Elegant Cheekwood Nashville Wedding

This wedding, submitted to us by Jessica Lorren, has to be one of my favourite submissions of all time. It's one of those dreamy, romantic ones that instantly put you in a better mood for the rest of the day. The whole wedding, which took place at the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee, has so much southern charm to it that all I wanted to do was eat peach pie with vanilla ice cream while I flipped from picture to picture. Beautiful.

 

Photographer: Jessica Lorren | Designer, Planner & Stylist: Jessica Sloane Event Styling & Design | VenueCheekwood Botanical Gardens | FloristJessica Sloane Event Styling & Design | Calligraphy and Liner: Kitty Hobbs | Invitations:Urbanic | Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Jordan Byers | Bridesmaid’s Hair & Makeup: Amanda Gros | Brides DressReem Acra | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Videographer: Needle and Thread | Caterer: Clean Plate Club | Rentals: Music City Tents & Events | Chair RentalSouthern Events | Lighting: Tech Works | Band: Super T

The most perfect ceremony arch ever...

I don't often post about one specific element of someone's wedding, but when I do, it's usually because that single idea blew my mind and I have a feeling it will do the same for you. Hello crazy beautiful arch of gorgeousness! Is this not the most romantic arch you have ever seen? I adore the bright burst of warm colours mixed with the organic tied branches. It was just too pretty to pass up. 

Photography: Delbarr Moradi | Styling by Enjoy Events Co.

Stunningly Styled Belle Lumiere Film Workshop

From the photographer:

Last month, Belle Lumiere Magazine held a film photography workshop geared towards photographers of all levels ranging from never held a film camera before to ones who have been shooting film for a few years but wanting to improve their craft. Like many of the other attendees at the workshop, I had started out in film, left it behind when digital came out and just starting to rediscover film again.

At the workshop it was my first time shooting with medium format film and I instantly fell in love with the whole process. It was great to slow down and immerse myself with a group of like minded creatives, all wanting to take the time to explore film. I have to admit that initially I did keep checking the back of my camera but after a couple hours of shooting, I started to just trust myself. It was even better when I got my images back from Film Box a couple weeks later and saw the colours and quality of film through my own images. It was an unforgettable experience and none of this would have been possible without the amazing team that Lexi Vornberg brought together.

The teachers, Elisa, Edward, Austin and Ryan were all so knowledgeable, approachable and patient with each any every one of us. Ginny Au and her team were unbelievable with the styling, everything was so elegantly simple and authentic, such a joy to photograph. Also Caylin the model was gorgeous, Amanda Gros did a wonderful job with her hair and make-up.

 

Photography: Heidi Lau Photography | Film Lab used: Film Box | Workshop: Belle Lumiere |
Cameras: Contax Rental | Styling: Ginny Au | Paper Suite: Abany Bauer (Brown Linen) | Rentals: 12th Table | Hair and Makeup: Amanda Gros | Teachers: Elisa and Edward Bricker, Austin Gros and Ryan Bernal | Model: Caylin Cervetti | Dress: Dress Theory | Dress Designer: Sarah Seven | Florals: Kelly Lenard, Intertwine | Location of Event: Bloomsbury Farm, Smyrna, TN

Intimate Toronto Central Island Photo Session

There is no better place to celebrate Sasha and Eldevin’s love than the beautiful setting that the Toronto Islands offer. With a see-like view of Lake Ontario on one side, and the city skyline on the other, the Islands are made for lovers – and lovers of nature. This makes it heaven on earth for Sasha and Eldevin’s engagement photo session.

This too-cute-to-be-true couple met when they were still in high school. And with every passing day, their initial friendship grew into a romantic relationship. With their upcoming destination-wedding, there is no doubt that more great memories will be made on sandy beaches. We wish them luck on their future life together.

Photographer: Katya Leclerc | Florist: Botany Floral Studio

Another example of stunning contemporary calligraphy

Stephanie Fishwick

Perhaps I'm a little strange, but if there is one thing other than film that really stirs my soul, it's contemporary calligraphy. On film, of course. I adore everything about it. The whimsy, the delicate strokes, the character behind each letter... it is unique, elegant and artful. I just love it. I might go to Stephanie Fishwick's workshop this November in Charlotesville, Virginia just to learn how to do it myself. It's something I desperately want to get into but need to tools and knowledge before I jump in head first. Decisions, decisions... 

Calligraphy by Stephanie Fishwick, Photo and styling by Corbin Gurkin and Pearl and Godiva

Starry Nights, City Lights Inspiration Board

I am so very excited to share this inspiration board with you all. A bold and beautiful bride hired me recently to design her September 2015 wedding at the National Arts Centre here in Ottawa. It is being held in a rooftop tent in the centre of the city, and she wanted to do something "vintage, modern, and different"... all at the same time. She kept saying that she wanted it to look like a starry night, but she wasn't sure what she meant by that. I understood though. Initially she wanted to go with a very soft colour palette, with creams, champagnes, golds, and some black elements to make it more modern. She wanted to find a way to mix vintage glam with modern city flair.

I took it to another level. She seemed like the kind of bride that could pull off a more moody, darker colour palette, as long as it was still chic and timeless rather than trendy. Midnight blue table clothes, cigar bars, gold votives with wine and berry inspired florals and gold letter press seemed to be reminiscent of a rich night on the town under the city stars, and with bistro lights strung around the tent and behind the head table, I think it will look breathtaking.