Photos by:

Vicky Starz

With today’s shoot from Sweet Woodruff and Vicky Starz Photography, we’re taking a bit of our detour from the normal styled session. This shoot is one part sweet, one part daring, and a heaping dose of ooh-la-la appeal thrown in for good measure. This no-frills approach to the day after the engagement is everything we love, all tied up in a pretty little package:

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From the stylist, Lisa Collins of Sweet Woodruff: The inspiration for this shoot was the cool couples we work with, couples that have a great sense of style and a fun sense of humour. We love hearing our couples’ stories: how they met, how they fell in love, how he proposed. So we wanted to capture that love and beauty in the simplicity of just being with each other and that warm feeling of being at home – the place that’s just for the two you.


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styled engagement shoots

styled engagement shoots

styled engagement shoots

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When I was styling the shoot, I envisioned how our couple would be spending the night of their engagement, how he would pop the question and they would celebrate, just the two of them, simply, over red wine and cake. But it was the “day after” that I really wanted to tell the story of. Because that’s when the couple really gets to revel in their engagement — spending the whole day at home, wrapped up in each other. I imagined our bride-to-be in sweet outfits she would wear around the house. I wanted her to be really sexy, but still playful. I wanted her to still feel like herself. Fortnight’s lingerie really allowed us to convey that, with their gorgeous, vintage inspired pieces that are so wearable. Emily Sara Pike really completed the look by creating day-after smoky eyes, and the perfect disheveled bed-head. (Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to look effortless.)


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styled engagement shoots

styled engagement shoots

styled engagement shoots

styled engagement shoots

styled engagement shoots

styled engagement shoots

I wanted the flowers to be really romantic and natural. I imagined our groom bringing them home as a sweet surprise, filling the house with her favourite blooms. The Bespoken Fine Quality Print cards we used for the shoot were perfectly in keeping with our sexy and playful, but down-to-earth theme. The stunning hand-printed cards are witty, simple and to the point. Perfect little love letters that punctuated our story. Vicky’s photography captured exactly the mood we were trying to set. Soft, simple and natural. We wanted to keep the look authentic, not “over-done” and Vicky managed to do just that.


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styled engagement shoots

unique floral arrangements

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styled engagement shoots


View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Shoot Location: Toronto, ON, Canada / Photographer: Vicky Starz Photography / Event Styling and Flowers: Lisa Collins of Sweet Woodruff / Food Styling: Joanna Aitcheson / Lingerie: Fortnight Lingerie / Hair and Makeup: Emily Sara Pike / Model: Hailey Merkt / Talent Agency: Peggi Lepage / Cards: Bespoken Letterpress

4 comments
  • I love this concept! Photo’s are stunning! Styled very well

  • Genevieve Giroday

    Great photos and beautiful subjects. Well done Vicky? and Colt!?

  • Bonnie

    I love Bespoken! Natalie incredible work……Check out Bespoken

  • Beverley VanSickle Holmes

    this is fabulous, I love it!!!!