PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTINE PIENAAR

Looking for a way to update the tropical trend with a modern edge? Jaleh Fotoohi of JEvents Planning & Design takes a fresh approach to the trendy motif


Avoiding the obvious pineapples and palms, the nod to the tropics is subtle here, with dramatic florals like anthuriums and peonies creating a sophisticated look. When every component is used in moderation, nothing overpowers, allowing the beauty of each element to shine

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“Often weddings end up including a lot of everything and become replicas of one another,” says Jaleh Fotoohi of JEvents Planning & Design. “Our biggest goal here was to be soft, clean and minimal. And I believe in the uniqueness of every human being, so I feel every wedding must be as special as them.”

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The tablescape features tall white candlesticks to create clean lines and rose-tinted glassware for consistency in colour, both from JEvents & Design. The stunning botanicals, like the drapey asparagus fern, create a sense of movement. For a one-of-a-kind touch, artist Kelsie Grazier hand-painted a table runner to tie everything together.

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Sweet little raspberry-topped cakes by The Cake & The Giraffe are set off on layered dishes anchored by black chargers. The gold flatware and small pink plates were provided by The Cross Decor & Design, the table from LoungeWorks and the bench and stools from Art of the Party.

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This modern halter-style silk “Dannii” gown by Dan Jones from Rituals of Love bridal is a stunning option for both ceremony and reception. Denise Elliott Beauty Co. created the model’s super fresh look. The pink background wall was provided by UrbanWalls.

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Art Deco-inspired, this stationery by graphic designer Meg White is the perfect complement to the understated decor. Script fonts and anything too fussy would have disrupted the overall clean, modern feel.

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Cavalier fine jewellery supplied a diamond marquise engagement ring; three wedding bands (including one with marquise diamonds and one with pave diamonds made to fit the engagement ring); and diamond bar stud earrings, all in 14K rose gold.

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The Cake & The Giraffe mirrored the brush strokes of Kelsie Grazier's hand-painted table runner to create these custom cylindrical cakes, which add height and a subtle touch of colour.

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Floretta Flower Studio & Crafts incorporated grand flowers such as anthuriums and peonies, but just enough to make a statement (click here for the full list of the flowers used in this shoot.) Plexiglass pillars from Debut Event Design add height and drama without taking up visual space.

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This sleek stretch crepe “Devon” gown by Theia from Rituals of Love bridal in Gastown is the perfect fit for the minimalistic vision.

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Model: Allie Wiebe for Key Model Management 

 

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