Inspired by the lush, untamed environs of the Oregon Coast and newfound knowledge acquired from workshop leader and mentor Donny Zavala, photographer Candace Cross beautifully captured a styled shoot that is captivating and quintessentially romantic.
Candace: “I am on a new journey this year; recreating my work, trying new things, and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Attending this workshop was the first step towards reaching that goal. It was the best investment in my business, and myself, I have ever made.”
Working with the vision and talent of veteran stylists from Utterly Engaged and Selva Floral Design to create an intimate beachfront setting was one of the many highlights of her workshop experience. “Sarah and Lucia are so talented”, says Candace. “It was incredible to photograph their visions”.
A muted color palette with a beautiful mix of soft pastels, eggshell, and dusty gold provided the color inspiration; and a brilliant pairing of a stunningly gorgeous Claire La Faye gown with an alluring Melinda Rose Design cathedral length veil provided a dramatic silhouette…but it was the majestic coastal backdrop that took center stage and breathed life into the overall theme. Raw, organic, and a bit moody, the aesthetic was a perfect fit for an intimate, yet lavish beachfront celebration.
Lucia: “Every artist who participated in this workshop poured their heart into creating. They came from a place of yearning to see more beauty in this world…I say it comes from of place of pure love…a love that is greater than all of us combined.”
Pure Love…Pure Hearts…Spellbound…
A gorgeous Claire La Faye gown paired with an alluring veil from Melinda Rose Design.
These two pieces dance so well together.
“Being on the beach, surrounded by wild grasses and using foraged materials from the surrounding areas gave me the inspiration and resources I needed to obtain the organic look I love.” – Sarah, Selva Floral Design
This experience changed everything for me. Donny was an incredible teacher…and I made lifelong friends,” – Candace Cross
CREATIVE TEAM & INSPIRATION:
PHOTOGRAPHY: CANDACE CROSS PHOTOGRAPHY
WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR Donny Zavala Photography | CREATIVE DIRECTOR & STYLIST Utterly Engaged | CINEMATOGRAPHY Outlive Creative | SPEAKER & WORKSHOP SPONSOR Photovision Prints | FLORAL DESIGNER & STYLIST Selva Floral Design | MAKEUP ARTIST & HAIR STYLIST Kate Tuma | WEDDING GOWNS Claire La Faye | SUIT Duchess Clothier | WEDDING RINGS Susie Saltzman | PAPER GOODS & CALLIGRAPHY Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | VEIL & HAIR ACCESSORIES Melinda Rose Design | SURFACE STYLING BOARDS Pilgrim & Co. by Emma Natter | LINEN La Tavola Fine Linen | RENTALS Something Borrowed PDX | CUSTOM BINDERY & ALBUMS Priscilla Foster Handmade | FILM SPONSOR Fujifilm Professional Film | MODEL : Muse Management
SPELLBOUND INSPIRATION BOARD