Sunset Cliffs' Open Ceiling Sea Cave

A Botticelli Inspired Style Shoot

Coming from a fine arts background I notice all the time that little things from my training creep in to my floral design; composition, color theory and in particular making things site specific. After finding this beautiful sea cave along the San Diego coast, I knew I had to channel my inner Botticelli and create a modern day "Birth of Venus". 


Ever since I can remember I've been enthralled by Botticelli's work. I remember seeing the "Birth of Venus" for the first time in Florence; I sat in front of it for hours. With in my three years in Italy, I made several trips back to the Uffizi just to spend the day studying this painting.  


Something about the sea cave just screamed Botticelli to me, so after finding the perfect Venus like model, I started dreaming up the perfect bouquet. I knew I wanted to play on the colors of the cave, but still have it pop. By using magnolia leaves I was able to capture the gold tones and contrast the space with the vibrant green of the leaves and bright white of the florals.  I also wanted this bouquet to stand out and be like nothing I'd ever seen before. I came up with the idea of using kelp to tie the bouquet and to mimic beautiful flowing ribbon. Little did I know that  this unique detail would steal the show as the light streamed through it highlighting it so beautifully. 


I'll never look at seaweed the same and now feel like every beach bride should have a little kelp in their bouquet! 


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Event Design & Floral Design 



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Additional Vendors: 

Model: Julie Quinn



Society House

Jesse Bowen


Hair & Makeup:

Elwynn + Cass Beauty Concierge


Hair  & Makeup Stylist: Courtney Schafer

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