dig gardens | inspiration shoot

Some things are just meant to be. When I first met with stylist Laura Cook and we both had on the same wooden cuff bracelet and the same handbag I took that as a sign that we were destined for some quality collaboration, and this shoot was the first of what I hope will be many projects together. From the very start we knew that we wanted DIG gardens in Santa Cruz to be our location. DIG is not only a beautiful space for events, but it’s also a garden store and nursery, so it seemed fitting to unify the shoot with the theme ‘love grows.’ This shoot was inspired by all things organic, bohemian and local, and I loved how Laura blended vintage and modern elements to make this wedding so full of character. Laura also did an amazing job sourcing all of clothing and accessories, helping to design all of the printed goods and then styling everything from the alter, to the table, to the models. We had a stellar team of vendors, each of whom helped to bring our vision to life, (please look below for the full list) and I was in heaven photographing this gorgeous couple as well as all of the unique details including invitations and menus that were printed onto thin slices of wood, signature rye-jito cocktails, a turquoise fisheye toy camera, and the whole wedding party holding up a ‘love grows’ sign in front of a vintage cadillac. A huge and hearty thanks to everyone who helped make this day happen, it inspired me as a photographer and I hope it offers some ideas those in the process of planning their own big day.

venue: DIG gardens in santa Cruz (available for small weddings) http://diggardensnursery.com/
photography: carlie statsky photography http://www.carliestatsky.com/
co-ordination and styling: Laura Cook http://www.lauracookstyle.com/
makeup & hair: Sarah Viraphanth of Mimi & Taylor Salon http://www.mimi-taylor.com/
accessories: Cameron Marks Boutique http://www.cameronmarks.com/
feather earring and place settings: Fly Love Jewelery http://www.etsy.com/shop/FlyLoveJewelry
additional accessories (like the camera) sourced from Urban Outfitters, Piperlime and Stripe
printed materials (menus, escort cards, wine labels, love grows signage & invitations) Heidi Allen at www.proboscreative.com
flowers: DIG gardens
Cadi: George Purnell www.Rides4Brides.com
bride’s dress: vintage

venue and flowers: DIG gardens

concept, co-ordination and styling: Laura Cook

makeup & hair: Sarah Viraphanth of Mimi & Taylor Salon

jewelry: Cameron Marks Boutique

feather earring and feather and suede place settings: Fly Love Jewelry

printed materials: (menus, escort cards, wine labels, love grows signage & invitations) Heidi Allen at Probos Creative

cadillac: George Purnell of Rides 4 Brides

bride’s dress: vintage …and additional accessories sourced from Urban Outfitters, Piperlime and Stripe



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  1. Laamsha Young says:

    Carlie! you are amazing! beauty all around!!

  2. Heidi says:

    Beautiful shoot guys!!

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