Inspired by the smooth amber color of honey, this styled shoot brought local vendors together to celebrate the sweetness of love. We focused on highlighting the stunning landscape, local small businesses, and Beth and Louise’s love for this shoot. My approach to bringing this vision to life was rooted in collaboration and passion for my community. Each vendor in this shoot shared a common value of inclusion and passion for creating beautiful moments centered on love.
This shoot took place at the gorgeous HIVE by Z Specialty Foods and was captured beautifully by photographer Danielle Evans of Bloom Photography. Being at The HIVE allowed the creative team to be surrounded by a thoughtfully curated landscape and the honey bee humming throughout the shoot. It presented an opportunity to play with our creativity and bring the sweetness of honey and love together.
Shades of yellows and greens flowed throughout this shoot; from the locally sourced honey favors from The HIVE, to the golden tones of the suit from Tuxedo Deen, the fuzzy texture of bee pollen adorned cocktail glass rims, to the soft drips of comb down the side of the cake from Sugar Sweetery to the vintage glasses for Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals, and stunning florals from Strelitzia Flower Company. The honey bee was never far; sitting at the end of the lapel chain from Tuxedo Den, on each guest’s plate, on the dessert bar, and amidst the gorgeous invitation suite and paperie from Matinae Design Studio.
Honey is a full sensory experience; we strongly believe that love is as well. Therefore, for us, love should always be as sweet as honey.
What is your favorite memory together?
Our favorite memory is our first trip together as a couple to Reno, NV. We were surprised by how many hidden gems the city had to offer. We stumbled upon a motorcycle festival, great thrift shops, craft cocktail bars (Louise’s favorite is anything that has banana liqueur in it, which Beth thinks is gross), and a gay bar with stripper poles which is great because we are both pole dancers!
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome together?
We adopted a rescue dog about two years ago. He got very sick last year with leptospirosis, a fatal bacteria to dogs. We had to nurse him back to health over several weeks, all the while, not sure if he would make it, but he pulled through and is a healthy, happy senior dog! We really worked together as a team.
What would you say if you could give your younger selves a pep talk for the future?
Trust your chemistry, gut, and natural connection as your anchor.
Tell us your favorite thing about one another.
My favorite thing about Beth is how creative she is when it comes to conserving, re-using, and DIYing. She’s never afraid to take on a new home project and makes magic happen in the kitchen with whatever happens to be in the fridge. My other favorite thing is watching Beth dance. She is a fabulous social dancer, line dancer, and pole dancer.
My favorite thing about Louise is her ability to materialize her wild dreams and schemes. Once her creative engine gets going, no one can stop her! Where some people (me) might get a bit overwhelmed by the details, Louise relishes fleshing out her full vision and following through to completion.
Photography by Bloom Photography
Accessories Tuxdeo Den, Ayala Jewelers
Cake, Desserts & Venue The HIVE
Catering & Cocktails Sugar Sweetery
Engagement & Wedding Rings Ayala Jewelers
Florist Strelitzia Flower Company
Gown Boutique Brides for a Cause, Sacramento
H&MU Veronica Marshall of DV Beauty
Planner | Stylist Rainbow Weddings & Events
Prop or Furniture Hire Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals
Shoes & Suit Designer Tuxedo Den
Signage & Stationery Matinae Design Studio