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January 19, 2016

Inspiration is a concept that I discuss so often with new Brides. With so many avenues for wedding inspiration these days; from Pinterest boards to fine art photography in bridal magazines; the choices for colour palettes and décor design can be very overwhelming in the beginning stages of planning. I have always been a strong believer that a blank canvas, as intimidating as it may seem, can be a wonderful opportunity to paint a vision. A thoughtful selection or arrangement of objects is not only visually appealing, but it can also provide clues about the history of a relationship; making guests feel closer to the couple and enhancing the celebration. 


So where do you start? Today, I'm sharing some photos from our recent styled photoshoot, featured in Vale & Vine, with some of my top tips for selecting décor that can showcase your personality and create a lasting emotional connection.


"Blessed are those who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." - Camille Pissarro



Natural Heirloom Wedding



Tip #1: Reflect on your personality


Instead of focusing on trending styles, identify one or two elements of your personality that you most want to reflect in your décor design and transform these traits into colours, textures and ambiance.  


For those who follow my work, it will come as no surprise that I have a soft spot in my heart for the town of Salmon Arm, BC and the Shuswap. Between late Autumn and early Winter, before the snow starts to fall, this region undergoes a beautiful transformation. A dense and delicate fog starts to hang over the mountains surrounding Shuswap Lake and falls deep into its valleys. The landscape inspires shades of dusty blues and cool grays and produces a feeling that time is momentarily suspended. It was this feeling of peacefulness that we aimed to showcase in the décor design for our latest styled photoshoot. 



The tablescape, designed to be airy and romantic, was set up in a local farmer's hay field. This location was selected because it offered plenty of surrounding natural beauty, allowing for more subtle décor. The delicate white table runner, reclaimed wood table, organic white and gray shaped plates and white rose and eucalyptus floral centerpiece were all carefully chosen to replicate the lightness and flowing nature of the suspended cloudy mist at this time of year. Copper mugs and a cozy sheepskin were also added to provide a pop of warmth for a cool winter day.




Tip #2:  Enjoying Quality Time


Ask yourselves, how do you enjoy time together as a couple? What were you doing during the happiest moments of your relationship? Did you find a quiet spot by the fireplace to read books and sip on warm drinks together or do you prefer escaping on weekends to explore new places? Each couple has unique ways to enjoy quality time together and they should definitely be represented on your wedding day. If you love enjoying a gourmet meal together with a great bottle of wine, consider allocating a larger portion of your wedding budget to food & wine to share your all-time favorite dishes with your guests. If you love entertainment, a fantastic band might be the best investment for your reception so you can dance the night away!



SPOILER ALERT: I love anything and everything with sugar and butter. 


Baking and sharing something sweet is not only quality time for me, but its a way to express some creativity. For this shoot, I really wanted to style a dessert table that would marry my sweet tooth with the rich blue colours of Shuswap Lake. With so many beautiful cloudlike cake options floating around in my head (pun intended), I finally settled on a semi-naked white frosting cake. This cake was the definition of blank canvas when it arrived from the bakery; white-on-white-on-white. By layering some gorgeous blackberries on top of the cake and a few eucalyptus leaves on each tier, we added a needed pop of color while remaining true to the all natural theme.



Tip #3:  You don't have to be literal


When reflecting your personality in your wedding décor, you don't always have to be literal. If you love romance and elegance, you don't necessarily need sparkling crystal chandeliers or extravagant floral centerpieces. Consider selecting soft and warm colors, like light pink, ivory, champagne or gold; as well as a variation of linen textures on your tables to create a swoon worthy venue.    



The romantic and airy theme was at the forefront of the style chosen for the Bride & Groom's attire, as well as the floral arrangements for this photoshoot. The charming blue bowtie and suspenders were sophisticated yet laid back; while the breathtaking lace detailing of the wedding dress, floral hair crown and the white rose bouquet with light blue silk ribbons were the perfect final touches to this romantic, airy, natural and feminine design. 




Tip #4:  Never Be Afraid To Play


Last but not least, my final tip is to never be afraid to play. Once you have a few ideas in mind, my best advice is to test them out. Just like a hair trial for your wedding day, it can be extremely beneficial to rent some items you have in mind and create a trial table. By adding and removing items, you will feel more comfortable with the elements you like and dislike; giving you peace of mind that your decor will be just as imagined on your wedding day. So set up a date with a few of your closest friends/family, open a bottle of wine and play with many different design versions until you've found the one you have the deepest connection to!


Sometimes, the greatest satisfaction comes from taking apart your composition and putting it back together in a different, often better way. 












Models: Jordan & Brittany Grieve

Photography: Vintage & Vogue Photography

Hair & Makeup: Missy MacKintosh

Floral Design: Crocus Floral Design

Silk Ribbons: Stella Wolfe

Vintage Rentals: Meadowsweet Vintage Rentals & Events

Stationary: The Vintage Inkwell Calligraphy Shoppe

Cake: Bohemia Bakery






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