Dutch Still Life with Jen Huang
Springtime in Santa Barbara
Our darling favorite photographer, Jen Huang, recently hosted one of her outrageous workshops in Santa Barbara. I had the chance to speak to her attendees and as usual, she put together a GORGEOUS class and shoot for her attendees. We thought you might enjoy the initial inspiration board Jen created, along with her description. And then of course, all the stunning images! Beyond love!
Every workshop that I put on ends with a decadent styled shoot–it’s fun and incredibly helpful to have such a hands on portion of the day. I hesitate to call this an “inspiration” shoot, but rather prefer the name “portfolio” shoot because the idea behind the collaboration was to highlight the talents of all the vendors involved. Much like planning a wedding, a proper portfolio shoot allows all the vendors to work on one concept but encourages them to give their own interpretation of it – I like the freedom that a shoot like this offers for everyone involved. This shoot, like many of my shoots, finds its inspiration in art, and in this case: rustic Dutch still life paintings. It took the talents of many amazing wedding artists working very hard to produce such a gorgeous afternoon! Sarah Winward and Borrowed Blu Rentals worked together to design the table scape pictured. The unstructured family kitchen style table puts a new spin on wedding decor and highlights the raw production behind a wedding meal. I love the giant and mini artichokes and the rainbow chard, the colors blend beautifully with Sarah’s organic centerpieces. Cassandra from Borrowed Blu used bits of handmade pottery, pressed glassware, all with a hint of green, and paired it with antique silver platters and trays. The silver was reflected in the jaw dropping Temperley gown from Nearly Newly Wed (which you can purchase directly on the site!). Laura and Brian, our handsome models were a mix of glamourous yet natural (my favorite pairing!) thanks to the lovely makeup and hair work of Erica from 1011 Makeup. I absolutely loved the up-do! Laura carried a bouquet by Sarah, and wore simple white satin shoes with rose shoe clips from Freya Rose London. Invitations used watercolor and calligraphy and touched on the organic green garden look, with a natural wooden envelope. Last but not least, the delicious and beautiful leaf sugar flowers were sent all the way from New York but the sweet Emily of Lael Cakes. This was one of my favorite shoots to put together, and we had such luck with the beautiful weather and light we had in Santa Barbara that day!
Photographer: Jen Huang // Workshop: Jen Huang Workshops // Styling & Execution: Jen Huang // Floral Styling: Sarah Winward // Rentals & Tabletop: Borrowed Blu // Invitations: Dear Jendo // Shoes: Freya Rose // Dress: Nearly Newly Wed // Makeup & Hair: 1011 Makeup // Sugar Flowers: Lael Cakes