Shooting this lookbook for Elizabeth Dye‘s Painted Desert collection of wedding gowns was one of the most rewarding days I’ve had as a makeup artist and hair stylist.  I love her vision and passion and learn so much from being around her. Each gown has such personality and a life of its own.  I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them make their way around the world to different stockists for brides to try on.  The photo savant is Phil Chester, who always blows me away, frame by frame, with his incredible talent.  When we see an ordinary gravel road, he sees the perfect backdrop.  He is also incredibly fun to be around, especially when he’s excited about a shot.  “Yes! Do that thing again with your hand again! Yeah! I love it!”  The model in these images is Madeline Powell of Option Model and Media.  She is a joy to work with and heaven to look at.  I’m pretty sure that if a movie of Botticelli’s life were being made, she would be cast as the woman who inspired his Venus.  Feast your eyes on some of my favorite images from the collection…

Phil Chester + Cassandra Kennedy Beauty + Elizabeth Dye

Paloma Gown - Elizabeth Dye

Elizabeth Dye Silvermine gown + Cassandra Kennedy Beauty + Phil Chester Photography

Silvermine gown - Elizabeth Dye

Elizabeth Dye Ofrenda Gown

Painted Hills of Central Oregon

Cassandra Kennedy Beauty for Elizabeth Dye Lookbook

Elizabeth Dye Mojave GownElizabeth Dye Sonora Caftan GownSonora Caftan gown Elizabeth Dye

Elizabeth Dye Silvermine CaftanSilvermine Caftan Elizabeth Dye

Elizabeth Dye estrella gown

Elizabeth Dye Dune gownDune gown Elizabeth DyeElizabeth Dye agave gown

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This bridal editorial shoot was a magical dream come true.  Our photographer, Corinne Krogh, came up with the concept, feel and colors inspired by the most unique gown you will ever lay eyes on. We gasped when we saw it in real life!  The whole team was beyond thrilled to see our windy day at Horsethief Butte published in Magnolia Rouge Magazine (issue 9) and well as the Magnolia Rouge blog!  The beauty look for this shoot was very natural and subtle on the makeup with defined cheeks and peach lips. Hair was super textured and wind-whipped, much like a horse’s mane.  I love how it all came together!

fine art bridal magazine editorial

Portland OR hair and makeup artist

Cassandra Kennedy Beauty + Magnolia Rouge

fine art bridal editorial

Twigs & Honey head piece

Rosy Cakes + Cassandra Kennedy Beauty

Something Borrowed Portland Vintage Rentals + Cassandra Kennedy Beauty

Selva Floral Design

calligraphy paper suite

Twigs & Honey hair adornment + Selva Floral Design

Giles Couture gown

Horsethief Butte Washingtonas seen in Magnolia Rouge magazineCorinne Krogh + Cassandra Kennedy Beauty + Giles Couture

bridal editorial hairstyling

These Wings poem by Fox & Flourish calligraphy
Creative Team:

Photographer: Corinne Krogh Photography

Publication: Magnolia Rouge Magazine

Hair and Makeup: Cassandra Kennedy Beauty

Floral Design and Styling: Selva Floral Design

Gown: Giles Deacon Couture via Rent the Runway

Rentals: Something Borrowed Portland Vintage Rentals

Calligraphy and Paper Suite: Fox & Flourish

Head piece and veil: Twigs & Honey

Cake: Rosycakes

Model: Amanda Haze


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Homespun Wedding as seen in Oregon Bride Magazine

I certainly love a big fancy wedding but there’s something so wonderful about an intimate at-home wedding that trumps everything. It seems so real and heartfelt and cozy! I was so excited to see that Oregon Bride Magazine loved it too.  This day and this couple were just FUN.  I love their style and I didn’t even have to travel outside my SE Portland neighborhood for the wedding!  My favorite things about this wedding were Jenni’s cherry stained lips, the little braid in her lovely red hair, her uh-mazing and totally gutsy / unique wedding shoes, Logan’s cool hipster groom style and hatchet groomsmen gifts, Jenni’s cat who got dressed up for the wedding by wearing a pearl necklace, their sweet getaway car, and looking through some seriously crazy photo booth pictures from the reception.

intimate portland wedding

hipster bride, southeast portland oregon

Hipster wedding SE Portland Oregoncustom hatchet groomsmen giftskulls and flowers wedding shoesSwoon Floral Design garlandHawthorne Neighborhood wedding, SE Portland

happy bride

front porch wedding Portland oregon

Hawthorne neighborhood intimate wedding

Twigs and Honey silk blossom hair flower

hipster wedding portland oregon

Bride and Groom in vintage convertible carOMSI receptionOMSI wedding reception

Happymatic Photo Both

I love the way you two look at each other and constantly make each other laugh.  May you keep that joyous spark all the days of your life.  All the best to both of you! #loganlovesjenni

xxxooo ~Cassandra

Photography: Sara Vandepas Photography

Hair and Makeup: Cassandra Kennedy Beauty

Flowers: Swoon Floral Design

Bridal Gown: Wtoo from AniA Collection

Bride’s hair accessories: Twigs and Honey

Groom’s Attire: Duchess Clothier

Reception: Theory at OMSI

Photo Booth: Happymatic Photo Booth

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The sun is just coming up and spring is finally in our sights!  It was a beautiful morning creating these inspirational images.Columbia River Gorge bridal shootDonny Zavala Photographychantilly lace wedding gownhair and makeup Cassandra Kennedy Beauty + fine art photography Donny ZavalaColumbia river gorge shootHeirbloom FloralThank you to all who participated in this styled bridal shoot –  most notably our chief wrangler and captain Donny!

Imagery | Donny Zavala Photography

Hair and Makeup | Cassandra Kennedy Beauty

Gowns | Elizabeth Dye

Floral | First bouquet: Ponderosa and Thyme | Second bouquet: Heirloom Floral

Model: Alexus Ayers

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Sunrise on the Columbia River Gorge, just on the cusp of spring.

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fine art bride makeup by Cassandra Kennedy Beauty

Donny Zavala Photography | Ponderosa and Thyme bouquet | Elizabeth Dye gown detail

Cassandra Kennedy Beauty | Elizabeth Dye gown | Donny Zavala PhotographyDonny Zavala Photography bridal editorial | Elizabeth Dye gown | Cassandra Kennedy BeautyThere is nothing more satisfying than creating beautiful, artful images with other creatives!  Everyone involved in this bridal shoot has a love of the fine art esthetic.  The early morning temperature and wind factor conspired against us but our model was amazing through it all.  Elizabeth Dye’s Avalon and Lewisia gowns were the stars of the show, flowing in the breeze against the backdrop of the river.  The Avalon gown was swathed in lovely blush colored hand-dipped ombre tulle, accompanied by freshly picked spring blooms from Ponderosa and Thyme.  The model’s makeup was a nod to the freshness of spring with eye makeup in shades of rose gold to mimic the sunrise.  All of these elements were captured beautifully by Donny Zavala who wielded both digital and film cameras.  Many thanks to everyone for including me in this beautiful experience!

Photography |  Donny Zavala Photography

Film Lab | Photovision

Hair and Makeup | Cassandra Kennedy Beauty

Model | Maggie Smith

Floral | Ponderosa and Thyme

Gowns | Elizabeth Dye “Avalon” and “Lewisia”

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