Modern Romance with Lace & Angles
While there really is nothing more romantic than lace, combine this feminine fabric with masculine geometric design elements, and the result is the perfect marriage of vintage classic and modern chic. I knew photographer Lauren Vandenbrook was the perfect gal to capture my vision of a Lace & Angles inspiration shoot, and after enlisting the help of some very talented friends, we were set to make some magic happen.
The backdrop for the day was a historic private mansion in downtown Toronto built in 1881. The grandness of this Victorian setting highlighted the romantic modern details with ease and grace. The magnificently restored mansion, boasting original wood trim, classic flooring, and elegant molding, was furnished with a twelve-foot long dining table and accompanying geometrically designed chairs.
Tones of periwinkle and blue accented the dramatic table, which was adorned with mercury vases and candlesticks. A classic lace tablecloth supplied by the Linen Closet was a subtle backdrop allowing figures within the tablescape to pop, especially the iridescent purple goblets. Light blue hydrangeas were selected along with baby’s breath, lavender, trachelium, and statice. These floral selections not only embodied the color palette but also added a delicate whimsical touch to the tablescape. All stationery was handmade as well as the geometric place-card holders painted in metallic silver (which my husband thought were pretty darn cool and nicknamed geo-metallics).
A scrumptious dessert table included vintage crystal candy dishes and crisp white cake stands that my grandma loaned us. After searching and sampling for days, I found the perfect macaroons to match our color palette at the always brilliant Toronto bakery Bobbette and Belle. A cake accented with geometric designs and goodies wrapped in lace, supplied by Sweethearts by Sandie, took our vision to another level.
Our models, real life couple Cass and Chris, assuming the roles of bride Chloe Asher and groom Simon Quinn, made the shoot come alive with their infectious smiles and enthusiasm.
Our bride-for-the-day wore a lace gown by paired with a stunning vintage geometric silk ribbon made in Paris in the 1920s.
A floral wreath crowning the bride’s braided up-do perfectly enhanced her romantic look. Our bride’s natural beauty was accentuated by the talented hair and make-up artist Becky Grimman.
The groom looked dashing in a chic navy suit, accessorized with a periwinkle bowtie, lace boutonniere, and argyle socks with tiny moustaches.
Our models were more than eager to play dress up for the day, and their vivacious personalities and obvious affection for one another were beautifully captured in the shoot.
I felt very fortunate to have the opportunity to style such a stunning venue (could the geometric wallpaper be any more fitting!) and to work with such talented people. The juxtaposition of lace and angles demonstrates that contrasting elements can make an exquisite partnership. The day was full of laughter, love, and joy, and I am so happy to share this creative endeavor with those looking for inspiration or perhaps just hoping to get lost in a romantic vision. We are very excited to have our shoot featured on Intimate Weddings.
Event, Floral and Stationery Design: Blush & Bowties Photography: LV Imagery Linens: Linen Closet Hair and Makeup: Becky Grimman Makeup Artistry Floral Crown: Noon on the Moon Boutonniere: Round Rock Crafts Dress: Maggie Sottero Macaroons: Bobbette and Belle Cake/Cupcakes: Sweethearts by Sandie
By Certified Wedding Planner Alexandra McNamara