I am guilty of some serious day dreaming, but can you really blame me when I spend my days swooning over shoots like this one captured by Allyson Magda? I mean, with floral design by Adornments Flowers & Finery, stationary and calligraphy from Laura Hooper Calligraphy, linens from La Tavola Fine Linen and rentals Casa De Perrin – you simply just can’t help but spend your day drifting off to dreamland with all this pretty dancing in your head.
From Love and Splendor…Justin Vineyards and Winery is set in the rolling hills of Paso Robles with multiple venues available for hosting weddings and other special events. For this gorgeous shoot, however, the striking Chateau at the top of their property was selected as our backdrop. As you make your way up the driveway to approach the mansion, you feel as if you’ve been transported to Europe. The ivy-covered walls, the graceful staircase, the classic courtyard and reflecting pool all evoke an enchanted old-world setting. The mansion served as an opulent private estate until recently, and therefore is beautifully maintained both inside and out.
We embraced the classic elegance of the Chateau in designing a shoot that was romantic, feminine, and altogether luxurious. Our palette consisted of creamy ivories and whites, pale pink, and precious metal accents. The tabletop’s foundation was a stunning new fabric from La Tavola Linen featuring a beautifully “in-between” metallic color that is a cross between gold and silver. The subtle texture added a bit of edge and interest to an otherwise traditional look. Casa de Perrin set the table to perfection with gold and blush Florentine chargers, white china and pink glass salad plates, cut crystal glassware and champagne coupes and their extravagant 24-karat gold flatware. Graceful pink goblets added the perfect blush of color and tied in the silk dupioni napkins and florals. Placesettings were graced with lovely gold-foil printed menus from Laura Hooper Calligraphy, sophisticated in their simplicity. A bit of vintage floral trim brought the entire setting together.
Laurel from Adornments Flowers & Finery created refined drama with a tall centerpiece perched on an heirloom vessel in shades of bone and gold. I loved the artistic detail on the vase, from its gilded feet to the filigree designs. Gently curving French tulips and garden roses spilled lavishly over the vase’s bowl, along with loose vines and greenery for a garden-inspired feel. Additional fragrant blooms were placed in small gold julep cups. The movement in the arrangement made the tabletop a bit more accessible, despite all of the luxe details. I think it’s important to set a table that wows a guest but doesn’t alienate them.
Our models were real-life couples dressed in Kirstie Kelly gowns and Express grey suites, respectively. I especially loved the bride’s voluminous skirt and tie-shoulder details. A setting like the Chateau necessitates a glorious couture gown! The bouquets were composed of the same scrumptious garden roses in varying shades of palest pink, peach and buttery yellow. Long trailing ribbons completed the ladylike look.
Allyson Magda captured every detail beautifully! It was such a pleasure working with this team of creatives in reviving a bit of classic romance, and I think we were able to bring a bit of freshness to a traditional look.
Photography: Allyson Magda | Floral Design: Adornments Flowers & Finery | Groom's Attire: Express | Venue: Justin Vineyard & Winery | Bride's Gown: Kirstie Kelly | Bridesmaid's Gown: Kristie Kelley | Design, Styling & Coordination: Events Of Love And Splendor | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Production: Be Inspired PR | Stationery & Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Tabletop Rentals: Casa De Perrin