Inspiration Board: Moody Forest Camping Party

October 09

I’m dreaming about escaping to the woods for a campfire, smores, and some quality nature time… Happy Wednesday!

Images via My Pinterest.

Editorial: Roots Farms, Santa Barbara

June 17

A couple of weeks ago, I showed you my visit to the dahlia farm for the Farm to Table shoot I did. This week, we’re visiting Root’s Farm in Santa Ynez Valley. Ashley from Duo referred me, as they get a huge chunk of their produce directly from this farmer. Root’s Farm sells locally at the Farmer’s market and they seriously have these BEST tomatoes. I’m obsessed with their heirloom cherry tomatoes.

So obsessed in fact, I got permission from the farmer and I shot the tomatoes growing on the vine. Little pieces of veggie candy, every one!

Roots Farm also grows corn in one of the prettiest little valleys in Santa Ynez.

Next to the corn, a field of beans….

And a little product shots of the beans. All of these ingredients were used in the dinner catered by Duo Events and I will be posting that next week!

Photographer: Karen Wise // Produced & Art Directed & Styled: Kelly Oshiro // Location: Roots Farm // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

Editorial: The Coast of California

March 04

With all the craziness in our every day lives, its easy to take for granted the natural beauty that surrounds us. Bryce Covey, a photographer from New York, sought to capture the simple beauty of the coast of California: the birds, the sea and the sky… I love the quiet beauty of these images

From Bryce:

“The California Coast is one of my favorite in the world. Most of the time I photograph the setting as a beautiful backdrop to weddings or portraits, but as I was driving down the 101 at sunset one day I pulled over to enjoy it on it’s own. Looking at the coast as the subject, with sand, waves, birds and sky painted with the gorgeous golden light was refreshing. It’s so easy to take for granted the beautiful location we live in, but photographing the coast with a new perspective makes me appreciate it all over again.”

Photographer: Bryce Covey

Editorial: Old World Elegance Wedding Ideas

January 28

I’m absolutely smitten with this old world elegance editorial photographed by KT Merry and styled by Style Serendipity and shot on location in Ireland. How awesome are these Irish wolfhounds with their garland collars?

Castle Leslie is a fully functioning hotel and wedding location. I would seriously die and go to heaven if I got to a design a wedding here.

In keeping with the old world vibe, invitations were printed on pretty handkerchiefs, crown book marks served as favors, and lace up shoes from BHLDN captured the timeless feel.

A delicately beaded Jenny Packman gown added to the elegant feel…

Soft blooms such as peonies, roses, veronica, and astilbe made up the bride’s bouquet.

An elegant scroll nailed to an ivy covered tree serves as seating chart.

The ivy covered walls of the castle makes a beautiful background for the dinner table draped with a garland over lace and accented with velvet details.

Thanks KT for sharing this beautiful editorial!


Photographer: KT Merry
Reception Venue: Castle Leslie
Invitation Suite, Menu, Program and Seating Chart : Slideshow Press
Bride’s Dress: Samuelle Couture
Hairstylist: The Vintage Bride
Makeup Artist: Jennifer Ireland
Flowers & Decor: Best Buds Florists
Groom’s Attire: David Fittin

Editorial: Parisian Bridal Style

January 14

Today I’m excited  to be sharing this understated, but oh-so-elegance editorial by Elisa B Photography. The couple, Nicole & Thomas wed in Viriginia and then met their photographer in France for a post-wedding photo shoot. Delphine Manivet provided the dress and veil for this romantic shoot.

An elegant long veil edged with delicate lace compliments the simple wedding dress.

The beautiful Tuleries Gardens of Paris makes for an utterly timeless backdrop.

The newlyweds also visited the love locks of the Parisian bridge, Pont de l’Archevêché.

Nicole wears a messy and simple chignon that captures Paris’ elegant, but not fussy vibe.

And how could a Parisian shoot not include a vespa? A special thanks to Elisa for sharing this trés chic editorial with us!


Photographer: Elisa B Photography
Bride’s Dress: Delphine Manivet

Editorial: Apple Picking in Santa Ynez

November 12

A few weeks ago, Cynthia (my “escape to” editor) and I played hooky and went up to Santa Ynez to partake in a distinctly fall activity, picking apples at Apple Lane Farms. Cynthia had been wanting to shoot something for the blog for a while, and so away we went…

Located on Alamo Pintado Road between Los Olivos and Solvang, the farm is situated near a number of tasting rooms, so you can easily enjoy two delights of the area, wine tasting and farm fresh apples. The apples are amazing sweet and are 100% organic. Let me tell you, its quite a treat to have an apple sans that wax that covers all grocery store apples. Happy fall and harvest!

Photographer: Cynthia Beard

Escape to… The Streets of Paris

November 01

Today we’re Escaping to what is known by many as the most romantic city in the world: Paris, France. To me, Paris is the ultimate destination for all-things-beautiful…from the tranquil parks to the pristine architecture and savory food, everything in Paris feels a little more dazzling than the rest of the world.

Walk through the infinite web of streets and your bound to find one of many alluring sights: cafe’s with open air dining, tree-lined cobblestone alleys, and stone stairways leading to secret gardens just to name a few.

The beauty is literally all around you, most notably in the illustrious architecture of Paris’ buildings and monuments. Some more famous and recognizable than others, you’re bound to experience it in every direction. From bridges to fountains…

…to rivers and roadways…Paris is the ultimate in charm and grace.

Even after a day in Paris…when the awe of all you’ve seen begins to wear off…only then will the city surprise you yet again with the ultimate romantic gesture: a perfectly delightful little ice cream truck.

The photographer of these beautiful photos Elisa B particularly, loved:

  • restaurant: Asstier (incredible service, and some of the best true french food I’ve had in my life)
  • market: Raspail (organic and well known, delicious Cider and a truly comprehensive fromagerie … and much more!)
  • museum: musee de la vie romantique ( it was minutes from our apartment, free, and has the loveliest garden cafe for sitting and drinking a cafe with your journal)

And some of my picks for the best in where and what you should sleep/eat/see:

Sleep: Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris…renovated by renowned designer and architect, Philippe Starck, this former palace located in the infamous golden triangle of Paris is the best of everything the city has to offer:  premier location, stellar service, great food and gorgeous art. Spend hours in the tranquil spa, or watch a movie in the hotel’s private 99 seat theatre. Either way, your bound to experience beauty and comfort in every way.

Eat:  L’Ange 20 … the food and service are simultaneously exquisite and unpretentious, something that can be rare in Paris fine dining. As the prices are very reasonable and the dining room intimate and small (say 20 seats or so), be sure to make reservations before you go. Be sure to save room and order the creme brulee for dessert.

See: Of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without a trip to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, or Dame Cathedral, nor without a walk among any of Paris’ famous bridges. But while you’re likely to cross over the River Seine many times during your stay in Paris, I encourage you to seek out and cross it via the ultimate bridge: The newly installed inflatible trampoline.

Until next time…

xo ~Cynthia

Photographer: Elisa B Photography