Finally getting to share this top secret project HAS to be the highlight of my week! With only a few weeks away from tying the knot myself, it’s sort of surreal to see myself as a bride in these photos. So when an opportunity arose to work with The San Francisco Mint (the DREAM venue), my dear friends, Nanette Wong (an amazingly talented photographer) and Nikol Elaine (bestie and fab make-up artist), and Lace & Liberty (a local San Francisco bridal separates and accessories company) the answer was an instant, “YES!”
When it comes to weddings, there are so many aspects that peak my interest (and maybe yours too), but something that gets me every time is a bride’s personal style. A once-in-a-lifetime moment that one gets to truly stand in the spotlight and tell their story. It was an absolute dream to style three separate bridal looks because it forced me to step outside of my current bridal mindset and channel other styles and for a moment in time, I was almost transformed into a different person. I knew that my first look needed color and getting to twirl in this peach tulle dream definitely satisfied that. Which is why I loved working with Lace & Liberty because it gave me complete freedom to style the pieces with items I already had in my collection. This specific editorial captured a colorful and interesting story for me.
Having Nikol on set was also a no-brainer. Sometimes you find that you click with people creatively and Nikol and I have this way of collaborating that feels breathable and addicting. We talked about the bridal looks as personalities and made moodboards that resonated with each bride’s personality – which made execution a breeze! This look incorporated a soft and clean palette with deepened lids and a nude lip.
What really makes The San Francisco Mint incredible is that we shot all of our editorials in the same venue, but had completely different looks just by standing in different rooms. We shot this look in front of a dreamy and back-lit window, with moods and shadows at every angle. And though marriage is about a journey of two individuals, we wanted to really capture the essence of one’s personality before entering that journey – in this case, a modern bride’s style and moments to herself as she pulls her personality through the photos. Maybe all of us have a few hidden personalities (which is probably why saying YES to the dress can be so difficult) that we simply want to style and let shine on their own. Either way, please enjoy our first editorial together and please follow all of the amazing people that made this project possible.
Venue: The San Francisco Mint
Photography: Nanette Wong
Makeup Artistry: Nikol Elaine
Big Celebration Skirt: Lace & Liberty
Styling: Melissa San Vicente