Friday, February 8, 2013


This styled shoot was the brainchild of the always imaginative photographer Joy Strotz .  Shot at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California, I have to say, what a place, what a shooter! Joy dreams and turns those dreams into reality! You'll find part of this shoot currently running in the latest issues of Ceremony Magazine--both the San Francisco and LA editions   After spending a day at the villa last summer I'm sold; this is the perfect place for the couple wanting a wedding set in grand splendor.  Imagine rolling acres of  green lawn and Italianate architecture overlooking gardens that could have been planted in the South of France.  This was the perfect backdrop for the bouffant gowns; simple silhouettes in luxe fabrics, I've customized with ribbons, trains, pick-up effects, over skirts, etc.  The beauty of all this layering is different components can stay on, be bustled or taken off at different intervals throughout the day.  I've also created some of these dresses as separates or sheaths so you can use them post wedding.  Fast forward with these pieces in your closet you're set for that surprise art opening or concert invite somewhere in the not too distant future . . . 

Special kudos and thanks to this awesome team of wedding professionals who brought their creative talents and time to make this shoot possible.  Without you all there would be no way to have brought out our vision . . . .

Gowns and Headwear by Amy-Jo Tatum Bride
Makeup by Audrey Mendoza
Hair by Justina Downs of Intertwine Hair Design
Jewelry by Denise Hazelton for Studiolo
Venue: Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, California
Models: Maria Sabrina, Olivia Lucci and Maya Harshbarger

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