Forbidden Love at San Juan Capistrano Mission

Taking inspiration from memories of visiting the mission as a child and incorporating emotions evoked from an old ghost story, Carrie from Type A Society styled this moody, yet romantic shoot at the San Juan Capistrano Mission. The ghost story tells of “two young lovers, who were forbidden to be together but would slip away and meet secretly. When caught, the girl was forced to do penance at morning mass. During the service, a huge earthquake struck, turning the church to rubble. It is said that on the night of a half-moon one can see her face in the window of the Great Stone Church, still doing penance for her forbidden love…”

Invitations made by Graceline Art bring a dramatic feel, with burnt edges and black envelopes. Earrings by Trumpet & Horn add vintage vibes to the brides look.

Atop our Orion Table lies a contrasting tablescape of dark and light, young and old. Navy Goblets, Champagne Coupes, and Cut Crystal Glass Goblets give a vintage feel opposite the lively blooming centerpiece by Lambert Floral Studio.

Our Vintage Brass Flatware, Brass Candlesticks, Brass Goblets, and Brass Serving Tray bring a warmth to the aged architecture.

French Bistro Chairs in Espresso line either side of the Orion Table, contrasting dark hues with the neutral tones of the surrounding Mission.

We had a tremendous time working with all the talented vendors on this styled shoot! Check out the full feature at Magnolia Rouge!


Location: San Juan Capistrano Mission // Rentals: Archive Rentals // Hair and Makeup Artist: Amy Clarke // Photographer: Eric Kelley // Styling: Type A Society // Assistant Stylist: Anna Korkobcova // Florist: Lambert Floral Studio // Invitation: Jenny Sanders – Graceline // Rings and Earrings: Trumpet and Horn