Have you ever dreamed of escaping to a remote island with the love of your life to just get away from it all? This is exactly what we decided to do as we planned the inspiration behind this styled shoot! Off the coast of Ventura lies the Channel Islands, and one of these delightful islands is called Anacapa. It is one of the smallest of the eight Channel Islands, but it boasts stunning views with cascading cliffs overlooking the ocean, a charming lighthouse to direct boater’s paths, and a lookout of the island’s vistas known as Inspiration Point. To say the least, our island extravaganza did not disappoint! To accompany our ferry ride over, dolphins chased the bow of our boat, surfing in its waves, and leaping out of the water as they raced us along. Pelicans glided in the air, and the Western Gulls welcomed us to the island where they come to roost every year. The flowers were caught in the full bloom of Spring, and the weather, being absolutely perfect, led us to a gorgeous sunset full of purple and pink pastel colors.
As we arrived onto Anacapa Island aboard the Island Packer’s Ferry, we promptly unloaded our camping gear and got to work. Cassie Howard, with Events by Cassie, was the stylist and genius behind our charming glamping setup. She pulled together a table setup that was not only beautiful, but practical for a camper’s life. With canteens in place of water glasses, blankets to snuggle up in, and a whiskey and hot chocolate bar to keep you warm at night, the glamping essentials were met! There was even a s’more dessert station to satisfy our sweet tooth!
The scenery was unbeatable as we felt that we had been transported to the sea-side cliffs of Ireland combined with the stunning overlooks of Kauai’s Na Pali Coast. Every part of Anacapa was gorgeous, and we made the most of it. We began by the cliffside that was 30 feet from our campsite, and worked our way to an 85 year-old lighthouse. I have loved lighthouses since I was a kid, and being able to photography this one was incredible! The lighthouse vantage point granted us sweeping views of the stunning landscape of Anacapa Island. To finish it all off, we ended at Inspiration Point for sunset. There we were all astounded by the majesty of that evening’s sunset. The sky was alive with the pastel colors of blues and pinks that quickly deepened to purples and magenta, and ended with a fiery red. It was a sunset that we will never forget. Our goal was to capture the beauty and inspiration that nature has to share, and on a tiny island in the middle of the pacific ocean, we were able to do just that.
Thank you to an incredible team who helped pull this all together! See below!
Coordination and Styling - Cassie Howard - Events by Cassie
Photography - Larissa Bahr - Larissa Bahr Photography
Floral - Jessica Westervelt - SWD Floral
Dress - Mary Me Bridal
Tux - Friar Tux - Lauren Dorta
Invitations - Jen - Jen Simpson Design
Hair and Make-up - Sydney Felix
Models: Kristin and Scott Douglass