When I first watched the movie Coco, my mind was blown. Not only was the story and overall message of the movie very heartwarming and real, but I was also inspired and moved by the juxtaposition of the rich colours against the darkness and how it helped show the whimsy and vibrancy of the Land of the Dead. The use of colour really showcased the excitement and feeling of life in the characters and it reminded me that sometimes, it is in the dark moments that we truly see how wonderful and whimsical life can be.
We shot two different looks with colour, contrast, and the mix of traditional and modern being the focal point. Jocelyn Villalobos did an incredible job creating floral arrangements, a spectacular bouquet and a stunning flower crown that served as our explosion of colour through both looks. We had a beautiful white gown by Willowby by Watters that had traditional elements of lace while the pattern of the lace itself was very contemporary, and a more modern, edgy black number by Self Portrait for the dark look.
We paired the white gown with a very feminine and classically beautiful lace-trimmed veil and a more modern gold hair piece by Blair Nadeau. She also created a spectacular black veil which added an element of drama to the dark look. All paper goods were designed, created, and calligraphed by Sarah Kim of Selah Paper who beautifully incorporated the floral theme and pops of colour in the design of the invitations and menus. Belle Montaniel of Love in Bloom Cakes really ran with the concept and created a glorious two-tier cake that featured a bottom tier with darker colours to represent the Land of the Dead and a top tier that was full of bright colours and blooming flowers to represent life.
For our table settings we chose gold accents to bring in a more classic feel and added beautiful colourful flowers, glasses, and candles to follow our theme and add a pop of colour to the dark wood furniture. This shoot is the perfect inspiration for anyone looking for ways to add colour, personality, or touches of things they love into different elements of their wedding.
No one really knows what happens when we die but many cultures believe that our existence does not end after life. If you spoke to anyone who has lost a loved one, they would say sometimes they feel them when listening to their favourite song; cooking an old recipe of theirs; wearing a certain article of clothing; or when visiting a specific place. The impact they
have on us lives on in our memory, so they never really leave us. It is how we choose to keep their memories alive that creates a special bond that lives on forever.
“Know that I’m with you the only way that I can be. Until you’re in my arms again, remember me.” – Remember Me, Coco
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Planning: Allison Benner
Photography, Concept Creator: Maureen Im Photography
Accessories: Blair Nadeau Bridal Adornments
Cakes & Catering: Love in Bloom Cakes
Flowers: Lobo Florals
Hair, Makeup & Beauty: Judy Lim Makeup
Jewelry: Engage Studio
Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Selah Paper
Tablescape and Rentals: Event Rental Group
Venue: Mint Room Studios
Wedding Gown Designer: Willowby by Watters
Bridal Boutique: Felichia Bridal
Evening Dress: Self-Portrait
Dress Rental Company: Fitzroy Rentals