“What would a tiny slice of heaven on Earth look like?” We started our wedding inspiration shoot with this question and knew we were bound to capture magic. Inspired by Donny Zavala’s Oregon Coast Workshop and led by Lucia, our fearless stylist and artistic director from Utterly Engaged, we dove headfirst into the theme of “pure love,” painting a romantic beach scene in soft pastels, dusty golds and flowing fabrics. Moved by the wildness of Sunset Beach, we concentrated less on perfection, with its clean lines and perfectly set angles, and embraced the dreamlike quality of the unexpected.

We took special care to highlight movement and motion with the bride as the wind danced through her multi-toned, floral gown from Claire la Faye and her veil by Melinda Rose Design. Some of my favorite photos of the entire shoot center around the wind-whipped veil, particularly the shot of the bride standing alone on the grassy beach, arms outstretched, as her veil floats out around her. This image perfectly captures the theme of a pure love, not just flowing outward from the heart, but a sweeping, overwhelming love that surrounds us, extending from the very core of our being, from our very identity.

This wild freedom reached the cherry-blossom-and-rose-filled floral arrangements by Selva Floral Design and the spectacular, swooping handwritten vows and invitations by Kelsey Malie Calligraphy. As our model bride ran barefoot through the sand, I couldn’t help but marvel at how seamlessly this styled shoot had come together. An incredible feat of collaboration and creativity.. and the work of each skilled vendor complimenting and enhancing the next. Through each of their contributions, I think we were all truly able to achieve our goal in capturing a glimpse of heaven!

Take a look at some of my favorite photos from our Oregon Coast wedding inspired styled shoot at Sunset Beach, and don’t forget to check out the incredible work of the vendors who came together to create this unforgettable photo shoot.

Workshop Instructor: Donny Zavala Photography | Creative Director & Stylist: Lucia at Utterly Engaged |
Speaker & Workshop Sponsor – Photovision | Floral Designer & Stylist: Selva Floral Design | Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist: Kate Tuma | Wedding Gown: Claire la Faye | Suit: Duchess Clothier | Rings: Suzie Saltzman | Veil & Hair Accessories: Melinda Rose Design | Vintage Rentals: Something Borrowed | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Surface Styling Boards: Emma Natter | Client Albums: Priscilla Foster Handmade | Ribbons: Tono and Co | Film sponsor: Fujifilm Pro Film | Models: Muse Model Management

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