After my first styled shoot, never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be asked to collaborate on another one. But luckily for me I was connected with Jalen Laine Photography. We met in a coffee shop over a couple of latte’s and I knew it was meant to be. Jalen said she wanted to do a winter shoot with snow. HECK YES was my first thought.
GULP was my second thought. Where the heck are we going to get snow in the first couple weeks of December? Definitely not in Vancouver. Whistler it is!
As this wasn’t my first rodeo I knew I had to start emailing other vendors stat. We needed a dress, rentals, floral’s, hair, makeup, the list goes on. I had a much easier time this round securing vendors. I was mega fan girling over the ones that said yes!
Nathalie at Bisou Bridal was so incredible, she let me come into their beautiful store and pick any dress I wanted! I could have passed out. I ended up choosing the Aria by Ines de Santo. It had all the winter glam I was looking for and ended up fitting the model like a glove.
Elisabeth who owns Blushing Vintage Rentals was also a dream. I met her at her shop and again was in heaven. I was initially wanting a wooden rectangular table but she showed me the round table and it was perfect. She said no one had used it yet, so I said “I’ll take it”!
Glam in Van came to our rescue for makeup for our Bride and Bridesmaid. Carly did such an amazing job. The girls looked stunning. Jalen’s sister, Whitney, just so happens to be a hairstylist (win!!). She gave our models some serious hair goals.
For the table setting, I wanted to keep it earthy and warm. I went to Home Sense and found the perfect slate grey plates, marble side plates, and gorgeous royal blue glasses. The stunning glass chargers with the gold beads are from Urban Vintage Rentals. After Kira got married, she decided to start a lil online biz renting her wedding items for a cheaper price. GENIUS! I used the same gold cutlery from the last shoot and my own wine glasses. The table runner is a curtain from my living room and the greenery is scraps from a tree!
Rita from Pacific Pearl Ink handcrafted the rosemary wreaths and name cards. SO CUTE. She also did the stunning “to have and to hold sign” in the blanket basket. She seriously rocks.
For this shoot, the big challenge was the venue. I had called around a couple of places, and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler answered my prayers. During summer they use their mountain view lawn for weddings, it is closed for winter, but the view was exactly what we wanted.
The morning of the shoot I received an email, warning me that there had been heavy snowfall and if I didn’t have 4 wheel drive and snow tires I wouldn’t make it up the hill to the venue. GULP again. Luckily I had rented a truck! Side note— I had an absolute blast driving that Ford F150 haha.
Let’s just say they weren’t kidding when they said it would be difficult to get up the hill. There was some major snow fall and I was paving the way with fresh tracks, and all of the rentals in the back. My assistant for the day, Taylor, was an absolute trooper. We got to the top and it was a) gorgeous b) snowy c) secluded and d) very cold. But we started to unpack.
Here’s where things got complicated. It wouldn’t stop snowing. The chairs were velvet (cant get wet), the name cards were paper (cant get wet), the napkins I was hoping to return (cant get wet), well guess what? EVERYTHING WAS GETTING WET! What a time to be alive. We set up the table so fast so we could cover and tarp it so nothing would get wrecked or blown away. By this point we can’t feel our fingers or our toes.
Jalen and the lovely (brave) models arrived at the hotel to change. I had to leave to go pick them up as we were about 10mins away. Which meant I had to leave poor Taylor on top of this mountain in the middle of nowhere all by herself. One of the models was on a bit of a time crunch and the weather proceeded to get worse. Careful what you wish for.
I think Jalen shot the entire shoot in about 20-25mins. QUEEN. We had to. For the sake of the models freezing their buns off and the safety of the rentals. We would quickly pull up the tarps and Jalen would snap away then we would recover. Repeat. The models would take off their jackets, snap snap, then throw them back on. The candles wouldn’t light because they were so wet. It was crazy. But we did it.
Packing up everything was less than ideal. At this point I think Taylor regretted saying yes to helping me out. I promise I don’t torture all of my assistants. It continued to snow. Once we hit Squamish it was pouring. Again, there are rentals in the back that can’t what? You guessed it. Get wet. We pulled over every 20km to readjust the tarps because they kept blowing up. It was a long drive home.
Was it worth it? Heck yes.
Would I do it again? Absolutely.
Would I wear warmer socks? Yup.
Planning & Design: @morganandvineevents
Dress: @inesdisanto by @bisou_bridal
Bridal Bouquet: @ourlittleflowercompany
Rentals: @blushingvintagerentals Gold Chargers:@urbanvintagevancouver
Models: @_georgiabeaty @amanduhsum @cescarraga