A beautiful venue, a talented floral designer, three models, three hair/makeup artists, two photographers, and two assistants. What a dream shoot!
We had a wonderful collaborative bridal shoot at the Bellevue Club by Lake Merritt in Oakland, with all twelve contributors donating their time and services toward the project. My hope was to get some great portfolio shots for everyone and also to work with other local wedding vendors. I was especially excited to connect with Ellen Kim from Gingerleaf Floral and Angel Saldaña from the Bellevue Club, since both amazing women are based right here in Oakland. I had a great time working with everyone though. It was really a treat since I’m usually out on my own.
The Bellevue Club sits right across from Lake Merritt, nestled inconspicuously in a residential neighborhood. It’s a great mansion that’s been around since 1929, but I’ve driven by it many times without even suspecting the grandeur inside.
I’ve now worked with several makeup artists from A-List Makeup based in San Jose, and they’ve all been wonderful. We had three makeup artists, originally intended for three female models. But sadly, one model simply never showed. We adapted and made the most of it!
The ring is from Dianne Jago, my wonderful second shooter. I’m looking forward to more collaborations in the future.
It’s a fun challenge to create work for clients, but it’s whole different experience to be able to create whatever you want for yourself. Ellen really ran with the opportunity and did an amazing job with the florals for this shoot. We created two looks for the shoot. The first was white and purple, with over-the-top elegance fitting of the venue.
Sarah was a stunning bridesmaid for our shoot. In real life, she’s a martial arts instructor.
Puneet just moved to California recently, but he was previously modeling, acting, and dancing in India. Yes, he’s a natural.
And playing the role of bride is Autumn Pricolo, looking beautiful in her wedding dress.
Switching to our second look. Hot pink, modern, chic.
Many thanks again to everyone who participated in the shoot! It was such a great experience, I’m already dreaming up what we can do next time.
And that’s not all! View much more of the shoot on the Anna Wu Photography Facebook page.
Venue: Bellevue Club, Angel Saldaña
Floral Design: Ellen Kim, Gingerleaf Floral
Models: Puneet Aneja, Autumn Pricolo, Sarah Marleau
Hair/Makeup: A-List Makeup: Kansinee Adsanatham, Kathy Ly, Emily Nguyen
Photographer: Anna Wu, Anna Wu Photography
Second Shooter: Dianne Jago, Jagophoto
Assistants: Lucy Saephan, Vay Hoang