Its been a minute since I've added anything new to the site!

Obviously I'm a tad behind on the latest happenings in my world, so I'll start the catch up with the last styled shoot of 2017. I think in the Codie + Kyle styled shoot I mentioned that while I technically a wedding planner (legit!) and had a brief stint as such, I would much rather be behind the lens.

With that shoot I was a bit iffy to approach other vendors to take part so I handled it all solo with the help of a few borrowed rental pieces. This time things were a bit different.

I knew I wanted to really steer towards a moodier, heavier tones look and I think I nailed it!

After working with Helen last spring I knew I really wanted her to take part in this shoot. She really fits my style and is the sweetest, most down to earth babe ever! Florals fell through so I had to take on that project myself but no big deal; I love pretending I know my way around flowers. The cake was provided by Mandii's Desserts; another boss babe from Wakefield. The gorgeous charcuterie boards were provided by Mark of Run for the Hills Woodworking - I'm sooo jealous of his skills; these things are beautiful. The stunning alternative bridal jewellery was courtesy of Fran of who owns and operates Open Fire Jewellery in Ottawa. She was seriously so easy to work with and super sweet as well! And of course the dreamy invites - the talented Anne-Marie of Flourish Creative whipped these bad boys up in no time. And I had no idea she lives just down the road from me! I'd been crushing on her work forever as well as her tiny home adventures; don't forget to check her work out. 

So of course this had to be the coldest day that year. And windy. Holy hell was is windy and of course we were shooting right off the Gatineau river! The biggest thank you to Helen for being such a trooper - I could hardly stand the wind with a toque and scarf, and she killed it in a dress with no complaints! Since they've started tearing up the railroad tracks through Chelsea and Wakefield I thought it would be a perfect spot to set up a small vignette for our shoot. We hauled an antique wash stand from Amanda's Antiques down the tracks and tried to keep everything in place from what felt like a hurricane. Pistachios and coconut are light little buggers!

In the end I'm thrilled with how it all turned out. And how many talented folks there are within just a few kilometres of home! I'm a huge fan of supporting local and this shoot was definitely just that. Check out some shots!

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