I never tire of Autumn colours… they’re just so warm and welcoming! Photographer SHANNON ELIZABETH and a team of Utah vendors wanted to create a shoot that was a little different to the standard bride & groom shoot, so focused on the bride getting ready for her big day with her bridesmaids… which of course is such a fun part of the wedding day process! I remember it well myself… sitting back sipping champagne, whilst we got hair & make-up done… so fun!! I’m completely smitten with anything Annie from WILDFIELD PAPER CO. does and the stationery suite she designed for this shoot is just so pretty! I also love how ST. THOMAS FLORAL DESIGN has used large autumn leaves in the bouquet adding to it’s perfectly unstructured feel.
Kyndra and Trevor’s wedding is one of my all time favourites!! Talk about a stylish duo, and MARION H PHOTOGRAPHY has done THE most incredible job documenting their Austin, Texas wedding. The kind of images that make my editors heart skip a beat! So of course I was thrilled to feature it in MAGNOLIA ROUGE MAGAZINE.
These two had a special connection from the moment they met. The soulmates first became friends when Kyndra moved to Texas as a teenager, and started dating a few years later. After a sweet, intimate proposal, they started planning a natural wedding that was as romantic as it was down to earth, and became a labour of love for the couple and their families. Both MARION (whose work the bride had admired for some time) and videographer PASCAL DÉLÉ flew in especially from France to document the big day.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL: We had been dating for about four years. We knew we were soul mates from the first day. Trevor was about to transfer to a another city to finish up college and asked me to go with him. Of course I said yes. He planned a little weekend getaway for the two of us before our big move. He took us to San Antonio to stay right on the river walk which was so beautiful and sweet. We had of course talked about marriage but I had no idea it would be this weekend he’d ask. The first night he took me on a sweet boat ride dinner and we walked around, talking about our new adventure. The next morning, I woke up, opened my eyes, saw the ring and heard him behind me say “marry me?” It was exactly how I could have dreamt a proposal. Just the two of us, cozied up. It was the most magical morning of my life. Looking at this person who I have literally been in love with forever. He wants to spend the rest of his life with me. Wow.
Photography MARION H PHOTOGRAPHY / Cinematography PASCAL DÉLÉ / Cake LOVE BIRDS SWEETS / Florist BRIDE’S MOTHER AND BRIDESMAIDS / Stationery GOGOSNAP / Venue VISTA WEST RANCH / Bride’s Gown ANNA SUI FOR BHLDN / Bride’s Shoes STEVE MADDEN / Groom’s Attire H&M / Hair & Make-up ALLYSON GILBERT & LIZ MARTIN / Bridesmaids’ dresses FREE PEOPLE, URBAN OUTFITTERS AND ETSY / Caterer THE PEACHED TORTILLA / Jewellery FREE PEOPLE, ANTHROPOLOGIE, GYPSY JUNKIE
BRUMLEY & WELLS are pure magicians behind the camera… and I’m extremely honoured to feature their beautiful work on the cover of Issue 8 of MAGNOLIA ROUGE MAGAZINE. I feel very privileged to call these talented people friends! Together with CELESTE GREEN who came up with the concept and put her beautiful styling touches to the shoot, they journeyed to the California Coast where they went to great efforts setting things up on the beach. Not exactly an easily accessed part of the coast, between the team they had helping they traipsed several miles back and forth carrying everything in including that rather large and heavy table! Featuring three stunning JOHANNA JOHNSON gowns which were beautifully accessorised with jewels from SARAH RICHEY and florals from HANA AND PINE it’s rawness is pure beauty and shows off the natural elements of the area in such stunning light.
Lapidaire: an artist or artisan who forms stone, minerals, or gemstones into decorative items
He is a fierce and mighty torrent. His waves and his winds carve and sculpt the edges of the earth in a brooding and tireless mess of time and stone. He is the sea, relentless and determined in his love. And somehow, without thought, without practice, and without knowing how or why, he cuts and shapes every stone in his path into masterful works that send us racing to the coast to marvel at his art. And we do marvel. It is beautiful. Despite the fear that takes our breath when we sense his strength in the evening tide, we feel inspired. In that way, I guess the sea is like a young lover, clumsy and powerful, but full of heart and determined to make his love evident in the Cliffs of Moher, along the great Ocean Road, by the mountains soaring up from Milford Sound, in the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean, and on the black rocks of Big Sur.
But the Lapidaire is different. Her love is quiet. Despite her youth, she is wise and patient. While the sea blows his mighty winds and claps his waves for attention, she waits calmly for the whispering breath of the muse. Her work is graceful. When the sea, in his ancient youth, pounds violently against the rock and exhales his mighty voice, she delicately clasps her gem of choice between her hands and proceeds to shape it with thought and intent. Like a master of any craft, this is how she’s chosen to articulate her soul, to show the world what the muse has said when her heart was still enough to hear it. And if she bravely heeds that voice, she will cut in a moment what the sea will shape in a year. Her work will not stand high and mighty like the monuments of the sea, but it will be strong and full to the brim with the same love that moved them both to cut, to shape, to form.
That’s what love does.
It inspires. It forms. It whispers.
It moves. It breathes.