Back in winter, I dreamt of creating a beekeeper editorial. That editorial, a honey inspired wedding at Rancho Valencia, was published last week on Ruffled. To give more background on my inspiration: I was rummaging through my closet and found a miniature honey dipper. Suddenly, I was inspired to create an editorial based around a beekeeper and honey without being too on the nose.

Themes can be done beautifully and with sophisticated, so a great deal of our editorial elements are simply a nod to patterns inspired by honeycombs and shapes mimicking a beehive. As soon as I found the Marchesa gown with golden patterns, I knew the theme could be woven throughout the wedding beautifully.

I enlisted Kayla of Southern House Events to create a full design that would honor my vision of a female beekeeper and her relationship to honey and bees. And I couldn’t end this without mentioning that the venue we chose had a bee infestation on the day of our shoot. I managed to sneak a few film images of the bees nesting within the flowers. How perfectly timed is that!?

Groom in black velvet tuxedo dancing with bride wearing a Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Groom in black velvet tuxedo carrying bride wearing a Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
 

The Details

cream boutonnieres with greenery and gold ribbon styled on a golden plate and silk runner, Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Honeycomb groom wedding band styled on a golden plate with bee pollen, honey, and greenery. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Mauve wedding envelopes with white ink styled with pears, roses, greenery, rings, and pink salt. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Mauve wedding envelopes with white ink and an ivory wedding invitation suite with floral vellum and envelope liner styled with pears, roses, greenery, rings, and pink salt. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyWhite wedding invitation with black ink and golden bee waxseal styled on a golden plate with bee pollen, honey, and greenery. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

Rancho Valencia Ceremony

Utilizing the fireplace as the backdrop, the ceremony was designed on the Sunrise Terrace Patio.

Pink fireplace with blue and golden tiles for ceremony backdrop adorned with large floral installations. Mauve blush velvet chairs and bench for ceremony seating. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding on sunrise terrace patio at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Pink fireplace with blue and golden tiles for ceremony backdrop adorned with large floral installations. Beekeeper Inspired Wedding on sunrise terrace patio at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Pink fireplace with blue and golden tiles for ceremony backdrop adorned with large floral installations. Mauve blush velvet chairs and bench for ceremony seating. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding on sunrise terrace patio at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Couple kissing in front of pink fireplace with blue and golden tiles for ceremony backdrop adorned with large floral installations. Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding on sunrise terrace patio at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Couple kissing in front of pink fireplace with blue and golden tiles for ceremony backdrop adorned with large floral installations. Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding on sunrise terrace patio at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Pink fireplace with blue and golden tiles for ceremony backdrop adorned with large floral installations. Beekeeper Inspired Wedding on sunrise terrace patio at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride posing in front of pink fireplace with blue and golden tiles for ceremony backdrop adorned with large floral installations. Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding on sunrise terrace patio at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride posing with blush, yellow, ivory bouquet in front of pink fireplace with blue and golden tiles for ceremony backdrop adorned with large floral installations. Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding on sunrise terrace patio at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride holding a honey dipper wearing a Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding on sunrise terrace patio at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride posing with blush, yellow, ivory bouquet in front of pink fireplace with blue and golden tiles for ceremony backdrop adorned with large floral installations. Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding on sunrise terrace patio at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

Rancho Valencia Reception

So that we could fully make use of the gorgeous beehive-inspired lanterns, we hung them from the trellis on the sunrise patio. One set hung behind the reception table, while the other hung behind the warm, inviting lounge. Our bar also had a few lanterns in the back and featured bold lines on its facade. These evoke the pattern of the honeycomb without being too obvious.

Mauve blush painterly escort card display with large floral installations in green, mauve, ivory, yellow, and gold flowers. Ivory place cards with mauve calligraphy. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding on sunrise terrace patio at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyMauve blush painterly escort card display with large floral installations in green, mauve, ivory, yellow, and gold flowers. Ivory place cards with mauve calligraphy. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding on sunrise terrace patio at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Bride holding a honey dipper wearing a Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding on sunrise terrace patio at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bridal updo long twist wearing a Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding on sunrise terrace patio at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Reception table with textured ivory linen, blush mauve velvet chairs, golden taper candles, golden plates and flatware, and lush centerpieces with mauve, ivory, and melon roses with greenery. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Reception table with textured ivory linen, blush mauve velvet chairs, golden taper candles, golden plates and flatware, and lush centerpieces with mauve, ivory, and melon roses with greenery. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Napkin with torn edges, golden spots on ivory cloth. Reception table with textured ivory linen, blush mauve velvet chairs, golden taper candles, golden plates and flatware, and lush centerpieces with mauve, ivory, and melon roses with greenery. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Reception table with textured ivory linen, blush mauve velvet chairs, golden taper candles, golden plates and flatware, and lush centerpieces with mauve, ivory, and melon roses with greenery. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyReception table with textured ivory linen, blush mauve velvet chairs, golden taper candles, golden plates and flatware, and lush centerpieces with mauve, ivory, and melon roses with greenery. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bee on a lush centerpieces with mauve, ivory, and melon roses with greenery. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Beehive style hanging lantern with greenery. Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
 
This bar might be one of the prettiest I’ve ever photographed!

Semicircle white bar designed wild overgrown floor arrangements of yellow, mauve, and ivory flowers with organic greenery and dried pampas grass. Golden grid pattern along the bar front using a gold foil hexagon tape. Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyYellow, pink, and green craft cocktails and watercolor bar sign with cocktail illustration next to floral arrangement with mauve, yellow, ivory, and green flowers. Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Golden yellow craft cocktails with bee pollen and orange slice garnish served in coupes. Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Semicircle white bar designed wild overgrown floor arrangements of yellow, mauve, and ivory flowers with organic greenery and dried pampas grass. Golden grid pattern along the bar front using a gold foil hexagon tape. Yellow, pink, and green craft cocktails and watercolor bar sign with cocktail illustration. Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Pink craft cocktail with white flowers and greenery leaf garnish in front of a pink bougainvillea bush. Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyWedding lounge with golden brown sofa and ivory armchairs with gold frames. Trio of dark brown coffee tables. floral arrangement with mauve, yellow, ivory, and green flowers. Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Trio of dark brown coffee tables. Honeycombs and honey styled on a wooden cheese board with a honey dipper. Bee and honey themed wedding that's sophisticated and elegant. Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride and groom sipping cocktails in Wedding lounge with golden brown sofa and ivory armchairs with gold frames. Trio of dark brown coffee tables. floral arrangement with mauve, yellow, ivory, and green flowers. Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Groom in Wedding lounge on golden brown sofa and ivory armchairs with gold frames. Trio of dark brown coffee tables. floral arrangement with mauve, yellow, ivory, and green flowers. Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride and groom sipping cocktails with a bee and honey inspired print on top of their drink as cocktail graffiti. Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
 

Romantic Portraits

My love for Marchesa still holds strong. As soon as I knew I wanted to do a beekeeper shoot, I immediately set my sights on this couture gown. Its golden lines also nod to the patterns of a honeycomb. I adore the movement and texture in this piece – a true Marchesa masterpiece perfectly fit for this wedding at Rancho Valencia.

Bridal bouquet with mauve, ivory, yellow roses and greenery with trailing blush ribbons. Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

floral arrangement with mauve, yellow, ivory, and green flowers. Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride on a ledge wearing a Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride running wearing a Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Groom in black velvet tuxedo walking with bride wearing a Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Groom in black velvet tuxedo walking with bride wearing a Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bridal bouquet with mauve, ivory, yellow roses and greenery with trailing blush ribbons. Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Groom in black velvet tuxedo with bride carrying a bridal bouquet with mauve, ivory, yellow roses and greenery with trailing blush ribbons. Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Groom wearing a black velvet tuxedo in front of a pink wall. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride with bougainvillea bush wearing a Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyGroom in black velvet tuxedo walking with bride carrying a bridal bouquet with mauve, ivory, yellow roses and greenery with trailing blush ribbons. Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

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