Life Set Sail & Canadian Designers

A few words from Brittany of Life Set Sail: I’ll tell you guys, I’ve got some really talented friends out there! One of my absolute favourite things about blogging is that I get to introduce all of you to the wonderful brands I love…what’s more is that the ladies mentioned in todays post are all personal friends of mine, which just makes it that much more special.

Let’s start with Anneke Forbes, designer behind this amazing green moto jacket. Anneke has been a dear friend of mine for a few years now, she was one of the first bloggers I ever met in Calgary and watching her quit her day job to pursue her passion is something that I have to commend her for (anyone who has ever tried working for themselves, you know it’s anything but easy)…It’s not often you find someone that hand makes clothing either…and I mean “hand-make”, not just embellish. This girl oozes talent – I wish I could show you in person her attention to detail, there is obviously a lot of care that goes into her pieces. Her work does come with a hefty price tag but these are pieces made to last and I for one cannot wait to own one of Anneke’s pieces myself one day – maybe even this very jacket!

Next up we have Alanda of Leo Lebel (red clutch). I went to high school with Alanda and absolutely love what she has been doing with her handmade leather goods the past couple of years. I love that everything started for her when she inherited an industrial sewing machine from her mother and that Leo Lebel was created through her experimentations. Alanda’s bags are not only beautifully designed with a West Coast style but durable and practical as well. Fashion plus function is not always something you get these days so I’m glad someone’s paying attention to providing the consumer with both!

Lastly I wanted to reintroduce you to Hart + Stone. I already own several of Emily’s pieces so I think it goes without saying that I am a huge fan! Emily’s jewellery is made with either 14k gold filled, 10k or 14k solid gold or sterling silver, which I absolutely love because that means they’ll last for ages (and I like to wear my jewellery every single day). Her minimalist approach to jewellery makes it super simple in integrate pieces into any outfit, for something a bit bolder I recommend the Wild Rose rings (you can actually choose your own stone shape too, so much fun)!

Sanctuary Gardens Kelowna Elopement

Production & Design: Julianne Young Weddings | Dress: The Bridal Boutique, Galia Lahav
Hair & Makeup: Looks by Laine | Invitation Suite: Flourish Calligraphy | Ring Dish: Marbella Dish
Venue: Sanctuary Gardens | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Flowers: Amborella Floral Studio

“Sacred” A sanctuary represents a place of commitment & sanctity, where lifelong promises are made & sealed with a kiss. This shoot follows the story of an intimate & romantic elopement in an Okanagan lakeshore setting. Surrounded by lush hanging florals & greenery, the setting is perfect for this modern couples declaration of love & exchange of vows. A gift from her grandmother, the bride’s antique rosary wrapped around her bouquet will guide her hand down the aisle towards her new beginning. With a Corinthians verse etched against the walls, “Faith, Hope and Love” the greatest of these will show true as love in this romantic styled shoot.



Minnow Bathers

A few words from Brittany of Life Set Sail: You guys know I love supporting our Canadian designers and today I’m so excited to introduce you to Minnow Bathers, an independent swimwear label based in Toronto! Each piece of swimwear is handmade to order in studio with $1 of every item sold donated to the Ocean Conservancy. I’m obsessed with the high-waisted styles and the attention paid to both detail and comfort – I’m definitely one of those girls where looking good and feeling good go hand in hand. These photos were taken at sunset on the Oregon Coast. Not long after this shoot we lost our car rental keys in the ocean and (thank God), a kind stranger found them for us before all the light was gone and we were trapped in the middle of nowhere!

Painted Rock Winery

Production & Design: Julianne Young Weddings | Venue: Painted Rock Estate Vineyard
Hair & Makeup: Looks by Laine | Invitation Suite: Debbie Wong Design | Linens: Bella Linens
Chairs & Glassware: All Occasions Party Rentals | Silks: Silk & Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box Ring Dish: Marbella Dish | Flatware & Dishware: Gathered Table Supply
Dress: The Bridal Boutique | Floral Design: Amborella Floral Studio | Film Lab: Canadian Film Lab

“Modern Vineyard Muse” Ancient native american pictographs were discovered on this family-run estate winery, which birthed the name of Painted Rock. Now known for its estate grown fruits & old world vines abundant in syrahs & merlots, the contrasting modern architecture on the legacy property stands like an art-piece. This styled shoot is inspired by the history of the vineyard and uses a colour palette derived from the tasting notes of it’s famous wines (dark plum, dark cherry, pepper, cassis, slate, vanilla, and coconut).This is the story of a refined & contemporary couple juxtaposed with the old world vineyard throughout their intimate wedding celebration. Vibrant florals in berry, peach and merlot, with textured glassware in smoke & crystal are used with patterned white dining plates, hemstitch linen napkins, and an abundance of stemmed candles. The handmade invitation suite gave guests a glimpse of the venue & surrounding beauty with a watercolour painting of the lush rows of estate vines.