While your neighbors below in the States are feasting the day away, we thought it would only be appropriate to give you something to feast your eyes on this festive Thursday morning. And although the Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone – this rustic photo shoot by Revel Events will give you so much to be thankful for. Captured perfectly by Gucio Photography, believe me when I say you’ll want to devour each and every image! Click here for even more!
From Gucio Photography…When Gucio Photography and Revel Events got together to set up this rustic, autumnal photo shoot, it was a classic Vancouver day—grey skies, wind, and rain—but we kept cozy indoors at the lovely Ironworks Studios in Gastown. A refurbished warehouse from the 1880s, the Ironworks provided the ideal inspiration. With its weathered, bottle-green paint on the original wood plank floor, its fir beams, brick walls, skylights, and antique metal accents, no venue could have more aptly embodied our theme of rustic Canadiana. We were inspired by natural textures and colors, and wanted to incorporate as many raw materials as possible into our shoot; in particular, we aimed to feature objects and images reminiscent of the West coast of Canada. Wood, moss, pine cones—and yes, even antlers—helped set the scene and enhance this cool color scheme.
Graphic designer Leah Browne created all of the stationery, including escort cards, table numbers, menus, favor tags, and dessert flags. She used textured kraft paper to compliment the rustic theme, and her design incorporated images of animals indigenous to this beautiful corner of the earth. Inspired by Leah’s design, we glued twigs to the escort cards and used a bed of moss in a wooden tray to anchor this 3-D twist on a seating chart. Instead of seating your guests at table 1 or 2, why not invite them to take a seat at Salmon, Deer, or Bear?
We were so excited to find this antique solid wood dinner table with its scalloped edges and intricate scrollwork. The table has so much character that it would have been a shame to cover it up; instead, we chose to accent the dark wood with a mottled grey bamboo table runner. Clusters of candles in various heights lined the runner and lent a warm glow to the table, highlighting the true showpiece: the fabulous terrarium centerpieces! Nghia Diep at Blumen Floral Boutique crafted these gorgeous succulent creations inside a trio of apothecary jars. The place settings were accented with guest favors of white porcelain acorn ornaments that also served as the place card holders. Fruitwood chiavari chairs added a delicate complement to the heavy solidity of the table.
Of course, no table would be complete without a delicious meal! We brought award-winning food blogger Emily Wight (Well Fed, Flat Broke) on board to create a West Coast menu to feature in the photo shoot. Her menu incorporated the best meats, cheeses, and fresh produce that the Okanagan and Fraser Valley have to offer. The fabulous Vancouver home décor and accessories store, Walrus, provided us with wood serving trays to showcase Emily’s culinary delights.
To cap off the meal, we created a tiny cake-built-for-two, plus a buffet of other Canadian-inspired confections: maple cupcakes, Nanaimo bars, beaver tails, and berries. For those DIY-ers out there, our vintage-inspired green dessert table was a $15 Salvation Army find. We sanded off the unattractive shellac, painted the table this cheerful shade of green, and then sanded the edges and corners to give it that weathered look. It was a fun, budget-friendly way to add a pop of color and character to the décor.
Our stunning model, Kimberly, allowed us to play dress-up with her all day. She spent the morning having her hair styled by Lauren McFadden, and her makeup done by Emily Cheng. Aiming for casual elegance, we steered clear of the typical wedding gown, opting for a trio of short dresses. Each one evoked a different mood: the first, a playful party dress that we commissioned local designer Carina Gonzalez of Philosophy Pink to create; the second, a pure white, flowing linen and lace frock from H&M; and the third, an elegant, flirty, halter dress in a pinkish hue from Club Monaco.
Blumen’s garden-inspired bridal bouquet was a feast for the senses—it looked beautiful, smelled incredible, and featured so many textures and shades of white, grey, and green that it was truly a work of art. The boutonnieres were delicate, yet masculine, and tied in beautifully with the floral accents in the terrarium centerpieces.
Of all the bridal accessories we used in the photo shoot, none was more meaningful than the most enduring of wedding symbols: the ring. The magnificent pearl solitaire gracing Kimberly’s hand was handmade by local jewelry designer Rex Lavado (Broken English) as a gift for his wife, who graciously allowed us to borrow it for the day. Every gal in the room was envious!
Photography: Gucio Photography / Décor, Shoot Coordination, Cake + Desserts: Jenna Smith of Revel Events / Stationery + Décor Consultation: Leah Browne / Floral Design: Nghia Diep of Blumen Floral Boutique / Food: Emily Wight of Well Fed, Flat Broke / Model: Kimberly Love / Hair: Lauren McFadden / Make-up: Emily Cheng / Attire: Carina Gonzalez of Philosophy Pink, H&M + Club Monaco / Shoes: Banana Republic / Ring: Rex Lavado of Broken English / Hair Accessories: Julie Gunn of Sage Leaf Studio