Vera Wang wedding dress

Just in time for Throwback Thursday, I was reminded of a certain Vera Wang wedding dress and a photo shoot that took place at Endeavor Arts.  It took me back to another time when I collaborated with my Mother and business partner, on a shoot filled with Marie Antoinette inspiration.  With our monochromatic white palette, I think we succeeded in bringing the elegance of Versailles to Calgary.  Here’s the original post, featured in Weddings in Alberta, if you’d like to see.


The all-white dessert table was highlighted by this dramatic, tiered cake from Cakeworks.


Vera Wang wedding dress

The Freya gown from Vera Wang was the centrepiece of this shoot.  I love Vera’s own description of the gown…sounds it could be Marie herself.

The bride who wears Freya assumes a role that’s a little dramatic, because she’s countering all of this softness and gentleness with a very designed and rigid form, almost like a column. I see her as a very cultivated woman, someone who could be the subject of a John Singer Sargent portrait. She might go to a quiet garden party but she’ll be the center of attention. 


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We didn’t do it alone though so I must acknowledge everyone involved:

Vera Wang wedding dress Freya 

Make-up Artist: Ania Basak ABStyle

Model: Ania Basak

Hair stylist: Tara Watts

Florals: Sarah Mayerson

Venue: Endeavor Arts

Cake: Cakeworks

Ghost chairs: OneWest Creative Events

Linens and Tableware: Great Events Group

Paper products: Nicole Westerlund

Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Styling and imagery:  Tara Whittaker Photography


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