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Salvador Dali Wedding Inspiration at Hendry’s Beach Santa Barbara

I am so excited to finally share this shoot with you! Remember last year’s Lady GaGa shoot and the dream team that put it together?! Well, we all adore each other and adore working together. Unfortunately we don’t always get hired by the same brides though and working on real weddings as a group isn’t always a reality… so we decided we just had to do another inspiration shoot together this year! But what to do? Our Lady GaGa shoot was so epic, what could possibly top it? We were brainstorming and I threw out an idea… An idea I had been dreaming and envisioning forever: Salvador Dali as a wedding. You see, Salvador Dali is my favorite artist of all time and inspires me endlessly. I did my final AP Art History project on him in high school. On my trip to Spain, I made a special day trip out to Figueres to see his home turned theater- museum! It! Was! Amazing! Seriously, my love for Dali has no end… but I never knew how the heck we could turn his crazy surrealist world into something fit for the wedding world.

But the thing is, if a team of creatives can turn Lady GaGa’s brand of eccentric into lovely wedding inspiration, they can surely do the same with Dali! And so they did. We shot this session in Santa BarbaraHendry’s Beach to be exact– because we felt the cliff like beach was extremely reminiscent of Spain and the beaches that inspired Dali. Everything turned out so gorgeous and even better than I had imagined. The inspiration could work for any beach bride who wants something a little daring! And as a former beach bride myself, I wanted to turn back in time and decorate my wedding JUST LIKE THIS. Yep, it’s that perfect.

This shoot has been featured on Style Me Pretty California which I am so thankful for! I am also so thankful to the following dream team for pulling this all together:

Event Design & Florals:
Bunch Studio

Event Coordination:
Zoie Events

I Believe It’s Cake

Paper Goods:
Pitbulls & Posies

Bride Styling & Wardrobe:
Shop Ruche / Bridal collection

Hair & Make-up:
Makeup By KC

Tabletop Rentals:
Casa De Perrin

Chairs & Linens:
Choura Events

Hendry’s Beach Santa Barbara CA

And now without further ado…

The ceremony set up turned out SO spectacular. It truly looks like Dali painted it. I am endlessly impressed with the design by Mai… and kinda at myself for photographing it in such a Dali-esque way! I’m pretty sure he’d dig it!

My BFF’s Mandi + Dan agreed to model for this shoot! Which was perfect because not only do I adore them, they are also both actors so they really got into the characters of Dali and his wife Gala. But even better than all that is Mandi and Dan got engaged just weeks before the shoot!! Hooray! So actually you will be seeing more of them in the next year as I’ll be shooting their engagement and wedding! 🙂

Mandi’s real engagement ring is the most unique ring I’ve EVER seen! Truly a work of art! It’s pretty surreal if you ask me, so it quickly became part of the shoot!


Young Salvador Dali realness! It’s almost eerie how much Dan looked like him!

Work it!

Mandi’s attire is from the new Ruche bridal line! Loved the vintage feel of it all!

My love Amber of Pitbulls + Posies created this stunning invitation and paper goods suite! So lovely!

Casa de Perrin provided the china! SOOOO AMAZING! They have the most amazing items at Casa de Perrin! I wanna work with them always!

Sigh…. the romance of it all!!

Every detail was perfectly coordinated by Olivia of Zoie Events! LOVE HER!

The lovely cake was by Laurie of I Believe It’s Cake! She always amazes me! And love these cute shots of Mandi and Dan enjoying it!

  • CC - Wow, this shoot is beautiful! Amazing work, as always, and congrats on the feature!

  • Katya Nova - this is exquisite! wow!

  • Tim Halberg - LOVE this idea and the setup, though not a fan of the mustache 😉

  • Mark Martinez Photography - Beautiful work Ashleigh!

  • Amanda Donahue - Oh, I love it!!!! Truly inspiring! And oh what would I give to see that Dali piece you did in high school again! That was a fun day 🙂

  • Randy Scott Wong - Masterful. Wow, this is insanely creative and utterly fantastic! Congrats on the exceptional and inspired creation and photography.

  • Un casament inspirat en Dalí de ATodo Confetti | Sweet Love - […] en Salvador Dalí y su mujer Gala son algunas de las pinceladas del shooting que hemos encontrado AQUÍ. […]

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