I am so thrilled to share so much floral, bridal goodness on my blog today! A few months ago, I reached out to a handful of talented artists that I have had the opportunity to build relationships with over the last few years in the wedding industry. Each year I try to do a handful of creative sessions to inspire my artistic eye and create some art, and this time I took the opportunity to focus more on a bridal session.

A favorite portion of the wedding day that I get to photograph is bridal portraits. However, usually with the hustle and bustle of the day, I do not get the opportunity to spend the amount of time that I desire when photographing the bride. Concetta, a previous bride of mine and dress designer, was the first person I immediately thought of when starting the process of planning. The space, florist, model, and hair and makeup artist all fell into place so easily afterward. I was amazed at how just one email allowed me to create the images you will see below. Hopefully this is an encouragement to other artists to try and open doors when following your passions. You never know what will happen!

I absolutely love the soft, romantic feel to the how everything came together, and I truly hope the images are enjoyed, but I also hope this is helpful for planning brides when choosing wedding looks! Be sure to stick around after viewing the images and learn more about the vision from each artist involved in this bridal session 🙂 Thanks for hosting us, Workshop Chicago!

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Cettina

 Artist vision: For this styled shoot, I wanted to create a wedding gown that was very delicate and romantic. I wanted to keep the silhouette very classic while giving the dress that feminine touch with an open back and hand sewn lace appliqué. I also love interesting color combinations, and so for the other two dresses, I really liked the way the color marsala and the pale blue unexpectedly compliment each other along.

Wallflower Designs

Artist vision: After learning some details about the style and color of the dresses and the space in which the shoot was taking place, I knew that I wanted the florals to have a romantic, natural look and feel. Everyone on the team requested that I make a floral crown, which I was really excited about, so I ended up making two! I am loving the current trend that I keep seeing of lush, flowing, oversized bouquets incorporating lots of draping greenery, so for the bridal gown I designed a bouquet inspired by this trend, incorporating some Juliet garden roses, succulents and Silver Dollar eucalyptus. I kept the colors for this look soft and neutral and the floral hairpiece was a bit more subtle so that it looked as if the model had a few flowers tucked behind her ear. As for the marsala colored bridesmaid’s dress, I incorporated some deeper tones of burgundy with accents of pink, peach, champagne, blue and lavender along with a fun mix of flowers including Pink Ice protea, Clooney ranunculus, blue thistle, some mini lotus pods painted gold and other textural blooms. I wanted to add some drama with the floral hairpiece for this look, so it was more of an oversized floral crown made from fully opened garden rose and ranunculus blooms!

Carly Pribich

Artist vision: Sara (the model) was already a natural beauty. I focused on enhancing her already amazing features & drawing attention to them without overdoing the look or style. I also made attention the colors, textures, florals & all of the other details that went into the look. For example – for the marsala color, I added a little more lash & bolder lip color to go with the moody & artsy feel of the shoot, whereas with the ivory dress I kept everything very soft, fresh and romantic.

When I met Mika my first thought was … I must photograph that girl 🙂 I moved to Lincoln Park in Chicago a week ago, and this sweet friend came to visit for the day yesterday! Mika has the most contagious smile ever, and I am so glad I was able to capture her beauty before she moves to Kansas City. Fun facts about her that I learned while taking her photos —  1. Her hair looks good when blown in any direction 2.When she throws her head back in laughter, you feel ridiculously happy to be in her presence.

Thanks for stepping in front of my camera, Mika. You’re a beautiful soul.

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