28 04, 2011

Featured on Snippet & Ink: Wild Greenhouse Bouquets

By |2011-04-28T13:40:50-06:00April 28th, 2011|Featured|

Kate Holt of Flowerwild and Rebecca Stone of Duet Weddings teamed up to create this floral photo shoot for Martha Stewart Weddings. I love the modern bohemian twist they gave it (how cool is that urban greenhouse?). Photos by Jose Villa.

Photography: Jose Villa

Florals, styling: Kate Holt of Flowerwild

Styling, coordination: Rebecca Stone of Duet Weddings

Location: Hatfield Orchids

Hair, make up: Brittany Doyle for Team Hair and Makeup

Wardrobe: Swift Vintage

Jewelry: Wish List

20 04, 2011

Featured on Once Wed: Butterfly Bride & He Proposed!!!

By |2011-04-20T16:52:21-06:00April 20th, 2011|Featured|

We were totally up for the challenge when Jose & Joy came to us with the idea of:  The Butterfly Bride & we were even more up for the challenge when we heard that he wanted to propose!! Check out Once Wed’s full post below!


INSPIRATION: Butterfly Bride

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We were feeling inspired by the adorable outfits flower girls and ring bearers get to wear to weddings…

Photography by Jose Villa

Hair and Makeup by Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup

He Proposed!!!

So here’s the story: After we chose Caleb and Bethany to come shoot with us, we get this email from Caleb asking: would it be ok with us if he pops the question during our photoshoot? Um….YES!!!! So we concocted a plan and were all giddy all day since everyone but Bethany knew what was going on (though none of us more than Caleb who had a ring burning a whole in his pocket!). By the time we got to our last location (the location) he just couldn’t wait any longer…. “Do you have the note? Do you have the note? Can I ask her now???”

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she said yes 🙂

Photography by Jose Villa

Hair and Makeup by Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup

INSPIRATION: Outdoor Wedding, Paper Birds

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So I imagine this as the scene for the wedding ceremony. Something out under the trees with strings of white paper birds radiating from a point above and behind the couple’s heads. We just tied ours into the branches the tree provided. This modern/rustic/minimalist look is all about using humble materials in simple and understated ways.

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By the way, do you remember a little while ago when we asked for some readers to come shoot with us in Santa Ynez? Bethany and Caleb answered the call all the way from Virginia Beach! They were so great in this mini shoot. And be sure to check back in Wednesday…you’re gonna melt when you see what happened in their other shoot! 🙂

Photography by Jose Villa

Hair and Makeup by Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup

Flowers by Flowerwild

Dress by Saja…now available here!

Dove Template

Here’s a template for the doves if you’d like to make this yourself.

INSTRUCTIONS: Just print these onto 11×14 card stock, cut them out and string them up! We used white cotton twine from a hardware store and poked two little holes in the center near the front and back to thread each bird. To help create the feeling of flight, I folded a crease along the middle of about two-thirds of the birds and left maybe a third flat. For half of the folded birds, I created a little paper bridge that attached to each wing and strung the twine through the bridge and that made the birds whose wings are up. Thanks to Jessica Carberry for drawing the template and cutting out all those birds!

19 04, 2011

Featured on Style Me Pretty: Jose Villa Workshop + A Jill La Fleur Workshop

By |2011-04-19T13:45:27-06:00April 19th, 2011|Featured|

Mar R., Janeena Merricks, & Rachel Wall of TEAM had a blast doing the hair and makeup for this shoot at Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse. Check out the full Style Me Pretty Post below!

Jose Villa Workshop + A Jill La Fleur Workshop

April 19th. 2011 by Abby Larson | Filed Under13 comments

What do you get when you put Jose VillaJill La FleurFlowerwild and Mar of TEAM Hair and Make Up in a room together? You get this. A crazy beautiful, overflowing with inspiration, pick your jaw up off the floor photoshoot where beauty and style is literally tucked into each and every corner. This is a look at Jose Villa’s latest photography workshop where he pulled in some of his favorite industry peeps to help craft one of the prettiest shoots I think I’ve ever seen. Honestly. So pretty that I couldn’t narrow down the images at all so I have like 15 cake pictures and even more bouquet shots because they were just too beautiful to end up on the cutting room floor. Click here to see even more.

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click here to see the full shoot!

I’ve worked with Jose for years and have such respect and high-regard for what he does and have been thrilled to be asked to be a guest speaker at his previous workshops, including this one, over the years. But being invited to style the inspiration shoot for this workshop was such a huge honor and I couldn’t wait to begin the planning of a unique, beautiful design that fit both his style and that of the amazing location, the Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse!

My inspiration started with the idea of combining two very different looks: a soft, romantic anthropology style mixed with a more industrial, masculine Restoration Hardware feel. And working with Kate of Flowerwild was amazing! She and I had so much fun working together to come up with unique ideas to make this juxtaposition work! For the romantic side, we incorporated floral in soft tones of peaches and blushes and silvery sage greens with cut crystal containers, delicate crystal stemware, a hand-made thick crocheted lace runner, billowy pillows and lace runners for the benches (which we tied down with lace ribbon and bells!) and beautiful vintage “found” bottles with antique keys/toppers. The brides had delicate dresses by Claire Pettibone with custom-made hair pieces by Lo Boheme that gave a romantic, vintage feel in a very rustic setting. Mar with Team Hair and Makeup did a beautiful job finishing off their look!

The invitation suite had delicate peach lace details to finish off the look. And the “ruffle” cake on the delicate vintage cake stand was perfect!

For the more industrial side, we incorporated cast concrete containers for some of the floral, gray linens, bells, heavy “reused” marine ropes mixed with the delicate lace fabrics for the Ceremony site, a rusty vintage bed spring for the escort cards (which I added lace to in order to soften it), the great heavy stone place settings and silverware. I love mixing looks and feels at my events and this combination I felt fit the stunning rustic location and the soft, romantic style of Jose’s beautiful photography. The workshop attendees were all so excited to be not only in the presence of Jose, soaking in every little bit of information he had to share, but also to be able to shoot side-by-side with him at such an amazing location and with such lovely details. Being on the guest panel afterwards with such amazing vendors as Joel SerratoTeam Hair & Makeup, Amy of Wedding ChicksRichard Photo Laband of course, Jose, ended a perfect workshop day! I can’t wait for the next one!! Photographers out there…it’s worth more than you could imagine!

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So speaking of amazing photography workshops, the fabulous Jill La Fleur is hosting one of her very own…and it’s RIGHT around the corner. Jill has pulled together an amazing collection of vendors and experts to host an overnight workshop at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, May the 3rd.

Together with some of the industries coolest (including yours truly, ahem), Jill will be conquering all of those much needed topics from Branding, Marketing and Packaging your Business to Getting Published. Jose Villa will be on hand to instruct the class on capturing the details and I’ll be Skype chatting in a live Q & A session!

Spaces are VERY limited so make sure to sign up asap! And make sure to check out Jose’s workshopon the 13th of September!

16 04, 2011

Featured on Jose Villa Blog! Tamera Mowry and Adam Housley Engaged

By |2011-04-16T19:06:39-06:00April 16th, 2011|Featured|

Recently, I teamed up with Jose & Tamera of Sister Sister to do her hair and makeup for her engagement session up in Santa Ynez. Tamera has a beautiful skin tone & I wanted to make sure her natural beauty came through, so we kept her hair and makeup very natural for the shoot. I think this is important,  to make sure you look like yourself for your engagment photos. I had a blast working with Tamera and am looking forward to her wedding next month! Below is Jose’s post


Tamera Mowry and Adam Housley Engaged

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