• Cait O'Malley

Romantic Barn Wedding


"The details are not details. They make the design" - Charles Eames.

If you've been following along for a while, you know that I am design obsessed and that tablescapes are my absolute jam.

My friend Hilary, of Hilary Elizabeth Photography, had a dream of shooting a beautiful Beauty and the Beast inspired styled shoot at the gorgeous Stonefields farm, so naturally Bourbon & Bloom jumped in offering design services, décor sourcing and a bit of guidance in the general planning process. We elected to create something a bit more unique, moving away from the obvious, staples pulled directly from the movie, and focusing more on the French Provincial elements of Belle's town and upbringing.


Photography by Emma

The Design & Décor:

I loved the movie growing up but I was always sad at the ending to see those elements of her upbringing basically abandoned when she became a princess. So, for Hilary's shoot, we decided to pull inspiration from the elegant castle, but focus the details more on her life in that little provincial farming village.


Hilary Elizabeth Photography

Belle was never a materialistic woman, so I always felt that her wedding should be a bit more simplistic and mismatched. For this shoot, every single piece was intentionally and individually curated to create the illusion of an effortless table that looked as if it was almost thrown together with random pieces, likely to be found around the home in that little provincial village, and then simply elevated with some elegant accent pieces.


Hilary Elizabeth Photography


Photography by Emma

We kept some of the classic elements like the candelabra and beautiful vintage clock, and splashed in some elegant details such as the white tulle draping, floating candles and greenery. Then we focused the remaining details on that French Provincial lifestyle, using a bare wooden table, old crocks and jugs instead of vases, mismatched tableware and some old books.



Photography by Emma

Together with Hilary, we searched high and low for exactly the right pieces, making many trips to décor stores and borrowing items from Wishes Vintage Event Rentals and Amy & Jen Décor. Throughout the whole process, we ended up buying three or four different dinner plates, never quite 100% happy, until we found the exact perfect look that we were going for. Hilary dutifully carried that perfect dinner plate around with her to hold up against salad plate options until we found the most ideal pairing. Aggregating all of our hunted treasures, we staged the tablescape together at the Bourbon & Bloom office a few days before the shoot to play with different styling options and making sure all the pieces flowed well together.


Hilary Elizabeth Photography

The Venue:

When doing a French Provincial shoot, there could not be a more perfect venue than the Stonefields Estate. The charming 160 year old venue boasts beautiful country gardens, prodigious chandeliers and the most elegant French inspired details. The husband and wife duo are two of the sweetest, kindest people you’ll meet and their love for the history of Stonefields is abundant.


Hilary Elizabeth Photography


Photography by Emma

The Florals:

The floral arrangements were all designed to look as if they might have just been picked from a field of wildflowers. Operating a working flower farm, Riverwood Gardens immediately came to mind to help create our wild, hand-picked floral vision. Rather than one centerpiece, we scattered a variety of arrangements in old crocks, jugs and bud vases.


Photography by Emma


Photography by Emma


Hilary Elizabeth Photography

For that additional touch of elegance, Riverwood Gardens also created a floating greenery backdrop, that was actually installed around a pipe backdrop frame. The vines and branches were individually attached around the pipe, and the tulle draped down the sides to create the illusion that it was simply floating behind them, along with the candles, which were hung with fishing wire.


Photography by Emma


Hilary Elizabeth Photography

The Stationery:

Wishtree Invitations created a dreamy stationery suite that perfectly combined the contrasting styles of the simplistic with the elegant. Highlighting beautiful, fluffy peonies, romantic pink shades and swooping calligraphy in lovely blues. The design and colours coincide perfectly with that of the large dinner plates and blend in ever so perfectly with the wild florals.


Hilary Elizabeth Photography


Photography by Emma

The Baked goods:

Not only are The Cake Whisperer’s treats delicious, they are works of art. Cat Campbell jokes that she “was born with a paintbrush in one hand, and an off-set spatula in the other”, and judging by the incredible four-tier, hand painted cake that she designed for our shoot, I would say she is pretty spot on! With colours and florals that are incredibly reminiscent of the stationery design (not by coincidence), and subtle detailing of gold trim and sugar flowers, this cake was the perfect compliment to the shoot’s design.


Hilary Elizabeth Photography

Of course, no French inspired shoot would be complete without macarons. BUU Macarons created an assortment of the delicate miniature treats in watercolour blues with flecks of gold and yellow. We couldn’t resist staging them in a golden teacup for an subtle nod to everyone’s favourite Beauty and the Beast character, Chip.


Photography by Emma

The Bride and Groom:

Liana Lacroix Beauty was the mastermind behind the gorgeous hair and makeup for our bride and groom, Jennifer and Daniel from Models International Management. Playing with a neutral palette, Liana kept our bride’s makeup soft and romantic, highlighting a dusty rose lip. Meanwhile, her hair was a beautiful twist on Belle’s low bun and cascading curls look from the dancing, Tale As Old As Time scene. The hairpiece is arguably the star in this stunning look, handcrafted by Liana (Lola Rose Bridal) with a sort of elegant bohemian flare.


Hilary Elizabeth Photography

We wanted to avoid the not-so-subtle yellow ballgown that has been featured in so many Beauty and the Beast inspired shoots. When with saw this strapless gown from La Maison Bridal we knew it was the perfect choice. Not only was it covered in gorgeous lace detailing and a stunning, cascading train, it was also filled with layer upon layer of underskirt that was absolutely perfect for twirling around under the chandelier.


Hilary Elizabeth Photography


Photography by Emma


Hilary Elizabeth Photography

Meanwhile, our groom was kept in a classic, low man-bun, an incredibly dapper tailored blue suit and perfectly paired orangey-gold tie from L’Héxagone Mensware. Yannick Beauvalet is our local go-to for stylishly dressing the men in our shoots, and is arguably Ottawa’s authority when it comes to men’s fashion.


Photography by Emma

The Bling:

Custom-designed rings from Stor By Margot, adorned our lovely bride and groom’s ring fingers. Once again pairing that simplistic beauty with intricate elegance, the groom’s ring is a simple gold band, that is elevated with the brush-gold finish. Meanwhile the bride’s engagement ring features individually set, wrap-around diamonds and is paired with an even more delicate diamond encrusted wedding band.


Hilary Elizabeth Photography

The Captures:

Hilary has always impressed me with her keen interest to learn from others and her strong work-ethic, striving to always improve upon her skills. With this in mind, she brought together a talented group of capture artists, Emma Haider (Photography By Emma) and Lisa Kelly (Salt & Light Studio), working alongside Hilary to bring additional styles and perspectives to her shoot.

#WeddingPlanning #Weddingattire #Weddingstyle #Weddingtrends #PhotoShoot #Ottawa #BarnWedding #Frenchprovincial #WeddingInspiration

© 2016 BOURBON & BLOOM