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San Diego High Tea

This winter Readyluck photographers, Jacqueline and Jonathan jetted off to sunny San Diego to photograph a styled inspiration shoot at a decadent 6-acre historic estate. Our amazing team of earth conscious event and style connoisseurs organically integrated their artistry into the idyllic setting. The vision came alive as a high tea setting with a bohemian edge. We imagined a group of artists breaking into their grandparents' mansion and digging through their treasure troves. 


Our ‘green’ stylist, Carlee Gerardi co-directs Green with Envy Events, a full service event design and production company. They specialize in creating innovative and stylish events that leave a lasting impression on the guests, not the planet. Carlee rummaged around San Diego to craft a decadent setting, breathing new life into objects both borrowed and thrifted. Re-using dried roses, she also collected manzanita branches and grew her own moss to incorporate throughout.


Our resident chef, Marci Flaster of To Dine For San Diego, handcrafted tea sandwiches and color conscious grilled vegetables for our models to snack on. They were served on her grandfather's 100 year old China set! She is very passionate about good, clean and beautiful food, which inspires her efforts to create and blog about delicious, seasonal and phenomenal looking food. Cheese lovers should visit the Cheese Store of San Diego, her latest food venture. Greg, the artisan behind Paromi, provided sustainably packaged teas, “accented with fruits, spices, herbs, flowers, and essential oils. They are typically produced by small farms which pool their crops.”


Clothing stylist and former San Diego boutique owner, Michelle Kavieff gleaned designer vintage items from her own amazing collection. The graphic Missoni dress model and artist Maha Camianos wore was a really special piece!. Ashley Bendett’s hair and make-up artistry brought the look together seamlessly. She interpreted our boards creatively and really delivered a ‘period’ yet contemporary look. 


Model and jewelry designer Julie Simpson of Jeweliany is passionate about creating a line that blends art, function, beauty, and grace. Each piece is handmade in San Diego and is carefully constructed with prioritizing eco friendly materials. The bohemian headpieces, were both edgy and classic, which created a youthful yet regal style. Julie describes them as “chains mixed with bold crystals and floaty feather charms that dance in the hair.”


More photos to come soon of our lovely ladies doing some golden hour  lounging on the grass with cocktails in hand... 

Jill Andrews Gowns

This is the first of a new, ongoing feature on the Readyluck blog, where we will spotlight fellow creatives and friends who are experts in their niche of the wedding world. We're really excited to have Jill and Sara of Jill Andrews Gowns as our debuting duo! I'll let these ladies speak for themselves, interspersed with images from our work together...



We are Jill and Sara of Jill Andrews Gowns and we want to make your dream dress into a tangible, soft, flowing, gorgeous reality. Designer Jill Andrews and I, Sara Mathes, work together to create evening and bridal gowns that highlight and compliment each person, their vision and their event. We hand make all of our gowns in our Baltimore studio using luxurious silks, cottons and laces from around the world. Like the women who wear them, each gown is a one of a kind.



The idea of having a custom made gown may seem daunting and to be honest, there is a huge element of trust that is placed in us! There are no samples to try on or touch – at first there is just an idea, a sketch and fabric swatches. But, we try to remove the stress and have fun! Jill and I believe that buying the gown should be the most indulgent and memorable part of planning your nuptials. Everything else is about your guests – the gown is about YOU!



Because a wedding is such an expression of who you are, we first meet to get to know about you and your event. We love to learn about each bride’s personal history and incorporate family heirlooms, significant or sentimental pieces into the design. We both share a love of integrating historical fashion details into modern silhouettes to create timeless pieces of heirloom quality. Jill starts sketching and sometimes the design is right there, other times we need more time to think about it. But, every gown we make is a creative journey and a fun process! And while we have a great time hanging out during fittings, we also take each gown very seriously. Every gown has several fittings so there are no surprises. You will see several steps and have the ability to make changes along the way. There will be no Fritz Bernaise!!! 



Jill and I are very fortunate to be welcomed into such a meaningful and beautiful part of so many people’s lives. We consider it such an honor to get to know each bride and their family and friends! And, we are happy to say that our brides become more than just clients, they become our friends.



So, it should come as no surprise that it was a bride who first introduced us to Readyluck! Their approach to documenting events and their overall aesthetic always enhances our vision in ways that go beyond description. We have been super-fans ever since first meeting them. They are such a talented group and we are honored to be in their company!


Thank you, Jill and Sara! Be sure to check out their beautiful website, and find out more about their work by getting in touch.