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SO PRETTY CARA COTTER ICONIC COLLECTION

I was recently commissioned by Edmonton-based jewellery designer Cara Cotter for her brand new Iconic Collection of bespoke pieces. This collection allows clients to choose their icon and style of chain or bracelet to create a beautifully customized piece. In order to showcase the myriad styles that can be made from the Iconic Collection, Cara styled many different combinations for our model, Hilary. This was a dream project in every way for me. I hope you enjoy Cara's exquisite work as much as I do! You can shop So Pretty Cara Cotter online, in her Edmonton studio (open to the public Thursdays 10am-6pm, or by appointment), at the West Edmonton Mall's RAAS installation, or at a variety of her stockists.

Jewellery, production and styling: Cara Cotter

Model: Hilary M of Images Models

Photography: Dallas Curow

the rose mint studio | business portraits

I love photographing fellow business owners and artists, so I jumped at the chance to visit the new floral studio of Jill from The Rose Mint. Jill and I had previously worked together on a styled shoot with the Toronto Flower Market and she created perfect arrangements for my Feeling of Fragrance show. Although her studio is brand new, Jill is already creating floral magic in the space. When I arrived, she had it stocked with fresh flowers for some upcoming jobs, as well as lots of other trinkets, ribbon and mercury glass vessels. Best of all, she was accompanied by her dog and cat, Heidi and Errol, who love sitting with her as she works. Jill is an incredibly talented artist and a wonderful person. If you're getting married in Toronto and looking for beautiful floral design, definitely reach out to her. Here are a few of the images I took of Jill and her sunny studio, and her pets.























reimagined winter wedding in toronto

This has been my first winter in Toronto, and it's been a chilly one, so I was very enthusiastic about teaming up with some fellow wedding industry professionals to create a styled winter wedding that we would shoot indoors! During our initial brainstorming session, we talked about how we wanted to do a winter shoot that felt light and dreamy instead of heavy and dark. So instead of wrapping our bride in blankets and trekking into the snow, we decided to set our sights on a sunlit indoor space and create a styled celebration that felt like a warm haven on a cold day.

Here's our planner/stylist The Event Room to tell you more about our concept:

The inspiration for this shoot came to us after a heavy snowfall blanketed the city of Toronto, Canada — a once bustling city was transformed into a dreamlike snow globe, something truly magical to behold. We sought to capture the look and feel of freshly fallen snow, crisp winter skies with a softened urban/industrial vibe. 

Our vision for this styled shoot was a modern, reimagined winter wedding, light and soft, ultra-feminine with a masculine edge, the perfect affair for a stylish metropolitan couple. We incorporated a soft colour palette of snowy whites and icy blues, soft lines and layered textures. The main design elements featured a white on white sweetheart table setting, with lush and creamy florals, faux fur rugs and cozy pillows on Louis ghost chairs. Gold touches, pale blue chargers, crystal quartz prisms and fluffy cotton added warmth and depth to the delicate tablescape. The invitation suite and paper goods created by Paula Lee were modern, dreamy, soft, and like a snowflake, completely unique as they were artfully created by hand with beautiful white calligraphy on vellum. The dessert table followed suit, with macarons, a simple watercolour cake on white pedestals, and in the background a glowing neon heart sign. 

We fell in love with the idea of working with local Toronto vendors to create a unique local vibe. Uniting with graphic designer Elemenopee Design, we worked to make Toronto front and centre, with the backdrop of the shoot being a one-of-a-kind map of the City, with a heart spotlighting the venue, Artscape Youngplace. For our beautiful bride, we imagined two looks, an elegant white gown for daytime and a light-as-air black number for when the sun sets and the neon lights are aglow. 


The floral design was created by Karen of Cedar & Stone Floral Studio.







The elegant calligraphy was done by Paula Lee. I loved the white on vellum look.








This gorgeous white dress was provided by LoversLand, a super cool new boutique on Toronto's Ossington strip.




This awesome multi-frame map of Toronto was made by Elemenopee Design. See if you can spot the heart that marks the location of our shoot.





The cake and macarons were provided by the talented folks at Le Dolci.











As I mentioned, when we were imagining our winter wedding concept, we loved the idea of the bride changing into a dark gown for the evening portion of her day. This knockout number and chic accessories were provided by Clementine's Luxury Resale, a lovely new shop in Rosedale.




Thanks to friends at SOOP SOOP for lending us this pretty neon heart.



Thank you so much to all who contributed to this shoot!

Credits

Venue: Artscape Youngplace  //  Planning and styling: The Event Room  //  Photography and makeup: Dallas Curow  //  Floral design: Cedar & Stone Floral Studio  // Calligrapher: Paula Lee  //  Model: Anastasia/Orange Models  //  Bride's dress (white, Nicole Miller) provided by LoversLand  //  Bride's dress (black, Theyskens' Theory), shoes and gold necklacke provided by Clementine's Luxury Resale  //  Bakery: Le Dolci  //  Graphic design: Elemenopee Design  //   Rings: Brazen Design  // Crystal earrings: Kate Spade  //  Gold earrings and bracelet: Joe Fresh

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:


Credits:

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