equestrian shoot with jose villa

August 16, 2010


I am so excited to finally tell you all about our shoot with Jose Villa in July. Remember when Matthew and I went to Santa Barbara? Well that was just a stop on our way to shooting with Jose and his awesome team. We went to this ranch in Solvang and got to run around the play with a sweet {but stubborn} horse. I am thrilled to now be able to share these beautiful pictures with all of you! Matthew and I were so lucky to have this opportunity and it was such a fun experience.





Jose is an incredible photographer and all the pictures are just phenomenal. He and his awesome team made us look fantastic! If you don't already know about Jose and his work check out his site and blog. You will be blown away!

The flowers and styling were done by Joy Thigpen and Emily Newman of Once Wed. They both had such a great vision and executed it perfectly!

You can see more images on OnceWed.
Photography by Jose Villa
Styling/Flowers by Joy Thigpen and Emily Newman
Hair/Makeup by Mar for TEAM Hair and Makeup

I'll have more to share with you all this week including an incredible Super 8 film by Joel Serrato Films.
I hope you all had a great weekend!
xox
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115 comments:

  1. Mara!! These are gorgeous! Your stunning!

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  2. MARA! i saw these on once wed today and squealed! jose is one of my favourite photographers ever and i am so stoked that you got to do this. :) they are SO dreamy and breathtaking... and i mean this wholeheartedly when i say that you two are one of the most beautiful, radiant couples ever. truly. <3

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  3. WOW, these photos are absolutely incredible! You are gorgeous and Jose Villa is beyond talented!!

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  4. Oh my goodness! I love Jose Villa's work! You both look amazing. Fantastic photos.

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  5. I love this!! so beautiful!!!

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  6. Oh my god these pictures really did come out breathtaking Mara! Ha - Matthew looks like a knight in shining armor in that one of him with the horse! You two look so great. What an incredible opportunity!

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  7. Great pictures! That last one is stunning. Have I told you I love your hair enough times? I LOVE YOUR HAIR!

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  8. i'm dying. mara... these images are to die for.

    p.s you make me miss my long hair. i just chopped it off. booo.

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  9. You two are gorgeous! Hands down the BEST looking couple. Thanks for sharing these amazing photos with us. Have a wonderful week!

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  10. wow these are beautiful Mara, just beautiful... the one on the stairs and the last are my favorite.

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  11. Beautiful photos! Love the setting too. Your outfit with the pastel ribbons is just perfect!

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  12. Oh wow!!! These are amazing! You look like movie stars...where can i get a makeup person and profesh photographer?? Ha! What was the occasion? Do you both ride?

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  13. I am in love with your equestrian shoot and you and Matthew make such a stunning couple...the perfect models! :)

    Thank you for sharing your experience and such lovely pictures with us...simply beautiful!!!

    Liesl :)

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  14. MARA! Amazing! These photos are so breathtaking. What an amazing opportunity... something you'll treasure of all of time. Can't wait to see the film!

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  15. Lovely shoot- you look so beautiful! I love that last photo of you 2.

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  16. GORGEOUS! I'm a big fan of Jose's work - he shot my brother and sis-in-law's wedding! He is an amazing talent.

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  17. I forgot to ask- where is the black dress from?! I adore!!!

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  18. Oh my goodness. What amazing photos, Mara! You look even more gorgeous than usual!

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  19. Mara, these photos are just wonderful! You both look amazing!

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  20. gorgeous! the camera loves you!

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  21. These are GORGEOUS!!! I absolutely love them. Amazing!

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  22. This is awesome Mara!! I love that Matthew was a part of it all too!!

    xO M

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  23. you look stunning! these are AMAZING! love<3

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  24. lovely set of photos! very romantic. i esp liked the 1 where matthew was kissing you on ur forehead... how sweeeeeeet!

    mica.
    http://diaryofbabyandbear.blogspot.com/

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  25. Oh my goodness, Mara. These photos are CRAZY-gorgeous. You and Matthew are a stunning couple to begin with, and these photos show that so beautifully.
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  26. These are beyond beautiful! I absolutely love them.

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  27. These pictures are absolutely beautiful! wow!

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  28. Wow these photos are beautiful!!! The styling is so perfect and how much fun!!

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  29. Oh My Miss Mara!
    This is SUPER SUPER SUPER Gorgeous
    LOVE
    xoxo
    bB

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  30. natural models!! stunning photos... you guys are both gorgeous.

    xox

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  31. Breathtaking Mara! You look beautiful!

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  32. You are part of one really attractive couple!

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  33. OMG the pictures are amazing! I love them! are these for fun or engagement photos? LOVE LOVE LOVE it

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  34. ohhh my gosh you guys are sooo cute!! these are absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!

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  35. and i just went to once wed and watched the video. oh m gosh puke so freaking cute! you guys need to hurry up and get engaged and sent these out as your engagement pictures. like seriously. and then you can show the video at your wedding.

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  36. all of them are so pretty!

    -B

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  37. This is so perfect! What magazine is this going to because it surely needs to be in one. You are so beautiful!

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  38. Gahh I love all of these photos .... All of them but the last one is my favorite!! XO

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  39. Spectacular images! Im in love with his photography! You and your man are just so beautiful and your love really shows!

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  40. Those pictures are gorgeous!!!!

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  41. It's like I flipped through a lovely magazine page.
    Fabulous post!

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  42. NO!!! this is awesome. jose is the best. you kids are so lucky. LOVE IT.

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  43. Mara and Matthew, it was a pleasure to spend some fun times with you both. I'm so happy with the images. Thank you! You both look amazing! And so happy!

    Cheers!

    Jose

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  44. You have got to be kidding me! Wow! These are incredible. I love the story behind it. I am going to check out his blog and site. I want to see more!

    Rachael

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  45. Mara and Matthew,

    you two are so awesome, I enjoyed working with you guys so much! you look so darn cute in Jose's photos! I LOVE the super8 film i shoot of you two, the colors look amazing!

    xoxo

    joel ;)

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  46. oh my goodness I LOVE THIS!!
    such gorgeous photos!
    beautiful!

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  47. gorgeous pics. You look beautiful.xx

    http://provocativecouture.blogspot.com/

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  48. these photos are amazing! you look so beautiful. i like everything about this post! :D

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  49. Amazing pictures, you two are so stunning!

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  50. WOW!!! Amazing pics!!! Really really stunning I hope I'll be able to take some similar to these one day.... :) You lucky girl!!!
    xxx

    http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

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  51. WOW. these are incredible.

    i love the one of you guys walking down the stairs, and the one of you in focus behind matthews shoulder. just gorgeous.

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  52. ♥cute blog :X♥
    ♥http://blaaaablaablaa.blogspot.com/♥

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  53. You guys look gorgeous!!!!!! :)

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  54. Oh man, I mean everyone else already said it but these are insane. I've been wanting to post some pictures of us we had taken but there is to much pressure to get engaged as it is. I don't want our friend jumping to conclusions. But if I had those pictures I don't think I could wait.:)

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  55. Mara Mara, what can I say, you guys look amazing!! Stunning!

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  56. Oh my are these your epics? Whatever they are, they are just so sweet and lovely!

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  57. OMG how cute! I totally love it!

    xx fesi-fashion

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  58. Mara, sweetie...Those are amazing! You both look stunning and so in love:)

    Hugs and kisses and have a wonderful day

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  59. MARA!!!! These are stunning!!! I love everything about them!! And *gasp* I'm getting all excited here...could these be "engagement pictures?! I would literally die of excitement here in NJ!! If not, you could easily use these when the day arrives ;o)

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  60. Well as a Kentucky gal, I must say I LOVE the pics ;)

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  61. These are beautiful photos, im not a horse girl but even the horse is beautiful, lol. Lucky you! Daisy Dayz Home

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  62. OMG These pictures are fantastic!!

    <3
    www.kasiabelhadri.blogspot.com

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  63. Wow! Seriously impressed! You are GORGEOUS! Do I sense a modeling career in your future, my dear?

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  64. Mara, these are stunning!! Being a horse lover, I especially enjoy them :)

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  65. I am completely blown away! What stunning pictures! You and Matthew might as well model for the rest of your lives. :)

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  66. Wow! These photos are AMAZING! What a treasure! Just found your blog today, and really enjoyed my time here :-) Happy Tuesday to you! ~Kristin from Windy Poplars

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  67. that was you two! they are amazing. Jose is my number one inspiration for photography. The photos and you two are breathtaking.

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  68. The pictures are beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration. This is def something for me to keep in mind :).

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  69. Brilliant photos! You look amazing! Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog.

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  70. Just amazing and beautiful. : )

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  71. Beautiful pictures! Love the lighting. x

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  72. Ohmigosh Mara I am in LOVE with these photographs! They look like something out of a dream - what a beautiful concept. You look absolutely stunning and radiant; and Matthew looks adorbs! Love, love, love!! :)

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  73. oh my God! these pictures are truly incredible! You both look so good and I love the one of the white horse, its really spectacular!
    Catita

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  74. What a great set of pictures!! They are incredible and you and Matthew look amazing!! Wow!

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  75. That must have been quite an experience. I love the photos, you both look great...and very much look the part!

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  76. Oh Wow! These are so great! and what a fun experience for the two of you! I can't wait to see more!

    xx Kirby

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  77. Mara - Jose Villa is one of my FAVORITE photographers, in addition to Nashville's talented Tec Petaja. They work together a lot, actually! Joy Thigpen is genius and her work is out of this world. I would love to get to work with her at some point! Beautiful pictures, styling, lighting, and models! Nashville approves. ~ Annie @ http://www.achiccritique.com

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  78. Wow, these photos are incredible! I like in particular the second one and the last one, you two look really lovely together!

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  79. These pictures are am-ma-ging! Seriously, so guys look fantastic in them. I love your hair in the fancier shots, you should do a tutorial on how to do it! The photographer really reminds me of my wedding photographer. I love it when they do different shots that aren't done by everyone else. Such a great shoot.

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  80. Wow! Jose Villa is a legend in the photography world - what a cool experience to get to do a photoshoot with him! You have to tell us the story behind that. Beautiful pictures :).

    Morgan @ PDB

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  81. Yes, I want to hear the story as well!! Absolutely gorgeous photos!!

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  82. omgosh! These are gorgeous - you guys are just the cutest! can't wait to see more. and Love that the ribbons are all pink, white and grey.
    He is a great photographer.

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  83. These pictures are absolutely stunning! I LOVE them!

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  84. Mara! You are STUNNING!!! That last picture is absolutely breathtaking. And what a fun experience. I'm heading over now to check out more! Love these!!!

    xo
    Valerie

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  85. Mara so gorgeous! I adore these and the softness of them all. So beautiful and as always you 2 make an adorable couple.

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  86. oh em geeeee. mara! these are stunning and so incredible that you've had a personal shoot with jose villa. Aaah! a dream :)

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  87. These picture are fabulous! What a talented photographer and you both look adorable!
    naina

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  88. You look gorgeous, I love all these photos. :) The photographer did such an amazing job. You and your love are too sweet! <3

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  89. I saw YOU on Once Wed!!!!! The pictures are fabulous, Mara! You look beautiful!

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  90. just beautiful. absolutely beautiful.

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  91. i've already said it.. but WOW y'all are smokin hot!

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  92. Oh my goodness!! This is amazing! You guys look gorgeous and I can't get over how stunning you are!

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  93. These are SO incredible, Mara! Stunning and perfect. What a special memory to have. And who knew Solvang could look so romantic? :)

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  94. {I'm featuring these photos on my weekly surf if that's alright with you my dear!!!!!}


    ***hugs! you guys are making me throw up all over my desk, key board, and child. you are that damn cute. Love it!

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  95. These are incredible. I adore them. Did you ask him to take the photos, or did he ask you? Either way, they're fabulous!

    x Jasmine

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  96. all the photos from this shoot are so gorgeous! so dreamy and romantic!

    (also the black dress is awesome)

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  97. Amazing photos! They're so romantic :)

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  98. ooh its so beautiful!! and romantic :3

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  99. WOWwww those shots are flippin gorgeous! you look amazing.

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  100. mara! i die. these are so beautiful! this seems like such an amazing experience and you both look so wonderful! xox

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  101. You guys look stunning together. I am speechless.

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  102. wow, how amazing to be photographed by Jose! I saw this shoot on his blog before I knew about your blog and thought you were so gorgeous! Beautiful photos, as usual, Jose is so amazing! :) Is he doing your wedding?

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