Olivia and Jade are two of the sweetest humans around. I was approached by the two of them to do a shoot in the early parts of the summer. Olivia was heading to Spain to complete an internship and would be gone for 4 months. Jade is here in Arizona, as a recent grad with her masters, she had already accepted a position with the state and would be in Arizona, unable to travel to Spain during the time. Neither Olivia or Jade were specific on the type of shoot we planned. Secretly, I think Olivia was pining for a bridal type shoot. Olivia is on the Moelleux Events team and had helped on numerous occasions with weddings and styled shoots, but had never modeled. They both knew that I do styled shoots and I love to have creativity, to keep creative vibes going. So, it was decided one evening that it would be a bridal styled shoot.
We started going through themes they liked and felt represented them. The pineapple theme just stuck! It was everything they felt they needed to remember with their time apart. They needed to hold their love close, so that it was protected during this time apart.
Be a Pineapple:
Wear a crown
And be Sweet on the inside
We added mini pineapples throughout and bright colors. We also added full size fresh pineapples to the decor and added pineapples in other accents. We needed to celebrate these two beautiful women’s accomplishments and all they were doing for their future. It was a gentle reminder for both of them that these 4 months would fly by! Both Olivia and Jade were in, excited for all things floral! The more florals the better! It was so fun!
A large display of flowers on the arch and a lush tablescape were just what was needed! A lush bouquet for Olivia with a wrist corsage and floral crown for Jade pulled the entire floral look together.
We had the amazing dress shop, Brilliant Bridal, offer to do gowns for both ladies, but Jade was not feeling the dress, she decided she would wear a tailored pant suit and it was perfect! Olivia decided on the palest blue and gray Christina Wu, it was magnificent, layers upon layers of tulle with beading. A complete princess gown. For Jade, we walked into Lane Bryant and they had the perfect white jacket and tailored navy crop pants, that accented the blue in Olivia’s dress. We added a crown to Jade for the end of the bridals, with mini pineapples added, of course! We loved the contrast of the large princess gown with a bouquet, yet the pantsuit with a floral crown and wrist corsage.
We used the amazing venue, The Legacy Golf Resort. The Legacy team is one of the most open and affirming teams I have ever worked with. They have hosted multiple same sex couples and are allies to the community. They were the perfect fit for everything! With such variety of landscape on their property, I knew we would get the expanse options Arizona has to offer. From lush green, to warm desert.
Floured Cupcake is a newer and emerging bakery and they implemented the cutest Pineapple accents to the dessert display! Decadent Macaron has the most delicious macs and also the cutest! The pineapple ones were perfect! Posh Invitations created the perfect invitation suite. Bright colored, glittery and pineapples throughout! All the yes! Earnest Bee Calligraphy produced the incredible Wife Print and the Declaration of Marriage Equality. I found Samantha on Instagram and have been waiting for the perfect shoot to use her pieces. She is an LGBTQ supporter and has the most exquisite work!
Taylor Bellais Photography was a perfect choice. The LGBTQ community has touched Taylor personally and we added sunflowers into the decor, in remembrance. Taylor was comfortable and welcoming to Jade and Olivia and had a blast shooting them.
There was never a question as to why an LGBTQ couple. All love is same love. These two just happened to be the perfect muse, with the perfect story. It all blended perfectly and came together effortlessly. I was so fortunate to be able to plan, design, execute and flower this dreamy shoot! The day gave these two a day to be together and enjoy each other's company. They got ready together and focused on their love for each other. It was a time to have fun together and create lasting memories. And they have rad pictures to show for it!
- Photography By Taylor Bellais Photography
- Location By The Legacy Golf Resort
- Coordination & Florals By Moelleux Events
- Dress & Veil By Brilliant Bridal
- Dress Design By Christina Wu
- Pantsuit By Lane Bryant
- Invitations By Posh Invitations
- Framed Calligraphy By Earnest Bee Calligraphy and Designs
- Cake & Cake Items By Floured Cupcakes
- Macarons By Decadent Macarons