I cannot begin to describe the sheer elation and pride I feel while writing this post. A photo from a shoot I did with Jose Villa was chosen for the cover of the very first Style Me Pretty book, Style Me Pretty Weddings. The book will be out in store December 18th, and is available for pre-order on Amazon.com now. Its not secret that Style Me Pretty is my favorite wedding blog and online resource for brides. To have my work chosen for the cover is more than a dream come true. I am honored and incredibly thankful for the amazing team of vendors that helped make the shoot what it was.
First and foremost, I owe this all to the incredible Jose Villa, whose photography is like music. Not only is he a beautiful person, but he went above and beyond for this shoot - helping move tables and chairs, and assisting in the grunt work that goes into a shoot like this. Without his talent, this cover never would have been possible, so from the very very bottom of my heart, I thank him.
My good friend, and stunning florist, Kelly Kaufman of Florette and I make a fabulous team. She is meticulous about her work, and continues to be one of my very closest partners and friends. Sunstone Villa was the backdrop for the shoot, and set the mood in a way no other venue could - a big thank you to Anna Rice for allowing us use of your incredible property. Found Vintage Rentals supplied the stunning tables and chairs, which were the perfect fit for the shoot. I had to stop myself from trying to rent their full inventory. Casa de Perrin literally set the table in the most beautiful way possible. From their heirloom china, cut glassware, to the hand polished silverware, the table wouldn’t have been the same without them. Bella Vista Designs hung the most beautiful set of chandeliers in the oak tree - they worked tirelessly with me to hang the chandeliers at the perfect height. The result was a beautiful glowing effect that looked like one large chandelier hanging from the tree. It goes without saying, but the right models can truly make or break the shoot. Erin Gomez, was more than we could have dreamed of. She was stunning, gracious and a dream in front of the camera. She and her boyfriend Scott brought the shoot to life with their love. Luna Bella Makeup Art did an incredible job with Erins makeup, providing a super fresh and soft look highlighted by a sweet side fishtail braid. The dresses by Samuelle Couture literally couldn’t not have been a more perfect fit for the venue and shoot. The colors, the fabric, everything was spot on and were an absolute dream to work with! Mission Tuxedo was sweet enough to provide the tuxedo and shoes for Scott, they asked the perfect questions, and helped us choose the best tux for our groom! 33 Jewels was kind enough to offer us use of their incredible gems, which complimented the look perfectly! Invitations by the talented Betsy Dunlap added whimsy and charm in a way that still romantic and elegant. The cake from Sweet & Saucy Shop was to die for - perfectly molded with intricate details. Thank you, thank you Melody for your time & for believing in our shoot! Last but certainly not least, I have to thank Lola Video for the truly stunning film she created for the shoot. Ginas work is magical and I am honored that she was a part of the shoot.