To Have & To Hold

Photo by Stephanie Williams via Ruche

Photoshoot Details

Last week, Ruche unveiled their bridal collection and my, oh my, there are so many things from it that I want to have and I want to hold. Photographed by Stephanie Williams at the Kimberly Crest, I couldn’t help but think of the photoshoot as a slightly modern-day Downton Abbey sans kissing cousins. In their look lookbook, you’ll find many things I adore about nature: flowers, wildlife, and a gramophone (ok, not necessarily nature-related, but it does resemble a flower and it’s also present on my design company’s website).

I’ve been an admirer of Ruche and its creators and designers, Mai and Josh Olivo, who aren’t far from my neck of the woods. I’m constantly astounded by the way they present their lovely products through heart-stopping photographygorgeous props, and their overall genuine approach to promoting handmade goods.

Ruche Bridal Collection

Make sure to visit Ruche to check out the rest of their bridal collection.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

In a Word: Morning

Hi Everyone! This is Jamie, from A Pair of Pears, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to be writing my first post for Dearest Nature as a regular contributor! I had so much fun putting together this roundup for you.

This week I chose the word “morning”. I hope by now you are finally adjusting to the time change. It’s crazy how only one hour can throw you off. I can’t really claim to be a morning person (just ask my husband), but whenever I do manage to make it out of bed while it’s still early, I really do enjoy it. The air is still cool and crisp, everything is so quiet and the day ahead seems so hopeful and full of posibilites.

With that in mind I gathered up a few things to share with you to help you enjoy your mornings a little more. I would love to go on a morning walk with a french press mug and then organize my day in the pocket planner. All this talk about early mornings makes me want to start my day a little sooner. We’ll see if I change my mind when the alarm goes off, though.

morning roundup by Jamie Bartlett of A Pair of Pears

About Jamie Bartlett

Jamie is a graphic designer and co-founder of A Pair of Pears, a blog and design company based in Los Angeles, CA. She and her husband started their blog as a way for them to share their adventures and all things design. Since college, they've both fallen in love with letterpress printing, and now have two presses of their own.

Artwares by Yevgenia

Hand-painted ceramic tea set by Yevgenia

Currently residing in New York, but originally from Moscow, Russia, Yevgenia Davidoff is a traditionally trained artist who “studied classically in Moscow and then continued in New York at the School of Visual Arts.” Yevgenia sells hand-painted dinnerware, glassware, travel mugs, and a host of other enchanting artware in her Etsy shop.

I first heard about Yevgenia’s work by way of one of our contributors, Jonathan Chapman aka Mr Yen. Jonathan posted a feature about Yevgenia’s products on his blog a little while back and upon first seeing her work I was in instant amazement. Her alluring hand-painted kitchenware is the sort of thing that you’d want to show off in your kitchen, the perfect dishes and cups to display in open-shelving.

artware by yevgenia

Those egg pods would make quite a statement this Easter or any day of the year.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Some Thoughts as the Close of Another Summer, and on Finding Unexpected Colour

Photo by Jasmin Wong

This time of year is when I feel most bittersweet about the changing seasons. For us in the Southern Hemisphere, signs of autumn are slowly easing into the environment. There’s a hint of change in the crisp wind that occasionally sweeps across a mostly sunny day, I find myself stowing an emergency cardigan in my bag just in case the temperature drops five degrees Celsius, and the daylight hours are definitely getting shorter. For us who are spoilt by Sydney’s wonderfully temperate weather and long hot summers, these signs are a firm reminder that summer, albeit incredibly rainy this past year, has waved its last goodbye.

This is also the time when I like to take walks in the cool evenings with my camera and observe the ebb and flow of life in the inner western suburbs of Sydney. I’m mostly on the lookout for interesting pops of colour against the more mellow backdrop of the autumnal landscape — fiery red maple leaves are a rarity in the metropolitan area, the leaves usually turn brown and fall because it’s not just cold enough. Summer and its whirlwind of colour and activity may be over, but now is the time to ease into a more contemplative mood, and be content with whatever we may find.

close of another summer by Jasmin Wong

About Jasmin Wong

Jasmin is a web designer based in Sydney, Australia. When not designing, she can usually be found taking photos with her film cameras, rearranging her apartment (yet again), tending a vegetable garden with her boyfriend or sipping an espresso. Read her blog or follow her on Twitter.

A Woodsy-Inspired Bridal Shoot

Photo by The Life You Love Photography

Photoshoot Details

A happy wedding Wednesday to all of you brides- and grooms-to-be and to all of you who love gazing at enhanting wedding photography.

Today, I wanted to share photos from a couple of my favorite photographers: Leah Muse and Lindsey Baker of The Life You Love Photography. Hailing from Austin, Texas, Leah and Lindsey have a sharp and creative eye for capturing the most beautiful moments and details in life.

About a year ago, the talented duo shared a sneak peek of a woodsy bridal inspiration shoot on their blog that had me floored. The location, florals, hair and makeup, and styling were out this world — no, out of this solar system — when it came to how describing how enchanting the photographs were. In my book, The Life You Love Photography have pretty much become synonymous with the word “enchanting”.

woodsy-inspired bridal shoot by The Life You Love Photography

I thought the presentation of flowers in the birdcage was a brilliant way to show of the beauty of both the flowers and the birdcage. Quite often I come across flowers encased inside a birdcage, not draping the lining of the cage. Way to think outside the — wait for it —cage, right?

My absolute favorite things about the photoshoot is a swing that was actually constructed by Lindsey and Leah! These ladies are so talented and have me aching to make a swing so pretty for my backyard.

swing made by The Life You Love Photography

What do you love most about this fairy tale-esque inspired bridal shoot?

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.