I’ve always been a fan of weddings that are classic, simple and timeless. There’s something about weddings that embodies the fine art aesthetic that really speaks to me and draws my eye in. I often tell my couples, that I’m there to capture their wedding day as it unfolds, I will be there to provide direction and style elements but always keeping it simple and classy. That way when you look back on your photos years down the road, you’ll still be happy with your photos and remember all those sweet moments on your wedding day. So when I saw that Laura Olsen was hosting a workshop at Graydon Hall Manor, I knew I had to attend because her styling is exactly that, intimate and timeless. And I’m so excited to have my images and experience featured on Vale and Vine.
The workshop was 2 days of inspiration and education, covering all areas of styling and photography. Laura brought together an extremely talented group of instructors and speakers that went over everything from stationery, florals, tablescapes, social media, branding, film, and the list goes on. It was definitely a great time to get inspired and experiment with your style and approach.
This romantic and handwritten invitation suite was beautifully put together by the lovely ladies, Lauren and Nina of All Things Lovely Paper Co. They also brought a variety of wedding invitation suites in all kinds of pretty colours and styles, the options were endless. I also loved the vintage Canadian stamps they used, I even had some of the same ones in my own personal collection.
Ok, if you follow my blog or know me in person, then you know it’s no secret that I’m a sucker for florals and a huge fan of Becky of Blush and Bloom. One time I watched her create a centrepiece in a matter of minutes and it literally was like magic, she just pulled some things here and there, snipped and trimmed, turned it around a few times, then voila, masterpiece! Becky was also on site to give us tips on tricks on what florists like to see when their work is being photographed and also the what not to do’s, which was so helpful!
At the end of the 2 days, Laura and the talented vendors put together this gorgeous long table, where we were treated to a delicious dinner. I thought I would mention the food at Graydon Hall Manor, who kept us well fed both days, is always so good! Not only is the manor itself stunning, their food never disappoints. In fact, we’re aways going back for more!
If only all my dinners looked like this! Maybe for thanksgiving this year I’ll attempt to style my table a little better, even though it’s usually overflowing with plates of food.
Our models were also so very patient with us, it’s not easy putting up with a large group of photographers, most of us are uncomfortable with just one. Our groom looked so stylish in his perfectly tailored suit from Gotstyle and our bride in a classic look with a unique twist, a bridal pant suit by Catherine Langlois.
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Planning & Styling – Laura Olsen of Laura Olsen Events for Cherish Workshop
Florals | Blush and Bloom Flower Studio
Paper Goods | All Things Lovely Paper Co.
Ribbons | Silk & Willow
Gowns | Catherine Langlois Bridal
Veils | Posh Veils
Jewelry – Hattitude Jewelry
Hair & Makeup | The Look Beauty
Suits | Gotstyle Menswear
Linens | Susan Murray International
Tabletop Rentals | Plate Occasions
Venue | Graydon Hall Manor, Toronto, Canada
Models | Rekha Patel and Mike Mains
Film developing and processing | Caribou Film Lab