Part One of the Natural Beauty Inspiration Shoot, as seen on WedLuxe Magazine.
When photographer Anne-Marie Bouchard and I began planning this shoot, we shared a common vision: a design with simple and organic elements, soft lines, and classic elegance in a setting of natural beauty. Using neutral colors accented with soft gold, grayed jade, and plenty of lush florals, we created a romantic, fresh environment filled with soft, organic details that tied the whole design together.
Our team of vendors could not have been more gracious and inspiring, and our vision came to life very quickly and easily. Our venue, Le Belvédère, is an extraordinary eco-friendly venue perched on the edge of a cliff in Quebec’s Wakefield, and it has the most beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding rolling hills. It was the perfect backdrop for our shoot.
Photography: AMBphoto / Stylist and Coordinator: Brittany Frid, Satin & Snowflakes / Venue: Le Belvédère / Floral Design: Full Bloom Floral Design / Decor: Amy and Jen Decor / Stationery: Wishtree Invitations & Stationery / Linens: Mastermind Event Rentals / Gown: Monique Lhuillier from The White Dress / Hair Stylist: Lori Dyck, Showpony Hair / Makeup: Shannon Ranger, One Fine Beauty / Jewelry: Anne Sportun from Magpie Jewellery / Cake: The Cake Whisperer
Ugh. I am not ashamed to say that I want to copy this for my own wedding. Not that I’m getting married anytime soon, but I promise that this perfectly styled wedding is being stored in the back of my mind (and my Pinterest board). I think by now, everyone knows I have a soft spot for peaches… and McKenzie Powell’s stunning, organic floral designs. My heart actually skips a few beats when I look at her blog.
Photography: Gabriel Boone Photography / Floral Design: McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design
This is why I love Vera Wang. This season’s gowns feature torn, red tulle and yet they are stil jaw-droppingly beautiful. All of the above gowns come in white and cream (for those who who might be less inclined to wear a red wedding dress). What do you think: is 2013 the year we see more brides going out of the box? By the way, come visit us again soon because we’ll be sharing the Vera Wang Fall 2013 gowns shortly… and they are white :)
Pictures: Style Unveiled / Designer: Vera Wang
A new friend of mine recently told me that cotton-inspired wedding decor is a thing now… and frankly I was a little shocked that I hadn’t seen anything involving raw cotton before in a wedding. So I looked it up – Green Wedding Shoes posted a great styled shoot here, and while they made it work, I’m not so sure how I feel about a full cotton-inspired wedding. Thoughts?
Concept + Design: Green Wedding Shoes and JL Designs / Styling: Green Wedding Shoes / Photography: Stephanie Williams / Flowers: JL Designs / Makeup and Hair by Nyrie using Jouer Cosmetics and Unite / Prop Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals / Wedding Dresses: Temperley London / Paper details (invite, mint bar tags + sign, name cards): MaeMae Paperie / Hair Pieces: Lo Boheme / Linens: Wildflower Linens / Bride Shoes: Shoebuy.com / Groom Shoes:6pm.com / Models: Chris Marino and Amanda Rau
I have recently fallen heavily for Claire Pettibone‘s designs. Her Spring 2014 Decoupage collection is so delicate and romantic that it seems to capture the essence of femininity. Decoupage is about layering incredible details to make a complete picture, and those who love Claire’s designs know that she pours her soul into the details of her dresses.
I used to think that Claire’s designs, while absolutely stunning, were too whimsical to look good on a “real bride”. I couldn’t imagine the material hanging as beautifully and look so delicate on a woman who might not have a slight and slender build. I was wrong. Every real woman that I have seen wearing a Claire Pettibone dress, no matter what shape or height, looks like she walked out of a painting from the Renaissance era. I think that if the goddess Venus had worn clothing in Botecelli’s “The Birth of Venus”, she would have worn a gown by Claire. I truly wish I could see these gowns in Ottawa…
A beautiful bouquet for a beautiful Saturday.
Photography: Kate Belle / Assistant Photographer: Tiffany Lynn / Floral Design + Decor: Amy Osaba
The cat is out of the bag – Jenny Packham released her spring/summer 2014 bridal collection to a number of exclusive websites on April 23, 2013, and the media frenzy ensued immediately.
You’ll be able to view the entire collection soon at: http://www.jennypackham.com
Jenny Packham’s 2014 Bridal Collection is inspired by the Belle Époque era of the early 20th Century.
A statement of romantically soft, feminine design, the collection encapsulates the spirit of Edwardian style and the Art Nouveau movement which defined it. The Belle Epoque or ‘beautiful era’ transformed fashion, abandoning restrictive corsetry and creating the flowing silhouette ever since associated with the Age of Elegance.
Intricate, light beading, delicate embellishment and clean, understated silhouettes play homage to an Edwardian inspiration, whilst romantically volumous ballerina skirts, graceful tulle sleeves and elegantly exposed backs bring to mind a very modern bride, evoking scenes of a chic European destination wedding.
Available in ivory, champagne and magnolia, luxurious silk mikado, sumptuous draped chiffons and exquisite French lace are adorned with delicate silk flowers and twinkling crystals in a spectrum of antique metallic silvers and champagnes.
With the new Great Gatsby movie finally in theatres, I thought it was time to post another inspiration board, this one created by Flights of Fancy, the blog for Betsy White Stationary Boutique. Enjoy!
Source: Betsy White, Flights of Fancy / row 1: elodie winter photography via un beau jour / row 2: josh goleman photography via cotton candy sugar rush | weddings by two photography via 100 layer cake / row 3: paper & lace photography via green wedding shoes / row 4: weddings by two photography via 100 layer cake | black & white party photo pinned here
1. Photography: Jose Villa / 2. Styling & Design: Matthew Robbins, Photgraphy: Tory Williams Photography / 3. Photography: Crimson & Clover Photography / 4. Photography: Ashlee Raubach / 5. Source: The Boho Garden / 6. BHLDN / 7. Photography: Michelle March / 8. Photography: Molly, MEF Photography / 9. Photography: Axioo, Dress: Stella Ong, Chateau Chambord
I love this wedding! We featured Lindsay and Steven’s styled engagement session last week and wanted to share their equally beautiful wedding. I think that Lindsay and Steven really created an event with heart. They look like they are truly in love and have family that will support them as they grown their own. They say love is in the details, and did they ever put some tender love and care into cultivating a wedding with personality. And holy cow, are the outdoor shots gorgeous or what?! Beautiful work everyone, and congratulations Lindsay & Steven! From Anne-Marie Bouchard:
Sei la mia vita amore mio baciami!
When English words aren’t enough, say it in Italian! Right? Granted, my google search may not be accurate but I think I get the point across. Lindsay and Steven are love, loving and lovely, down-to-earth and fun and their wedding day was gorgeous – boiling hot! – and gorgeous. I don’t think they would’ve had it any other way. I met these two, two years ago! That’s how long they have been seeking out milk vases, dreaming of colour palettes and designing invitations. I’ve heard about wedding details here and there and imagined what it would all look like when it came together. I was blown away. It’s pretty fun to see a whole table of pies, cookies and biscotti baked by family members. Family is key for these two and they weren’t shy to talk about one day starting one of their own.
Needless to say, I’m very sad to see this day come to an end. Congratulations Lindsay and Steve. You two are amazing and I wish you all the love and happiness the whole wide world has to share.
Photographer: Anne-Marie Bouchard of AMBphoto / Day-of Wedding Coordinator: Sophia at My Events /
Wedding Invitations: Paper Studio / Hairstylists: Dana Storry (Pierino Scarfo Salon) & Kensey Young (freelance) / Makeup Artist: Taylor Byers / Caterer: Bytown Catering / Ceremony: St. Anthony of Padua / Reception: Glebe Community Centre / DJ: Deejay B (Brad Campbell) / Florist: Sparrow Floral / Wedding Cakes: Sophie Bifield Cake Company / Desert Table and Favours: Family / Bridemaids Gowns: Twobirds Bridesmaid from With Love Bridal Boutique / Wedding Gown: Cosmobella Collection from Demetrios Bridals from Simply Beautiful Bridal Boutique / Groom and groomsmens suits: Zara / Groomsmen’s ties: American Apparel