SPRING IS FINALLY HERE! Today we’re suuuuper excited to share this Spring Picnic Elopement inspiration shoot that we’ve been keeping in our pocket for some time now! If you’ve been following our social media accounts, you might recall that this shoot was featured on 100 Layer Cake a while back!
This styled shoot was born out of a late night conversation between us and a couple of our wedding vendor friends. The next thing you know, Gina has put together a beautiful bright pastel themed elopement inspiration board, and we’re roping our good friend Evelyn (who was also our calligrapher) and her husband Jonathan into being our models for our shoot! These photos are the final result! For this spring picnic elopement inspiration shoot, we were inspired by couples who do not let their budgets limit their creativity. We actually recycled many elements from Evelyn and Jonathan’s real wedding, which had a lot of personal and DIY touches.
To stage this elopement, we created an intimate picnic at a local park in Mississauga as a “wedding reception for two”, so the bride and groom can celebrate their marriage as the sun set. The shipping palette table set was covered with a crochet tablecloth and accented with pink and turquoise glassware, which gave it a punch of colour. Evelyn’s wedding dress was actually from Zara and only cost $50!! She had her mother sew a sheer skirt overlay with hand-sewn tulle flowers and a matching veil to personalize the dress. The wax paper cone backdrops were also completely hand-made (read: months and months of cutting and hand sewing) and complements the detailing on Evelyn’s dress. The result was a simple but beautiful set up that we believe would be perfect to inspire other brides who also want an intimate celebration.
Before we end off, here’s a takeaway if you’re also planning an intimate wedding or elopement:
3 tips for a unique, personalized wedding
- If your wedding is pretty low key, try to find your wedding dress at places that are not so obvious. It’s possible to find an affordable dress off the rack and make it your own by adding personalized details!
- Use a few key pieces of of inspiration that you absolutely love, and design your wedding around that focal point so everything is cohesive. For this shoot, the highlights was definitely Evelyn’s dress! The little tufts of tulle flowers inspired the backdrop, and everything else stemmed from there.
- DIY decorations add a great personalized touch, but they often require an immense amount of time and manpower. If you have both, that’s fantastic! But before you decide to do everything yourself, consider whether or not it’s realistic to tackle all of these projects on your own. Sometimes it’s better to outsource a more difficult task to a vendor who specializes in that area. In the end, it will save you a lot of time and stress, especially if your project doesn’t work out!