Spanish Mission Wedding Shoot

Spanish Mission Wedding Shoot.

A powerful bouquet and modern style complete this styled shoot at Mission San Juan Capistrano in California. The birthplace of Orange Country, Mission San Juan Capistrano experienced a devastating earthquake in 1812, which destroyed the Great Stone Church. Its ruins still stand as a testament to the tragedy, with many striking spots to capture a beautiful wedding moment.

A crisp black and white invitation suite sets the tone for this modern-meets-momentous shoot.

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While the venue is historic, the bride’s style is noticeably modern. A sleek mermaid-style gown with a bateau neckline is accessorized with statement drop earrings and hand jewelry.

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The groom is classically handsome in a black tuxedo with a black bow tie, but it’s his colorful boutonniere that adds a pop of fresh, contemporary color.

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There are many hidden corners and breezeways of the mission that are open, airy and mysterious.

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Southwestern-style architecture still makes an impression with Spanish tiles on the roof and exposed brick archways smoothed out from time.

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The bride’s gown features a stunning and unexpected open back. Her chic updo is the perfect hairstyle to show off this characteristic.

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The floral designer takes an inventive approach to the bride’s bouquet. Generous jacaranda branches are gathered to create an arrangement that overflows with both color and drama.

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It’s the perfect contrast to the bride’s gown and infuses just the right amount of color against the neutral elements of the mission’s architecture.

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The bride and groom make quite the stylish pair as they pose in front of an aged wooden door and stroll the mission, pausing within one of the corridors.

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The mission’s courtyard features abundant vivid plants and flowers, as well as a lively offering of color from a pink lily koi pond. It’s as enjoyable as it is photogenic.

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The bride makes one style change by adding a birdcage veil, bringing attention to her eyes and giving her bridal look a perfect finishing touch.

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Styled shoots like this one at Mission San Juan Capistrano are evidence that historic venues, time-worn relics and vintage style can be just as trendy, current and modern as any new-age idea. By taking this much-beloved landmark and making it a modern-day vision, you resurrect a certain beauty that’s only uncovered if we take the time to appreciate it.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Silvius James Photography 

WEDDING FLORALS: Inessa Nichols Designs 

WEDDING PLANNING/STYLING: Debby Boh Events 

WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP: Lepique Beauty

WEDDING STATIONERY: Rosy Avenue Calligraphy

WEDDING GOWN: Mikaella Bridal

BRIDAL SALON: Love and Lace Bridal Salon 

BLUSHER VEIL: Keren Wolf

GROOM'S SUIT: Friar Tux

WEDDING VENUE: Mission San Juan Capistrano 

FILM LAB: PhotoVision