Sweet as an ice cream cone, refreshing as a gourmet fruity popsicle and fun as the first day of vacation, this creative shoot is an ode to Summer and was the brainchild an incredible team led by of Mélanie Aubin of Foudamour. Read on to hear every last detail of this Summer Sorbet Wedding Inspiration and get ready see all of eye-candy photos by Jessica Samyn Photographie.
Cristina Kisil Flowers created the florals in one of our most favorite color palettes, btw, and Authentik Weddings filmed this colorful wedding inspiration at Auberge Willow Inn. See all the images in the full gallery and read on to hear about all of the amazing vendors involved from Mélanie Aubin of Foudamour.
They say that when life gives you lemons, you have to make lemonade. Our creative team took this adage literally and, in the midst of a pandemic that has not only completely turned our small businesses, but the lives of thousands of couples, upside down, we've decided to make the most of these lemons and extract not only lemonade, but also popsicles, ice cream and mouthwatering pastries! For this creative photoshoot, designed and planned by Mélanie Aubin of Foudamour and captured by Jessica Samyn Photographie, we were inspired by summer and the carefree life of vacation days. This is our positive, colorful and cheerful response to a situation that has literally clouded the entire wedding industry.
The choice of Auberge Willow Inn, an institution in the city of Hudson since 1820, quickly became obvious to us: with its very New England architecture, its large gallery and its immense waterfront lot, the Willow Inn has that timeless je-ne-sais-quoi that immediately evokes seaside summers and pastel-colored sunsets. And with its 10 charming rooms, this Inn is the ideal venue for private and super intimate weddings, which will certainly gain in popularity in the coming years.
We could perfectly imagine our models, a real life couple, bringing together their favorite people to celebrate their union as we do for the arrival of summer during a weekend of festivities and treats! Speaking of which, sweets were also at the center of our inspiration for this editorial, because the summer season wouldn't be the same without frozen treats! We therefore called on Mr. Wilson - Ice Cream Co., who offers the cutest retro black and white mobile ice cream bar. His signature recipes are as unique as they are surprising, like The Lemon Meringue Surf Wax, or the colorful Vanilla Candy Jar.
We also thought about offering popsicles, handcrafted by the local POP Culture Gourmet Popsicles, with delicious fruity flavors: pink grapefruit, lavender lemonade, mango and watermelon, served in a cup of rosé sparkling wine for a festive signature cocktail. Finally, an assortment of pastel-colored sweet creations from Little Leah's Kitchen, mixing edible flowers, candied citrus and fruits, made for the perfect dessert table for those in need of a little more sugar. Not to mention a wedding cake in sunny colors that automatically makes your heart explode with joy!
With the team from Dream It Yourself, a boutique which offers boho and modern dresses to romantic brides, we have chosen a light and delicate Pronovias wedding gown. The Fleming dress offers a gently hypnotic look in chiffon and Guipure lace. The low back and shoulders features delicately beaded spaghetti straps, while a split in the pleated skirt shows just the right amount of leg. The delicate earrings and head jewelry are from Untamed Petals. For the groom, we opted for a tailor-made suit by Blandin & Delloye in a textured fabric reminiscent of linen, perfect for those hot summer days. The color of the suit, a light peachy-pink, paired with an ocher yellow bow tie, is once again inspired by beautiful summer pastels.
For the decor, we wanted something modern, colorful and slightly retro. The light yellow taffeta tablecloth from Tenue de soirée was the first item we picked. The rest of the elements from La vie est une fête, pink velvet armchairs, white ceramic candle holders, wicker showplates, diaphanous chiffon runner, were chosen to evoke the joy and simplicity of improvised summer evenings. And what about this sweetheart table backdrop in pastel colors with its multitude of light silk ribbons? For the invitations and paper goods, we asked Catherine from Deux Amoureux Invitations, to imagine stationery that pops for a creative couple who is not afraid of bold patterns and colorful scheme.
For the flowers, we trusted Cristina Kisil Flowers immense talent to create beautiful arrangements made up of roses, clematis, phlox, sweet peas, carnation, astilbe, coneflower and a mix of greenery. The palette is soft, going from blush to peach, but with a few touches of more vibrant magenta and purple. One of our favorite design element is the backdrop of the ceremony, where we decided to use the magnificent tree at the back of the property, a tree under which it is certainly nice to rest, sip a cocktail or get married on hot July days! It was important to us that the Willow Inn was part of the setting for the ceremony, and we opted for a view of the building rather than the Outaouais River, because, as mentioned, the Auberge and all that it represents was a huge part of our inspiration for this shoot.
But for me, the favorite detail of this shoot remains the presence of Stephanie Anne Illustration, an artist who uses watercolor to make, in a few brushstrokes, pretty portraits of your guests during your event. Isn't this an original alternative to the Photobooth that we have seen so many times? And what a wonderful favor that your guests can cherish! Just like a memory of the perfect summer day with filled with friends, love, laughter... and ice cream!