Outdoor Lavender and Coral Wedding

Prince Edward Island, Canada

 

 

Photography | Tai Sophia Photography | @taisophiaphotography

Venue | Clinton Hills | @clintonhillspe

Floral Designer | Laughing Lavender U-Pick

Design and Decor | Rustic Rentals

Gown Salon | The Perfect Pear Bridal | @perfectpearbridal

Hair Stylist | Indulge Hair Studio @krista.macleod

Calligrapher | Mabe Design Co | @mabedesignco

Signage | Cypress & Whim | @cypressandwhim

Signage | Rustic Charm & Co

Favors and Gifts | Lamb’s Soapworks | @lambsoapworks

Favors and Gifts | The Queen’s TEApothecary | @thequeensteapothecary

Lighting | Natura Soylights | @naturasoy

 

 

From the Photographer… Inspired by the delicate beauty and charm of a field of lavender — a flower which commonly signifies the serenity, grace and elegance of a feminine soul — I wanted this styled shoot to be a reflection of that soft grace and beauty, without being ostentatious or gaudy… but a gentle elegance, with a touch of that down-to-earth rustic nature that lies deep within the hearts of most of us. I find much joy doing outdoor photoshoots, as I feel that there is really no comparison with the gentle beauty of natural lighting, the soft curves of the leaves in the surrounding trees, the luminance of each individual blade of grass as it catches the light just so. Thus, I knew as soon as I started pondering this styled shoot, that I wanted to have it set outdoors, embraced by nature.

 

After putting out a call in a small group of hand-makers, the shoot began to blossom and take form. Nearly all of the decor was handmade by small business owners — from the candles, to the wooden signs, to the jewelry and the favors — everything was made with loving hands and personalized just for this shoot. I just LOVE the personal touch with every item we added in. Almost everything that wasn’t handmade by a small business, I made myself! I purchased 90 pound cheesecloth, which I carefully hand-dyed to be exactly the right color to match the peach roses I had purchased; one whole 15′ strip became my table runner and another 15′ strip became napkins and accent runners. I purchased a grocery store cake the day before the shoot and re-decorated it with simple, but elegant florals to give it a makeover, as our cake designer had an unexpected family issue arise just a week or two before the shoot. I think it turned out to be just the right combination of simplicity and elegance. I truly could not have asked for more!

I also met up with the dear lady who operates the local business, “Laughing Lavender U-Pick” here on PEI… she so generously contributed ALL of the lavender for the shoot, which I then took home and crafted into circlets, centerpieces, floral accents and of course, the boutonniere and bouquet! I had such fun working with the flowers and our home smelled lovely for weeks and weeks! The morning of the shoot found me out in the ditch near our house picking fresh bayberry for the table greenery… and after breaking a pair of scissors while trying to accomplish this goal, I did end up with several armfuls of the beautiful, shiny green leaves, which really completed the whole table setting just perfectly.

 

The venue itself, Clinton Hills, is actually right across the street from where I live in Clinton, PEI, and I have been longing to do a styled shoot there for some time. When I approached the staff about holding my shoot there and showed them my desired outcome, they gladly jumped on board! It also just so happened that the couple who so graciously became such an integral part of this shoot, Katelyn and Patt, were married at Clinton Hills, just a month prior to this photoshoot! They not only contributed their time, but they also contributed the beautiful wooden tables we used, as well as the chandelier, as they also operate a rustic rentals shop here on PEI. The romance was still so very fresh and sweet between these two and they happily relived their wedding memories and made new ones, as we brought the shoot you see to life. We were also able to have many of the items, such as the favors and the stationary personalized with their names and their actual wedding date.

 

The week before the shoot, I think the weather forecast changed every day… but continued to consistently mention rain in the forecast for the day of the shoot. It all turned out great… it was magical. With the sun setting directly opposite the table, shining through the lavender and the crystal glasses… it was like a fairytale scene. I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful evening and I couldn’t wait for the couple to arrive!

 

Once they were there, everything just unfolded so naturally, and the authenticity of their love for one another was just the icing on the cake for the delicate charm and natural beauty of this evening. I hope it is an inspiration for many, to be true to the things that inspire you, and thrill your heart with their beauty. Even if it means doing things a little differently than what people might expect.