Horses. If there is one creature to spark our imagination, conjure visions of romance, freedom, power, and grace, it would be horses. And if you’re like us, you’ll gladly shirk the rush hour grind to spend a day in the country - at a real live ranch! - just outside the small town (and hidden gem), of Nicasio.
The friendly owners of the Edgewood Equestrian Ranch approached us to style a photoshoot at their premier equestrian facility in Northern California, and we leapt at the chance. Surrounded by rolling green hills and mossy live oaks; this idyllic scene tugged at our city slicker heartstrings. Upon arrival, a newborn foal greeted us at the gates, and as we followed Robyn’s ATV down the dusty dirt road, a smiling golden lab ran alongside, barking and wagging. The place smelled like sweet grass and fresh damp earth. After a brief tour of the well-appointed grounds, meeting several of the stable’s gorgeous boarders, and noting the professional tack and collections of hanging show ribbons throughout the barn, we got to work.
The inspiration for this shoot was equine chic - bold, sporty, messy, and extravagant. By featuring two different looks, we captured the lush vibrance, and capricious moods of Spring. Our first look is garden party inspired - formal and fancy, smoothed and brushed back - with a wink to Kentucky Derby fashion in our over-the-top floral headpiece featuring: local peonies, vanda orchids, parrot tulips, astilbe, ranunculus and lacy plumosa fern.
Our second look is romantic and wedding inspired - ethereal and undone - with extravagant bouquet and long cascading braided greenery, composed of: local peonies, vanda orchids, parrot tulips, ranunculus, southern smilax, astilbe, amaranthus. Fresh seasonal elements like: local apricots and tangerines, peach garden roses and blooming hawthorn completed the vibrant Spring vision in each of our bespoke floral designs.
We were lucky to be working with a dream team. Our big thanks to…
Tara Arrowood of Arrowood Photography - one of our favorite photographers. Not only does she bring the beauty to every wedding she shoots, she also specializes in horse photography throughout California - what a perfect partner for this project!
The ever chic Atilleier Emmanuel provided perfect hair and makeup styling.
And we sourced exceptional talent from premier Look Model Agency.
We love the look and feel of this shoot, and thoroughly enjoyed our day at the ranch. After a day like this, we’re ready to ride off into the sunset!