I had been dreaming up this inspiration shoot since first laying eyes on Hycroft Manor during one of my trips to Vancouver. The classic architecture of the manor and it’s stunning European inspired gardens has had me swooning for years… I think you’ll soon see what I mean. The venue is a photographer’s dream, and I started turning my vision into reality! I reached out to my good friend Jacqueline Rae, who is a Calgary based wedding planner with a love for all things classic and romantic. To my delight, she wanted to join me on this project, and together we reached out to vendors and put together an amazing team of talented Calgary & Vancouver vendors. A couple months later, we were in Vancouver gathering the pieces we needed and enjoying the city.
When I look back on these images, so many things bring me joy. The breathtaking florals by Hanaki Floral Design, the beautifully detailed gowns by Stesha Ho, the classic car rented from Ritz Limousines… I could go on and on. One highlight of the day was meeting this sweet Vancouver couple, our models who were also tying the knot the next weekend! I love photographing beauty and capturing connection – I believe that is most authentic when photographing real couples. Finding super-in-love couple for all of my inspiration shoots can be quite a challenge, but the moment these two reached out to me, I knew they’d be the perfect fit. I was so grateful to everyone involved for contributing their time and talent to this collaboration, and we all shared in the celebration when we discovered that it was going to be published on the front page of Style Me Pretty!! Thank you, thank you, thank you, and an extra thank you to Jacqueline Rae for being my fabulous partner for this dream project!
From Jacqueline: Architecture plays a large role in our classic-focused designs and the Hycroft Manor provided a breathtaking aesthetic and history to build upon and complement. Combined with a curated team of valuing connection and utter-romance, our inspiration shoot came to life in the best-possible way. Emilee and Scott are two of the sweetest people we have ever had the pleasure of working with. They were so in love and looking forward to their own wedding day only a week later. We made the decision at the start to include a real couple as part of the project, since we valued real emotion, connection and joy to come through in photographs. Not only were Emilee and Scott easy to photograph because of their connection, but they made beautiful models too. Hanaki Floral Design created the most beautiful floral pieces, including the show-stopping bridal bouquet and the balcony adornment that provided the most beautiful backdrop for our bride and groom. A blend of centerpieces filled the tablescape with mercury glass compotes, added dimension and combined with delicate blooms and vines, added an organic and Ikebana approach to a classic design. Quaint place setting bouquets wrapped in cream-silk ribbon sat atop the guest menu and place cards. A custom car wreath was designed alongside a hand-calligraphed fabric banner from Debbie Wong Designs.
Debbie created the most-romantic stationery and calligraphy suite including linen menus and hand-calligraphed silk-ribbon placecards that sat on top of the delicate place settings. Paper details included a hand-drawn sketch of the Hycroft venue columns on fine vellum with a calligraphy invite suite underneath. Complementing the paper goods was hand-calligraphy love notes to the couple. Stesha Ho is a talented couture dress designer based out of Vancouver who creates custom gowns for her brides. She contributed two stunning gowns incorporating only the finest European lace and silk as well as hand-sewn beading which featured intricate, feminine details. Our Menswear included a classic black tux with a shawl lapel by Black and Lee and was tailored to our tall Groom. Joanna Bisley Designs provided the exquisite bridal jewelry including a heirloom hair-pin with pearls and delicate jewels and delicate clear crystal earrings with light ivory pearl navettes in a gold setting. The tablescape and event rentals were provided by Pedersen’s Event Rentals and featured beautifully textured White Panama Linen, Bone Coupe Plates, soft Blush Napkins, and Gold Nova chairs which allowed clear sight lines through the cane-back glass. A champagne coupe tower placed on a Shant blush linen added to the classic details of the event. Our classic car provided by Ritz Limousine was a cream 1939 Cadillac Stretch Limousine with suede interiors and peekaboo back windows adding charm and elegance to sweep our couple away.
Photographer: Kristyn Harder Photography | Wedding Planner: Jacqueline Rae Weddings | Wedding Gowns: Stesha Ho | Wedding Venue: Hycroft Manor | Florals: Hanaki Floral Design | Car Rental: Ritz Limousines | Stationary: Debbie Wong Design | Rentals: Pedersen’s Event Rentals | Makeup & Hair: Alisha Hopps | Menswear: Black & Lee | Accessories: Joanna Bisley Designs
I would love to capture your Calgary, Rocky Moutains, Kelowna or Vancouver wedding! If you or someone you know is getting married in one of these beautiful areas, I would love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to reach out below!