I’m so thrilled to share this shoot from the fabulous Carmen and Ingo Photography with you today! When these two told me they were going to be stopping by the Hawaiian Islands (on their honeymoon!) I couldn’t resist pulling something together for them to capture.
With design & styling by the incredible Morgan of Moana Events, her beautiful lead wedding coordinator Meaghan as our model, a stunner of a blush wedding dress, and the flawless backdrop of Dillingham Ranch – this regal bridal inspiration shoot is breathtaking!
The shoot consisted of several different scenes in the house and around the grounds at Dillingham Ranch on Oahu. The ranch has an innate air of nobility since it was established in 1897, built by Hawaii’s first railroad tycoon, and has hosted multiple royal families while on vacation.
I’d been eyeing a blush lace Carolina Herrera gown from Nearly Newlywed for a while and this editorial was the perfect excuse to have it flown out. With an elegant top bun and flawless makeup from Sarah of Whik’d Hawaii, everything ended up suiting Meaghan perfectly.
The historic residence on the estate has its original high windows, hardwood floors, and a fireplace made out of lava rocks. Morgan of Moana Events styled the look with antique props, vintage love letters from Paris, and a bespoke veil from Danani Handemade which was worn backwards for some old-fashioned formalness.
We also styled the dress with a headpiece from Olivia, repurposed as a sash to add some glitz and glam to the indoor portion of the shoot.
Morgan did an absolutely epic job styling and designing everything – especially the flowers. To honor the grand estate and create the vision of a timeless royal bride she designed a cathedral-length veil made entirely out of white dendrobium orchid blooms. It looked fabulous shot along the stately aisle lined with royal palm trees! She also designed a king protea bouquet tied with gray satin ribbons and trailing strands of purple crown flowers.
Dillingham Estate includes a working ranch with horses, whom Meaghan couldn’t resist stopping to pet and of course being in Hawaii, Carmen and Ingo were drawn to the ocean just across the road. At the perfect ‘magic hour’ we all made our way down to the water for some final shots.
It was such an immense pleasure to finally meet Carmen and Ingo whom I’ve been a fan of for ages and can now count among my friends. And of course a big mahalo to the dream team of Hawaii wedding pros who brought this shoot to life!
Photography: Carmen & Ingo Photography // Styling, Design, & Floral: Moana Events // Coordination: Burnett’s Boards // Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera from Nearly Newlywed // Hair & Makeup: Whik’d Hawaii // Veil: Danani Handmade // Bridal Belt: Olivia Headpieces // Model: Meaghan // Venue: Dillingham Ranch on Oahu, Hawaii.