Golden Elegance in the California Desert

Inspired by the natural California desert landscape with touches of golden elegance this editorial shoot by MELANIE GABRIELLE is filled with goodness from start to finish. WOLF FEATHER HONEY FARM in Temecula, California was the perfect backdrop with its gorgeous panoramic scenery. With styling and florals by LAUREN EMERSON EVENTS there is a moody element in the table scape to balance the romantic lace detailing on the stunning SARAH JANKS from THE DRESS THEORY. Beautiful paper goods from THE SCRIPT MERCHANT added the finishing touch.

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Photography MELANIE GABRIELLE / Planner, stylist & florist LAUREN EMERSON EVENTS / Dress SARAH JANKS from THE DRESS THEORY / Paper goods THE SCRIPT MERCHANT / Venue & rentals WOLF FEATHER HONEY FARM / Flatware & glassware ANTHROPOLOGIE 

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Organic boudoir session in the outdoors

I’m a big fan of the juxtaposition of a pretty and feminine boudoir session against the rawness of nature. This beautiful session by LAUREN PEELE – perfectly styled by LINDSEY ZAMORA took place at a Hunting Club and takes advantage of the beautiful foliage on display. With a very natural hair and makeup look by RAYVEN WALKER the true beauty of the model really shines.

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Elegant South African Farm Wedding

Both coming from families with farming backgrounds, Nelia & Rodney were inspired by their venue, MAKOJALO OP STAL when it came to styling their wedding day. This beautiful South African wedding by GENEVIEVE FUNDARO is the perfect example of simple timeless elegance. A fresh green and white cascade bouquet added a modern touch.

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HOW DID YOU MEET? One Saturday I was doing groceries shopping. This guy recognized me from our church and introduced himself. I honestly knew I was going to marry him. We got to know each other in church after that day.

TELL US ABOUT THE PROPOSAL: The proposal was not really romantic. My husband had put the ring in my champagne glass on New Year’s Eve and I did not see it at all. Finally when my glass was empty my husband’s nerves were shattered and he told me to look in the glass and he went down on one knee.

TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS: I went to a few places for a wedding dress. Each place I went to the gowns was in the normal (expensive) price range but they felt of such low quality fabrics. They also did not compliment my body. I found ELISABETH STOCKENSTROM through a cousin. When I walked into her studio and touched her gowns I just knew I had to wear one of them. She designed and made a dress for me.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A COUPLE PLANNING THEIR WEDDING?Relax on the day!! Be organized and take enough time to plan and to do all of the preparations before the wedding day. Everything on that day must be organised.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? Standing at the pulpit with my husband to be.

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Photographer GENEVIEVE FUNDARO / Ceremony Venue MAKOJALO OP STAL / Dress Designer ELISABETH STOCKENSTROM / Shoes & jewellery LILLY BLUE / Hair & make-up TIFFANY TAYLOR / Bridesmaids Dresses MANGO / Grooms Attire HILTON WEINER / Caterer TWICE AS NICE
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