Redlands Wedding Photographer: Vintage Dreams

I had seen pictures of my mom on her and my dad’s wedding day a million and a half times, but it wasn’t until the middle of last year  that I started looking at them differently. I started looking at my mom’s dress and kept having these visions of the perfect model in my mom’s 33 year old gown. So, it was then I asked her if she knew where her dress was, and she DID! After that, I started allowing myself to imagine further than I had previously done. I thought and planned out this session in my head for months and to see everything come together was more than I could have imagined.


I met with Collette of Brier Rose Design to talk about the very specific ideas I had about my vision for the florals. When the day came for the session, I couldn’t believe believe my eyes. She nailed it…which I knew she would! The florals were nothing short of perfection.


Don’t even get me started on the hair and makeup…gah!! STUNNING! Vanessa of MUAH by Vanessa Irizarry took my vision and ran with it. After she was done with the hair and makeup I think I remember gasping…not 100% sure though. This girl has TALENT! And the custom head piece, made by Kayla Leppelman of Love Sparkle Pretty was just absolutely stunning with Mindy’s flowing curls for the second hair look.


And to my beautiful….wait, that word doesn’t even do her justice, I need to make up my own word for Mindy. I know for certain there is no word glorious enough to describe Mindy’s beauty. She wore my mom’s dress beautifully, and it fit her like a glove! There is undoubtedly nobody else on this entire earth I could have imagine modeling for me when I started bursting with visions for this session. Mindy was the FIRST and only person to came to mind, and my oh my, did she knock all of our socks off!


I am so happy to share these with you all.



Floral design: Collette Budd of Brier Rose Design

Hair and Makeup: MUAH by Vanessa Irizarry

First dress: My mommy’s 😉

Second dress/skirt: Made by Desiree Shuey

Custom head piece: Kayla Leppelman of Love Sparkle Pretty

What a beautiful lady!!! My favorites are the floral crown ones…. wow. so pretty! great job, everyone!

Gah! SOOOO pretty!! I love this concept-everything about it! Your mothers wedding dress is amazing and mindy is gorgeous in it!


Where do I start……..First, I was very honored that you wanted to use my Beautiful dress….And your vision to become reality is simply breathtaking…..You my precious daughter are so Blessed with a talent of making your visions and dreams come to pass. I Love everything about this shoot, thank you for this Beautiful walk into my past with such a Gorgeous young lady. Love you.

SO FREAKIN AMAZING! Both of those head pieces are STUNNING! Beautiful work my friend and fabulous job team! MUAH!

Kala Simmons

Seriously Des, I am speechless! What incredible work you all did! Unbelievably talented! So proud of you my friend! These images are breath taking!

OH EM GEE, I looooove these!! They are so gorgeous my friend!! Well done! xoxo


wow! these are stunning…what a neat concept to use your mom’s wedding dress. I love your vision! and of course your model is stunning…you have amazing talent :)

Desiree, I freaking love this! Everything. End of story.

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