Organic nature inspired boudoir shoot

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This beautifully simple boudoir shoot in the great outdoors by TAMARA GRUNER PHOTOGRAPHY is so perfectly simple and pays homage to the gorgeous natural environment. Belle Soul Weddings says “Our inspiration for this shoot was to create a soft and airy feel, a boudoir session shot in nature that a true fine art bride would love. We wanted to inspire those brides who love the great outdoors and also the soft, natural fabrics of expertly made lingerie. We chose to use found foliage from the area in which we shot. We thought the leaves, branches and vines told the story of a girl caught in the moment.

Featuring LAUDINE LINGERIE BY VERONICA SHEAFFER, the simple delicate styling by BELLE SOUL WEDDINGS compliments the environment.

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Photography TAMARA GRUNER PHOTOGRAPHY / Styling & florals BELLE SOUL WEDDINGS / Model SARAH COURTNEY from WILHELMINA DENVER / Hair & make-up LIZ WEGRZYN / Lingerie LAUDINE LINGERIE BY VERONICA SHEAFFER / Headpiece EMMA AND GRACE BRIDAL / Ring BRIAN GAVIN DIAMONDSSilk & ribbon SILK & WILLOWScans RICHARD PHOTO LAB 
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Classic Wedding Hair & make-up inspiration

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I’m delighted to share you with the first in a series of posts from BECOMING – a portfolio building workshop for wedding hair & make-up creatives run by SWEETLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY and AUSTIE ECKLEY. The workshop took place in Oregon’s scenic wine country at one of the areas newest wedding venues, THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE. The stunning landscape and beautifully renovated indoor space provided the perfect setting for these aspiring makeup artists to learn, practice, and grow.

To kick start the workshop the attendees and vendors were treated to a delectable 4-course plated dinner by WHITE PEPPER — one of Portland’s finest caterers. The table setting was beautifully styled by SAM LEWIS with rentals from COMMONWEALTH, linens from THE MODERN PROPER, and garland by SWOON FLORAL DESIGN. Discussing goals and dreams while making new friends, the attendees and vendors dined and talked for hours until the room was lit only by the warm glow of candlelight.

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From hands-on training to professional stylized photos, this exclusive workshop was designed to provide a select number of aspiring artists everything needed to start or rebrand their high-end wedding makeup and hair businesses. During the two-day workshop, attendees received makeup and hair teaching by the incredibly talented AUSTIE ECKLEY, the opportunity to practice the techniques on their very own model for a unique styled bridal session professionally photographed by SWEETLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY, head shots and working candids for their websites, model before & afters, and business coaching.

For the styled shoots, each artist had their own model wearing a unique wedding dress by ELIZABETH DYE, bridal accessories different from the others, and featuring unique florals by SWOON FLORAL DESIGN.

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Photography SWEETLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY / Hair & make-up instructor AUSTIE ECKLEY / Host venue THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE / Styling SAM ROSEN / Styling assistant MEAGHAN LEVY / Florals SWOON FLORAL DESIGN / Welcome dinner catering WHITE PEPPER / Gowns ELIZABETH DYE / Jewellery JES DESIGN STUDIO / Rentals COMMONWEALTH / Linens THE MODERN PROPER / Make-up sponsor BLUSH BEAUTY BAR / Models RYAN ARTISTS / Workshop logo KELSEY MALIE CALLIGRAPHY / Workshop calligraphy KELSEY BETTS / Model in this shoot JANE BONGIORNO / Hair & make-up in above shoot ABIGAIL SPRUNGER of 7TH DAY BEAUTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elegant & rustic Montana Wedding

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It wouldn’t be hard to be inspired by the beauty surrounding Matt & Brynne’s MONTANA WEDDING VENUE WEATHERWOOD HOMESTEAD. When Brynne first set foot on site she knew it offered all that she envisioned for their wedding day. She wanted to have everything in keeping with the rustic and vintage nature of their venue, adding in some soft and romantic touches without taking away from the overall beauty. Brynne says, “I feel we perfectly captured that. It was everything I dreamed.” Photographer REBECCA HOLLIS has documented it all perfectly with these gorgeous light filled images and florals from Darci of BEARGRASS GARDENS FLORAL & EVENTS added the prettiest of romantic touches the couple wanted.

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HOW DID YOU MEET? We met each other through mutual friends right before going to college. We are both originally from California and moved to Montana with our families when we were young. So we like to say it was meant to be. 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL: Matt proposed in one of the most beautiful and peaceful places near our home in Whitefish, Glacier National Park. It was perfect and unexpected. He packed us a picnic lunch, and he took me to a secluded spot near a river. We spent the afternoon there, and that’s were he asked me to spend forever with him. It was so special to me because it was like we were the only two in the world, with nothing but beautiful scenery around us. It was a really special and well planned moment.

TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS: I had in mind what I wanted in a wedding dress, something light and airy with a vintage-bohemian vibe. I travelled to Seattle on a special trip with both my parents, just for wedding dress shopping. Ever since getting engaged I knew I wanted to visit The Dress Theory, a perfect boutique dress shop that carried very unique dresses. The dress I chose was one of the first few I tried on that day. I wanted something I felt comfortable and beautiful in, and it was perfect.

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“My favorite memory from my wedding day was watching Brynne walk down the aisle with her dad.” – Matt

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DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS: I knew my florist Darci, with Beargrass Gardens did beautiful work so I completely trusted her with my vision for my big day. I wanted soft, muted colors with greenery mixed in. She perfectly captured what I wanted, and the flowers and table centrepieces turned out to be one of my most favourite elements of my wedding.

FAVOURITE DETAIL OF THE DAY: It’s hard for me to chose a favourite detail of the day. All of the elements we picked out blended so beautifully, and I was happy with how every detail came out. I absolutely loved the décor, and how the soft tones of the flowers blended so nicely with the barn wood tables and surroundings. Another favourite part of the day was the Calligraphy signs, and menus we had printed on linen done by the talented, Jessica Lee Calligraphy. It all came together so beautifully and I am so thankful for all of the talented vendors I had a chance to work with.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A COUPLE GETTING MARRIED? I would say to couples planning their wedding to enjoy the process of planning, and the memories made along the way with you fiancé and families because you can’t get that time back. Cherish every moment and really don’t let the small stuff bother you. When the big day comes everything will just fall into place, and those things that caused so much stress will just fall to the side. Just enjoy it.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? The most memorable moment for me was when I finally got to walk down the aisle to my groom. It’s what it is truly all about.

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Photographer REBECCA HOLLIS / Cake MISS PATTICAKES / Florist BEARGRASS GARDENS FLORAL & EVENTS / Wedding invitations CAST CALLIGRAPHY & DESIGN / On the day wedding stationery JESSICA LEE CALLIGRAPHY / Venue WEATHERWOOD HOMESTEAD / Bride’s gown WATTERS from THE DRESS THEORY / Hair & make-up EMJ COSMETICS / Bridesmaids’ dresses BHLDN / Caterer THE CUISINE MACHINE / Music BRITTANY with B&T SOUND PRODUCTIONS
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