styled photoshoot

The Trees, Occidental Styled Shoot

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For this spring-inspired styled shoot, vendors from the Sonoma County Wedding Collective came together to showcase their offbeat, artisan talents, with Nicki Wolfe Events + Spaces at the helm. The shoot stepped away from overplayed Spring trends, with the mood set by Northern California redwoods at The Trees in Occidental. From the beginning, we held tight to the idea of Woodsy California meets upstate New York, with our inspirational yet imaginary image of a couple of romantic cool kids taking over the family summer Cabin; coming in an dusting off the winter and ushering in the spring...

The unique venue features a 1950’s guesthouse designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright protege — the perfect setting for a romantic, hip couple with artistic style. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed by a lounge area with an unforgettable whiskey bar, appetizers, and refreshments in the courtyard. The house’s vintage dining room sets the scene for an intimate post-ceremony dinner. Dessert is enjoyed around the warm fireplace.

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Juxtaposition and contrasting elements was the driving theme that ran through the entire shoot. Each element was weighed against the ideas of:  old + new, hard + soft, dark + light, youth + wisdom. We really focused on placing the freshness of spring against the vintage + lovingly worn elements in the house and the verdant forest beyond.  Luscious greens and indigo blues were played against gold & brass accents and delicate spring flora. The day's shoot was a race against the rain, and when it started to really come down, we altered bits of the plan and played more with the cozy vibe than was our initial intention. And just like a real wedding day, it was perfect, with everything turning out just the way it was meant to be. 

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Seeking Models for Styled Photoshoots

We are looking to create relationships with professional models and real couples & individuals who are interested in working with Sonoma County Wedding Collective members on styled photo shoots. If you have worked as a model in the past, or if you and your significant other have exceptional on-camera chemistry, we would love to chat. Please fill out the contact form below if you are interested. We will reach out to you as soon as possible, and ask that you provide 3-5 portfolio images for review.

We are looking for unique models of all backgrounds. The Sonoma County Wedding Collective is an eclectic group that does not discriminate. 

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Rustic West County Wedding Inspiration

We are so excited to share the photos of this rustic styled shoot with you, today. Olympia's Valley Estate in Petaluma provided the perfect backdrop for models, Kasey and Nick. Jana Contreras Studios really caught the love of this real couple as they walked amongst West County's rolling hills and embraced on the farmhouse's front porch. 

Pops of peaches, pinks, and white made a soft color palette that accompanied the natural green landscape. Gorgeous flora by Mack Floral Design was arranged for the bouquet and dessert table, and adorned the canoe at the venue's pond.

Olympia's Valley Estate is ideal for couples looking for a rustic, farmhouse feel for their big day. If you are planning your wedding in Sonoma County, local vendors can help in so many ways -- feel free to reach out if you need help bringing your visions to life. 

Pastry chef, Hollie Fortkamp, provided a peach cake with basil buttercream frosting and strawberry rhubarb macarons as sweets. Letterpress stationery by Sonoma County Wedding Collective member, folding bones press, brought everything together. See a full list of vendors below the gallery:

VENDORS: Photography: Jana Contreras Studios | Venue: Olympia's Valley Estate | Flowers: Mack Floral Design | Hair: Shelby Clara | Makeup: Daejah Dedrick-Porter | Stationery: folding bones press | Pastry Chef: Hollie Fortkamp  | Model: Kasey Rodda and Nick Rodda

Valentine's Day Picnic Inspiration

Swooned Magazine has featured our latest SCWC collaboration, a styled VALENTINE’S FÊTE WITH FRIENDS that we shot in Healdsburg recently.  It features fabulous letterpress by folding bones press, gorgeous flowers by Papillon Floral Design, and lush photos by Sara Press Photography, and celebrates a refreshing take on Valentine's Day: the love between friends and family.