Inspired by wild love, food lovers and all things local, this elopement called ’Traditions are Meant to be Broken' set the stage for what it means to plan a wedding that is truly your own. Meg Brunetti, from The Handmade Bride, an Ottawa bridal boutique that caters to brides who know themselves, dreamt up this alternative elopement to highlight couples who aren’t afraid of embodying their bold style on their wedding day. A Forest green Arroh and Bow infinity gown for a wedding dress, a bouquet made by the groom, perusing Ottawa’s Byward Market for the best eats before reading vows amidst the wilderness of the Gatineau Hills will get any indie-couple excited about the possibilities of bringing all the things you love into your wedding day.
Ali and I have been living apart for a few months now as he explores opportunities half-way across the globe in Qatar. I miss him dearly and I count down the days until we are together again. So this shoot below didn't come out of nowhere. The idea that loving someone to the extent that you lose your sense of identity doesn't resonate with me. Being away from your loved ones is difficult, but it doesn't mean that you shrivel away and refrain from living your life to the fullest. I think that in any relationship, for it to be long-lasting, strong and mutually beautiful, two people must stand side-by-side on equal footing, cheering each other on in the pursuit of each other's dreams.
*Drum roll*...our first publication has been featured on one of Batoul's favourite wedding blogs, The Perfect Palette! It was such a blast putting this shoot together with the brains of the operation, Rasha from Pearl Decor.
This winter, we tried to keep things warm with a glam shoot featuring an all-star cast. This was the scene: wild greenery, winter fruit tastebuds and vintage mismatched furniture meets metallic red lips, a multi-layered jewelled necklace over a Truvelle designed wedding dress from The Handmade Bride - the 'Carolina'. All of this amidst a backdrop of red, pink, gold and navy hues. The end result was an old hollywood rendition of glamorous with a dash of funk.
It seems like I keep discovering gem locations around this city that are such perfect backdrops to shoot in. This one is a long sliver of white sandy beach right next to cottage country at Constance Bay. It gave off a bit of a prairie feel with the long winding grass and trees scattered across the sand. Having recently begun appreciating the beauty and serenity of beaches (I've always been a city gal, but nature has been calling me all the way from the Sinai to the West Coast!), this place was on top of my list for the next bridal shoot.