Valentine’s Day is kind of a big deal around this corner of the Internet, and there’s no better way to kick off this day o’ love than a wildly romantic bridal session. With Paris playing backdrop, Kristin Sweeting’s images prove you don’t have to wear a white dress to look (and feel) every bit the bride. Hop to the gallery for more glimpses of this red hot bridal session done right.
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Photography: Kristin Sweeting Photography | Dress/Jacket: Leanne Marshall | Invites: Olive Juice Press
It’s no secret that the South of France holds a special place in SMP’s heart (one mention of lavender fields and we’re all aflutter) but it just rose to a whole new status with this styled shoot by Larissa Cleveland. Inspired by the beauty of the wild Camargue horses, this gallery is a fairytale brought to life and we can’t get enough. Get ready to love Provence even more than you thought you already did – right this way!
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From Larissa Cleveland… This was my first time in the South of France. I’d been to Paris, but always dreamed of visiting the small towns and beautiful landscape of Provence. When I began my research for the trip, I stumbled across the unique history of the Camargue Horses. They are all white, and roam the salt marshes and flat territories along the coast. Not far from the beautiful cities of Saint Remy and Les Baux, where I’d be staying and photographing on my trip. The horses are a celebrated fixture of Provence history, and equally mysterious, as it is not known exactly how they came to be there.
I wanted to avoid the classic Provence stereotypes for this shoot, so I did not focus on the lavender fields or Grand Chateau’s in the countryside. Instead my inspiration would be the beautiful white Camargue horses, and old stone walls and alley-ways of the ancient towns. The soft greys and creams of the old stone, and the wild flowing mane of the Camargue horse perfectly complemented the pale pink, flowy J.Mendel dress provided by Jin Wang in San Francisco. The stunning white stone staircase inside the Hotel De Tourrel in Saint Remy made for a beautiful location, as well as the ancient alleyways outside. Then for sunset, we trekked to the top of the Ancient Ruins of Les Baux in the hills.
For the table inspiration, I chose pale pink hues and stone to mimic the rest of the shoot. Romantic, and a bit wild. Yonder Design made beautiful custom equestrian invites and I purchased the most beautiful petrified wood chargers from Terrain.
Photography: Larissa Cleveland Photography | Floral Design: Larissa Cleveland Photography | Wedding Dress: J. Mendel | Hair + Makeup: Ylva Langenskiold | Venue: Les Baux De Provence | Venue: Hotel De Tourrel | Bridal Boutique: jinwang | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Floral Source: Aux Bouquets de Jules | Horse Figurine: Vintage | Models: Francesca and Laurent | Paper Goods: Yonder Design | Ribbon + Cloth: Silk & Willow | Tabletop: Terrain at Styers | Tabletop: Crate And Barrel | Wedding Ring: vintage
If I had a fairy godmother, my one wish would be to sit front row at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, specifically at Elie Saab‘s show, because each and every look he sends down the runway is always worthy of a princess. But since I can’t have my Cinderella moment, I’ll settle for the next best thing — poring over these gorgeous captures from the one and only Greg Finck.
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… This is Elie Saab Haute Couture SS17 fashion show, which happened yesterday during Paris Fashion Week. I feel grateful and honored to have counted Elie Saab as part of my clients for a year now, and I got to shoot the backstage, first look and runway for this other amazing Couture Show. This Spring/Summer collection, that comes under the names ‘The Birth of Light’ has been inspired by Egypt golden Age, in the 40s-60s. This is truly one of Arabia’s golden age, with amazing stability and freedom in the whole region. From the shores of the Nile, to the famous Egyptians actresses, dancers, and singers who have made the glory of Egypt during this golden age, beauty was everywhere. Between 1940 and 1960, Egyptian music reached a climax, with famous singers such as Oum Kalthoum, Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Farid Al Atrash and Sabah, whose voices songs and melodies have been exported around the globe. On another level, Hoda Shaarawi and Doria Shafik were inspiring feminist characters, fighting for women’s rights. This is also the time when the Egyptian cinema rose with directors such as Henry Barakat, Hassan Al Imam or Youssef Chahine. A golden age placed under the sign of artistic excellence and cultural wealth. Elie Saab has inspired himself with all of these elements and the woman from his SS17 collection is the reflect of this golden age.
Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Makeup: Tom Pecheux | Hair: Orlando Pinta | Gowns: Elie Saab | Location: Potel et Chabot