Earth Inspiration in Oregon

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It’s no secret that I’m quite the fan of anything GINNY AU styles, and the lucky attendees at the ERICH MCVEY WORSKHOP in Bend, Oregon got to capture not just one but several shoots that she’d styled around the four elements of wind, fire, water and todays theme, earth. With a team of amazing vendors assisting, these shoots are utter beauty and these photos by SHANNON VON ESCHEN are nothing short of perfection! Shannon had this to say about the workshop…

“I have been to a lot of workshops. But this one. This one. It was absolutely amazing! Erich McVey is not only an artistic genius, he is kind, funny, and overly generous. I am still floating in the clouds after being at his workshop and getting to meet the amazing talents and industry artists he works with on a daily basis. I won’t lie: Getting to meet Ginny Au and photograph her work was probably the biggest highlight of my year…I just adore her so much! But the whole experience was magical and I will credit any success from here on out that I incur as a direct result of the inspiration they all gave me. This shoot was only one of four “element” themes shoots we did, but it was one of my favorites. This couple was styled and even given descriptive words to evoke the emotions and feeling of “Earth.” I will forever look at photography differently and with more with fluidity, emotion, and soul. Film has changed me and made me so deeply happy. But this workshop? It’s given me so much more!”

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Photography SHANNON VON ESCHEN / Captured at the ERICH MCVEY WORSKHOP / Creative Direction & Styling GINNY AU, assisted by ASHLEY NICOLE  / Flowers ASHLEY BEYER assisted by BRENNA WILLIAMS / Hair & make-up AMY CLARKE for THE HALCYON AGENCY assisted by BETH LEVEL / Gown ‘DANIELLE GOWN’ by LEANNE MARSHALL from THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT / Veil MONVIEVE FROM IVORY & WHITE BOUTIQUE / Jewellery J CREW / Groom’s attire J CREW  / Paper goods MON VOIR / Ribbon FROUFROU RIBBON / Models ANTHONY CULVER & SAMANTHA DEARING of MUSE MODELS / Location RENE SCHWAB COWGIRL HIDEOUT IN ALFALFA, OREGON / Sponsors RED LEAF BOUTIQUE and NEVE ALBUMS  / Photo Lab PHOTOVISION / Film Sponsor FUJI FILM 
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Romantic Washington Prairie Wedding

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After a six year long distance relationship this gorgeous duo began a whirlwind of wedding planning whilst still living in different countries. “We saw our wedding as being an intimate event that was a reflection of us as a couple. To balance my fiancé’s rugged, organic tastes and my penchant for beautiful, feminine things, we chose an ethereal, rustic theme for our day. We began by deciding on a barn venue, envisioning the wooden building and natural surroundings as a perfect backdrop for our whimsical, romantic affair. We did not want a standard color scheme and instead chose to use multiple, soft colors and a more personal, eclectic array of decor centered around the use of vintage and DIY pieces, wood, lace, flowers, brass, and candles.

MEGAN ROBINSON captured all the beauty of the day, which involved so many touches from the bride & groom and their families. As a nod to their favourite meal they served up tacos, and to enhance the fun, family-oriented atmosphere they had popcorn and lemonade stands alongside the ‘adult drinks’ during their cocktail hour and a s’mores station to entertain the kids in between the dinner and dancing. Sounds like a fun wedding to have been a guest at! For adults and children alike!

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ANY DIY ELEMENTS? All this said, I had so much fun being a DIY bride! I loved planning and styling the day, putting together homemade strawberry jam as favors, painting the wooden and tin signs, and creating the gold animal place cards, milk bottle aisle decor, and seating chart. My fiancé found and cut all the wood for free, along with snagging the metal jugs we used for some of the center pieces. I also put together a wooden frame to display the Polaroid’s of our guests at the sign-in table and a wooden and ribbon backdrop for our cake station, both using cuttings from the trees in our yard.

DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS: Since we saw a main decor item as flowers and greenery, we purchased these through wholesale companies and arranged them ourselves to maximize our budget. We ended up with an assortment of 750 flowers spilling over our tables, cake, stations, and ceremony space, and made into lavish bouquets and delicate boutonnieres and corsages. It turned out better than I could have imagined.

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FAVOURITE DETAIL OF THE DAY: To enhance the fun, family-oriented atmosphere, we had popcorn and lemonade stands along with our wine and beer bar during our cocktail hour, and a s’mores station to entertain the kids between dinner and dancing. We attempted to personalize everything, from the decor to the small, intimate guest list to the customized playlist, and we had the best time doing it all as a couple.

WHAT ADVISE WOULD YOU GIVE OUT TO A COUPLE PLANNING THEIR WEDDING?The only reason we were able to enjoy every moment of the day and avoid all stress was by hiring a day-of coordinator. She coordinated the whole event from the rehearsal to the clean-up, took care of all the last minute styling details, and directed all of our amazing vendors. Our favourite vendor was one that took priority in hiring right from the beginning – our photographer! We are thrilled to have amazing, unique photos that document our love and the memories of our day.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? Altogether, the day felt entirely exclusive to us, we focused on the importance of our vows and our family and friends that surrounded us, and it was a beautiful start to our lifelong love letter.

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Photographer MEGAN ROBINSON PHOTOGRAPHYVenue THE BARN ON WILD ROSE PRAIRIE / DJ & Videographer COMPLETE MUSIC / Day-Of Coordination BELLE JOURNÈE EVENTS / Catering CHARLEY’S CATERING COMPANY / Cake BATCH BAKESHOP / Rentals EVENT RENTS / Stationery KATIE LEUTE DESIGN / Florist COSTCO & FIFTY FLOWERS / Make-up SHASTA HANKINSBridal Gown TEN FASHIONS / Bridesmaid Dresses: BEAUX.COM, ETSY, & NORDSTROM RACK / Grooms Outfit NORDSTROM & BIRLINGTON / Rings JEWELRY DESIGN CENTER
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Inspired by the Element of Wind

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Forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet and the Winds long to play with your hair.

I’m delighted to finally share with you these gorgeous images from LOVE, THE NELSONS that Shalyn captured at the ERICH MCVEY WORSKHOP in Bend, Oregon last October. Expertly styled by GINNY AU this shoot was inspired by the element of wind and features a bride in a RUBICON gown and her groom in a dapper pale blue suit. The amazing ASHLEY BEYER put together some beautiful florals in fresh whites and greens. 

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Photography LOVE, THE NELSONS / Captured at the ERICH MCVEY WORSKHOP / Creative Direction & Styling GINNY AU, assisted by ASHLEY NICOLE  / Flowers ASHLEY BEYER assisted by BRENNA WILLIAMS / Hair & make-up AMY CLARKE for THE HALCYON AGENCY assisted by BETH LEVEL / Gown ‘SCARLET GOWN’ BY RUBICON / Veil MONVIEVE FROM IVORY & WHITE BOUTIQUE / Jewellery J CREW / Groom’s attire J CREW  / Paper goods MON VOIR / Ribbon FROUFROU RIBBON / Models SYDNEY BABCOCK OF MUSE MODELS and GARRETT RIGHELE OF OPTIONS MODELS / Location SMITH ROCK STATE PARK / Sponsors RED LEAF BOUTIQUE and NEVE ALBUMS  / Photo Lab PHOTOVISION / Film Sponsor FUJI FILM 

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