We’ll admit it. We are super duper excited to watch The Hunger Games. Would March 23, 2012 get here already? I feel like we might need to take the day off of work to watch it. Any one else as obsessed as we are? If you have not read the books, hurry up! This amazing team put together an idea of what Katniss and Peeta’s wedding may be like if they were to be married.
There have to be a few die-hard fans out there that are going to enjoy a little Hunger Games Wedding Inspiration. The story behind the shoot is so sweet that you must read on. There is so much more to see in the full gallery. All beautifully captured by Vancouver Island, Bristish Columbia wedding photographer Courtney Clarke Photography.
Last summer I had the honor of photographing Lindsay Archdekin (she did the makeup in this shoot) wedding in Victoria, BC. Lindsay is an amazing woman and happens to also be an incredibly talented make up artist!
During the months leading up to her wedding, I learned that she and her fiance had read the Hunger Games series together (out loud! So cute!) and when they reached the third book, he had glued the pages together, cut out a secret compartment for an engagement ring, and proposed! So, I decided to start reading the series before their wedding and am I ever glad I did! I fell in love with the stories and at our next coffee date, Lindsay and I decided we MUST plan a styled shoot inspired by the books!
Erica Smolders of Rook & Rose Floral Design BoutiqueBoutique was the next talented professional to come on board and started reading the books right away to get a sense of the story. Not only did Erica create the loveliest of floral designs for the shoot, but she took on the huge task of designing our entire table – complete with food! This woman is so knowledgeable in her craft and her vision for the table, food, and floral design completely wowed me! We couldn’t have asked for a better fit for this aspect of the shoot!
Once Lindsay and Erica had agreed to be a part of the project, I created an inspiration board and suddenly the number of amazing women contributing to the shoot quickly started adding up: Jill McQuary modelling as Katniss, Rachel Broughton assisting with photography, Danielle Bennett styling the hair, Joann Lee designing the custom stationery, Emily of Blush Bridal Boutique providing bridal gowns, Leanne McKeachie Design sourcing furniture for us, Khloe Campbell styling the models with Whitney Buczkowski assisting, and Grace modelling as Prim. Thank you to each professional who put their time and heart into this shoot – the group was amazing and with everyone’s talents combined we were able to create something even more incredible than what I could have dreamed on my own! Additional thanks must be given to my husband and my Dad for helping cart all the furniture and props out to a beautiful field to set everything up for us and to my Mom, who kept everyone well-fed during the day of the shoot!
With so many talented professionals involved, we created a private Facebook group to keep everything coordinated and over the span of a month, we were ready for the shoot, which thankfully for our brave models, took place on a somewhat mild day in Victoria, British Columbia. By the time the shoot arrived almost every person on our large team had either started reading or had completely finished reading the Hunger Games series. We’re all looking forward to the movie’s release and are especially excited to see the release of these images with The Wedding Chicks so we don’t have to keep this project a secret anymore! Thank you for featuring our shoot! Umm… No Thank you for your beautiful work and inspiring us with a little Hunger Games Wedding Inspiration.
The food at this shoot was amazing and really reflects that first meal on the train. To Start: A Fruit & Nut Platter and a Garden Salad. Entree: Spinach pasta noodle, savory red curry, curried lamb, and rosemary roasted duck breast. Sides: an assortment of fresh artisan breads and rolls, steamed jasmine and wild rice and creamy butter and chive potato mash. Desserts: White chocolate and orange wedding cake, and cinnamon bread pudding. Now that is a Hunger Games feast. Prepared and styled by Erica Smolders & Ellie Chapple of Rook & Rose Floral Design Boutique.
Photographer: Courtney Clarke Photography
Makeup: Lindsay Archdekin
Hair: Danielle Bennett
Cake: Ooh La La Cupcakes
Dress Designer: Pronovias
Flowers: Erica Smolders of Rook & Rose Floral Design Boutique
Stationery: Joann Lee of TingTing Paperie
Photographer Assistant: Rachel Broughton
Furniture Sourcing: Leanne McKeachie Design
Model (Katniss): Jill McQuary
Model (Prim): Grace with Coultish Management
Table & Food Styling: Erica Smolders & Ellie Chapple of Rook & Rose Floral Design Boutique
Bridal gowns provided by Blush Bridal Boutique
Stylist: Khloe Campbell
Stylist Assistant: Whitney Buczkowski