Golden light - we love it, and as a result we are forever chasing the perfect sunrise. On this particular morning, we were running late for our highly anticipated shoot. Our gorgeous, but small, Italian car could only fit half the Chosen team and as the first half departed the sun began to rise. Out of sheer worry that we were going to miss the sun, half the team took what we had packed in the first car and set sail on the awaiting boats. We may not have had every look we anticipated, or even the whole team, but we did have the perfect sunrise.

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Set against Capri's beautiful cliffs and teal blue waters we knew we would find the breathtaking hues we were after. In the background is Capri's famous Faraglioni or ‘Love Tunnel’ which is said to be good luck for lovers if you kiss whilst passing through.


Our picturesque boats, that made the shoot what it was and gave us landscapes that varied between the rocks, land and sea, were organised by the talented and generous Giovanni Prea. We owe Giovanni a lot more than a boat ride as he was the unsung hero of our shoot. At one point, our Chosen team casually tossed our sequin ‘Hugo Pants’ from one boat to the other, missing just slightly. The Pants began to sink, let’s blame it on the high-quality embroidery, and Giovanni dove into the sea diving impressively deep to retrieve the pants.


Boat One meets its Counterpoint in boat two

Boat One meets its Counterpoint in boat two

I remember this exact moment sitting with Monica Gingold in Giovanni’s boat thinking, ‘is this real?’
— Kyha Simpson, Founder of Chosen By One Day
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Makeup & Hair

We were incredibly fortunate to have the talented and original Monica Gingold, an absolute wizard with a makeup brush, with us from dusk to dawn. Typically based in Melbourne, Monica is the founder of Tonic Make Up Agency and is a game changer, or should we say face changer, in her industry. The flawless makeup and swept up bun made these photos different from anything we've done before. For the Freya dress and Hugo pants, we loved this youthful feel.



The Shot

We have had the pleasure of shooting with Emily Abay previously and are always in awe of her composition, lighting and commitment to getting the shot. Her ability to stay standing whilst shooting on a moving boat was impressive to say the least.


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The Talent

Danika Pienaar, a South African born beauty, was energetic, beautiful and versatile in photos and on set. Danika is always a pleasure to have and playfully made a rocking boat look like an effortless set



Having a Play

Our morning departure made for an and interesting beginning.  We packed all the gowns we could get our hands on, and as a result, found ourselves with some unexpected pieces. Rather than being afraid to try something new we took the opportunity to play with our Lennox gown paired with the Hayes bandeau and Hugo Pants (pictured below). The results were something we’ve never seen before and a few looks that would be stunning on a modern bride.


Chosen Team

Our vivacious team of creatives is primarily based in Melbourne, Australia, so this European tour was certainly one for the books. It never ceases to amaze us how when you surround yourself with the right people the magic just happens, quickly and often in unexpected places. Whilst it is not always blush roses and sunrises, our team has a one-of-a-kind ability to have a lot of fun while getting the vision right