I am not going to lie, I struggle with blogging. A lot. Which is weird, as anyone who has known me for a long time, know that I have actually had travel articles published, won writing awards in school and honestly thought that somewhere down the road I would have some sort of writing career. Fast forward twenty years and here we are. Blog struggles. I usually start the blog piece and then quickly put it off and push it so far to the side that I only feel a little guilty about not finishing it. Plus there is the unanswered question - does anyone actually read this?
This shoot took a lot to come together, it was a struggle. It almost felt cursed. We had models drop out, dress shops change their mind, a suit that didn’t materialize. It was so stressful, but the end product feels magical. Maybe it’s because we did put so much work into making it happen? I couldn’t have done with without the support and work of Casey Nolin Photography - not just for the gorgeous photos but for the late night texts and her unwavering positivity that this would come together. There may have also been wine?
The idea for this shoot started with the idea for this table. I was dreaming of a table that felt like it was on the forest floor - moss, succulents, ferns and a real wild energy. I think when I described it to Gloria at Beyond Flowers, the florist that collaborated, I said “I want it to look like the Earth is swallowing the table”. I layered a moss runner with real moss, succulents, antlers and these really incredible local flowers that Beyond Flowers sourced. It fit into the beautiful venue, La Lune so perfectly with Dianne’s greenery dripping chandeliers and fairy lights. The chargers had a lily pad feel to them which I instantly loved and the mercury tea lights felt like floating flowers on the table. This table is still hands down one of my favourite pieces.
When it came to the dress Anna Lang Bridal came to the rescue. Originally we had a different idea for the dress but Casey and I fell in love with the whimsical feel of this ballgown that had appliqué flower petals attached. Oh and can we take a moment to admire the bouquet of my dreams from Beyond Flowers??
Our amazing hair and make up team from Made Beauty Co. (Velangeline and Charlene) gave Jensen a fresh, glowing look and hair that embraced her natural curl. Charlene actually pulled out an old school crimper to finish the look. Our groom model, Ari, is a stylist at Waltz on in Barber Shop so he took care of his own styling.
This shoot makes me miss summer. The beautiful golden light, lush flowers and shades of green. I really am a summer baby at heart. I’d love to hear what you have to say about our inspiration shoot.