The launch of Boise Brides Magazine
By Shelly West Photos Kimberlee Miller
Once upon a frosty winter’s day, the hunter-bride said, “I do.” Clad in a wintery silver ball gown, warmed only by a knit throw around her shoulders, the hunter-bride emerges from the woods, with her trusty English Setter by her side.
Recently re-located to Boise, LA photographer, Kimberlee Miller, is the creative genius behind this dreamy winter wedding shoot. When asked what her inspiration was, she responded, “I wanted to go with an icy cold, winter-in-Boise type of vibe, where the bride is feminine yet rugged, embracing the outdoor lifestyle that Boise offers.”
Kimberlee has spent the past eighteen years shooting weddings in the LA area and forging long-standing relationships with major retailers like Pottery Barn in LA as well as on the National level. When the concept came to her, she instantly called upon her contacts at Pottery Barn Boise to feature accessories in the shoot like a reversible fur and pom-pom throw, plaid dishware, and rustic yet chic table settings.
“Including local wedding and bridal vendors was important to me too. I wanted to highlight local professionals and showcase what local talent has to offer,” Miller adds.
One such talent, Micalah Howard, who is one of the owners of M.N.M Beauty studios, wanted to create an editorial look, not your traditional bridal style. “I wanted the hair and makeup to be minimal and fresh. The hair pulled back in a messy fishtail with a Grecian hairpiece captured the woodsy and icy feel we were going for.” The result is a romantic deconstructed look with all the composure and grace of a modern bride.
Jaylee from Margene’s Bridal jumped on board with a dress from their private collection. A silver ballgown with a beaded bodice and layers of platinum and blush tulle. “The color selections these days aren’t just white anymore. We have dresses in many colors that allow brides to have their own expression.” Margene’s Bridal has been in Boise for thirteen years with a second location in Idaho Falls for over thirty. “I guess you could say we know bridal,” Jaylee laughs.
The cake, made by Shantelle, owner of Boise Cakery, is a double barrel tiered cake with white fondant and adorned in clear crystals and white beads for accent. Keeping with the woodsy feel, she added a greenery garland comprised of two types of eucalyptus, silver dollar and seeded along with evergreen. Shantelle relies on her culinary degree and commercial baking experience to provide high- quality custom cakes to the brides of Boise.
This hunting themed photoshoot would not have been complete without a hunting dog. Meet Busta Hustla, a local celebrity of the canine variety. A six-month-old Chestnut English Setter, who has over 3700 followers on Instagram, sported a moss green knit sweater, proved to be the perfect sidekick to the bridal huntress; model Lauren Kawano.
Rounding out the shoot were the stunning diamond rings, bracelets, and earrings from the Diamond Girls, based in downtown Boise.
Look for more high-quality, stylized shoots and articles in the new Boise Brides coming this Spring.