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Nautical Elopement Eco Styled Shoot

When it comes to styles, nautical always has my heart. I can never pin point just why I love it so, but when I see a shoot like this one from Kim Kalyn PhotographyFrench Kiss EventsTuktu Paper Co and Clare Day Flowers I basically have to surrender the rest of my day to devouring all the goodness. And you can join me in doing just that right here.


From Kim Kalyn PhotographyOur Nautical Elopement Inspiration shoot took place off the coast of Vancouver Island, a place where gorgeous scenery and picturesque backdrops continue to inspire us daily! With an emphasis on organic & eco-friendly details, we set out to highlight how even the simplest of celebrations, an elopement, can be filled with elegant and simple but stunning beautiful details! Sustainable and eco-conscious styling and beauty products were used on the models; the fruit and oysters were fresh and local, and many of the flowers, including the stunning Caramel Antique Rose, were grown on the Island as well!

The nautical elements were tied in subtly, through the classic navy striped detail on the paper goods, the sea salt favours, the boat necked wedding gown, vintage lanterns, and of course, the boat (not so subtle!)! The table-scape tied in all the colors of our palette, through the simple linens, stunning floral arrangement, and pops of gold! And finally, the piece de resistance came from an old HBC blanket, a Canadian Icon, which was brought out to keep the newlyweds warm on the way back to enjoy their first dinner together.

Photography: Kim Kalyn Photography | Floral Designer: Clare Day Flowers | Event Planner: French Kiss Events | Hair Stylist: Conscious Hair By Elena | Cake Designer : Pure Vanilla | Cinema And Video: Paper Heart Films | Dress Boutique : The White Peony | Invitation Designer: Tuktu Paper Co | Linens: Victoria Vintage China Rentals | Makeup: Melanie Baird Makeup Artistry | Specialty Foods: Ferris Oyster Bar & Grill | Tuxedo And Mens Attire: Citizen Clothing

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Winter Engagement Inspiration

Mark my words, Adrian Michael is one of the wedding industry’s quickest rising stars. With work that rivals the best of the best, you can bet your bottom dollar you’ll be seeing many more of his snaps on this little ol’ blog. Most recently, Adrian teamed up with Verbena Floral DesignFrench Kiss Events and Tuktu Paper Co. for an inspiration shoot that’ll leave you stunned and speechless. Sneak a peek right here!

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Winter
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From Barb Raymond of French Kiss Events… When I was first approached by Adrian Michael to collaborate together on an engagement inspiration shoot, I was beyond excited!! So, you can only imagine how much more excited I became, when we decided that my own fiancé and I would do the modeling!! It was seriously a wedding planners dream come true!! Strolling through the trails, on my way to the beach, where my groom to be awaits…perfection.

Looking to highlight the beauty of the west coast winter, and those romantic moments that can happen no matter what the season, we took our shoot to the beach. Our palette of grey, dusty rose and champagne came from the dusty and unbleached browns and grays of the driftwood, and the million shades of pewter and grey found in the sand and rocks. All these elements have such an ethereal feeling about them, and it is that feeling that we wanted to capture throughout the shoot.

The wispy Frou Frou chic ribbon that is hand died and dried in the warm sun of southern France, and rolled on to custom wooden spools, paired with the chiffon draped gown, came to life in the ocean’s subtle breeze. The floral crown and bouquet were created to be as wild and flowing as the ocean, and the subtle addition of the pheasant feathers gave the flowers a wild, yet sophisticated and luxurious touch.

The bouquet was a mass of ferns and foliage, along with a few blooms of pure white hellebore, or commonly known as “winter rose”, as it is the only flower that blooms in the winter. Cashmere and merino wool blankets protected us from the cold, and helped to create those quiet and romantic moments we were after. And the piece de resistance was the luxurious paper used for the winter inspired Save the Date, and that perfectly set the tone for this cold, and wintery engagement shoot.

Photography: Adrian Michael Photography | Dress: Pronovias | Floral Design: Verbena Floral Design | Hair + Makeup: Erin Bradley | Paper Goods: Tuktu Paper Co. | Planning And Styling: French Kiss Events

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Victoria Wedding from Jades Photography

Garden party chic with the prettiest pops of color, this next little number from Jades Photography will simply make you smile. It’s impossible not to when uncovering all the layers of pretty waiting for you in this gallery. With its sweet DIY touches, sweet florals from Fresh View Events and a couple so darling you just want to hug them, how could you not grin from ear to ear? See it all here.

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From the Bride… I always said our wedding style was going to be “garden party chic”. We wanted our wedding to be fun and casual, but still elegant. I’m a huge fan of colour so I knew right away that bright colours would be an important element in our day and I was obsessed with the ombre trend. I didn’t want everything to be too matching so we didn’t have specific “wedding colours”, but the recurring colours running throughout many of our design elements were navy and warm brights. My love of bright reds, fuschias, corals, oranges and pinks shone through from the beginning to the end in the men’s ties, the bridemaids’ shoes and the eye-catching bouquets–not to mention the show-stopping ombre dahlia curtain that provided the perfect backdrop for our heartfelt vows.

We decided early on that the most important elements to us were food and drink, and DIY décor. Funnily enough, I didn’t think flowers were too important to me, but looking back, the beautiful floral elements throughout were some of my favorite touches.

We did quite a few DIY projects for our wedding. My fiancé, sister, mom and mother-in-law were huge helps throughout the year.  My favorite was my “something blue” cross-stitch I made and sewed into the hem of my wedding gown with my fiance’s and my initials, and our wedding date. We made a ton of bright paper & ribbon signage, the dinner/drink/dessert menus, our table name flags, our escort cards all assembled on spray-painted gold frames, our “wish tree” which acted as our guest book, over 150 jars of homemade raspberry jam with cute fabric toppers, little washi-tape flags to go in our signature cocktails, great “hooray” and “thank you” banners for use in our photographs, and over 120 collected bottles, jars and vases for our mish-mash assortment of bud vases on every surface.

In the end, after all the planning, crafting, blog-reading and misty-eyed dreaming about how our day would turn out, our wedding day was the best day. We specifically had our celebrant make us take a moment to look out over the guests assembled and really reflect on those who were there for us, with us, to support us. That was a special moment, for sure. Thanks to our amazing vendors, the rest of the day fell into place as well, and my new husband and I were able to enjoy the most special day, filled with laughter and fun and love. The pictures tell the story… everyone is happy and smiling. That is what I remember when I think back to our wedding day.

Wedding Photography: Jades Photography | Assistant Photographer:  Chelsea Jean Photography | Ceremony Venue: Villa Marco Polo in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | Reception Venue: Victoria Golf Club in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | Event Planning: Blue Lily Events | Floral Design: Fresh View Events | Cinematography: Tom Wildey | Wedding Cake: Ooh La La Cupcakes | Wedding Invitations: Emily Armstrong from Starling Memory Design  | Wedding Dress: Ladybelle Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: Carly Flint