Traditional Vietnamese meets Oakland styled bridal shoot

September 14, 2017
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This fun bridal styled shoot took as its theme the juxtaposition of cultures, combining the Vietnamese cultural traditions of the ao dai outfit with the modern cultural fashions and individual markers of identity.

The shoot is about the reality of the cultures we straddle and how a wedding, as the setting where we can truly be ourselves, can challenge societal norms and the idea of a ‘typical’ wedding.

We kept things super simple with this shoot with the main focus being on Julia the model and the ao dai Vietnamese outfit which gave a pop of vivid red. Just as well because after a short time of shooting, the heavens opened and a scary thunderstorm ensued! It totally cut short our shoot, but we had a blast anyway.

I made the bouquet myself – first time making a wedding-style bouquet! I went for a forest-inspired rose garden look with plenty of white rose and ’mums with pops of foliage including flowering grasses and long-leaved eucalyptus.

Port View Park is a gorgeous spot in my beloved Oakland where I will be returning very soon for another shoot (couples session this time)… watch this space! There is a stunning view of the San Francisco skyline fog permitting, and plenty of open space and a pretty color palette of muted tones. My fave.

Model: Julia @julia_t_nguyen

Photography & event design: Zoe Larkin

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