The Four Elements Editorial

An Editorial: THE 4 ELEMENTS – Earth, Air, Fire and Water

By Amy Mulder and Heather Eden Trost

Our shoot of the Four Elements at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens was both therapeutic and inspiring for me… by opening up creativity we are able see everything with fresh eyes. That inspiration leads to unparalleled images because it comes from a place of deep creative passion and inspiration. I hope that you are inspired by our art and creativity, and pushing the boundaries of bridal fashion in this editorial that explores the symbolism of the 4 Elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.  


For the first element, earth, we chose a setting with lush green vines with multiple layered archways so you can feel the depth of the earth. 


The Gown and Veil…

The hand painted veil I created to go with a bud adorned gown by Monique L’Hullier…. and topped with the Gaia Crown. 












I created The Gaia Crown with florals, and sparkly berry tipped branch elements for a beautiful expression of the Earth bursting forth with fertility and flowers.







Air is the second element of our shoot. We wanted to highlight the beautiful movement and simplicity of air. Free from distraction, air gives a sense of freedom. It can be peaceful, refreshing or have a destructive ferocity.

The Headpiece I created was a conglomeration of 3 different pieces and styles to represent the ever changing movement and flow of air…  As was the hairstyle we chosen for the model with loose wisps of hair that would move with the wind. 
















Fire is both fierce and beautiful… intoxicating and mesmerizing. The spot chosen to shoot our fire Goddess was filled with Firebush, coral colored walls, and spiked plants.

The headpiece elements were chosen to pull in the shapes and colors of fire and wild nature, as well as it’s ability to bring forth new growth exemplified in the wheat elements added into the crown that are born of the light and warmth of the sun.














Water is powerful, beautiful, and life giving. Full of movement and fluidity, it dances for us in the form of waves, rain, and waterfalls. Embracing the power of movement and fluidity… we chose the water elements on the Vizcaya Estate and coral walls as the perfect backdrop to capture the Water element for the editorial.

The Water Headpiece was created with components that would represent the flow of water and the plants that spring forth in the sea.

Styling Bridal Vogue
Gowns Marchesa, Ritual Unions, Monique L’Huillier
Shoes Bella Belle Shoes
Accessories and Headpieces Eden Luxe Bridal
Hair and Makeup Bri Soffa
Clutch The Mrs Clutch
Models TouT Models