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Earlier this fall in collaboration with Lovely Bride and the loveliest Seattle-based model, Megan Russell we created a moody autumn-inspired bridal editorial using rich colored paper from Savage Universal, gorgeous designer dress gowns, and dried palm fronds of various shapes and sizes. I wanted to tell a story of the PNW bride going on a desert adventure – and what that might look like if you combined bohemian vibes with dark gritty Pacific Northwest vibes. Together I believe you would get this…
Using natural light only, and a bit of post processing we were able to create these stunning moody images at Larimar Studios. It was in fact, the dreariest and wettest day on record in Seattle this fall! It somehow felt fitting to create such gritty and moody images just purely utilizing the natural light. We love Savage Universal for their amazing product and richness of tone. These papers look striking against the white wedding gowns. Each color and gown tells a different story.
Look Number One
We started out with the Lotus Gown by Vagabond Bridal. Since this dress is the epitome of all things bohemian and with those epic bell sleeves, we wanted to keep the makeup simple, and the hair mostly down. The open back allowed for our makeup artist Kat St. John to create a beautiful cascading half up-do (aren’t Megan’s red curls amazing?!) – which looked amazing with the gown. We chose a vase of palms to sit off to the side, SIENNA paper from Savage Universal and through composition and posing, focused on the sleeves and back of the gown. What a show-stopper!
Look Number Two
Our second look is a number from the Marchesa bridal collection. Using RUSTIC paper, I moved our set-up to a new spot in the studio to create an even front lighting and used an Avenger C-Stand to hold up some fronds behind Megan. Kat pulled all of Megan’s hair up for this look, as we added a veil and a darker lip.
Look Number Three
For the third and final look, I set up the MOCHA backdrop and gave Megan a 3′ palm leaf to play with. Kat, our makeup artist, created a more dramatic look with the eyes, and brought the hair down into big curls. The Heather gown from Anna Kara was so feminine, we wanted to give it a bit of edge to sass it up. I love how Megan brought this gown to life with her poses.
I hope this editorial inspires the bohemian brides out there living in the northwest – whether you get married locally, or travel to a desert dreamland of your choosing. No matter what, I always love alternative weddings that step outside the typical box of bright white images. Be inspired and create something that truly speaks to your heart!
This is not a sponsored post – Michelle is a loyal Savage Universal user and loves their products. Images and text are original and solely the opinion of Michelle Moore.
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