At First Blush & Co. Feature in Magnolia Rouge Magazine!

Editorial| Magnolia Rouge Magazine

I am so happy to finally share this editorial photo shoot with you! We patiently waited for Magnolia Rouge’s 8th Issue to be released before posting more images. Earlier this year myself and photographer Kurt Boomer alongside some of SoCal’s talented event professionals came together to create this editorial in a very special venue, the Villa San Juan Capistrano. The day was one of the hottest days on record {no kidding!} and that was also the day the fires ravaged our beach town of Carlsbad as well as many other areas in San Diego. Just as I was about to leave my home, Interstate 5 was shut down due to the fires…no biggie if Interstate 5 was not the only way to get to San Juan Capistrano! After waiting an hour for a miracle I called the floral designer and told him we may have to cancel…not the news anyone wants to hear with a truck filled of gorgeous and costly blooms. In the end the heat did not relent but the fires did and as true professionals we made it happen. Here are some additional images from that shoot designed by me {At First Blush & Co. Events}with the help of a great team!

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography - Table

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography & Small Masterpiece & Artquest Floral

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At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography & Small Masterpiece

Jason from A Small Masterpiece came with ruler in hand to meticulously set the vintage Limoges plates and silverware. With Jason’s guidance, I chose plates that would reflect the color palette of the design and they did perfectly. There is an art to setting a table and if anyone has mastered that art it is Small Masterpiece!

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography & Small Masterpiece & Artquest Florals

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At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography & Small Masterpiece & Artquest Floral

Instead of having one runner for the entire table, custom runners were made to go across the wooden farm table from one place setting to the other as seen in the images above. This acted as a lovely backdrop for the gorgeous Limoges plates. The beautiful gold ring wine coupes were courtesy of Hostess Haven. They added just enough gold to the table and were paired with wine goblets of different patterns also from Hostess Haven.

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography - Invitation Suite by Smitten on Paper

irst Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography - Wedding Invitation Suite

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography - Invitation Suite by Smitten on Paper

The invitation suite by Smitten on Paper was a collaborated effort to create a bespoke invitation suite with calligraphy elements, by Jenny Sanders of Graceline. Simple kraft boxes were made elegant by wrapping lace tape around each and topping it off with a light blue ribbon. Gold foil was used to give this lovely invitation suite just a touch of opulence. The burlap background was a nice contrast to the pretty paper pieces and lent a touch of rustic already present in the design of the shoot.

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography & Sweet Cheeks Baking Company

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography & Sweet Cheeks 5 Baking Co


At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography & Sweet Cheeks Baking Co

The cake is one of my favorite elements of the shoot. I love simplicity and Elaine of Sweet Cheeks Baking Company, here in San Diego, made the perfect cake for this shoot. Light blue fondant with a gold pipping detail and the most romantic I love you written in French at the bottom of the cake. It is the perfect something blue! The vintage table from Farm Tables & More acted as the cake table and it’s worn look made the cake stand out perfectly on its own without the need for specialty linen.

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography & Small Masterpiece

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography & Small Masterpiece & Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography & Small Masterpiece

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography & Small Masterpiece

One of the tables I designed for the shoot was for all the yummy goodies supplied by my local French bakery. Needless to say none of the pastries went to waste after we wrapped up the day. The calligraphy for the pastry table is by one of my favorite calligraphist, Jenny Sanders of Graceline.

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography - Refreshment Table

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography - Refreshment Table

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography - Refreshment Table

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography - Refreshment Table

Since inspiration shoots are done to inspire couples who are planning weddings, I thought a “Refreshment Table” would be a great idea to add to the photoshoot especially during the warm summer months. Flavored lemonade was placed in the glass bottles with stoppers. Before filling the bottles lace tape was placed around the circumference of the bottle to tie in the other lace elements used throughout the shoot. The blooms used on the table was the inspiration for the colors of the refreshments. Gotta tie it all in!

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography - Treat Table 1

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography - Treats

I am a big fan of the couple having a little private time to themselves after the ceremony. I often create a little table or an area aways from it all for my clients with a few sweet treats, wine, or some champagne. Often couples do not have a time to sit down and really take it all in. A few macarons and some champagne in a private area gives them that much needed privacy albeit for a few moments. The macarons by La Reine de Macarons were not only the perfect shades for the shoot they were so delicious!

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography & Viktoria

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography & Viktoria 2

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography & Small Masterpiece & Artquest Floral - Bridal Bouquet

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography & Viktoria 4

At First Blush & Co. Events & Kurt Boomer Photography & Viktoria 3

Beautiful wedding dresses on loan from San Diego bridal boutique, The White Flower, were modeled by Viktoria Belany. She was made bride beautiful and camera ready by the skillful hands of one of the best in the business, Erica Beukman of 10.11 Makeup. There are many favorite pictures from the images taken with Viktoria but one of my favorites is her lounging on the gorgeous white and gold sofa from Artquest Flowers. It is one of my favorite pieces from their vast rental inventory. The amount of flowers used for the shoot was incredible! All of the creamy and lush floral arrangements as well as the bridal bouquet were designed by Arturo Marques, the owner and floral designer of Artquest Flowers.

Thank you to the vendors that made this shoot so beautiful with their vision and their hard work: Kurt Boomer Photography, Smitten on Paper, GracelineArtquest FlowersSmall Masterpiece, 10.11 Makeup, The White Flower, Sweet Cheeks Baking Company, Farm Tables and More, The Villa San Juan Capistrano, The Hostess Haven, and Le Reine de Macarons. A very special thank you to our friends at Magnolia Rouge for choosing us to be a part of their latest wedding issue which can be viewed here. Hope you enjoyed! Happy New Year to you all! xo

  • Deborah {Wedding Thingz}August 31, 2015 - 7:15 AM

    Beautiful, love the dress and all the details!ReplyCancel

  • Yours Truly Wedding AlbumsJanuary 7, 2015 - 5:25 AM

    Breathtaking images! I love the dress!ReplyCancel

  • LenaDecember 30, 2014 - 4:31 PM

    This was such a perfectly stunning shoot–brava!ReplyCancel

    • NaomiDecember 30, 2014 - 5:06 PM

      Thank you so much Lena! Happy New Year darling! xoReplyCancel

  • Bajan WedDecember 30, 2014 - 2:02 PM

    This is breathtaking, kudos to you and the other vendors for overcoming your obstacles and unleashing such beauty! Off to pin like crazy!ReplyCancel

    • NaomiDecember 30, 2014 - 5:07 PM

      Awww thanks friend! You made my night no my week! Thank you! xoxoReplyCancel

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