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An Intimate Elopement at Home

Updated: Mar 17, 2021

Published in Canadian wedding blogs, Dear Bride and Tale of Tulle!

This styled shoot could not have happened at a better time for us. With our current quarantine resulting in lots of time spent at home, I feel like this session will resonate with many of our readers.

Although big weddings have been cancelled this year, at least until July or August it seems, many couples are choosing to still go ahead with their weddings - even if it means having a small elopement now, and celebrating their reception with loved ones at a later date when larger group gatherings are able to happen again.

This styled shoot was put together just about a week or two before the lock down happened here. The original premise of this shoot was to photograph a couple getting ready together on their wedding day.

I remember driving home one day, a few months ago and having almost a light bulb moment. I thought - I need to do a styled shoot that is completely dedicated to the getting ready process. There's something about the morning of your wedding - it's simplified, it's raw, and it's emotional. I wanted to devote my time to capturing just that. So, what would that mean? What would it look like? Of course, we could have this totally dedicated to the bride and it would be so beautiful. But I desperately wanted to show this love story. And I wondered what it would look like if we pushed against these social norms. Just a bit. Could our couple get ready together on their wedding day? Sure, why not! And so this is what we did.

We purposefully chose this gorgeous real couple to be our models. Their names are Jessica and Zach, and they completely embodied the true love and modern couple edge we were hoping to capture. Our getting ready photos included everything from laying in bed in the early morning together to reading their vows to each other in the peace and serenity of their own home. We also set the table for an intimate brunch with their closest friends and family.

Our models were then photographed having ‘getting dressed’ photos done together, followed by intimate portraiture with a backdrop set in their living room.

This styled shoot was dedicated to showing modern couples that their wedding day is entirely their own, and they can spend it however they like. There are many benefits to getting ready with your closest friends and bridesmaids/groomsmen – and there are many benefits to spending it with your soon-to-be husband as well.

This styled shoot could not have happened without coordination from planner Graceful Weddings and Events.The getting-ready outfits were from The Curated Root, in the beautiful show-room home of Bowers Construction. The table rented from MacFarlands Events was wonderfully catered by Kitchen Door Catering. Florals by Little Thistle Floral Design. Bridal gown from Katrina Tuttle Bridal. Earrings from Studs Astray. Bride and groom rings by Touch of Gold. Makeup Chantelle Brown, hair by Devyn Kirkwood. Stationery and flatlay styling by Paper Chain. Shoes Bella Belle Shoes, and cake by Cake Babes.


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