styled summer wedding shoot: underwater garden

I'm so excited to share with you the most recent styled wedding shoot that my creative partner, Elyse, and I recently produced. After our fall styled shoot at Resto Le Local, and our winter shoot at Chateau Ramezay, we were greatly looking forward to creating a summer wedding shoot that would celebrate the beauty and warmth of a Montreal summer.

Since Elyse is the creative mastermind behind the conception and design of all our our styled shoots, I will leave it to her to introduce the inspiration behind this summer wedding. From Elyse:

In the last couple of years, the bridal market has been virtually flooded with gorgeous, fashion forward gowns for under $1000. With the introduction of lines like BHLDN, J. Crew bridal and White by Vera Wang, it seems like fewer brides than ever before are being forced to settle because of their budget.

Yet everyone’s definition of inexpensive is different, and unless you happen to hit the thrift store jackpot, the options for dresses under a couple hundred dollars are still far from plentiful. This is especially true for brides whose personal style doesn’t veer towards the simple and classic, or those who have always dreamed of a gown that’s the star of the show.

But just because you need to consider the bottom line doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a dress that gets people talking. With a little imagination and a willingness to think outside the box, even big chains often offer great options that will leave a lasting impression. With this in mind, I set out to find a dress that one wouldn’t normally think to wear to your wedding, and make it the focal point of the whole affair.

It didn’t take long before I found a stunning gown with an equally stunning price tag. The beautiful watercolour floral pattern along its hem made me think of a bouquet under the sea, and I knew that by combining its painterly quality with bright colours and sea life décor, we could create an underwater garden party that would knock any guest’s socks off!

Keeping with the budget-friendly theme, we made sure to pack as many money-saving tricks into the shoot as we possibly could (like using vases with small mouths for easy arranging and maximum impact). We were also determined to not only create almost every element ourselves, but to tackle projects that neither of us had taken on before. If we were going to say that anyone could do it, we wanted to make sure it was true.

Our d.i.y.s included a dip-dye tablecloth made to resemble waves, watercolour napkins and invites, and a show-stopping fabric chandelier that cost us only $25! The best part? Crafternoons with the girls feel so much more like play than work!

We love that the end result reflects what the world underwater is truly like: from sparkling schools of fish to clusters of bright coral, the sea is a veritable explosion of every shade in the rainbow, and stopping at blue and white simply doesn’t do it justice!

Oh and the dress? Total strangers stopped us throughout the day to gush about our bride's amazing choice.

Our location for this shoot was Jarry Park, just north of Montreal's Little Italy.

The stunning cake was crafted by Cathy of The Cake Whisperer.

Our gorgeous models were Jessica and Daniel:


Jessica and Daniel are both amazing dancers, so I couldn't resist asking them to show off their latin dance skills.

Thank you so much to everyone who helped us out. We truly could not have done this without you.

Stay tuned for a behind-the-scenes look at this shoot!

Credits: Photography: Dallas Curow  // Styling: Elyse Cragg  //  Models: Jessica McGovern and Daniel Tinoco  //  Floral design: Elyse Cragg and Dallas Curow  //  Cake: The Cake Whisperer  //  Makeup: Jennifer Johnson  //  Hair: Dallas Curow  //  Bride's dress: Mango  //  Bride's shoes: BCBG (at The Bay)  //  Bride's necklace and ring: Forever 21  //  Bride's bracelets: vintage  //  Bride's nails: Essie St. Lucia Lilac  // Groom's pants and shirt: GAP  //  Groom's vest: Forever 21  // Groom's shoes: Spring  // Invitations: Dallas Curow  //  Special thank you to Jim Cragg and Barbara Woodward, Brian Fauteux, Tiffany Pope, and Heather Tasseron.