This shoot was inspired by “The Lady of Shalott”, painted by the English Pre-Raphaelite painter John William Waterhouse in 1888. It is a Victorian ballad by English poet Lord Alfred Tennyson in 1832, which tells the heartbreaking tale of a beautiful but cursed woman, isolated in a tower near King Arthur’s Camelot.
According to legend, the Lady of Shalott was forbidden to look directly at reality or the outside world; instead, she was doomed to view the world through a mirror, and weave what she saw into tapestry. Her despair was heightened when she saw loving couples entwined in the far distance, and she spent her days and nights aching for normalcy.
One day, the Lady saw Sir Lancelot passing through the nearby fields on his gleaming white horse in the reflection of the mirror. She could not resist and dared to look out the tower’s window to see more. The curse struck her and the mirror cracked. The Lady, knowing that doom was upon her, left the tower and found an abandoned boat on a nearby river. As she sailed towards Camelot and certain death, she sang a lament. Her frozen body was found shortly afterwards by the knights and ladies of Camelot, one of whom was Sir Lancelot, who said it was a pity she died as she was such a beautiful woman.
This inspiration shoot took place in a sun-drenched forest in Ottawa. By mixing unique materials like the brass candlesticks, heavy silver tableware, lace and stained glass, we achieved a romantic medieval look. Coupled with the soft, romantic florals, airy dress and naturally styled model, we were able to capture the beauty and melancholy of the Lady of Shalott. The small detail of writing the first two versus of the ballad on an ornate gold mirror tied it all together.
Featured on Grey Likes Weddings / Photography: Joel Bedford Photography / Decor Styling: Brittany Frid Weddings + Design / Gown: Reem Acra, The White Dress / Florals: Full Bloom Floral Design / Decor: Amy + Jen Decor / Hair: Showpony Hair / Makeup: Seema Haider / Jewelry: Logan Antiques / Model: Jazmin, Models International Management
I designed this Old Hollywood wedding style board specifically for one of my brides next year. A little while ago, I had posted on the Satin & Snowflakes’ Facebook page saying that I was having a really great time coming up with the design concept for this “Old Hollywood meets 1920′s lounge” wedding. Everyone was so curious about it that I really wanted to share the inspiration board. This is my take on Old Hollywood wedding inspiration.
The goal wasn’t to go Old Hollywood “Glam”, like so many couples imagine. When you search for images in this category, all you see are 10′ tall tornado vases with ostrich feathers and faux crystals, white cakes with black satin sashes and red carnations, and candelabras draped in faux pearls. Personally, I’m not a fan.
When I think Old Hollywood, my mind drifts a little further back in history. I imagine walking into a trendy lounge in the 1920′s. The kind of place where you would go after a night at the theatre, looking for a stiff drink in a dim place where the music is loud and melancholy and the smoke is thick in the air. I see worn leather furniture and wood-panelled walls, and soft lighting that makes the skin of the glamorous woman in the booth next to you look like she’s a movie star. Ladies of jazz sing to groups of men in sharp suits smoking cigars and women dripping in pearls and fur, from a stage surrounded by ornate red velvet curtains trimmed with gold.
Yes, my vision of Old Hollywood is very specific, and yet there are so many ways that a wedding designer can incorporate such a specific vision into your big day. For example, I would set the stage right away by welcoming your guests as they enter the venue with a glass of champagne served in vintage glasses by attendants in white gloves. Create the right mood by playing greats like Cole Porter and Billie Holiday mixed with modern lounge music. Invite your guests to be seated to luxurious champagne and cream coloured linens with rich garnet red and blush florals bursting from antique votives, lit only by the soft glow of tea lights scattered strategically around them. That’s just the tip of the iceberg…
The bride steals the show when she arrives in her glamorous gown and fur shawl, smouldering eyes and sultry red lips. The groom looks extra debonaire in his slim-fitted tuxedo, hair slicked back, with his bride on his arm.
I can’t wait to see this come to fruition with my bride and groom next season…
Photography: Rebecca Lindon Photography / Dresses: The Vintage Deli / Hair + Make-Up: Amelia Garwood / Model: Eleanor Cooper
When I saw the first image of this engagement shoot yesterday, I nearly dropped out of my chair. I was just hired by this couple to help plan their wedding, and I had no idea they were having their engagement session already!
Just over a month ago, this couple consulted with me for a few key issues about their wedding – one of which was for vendor referrals. They really wanted to find the right photographer, and sometimes that can be a big challenge for couples. I made a ton of inquiries for them, and ultimately found Ashley Notley in Ottawa, whose style really impressed me right off the bat. Turns out it was a perfect fit – Ashley and Sylvie actually worked together way back when!
Having a relationship with your photographer makes all the difference in the world. It tones down the jitters that most couples have stepping in front of the camera, more often than not, for the first time in their lives. You stop worrying about embarrassing yourselves in front of the photographer, and start enjoying the process so much more.
Since re-introducing Ashley to this wonderful bride, Sylvie and Matt have hired her as their wedding photographer and they had this beautiful engagement session at the Ottawa Arboretum. They’ve also hired me to help plan and design their wedding, which I couldn’t be more excited for! I’m really pleased that everything is coming together so nicely, and it’s great to give someone the perfect referral. Looking forward to next September!!
More from Ashley:
Sylvie and I go way back. We used to lifeguard together back in the day and teach little kiddies how to swim. I was so excited when she contacted me about photographing her wedding! It’s always so much fun when you already know the couple to some extent so you can skip the “about this weather…” small talk and move on to the real stuff!
Sylvie was literally the girl next door. Matt and his family moved in next to Sylvie’s home a few years back. Sylvie recalls that her mom mentioned the cute boy next door multiple times, but it wasn’t until Sylvie finally laid eyes on him 6 months later that she knew there was something special about him. I adore this pair and cannot wait for their wedding next fall at the Watson’s Mill! These are some of my faves from our session together at the Arboretum!
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As promised, here’s Paolo Sebastian‘s spring/summer 2014 couture collection! My feature on Paolo’s gowns almost a year ago has been, by far, one of the most popular posts ever published on Satin & Snowflakes, and I wanted to show off this next collection. I love how dramatic every dress is. You really can’t find anything like this in Ottawa. The collection has a very 60′s feel, with strong patterns, form-fitting sheath gowns, and really great combinations of satin, lace, chiffon and ornate beading. Love it.
As she flips through page after page, she starts getting bored and angered by seeing the same old styles and colours that regularly grace the pages of their publication. She turns to her assistants in disappointment. “A magazine must have blood, and brains, and ‘bazazz’. This is just… paper, and if I send paper to the American woman, I will have let her down. Yes, ‘D’ for down, ‘D’ for dreary, ‘D’ for dull and for depressing and dismal and deadly.” she says while drawing giant “D”s on all of the pages.
She stops to gain her composure and one of her assistants lights a cigarette for her. As it is being lit, she sees a hot pink flyer on her desk, and comes to an epiphany: “Ah, here it is! Here is our theme, here is our answer: PINK!” They then proceed to break into song and dance for 5 minutes about how wonderful the colour pink is. (You can see the fantastic video of this whole scene here
if I didn’t sell it hard enough for you).
I think it is one of the best movies of all time, and when I saw Vera Wang’s 2014 Fall collection
, I immediately started singing that song, “Think Pink!”, in my head. In a time where coloured dresses are only just starting to make an appearance, and brides are still skeptical about even choosing the soft blush tones on the market right now, out comes Vera Wang with the brightest collection of mixed pink dresses you’ve ever seen. This closely follows the heels of her red collection. Clearly, Vera is trying to give the bridal market a big shot of tequila to help loosen us up a little.
I love her designs. I don’t know a woman that doesn’t. I bet everyone readying this right now probably loves these dresses too but is saying that they “couldn’t” do it on their wedding day. And I ask, “Why not?” Somebody’s got to shake it up a bit. Vera did it. Bravo Vera.