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A City Elopement

When thinking about putting together a creative shoot, the team wanted to look for ways to provide new perspectives on traditional wedding ideas and customs. With this goal in mind, Melanie from Keepsake Events and Kim from Maru Photography teamed up to produce a stylish, yet understated elopement editorial that focuses on intimate moments and a city-chic vibe. The creative team wanted to help couples recognise the many ways in which small weddings actually open up possibilities rather than adding constraints. "What better way to celebrate a union than by pairing down the guestlist and focusing on the aspects of the wedding day that matter most to the couple?" The concept for this chic city elopement stemmed from their desire to showcase how an intimate affair is an impactful Plan A, not an alternative Plan B. "Limiting the elements of the wedding day allows couples to spend more time engaging in and enjoying all those meaningful in-between moments that are often rushed through or missed altogether in the pressure to move quickly from one formal event to the next formal event on a wedding day. For this reason, we documented our real couple through all those in-between moments, from getting ready, to the walk through the trendy streets of downtown Vancouver to ending up at the restaurant venue. We stripped back the traditional frills in favour of incorporating other details such as custom vow books from Ayla Pena, modern accessories for our bride and groom from Ocean Meets Sky Collectiv, a stylish tailored gown and hand made veil from O M Couture, and a bold pop of colour in the bouquet and boutonniere from Hanaki Floral Design . L'Abattoir Restaurant provided the perfect contemporary-meets-industrial backdrop in the form of a private dining and event loft with plenty of natural light streaming in from the windows and exposed brick amplifying our city look."

Planning, Design & Concept : Keepsake Events @keepsakeevents | Photography, Creative Direction + Concept : Maru Photography @maruphotography | Floral Design : Hanaki Floral Design @hanakifloral | Hair + Makeup : Alisha Hopps @alisha_hopps | Wedding Dress + Bridal Accessories : O M Couture @o_m_couture | Accessories : Ocean Meets Sky Collective @omscollective | Stationery : Ayla Pena @aylapena | Venue : L'Abattoir Restaurant @labattoir_van | Models : Haley and Cody (real life couple) Aleria Agency @alaeria


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