One of Canada’s greatest literary romances is Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe from Lucy Maude Montgomery’s beloved Anne of Green Gables. This styled shoot imagines their charming romance and is the creative idea of Tan Rutley from Mesa Events, Rentals + Design, and Marlee Clark of Willow Hair. Brimming with rustic, elegant and romantic elements the pair imagined Anne and Gilbert’s love story with a modern twist. Kildara Farms, an old schoolhouse, and a historical train created the perfect backdrop for Anne and Gilbert. The feel and styling of the ceremony photos are inspired by the simple elegance of the original books. The first look takes place in an old school house where Anne and Gilbert first met; the quote, penned on a canvas banner by Petite Paperie Design Co. (along with the gorgeous stationery on handmade paper), is taken from their wedding scene in the book; the orchard is where the characters wed; and the jewelry is inspired by nature, calling back to Anne’s love of the outdoors. The décor was simple, yet whimsical and elegant, just like Anne herself. All photos are captured by Kari Burgess of Eternal Reflections Photography and have a light, airy and timeless quality to them, just like Anne and Gilbert.
Photography courtesy of Kari Burgess, Eternal Reflections Photography
Venue: Saanich Historical Artifacts Society & Kildara Farms
Creative Design: Tan Rutley, Mesa Events, Rentals + Design and Marlee Clark, Willow Hair
Wedding planner: Dakota Bateman, The Good Party Creative
Bridal gowns: Shades of White Bridal
Jewelry: Emma Glover Design
Flowers: Eiddwen Thomas, Cartref Gardens
Additional Florals: Two Little Birds Flower Farm, & Busy Bee Farm & Florals
Cake: Laura Kalynchuk, Schur to Please
Stationery: Petite Paperie Design Co.
Bridesmaid dresses: Shades of White Bridal
Groom’s tuxedo: Moores Clothing for Men
Hair: Marlee Clark, Willow Hair
Makeup: Melanie Baird Makeup
Caterering: The Farmers Daughter Co.
Reception bench: Bash Specialty