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The Kiss of True Love - Inspired by Sleeping Beauty

Deep in the forest, tucked away in the Santa Cruz Mountains lies a hidden jewel, a French winery, on a mountainside deep in the Northern California Redwoods, known as Chateau Partage. This magical wedding venue looks like a perfect Fairytale Castle from a classic storybook. Surrounding the property are hundreds of redwood trees, complete with an enchanting Fairy Tree Ring (Redwood Trees in a circle) and green mossy covered tree stumps behind the castle. This makes for the perfect venue to have a woodland Fairytale Sleeping Beauty styled wedding in Northern California. There is even a library located at the venue filled with old, worn leather books, golden embossed titles holding the secrets to hundreds of magical tales. This Styled Bridal shoot, inspired by the Classic Fairytale literary theme, the Kiss of True Love, is where we begin.
 

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Inspiration for this particular Fairytale styled shoot came from a timeless literary theme, the Kiss of True Love, which surfaces in quite a few classic Fairytales. From Sleeping Beauty in a bed of flowers, Snow White falling asleep due to a poisoned apple, & even the Little Mermaid, they all have one thing in common, the princess needs the Kiss of True Love to break the Spell she is under. Its not just princesses who need the kiss, the Prince also needs the magical kiss, lest we forget about the The Frog King, or Beauty and the Beast where he needs True Love's kiss to lift the curse. Even in our modern day culture we believe that to reach our Happily Ever After, we need the Kiss of True Love to lift us up and sweep us away into wedded bliss. Modern Day Movie, Dreamwork's animation Fairytale: "Shrek" even has Fiona the Ogre needing the Kiss of True Love to break the magical ogre spell she is under. Disney's Frozen also mentions True Love's Kiss, despite the kiss not actually working to unfreeze Anna and revealing treachery by Prince Hans. It turned out to be a sisterly Act of True Love later in that particular story which broke the spell. When we really start to look, the theme of True Love's kiss is literally all around us in the modern world. Its found hiding in dozens of dramatic movies, even the romantic comedy and its the main photographic highlight, "cant miss" shot for any Wedding Photographer, "Now you may Kiss the Bride!" and seal the deal.

 


The story for this Styled Bridal Shoot, True Love's Kiss begins with the Groom searching the forest next to the Castle, for his lost bride.
 

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"The years roll by, but a hundred years to a steadfast heart are but a day" ~ Sleeping Beauty

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"Before the sun sets on the third day, you've got to get dear ol' princey to fall in love with you. That is, he's got to kiss you. Not just any kiss — the kiss of true love."
— Ursula, The Little Mermaid
 

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She awakens to discover the eyes of her beloved staring into her own.
 

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 "hundreds of years...." 

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He carries her off to the enchanted forest (behind the winery) for their woodland wedding vows. 
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hand made calligraphy wedding invitations by Wild Quill Calligraphy... 

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Ready for the Wedding... 

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Celebrating True Love

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A Secret Ceremony in the redwood circle, is the perfect place to complete to have a ceremony, complete with a calligraphy scroll with the wedding vows written down and candles on a tree stump.

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Candles burning. 

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"You may kiss the bride!"


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Flowers by Kats Floral Affair...


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True Love's Kiss! 
 


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They return to the Castle, to their wedding dinner, on a beautiful vintage table complete with flowers and crystal goblets by Forage Vintage.


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* This Styled shoot is half woodland Forest and half enchanted Castle given that the redwood trees are growing and surrounding the winery from all sides. Storybook pages done by a professional calligrapher provide some whimsical narrative to the Wedding theme. When choosing the couple to be photographed, we decided that the professional model should be kissing her real-life boyfriend so we could get some true, authentic moments of true love's kiss in action for the storytelling at hand.
 

 

 

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Photographer:
@alixartphotography_wedding
http://alixartphotography.wedding


Bride Model: @jcmurraymodel
Groom Model: @awkwaz

location: @partagewinery @chateau_partagewww.partagewinery.com

Makeup: @Designsbydonovan www.designsbydonovan.com

Florist: @katsfloweraffair https://www.katsflowerlg.com/

Dress: @bridechic https://bridechic.wixsite.com/amy-jotatum

Cake: @bzcake831 https://www.facebook.com/bzcake831/

Vintage Furniture: @foragevintagerental.cohttps://www.foragevintagerental.co/

Calligrapher: @wildquillcalligraphy www.wildquillcalligraphy.com

 

SEE THIS STYLED SHOOT ALSO FEATURED ON : http://glamourandgraceblog.com ! 
 

 

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Wind & Sea Estate, Big Sur Elopement https://alixartphotography.wedding/blog/2019/8/wind-sea-estate-big-sur-elopement Just off the legendary highway 1 with ocean views stretching for miles,  along jagged 300 foot cliffs through Big Sur, California is where the Wind & Sea Estate is located .

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A small sign, just off of highway 1, led me to this beautiful venue...

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A gorgeous estate just off highway 1, a set of stone stairs leads you to a cliff area, the perfect spot for saying wedding vows in remote Big Sur. 

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There are also wooden stairs leading to separate garden areas at the Wind and Sea Estate! 

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Getting ready in a large, airy, ocean air filled modern bedroom is perfect for any Bride. 

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Details included a Dress from AllureBridals & Gardenia flowers. 

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The night was completed with a warm firelight bonfire on the rugged cliffs of Big Sur with surrounded by friends and family.

 

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Dreamy golf course wedding at the Nicolas Club https://alixartphotography.wedding/blog/2019/8/dreamy-golf-course-wedding-at-the-nicolas-club A magical wedding at the Nicolas Club in Monterey, California. 

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The day began in the late afternoon with a clear blue sky .

 

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Rings were ready to go in a wooden carved custom holder.

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The ceremony in front of a California oak tree included a sand ritual.

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As the ceremony was complete, the happy couple walked back through the aisle just as rays of golden sun shined down from the heavens onto them!

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Lover's Point Monterey https://alixartphotography.wedding/blog/2019/8/loverspoint A Wedding at Lovers Point in Monterey, California

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Their Love Story beings:

 

Getting Ready at a nearby hotel:

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A Classic Bride: She had Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed & Something Blue. 

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Just about ready to go towards Lover's Point. 

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The Groom was getting ready in a different part of the Hotel. 

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Just a few minutes away from Lover's Point for this Bride.
 

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Everyone is awaiting her arrival with Dad. 

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Lover's Point is always filled with picnics, families and bicycles....  The path to love was filled with flower petals.

 

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On an average weekend, Lover's Point, Monterey is always filled with families, picnics, a few weddings a day and bicycles everywhere. 

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Their Vows were said in front of an tree next to the cliffs overlooking Monterey Bay. 

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Now for the Rings

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"Now you may Kiss the Bride."

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They had their Marriage License in hand.... 

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and they were off to celebrate.... 

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A toast to true love shared with one another... 

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Their families had a collection of wine-bottle corks with various heart shaped designs... 

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Classic Cake-Cutting

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A first Dance in one another's arms to remember forever. 

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A Garden Wedding https://alixartphotography.wedding/blog/2019/6/shawna-chris A Summer Garden Dream Wedding at a private Garden estate in Santa Cruz , California

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She began to get ready in a sun-filled room. 

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Sunflower arrangements were placed throughout the house. 

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A beautiful, white summer flower bouquet was chosen by the bride.

 

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A heartfelt letter from the Bride's Grandmother was read quietly by the bride, The letter had been carefully saved by the Mother of the Bride.... 

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Every Bride needs a Photographer of her things on her Wedding Day, just before putting them on (Shoes included) ...

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The Mother of the Bride buttoning her Daughter's gown on her Special Day is a moment not to be forgotten! 

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The Bride's Sister was doing all the Make-Up. 

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The Bride and her Mom were smiling outside the Bridal Suite, on a sun drenched balcony above the Garden... 

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The romantic sound of Classical Violin and Piano echoed throughout the trees. 

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The sun continued to shine as the Bride walked to the Ceremony Spot amidst the flowers and plants on a mountain top. 

 

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A Smile for the Photographer's trailing behind the Beautiful Garden Bride.

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The Ceremony on top of a Sun-Drenched Mountain in the Garden. 

 

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"You may Kiss the Bride."

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They stared into each others eyes for a long moment after their vows. 

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Hopes, Dreams and a life being planned together in the After-Ceremony Garden walk.

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Covered in Flowers, the Wedding Cake fit right into the Summer Garden Theme. 

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A fanciful dinner prepared by a Private Chef, enjoyed by all to the sounds of violin and classical music, as hummingbirds fluttered about and the sun began to set behind the mountain backdrop.l   20170826_J_2nd_148120170826_J_2nd_1481

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True Love next to the giant Cactus. 

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The sunset behind them in shades of pink and gold. 

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Congratulations Shawna & Chris !! 

 

 

**( I am still playing Catch Up on posting all the Weddings I have photographed) - I never have time to blog as I'm usually editing all day when I'm not photographing! **

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Wedding Blog The New One https://alixartphotography.wedding/blog/2019/3/wedding-blog-the-new-one Ive been photographing Weddings for a few years now. 2019 marks the year I decided I should build a separate website for my Wedding Photography instead of having all my Wedding Photography displayed on my Photography Studio Website, where I also photograph other subjects such as children, family & ballerinas. This new site is catered specifically for brides and my Studio website blog currently has lots of different photoshoots from editorials on ballet photography, children's princess photography & other fun subject matter to photograph. Look for more posts here to be updated. Though trying to catch up on a few years worth of Wedding Photography on a Blog is no small task, espcialyl when I am out photographing new events, creating new images for clients and such. This is the first post, because, well with all things in life, You have to Start somewhere!! 

A few Fun Wedding Highlights which make the favorites list...

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and of course, Wedding Goblets made of Silver which can be filled with your favorite drink each year after your Wedding on your Anniversary & engraved with the couples names and wedding dates.

 

More specific blog posts later.....

 

Thanks for taking a peak!    

 

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