February 23, 2016
It is always fascinating when and where inspiration hits me. Even more so, I find it intriguing how inspiration adjusts into a final vision. This shoot was initially inspired by a row of coffee mugs at TJMaxx. Thomas and I love shooting brunch weddings, and I’m a huge fan of coffee. Somehow, it twisted into oranges (brunch…orange juice…oranges…?). I was fortunate enough to work with Becky of Daly Digs, who brought my growing vision of a bright, citrus wedding to life. With a lively and fresh color pallet, and the backdrop of the perfectly yellow-tone of the venue, this Casa Lantana Wedding shoot was success!
I had high hopes that the couple for the shoot would complement the bright, sunny, upbeat vibe of the session. Once I knew I was looking for happy, joyful, sunny bride, my friend Vanessa came to mind. She is so positive and has a radiant smile. A total joy to be around. Thomas and I spent some time thinking about a gentleman that would suit her. After some time, we thought of Jesse, one of Thomas’s lively, fun-loving coworkers that loves getting to know new people and just having a good time (he’s also pretty easy on the eyes, if I do say so myself). Despite not knowing each other very well, Jesse and Vanessa were filled with laughter and smiles all day as they lived out this Florida wedding. Their energy was contagious!
Indira from Lilian Rose Beauty styled Vanessa’s hair and makeup flawlessly, finishing her braid with an intricate beaded floral piece from Romantic ART Life.
Vanessa wore a simple and elegant, sweetheart gown from The Dressing Room in St. Pete. A crystal and silk belt from Justin Alexander tied around her waist.
Braun’s Fine Flowers provided the gorgeous asymmetrical bouquet and florals for the session. Overflowing with greenery and pops of bright pink peonies, the elements tied in perfectly with the citrus vibe.
Inviting guests to the event, Logan Babiak created custom whimsical watercolor invitations, accented with oranges, and hints of pinks.
For the ceremony site, Becky envisioned mismatched wooden chairs under the beautiful Spanish moss at Casa Lantana. The aisle capped with citrus crates overflowing with flowers in milk glass.
After the couple tied the knot, it was only fitting that they celebrate with their closest friends (thank you so much you four!!) over a meal at a farm table. Accenting orange chairs sat alongside wooden antiques. Milk glass held the flowers and citrus spilled across the table as a runner. The guest’s place cards were held by a tangerine. They all enjoyed their favors of handmade biscuits wrapped in orange netting and sticky marmalade.
This inspiration would not have been complete without the brunch nook and perfect pastry sweets created by Michelle from Oob a la Mode! Not only did she make these donuts – she painted them! The fresh donuts hung from a vintage bottle rack – such a perfect idea! Jesse and Vanessa enjoyed their stunning cake topped with fresh citrus.
The evening closed with one final dip under the twinkle lights along the entrance of Casa Lantana.
One final, huge, thank you to all of the vendors that helped me with this session. It is always such an honor to work with creatives in the area and it really means the world to me that they provide me with these opportunities. Hugs and love to you all!