Jun, 06, 2013

featured in wedluxe magazine!
scandinavian inspired style shoot

I am so excited to post these pages, found in the current WedLuxe Magazine (Summer/Fall 2013).  Well in advance of each issue of WedLuxe Magazine, they send out a call for submissions for their editorial “Style Files”.  Each time this happens, the elite in Canada’s wedding industry scramble to put together teams and dream up concepts that will not only inspire brides and grooms, but will take their creativity to the next level.  This issue of WedLuxe is their “wanderlust” issue – inspired by travel.  I am ALWAYS inspired by travel, so I had no idea where to even begin with this theme – there were far too many amazing options!  Malvina from Fabulous Occassions put forth “Scandinavia” as an idea to our team, and we all jumped on board, loving the fresh, effortless style of the Scandinavian countries.  We wanted the shoot to mimic the Scandinavian design esthetic (minimalist, with clean lines, and an eclectic mix of texture – wood, metal, pottery and raw fabrics and paper) , but with a “WedLuxe” twist. Malvina put a lot of thought and effort into bringing in items that fit the Scandinavian story – the dala horse, a traditional symbol of Sweden; Eames chairs (a Danish design); three wedding rings (customary in Scandinavian countries); the Rivini wedding dress, inspired by a Swedish Ice Castle; the Kransekake (a Norwegian wedding cake that houses a bottle of champagne), and so many more subtle details.  I couldn’t be happier with the results of our incredible team.  Everything that each person contributed was jaw-dropping-beautiful.  I absolutely love the esthetic achieved with this shoot – clean, and elegant with an organic feel, and a hint of whimsy.  The thing I adore most about this shoot though, is that it offers real inspiration for engaged couples.  If I was getting married again, I think I would replicate every part of this.  For more images of this beautiful shoot, please go to WedLuxe’s blog:  www.wedluxe.com/scandinavia.

Shots above:  Nicole Richards worked her magic on the model to transform her into a breathtakingly beautiful Scandinavian bride (with the help of Rikki Zucker on hair), and Tara Fava‘s beautiful custom floral crown and earrings.  Invitation suite by Deborah Lau-Yua hand-crafted wood & brass letterpress suite (hand-illustrated), with a cotton stitched details booklet that features the Scandanavian coastal line interpreted through lace detail. (WOW!)

All of the details came together so beautifully.  – d&d Floral Design’s flowers – a variation of all white for the bouquet and tablescape, which was also flanked by branches of white apple blossoms.  Stunning.  The gold and aquamarine rings by Anne Sportun – which I wanted to hide in my bag on the way out (and they were a perfect fit for me).  The brass jewellery box and ring holder by Skultuna , a Swedish  fine metal manufacturing company, founded in 1607 at the bequest of King Karl IX.  Menu by Palettera – a delicate blend of hand-stitched papers and  stamped with gold foil.  Gold-dusted dessert pear by Connie Cupcake.  Can you believe that is cake??

Favour boxes by Palettera – stamped with the dala horse and a hand-painted edge.  A trio of cakes by Connie Cupcake, stunning in their soft colour and detailed craftmanship.

And one of my favourite cakes – a traditional Kransekake, Connie Cupcake style.  The bride and groom need to eat a few layers off the top of it before they can celebrate with the bottle of champagne hidden inside!

I’m so proud of this shoot, and grateful to the incredible team that put their heart and soul into each and every element:

Creative director and producer:  Fabulous Occasions
Floral design: D&D Floral Designs Inc.
Stationery: PALETTERA Custom Correspondences
Cake design: Connie Cupcake
Location: The Field House, Berkeley Events
Gown: Rivini, “Crystal,” available at Dina Alonzi Bridal
Custom made floral crown and earrings: Tara Fava Jewellery
Hair and makeup: Nicole Richards and Co.
Rings: Anne Sportun