Veiled Romance

Concepts for creative shoots can originate from many different places, and oftentimes how a shoot came to be is just as much part of the story as the final shots themselves or the overall concept.

Such is the case for today's creative, born out of a full day studio rental with only a half day shoot scheduled, it started from a quick email to Scarlet: "...so we have the studio for the day — should we try to shoot another creative as well?" A quick inspiration board and a few emails later, and we had secured a few collaborators and an idea of the direction we wanted to go in, with an intention to leave some room to play on set and explore creatively. Because in my mind, that's always when the real magic happens. 

I had been eyeing Blair Nadeau's stunning bridal veils and adornments for awhile, so she was my first outreach, defining the direction and confirming that we were going to focus more on lingerie, accessories and beauty, with a selections of veils, head pieces and body jewellery. In other words — clothing was not going to be our focus, hence the boudoir-esque feel of the shoot, and so we reached out to Fortnight Lingerie as well to borrow some of their beautiful white lace pieces, falling in love with the body suits and highwaisted bottoms that brought our vision to life. I then asked my go-to designer and fellow magic maker, Breeyn McCarney, if she would want to contribute anything, giving her free reign to (once again) completely blow me away with her creations. One delicate embellished bralette and sparkly tulle jacket later, and we had our wardrobe.

Since we had shot the wedding tablescape story that morning, we already had an epic centrepiece from Blush and Bloom, and that also took on a leading role, and those under the veil bouquet shots are some of my favourites. 

And that, my friends, is the story of how one of my favourite creative shoots to date came to be — "on the fly." 

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Creative Direction/Styling // Studio Bicyclette
Photographer // Scarlet O’Neill 
Veils + Bridal Adornments // Blair Nadeau
Embellished Bralette and Tulle Capelet // Breeyn McCarney
Lingerie // Fortnight
Hair + Makeup // Faces by Toru
Model // Eryn Shannon
Flowers // Blush and Bloom
Assistant // Abby
Studio // District 28