by Cynthia
03.21.17

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The Inspiration from photographer Lushana Bale:

The idea for this shoot came about on a cold February day while dreaming of Spring and mountain adventures. My friend, wedding planner Ashlie Metcalf, had recently moved out to Squamish (a small town about an hour north of Vancouver) so this was the perfect chance to create some mountain top wedding inspiration together. I really wanted to emphasize the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, so the Sea to Sky gondola in Squamish was the perfect choice! It offers such a stunning setting with a view of both mountains and ocean. After a long winter, I wanted to create photos that felt like springtime in the mountains. We put together a team of talented vendors from Toronto and Vancouver to help bring this vision to life.

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Photographer: Lushana Bale Photography | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Harmony Wedding & Event | Flowers & Decor: Garden Party Flowers | Rentals: Bespoke Decor | Hairstylist: Save The Date Beauty | Makeup Artist: Save The Date Beauty | Bride’s Dress: Rue de Seine | Cake Baker: Cake by Nicole McEachnie | Bridal Salon: Union Bridal | Groom’s Attire: The Tux Store | Invitations & Stationery: Peartree & Clover | Bride’s Jewelry: Hattitude Jewellery | Location: Sea to Sky Gondola

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by Cynthia
03.17.17

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The Inspiration Behind The Shoot from Photographer Samantha James:
With temperatures that can be downright frigid, planning a wedding during the Winter in Michigan is not for the faint of heart. Winter here, however, can be beautiful and it was the simple loveliness of the season that inspired this shoot.We wanted to create a romantic, winter wedding setting to inspire couples to think outside of the summer months when planning their wedding. With a monochromatic color palette of white and silver, we brought the outdoors inside. Adding textures like the white confetti linens and sparkling white sequin table covering really captured the feel of snow and elements like the clear glass vases, acrylic escort cards, and ghost chairs were our ice contributions. Lots of candles, soft white roses, hydrangeas, and a stunning lace and tulle gown definitely enhanced the romantic feel that we hoped to achieve.

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Photographer: Samantha James Photography | Location: Century Club Ballroom | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: White Dress Events | Flowers & Decor: Wasserman's Flowers | Invitations & Stationery: Jamie Lynne Creative | Cake Baker: Ryke's Bakery | Hairstylist: Flawlessly Finished Event Artists | Makeup Artist: Flawlessly Finished Event Artists | Rentals: The Rental Company | Rentals: Redi Rental | Linens: Special Occasions West | Bride’s Dress: Spring Sweet

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by Cynthia
03.14.17

We are so smitten with the idea of getting married at an antique carousel, or as we like to call it, the “Marry Go Round”.  Especially when the carousel is on the beautiful Connecticut shore with stunning vistas of Long Island Sound. 

The details from the photographer Joanna Fisher:

Hayley & Alex wanted to celebrate their love somewhere unique and fun, hoping to capture the essence of their relationship on the day they became husband and wife. At Lighthouse Point Carousel, a Connecticut historic landmark, they achieved just that. Built in 1916, the historic carousel is housed in the pavilion building, a large, open building right on the Long Island Sound. Guests spent the evening alternating between fun on the dance floor, and fun on the unique hand carved wooden horses – a piece of New England history! The bride wore a blush pink gown encrusted in rhinestones and dripping with ruffles – a perfect nod to her fun, artistic spirit. The flowers, designed by Bleached Butterfly, were the perfect complement to the day, showing off unique and unexpected blooms, playing off of the quirky spirit of the location.

Photographer: Joanna Fisher Photography | Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld Bridal | Reception Venue: The Carousel at Lighthouse Point | Catering: Ciao! Catering | Flowers & Decor: The Bleached Butterfly | Hairstylist: Utopia Salon | Cake Baker: You Take The Cake | DJ: DJ Richy Steele

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Montana Ski-Inspired Engagement

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This engagement session set in the snowy Montana mountains completely made us swoon when it landed in our inbox – between the charming Mule Bar with refreshing hot toddies to share with your love, the snowy backdrop perfect for a playful snowball exchange, and hello – the utterly amazing floral ear muffs!! We think this […]

2017 Wedding Trend – the Elopement

We are #smittenwith the rise in elopements collecting in our inbox.  This new trend encompasses all of our favorite elements of a styled shoot with the true love and commitment of a wedding.  Of course a big dreamy wedding with lots of loved ones in attendance will never go out of style, consider a new idea, […]