As many brides experience in Alberta, Mother Nature changed her mind and was predicting summer thunderstorms for the outdoor day we had planned. To keep us dry, the shoot location was moved to the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, whose design was founded on French Renaissance architectural-era chateaus, and creates an effortlessly grand and luxurious backdrop. This change in location is what inspired the final outcome of the shoot – we wanted to play with the old world charm hosted by the venue and have it meet modern elements to showcase that you can have your “classic cake” and eat “trendy” too. The ivory colour palette created a rich and luxurious mood to pull out the emotions of the historic venue, whilst the touch of contemporary details breathed a fresh and clean ambiance to the traditional ballroom and terrace. The venue was transformed into an intimate, sleek elopement space with an abundance of lush florals, neutral decor and stylish accents. An outdoor ceremony against the timeless backdrop of the well known Edmonton building, brought forward a historic feel and encouraged the bride and groom to wander amongst the manicured gardens and grounds (before it stormed). The “Wedgwood Room” hosted the reception in the dry and added to the minimal decor, complemented by crystal, silver and gold accents. The tablescape details showcased Parisian flatware, crystal wine glasses, gold rimmed glass charger plates, ivory dinnerware and various sized silver candlesticks. The romantic hues of vanilla and cream florals mixed with the bountiful of green foliage and brought the vases to life without overwhelming the space. Adding to the minimal but luxe look, the custom modern stationery and textured napkins paired perfectly with the ivory tablecloth. To compliment the setting, the bride’s attire was a romantic Sophia Tolli gown that shimmered in the light and featured removable tulle shoulder straps for a new aged approach. Her hair was woven into a casual fitting bun, held together with a crystal headpiece. The finishing touch was her bouquet of simple white long stemmed roses to draw comparison to the grandeur of the period architecture and chandeliers.
– Modern Love Wedding Photographer, Janika Chantelle Photography