Thursday, February 25, 2016

A West Coast Winter Bridal Shoot

A West Coast Winter Bridal Shoot (via Bubby and Bean)

It has now been four and a half years since I got married, and since that time, there have admittedly been very few wedding themed posts around here. That said, this is actually the second bridal shoot we've featured in the last month, but it is so absolutely gorgeous that when photographer Rebecca Carroll submitted it, I could't resist publishing. I love mysterious, whimsical forest-themed photo shoots (as you can probably tell by looking through the ones I've showcased here on the blog over the years), and with the dark lighting and deep green colored moss contrasted against the bright white of the dress, this one had an especially magical quality to it. I'm excited to share some of my favorite shots with you guys today. (Can I also mention my envy over the fact that this is the photographer's back yard?)

I asked Rebecca to tell me a little more about the inspiration and details behind the shoot. "Our theme was west coast winter," she explained. "The giant trees and lush green. Of course we were hoping it would be cold enough for at least some frost but, in typical southern Vancouver island style it wasn't quite cold enough. We shot this in my back yard which is in the works of becoming a ceremony venue - eventually it will be reception location too. Franziska (decor) and I planned this shoot out very quickly, and were instantly on the same page. She really pulled it off well with her style. We incorporated some local style and some of her Swiss touch with the faux fur and antlers. The bouquets and other flowers were immaculate - white and red roses nestled with dusty miller and local greenery. It really screamed winter wedding. The whole shoot felt like a mixture of Snow White (with her pale fairytale look) meets Viking queen (with the fur and silver goblets). The jewelry was made by a local designer in the style of twigs, which was a perfect fit for our aesthetic. And that dress! It featured a half lace half satin fit and flare style with a classic sheer top and sweetheart neckline.  So elegant."

Photography: Rivkah Photography by Rebecca Carroll  //  Model: Aisling Goodman  //  Hair and Makeup: Beauty and Style by Erin Bradley  //  Design and Decor, Floral: Franziska Castioni at Charming Decor Event Design  //  Dress: Lis Simon at Tres Chic Boutique  // Venue: Cedar Haven Weddings

You can view more of Rebecca's stunning work on her website, Facebook, and Instagram.



  1. This makes me think of Game of Thrones--in the best way! It's so dramatic, and the perfect combination of pretty and rustic.

    1. The photos are so beautiful. The backdrop and d├ęcor reminds me of the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe movie.

  2. Thank you so much for featuring this shoot! It is beautiful.

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