Countryside Estate Inspiration at Dundurn Castle
 

Canadian couples take note: you don't need to fly across the ocean to find the European setting of your dreams! Located in Hamilton, Ontario, Dundurn Castle is a little piece of the English countryside - tucked in a busy downtown core. It is the perfect spot for dreamy photos in the heart of the city and provided a beautiful backdrop for our English countryside editorial. Our talented team of local vendors was inspired by the colours, textures and scents of summer in the country. We were struck by the beauty of sweet cherries on the trees and the warm, caramel glow of sunsets in lush meadows. Imagining a beautiful bride running through a field in the English countryside set our hearts a flutter and we knew we had to capture that magic and share it with stylish brides and grooms-to-be. With this inspiration in mind, we chose a palette of peach, caramel and blush, which were a perfect warm contrast to the stone architecture of the castle. This mix of classic softness and modern, cool elements were carried throughout the editorial and gave it a beautiful depth. The sweetheart table, set in a tree-lined gravel lane, had a perfect view of the castle and the lush grounds beyond. We chose ivory linen with a soft blush runner and accented it with charcoal grey chargers, modern silver flatware and beautiful etched goblets. The stunning florals, golden miniature cakes and fresh local fruit added just the right warmth and texture to the tablescape. The paper goods coordinated perfectly in soft blush and metallic gold with sweet vintage stamps. Naturally, our blushing bride looked absolutely radiant in an off-the-shoulder gown and ethereal jewels as she explored the grounds. Our team loved being transported to summertime in the English countryside! We hope our editorial inspires stylish Dear Gray Magazine readers to share a bit of this feeling with their guests.

-Vivian Lyttle

I am sooo excited to say that you can find this shoot in the pages of the newest issue of Dear Gray Magazine!

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Thank you to the incredible team who helped me put this shoot together and for making it as stunning as I had hoped!  

Styling: Vivian Lyttle Events

Menus and place cards: Via Calligraphy

Florals: Fiorella Floral Design

Hair accessories: Frilly Bits

Wedding dress: By Catalfo

Invitation Suite: Little North Company

Makeup: Love Me Makeup

Cake: Sweet Avenue Cakery

Decor: Simply Beautiful Decor

Jewellery: Kim Drosdick

Model: Zoe from Elite Models

Film Lab: Canadian Film Lab

 
Steph & Joseph's Couple's Session at Scotsdale Farm

Steph is my soon to be sister-in-law so when she told me she wanted photos of her and Joseph done (that weren't selfies) to celebrate their relationship, I knew it would be a fun shoot!  I always love when couples want to do photos of them just for fun!  No big event needed, just some sweet photos to commemorate their relationship at this moment in time.

We went to the beautiful Scotsdale Farm in Halton Hills.  I knew it was a beautiful location from all the posts I have seen of it on other photographer’s blogs and we weren't disappointed!  With overgrown fields, historic buildings, and a tree-lined entrance, this farm made for the perfect setting!  We had the perfect summer evening with the dreamiest golden light.  This farm would be beautiful any time of year!

S&J made it very easy for me to photograph them.  They were constantly giggling and being playful with each other and I was able to capture how they are in their relationship.  Fun, energetic, and loving!  I can't wait until I can officially call them my family!

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