As a designer, I have always had a handful of small ‘secret’ goals. Although I don’t think I ever told her, one of my wish-list items was for my friend Rachel from The Power Room to hold my flowers! So when she reached out asking me to design a bouquet for a shoot, where she would be modeling, I squealed. Dreams do come true!
Rachel teamed up with Hannah Elizabeth, a photographer visiting from the U.K., to style a boho-inspired desert shoot showcasing a new bridal gown designer launching in the U.K., Shikoba Bride. Look how dreamy the results were!
I’ll confess: I was nervous when they gave me creative freedom to design anything I wanted for this project. No style specifications, no color palate. I knew I wanted to highlight the beauty of the Tucson desert without overpowering it, and I also wanted to work with a more unusual color palate. I considered the sharp lines of the saguaros, the rough landscape, golden hour light, muted tones, and what local materials I would have access to. I landed on yellow, a color palate that I was intimidated to design with, but I hit it head on.
Top: Local greens acacia & palo verde and Baby Blue eucalyptus; Parrot Peach tulips; Eremurus
Middle: Vendella rose, Campanella garden rose, Leucadedron
Bottom: Acacia flowers, lots of greens, a mix of silk, satin, and cotton ribbons
How incredible are the design details on this gown?! Hannah Elizabeth packed this Shikoba Bride dress in her suitcase across the ocean and across the US! What a treat to do a shoot with them.
Love this change of looks – different light as the sun set behind the desert hills, and a few wardrobe accessories. It doesn’t change much to change the whole feel!
Just for fun, here are a few behind the scenes shots!
The creative mess! I didn’t end up using the daffodils or the chamomile pictures, but that’s ok! Not all of the blooms end up “going to the ball.”
Flowers make me smile.
Sometimes, a single bloom can have the biggest impact. I really enjoyed soaking in these beauties over the next few days after the shoot.
Photos by Anna Beth Wedding Photography
Model, Hair, and Makeup by The Powder Room
Bridal Gown by Shikoba Bride