Flow­ers. Lots of them. Swaths of glo­ri­ous color and per­fume in the air. Ask soon-to-be-mar­ried Ly­dia Hearst what she loves most about her new South­ern Cal­i­for­nia home with fi­ancé Chris Hard­wick,

Martha Stewart Weddings - - IN THIS ISSUE - Pho­to­graphs by ru­ven afanador text by Laura Wal­lis

Daz­zling bride-to-be Ly­dia Hearst mod­els 11 knock­out gowns, set off by a vi­brant back­drop and lots of flower power.

and she’s as likely to talk about the gar­dens as any other de­tail. “We have wis­te­ria, bougainvil­lea, roses, jas­mine, gar­de­nias—I love them all,” she says. So when she said yes to our pro­posal of shoot­ing a wed­ding dress story to­gether, we knew flow­ers would play a star­ring role.

For the lo­ca­tion, we chose Sal­va­tion Moun­tain, a painted dream­scape of adobe clay in Cal­i­for­nia’s low desert. Along with a fan­tas­ti­cal com­bi­na­tion of fresh and paper blooms and Hearst’s in­nate Hol­ly­wood-style glam­our, the set­ting put a com­pletely fresh face on our al­ready show­stop­ping se­lec­tion of gowns. The re­sult: un­usu­ally vi­brant bridal shots—per­fectly fit­ting for one very vi­brant bride-to-be.

Hearst and Hard­wick, a co­me­dian and talk-show host (see page 22 for more from him), met through a col­league, and it’s in their mu­tual love for pop cul­ture, sci-fi, and great hor­ror flicks that their worlds re­ally col­lide. Al­ready well known as a model and me­dia heiress (her great-grand­fa­ther was pub­lisher Wil­liam Ran­dolph Hearst), Hearst has turned her pro­fes­sional fo­cus to act­ing and has ap­peared in films and tele­vi­sion se­ries, in­clud­ing the 2015 hor­ror flick Con­demned, the ac­claimed in­de­pen­dent film Steal­ing Chanel, and the

WE TV se­ries South of Hell. Hard­wick, mean­while, di­vides his time be­tween projects that in­clude host­ing

AMC’s Talk­ing Dead and pod­casts for his dig­i­tal me­dia com­pany, Nerdist.

They’re keep­ing the de­tails of their wed­ding un­der wraps, but their shared pas­sions are def­i­nitely part of the plan. “It’s go­ing to be ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful,” Hearst says. But, she adds, “our guests should be ex­pect­ing zom­bies and ro­bots.”

As for her own gown: De­signer Chris­tian Siri­ano, one of Hearst’s best friends, is cre­at­ing it with her in­put. “It’s go­ing to be clas­sic bridal meets haute cou­ture,” she says. She found plenty of in­spi­ra­tion mod­el­ing for us—a com­pelling use of color here, an el­e­gant pro­file there. “Be­cause I’ll be wear­ing a cus­tom gown, I didn’t get the tra­di­tional mo­ment of try­ing on all the dresses,” she ex­plains. “This shoot was my mo­ment.”

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