On Sunday, like most days in our beautiful province of Nova Scotia, it poured an incredulous amount, and as I drove towards Lunenburg, slowing down at those dips in the road to avoid hydroplaning, all I thought about was how much I wanted to get this right. Rain or shine, I've been planning this styled shoot for the past two months. It was my first major creative shoot I have done, and I wouldn't have been able to pull it off without all the vendors who participated.
I really wanted to focus on small budget elopements. Elopements are so in right now, but more importantly, they focus on you completely. I can tell you from my own experience that most people won't remember your wedding, but you will. Make this day about each other, about love, about what brought you together in the first place. Your bank account will thank you for it.
The Boscawen Inn, it's an incredible venue, located in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, just two blocks from the waterfront. They have 16 rooms, every area looks like it came out of Jane Austen's novels. If you want an intimate wedding, this place is simply amazing.
Oh Dina! makes breathtaking, one of a kind floral pieces, be it floral crowns for your hair, hair pins, boutonnieres, garlands for your table, bouquets. They look so incredibly real, you'll be amazed that they are artificial. Definitely check out her etsy shop. I had real flowers for my wedding, but you know what? they dried up, and I saved the dried roses, but no it's not the same. If I had to do it all over again, being able to keep my bouquet, perfectly in tact, it would be a dream come true. https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/OhDinaFlowerCrowns
If you like vintage jewelry, like that beautiful ring, check out Elle Fulton on etsy, https://www.etsy.com/ca/market/elle_fulton again, you can find some amazing things, look like a movie star, without spending a fortune.
DC Cakes (Dawn Conrad) can pull off any cake. She created the little rustic cake for the shoot, and we cut into it to taste it, I have never tasted a more delicious piece of cake. That night, I end up having about a few more of those with a glass of milk until I couldn't eat anymore. It was that good.
True Love Locks and Lashes, Lindsay is an amazing hair stylist and make up artist, and her down to earth, wonderful personality will keep you at ease on your wedding day. She creates masterpieces out of people. I simply adore that girl, and have a grand of a time with her every time we are together.
Stan's Dad and Lads Shop, they have some gorgeous suits in stock. If you think you have to travel somewhere far to find a great suit, remember that a local shop is just located at 250 Lincoln St, Lunenburg. They'll treat you well and make you look like a million bucks on your wedding day.
The wedding dress I found online, and I paid only $90, it came from China but they had a service to customize the fit to your measurements. It felt like a $1000 dress. Don't be afraid to shop online, a lot of places accept returns now.
I ordered wedding stationary samples from Vista Print but they did not arrive in time, I designed my own, I have graphic design background and it takes me no time at all to do this kind of thing, but Vista Print is a great place with so many options.
Everything that I included in the planning for this styled shoot kept in mind budget, but did not sacrifice beauty. So don't be afraid to make your special day about you guys. You will be the one to remember the details. Do it for love, and invest the rest!
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With all my love,