Styled Shoot || Simple & Stunning in the Alvord Desert

This shoot is insane. And totally unique. And the story starts with the crew having to camp out and get up at 3:30am to make it happen! (and avoid the heat of the Alvord desert..) The results sure are some stunning photographs taken in the beautiful light of that desert sunrise, showing off the gorgeous gowns and make up. It is a must read and we urge you to keep scrolling down through all of the photos…

In the words of Manda from SueBlue Events:

The Alvord desert had been on both mine and Kati’s (our photographer) bucket list for years. Such a unique and crazy landscape, ESPECIALLY in Oregon. It was something neither of us had ever seen before so when she asked if I would be down to drive 8+ hours, camp out and style the hell out of some bridals for a whole day… I obviously went all in.

I wanted to bring such a sense of wildness to this shoot. And really highlight the brilliant gowns from Claire La Faye as well as the natural beauty in the surroundings. Simple but stunning. We used faux fur rugs to give you the feel of being in the wild as well as organic, clay vases with dried branches coming out of them. We had our florist create a beautiful bouquet out of fresh, dried and dying flowers all to show a crazy contrast between living beauty and also touching death. Theres such an earthy vibe that was able to be created using these small instruments.

We incorporated a smoke bomb at one point in the shoot to contrast the stunning color of the smoke with the gorgeous, two piece white dress as well as the muted, cracked clay ground.

To top if off, we used gold paint on the faces and limbs of our models. This gave our shoot an almost tribal feel which I think really brought everything together and created such a uniqueness that I have not seen before. Not to mention – why does gold on a face look so stunning? It will be my new plan for all bridal make up :-] My only regret is I didn’t use more.

This shoot was meant to feel earthy, new, organic, natural, vegan, raw, glamorous and breathtaking all at the same time. I can’t wait for you to see all of the beauty that was made.


We will be crushing on this shoot for a long time! It really has everything; stunning and simple gowns, a breathtaking back drop and our favourite photo accessory – a pink smoke bomb! Thank you Manda from SueBlue Events and Kati Nicole Photo for sharing with us! All of the suppliers involved are below, and for more real weddings and styled shoots click here

Style, Design and Silk / SueBlue Events | Photography / Kati Nicole Photo

Dresses  / Claire La Faye  |   Makeup / Chelsea Marie Makeup | Florals  /  Work/Shop

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