I am so honored to have this beautiful work featured in Wedluxe Magazine blog for Valentine's Day. Here are some more pictures and the full story from that amazing, yet freezing day.
Enjoy you all!
Romantic colors of love and romance came together in this styled shoot at the front of the historic Vancouver Art Gallery. This shoot took place alongside concrete stairs with the large, royal lions providing a contrasting background. This shoot location was provided exclusively to Samineh Afrough from Belluxe Photography, for a few short hours to help bring her vision to life. Samineh took the lead on this styled shoot and collaborated with well-known and established industry contacts, the humble team from Tala Florist and Eclat Décor along with the talented Roya Fadai hair and makeup artist, just to name a few of the lovely contributors.
The Vancouver Art Gallery is an alternative venue location with beautiful high ceilings, curved stairways, and an array of options for ceremony and reception celebrations. However, we took the shoot outdoors in order to capture the raw beauty from an outdoor perspective.
The vision for the shoot was to showcase romance and elegance from every angle captured right down to every minor detail. Starting with the shoot location, there was beauty in the history behind the grand sculptures of the lions protecting the Vancouver Art Gallery and the stairs created beautiful dimensions and an artistic look. The décor provided by Éclat Décor set the tone for an opulent backdrop to compliment and offset the grey background from the concrete stairs and royal statues. The white, glossy rectangular table was a refreshing look as paired with crystal chiavari chairs. The table was styled with gold beaded charger plates, crystal glassware, luxurious utensils, and pink champagne. High and low crystal candle holders added more of a luxury feel as they were delicately arranged under two tall, overflowing floral centerpieces with rich, romantic hues of peach, pink, and lavender, full of roses and dripping down with flowing orchids – a refreshing and modern twist on Valentine’s colors. Candles and floating flowers led the way up the stairs to the table, creating a pathway towards passion.
Another accent wall was used to display some more delicate pieces, so we showcased that love is sweet by styling a classic cream colored against one of the historic backdrops near the Vancouver Art Gallery. The cake, designed by Soirette, had gold accents that were elegant and the macaroons were perfectly foiled with gold – adding another special touch of glow.
The couple that was paired for this shoot perfectly represented a young love, an innocence that glimmered with timeless romance. The bride wore a flowing Hayley Paige gown, with custom beading of jewels on the shoulders and open back, provided by Blush Occasions. The dress was paired with vintage, custom designed jewelry as a homage to the Vancouver art scene where there are many local designers and artists who can contribute by adding a personal touch for one’s wedding day – hoping that this would be an inspiration for future brides. The bride’s soft facial features were accented and enhanced by Roya Fadai, hair and makeup artist. Roya focused on the bride’s eyes and kept the rest of the face more neutral with a glowing blush look and created a soft, loose up-do hair styling that was in line with the soft romantic look. The bride’s look was completed with a pair of sparkly Jimmy Choo pointed-toe shoes from Holt Renfrew. The groom wore a tux by Ermenegildo Zegna, also from Holt Renfrew. The groom’s hair was by Mahyar Khoda and the outfit was styled by Ehsan Shademrooz. Monika Georgieva was our bride model and Sourena Sadrieh the groom model. Finally, the overall day-of coordination of the shoot was assisted by La Vista Events.