I couldn’t believe that a place like the Garden of the Gods existed. After I set eyes on it, an outpouring of inspiration occurred and it’s the quickest a concept for any styled shoot has come to fruition on my end. I couldn’t be more thrilled to share the final result with you!
While attempting to plan the design board for the shoot, there was an image at the Garden that caused my mind to wander over to Themyscira, the island where Diana, AKA Wonder Woman is from. It then quickly shifted over to mythology, and that’s how the Grecian Goddess concept was born. (I had a phase years ago where I decided to read up more about Roman / Greek mythology and it all came back in full force!).
The grandeur of the park needed an elegant and regal figure to represent the woman that was envisioned. To present this image, the styling was paramount and we had two different hair and makeup looks to depict that. The first was a demure portrayal, with the bride’s hair in loose waves and subtle, more natural makeup. The tablescape reflected a softer look as well, with its pale blue runner and organic floral arrangements. As a nod to the Greek culture, elements selected were plates with gold vine detailing, and olive oil favors.
Fun Fact – Diana is also known as the goddess of the hunt in Roman mythology, with the ability to speak to wild animals. There was a stag that happened to be resting around the venue and we were so fortunate to be able to capture that moment on film!
Like any of the goddesses in mythology though, she has another side to her that is strong and yet fiercely feminine. To do so, Q, the makeup artist pulled her hair back into a tall, braided mohawk and gave her darker, bolder makeup to accentuate the look. An Alexandria Grecco gown with a cape(!) seemed appropriate for the occasion, and brought so much movement to life. The jewelry had a different take on it as well, with a single brilliant yellow gold band being utilized for the bride. Instead of pairing it with an engagement ring, the band was more than enough, being wider than most other bands. However, there is a delicate quality to the band, with its refined structure that is encrusted with diamonds.
We ended the shoot at the magnificent formations at the park. It seemed fitting to finish there with the orange rocks standing in stark contrast to her white dress.