Ethereal + Feminine Bridal Inspiration • Kristina Staal Photography


Celebrating the start of a long weekend with this ethereal bridal inspiration from Kristina Staal Photography, and we have allll the heart eyes. A bit different from styled shoots we've shared in the past, this one focuses exclusively on the bride and simple, gorgeous details. In a stunning two-tone dress, a flower crown and set against the beautiful backdrop of the Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, these photographs are classic, feminine and oh-so lovely. Proof that "bridal" can mean anything you want it to, this wedding inspiration is hands-down one of our favorites! 

From Kristina: This submission is a bit different from a typical wedding styled shoot as it only focuses on the bride. Although I absolutely love doing wedding styled shoots (and photographing real weddings!), I wanted to focus particularly on the bride and her femininity and the details of a bride surrounding her wedding day. I also wanted the shoot to feel feminine and classic, but without the typical classic wedding dress a bride would usually wear. To do that, I decided on a gorgeous flowy skirt and simple lace top. Since there is such a beautiful landscape and backdrop with the ocean and it's surrounding areas, I also wanted to keep the details the bride wore to a minimum so that it wouldn't take away from the backdrop and the bride herself. To do this, we focused on a simple but classic hair style, natural make up, and elegant and classic jewelry - a beautiful large stone Tacori ring and pearls. To add a bit of a different twist, she also wore a floral crown anklet which matched her bouquet. The most extravagant part of the shoot was definitely the bouquet. I wanted it to be large and full so that it would act as a the focal point of the shoot (aside from the bride!), and tie in with the surrounding nature the beach backdrop provided.

Overall, the inspiration of the day, was to show other brides how they can also make their wedding gorgeous, classic, and feminine without going over the top, and by tying in little details that have a lasting impression.

The actual shoot was a lot of fun! We had a storm cloud chasing us for the majority of the session, but gorgeous light beyond the storm cloud in the distance (which can be seen in many of the shots!). Luckily, the humid summer air wasn't around for the shoot, which made it pleasant, but unfortunately, we were swarmed by many bugs! In some of the shots, some rain drops can be seen as the sun peeks through the clouds, which added character to the images in my opinion!

My advice for brides currently planning their wedding is to slow down and think more simplistic. Many times as brides (I have been one myself!), we can become overwhelmed with so many over-the-top ideas to try to make our day "perfect", but in reality, those ideas can overshadow the actual marriage between the bride and groom. I think this styled shoot shows a bride how she can pull together a beautiful dress (or skirt combo!), florals, and small details and still look absolutely gorgeous and timeless. 

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Makeup Artist + Hair Design: Beauty by Kristiana | Floral Designer: Fani Flowers | Other Location: Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary | Photographer: Kristina Staal Photography