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Inspiration Photoshoot:
The Budget Royal Wedding

June 13th, 2011 by Jeannine

Photo Courtesy Athalia's Photography

I never thought I’d be including “Royal Wedding” and “budget” in the same sentence… but when there’s a will, there’s a way, right? I felt inspired by the recent nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton, so I pitched an idea to Julin Lee from Athalia’s Photography. Within a month, we organized a photoshoot that shows how budget brides can have a wedding style that’s fit for a future queen. We rounded up a team of very talented wedding vendors to help us out with this project and each came up with their own interpretation of how a budget-friendly Royal Wedding would look like, while still incorporating certain aspects of the real deal. I’m happy to say that it all came together very well and the shoot was a great success! Without further ado… feast your eyes on some very beautiful images captured from that day.

The shoot was held in the Drawing Room of The University Women’s Club of Vancouver, also known as Hycroft Mansion. This room has a lot of character with its ornamental ceilings and marble fireplace, it was the perfect backdrop for a Royal Wedding. It seats 70 for a wedding ceremony and rental rates start at $500 for a half weekday rental and goes up from there.

The main colour scheme is navy blue, inspired by Kate’s engagement ring, with accents of silver, fuchsia and purple.

We chose to have a “traditional” Kate (2 actually), and a Kate who was more fashion forward. Our first “traditional” Kate was Kaitlin, she wore a San Patrick “Clamor” ($1568), which has a beautiful use of lace. It has a mermaid silhouette but the outer lace layer flares out as an A-line that creates an illusion of a bigger dress.

The other “traditional” Kate, Tori, wore an ivory ballgown, also by San Patrick, called “Capri” ($1598). More regal, yet still captures Kate’s simple and elegant look.

“Fashionable” Kate, Jillian, is wearing the San Patrick “Capricho,” a one-shoulder fit and flare silhouette with a ruffled skirt. Very chic and still affordable ($1668). It was a dress that Julin and I thought that Kate Middleton would have been able to pull off. You can find all these wedding dresses at Mia Boutique in Richmond.

It’s not a Royal Wedding without the fancy hats! All the jewelry and headpieces were contributed by Alana from Powder Blue Bijoux. Her prices range from about $69 (smaller feather pieces) to $179 (most expensive hat), which she says retail $150-350 in bridal stores. Consider this a sneak peek, I’ll be featuring Powder Blue Bijoux next month.

Makeup by Felicia Bromba and hair styling by Victoria Kuzma helped transform the girls into princesses for the day.

Justyna of Just Fresh Concepts designed all the floral arrangements. The flowers she chose for the centerpiece and bouquets were fuchsia peonies, hot pink “tenga venga” roses, pink bouvardia, fuchsia ranunculus, purple lisianthus, blue delphinium, and purple anemone. The centerpiece comes in a low silver vase and costs $50, the bridal bouquet was $120, and the smaller bridesmaid bouquet $50. To make it more budget-friendly, just ask to replace the peonies with a similar flower that’s in season. Please note that the prices of these arrangements are subject to change depending on availability.

Kristy from Chic and Unique Event Design supplied the pintuck linen tablecloth ($22 each), table runner ($7.50 each), chair covers & sashes ($3.75 each including setup and teardown), chargers ($1 each) and rhinestone buckles ($1.25 each). If your budget is tight, you can replace the pintuck linens with regular white polyester linens, which will save you $8 for each. The buckles were also a nice touch and adds a luxurious feel to the décor.

The cake is a two-tiered fondant covered cake with intricate blue swirl piping all around, and blue ribbon wrapped around the base of each tier. Heather from Heather and Hunny says this two-tiered cake can serve about 100 people and would go for about $200 with the silver cake stand.

Here you see the princess enjoying high tea prepared by Laura Hadi. She whipped up a variety of desserts including palmiers ($8/dozen), butter & raspberry scones ($3), fruit tarts ($3.50), eclairs in chocolate fondant ($3.50), raspberry chocolate mousse cake ($3.50), and hazelnut financiers ($6/dozen). A menu fit to satisfy the Royal sweet tooth.

I just want to say THANK YOU…

To everyone who contributed and made this shoot a great success! It was a pleasure working with you and my readers and I appreciate all your efforts.

Venue - The University Women’s Club of Vancouver
Photography/Co-organizerAthalia’s Photography | Vancity Vendor
Flowers - Just Fresh Concepts | Vancity Vendor
Décor - Chic and Unique Event Design
Hair - Victoria Kuzma
Makeup - Makeup By Felicia
Dresses - Mia Boutique | Vancity Vendor
Jewelry, Birdcage Veils and HeadpiecesPowder Blue Bijoux
Cake - Heather and Hunny
Desserts for High Tea - Laura Hadi
Dessert tray and cutlery - rented from A&B Partytime Rentals
Sponsor - Briar Johnston from Epic Events | Vancity Vendor
Models - Kaitlin Sullivan (Charles Stuart International Models), Tori Simmons, and Jillian Pukesh

I hope you enjoyed this post. I will come up with more inspiration shoots in the future :) Vendors, if are interested in participating, let me know and maybe we can work something out!

All Photos Courtesy Athalia’s Photography
Check out Julin’s blog & my Facebook Page for additional Budget Royal Wedding photos.

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  • June 16th, 2011 at 12:25 pm
    Lynn McCallum says:

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    Well done! Everything is so beautiful, and the setting is perfect for the royal wedding theme.

  • July 30th, 2011 at 2:29 pm
    Emily says:

    So exciting – San Patrick’s ‘Clamor’ is the dress I will be wearing to my wedding!! It is such a stunning, timeless dress.

  • November 25th, 2011 at 6:59 pm
    Margaret - Book Paper Art says:

    I love the illusion created by her mermaid dress that has the outer layer of lace. I have never seen this silhouette before.

  • February 9th, 2012 at 2:05 pm
    Claire says:

    Great post thank you…. I wore the San Patrick Clamour gown on my wedding day in August with a Cathedral length veil, the dress is truely beautiful!


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