We’ve never seen a Hawaii bridal editorial we didn’t love, but today’s vision takes it to a whole new level! Featuring exquisite wedding gowns paired with jaw-dropping florals, the styling of the bride, strikes a tone that is at once both regal and magically sublime- she is a mythical enchantress of the sea framed by the beautiful, delicate light of sunrise.
It’s an impossible choice to pick our favourites among the images captured by Eden Willow Photography, a true testament to this photographer’s amazing talent. This is the kind of inspiration that grabs you and never let’s go!
From Eden Willow Photography: Attending Donny Zavala’s workshop in Oahu was surreal. I had never been to Hawaii and as soon as I stepped off the plane, the warm tropical air, tall palm trees, and sight of the ocean all stirred up my feelings of excitement. We were welcomed by a stunning welcome table with bags full of amazing gifts for each attendee. As the sun set, we spent the evening conversing over candlelight, eating a delicious meal prepared by Hawaiian Fresh Farms.
Lucia, of Utterly Engaged, had incredible visions behind each shoot. Her heart and attention to detail inspired me so much. It’s easy to create a beautiful shoot, but to create shoots that have depth, meaning, and a story takes a unique talent. Her vision behind our sunrise bridal shoot was based on a beautiful quote, “Like a wild flower; she spent her days, allowing herself to grow, not many knew of her struggle, but eventually all; knew of her light.” – Nikki Rowe. Lucia’s vision was to create a raw, magical mood and with hair and makeup by Hikari Murakami, florals by Catalina Neal, two stunning, ethereal gowns by Carol Hannah Bridal, and a divine ring by Susie Saltzman, the shoot was executed perfectly. We couldn’t have asked for better weather as we arrived at the beach just before sunrise. The glow of the sun as it slowly rose was so magical.
At any workshop, one of the most difficult things can be to create images that represent you. I went into each shoot with the intention of shooting only what reflected my brand well. For the sunrise bridal shoot, my heart was to capture a lot of close, intimate portraits and details that excite me: the hands, eyes, and windswept tendrils of hair. Within the story Lucia envisioned, I wanted to create my own story.
Photography: Eden Willow Photography | Workshop Host: Donny Zavala | Creative Director and Stylist: Utterly Engaged | Floral Designer: Catalina Neal | Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist: Hikari Murakami | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah Bridal | Rings: Susie Saltzman | Hair Headpiece: Heart of Gold Designs | Silk Ribbons: Tono + Co | Model Angelei Schulmann | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Sponsor: Mastin Labs