Vision and Planning behind the Pemberton Shoot
I was approached by local make up artist, Ashley Sharpe, to assist with the designing and planning of a winter wedding styled shoot. What started with her contest to find a couple for the shoot, turned into us finding the most beautiful and loving couple, their sweet little baby girl and their modern-day love story. As soon as I saw the photo our subject couple, I was drawn to their uniqueness and vibrancy that came through in that photo.
Amanda, from Sault Ste. Marie and Oscar from Mexico, met by chance one evening in Vancouver. Oscar had been wanting to propose after dating for about year, and then they found out they were expecting! Oscar didn’t want to take away from the excitement of the arrival of their first child and he knew planning a wedding with a newborn and families who live in different, far away cities could be quite stressful. He waited until their daughter was born and he then proposed elopement! Oscar whisked Amanda away for a romantic weekend, where they eloped – no guests, no dress, no photographer. Just the two of them.
Hearing this story, we wanted to create real wedding day moments for Amanda and Oscar to capture in photo, so we arranged a first look at a ceremony site, a chic portrait session at a stunning Equestrian Centre and an intimate reception in a beautiful, rustic red barn. We didn’t allow Oscar to see Amanda in the dress before the shoot, so we had him wait at the ceremony site with his back turned and eyes closed. The moment Oscar turned around and opened his eyes to see Amanda was one of the highlights of this shoot!
Vision For The Site
Given that the West Coast seldom gives us the snow that makes for a classic winter setting, I envisioned a type of “winter” wedding for Amanda and Oscar in stunning Pemberton at Riverlands Equestrian Center with the beautiful Red Barn and snow-covered mountains as the backdrop.
Wanting to involve local vendors in the shoot, we discovered our florist, Jules, who creates fabulous and unique arrangements. I had been wanting to do a unique hanging floral arrangement in the Red Barn and Jules came up with the idea to use baby’s breath, which can be tricky to pull off, but we feel the risk paid off as it made for a beautiful and interesting piece to the reception setting!
Since the shoot was in the Pacific North West, we decided on using neutral colored flowers and to add subtle pieces such as pine cones, pine leaves and herbage like rosemary in the arrangements, cake décor and champagne to give it a wintery feel. Jules presented us with “muddy” roses and pampas grass and therein came the vision to create the ceremony site with these floral arrangements, adding candelabras and rustic wood stands to compliment the rustic location.
Wanting to tie in the rustic theme inside the barn for the reception site, I envisioned a harvest table. The table would also serve to provide more space for a less cluttered, minimalist look on the table top. To incorporate the baby’s breath from the hanging arrangement, we added some geometric glass and brass-trimmed holders, filled with baby’s breath and fairy lighting which also tied in the other brass décor an accents. The darker wood table, floral arrangements and neutral toned linens helped to create some contrast against the shiplap lined walls inside the barn. Candles and string lighting set the ambiance for the evening reception and we were able to incorporate the arrangements from the ceremony at each end of the table to further romance the look of our reception setting.
Vision For The Couple
Amanda’s natural beauty, fair complexion and gorgeous locks would make any gown look stunning. For this almost rustic, winter shoot I felt something in lace with a train and beautiful long veil would suit her and the location perfectly – especially if we topped it off with a lush, deep colored lip. For Oscar, I felt a maroon suit would compliment both of their beautiful, romantically contrasting skin tones. We finished Oscar’s look with a black bow-tie for more formality and we changed Amanda’s hairstyle and lip color for the after-ceremony photos.
We love the outcome of this collaborative styled shoot and the special moments we were able to capture for Amanda and Oscar. We hope to whisk you away in the culmination of their love and our wedding day vision.
Design and Planning – Sasha Cake and Champagne Events
Photographer – Ashley Mickey Ashley Mickey Photography
Make Up and Hair – Ashley Sharpe & Sarah Schreiner Be Flawless Beauty Bar
Florist – Julia Hoogeveen Flowers and Jules
Venue – Riverlands Equestrian Riverlands Equestrian and Weddings
Dress – Nadia Dreams Come True Wedding Boutique
Suit – Derek Cardero Clothing
Rentals – Rob Event Rental Works
Cake – Salima Amarshi The Sweet Boutique by Sal