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The Fashion Book: Love All Ways

Exquisite is always in style

These days, wedding fashion goes in every direction, from classic and traditional to funky and fun. One thing that remains constant: love and looking good. With today’s trends for her ranging from the dramatic long gown to the three-piece cream-colored pantsuit to the flirty change-into dress for dancing till the sun comes up, choices abound. For the guys, tastefully colorful suits are as in as classic black, and slim-fit pants that hit at the ankle, and shoes sans socks (that show) jazz up the wedding day attire in a whole new way. Bring all this to the aisle with some texture in ties, jewelry and other accessories—think lace, fiber and metallic shine. Combined with hair and makeup sure to turn heads, your wedding look for this season will last a lifetime.

“ You don’t have to be guided by what has always been acceptable,” says Lorraine Cooper, owner and designer of Brady’s Floral Gallery. “Creating a piece of functional furniture and making the decor was fun. And, by the way, boutonnieres are a focal point—they should be more than a single bloom. Let’s get out of the traditional and be original! ”

Gown: Schaffer’s

Gown: Schaffer’s

On Location

The fashion photo shoot took place in the elegant and stylish Gold Room at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. “It’s a historically exquisite setting,” says Lindsay Russell, wedding specialist at the property.

The Biltmore, built in 1928, was constructed out of pre-cast blocks created from onsite desert sand and molded into more than 30 different geometric patterns (inspired by a palm tree trunk). “The warmth and charm of the historic ballrooms surrounded by the dramatic architecture bring an experience to friends and family that they will long remember,” says Karen Doan, the Biltmore’s director of catering.

“ Makeup for the new season needs to reflect a soft, candlelit beauty. Cheeks glow, brows are soft and feathered, and lips take on deeper hues. ”
—Corinna Cooke, makeup artist

The lace, the flounce, the flowers, the fun . . .

Photographer Christine Johnson appreciates the history and energy of the location. “Every time I am there, I learn something new and unexpected about the property,” she says, noting that the intricate details on the backgrounds—“while complicated and full of stories, I’m sure!”—were subtle enough to allow the models to stand out.

Her artistic vision was only helped by the property’s fantastic natural light. “We were able to use natural light the entire day,” she says. “It is the most flattering, and photographing people in the most natural circumstances shifts so much of the mood. It is a much more relaxed approach.”

Style consultant Risa Kostis, who coordinated the looks on each of the models and tied them together with the background, and jewelry and flowers, paid close attention to detail. “Finding the right patterns, textures and fabrics was a key component,” she says. “It was such a blast to conceptualize each look with such a powerhouse team of vendors that had no shortage of stunning product for me to choose from.”

“ My favorite kind of hair to do is effortless-looking and romantic. Fresh and chic without being fussy or too done. ”
—Amber Tillinghast, hair stylist

location: The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

photographer: Christine Johnson Photography

fashion stylist: Risa Kostis of Ristyle Consulting

assistant: Kelly Stoneman

gowns: Bridal Boutique of Arizona, Mariée Bridal, Schaffer”s

men’s attire and shoes: Magro

suspenders: JJ Suspenders

jewelry: Sarah Briggs, The Estate Watch & Jewelry Company

floral: Brady’s Floral Gallery

hair stylist: Amber Tillinghast

makeup artist: Corinna Cooke

assistant: Whitney Rammer

cinematographer: Something New Media

models: Lia, Ana, Michelle, Titus, Wade and Matthew of The Agency Arizona

Ties, suspenders, estate watches, oh my! “Patterns and textures and colors were mixed to create unique looks worn a number of ways,” says stylist Risa.
“This was one of my favorite parts of designing this shoot!”

Gowns: Bridal Boutique of Arizona, Jewelry: Sarah Briggs

The inspiration for the pieces shown on the women: lingerie. “I wanted to keep the pieces intimate, close to the body and a little bit sexy,” says Risa.
“I also wanted their looks to be approachable, wearable and fun.”

Gowns: Bridal Boutique of Arizona, Jewelry: Sarah Briggs

Gown: Schaffer’s

A blue-on-blue plaid suit and diagonal-striped tie on him and a fun feathery dress for dancing (and exquisite earrings!) on her— all make a statement and set the tone for a good time.

“Drawing in a darker lip in some cases brings out some of the colors in the menswear,” says Risa. “Their head-to-toe look was incredibly important.”

Gown: Schaffer’s

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