Today’s editorial from Organic Album By Darya is an ethereal vision like no other! Between the dreamy photography, lush, Springtime backdrop, romantic, pastel palette and even the entrance of a noble steed, I feel like I’ve stepped into the most amazing fairy tale- one that I never want to quit! At the center, to ground it all, is the sweet bond between a real-life couple, reminding us of the magic of love! I don’t even think words can do justice to how incredibly stunning this wonderland is, so I’m just going to leave you to your swooning!
From Organic Album By Darya: The idea of everything blooming and coming to life was the main reason behind my inspiration. Imagining a couple’s romance blossoming into something beautiful is a tale that I’ve always dreamed of telling though my lens.
Ultimately, my main focus was to create a story so that the viewers can be captivated by the romance of this couple. I wanted it to feel whimsical and dream-like, while keeping it realistic and raw. Weddings are not just about capturing that classic portrait, it’s about telling the story of love between two people- making it personal to the couple, yet relatable to the public.
The color palette consisted of light pastels, mainly blush pink and ivory, with hints of white, gold and bronze. Some of my accent colors were greens and browns (ladder, arch, etc.) The reason why I chose these particular shades was because I wanted to bring out the true colors of nature to make sure my palette related to its surroundings.
One of the significant concepts for the styling of this shoot was the use of the white horse which was rented from Hood River Equestrian Center, and is an actual show horse. The symbol of the horse represents power, strength and beauty, which is everything I wanted to bring out through these photos. We are all familiar with the white doves being released at weddings, which symbolize love and devotion. Using that idea as part of my inspiration is what brought me to use the white horse throughout this photo shoot. The horse symbolizes trust, innocence, and a strong bond between two individuals. The blossoming arch, French settee, ladder, table setting, etc, were all significant elements that helped bring everything together to complete this concept. It was important to stay within the vintage/organic theme, while keeping it an elegant and classic affair.
Since the wedding/elopement was in an outdoor setting, I wanted to make it look effortless and free flowing like nature, which is why some of the arrangements were scattered and intertwined throughout the setting.
The bridal bouquet consisted of pink and white peonies wrapped lace, with a vintage brooch attached. The table bouquets, along with the bridal bouquet were more composed compared to the rest of the setting, in order to reflect the elegant/classic flair that we typically relate to a wedding.
The bride was dressed in a blush colored wedding gown. Off-the-shoulder sleeves and the soft flow of the hemline, created that effortless look I was going for. Since the bride was in the midst of the luscious blossoming garden, I wanted to keep the accessories to a minimum. Playing with the idea of using handcrafted floral accent pieces for her headwear completed the look. In order to tie in with the theme, the hair was kept as natural as possible, being tousled by the wind, not overly styled. To bring out her natural beauty with minimal makeup was key, with no harsh shades and contouring.
The orchard was the location choice because the blooming trees projected that feeling of spring without having to be overly styled and it was also the right organic backdrop to fit in with the theme.
Most of the antique props such as the iron arch, wooden ladder and settee were bought and provided by myself from various antique shops. The chandelier, table, place setting and silverware, along with the French lace and linens were styled, decorated, and supplied by Victoria with NW Luxury Events. The table and gold chiavari chairs were rented from Barclay Events.
Finally, a three tiered cake consisting of light pink fondant and cascading ombré peonies completed the look.
The couple is a real bride and groom! From the bride: He first noticed me when I joined youth choir at our church… he secretly liked me for a while and when we went to youth camp that summer and he asked me for my number. After that, he started showing up everywhere which was a bit annoying at first but the more we hung out, the more I started to like him. A couple months later he asked me go out with him on a date. He was a charming gentleman- we fell in love, got engaged and are now married!