous collaboration for a romantic swing wedding inspiration shoot that has been published on Ruffled Blog! One of the biggest challenges with styled shoots, aside from all the preproduction planning and setup, is waiting to share the images. Many blogs and magazines require exclusivity, so waiting until the shoot is featured is a must. Alas, the time is here to finally share this gorgeous session! My friend Thuy is a multi talented renaissance woman, and worked tirelessly with long time friend, and new floral designer, Nikki, to create this concept. I contributed with my film photos and written description for the publication. Enjoy some of my favorites from our shoot!
About the Session
California has a natural, golden beauty that is, in one aspect, so harsh, yet also so mesmerizing. The Bay Area is surrounded by golden hills that are often untouched, but only an arms length away. We, a group of Bay Area creative wedding professionals, decided to take a mid-season respite and refill our creative cup with a dream shoot that features some new and different things with which to inspire our clients. This shoot was photographed on both film for its dreamy qualities and digital for expediency. We combined the mediums in this gallery to show brides the seamless blending of hybrid photography, which allows for both cost effective services and true film range.
Before iPads and Pokemon GO, tree swings and warm afternoon breezes were one of the best memories of childhood summers. The quintessential symbol of carefree and happy, we incorporated a handmade rope swing with gorgeous vining bougainvillea and passion flower as a focal point for our model. To round out the look, we added vintage lanterns styled with tree of heaven clusters and more bougainvillea. Finding a hill with a lone, sturdy oak tree to provide an arm and canopy was the finishing touch that made it all feel romantic and heavenly!
The model’s pink champagne two piece dress is perfectly elegant yet playful with the beaded, French vintage inspired cropped camisole and a skirt made of layers upon layers of soft, lightweight tulle. Her light coverage, natural makeup look and loosely arrange low up-do accented with gorgeous handmade hair pieces gives her an organic, effortless look of beauty.
Two bouquets were made to compliment this bride’s look— a sweet, but understated romantic arrangement and a more vibrant and textured bouquet. Both looks use the same color family, but feature different levels of vibrancy. Similarly, the menu and invitations showcase a watercolor floral scheme with gold flecked hand lettering to update traditional wedding paper design.
The tablescape is the real life embodiment of our vision of a perfect romantic dinner al fresco. Vintage French bistro chairs were given romantic flare when adorned with olive leaves and budding olives, while delicate, paper thin fuchsia bougainvillea added a feminine touch. The overflowing centerpiece of loosely arranged varieties of roses, tulips, tree of heaven, raspberries, and sweet peas made the rosé wine and lavender buds that much sweeter to sip! Because every dinner should end on a sweet note, the simple, two layered cake decorated with the most organic spray of jasmine vines and a single dusky pink lisianthus could not be more enticing!
Location: Pleasanton, California
Words and photos presented here: Desiree Nguyen, Delighted Images
Floral Design: Nikki Kuwayama, Pineapple Petals Studio
Makeup + Hair: Ann Ho, Styles by Ann Diary
Cake: Venus Wei, La Vie Douce Design
Model: Marilyn T. Kim
Hair and Ring Accessories: Nikki Kuwayama, White Velvetier
Vintage Rentals: Erica Henderson Tin Roof Farmhouse
Swing Made by: Nikki Kuwayama, Pineapple Petals Studio
Calligraphy + Stationery: Thuy Nguyen, Avec L’Amour Photography
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Delighted Images by Desiree Nguyen is an internationally awarded boutique, full-service photography studio specializing in destination pre-wedding and wedding photography based in San Francisco, California. Desiree is a destination wedding photographer for jetset couples. Delighted Images specializes in producing custom photo shoots to best tell your love story. To save your date for a tailored experience, please contact me!