Be prepared to be whisked into an enchanted fairytale that’s one part sweet and one part wicked. The story starts out with a bride and groom surrounded by lush gardens, tree lined walk ways, and weathered elements. The wedding décor is playful and whimsical with wispy ribbons, and a soft romantic palette of lavender & peach accented in pink, teal & gold. Soon we are suddenly whisked away to a ruined mansion where a bride waits for her groom. Her look is as timeless as her surroundings and there is an air of mystery that surrounds her. When we seem to be lost in the beauty of a time once forgotten we are once again whisked away this time deep inside a mossy forest with wooden walkways surrounded by swampy land and a carefree bride with a flair for the dramatic.
From Anne Edgar Photography:
The romantic look for this side of the shoot was simply beautiful. While our stylists set up the mysterious side, our photographers Anne, Carla and Megan along with our planner Afzia spent time exploring the Arboretum taking advantage of the beautiful surroundings with the bride and groom.
Rebecca from High Gloss Weddings created a beautiful bouquet filled with pink peonies, purple freesia, hyacinth, white tulips, delicate orchids and green hydrangeas. She added natural elements of ferns, moss, feathers and birch bark to tie the look together. She also provided a lot of the decor pieces making this shoot come to life with beautiful style.
Our bride Claudia wore her own gown. A beautiful white ruffled strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline and a bodice adorned with pearls and crystals. An inspiration to future brides for sure!
Her handsome groom and true love looked smashing in his grey suit and bow tie. Sonia of Sonia Ryan & Co., was our makeup artist for this inspiration shoot. She did a fantastic job of giving Claudia a romantic look using a soft creamy color palette. Michelle our hair stylist did Claudia’s hair in loose ringlets and added a little bit of elegance with a crystal hairpiece from our stylist Rebecca’s collection.
Jen from Sweet Treats by Jen designed us a beautiful cake infused with the woodsy romantic feel complimenting the theme of the day. For the romantic side of the forest she created a simple three tier square cake with gold swirls. Adding a little moss, flowers and a miniature gold birdcage to adorn the top pulled the look together.
Afzia from Style & Elegance worked her magic along with the stylists to create the romantic tablescape. It sprung to life when two tables were snuggly placed between weathered benches inside the garden. Layers of white linen, scalloped satin overlays and ribbons blended the feeling of light. Natural elements of moss, roses, orchids, peonies, ferns, fiddleheads and even a set of antlers created the stunning centerpiece.
Tracey from Little Details created a whimsical invitation suite of shimmery gold with whites and purples to compliment the romantic vignette. A deer head motif was used to blend the natural elements. She also created a unique seating chart out of an old garden accessory and menu cards that were placed upon each plate. For the mysterious side she created a watercolor inspired invitation and a sign that hung from the vintage side table.
Bride Trudy wore her own gown, encrusted with pearls & sequins, and a vintage hair style by Savija Ellis with make up by Rebecca at High Gloss Weddings completed the look of this old time bride. Stunning flowers continued the theme of deep purples and reds with feathers, beautifully created by Kerrie-Anne at The Floral Factory.
From the romantic side we traveled down a beautiful tree lined lane way and into the swamp to the mysterious side of the Enchanted Forest. The perfect spot for a little something different. At the edge of the boardwalk was an enclave of tall grasses, fallen trees and roots covered in moss and of course the water.
Brenda our bride wore her own beautiful ball gown with it’s twisted ruffed design at the bottom, it paired perfectly with this side of the forest. She was fearless throughout the day and even went barefoot when needed. Sonia our makeup artist created a sleek and sultry look with darker shades of grey. Hinting at the romantic side she used soft color on her lips. Michelle our hairstylist let Brenda’s dark locks fall in big loose curls on her shoulder and the other side was swept up with a sparkly clip.
Purple, teal and grey ribbons where hung across the boardwalk to create a curtain effect and an old barn door leaned against a tree.
Our stylists created a quaint little whiskey and cigar bar using a vintage hall table topped with moss, a crystal decanter, vintage glasses, old cigar boxes and a deer skull.
Our photographers made full use of this natural element and the images say it all!
Photographers: Anne & Megan of Anne Edgar Photography/Carla of CGE Photography|Planner: Afzia of Style and Elegance |Decor & Flowers: Rebecca of High Gloss Weddings|Flowers: Karrie-Anne of Floral Factory |Stationery: Tracey of Little Details|Cakes: Jen of Sweet Treats by Jen |Makeup Artist: Sonia of Sonia Ryan & Co|Make Up: Rebecca of High Gloss Weddings|
Hair: Michelle F. from Pino’s Salon|Hair: Savija Ellis|Location: Arboretum at the University of Guelph