La Mariée Moderne // Styled Bridal Shoot at Crestmont Hall in Calgary, Alberta
We love everything about this modern floral and femme-fatale inspired shoot, especially the message behind it!
“I feel like often women are made to feel that they can only be one thing. Girly or Athletic. Smart or Pretty. Strong or Feminine.
And the same is true for brides. I had seen so many shoots lately that are either hyper-feminine with pastel palettes and classic silhouettes, or very bold with avant-garde makeup or edgy gowns. There is absolutely nothing wrong with those shoots, in fact I’ve fallen in love with so many details from shoots exactly like those! But as I looked at them, I felt like they were missing the mark for brides who found themselves in the middle. I wanted to create a shoot for the bride who wants both, for the bride who doesn't want to be defined by just one thing.”
- from the stylist
So here is an inspiration shoot for all you modern brides who love black and blush pink, who admire bold geometric patterns but don’t quite know how to incorporate them into your wedding in a subtle way. This shoot combines the best of both worlds: it’s feminine and bold, soft and geometric, classic and modern.
The engagement ring had a vintage striated diamond setting, paired with modern hexagonal bands and matching earrings from Ah Designs.
We adored the detail of the feminine blush silk robe that was part of the bride’s “getting ready look”. The bridal gown had a stunningly classic silhouette: simple, elegant, and beautiful. This stunning backless gown, designed by Tara Lauren, was from a lovely bridal boutique found in downtown Calgary, Novia Mia. We featured this elegant crepe gown on a handlettered bridal hanger from Bexley Design Co.
The bridal makeup was simple; soft blush lips and a subtle glow, just enough to enhance the bride’s natural beauty. Sydney Janzen was the very talented hair & makeup artist who brought this “modern bride” concept to life with a stunning hairstyle featuring custom-designed ribbons from Bexley Design Co!
The shots that were captured of the bride’s hair and back are some of the simplest and most beautiful moments of the whole shoot, and we love the photographer’s soft and romantic shooting style! Hats off to Megan Brittney from Common and Co Weddings!
A modern geometric edge was infused into this shoot; not only through the geometric patterned fabric found in the chiffon ribbons tied in the bride’s hair and around the bouquet, but also through the hexagon shape found in the silver hexagonal earrings, dangling just above the bride’s shoulder, as well as some other elements in the shoot.
We chose to integrate black elements throughout the shoot to add an heir of elegance, sophistication, and a little boldness; the gorgeous feather coat and modern black sandal from Blondie Boutique added just enough of an edge that they complemented the geometric ribbon nicely while also contrasting with the softness of the sleek white gown.
Just look at this cake! This three-tier beauty included marbled fondant and silver geometric shapes. And my favourite part was how far Tamara from Bake My Day took the colour palette… the cake she created wasn’t just a black and white masterpiece on the outside, but also featured a delicious cookies n’ cream cake on the inside!
a modern table & seating chart: reception inspiration
The Fabulously Floral Ceremony
Juxtaposing the black accents and bold geometric design found throughout the event, there were also an abundance of florals adorning every corner of the space. Blooms of pink and white elevated the venue to a floral haven, one which every bride dreams of for her wedding day. Laurie from Hen & Chicks is a floral wizard, and created the most stunning ceremony floral installation! I can just imagine the incredible scene of the blush pink and white blooms surrounding a bride and groom as they exchange their vows!
This styled shoot also showcased unique ideas for signage, such as the unique seating chart and table numbers written on glass bottles, as well as a modern stationery design.
The bride’s modern nail design was done by Drift Luxury Nail Bar. We love this black and white look and think more brides should opt for a modern design like this on their day.
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Styling & Creative Direction // Rebekah Bronte
Photography & Videography // Common and Company
Florals // Hen & Chicks
Nails // Drift Luxury Nail Bar
Hair & Makeup // Sydney Janzen
Dress Boutique // Novia Mia
Dress Designer // Tara Lauren
Feather Jacket & Shoes // Blondie Boutique
Jewelry // AH Design
Cake // Bake My Day
Stationery & Signage // Bexley Design Co
Model // Megan Lavoie
Venue // Crestmont Hall