From the Designer, Goli June Bridal
I’m Goli Parvinian, a new bridal designer based out of Chicago. I collaborated with Ava Daniels, a stylist based out of Denver, who was putting together a shoot with some amazing vendors. Ava and I had met when we both worked for a big national bridal brand, and we both left in 2019 to start our own businesses, and this was the first big project we worked on together! When I heard they wanted to utilize my suit for a real couple, I knew the photos were going to turn out incredible. I love that you can tangibly feel the love and chemistry between the couple, and how their personality comes out in every shot.
From the Florist, Rowdy Poppy
For the florals on this shoot I really wanted to challenge myself to create a cohesive design using only dried and locally grown & foraged materials.
It’s one thing to go for all dried ingredients; it’s another level to limit to only what is found in nature around you. The starkness of the materials and muted palette was something I thought would be a beautiful complement to the ivory gowns without overtaking them. Also, I really wanted to showcase the beauty that is all around us and totally accessible for wedding event use. Everlasting designs can be absolutely stunning and have a minimal environmental impact. My hope is that we can marry (pun intended) the growing dried flower trend with the strong local flower movement to create something unique and eco-conscious.
From the Couple: Jen and Maria
This past September marked our tenth anniversary. We were listening to music in our living room (1st purchase for both) and Jen remarked, “so, this is what a decade feels like.” A decade – the weight of “a whole one,” and the lightness of “the first one” make so much more sense when measured together. Our first meeting was a set-up by mutual friends, and we were both lucky to meet one of the only other Coloradans who doesn’t ski, hike, or camp. Our mutual love of language, film, and city living made it easy to fall into our relationship, but our contrasts keep it interesting.
From the Photographer, Friends and Lovers
Kim From Rowdy Poppy did my wedding flowers last August, and ever since then I had been dying to collaborate with her on a styled shoot highlighting queer vendors and models. Once I saw Goli’s collection, I was inspired and decided to reach out in hopes of them coming to Denver for a trunk show so I could photograph your incredible pieces.
The timing worked out so great with your shoot with Ava, and the Photoshoot progressed from there. I met with Kim and loved her Idea of using all dried locally sourced florals (most likely from her farm), so I picked the locations based on that.
We set up a studio in my house to highlight Kim’s floral installation then moved to Fort Greene- my favorite moody bar in my old neighborhood- another place I had been dying to shoot in. Other local vendors came together to add their talents and accessories so Ava could style it beautifully.
Photographer Friends and Lovers Photography
Bags Jay Davis Bags
Earrings Love Dazed
Fashion Goli June Bridal
Flowers Rowdy Poppy
Hair Mobile Bettie
Hats Encounter Hat co.
Make-up Sabrina Deemer
Signage Lettering Haley Shelley
Styling Bridal Rebel (Ava Daniels)
Suits Suit Supply
Venue Fort Greene Bar