We love spontaneity here at IW – and you really can’t get more spontaneous than this elegant styled shoot which was planned in only 24 hours.

Buckets of gorgeous leftover blooms were the inspiration for this shoot, set in a waterfront park in Ottawa, Ontario. Here’s what Tanya from Presh Floral had to say about the shoot:

It was Monday afternoon and I was fretting over what to do with buckets of leftover blooms from a Sunday wedding. It was one of those times as a florist I way over ordered and I didn’t want the all perfect peonies and foxglove I had sitting in my studio to go to waste. They needed to be documented. After a little e-mail chat with  Laura Kelly Photography, we decided to plan an impromptu styled shoot the next day and set the wheels in motion by contacting styling genius Elise Schmitz from Toast Special Events. Given the time frame on which we were planning, we decided our inspiration would be targeted to couples who want to have a casual, pop-up wedding. We picked a waterfront public park as our venue which provided the perfect beach backdrop for bridal portraits and picnic table tables to set-up for a post-nuptials meal. We spruced up a picnic table with a gorgeous macrame runner and brass lanterns from Amy + Jen giving the tablescape a modern bohemian vibe. The florals for the table and bouquet were a wild mix of seasonal flowers and foraged greenery in a palette of burgundy and ivory with pops of coral and yellow.Our lovely bride wore her hair in loose beach waves and make-up artist Shannon Ranger of One Fine Beauty made her portrait ready. Her deep burgundy lipstick (“Bar Crawl” from One Fine Beauty’s new bridal touch-up line) picked up perfectly on the Red Charm peonies in the bouquet. Our bride wore a stunning organic cotton dress from the eco-friendly line Pure Magnolia and a hip wishbone necklace by Katye Landry Design, both from the Handmade Bride. The Handmade Bride also sent us the most beautiful, delicate hair piece by Davie and Chiyo we just had to include in styling shots. It’s hard to believe this shoot came together in such a short time frame, but we hope it inspires couples who don’t want to wait months to say “I do” and are imagining a casual, intimate wedding.

             elegant picnic styled shoot





Photographer:  Laura Kelly Photography

Etsy Designer: Davie and Chiyo

Makeup Artist: One Fine Beauty

Floral Designer: Presh Floral

Dress Designer: Pure Magnolia Gowns

Dress Store: The Handmade Bride

Design and Decor: Toast Special Events