“If you have been following and watching the Yellowstone TV show, then you will definitely understand the inspiration behind this editorial photoshoot. After working on the set of Yellowstone I was inspired to create a Ranch Style Bridal shoot and reached out to my fellow artist friends who are masters in their crafts to make this happen.
As a professional makeup artist working in the bridal industry for over 20 years, I have seen bridal trends come and go. After working on weddings almost every weekend one thing that always stays consistent is a bride wanting to look “naturally beautiful” . My goal as a bridal makeup artist is to enhance the beauty of the bride. I never want my bride looking like she’s wearing a ton of makeup or unrecognizable. My emphasis is on creating a flawless canvas of the skin while keeping the skin looking like skin. For our model bride Tea,@tea.scheske @edgeagency I created a very natural radiant glow to her skin. I warmed up the skin with a beautiful bronzer and used earth tones to create a very warm, natural makeup look. I wanted to keep the brows looking natural but defined, so I gently filled in the brows and brushed them up with a brow gel.
I created a soft earthy brown smokey eye and finished the eye look off with my Holly Decker Signature Lash.
Since I wanted the makeup emphasis to be on the eyes, I created a warmer neutral lip and finished it off with a nude gloss. This bridal makeup look is perfect for a bride wanting to enhance her beauty while still looking natural and feeling like herself.”
– Holly Decker Makeup Artistry @hollydeckermakeupartist
For bridal photography I reached out to my bestie and one of the most talented photographers in the business. Erin Crooks Photography.
Here’s what Erin is seeing for bridal trends and she shares about our bridal editorial photo shoot as well.
“BRIDAL TRENDS I AM LOVING IN THE PHOTOGRAPHY WORLD
As a wedding photographer, I am blessed to spend nearly every weekend with incredible brides who have spend a year (or a lifetime) planning out all the details of their much anticipated wedding day. Along with all the details of the day itself, so much intentionally should be put into how the bride looks and feels for her wedding day. When it comes to the style, dress, hair, and makeup – it’s so important for the bride to feel like the absolutely best version of herself, while staying true to what makes her feel incredible and radiant.
From the eye of a wedding photographer, here are some of my favourite trends and tips for brides on their wedding day.
Dress versatility. From bold stand out gowns, to chic and timeless more simplistic dresses, I’ve been obsessed with gowns that have a little extra editorial flare. Add on pieces that can be changed, removed, or added to during different parts of the day. I’ve seen changing of sleeves, capes, silk gloves, embellished jackets, wide brim hats, old hollywood style white rimmed sunglasses, change of statement earrings. This fun element will provide an editorial feel to your final image gallery, with simple wardrobe changed throughout the varying photo locations! So fun! Bonus tips if you have a chic and fun party wardrobe change for the reception!
Keeping lighting in mind. As a bride, you will be your photographer’s dream if you keep in mind the light available in your locations throughout the day. For example, when choosing your getting ready space, if your home or hotel room don’t offer a spacious area, or no natural light – look into using a family/friends home or an AIRBNB that would provide you with lots of light, space, and a sense of calm while getting ready, your images will be extra beautiful when keeping the space clean, tidy, and flooded with natural light. Keep light in mind for your ceremony venue, the direction of the sun on you during the time of your ceremony so that there isn’t harsh sun on your face causing squinting eyes and unflattering shadows.
When it comes to hair and makeup, as a photographer I am all about connection and allowing my couples to love up on eachother – as they should be during the wedding day bliss! Opting for hair that flows, can be played with, and emphasises your natural textures is always beautiful – Like Tea’s natural curl during this editorial. When choosing makeup for your day, trust your makeup artist! They know what will suit your skin tones and face shape. I love a glowing fresh look – with lips that are kissable and colour transfer free! A tint and gloss are wonderful on your wedding day for all those smooches with your groom.
My best advice as a wedding photographer – don’t stress the little things on your wedding day. It goes by so fast. Enjoy all the moments, soak it all in, fall in love with being in front of the camera, and trust your photographer to tell your story authentically while you celebrate this gorgeous day you’ve been waiting so long for! “
– Erin Crooks @erincrooksphoto
For bridal hair I reached out to another one of my besties and one of the most amazing bridal hair stylists, Rachel Stange of Free Bird Hair Design.
Rachel chats about our model Tea’s natural curls and how to work with your natural texture as a bride.
“For this 2022 fall/winter bridal shoot I wanted to showcase a bride embracing their natural texture! I’m noticing a huge shift in the hair industry where we’re really celebrating kinky, coily, curly and wavy textures of all kinds and I personally want to see more of that in the bridal world as well.
To create this particular style, I told the model to come with her natural texture and I enhanced it with two different sizes of curling irons. To create the most natural but enhanced curl I took 1” sized sections and wrapped the hair from the base to halfway on the section strand, then alternated my direction from the halfway point to the end.
If you’re a future bride with naturally textured hair, definitely consider finding a hairstylist that specializes in bridal & special event hair that’s confident and excited to give you your romantic dream hair! “
– Rachel Stange @freebirdhairdesign
Whenever I am looking for the perfect styling for a bridal editorial shoot I reach out to another business bestie Aimee Schneider of UnVeiled Dress Co. & The Dress Co.
Aimee selected the perfect wedding gown for this ranch editorial. “We were definitely aiming for a western look when choosing the pieces for this shoot. A balance between a classic timelessness and bold style is what you hope to achieve when putting together a bridal look. You want to feel completely yourself on your wedding day but also love the look in photos for years to come. Oakleigh by La Perle with it’s classic sheath silhouette and all over ivory lace was the traditional moment we needed; the corset bodice adorned with button detail, detached puff sleeve and crochet lace trim were the accents to create the western style statement.
Because the bride was wearing her natural curls we chose a sweetheart neckline to allow for the curls to freely drape on bare shoulders. We had room to accessorize with a bold statement earring, Dubai by Untamed Petals, this beautiful hand beaded earring in white completes our ranch vibes.”
– Aimee Schneider @unveileddressco
I love florals and always love seeing what Angelina of Hawthorn Floral Atelier creates. We were so lucky to have both a fresh + dried bridal bouquet for this bridal editorial.
“When Holly reached out to me to create a fresh bouquet inspired by Yellowstone I was thrilled. I must admit to the show still sitting on my “to be watched” list, so I had little in the way of direct inspiration to go on. Instead I drew inspiration from the venue and the season, which happened to coincide perfectly with what is available that time of year. Immediately the yellow and rust tones were something we knew had to be done. Which I balanced out with white dahlias from my gardens and creamy spray roses. Then adding the touches of feverfew and yarrow for a nod to wildflowers, and fresh green hops which seemed an appropriate addition as well. Touches of dried vine maple and broom grass lent a natural Autumn vibe to the bouquet which complimented the venue perfectly. In truth this bouquet came together quickly, which almost saddened me, as I thoroughly enjoy when I get to create led only by my own vision. And when so much of it was created with flowers that grew in my own gardens, dahlias, yarrow, coreopsis, zinnia, rudbeckia, craspedia and hops, it makes it even that much more special. It is always an honour to lend a small part in someone else’s vision, and working with this team of accomplished ladies provided just that.”
Hawthorn Floral Atelier
“Being a big Yellowstone fan, I was elated to have the opportunity to create a floral design on this concept.
My initial intention was to put together a basic wildflower, ranch style bunch.. and I was pleasantly surprised at how my work came together in what I found to be a reflection of Beth Dutton.
On first impression, your eyes meet the harsh and presumptuously unwelcoming lines; the sharpness of the grevillea. The sepia tones and dried aesthetic are one of perhaps emotionless, hard, and rugged. But, as you look further, you see the beauty of every stem, the sweetness, and the resilience of colour bursting through. A true capture of the essence of Beth’s character. It was a joy to create.”
– Jen Friesen
Hawthorn Floral Atelier
And last but definitely not least this Saskatchewan location and ranch is a hidden gem. If you are looking to have a beautiful ranch wedding, this is the place! Champetre County
Located only 30 minutes east of Saskatoon, Champetre County is the perfect place for rustic country weddings. Whether you choose the Town Hall, the cozy Chickadee Café or the nostalgic Saloon, your wedding will be a day you will never forget. We can host anywhere from 30 to 300 guests and ensure that the personal touches at Champetre County are just perfect. Guests will dine on home cooked, locally sourced meals that will be sure to please every palate. Our experienced team is dedicated to the creation of a truly unique experience for your special day. And don’t forget we have cozy cabins and lots of camping spots available so your guests can wake up to fresh country air.
– Champetre County @champetrecounty
“We are rich in the spoils of nature– Thomas Browne