California Villa Inspiration


When Elizabeth Messina hosts a photography workshop, you can be dead certain that the ambience, lighting, and details are going to be on point.  Here, workshop attendee Maru Photography of Vancouver shares a collection of moody images that exude an old world appeal in a new world setting.  Photographed at Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, California, the inspiration captured could be executed beautifully at a number of Canada's own wineries or perhaps on a private estate.  Russian olive trees are plentiful across the Canadian landscape which would make for a perfect substitute in the absence of more traditional species.  And of course, roses are in no short supply.  

One final note, it's the limited palette and consistent lighting that really help bring all of these elements together.  Maru Photography has captured the mood of the setting and the tranquility it emanates by composing the images so that there is plenty of negative space to let the eye travel.  All things to keep in mind when planning/styling your wedding and choosing a photographer!

If you have a penchant for old-world styling, you might like last week's post on Vale + Vine, featuring an Amalfi Coast shoot among Italian ruins by Vasia Photography.

Credits // Photography - Maru Photography / Workshop - Elizabeth Messina's A Lovely Workshop / Event Planner - Mindy Weiss / Design + Florals - Mindy Rice / Calligrapher - Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls / Patisserie + Martha Stewart Food Editor - Elizabeth Colling / Hair + Makeup - Christina Burns and Erin Skipley / Gowns - Claire Pettibone / Vintage Rentals - Jeni Maus of Found / Paper Goods + Design - Rachelle of Wiley Valentine / Table Settings - Jason Murakawa of Small Masterpiece / Linens - La Tavola / Chocolate - Delysia / Food + Catering - The Bakers Table / Album Companies - Katie of Artifact Uprising + Velvet Raptor / Film + Cameras - Fuji Film / Venue - Sunstone Winery / Accommodations - Fess Parker Inn / Film Lab - Image Source //