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High Desert Bohemian- A Styled Shoot

Oct 27, 2018

I am OBSESSED with all things texture.  Every season brings a new ingredient that I pull inspiration from.  In late summer, I’ve endlessly found myself drawn to hops vine.  I love that hops pay homage to our iconic Bend craft beer culture.  I love their romance and wild gesture.  I love their pale chartreuse color that evolves into a dried out raw umber.  I love how they blend seamlessly with our rugged landscape her in Central Oregon.

Hops was the perfect ingredient that came to mind when Manda of Mae & Co. Creative asked me to flower a styled shoot that she and Dawn of Dawn Photo were masterminding.  She had pulled together a killer color palette of dusty pink, umber, ivory, and taupe along with a rad vendor team to pull it all off.  I sourced King protea, Blushing Bride protea, Secret Garden roses, Quicksand roses, Nigella, Lunaria, Bunnytail, Rice flower, foraged tumbleweed, and Craspedia to mix in with the hops.  I found the perfect pale colored glass vases at local shops for table arrangements and then went to my ribbon wall to find coordinating raw silk, double-faced satin, and dupioni ribbons to finish the epic bridal bouquet I was excited to create for our gorgeous boho bride.

This awesome dinner party scene was created right next to my studio.  Doesn’t it look magical?!  Instagram thought so too, since it was posted and reposted all over the place right after the shoot.  On a side note, I swear not every shoot I do is on my property, but it does kind of work as the perfect High Desert backdrop, doesn’t it?

I happened to have a bunch of super cool dried leftovers in huge baskets from a wedding we had over the weekend, so we pulled these in to dress the scene.  Our photographer Dawn stepped in at the last minute to create a rope backdrop that was hung between two trees at our ceremony site.

This bouquet is still one of my all time favorites.  It ended up being voted “Best Bouquet 2018” by Oregon Bride Magazine editors and was featured in the magazine.  It was kind of a lucky bi-product of the shoot.  How cool, right?!   😉

This was the funnest part of the shoot for me, because we all sat down and joined our models for a toast and some yummy treats.  I wish every shoot could end like this.  😉


photographer- Dawn Photo// styling & coordination- Mae & Co Creative // rentals- Curated Event Rentals // gown- A & Be Bridal Shop // suit- Articles of Style // calligraphy- Pink + Peach


Doesn’t this intimate elopement and dinner party inspire you?  I feel like I need to make a dinner like this actually happen at my house one of these days.  Mark my words, it will happen.  😉

More soon.



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