styled shoot: romance al fresco

Today is a day for big news, and not only because my idol Benedict Cumberbatch's engagement was just announced. It's also a great big day because my dear friends Jenna and Jennifer at The Event Room are officially launching their brand new website.

I am so proud of these two hard-working women. They have a strong shared vision as well as complementary skill sets. They are immensely talented and just lovely to be around. I'm happy to have worked with them on many occasions, including Jennifer's own wedding last fall. Most recently, they expertly coordinated the launch party for my Feeling of Fragrance project. I'm sending a big hug and warm congratulations to my friends today. I know this is the start of something big for them.

We thought their launch day would be the ideal moment to show you our latest creative collaboration. I'll let The Event Room tell you all about it:

Our vision for this styled wedding shoot was "romance al fresco" through the juxtaposition of elegant luxe elements in an intimate garden party setting. The concept was inspired by the idea of taking the glamourous feeling of a black tie affair, and the relaxed vibe of dining with friends and fusing them together. It’s about living life as if every day is worth wearing your special occasion jewellery, or busting out the nice china. Where the finer things in life should be enjoyed along with the simple pleasures. 

The main design elements of the tablescape are crisp, white linens with silver and blush accents bathed in candlelight, all under the cover of towering willow trees. The mercury glass votives, crystal and silver candelabras and a chandelier strung from the trees set the tone for romance. The floral design takes the idea of from garden to table to a new level, with a light and fresh colour palate of beautiful full blooms and lush greenery draping over chairs, and cascading from the vintage washboard cake table. 

DIY hand-painted silver pear place cards, and framed paper goods that include romantic quotes add a sense of understated elegance. We couldn't resist a subtle nod to the glamourous life of Manhattan’s elite — the faux guests at this outdoor affair fit for Blair Waldorf were none other than the characters of Gossip Girl. The invitation suite was designed to be soft, simple, elegant and modern. Our baker The Sweet Spot Cupakes designed an array of treats with a luxe sensibility (read: glittering, silvery sugar!) that made them almost too pretty to eat.

A special thanks goes out to our models Meg and Steve, a real life married couple who spent their first wedding anniversary shooting with us. Now, without further ado, here are the images from our Romance al Fresco styled shoot:


Concept and Styling: The Event Room  //  Photography: Dallas Curow Photography, assisted by Karly Boileau  //  Venue: private residence  //  Florist: Helen Hardmeier of Florals by Design //  Rentals: Absolute Tent & Event Services  // Makeup and Hair: Dallas Curow  //  Baker: The Sweet Spot Cupcakes  //  Stationary: The Tansley Press