The design for this editorial photoshoot was inspired by the elegant, vintage feel of the Manoir Chamberland (a lovingly-restored heritage property and 4.5-star boutique hotel situated next to a stunning historic church, with a magnificent garden and pool area) in Quebec. If “Bridgerton” took place during the Edwardian era, this is what we imagined Daphne might choose for her wedding day.
Beautiful, tall arching windows were echoed in the rounded chairs, and a Victorian-style gazebo provided the perfect canvas for a lush floral ceremony installation. The palette of colours ranged from soft blues to peachy blush, with rose, cream and champagne tones. Silver accents were a nod to the historical quality of the Manoir, with fine details such as hand-dyed silk ribbons, elegant calligraphy and stunning hand-poured beeswax taper candles.
The florals featured abundant, seasonal local blooms and foliages, such as spirea, tulips, and ranunculus, mixed with luxurious imported roses and delphinium. All of the floral arrangements and installations were created using sustainable, re-useable base mechanics, with no floral foam. The bridal bouquet was airy and light, and finished with trailing silk ribbons to dance in the early summer breeze.
Flourish & Knot creates romantic, artful floral designs for celebrations in the Montreal and Ottawa areas. Owner and lead designer Sarah Burnell infuses elegant and whimsical charm into florals brimming with seasonal beauty. With an emphasis on sustainability, each Flourish & Knot wedding is crafted with incredible attention to detail and tells each couple’s story through flowers and bespoke event design.
The editorial styled wedding was photographed by Kerstin Hahn Photography, a wedding photographer who is capturing intimate weddings, elopements and love stories in Montreal and around the world.
Mlle Raspberry Events, a full-service event planning company that specializes in designing celebrations that radiate with authenticity, provided an enjoyable day-of coordination experience for the photoshoot, bringing this unique vision to life.
Films by Jinbon, an Ottawa-based wedding videographer, perfectly captured the emotions, details and gorgeous scenes of the wedding editorial in video.
Montreal bridal shop Château de la mariée Nadia (a mother-daughter bridal boutique) dressed and styled beautiful bride Emma in two distinctly different looks. The first gown was fit for a glamorous, modern garden princess, with floral beading, incredible train, and a vintage-inspired bodice. The reception and cocktail gown was a breezy nod to summer in the garden, with 3D organza petal details and an elegant V-neckline.
Boutique Senso Uomo dressed Patrick in two classic summer looks. The first, an elegantly-cut beige suit with chic pale pink accents, and the second, a light linen suit with a summery feel.
The invitation suite and vow booklets were elegantly hand-lettered by Montreal-based Neilson Letters and the seating chart was artistically created on glass garden cloches. Rose gold-foiled place markers for the dinner table and a whimsical “Just Married” banner for the getaway car completed the look.
Naturally dyed ribbons by The Maple Den were incorporated throughout the day, showcasing their versatility and adding a natural, romantic whimsy to the fine details such as handmade vow books, chair markers, place settings and RSVP cards. A table runner of 100% silk chiffon and naturally dyed a light and airy touch of pink colour added texture and depth to the cake and cocktail vignettes.
Silk ribbons in a silvery-grey were used as place markers with rose gold-foiling in collaboration with Neilson Letters.
Montreal-based, international makeup artist Narges Sheed created a timeless and romantic look for a natural chic bride. Narges was inspired by the seasonal trend of simply enhancing the natural beauty of a bride on her wedding day. The hair and makeup was fresh, elegant, and unfussy.
The Wax Studio Ottawa used 100% filtered beeswax, eco-friendly and vegetable-based dyes, along with pure cotton wick to create a set of 12″ tall taper candles in pastel colours that beautifully complemented the gorgeous florals and table decor.
The goal of Olga Leclair, the artist behind LOFT.bijoux, is to select the most beautiful gems, to pay attention to their ethical and ecological background and to know as much as possible where gems are coming from. The statement ring that is highlighted in this shoot is a gorgeous aquamarine from Brazil with side topazes Blue London. The hand-made earrings are sapphires and from Sri Lanka and diamonds with the matching sapphire necklace that the brides maid is wearing. How cute is a matching set for bride and brides maid? The gold is 14k from recycled gold!
Sabrina Sigouin, cake designer and owner of La Belle Pâtissière, created a dusty blue cake with delicate fresh flowers in pastel shades, giving a light and airy touch, while gold foliage and real gold leaves on the cake brought a touch of added luxury.
SoulStation Orchestra’s string trio created a whimsical and elegant live soundtrack for the editorial, with the electric violin show adding a touch of modern flair to the reception!
Our couple, Emma and Patrick, have an inspiring love story. Emma is from England, Patrick is Canadian. They met in Montreal and it was love at first sight, only separated by two continents! On Emma’s 30th birthday Patrick went to visit her and proposed. Soon after, she decided to move to Montreal. They started their lives together just a little over 2 weeks before the photo shoot, which gave just enough time for a COVID quarantine!
Due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions, they have not yet been able to have a wedding celebration with their friends and family. This editorial photo shoot was a wonderful opportunity for them to celebrate their love and have gorgeous wedding photos. It took away the stress of planning a big wedding during the global pandemic.
–Kerstin Hahn, Kerstin Hahn Photography