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.
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.
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.
There are many hidden corners and breezeways of the mission that are open, airy and mysterious.
Southwestern-style architecture still makes an impression with Spanish tiles on the roof and exposed brick archways smoothed out from time.
The bride’s gown features a stunning and unexpected open back. Her chic updo is the perfect hairstyle to show off this characteristic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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