Oh you are definitely in for treat today! I am so thrilled to finally get the chance to share this amazing photoshoot with you. It’s a step away from the frilly and fluffy wedding inspiration shoots that I normally feature and that’s definitely one to get excited over. It’s rustic but with plenty of modern elements and it’s got just the right mix of texture, print, exotic statement pieces and hints of cultural details. The genius behind today’s feature is Kristina McAnally of Event Planning Headquarters who teamed up some of Edmonton’s finest wedding vendors. Shot by Shandro Photo, absolutely no detail was overlooked. What I love most about this one is the fact that many of the ideas are attainable and I do hope it inspires you to push the envelope when it comes to your wedding. You’ll definitely want to bookmark this one for later.

The bouquet itself is just breathtakingly beautiful. It’s unique arrangement, shape and vibrant colours absolutely make a statement.

Shares Kristina:

With summer finally upon us after a very long Canadian winter we were just aching to put together a shoot that would evoke the spirit of warm nights spent outdoors with someone you love. We wanted a location that was raw and untouched but still romantic and flooded with soft light. The perfect location was scouted out by husband and wife team, Michael and Haley Shandro, of Shandro Photo. A small patch of land on the West end of Edmonton that had tall grasses and a wash of evening sun. With a ring of trees bordering the location, we got a secluded “just for us” feel. Inspired equally by nature and glamour we set out to develop our concept using different textures, prints, and subtle cultural touches.

Our tablescape was a true expression of our vision. We began by combining several different linens from Special Event Rentals, one a neutral pintuck linen and the other a textured crocodile leather, to create the base of our table. From there we layered more refined elements like the gold rim goblets, mercury glass candle holders, and the glossy metallic elephant. Pairing these items with more rustic items such as the wooden carved roses, feather balls, and the stone vase of the centerpiece gave us the balance between wild/organic and classic/glamour that we were seeking. The centerpiece was without a doubt the focal point of the table. Created by floral masterminds Janine and James of La Piazza Dasee, the custom built Witch Hazel Tree was a marvel of lush, exotic florals that stretched almost the entire length of the table. The vibrant colors really popped against the mostly neutral tones below it.

We tried to incorporate similar elements throughout various portions of the shoot. For example the textured, woven basket that we used on the cupcake table was mimicked by the charger plate on the tablescape. We also used different animal elements throughout; a giraffe chair pad, small plastic toy animals were transformed with paint to dress them up, a leopard print ribbon was used to wrap the brides bouquet; these small details added a lot of depth to the shoot.

The models were one of the largest expressions of contrast. Being of different races they were an exotic mix of light and dark and we just couldn’t get enough of the two of them together. The clothing, makeup, and accessories really emphasized our glamorous/wild combination.

We can’t say enough about how happy we are to have had an opportunity to collaborate with so many talented, local vendors! We could talk for hours about how everything came together but maybe we’ll just let the photos do the talking. We hope you’ll be inspired and enjoy!
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DETAILS (Edmonton & Area vendors):

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Concept and Design – Kristina McAnally with Event Planning Headquarters*
Rentals – Special Event Rentals*
Decor Accessories – Edmonton Wedding & Party Centre*
Photography – Shandro Photo
Flowers – La Piazza Dasee
Bridal Gown – Bridal Debut
Tuxedo Rental – Derks Formals and Mens Wear
Make Up Artist – Anita Gill
Jewelery – Stella & Dot
Cupcakes – Flirt Cupcakes
Stationary – The Paper Tree

* denotes a featured member on our Love List

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