Every so often, you meet someone who inspires your soul, who makes you want to elevate your craft, to become a better, more well rounded creative individual. When Mike Larson & his lovely wife Rachel invited us to their Photography Retreat at Greengate Ranch & Vineyard in San Luis Obispo, California, we knew that we would be pushed to create something new and fresh, a challenge that we took on excitedly, but a little nervously, too.

If we had to choose three words to describe Mike Larson Photography, we would choose: talented, dedicated, inspiring. His challenge to us was to design a multifaceted inspirational wedding photoshoot that his workshop participants would spend the day photographing. This photoshoot was extra meaningful to us because we knew Crosby + Jon’s designs would be photographed by 20 amazing photographers from all over the Untied States, all on a mission to better their craft, and we wanted to inspire these creatives, just as they inspire us.


We gained our inspiration by going back to the classics, wanting to evoke Grace Kelly & Ralph Lauren, a time of sophistication and also simplicity.

Where would Ralph Lauren lounge at his daughter’s wedding? For our lounge, we stayed consistent with a neutral color palate, bringing in pops of navy & rich leather to evoke an Americana cigar lounge, fit for a fashion designer & fine cigars.


For the tablescape, we used a neutral color palate & luxe polished mixed metals & crystal to create an elegant setting. Gardenias, garden roses & peonies created a monochromatic low centerpiece filling the center of our reclaimed wood table. The real showstopper were the hundreds of suspended taper candles, hung from a golden rod that was invisibly held by clear cables, making the candles appear to float above the table.

We can’t wait to design a wedding for a real Grace Kelly bride soon. We are so in love with the elegance and timeless feel of every aspect of this shoot and hope the Style Me Pretty readers agree!   Thank you to Mike Larson Photography for inviting us on your retreat, and thank you to his lovely photographers who captured our vision perfectly. Cheers to inspiring & elevating each other.

Photography: Mike Larson // Event Design: Crosby + Jon // Floral Design: Krista Jon // Venue: Greengate Ranch & Vineyard // Rentals: Archive Rentals

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