Part Two of the Natural Beauty Inspiration Shoot, as seen on WedLuxe Magazine.
Le Belvédère is a large space with high ceilings, gorgeous poured concrete floors, and 85 feet of windows overlooking the snowcapped hills and filling the room with warm, natural light. We brought Spring inside, even though the snow was still thick from the previous day’s storm.
The head table was surrounded by four birch trees, which were filled with plush greenery and roses. Soft gold with grayed jade accents shone through in the place settings and invitation suite. The 15 feet of tablescape sprawling across the table was filled with beautiful white roses, seeded eucalyptus, sweet peas, anemones and more.
Our bride, adorned in two stunning Monique Lhuillier tulle skirts layered atop one another, wore an elegant crown of cluster roses and sweet peas. Hair and make-up were naturally inspired to look soft and angelic, and when placed in a setting of snow and mountains, she looked ethereal.
The décor used were antique specialties, including a 100-year-old teacart featured with a vintage mirrored gold tray and brandy vases. Highlighting the organic theme were the favors, teardrop shaped glass terrariums filled with sage, moss and pebbles. The cake, a masterpiece of grayed jade, herbs, sugar flowers and gold accents, could not have looked better on its ornate gold cake stand. Capturing the whole scene on film was the only way to go.
We hope you love the soft, subtleness of this shoot as much as we did creating it.
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
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
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
Besides all of the creamy, dreamy details (like the veil, gorgeous pink and blush-toned florals, and the five-tiered cake), when I originally saw this wedding on photographer Anne-Marie Bouchard’s blog in December, I couldn’t stop thinking about the ballroom where Karen and Dustin’s beautiful reception was located. I have never seen anything quite like it and wanted to know more. The French provincial decor is literally jaw-droppingly beautiful with its seemingly periwinkle blue walls with gold and cream accents. Of course, it is located in none other than the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.
Fondly known as the “Wedgwood” or “Oval” Room, the Adam Room was named after the British architect Robert Adam, who made this style of decoration famous in the late 18th century. The Adam Room can best be described as breathtaking. It truly stands alone in the luxurious beauty and design of its sculpted ceiling and oval shape, enhanced by a magnificent entrance platform. (excerpt found here)
As a funny little side note, even though I have seen this wedding on Anne-Marie’s blog a number of times now, I have just noticed that Karen is actually the daughter of my former boss, Tom. Congratulations on your lovely daughter’s wedding, Tom!
Karen’s incredible flowing veil, the bright pinks and soft blues that kept popping up throughout the day, the sweet feminine touches everywhere and the classic formal elegance these two loves exude. What a day, what a night. Congratulations Karen & Dustin! Thank you so so much for including us in your beautiful day.
Photographer: AMBphoto / Wedding Planner: Chic Wedding Planning & Design / Florals: Flowers Talk / Cake: Sophie Bifield Cake Company
While looking for the perfect natural make-up ideas for my next post, I came across this INCREDIBLE beauty shoot that Tec Petaja shot for Once Wed. I literally couldn’t pic just one image to share… so I share them all with you today. This is natural beauty gently enhanced by subtle make-up and elegant hairstyles. This, in my opinion, is true beauty.
Photographer: Tec Petaja / Publication: Once Wed / Hair & Makeup: Jordan Byers / Styling: Joy Thigpen / Dresses: The Bride Room