A Romantic Woodland Valentine - Featuring Silvan Arts

Valentine's Day is swiftly approaching, and I'm feeling inspired by deep jewel-tones, folk woodcut prints, botanical accessories, romantic flowing silk textiles, and the craftsmanship of talented artisans from around the world! Today, I wanted to style a Valentine's inspiration photoshoot featuring one of my favorite artisans: Silvan Arts.

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In this Valentine's photoshoot for Silvan Arts, we featured Anne Marie Bottcher's beautiful handiwork, as well as other wonderful handmade Valentine-themed items by talented artisans on Etsy. At Luminous Creative Studio, we have a passion for showcasing and supporting the incredible work of small art businesses all year long!

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New Hampshire-based shop owner and creator Anne Marie Bottcher has a remarkable eye for detail and impeccably elegant taste. She creates stunning one-of-a-kind botanical jewelry from recycled silver and gorgeous gemstones like labradorite, peridot, amethyst, and garnet. She also creates pendants, rings, and bracelets inspired by medieval cathedrals and beautiful organic Art Nouveau details (everything I love!) 

In this photoshoot, we featured her work with a stunning heart-shaped ivy necklace with moonstone that glimmers with an otherworldly glow. I adore Silvan Art's jewelry and wear it daily, as it feels so wonderful to wear.

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The floral hairpiece traveled all the way from Austria, handmade by Slovak brand Magaela Accessories! As someone with Slovakian heritage, I adore these beautiful hairpieces. This red and purple floral piece was specifically chosen for this photoshoot to compliment the rich, jewel-toned color scheme of deep plum and carnelian red.

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Silvan Art's jewelry is handmade with recycled hand-sculpted sterling silver. It feels so luxurious to wear a piece of art jewelry that has been sculpted - all of Anne Marie's pieces have a wonderful feeling about them. I love being able to wear a one-of-a-kind treasure from the garden by wearing Silvan Arts: a delightful collaboration of artist + nature.

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I have found that these oxidized rainbow moonstone drop earrings by Etsy seller Blissaria compliment all my Silvan Arts moonstone pieces perfectly, and I often wear the two together! I wear these moonstone earrings almost daily - love them!

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Makeup was done by Luminous Creative Studio, featuring lipsticks and foundation by cruelty-free, all natural, vegan indie cosmetics line Etherealle, featuring deep red lipstick shade Carnelian custom blended with a little deep purple Delphyne (my favorite!) The eyeshadow was the "Natural Love" palette of colors by Too-Faced, which is a wonderfully versatile shimmering romantic color palette. Both the Etherealle lipsticks and Too-Faced palette can be easily worn for every day, or amped up with buildable colors for extra drama.

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"My heart leaps" is a beautiful woodcut print card by UK-based artist and Etsy seller CeliaHart and features two leaping hares in a twiggy heart with birds and primroses. This artwork is inspired by the hares racing over the fields in spring-time near her studio in the Suffolk countryside.

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Whether you are looking for a unique one-of-a-kind gift for your love this Valentine's Day or simply wish to treat a friend, relative, or yourself, you will certainly find the perfect gift to please everyone at Silvan Arts!

Silvan Arts Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/silvanarts

Silvan Arts on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Silvan-Arts-191220630928517/

Silvan Arts on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/silvan_arts

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Enchanted Faerietale Garden Romance: Meg & Roland

Last week it was a whopping 9 degrees out, with roads and fields covered in snow and ice: the kind of cold that chills you to the core at the very heart of winter. On a day that frigid, I was elated to join Meg and Roland for a photo adventure into a lush garden oasis at a local greenhouse! As soon as we entered, we were enveloped by warm tropical air, and a stunning jungle of exotic plants. Ah, bliss!

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Meg's dress was a stunning choice for their faerietale garden romance photoshoot. It was originally a vintage dress that she acquired, creatively altered and made her own. The beading on the bodice was gorgeous and elaborately detailed, and the sleeves were fit for a queen! The golden leaf headpiece she wore perfectly completed the utterly romantic faerietale look. With a sweeping train, she looked like royalty on holiday - with her handsome love by her side for an exotic garden adventure.

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Gorgeous pink blooms, ferns and wildly growing ivy surrounded Meg and Roland as the explored the gardens. I could not get enough of this beautiful tunnel of flowers and greenery! I had to capture a few ethereal portrait shots of Meg enjoying the flowers.

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I love her playful spirit, and feel that these photos of her amongst the flowers showcase her vibrant personality! Candid shots perfectly capture the joy of a moment.

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Further on they ventured, exploring deeper into the hidden corners of the greenhouse. 

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One of my favorite plants we discovered that day was some mysteriously otherworldly and gorgeous hanging moss. I have resolved to make myself a greenhouse someday, solely so I can have a hanging curtain of moss around all the time! Moss is utterly romantic, with stunning texture, and really adds a touch of mystery and beauty to these photos. We took countless pictures amongst that glorious curtain of moss. Here are a few of them!

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Roland absolutely rocked a mysterious and stoic expression for his portraits: perfectly fitting with the curtain of moss for the background!

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I adore this moody capture, for something reminiscent of Romanticism: more dramatic, with an extra air of mystery. 

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...and of course followed by some playful snaps of their adorable antics!

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I loved capturing the candid laughs and joy of these two! 

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I am in love with these orange trees: I adore fruit/citrus elements incorporated in florals, and the sunny citrus inspiration via the cascade of oranges overhead was most welcome on such a cold winter day. You can feel the warmth in the photos!

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A gorgeous and tropical bush of coral flowers made for an equisite backdrop for more couple's shots. I am always hunting for what will beautifully frame the subject, and further enhance the feeling of the overall picture.

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I saw these soft magenta flowers and thought they would make for a stunning background for some ethereal and luminscent portraits of Meg! 

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What a gorgeous ring! No shoot is complete without getting a picture of the ring.

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Thanks Meg and Roland for a wonderful afternoon of photo adventuring!