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Since I’m awake with jet lag over here, I figured I’d stop by to share some images from one of my last shoots of 2016!

I was so lucky to team up with Ashley Caroline, my dear friend, colleague, and wedding photographer (!) to style this shoot. Jakkelyn Iris absolutely stunned us with her incredible bouquet (Jakki was the florist for our wedding!), and Upstyle (friends who I work with on Bisou Sessions) made our model even more beautiful than she already is. And our model, Victoria Gloria, who you may know from My Motherhood Story and Bisou Sessions. All around, a veritable dream team of ladies. 

Bridal editorial can be challenging because the dress is the focal point; accessories and other pieces play a small part in the aesthetic. The concept of the shoot was the brainchild of Ashley, so my goal was to take her direction – movement, minimal, powerful – and translate that into an inspiring wardrobe. Below is the final product:

Dress, Rebecca Schoneveld. Choker, Kenneth Jay Lane.

Dress, Rebecca Schoneveld. Choker, Kenneth Jay Lane.

We wanted a dress with plenty of movement, and this option from Rebecca Schoneveld was perfect. We didn’t want a lot of color, but wanted to play with textures and fabric, so focused on a chunky knit shawl in steel grey. 

My work largely revolves around pieces that serve as  the entire outfit, or, statement pieces, which means I keep accessories to a minimum. This beaded choker, however, was the perfect way to accessorize our bride, and will hopefully provide some inspiration to brides who are into the choker trend.

 

 

Dress: Tara Lauren Choker: Arme De L'amour

Dress: Tara Lauren Choker: Arme De L’amour

This set-up totally took my breath away: I love the way the champagne color of the dress contrasts against the sky, the water, and Jakki’s incredible green bouquet.

 

 

And here’s a little insight on how winter shoots actually work:

Victoria the trooper, balances on a rock while I fix her dress.

Victoria the trooper, balances on a rock while I fix her dress.

Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did; what a way to close out 2016!

Off to Big Sur today, follow along on my Instagram here.

xoxo,

aok

 

all photos by Ashley Caroline.

flowers by Jakkelyn Iris.

hair and makeup by Upstyle.

wardrobe styling by Allison Koehler.

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