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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...