To anyone who's been following either of our IG accounts, it's clear there is so much love, respect, and creative fire between Idyllwild and DAG photography. Daryl is my creative lobster. When it comes to formulating ideas for a set of images, we always end up invoking one painter or another to communicate the mood.

We each have extensive backgrounds in a variety of artistc media, and bringing all of those skills together and tossing them in the pot means there's always magic to be made! Add the soft, whimsical beauty of hair by Chelsea Drapeau and the dewey, innocent flush of makeup by Alessarro Beauty and you have a timeless and breathtaking visual feast.

Please enjoy a small sampling of our very first studio collaboration from back in Winter 2020 (when we thought an election year was the biggest challenge we'd be facing). This is "Wintress", a celebration of that luscious awakening we experience as winter transitions into spring. For more wintery beauty, view Daryl's related photography blog here. And if you want to grab some high-style nuptial portraits, don't hesitate to hit me us up via email.

That early morning mountain mist...

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Design, Floral & Decor: Idyllwild Event Design

Photographer: DAG Photography

Hair: Chelsea Drapeau

Makeup: Ashley DiSarro

Model: Emily Bennett

Location: Studioscape Brooklyn

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2020 stuck it to us all. So hard. I personally worked my way through it by connecting with a solid community of artists, activists, seekers, dreamers, warriors, and wild hearts. I've met more incredible people in the last year than in the entire five years before.

...I've also aged five times as fast.

Making the most of last year's lemons, the events community (myself very much included) turned out a profusion of photogenic adventures in breathtaking locales. But this studio collab with my beloved Daryl at DAG Photography and sweet sweet Ashley at Alessarro Beauty was the one that brought me to tears. I think it was our response to all of the feelings of the last 365 days. Now is the time to lead with the heart, act with empathy, celebrate beauty, and practice radical self-love.

We need rest if we want restoration. We need to reclaim our personal peace if we wish to bring serenity to others. We need to fill our cup of self-esteem by committing acts we deem esteemable.

And we need to let go of what no longer serves.

While we were working Ashley said, "I set an intention not to work with anyone who doesn't treat other people with respect." Could any statement be simpler or more revolutionary?

Another friend told me that her boss asked her to "compartmentalize" her feelings about showing up to work... in education... during a pandemic... while Black. Her response? "Absolutely not."

Hail to all you queens.

As we worked through the concept for this shoot, there was- as always- endless talk about Fine Art influences, but there was also much catharsis. We traded many images of clouds and halos, but also those of women confronting crashing waves, swords, and thunder with an air of calm authority. We kept wanting to look to the sky in some way, but also stay rooted in where we are in this moment. I have no doubt this was a direct reflection of the times we're living in and the constant interplay between a visceral reality and our spiritual escapism.

We ultimately decided that "Earth Angel" was a being that all of us embody in some way. All of us are in between, so why not make heaven where we are? As Sir Thomas Moore once said, "Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish; Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal." Here's our little slice of heaven on earth. May it bring you peace.

Design, Floral & Decor: Idyllwild Event Design

Photographer: DAG Photography

Hair & Makeup: Ashley DiSarro

Model: Briannah Lindo

Andrea & Zach

Late Summer/Early Fall

The Greenhouses at Audrey's Farmhouse

Photos by: Catherine Coons

We first met Zach and Drea at a styled shoot a few seasons back and instantly connected with them. They're nurses (or maybe saints) and give so much of themselves to make others comfortable. That didn't stop on their wedding day. They tended to every detail of this stylish event with the utmost care, and the lasting impression it left was one rich in kindness, tradition, and pure, selfless love.

Their nuptials took place at the brand spanking new- and flippin' gorgeous- Greenhouses Hotel at Audrey's Farmhouse, in Walkill, NY. Nestled among the orchards and wineries of Orange County's Shawangunk Ridge, the venue's 18th century cottage served as the bridal suite.

Drea and Zach wanted the mountainscape reflected in their design, and had us create all kinds of custom goodness from the triangular ceremony structure to the hexagonal dessert display. They even had a nine foot donut wall to hold favors and escort cards!

This sweet-as-can-be couple's guidelines included "moody, but not too moody", "modern geometric" and "lots of greenery". Here's what we came up with. Scroll on for more eye candy!

That married feeling...

There were so many details, we're amazed that Catherine was able to capture them all!

We couldn't have been more honored to create this beautiful event for these beautiful people. And with Baby Boy on the way this summer, we know this crew will be even...


Design, Floral & Decor: Idyllwild Event Design

Photographer: Catherine Coons

Coordination: Spectacular Events

Catering: Audrey's Farmhouse

Gown: "Julia" by Dreamers and Lovers

Groom's Tie: Dazi USA