San Francisco Photo Shoot by Elizabeth Messina Photography
July 1, 2011
United States

In the wedding photography world, Elizabeth Messina reigns Queen and she has a trail of beautiful, heart-palpatating images to prove it. So, of course, we jumped at the chance to feature a photo shoot she recently worked on for the equally fabulous San Francisco Brides Magazine. To say it is breath-taking is a complete understatement. Envision delicious dresses, knock out bridal accessories by Haute Bride, a classic Maritime vibe, green flowing foliage by Floral Theory and brilliant design and styling by Bustle Events along with Heritage & Craft. It's dreamy, classic San Francisco with just the right hint of foggy romance. Each image is more gorgeous than the last so be sure to get your fill in the gallery and for even more of this lovely shoot hop on over to San Francisco Brides Magazine.

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From Rodin Wilkey of San Francisco Brides Magazine...We fell in love with the playful use of texture at Fashion Week this last February, so I was so excited to see some of our local bridal designers really run with that. Jinza Couture's Katie gown, for instance, features a mermaid skirt of hand-twisted organza, with the rough texture extending up the bodice. This creates a frothy look, while still maintaining an adventurous fashion-forward conviction. And Amy Kuschel's Valentine gown is all vintage softness with miles of French lace. These looks drove the sentiment of the shoot entirely. The Eureka at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical park was a perfect complement; the creaking ship, the waves below, and the early 20th century details all lent to the combination of structure and ethereality. And the long rows of brown metal seats and white supporting beams made for a dramatic aisle.

At the reception table, Floral Theory used leaves, foliage, and understated flowers to create an agrarian environment, while Bustle Events and Heritage and Craft adopted a Shakespearean influence, using gold chairs and settings and coffee-stained scrolls for place cards. And, as always, photographer Elizabeth Messina made everything beautiful. At the end of the day, we created a shoot that reflected San Francisco's foggy, dreamy, design-loving personality.

Design + Styling: Bustle Events / Floral Design: Floral Theory / Vintage + Custom Rentals: Heritage & Craft / Hair + Makeup: Preston Nesbit / Rentals: Hartmann Studios / Veils + Headpieces: Haute Bride / Jewelry: Shreve + Rebecca Overmann / Crepe Cake: Batter Bakery / Menswear: Astor & Black / Location: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park / Wedding Gowns: Jinza Jin Couture Bridal + Amy Kuschel / Photography: Elizabeth Messina Photography

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