From Laura Olsen Events “‘The first words Aleks used to describe her vision for her wedding at Stratus vineyard, were bright, colourful and modern. I was immediately hooked! While I do love a timeless palette of whites, greens and soft shades, I love being challenged with an event design. It was so much fun to flex my creative muscle and merge my love of classic timeless elements with Aleks’ passion for fun and colour. The ceremony took place beside the rows of vines and the ceremony altar was anchored by two large, lush, potted arrangements of greens, blooms and tropical leaves. The Press Alley at Stratus was the perfect industrial base to easily dress up with dark linens and chairs and lots of bright candles and flowers. Ashley Elaine Florals created a spread of bright blooms, grouped in vases by single variety to run the length of the table, also accented by large monstera leaves to add height to the tablescape and play with the height of the ceiling. We added tall taper candles to add a romantic element to the design. We strung 280 feet of edison bulb cafe lights draped with greenery to bring the ceiling down and add a dramatic effect while maintaining soft lighting for dinner. After dinner, guests moved into the retail space that was converted to a dance floor area with a huge 30 foot bar. 586 Event Group kept the dancing going all night and guests were practically dancing out the door at the end of the evening…”
We wanted to create an inspiration for an adventurous bride. A girl that spends her free time hiking in the mountains and camping by the bonfire. A girl that would take boots over heels anytime. What if she was to stay true to her real self on her wedding day.
What if she was to put on an easy to wear dress, comfy boots, and even throw on her favorite hat. Her bouquet is inspired by wild flowers, the ones that the couple was admiring on their fist hike together. Low Maintenance, cheerful flowers just like our bride herself.
She is ready for her mountaintop elopement with only closest family and friends. She is ready to promise to be forever adventures to the one her heart loves.
This was one of those shoots that was born in my soul, for my soul. I am so grateful for a team of Halifax wedding vendors who came together to dream with me and make this a reality. Huge thanks to Wedding Sparrow Blog for the feature.
Our shoot was inspired by a beautiful story of a Victorian heroine Grace Darling. Grace lived in a lighthouse on the Farne Islands in England with her father. One stormy morning she looked out from her window and saw a shipwreck.
She woke her father up and together they went out into the rough sea, risking their own lives, to rescue the people, who were clinging to the rocks of, waiting for help. Her father climbed onto the rocks to examine the injuries of the survivors, and tend to their needs, while Grace stayed in control of the boat. In the terrible weather, Grace fought hard to stop the boat from getting too close to the rocks while her father helped the survivors.
One by one, the survivors were helped onto the boat, until all of them were safely on board. Grace and her father took the survivors back to the Longstone lighthouse, where they tended to their wounds and cared for them for 3 days until the storm finally passed. Grace became nation’s heroine, with tales of her bravery even reaching Queen Victoria.
In our shoot, we wanted to portray a brave spirit and a beauty of a simple humble village girl. Because we believe that real beauty comes from putting other’s first and being always ready to help those in need.
Photography: Julia Park Photography | Film Lab: Alpine Film Lab | Floral Designer: Humble Burdock Farms | Dress Designer: Katrina Tuttle Bridal | Hair & Makeup Artist: Selena Marchand makeup artistry | Calligraphy: Scribble and Script
I don’t usually write here, but these are the words of the bride and I wanted to include the story and vision behind their day. Because I believe that your wedding should be a representation of who you are as a couple and those guys have done it oh so well.
Scroll away, and I hope it inspires you to personalize your day in a unique way!
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this Emerald Lake Lodge wedding Inspiration
Photos are taken at Luminous workshop
Styling: Well Styled Life
Film Lab: Photovision
Caligraphy: Plum Calligraphy
Makeup and Hair The Pretty Haus
Venue: Emerald Lake Lodge