Pastel Dreams Desert Wedding Inspiration Styled Shoot - San Diego Wedding Photographer

April 21, 2017  •  8 Comments

After a whirlwind of engagement sessions this month I am finally caught up on all my editing and free to play around a little bit again!  So of course I couldn't wait to revisit this amazing shoot from my time in the Desert just outside Las Vegas back in February.  I was actually out there for WPPI, and while this shoot was not part of the convention itself, it was actually my favorite part of my time out there. This shoot was such a dream - just chock *full* of wedding day inspiration and also so much fun to photograph!  

The Southwestern desert is often overlooked in the hunt for a wedding setting. But what may seem desolate and barren is actually full to the brim with style and elegance. I love the clean and bright backdrop of the simple landscape, the interesting textures of desert vegetation, the striking orange-red tones of the stone hillsides, and the quality off the setting sun's light reflected on the vast expanse of earth.  

The pastel colors of these gowns combined with the rose, peach and cream florals provided the perfect palette for a desert inspired wedding. There are so many wonderful shades of wedding gowns these days - and often these subtle pastels compliment skin tones better than a white dress does. The florals for this shoot were also perfectly paired to their coordinating gowns, with beautiful silk ribbons adding movement in the breeze.  Silk is such an organic and refined fabric - a simple way to add elegance and depth to your bridal bouquets, and your overall wedding day ensemble.  In keeping with the desert palette, the invitation suite was designed with pastel and earth tones, and featured a beautiful clay paint than was applied by hand.  For my photography I focused on capturing the movement of the desert winds, combined with the earthy, desolate but oh-so-elegant landscapes the Nevada Desert is known for.  And while the clouds provided a beautiful soft light diffusion during most of our shoot, the sun came through in dramatic fashion just in time for sunset - painting the sky in deep, purply blues and golden orange which complemented the dramatic gold and magenta orchid bouquet and darker, moodier makeup of our last model, Shelbi, most perfectly.  Did I already mention how much fun this was to shoot? Seriously dreamy.

Huge thank you to Julie Paisley and Jeremy Chou for organizing this, and bringing together such an amazing team of vendors (see all the vendor details below). 


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Thank you so much to all the fabulous vendors whose creative endeavors came together to help me tell this beautiful story!  Credited in order of appearance:

Diana + Aleks | “Gold Dust” 
Taken at the Vegas Shootout with @juliepaisleyphotography and @jeremychouphotography | creative direction, styling + florals: @jannabrowndesign | hair + makeup: @nataliaissa | gown: @loversfriendsla | ring: @susiesaltzman | silk ribbon: @froufrouchic | sheer fabric wrap: @silkandwillow | model: @dianarykun | suit: @theblacktux | Sponsored by @fujifilm_profilm, @sixteenandgrain and @thefindlab

Erin | “Pastel Horizon”
Taken at the Vegas Shootout with @juliepaisleyphotography and @jeremychouphotography | creative direction, styling + florals: @jannabrowndesign | hair + makeup: @nataliaissa | gown: @tara_lauren | silk ribbon: @silkandwillow | model @LovisaPhoto | Sponsored by @fujifilm_profilm, @sixteenandgrain and @thefindlab 

Annelise | “The Wild Rose”
Taken at the Vegas Shootout with @juliepaisleyphotography and @jeremychouphotography | creative direction, styling + florals: @jannabrowndesign | hair + makeup: @nataliaissa | gown: @clairelafaye | ring: @susiesaltzman | silk ribbon: @silkandwillow | model: @annelisetemple | Sponsored by @fujifilm_profilm, @sixteenandgrain and @thefindlab 

Shelbi | "Desert Rouge"  
Taken at the Vegas Shootout with @juliepaisleyphotography and @jeremychouphotography | creative direction, styling + florals: @jannabrowndesign | hair + makeup: @nataliaissa | gown: @clairelafaye | ring: @susiesaltzman | silk ribbon: @silkandwillow | paper goods: @juliehacalligraphy | model: @shelbi2b | Sponsored by @fujifilm_profilm, @thefindlab and @sixteenandgrain 


Super badass! Love the desert so much!
Stunning images! What beautiful scenery... the styling is just perfect!
What a dream for a styled session! The desert is one of my most favorite places and it is truly magical for photography. You captured the light and tones beautifully! Your compositions are so creative. Truly, you were meant to be a wedding photographer!
Wow. Talk about dream styled shoot! Who knew the desert and wedding photos were made for each other.
What an awesome styled shoot! The Pastel colors and the Las Vegas desert made for a stunning background. Great work!!
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