by Sharon Auld
I am thrilled to be able to blog this Lakeside Wedding, styled shoot we did for the Calgary Bridal Guide! For this shoot, we were given colors and asked to design a shoot around the colors. The colors were greys and neutrals and a deep red. I couldn’t help but think how neutral colors work well in a natural setting, so I took inspiration from nature…rocks, twigs, and the beautiful setting of the rocky mountains! My mind was set on a lakeside wedding inspiration and I sought out ways to incorporate the color scheme into an outdoor, natural setting!
For this shoot I was teamed up with the very talented Rafal from One-Edition: Weddings by Rafal Andronowski Photography. We both did a little scouting around and agreed to shoot at either Lake Minnewanka or Two Jack Lake. On a windy, overcast spring day, my husband Don and I met up with Raf and decided to set up our little shoot on the picturesque shores of Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park. Raf took all the stunning photos you see here!
One of the things I love best about the mountains are the numerous lakes, rivers and streams. I’ve always loved spending time near (and in) the water! For me, lakeside = summer! In fact, water and the mountains are a huge part of the mountain (and Canadian) culture and the perfect setting for this wedding inspiration!
Your wedding invitation is one of the first indications your guests have as to the type of wedding you will be hosting. For this shoot, I really wanted the invitation to reflect the “wedding” locale! For these invites, I used a real “driftwood” looking, wood veneer, some natural hemp twine and some small pebbles to reflect the lakeside setting!
A little whimsy, for a casual wedding is always good, so I had a little fun with the reply card!
I love neutral colors because of how easily they can be incorporated into natural or rustic weddings, but a pop of color can really complement neutral tones! For this shoot we were teamed with the immensely talented Sarah Mayerson of Sarah Mayerson Design. Sarah’s designs are always so incredible and I couldn’t wait to see what she would do with the long piece of driftwood I brought her. I had really wanted a long, low design for the centerpiece so as not to detract from the beautiful mountain scenery and I thought that using the intense red color would provide the perfect pop of color.
As usual, Sarah’s centerpiece design was a show-stopper! The peonies, rununculus, succulents, pods and spanish moss are stunning in this beautiful arrangement!
For this shoot, I also included a small cake and favor table. I used rustic wood risers we made from reclaimed wood and filled the table with cake and sweets. One of my favorite DIY additions was the flag bunting. I made the bunting from canvas that I cut into small flags and hand-painted with stripes and dots for a lakeside feel. I also made large wood letters to represent the “couple’s” initials.
Thanks for visiting! Please stop by again as we will be posting all the details of our tablescape! You can also check out the latest edition of the Calgary Bridal Guide, on newstands in and around the Calgary area for more photos from this shoot!
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