Edward Lai Photography
Décor & Concept Design: A Day to Remember Weddings & Events
Venue: The Loft at Earls
Florals: Fiorire Custom Florals by Rosalba
Hair, Makeup & Styling: Red Carpet Ready by Christina
Cake: Cake by Nicole McEachnie
Stationery: Bean Cards & Stationery
Bridal Hangers: Hangers by Candi , Etsy
Cigars: City Cigar
Models : Sean & Kirstin, from Charles Stuart International Models
Gown: JS Collections, from Isabelle’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Harry Rosen
Shoes & Purses: Lord’s Shoes
Men’s Watches: Tissot & Citizen, from Watch It! Kitsilano
Men’s Hats: Goorin Bros.
This 1920s-themed photo shoot was inspired by the modern and sexy feel of The Loft private venue at Earls Yaletown. The room’s warm brick, wood and leather elements provided the perfect setting for a contemporary twist on Boardwalk Empire, the HBO series set in Prohibition-era Atlantic City.
The resulting wedding theme is a seductive mix of masculine and feminine. For the long wooden reception table, the focal point is a three-foot-wide set of moose antlers. Adorned with florals and heavy greens, it serves as a striking centrepiece over the gold sequin table runner. More golden touches were added, using tall candle holders, charger plates, beaded napkin holders and cracked-style gold glasses. Café lights were hung over the white brick to create a cozy atmosphere and add a soft element to an otherwise masculine look.
In keeping with the Jazz Age theme, a large cigar bar was also created, using mirrors and lanterns. Individual cigars were also used in the table settings as favours and place cards for each guest.
A palette of Marsala and peach was chosen for the garden roses, mini roses, carnations and ranunculus that adorn the moose antler centrepiece. A floral wreath was also wrapped around the life-sized black horse that sits in the corner of the room. Two different bouquets were created, one organic and wild and the other more structured and traditional.
The stationery continues the modern mix of masculine and feminine looks, with geometric lines balanced with more feminine touches of peach and gold. The main colour of Marsala is complemented by shimmery off-white, gold and peach with charcoal lettering in bold Boardwalk Empire-era fonts.
Taking its cue from the stationery, the four-tier cake is covered in simple white fondant with a handcut deer mosaic to match the geometric deer on the stationery, and a deep Marsala sugar peony adorning the top.
Although the model has very long hair, she was given a faux bob with finger waves in keeping with the 1920s trend. Like the daring flappers of the day, her makeup is bold, with glowing skin, a colourful eye palette, dramatic false lashes on top and bottom, and a modern dark lip. Her gowns follow the Jazz Age trend of body-conscious dressing with a playful, sexy feel, adorned with statement-making jewellery like long pearl strands, tassels, sparkles and headpieces.
In the 1920s, a gentleman was always dressed sharply and wore a suit day and evening. While the three-piece tweed suit was on trend, a sweater takes its place here, and with French cuffs, creates a young yet sophisticated look. For evening, a tux with a bowtie and polka dot pocket square offers an elegant and classic look.