As vendors, we had talked in the past about how Pinterest can be so great on one hand and on the other it can be a shock when couples take their favourite photos to their decorator or florist, etc. and find out that what is being featured is well above their budget. We wanted to do a shoot that showcased the same style but at two different price points. We chose the same colour scheme and some main pieces that we could then build on to take us from budget friendly to higher end.
First off, let's start with the venue. Maan Farms is a family run farm in Abbotsford, BC which has an original barn that they have made available to host weddings and events.
The flowers were a big part of this and I loved Robin, from Bootah Jardin, and her ability to keep costs low for the first look but also in line with current trends. Garlands of greenery and eucalyptus are so popular right now but even something that looks simple can end up being costly. In fact, one thing I tell clients is that if it looks simple there's a good chance it's actually not. It's the incredibly talented vendors behind it that make it look so easy... from natural looking makeup to naked cakes... how hard could it possibly be to not cover the entire cake with icing am I right?! Well, it means that you can't hide the flaws beneath mounds of icing and fondant so your cakes better be pretty perfect! No crumbs or mismatched sized layers allowed! But, back to the topic at hand... Robin created some garlands for the first look using less expensive greenery and a method which kept the labour hours down, also a money saver. She then put in cut flowers to add some colour and rather than large floral centerpieces we used candles and lanterns to add height.
The second look also included garland but the pieces were hand tied (adding labour hours) and with more greenery. Robin then put together a gorgeous centerpiece that brought in flowers that matched the bridal bouquet.
With the linens, again, we started out with a more budget friendly option by having a table linen and runner. For the second look, we added in some extra layers to give it more depth and a luxurious feeling and we added in gold plated cutlery to the place settings and brass candle sticks on either side of the centerpiece (all decor was provided by Valley Weddings). The gold chiavari chairs were from Vancouver Chiavari Chairs.
For the stationery, Rintzylee Designs added in some extra elements like the Mr. and Mrs. gold cutouts for the backs of the chairs for our second look and created gorgeous invitations, reply cards and place cards that could be used for both versions.
Thank you so much for checking out this shoot! I hope you loved it as much as I did and can be inspired to find a way to make your look work with your budget!
If you have any questions please email me!