Why do a stylized shoot?  It’s not a real wedding or isn’t it cheating because you’re using models?  Or better yet, you don’t get all that time to shoot during a real wedding so how is it realistic?  Those are questions I have often seen in online photography forums.

A stylized shoot is a great opportunity for wedding vendors to network, get creative, and work together on a project that they can plan and design themselves and in the end, potentially have great images for portfolios or advertising.  And if they’re lucky, they will be published in a blog or magazine.  We were very pleased to have some of these images published in the most recent copy of Bridal Fantasy Magazine.

I would never think to use images from a stylized shoot or mislead anyone into thinking it was a real wedding.  Regardless of the extra time we do have to plan, set up, and shoot, it really isn’t a whole lot different than a real wedding other than us vendors being the ones to plan things.  All my wedding clients are just as beautiful, their venues just as nice, their dresses equally stunning, the decor equally great AND they are certainly magazine worthy!

This was my first time doing anything like this and let me tell you, it is A LOT of work.  Months of planning, emails, phone calls, finding vendors, and then putting it all together.  I could not have done it without Shweta, the amazing planner with Opulent Occasions who took on half the workload and came up with the concept and design.

The “theme” for our shoot was French Countryside.  We were excited to show off some of the upcoming wedding season’s trends such as the copper accents as well as suspended flowers.  Agora Florals did an incredible job and their design on the sweetheart table was stunning.  Elegant Touches also went to great lengths to provide copper pieces to match our vision.

Obviously none of it would have been possible without all the other vendors and especially our models Josie and Mark.  Josie is stunning and made my job very easy.  Such a treat working with an experienced professional.  We were very thankful that Mark agreed to be our “groom” especially since modelling is not really his thing.  Thank you all, I think it came together nicely!!!

Our amazing vendors:

Venue: Chateau Louis Hotel and Conference Centre
Concept & Design: Opulent Occasions
Wedding Dress: Bailando Boutique
Tuxedo: Derks Formals
Florals: Agora Floral
Stationary: Wedding Design By Anika
Models: Josie Demer and Mark Van Boom
Rings: Life Cycle Custom Jewelry
Décor: Elegant Touches
Cake: LauraBella Treats
Hair Stylist: Alisha Pelletier – AP Hair & Co
Makeup Artist: Sarah Jo Artistry