I’ve had the honor of meeting two of the lovely ladies who crafted this slice of beauty you’re about to devour. And their talent combined? It’s insane to the max. That’d be Tory of Smith + James Events at the planning and design helm and Valentina Glidden behind the lens. Every corner of this botanical whimsy at Franciscan Gardens is waiting to inspire, including paper pretties by Plume Calligraphy and tabletop perfection from Borrowed Blu and Plenty Of Petals. Dive into The Vault for more!

From Smith + James EventsFor this shoot, we were inspired by the garden venue nearby the Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Franciscan Gardens. The Mission is such a dreamlike venue, and we loved how the nearby Franciscan Gardens merged a sense of botanical whimsy with the Old World beauty of the mission. The juxtaposition inspired us to create a little bit of a moody, ethereal vibe.

Valentina Glidden has such a way with the camera. She’s so good at capturing the beauty in everything and is such fun to work with. She really has her own voice as a photographer and her own confidence instills confidence in the creatives around her. It’s an invaluable trait for a photographer.

Kasia with Plenty of Petals created such romance with this bouquet. We’re so not over the big dreamy bouquet craze yet and may never be! The way Kasia played with dimension and utilized different blooms in the centerpiece takes such a trained talent. We love a good oversized centerpiece and this one really made us all fall in love! We will never get enough of moody, romantic blooms.

Aileen with Plume Calligraphy is incredible. Give her a little inspiration and she’ll knock your socks off, every single time. Her delicate hand-written invitations are really in a class of their own. They make everything feel so soft and delicate, from the handmade paper to the little details in each piece she creates.

Jess Wilcox always knows how to make a model look her best, and our model Brittany looked absolutely stunning…which brings me to the dress! The Carol Hannah Coralia dress from her Siren Call collection totally blew us all away. The lines of the dress are gorgeous and the way it moved was truly spectacular.

This shoot was easy breezy and fun to create. It was so lovely to spend a day strolling around the Mission and taking beautiful pictures. I hope it shows how much we enjoyed putting it together!

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Photography: Valentina Glidden | Event Planning + Design: Smith + James Events | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Hair + Makeup: Jess Wilcox | Calligraphy + Invitations: Plume Calligraphy | Venue: Mission San Juan Capistrano | Venue: Franciscan Gardens | Model: Nick Steele | Model: Brittany Christner | Rentals: Etablir Shop | Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon | Tabletop: borrowed BLU | Veil: Veiled Beauty

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