Wednesday, April 7, 2010

erin and brent - laguna beach engagement session

this post is very near and dear to my heart because the couple is actually my sister-in-law and her fiance!!! they came all the way out to california for their engagement session so of course i offered to style everything for them...erin was really inspired by jen's love shoot on green wedding shoes, so i told her i would take that vibe and run with it...

i brought in all of my own vintage furniture, crates and props to create a little "living room" vignette along the side of the road in the laguna canyon...erin wanted it quirky, playful and eclectic...so i used an amber glass lamp with no shade, a strange constellation globe that i found at a good will, an hourglass, old tea tins, brass pots, vintage green vases, and a tufted velvet wingback chair to name a few things...

it was raining all week and it sprinkled that day, so we crossed our fingers it would clear up for the shoot - and it did, just in time :)











erin wore her wellies and brought her own antique umbrella in case of more rain...i thought they ended up looking so cute!



the skies were dark and gloomy but the rain held off...



and then...the sun peaked out!!!!






this photo is SOOOO brent and erin - i love it...






i have been DYING to use a tumbleweed in one of my events or shoots for so long now...when i spied this big boy i just knew we HAD to use him :)


i hung a floral sheet in some low-lying trees to create a little "fort"...blankets on the ground, petite floral arrangements of yellow acacia, a hobnail milkglass lamp (again with no shade) and some turquoise and celadon green pillows completed the breezy but cozy feel...




hands down my FAVORITE photo of the day...


i think that gabriel and carlie, the husband and wife team who make up gabriel ryan photographers, did an amazing job on this shoot!! i can't wait to see how they capture the wedding in september :) hugs to you both!

also, a HUGE thank you to jen at green wedding shoes for posting this session today on her blog! you have inspired erin so much during her planning process - keep the fab posts coming!!

brent and erin, i am SO excited for your wedding and for your new life together as husband and wife! brian and i can't wait to be able to officially call brent a part of our family :) and it was so fun to have you back in cali - come visit again soon! love you....

oh and check out my sister-in-law's blog, erin pot pie! it's pretty darn funny...

9 comments:

forget.me.knot.weddings said...

This is so beautiful! Love the setting and all the great vintage props!! Great work!!

Christan Parreira said...

...amazing work!

Lollipop Events & Designs said...

Fab job Ms Carissa!!

Erin Jowett said...

Thank you Carissa!! This is so sweet! You always do such an amazing job. Our session was a success thanks to you! We are a lucky couple. :)

nancy {So Happi Together} said...

This is beautiful, Carissa! Great job!!

Jordan - Polkadot Prints said...

This is a gorgeous shoot. Loving the style and incredible committment to transporting props!!

Debbie said...

This is so adorable! What's the yellow flower/filler called?

Lydia said...

The styling is awesome! Love Gabriel and Carlie's work!

Lucy F. (Celiagart) said...

beautiful work !!