I had the pleasure of photographing this stunning shabby chic style shoot last fall in my studio designed by the talented Rachel Clingen for Elegant Wedding Magazine. You can view this stunner in the current issue of the magazine on newsstands now. The talented folks that I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with in the Canadian wedding industry are a very inspiring and creative bunch. They love to dream, create, style & inspire.
This lovely shabby chic wedding inspiration shoot was filled with stunning and lush florals and has a very soft, romantic feel. I have long admired Rachel’s beautiful floral and event design. Her work is always very creative, with a hint of whimsy and romance. Rachel A. Clingen Wedding & Event Design was founded in 1992 by husband and wife team Rachel and David Clingen. They are leaders within the event industry.
I had a chat with Rachel about this shabby chic styled photo shoot as well as about her love of nature-inspired wedding design that she brings to her Muskoka weddings.
SC: Tell us about your inspiration for this shabby chic styled photo shoot that was recently featured in Elegant Wedding Magazine.
RC: I am always inspired by eclectic combinations. The shabby chic look of this shoot is a beautiful collaboration of vintage and current ideas using distressed and nostalgic pieces paired with luxurious flowers and details.
I just love this gorgeous bouquet…it is so dreamy and romantic.
Can you imagine how lovely it would be to dine at such a beautifully designed table? The soft candle light would set the ambience. I would love to be surrounded by such beautiful flowers…it would really make for such a memorable event.
Rachel & her team are very well known for their stunning Muskoka weddings. They have been designing beautiful weddings at many of the top Muskoka resorts including Taboo Resort, Delta Rocky Crest, Windermere House, Sherwood Inn and the JW Marriott for over twenty years.)
SC: Your designs are often inspired by nature. How do you incorporate natural elements into your designs that capture the essence and beauty of Muskoka.
RC: We do a considerable amount of weddings and events in the Muskoka area and so we often find ourselves exploring ways to mix the rugged beauty of this region into our designs. Known of course for its beautiful birch trees, beautiful waters and sunsets, it is easy to be inspired. Simple details like birch place card holders can be a subtle Muskoka touch and can be used without compromising the elegance of the event. However, other pieces such as a birch canopy or burlap details can give the event a more casual feel.
Cake design always amazes me. Partially because I have never made a cake from scratch, but mostly because it is simply amazing what cake designers can create. They are pieces of edible art.
How lovely, soft and romantic is this beautiful invitation? There is something so heart warming about receiving a beautiful card or an invitation to a lovely event in the mail. Real mail.
One of the things that I absolutely love about Rachel’s floral design aesthetic is how she blends organic and raw materials elegantly with lush flowers using colour palettes that excite the senses. Her floral designs perfectly compliment the natural beauty of Muskoka.
SC: Can you share with us what you love most about designing Muskoka weddings?
RC: I will always love the use of rustic elements paired with sophisticated pieces often used for our Muskoka weddings. It brings the event texture and visual interest. I grew up in Northern Ontario and am far from a city girl so I think, that our Muskoka weddings are always a refreshing change from the hectic-ness of our weddings in the city.
Floral & Décor: Rachel A. Clingen Wedding & Event Design
Photography: Jennifer Klementti Photography
Gown: Ines Di Santo
Co-producer: Laura Kelly Wedding Design
Stationery: Paper and Poste
Pin Chiavari Chairs: Detailz
Hair and Makeup: Blush and Brush
Vintage Furniture: Happily Ever After
Lace Cap: Blair Nadeau Millinery
Jewellery: Tara Fava