A VICTORIAN-INSPIRED LOVE STORY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Southern California, lush florals, intimate elopement... what a Thursday! If you're on the verge of choosing an elopement to being your new life as a married couple, let this incredibly gorgeous Fall inspiration finalize that decision for you! Elegant Kimberly Crest House and Gardens has the perfect backdrop for this Victorian inspired inspiration from fave photographer Jeanni Dunagan and stylist Idyll Stories. Don't miss the epic cinematography by WS #fineartcuration member Anna Lord too from this editorial - the piece de resistance of this wonderfully serene styled wedding editorial.
Conceptualized by Janie Lucia of Idyll Stories, this fall wedding editorial is influenced by the history, art and aesthetics of the Victorian period. “The location itself is very Victorian with a hint of Italian influence in its garden so I imagined an editorial that plays off of the history of a ballerina bride in the Victorian era," says Janie.
Set in the heart of Southern California, Kimberly Crest House and Gardens is a French château-style Victorian era mansion built in 1897. In addition to its exquisitely detailed architecture, the mansion now features acres of Italian-inspired gardens that used to be an apple orchard run by the estate’s owners. The house itself provides a stunning backdrop for a wedding ceremony or reception space.
"Reflecting the history of early female liberation in the late 1800's, we were inspired to include some boudoir portraiture into the shoot, now common in modern wedding photography," says photographer Jeanni Dunagan.
Influenced by the fashion of the Victoria era, the bride wore an embroidered Galia Lahav ceremony gown paired with a high neckline topper featuring fingertip-length sleeves and a cathedral length veils with lace accents. The bride’s shoes are made of dyed satin, a common material for women’s shoes in the late 1800’s. As a nod to modern tradition, she wears a less formal reception look by pairing her ceremony gown with a playful, off-shoulder topper., which is also in keeping with the fashion of the time. The groom wears a formal tuxedo paired with a velvet jacket well-suited for royalty.
During an interlude, our bride changes into a second Galia Lahav gown with a fitted bodice and full skirt, perfectly suited for a ballet performance for guests.
With a palette of muted autumnal colors, we incorporated tones of blush and dusty mauve as a reference to the shades of red preferred in the design palettes of the Victorian period. You see this in prominently featured in the design elements, particularly in the paper suite and floral design.
Planning + design: Idyll Stories | Photography: Jeanni Dunagan | Floral design: Ellamah Florals | Stationery, artwork + styling board: Epoch Design | Cinematography: Anna Lord | Dresses + veil: Galia Lahav | Bridal hairpiece: Naturae Design | Jewelry: Ceremony | Tuxedo: The Black Tux | Hair + makeup: Page Beauty | Furniture Rentals: Sweet Salvage Rentals | Tableware Rentals: Cherished Rentals | Ceramic Props: By Priscilla Lee | Silk ribbons: Frou Frou Chic | Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Location: Kimberly Crest House & Gardens