Calling all bride and grooms-to-be that find themselves waffling between a drop-dead gorgeous hometown soiree and a magical destination wedding.  Because this breathtaking shoot from High Culture: Weddings & Special Events?  It’s for you.  An ode to all things destination with the perfect seaside inspiration, it’s a lesson in combining your ultimate dream of a far-off locale with the awesomeness of the place you call home.  Add in some amazing vendors like FaBLOOMosityRyan + Beth Photographers and The Art of Cake and it’s also an oh-so-pretty way to spend a Friday.  Join me in the gallery for more.

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The popularity of the destination wedding is becoming increasingly popular; however, have you ever considered bringing the memories of your favourite travels as inspiration to your wedding, regardless of the location? What’s stopping you from bringing your favourite destination to your hometown? Through transforming a venue, a space can be converted into your favourite place, without having to compromise your guest list or turn your wedding into a wedding and honeymoon duo.

Our vibrant city, Edmonton, has a lot more to offer than meets the eye and if it’s another destination that inspires you most, well, why not bring your favourite things from that place to your Edmonton-based wedding? Of course, it is easy enough to say that you could just have a destination wedding, but it isn’t always as simple as that. Often, brides and grooms are deterred from destination weddings because of the financial significance to their guests, the matter of having to take time off from work, and the simple fact that not all of their loved ones will be able to attend the affair. So, why not bring touches of your favourite destination to your wedding and save the traveling for your honeymoon?

As a designer, I have worked with couples who have been inspired by their travels, as well as others who have had a destination wedding, but would like to host a reception in their hometown, so as to have the opportunity to celebrate with a greater number of their loved ones.

For Ryan + Beth Photographers’ Full Circle Workshop, we took the inspiration of a beach wedding and creatively, tastefully, and beautifully designed a mock wedding for Michelina and Paul. Through the use of neutral tones, we were able to employ the use of materials in whites, creams, and ivories, as well as understated pops of green to resemble the depth and diverse textures of the beach. Sea shells in a soft palette were delicately and creatively used by Janine Sebastian, the floral designer, who subtly placed them throughout the floral design. Our collaborative design team opted to understate the literal representations of the beach and rather use this location simply as subtle inspiration for a grandiose event.

Photography: Ryan + Beth Photographers | Wedding Dress: Lillen Collection (Style = “Monique”) | Floral Design: FaBLOOMosity | Cake: The Art of Cake | Stationery: Justine Ma: Design + Hand Lettering | Rentals: Universal Décor | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Shoes: Michael Kors | Groom’s Attire: Derks Formals and Menswear | Accessories: Sara Laurence | Bridal Boutique: Delica Bridal | Creative Director + Styling: High Culture: Weddings & Special Events | Design + Decor: High Culture: Weddings & Special Events | Hair + Makeup: Jenn Chivers – Freelance Hair & Makeup | Wedding Venue: The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

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