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Wild Spring Romance: A Poppy-Filled Bridal Shoot in Toronto
Photos By Frances Beatty
By Lauren Kathryn on Jun 17, 2016 at 3:00 am in Vintage, Modern and Bohemian
Held in a whitewashed studio suffused with light and shadow, a quietly elegant space set off by architectural elements from eras past and warmed by the soft flicker of candles, today’s mesmeric bridal shoot showcases a trio of winsome gowns from Toronto-based designer Maureen Patricia, whose simple yet striking pieces are constructed entirely by hand in her downtown atelier. Inspired by early spring’s quintessential bloom—the delicate, sprightly poppy—this dreamy work of art evokes the magical cusp between winter, in all its icy starkness, and the season after, awash with color and fresh beginnings. Dancing on that beautifully blurred line where the two worlds meet, it is at once moody and bright, wistful and whimsical. Cheery citrus hues play against deep emerald tones, and photographer Frances Beatty enthralls the eye with her subtle use of chiaroscuro.
Floral designer Ashley Elaine used a vibrant mix of poppies, tulips, daffodils, and ranunculi to create this eye-catching mantelpiece arrangement, flanked by small groupings of candles in staggered heights.
Maureen Patricia’s “Dear Heart” gown features delicate French lace straps, an airy silk-chiffon skirt, and a lace-up back.
Makeup artist Erin Winn gave model Rae ruby-pink lips and rosy cheeks but kept her skin luminously pale. Hair by Pea’s casually elegant coifs complemented the look beautifully.
A colorful sign announcing the drink of the day, a Saint Francis, was hand-lettered in brush calligraphy by Quill + Oak. The citrusy cocktail gets a kick of tartness from fresh lime and grapefruit, as well as a hint of bitterness from Campari.
Inspired by abstract artworks, chocolatier Brandon Olsen’s painterly geometric truffles come in a range of exotic flavors, such as yuzu and sake; pistachio, orange, and bergamot; and raspberry, rose, and fennel.
Hoop bouquets are an emerging trend in wedding floral design. This one features a cluster of garden roses, tulips, and ranunculi framed by wispy ferns and lush foliage in the deepest of greens.
Aptly called “Fairytale Ending,” this Cinderellaesque gown boasts a powder-blue hue and a light lace overlay.
Sharing is Happiness
Photography > Frances Beatty
Concept > frances beatty and ashley elaine
Location > a photography studio in toronto
Flowers > ashley elaine
Gowns > Maureen patricia
Desserts > cHOCOLATES X BRANDON olsen
Vintage rentals > Ashley elaine
Hair > hair by pea
Makeup > the look beauty
Paper Goods > quill + oak
Calligraphy > quill + oak
Model > rae
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What's Being Said
bulk candles, Jun 20, 2016 at 8:15 am
The photography is done so perfectly.. and the bride is looking beautiful
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