The Karen Willis Holmes brand has always been associated with classic elegance and sophistication. Their 2016 portfolio of exquisite bridal gowns continues the trend, delivering a diverse range of romantic designs that retain a strong sense of timeless beauty. These gorgeous dresses, paired with delicate Katherine Deane Jewelry and soft, textured blooms by Inessa Nichols, were breathtakingly captured by Gregory Ross Photography on the grounds of a stately Victorian mansion.
From Karen Willis Holmes: Ethereal and romantic, the 2016 Collections by Karen Willis Holmes mixes soft silhouettes with beautiful detailing. Gowns from the WILD HEARTS Collection are influenced by the spirit of the 60’s and 70’s, with whimsically draped and detailed silk kaftans with intricate embroidery and fringe details. The KWH by Karen Willis Holmes Collection captures dramatic beading and embroidery in flattering silhouettes for the fashion conscious bride. These collections only be described as the ultimate Nomadic Luxe.
Moody, romantic and oh-so dreamy, today’s rich, berry-hued palette is sheer perfection! We absolutely adore the combination of bold florals, styled by Lavenders Flowers and the modern, eclectic tablescape, by Green Apple Event Co., filled with organic details, dark candles and metallic accents. Film photographer, Sposto Photography, documented the wildly beautiful affair which also featured a whimsical, floral backdrop by Drop It Modern and elegant paper goods by Luminous Lines. Get ready for some serious swooning!
From Sposto Photography: When the Ebell reached out to us to photograph an editorial in their newly redesigned space, we all knew this shoot was an opportunity to feature elements that fit into the cooler months of the year. We see a lot of gold and blush at weddings and the team and I felt that it was time to feature silvers and cooler tones to bring out the elegance of metallics. Featuring tarnished silver elements, the warmth of the fruits, nuts, and florals, balanced the color pallet beautifully. The Maggie Sottero gown that was photographed featured a bolero type shoulder detail that echoed the timeless elegance of the classic Ebell Club of Long Beach. Luminous Lines created a linen invitation suite that was craftily styled with hand dyed silk ribbon from Tono & Co. The tablescape featured whimsical calligraphy upon silver goblets used as name cards while scrolled menus sat at each place setting. Brent and Julia, a real long beach couple, fell in love all over again imagining that their wedding could be just like this. Their effortless love allowed us to really see how this space could be used.
From Green Apple Event Co: The Ebell Club is historic to the city of Long Beach and was built in the 1920’s. The original architecture was re-imagined early this year by Alan Dunn. The new space is now highlighted by; patterned tiles, glamorous chandeliers, and a cozy library. The main ballroom is sun drenched with natural light, making it every photographers dream.
Our inspiration for this editorial shoot was to compliment the bright space with a romantic, rich and timeless pallet with accents of dark berries and antique silvers. The “Gothic Garden” back drop by Drop it Modern was the perfect compliment to the bright florals by Lavender’s Flowers and moody tablescape designed by Green Apple Event Company.
From Lavenders Flowers: This editorial shoot was a special coming together of some exceptionally like-minded talents. Meghan of Green Apple Events Co. asked me to join the team for floral and design. After she told me Shauntelle of Sposto Photography was shooting, I was all in. For the table top, Meghan did a great job picking moody neutral colors and antique silver to accent a dark wooden table. It was at this point that I knew I needed to bring on the color.
The first step in my creative process is to get to know the environment I’ll be designing in. I knew there would be lots of natural light at the Ebell and that Shauntelle shoots in film so I was not shy in using bold and deep color tones. Film has a way of representing color perfectly.
My second step in my creative process is to visit the flower market. I work with seasonal blooms and buy from local growers when available. Since it was mid fall, the floral available was the most gorgeous warm tones of red, orange and peach. Ponies decided to make an appearance at the market, I was so excited to use them. I found an amazing bunch of viburnum leaves transitioning from golden yellow to burnt orange. Lots of branching berries available, and pretty evergreen foliage. Just like that, my palette was picked for me. I added a few peachy garden roses from my garden and that was it!
We’d be remiss not to include one of Pantone’s colours of the year- Rose Quartz- in our wedding colour series. This delicate, feminine hue has long been a favourite among brides and it’s showcased here to stunning effect in a romantic photoshoot, styled by Lindsey Zamora and captured beautifully by Tenth & Grace. Proving it’s versatility, this soft, sweet shade was incorporated flawlessly throughout the details, setting a tone of graceful sophistication. With pretty blooms by Everly Alaine Florals, delicate paper goods by Seniman Calligraphy and classic gowns from Flora & Lane and Olia Zavozina, this fabulous vision is all the inspiration you need for an utterly charming wedding day!
From Tenth & Grace: This editorial was inspired by rose quartz – both the color and the gemstone. In collaboration with stylist Lindsey Zamora and Leslie of Everly Alaine Florals, we aimed to weave rose quartz through every aspect of the shoot, including the makeup, florals and invitation suite. It just so happened that Pantone announced that rose quartz would be one of the colors of the year several months later, so our timing was incredibly good! Ruth with Seniman Calligraphy created a beautiful watercolor invitation suite and Tracy Melton Artistry used subtle rose-colored makeup to tie the whole shoot together. And of course the White Sparrow Barn outside Dallas was the perfect backdrop. This gorgeous all-white barn is such a stunning location, it was a joy to shoot there!