Stylized bridal shoot part 1

April 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

A few weeks ago I was blessed enough to get the opportunity to shoot a gorgeous stylized bridal session.  It took a lot of people a lot of work and investment to get this put together and I'm so grateful for all of them and everyone played their role perfectly! 

I try to always provide my couples with recommendations for all their vendors, and this shoot was a wonderful chance to get to know a lot of wedding professionals personally and see how we all operate under real life wedding timelines and stress.  I am so thrilled to share all their talented work with y'all so you can hopefully find the vendors of your dreams for your special day! 

The venue who welcomed us to shoot with them was Durst Winery in Acampo.  This is a brand new venue and wine tasting destination. with gorgeous grounds and full bridal and groom suites in development it is absolutely the perfect place for a wedding or a casual get together with friends and family.  I am going to admit something crazy y'all, I really have never been wine tasting. I know, going on 7 years in Lodi and never once have I so much as considered it.  But after touring the grounds multiple times and even while preparing our shoot while people were still out tasting: I got the best vibe and relaxed feel from this venue. So I am now going to have to concede and bring the family out for a little picnic and enjoy some local wine.  It's a hard life. What can I say.
Part of what made this venue so gorgeous is that while the tasting room is brand new and state of the art, the mansion and grounds have been maintained to a T since the early 1900's and it has a gorgeous Spanish villa vibe to it.  You can literally walk a little trail across this whole property and hit different looks for any type of photo look you might be considering.  
This venue is just starting out for weddings so be sure to go in and schedule a walk through early to not miss out on a killer deal! and on instagram @durstwinery

All of our gorgeous rental furniture and decor was provided by Vintage Rentals by Unique Boutiques and it was such a thrill to have them out.  It really brought together a lot of our looks in a dreamy and beautiful way.  Oh and they also styled these tables with the help of the florist and baker, but other than that these set ups were things they can really do for you on your wedding day.  Talk about a dream team, am I right?  How amazing would it be to walk into your reception and see these kind of decorations and sweetheart table set ups! Find their full list of rentals at  

These gorgeous cakes were provided by Blissful Bites Bakery out of Modesto and let me tell you - they look great but their taste was just crazy ridiculous on point.  I will not even lie, I am a big fan of cake.  I wasn't in my youth but now that it goes straight to my thighs: it's basically my favorite thing ever. Her cake was light and fluffy and moist and delicious. Some of these cakes are actually 'rentals' which are super economical ways to go big for your wedding (and I bet you can't tell which are which!) She simply buttercreams and decorates a styrofoam display cake that looks absolutely authentic, but your guests will be eating sheet cakes cut and delivered from the back of house.  Isn't that clever? And she's such a sweetheart even with ALL this baking on top of a weekend full of other cakes to bake for her clients: She made us a batch of cupcakes to enjoy while we got ready at our venue. or @bites_blissful

Our amazing floral styling was provided by the Lathrop FFA Florals, I know, who knew FFA could do such gorgeous floral arrangements! They provided all the flowers for the bouquets, boutonnieres, tablescapes, and cake decorations.  Frankly they were stunning and with a couple color palates to chose from they really produced some absolute show stoppers. Check out their work and get in touch with them for an amazing florist and a great organization.  

All of our make up and hair was done by Jordyn Rich, who's work you can check out on Instagram: @charm_by_rich who was such a doll to all our girls as she was primping them.  If you really want to feel spoiled and look like a gem on your wedding day or for any portraits, book this
gal to complete your look!!

Our amazing models for these shots were Karly Falkenburg and Jamie Boysen, who are indeed real life friends (we didn't fake that part!)
You can see Karly's amazing portfolio of work at or on instagram @_Karly_model

These gorgeous bridal and bridesmaid dresses were provided by Sheryl Giles Bridal Couture, who've recently opened up a gorgeous fairytale of a dress shop in downtown Lodi.  Sheryl not only helped me hand pick all our gowns (and then sent extras that were absolutely to die for!) but she really obviously cares about all her brides from the moment they walk through her door till they are saying yes to that dress! If you are gown shopping in the central valley this dress shop is an absolute must to schedule an appointment with. and be sure to follow them on instagram @sherylgilesbridal  


Stay tuned for the rest of this series, we have 3 more pairs of models to show off! 


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