• Cait O'Malley

The Perfect New Year’s Glam Wedding

The inspiration for this shoot was all about creating an epic, glam wedding, while strategically incorporating bespoke details to engage the guests’ senses at every interaction point, making for the ultimate New Year’s wedding celebration.

Confetti filled invitations and RSVP cards with a, "who are you kissing at midnight?", plus one option let guests know that the New Year’s aspect wasn’t being overlooked. From personalized champagne place markers and champagne flute favours, to pinch pots filled with confetti for tossing at midnight and the black and gold brushstrokes tiered cake, every single detail invited guests to really engage in a full-scale celebration.

The O’Born Room, where the shoot took place, is brand new to the event scene in Ottawa, Ontario. To highlight the sheer stature of the space, we created a floating aisle archway with all-white helium balloons and cascading ribbon curls. The O’Born Room boasts floor to ceiling windows, and unparalleled views of the city’s most sought after landmarks. Demi-rectangle balloon fixtures created the perfect altar frame for the couple, while accentuating the view with strategic lines paralleling the bridge and castle in the background.

The perfect New Year’s wedding starts with a glam colour palette in black, white and gold, with all kinds of sparkle. This inspiration shoot was all about taking that traditional glam to the next level by pairing classic details with modern elements for an ultra-luxe, over-the-top elegance. Mixed gold and black steel flatware, paired with dinnerware in polka-dot, flecked gold, and high-gloss black, set atop gold-threaded linens created the perfect ultra-glam place-setting. Meanwhile a lush organic garland runner, floating white flowers, and tall tapered candles helped to blend the lavish details so that the eye could flow seamlessly over the whole tablescape, without becoming overwhelmed at any one point.

To ensure that the bride and groom stood out against the bold details of the design, we opted to keep them in sleek, stark features. The groom in classic black, with delicate white accents, and the bride in a seemingly simple, yet stunningly intricate, modern dress, boasting a sheath silhouette and sequence embroidered lace. An all white bouquet, filled with roses, ranunculus, lisianthus, tulips and delphiniums, with matching lisianthus boutonnières, added an elegant contrast of texture and depth to the overall aesthetic. The bride’s hair in a soft, curled up-do, was accentuated by a custom-made floral hairpiece, creating a look akin to a modern-day Grecian goddess. Her makeup played into the natural, sun-kissed beauty, while the eyes sparkled and danced in shimmering gold. The look was completed with a stunning cushion halo encircling a masterpiece diamond, with stacked diamond brick eternity bands.

Planning, design, linens, decor: Bourbon & Bloom | Photography: Photography by Emma | Venue: National Arts Centre, O'Born Room | Dress: Sinder's Bridal House | Suit: L'Hexagone | Florals: Capital Florist | Make-Up: Klava Z Makeup Studio | Hair: Topknot Hairstyling | Models: Models International Management | Jewellery: Stor By Margot | Invitation & Stationery: Wishtree Invitations & Design | Hairpiece: AnaJean Custom Designs | Nails: Esthetically Yours | Cake: Cake Whisperer | Balloons: Pearls & Lily Events | Video: Bethany Amanda Photography

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