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,
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.”