Tag Archives: Retro

Let’s Get Mad (Men)

Jen & Gavin won Ambient Studios‘ ‘Engagement Story Your Way’ contest with their unique 60’s/Mad Men idea which was fueled by their love of the show, and the style of the era. Photographers Larissa & Trevor told me all about it:

Both working within the creative industry the idea of a jumping into the character of a 60’s Advertising Executive seemed to be a great fit for this couple.  They seemed to enjoy every minute of it and we worked to create photos that not only represented the stark, strong personalities represented on Mad Men, but also their affection for each other (after all, in the end this fabulous couple is getting married!)
The Paddock, an amazing little pub in downtown Toronto was our first location and I have to say, these two ROCKED it!  The style of the bar, the classic cocktails, the clothes and Jen’s fantastic make-up and hair all came together perfectly. We also spent a bit of time in the Financial District to take advantage of the cityscape as a backdrop as well even though it was quite chilly.  All in all, I think all elements came together to create a great contemporary twist on a classic look!

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Valentine’s Love Letter

This beautiful Valentine’s day/love letter themed shoot was sent to me by Alice Hu and I’m afriad I couldn’t wait until February 14th to share it with you. The shoot was put together for Fantasy Floral Designs. Amanda Heer is the original creator of the vintage brooch bouquet and for this shoot she created another keepsake bouquet called “Love Letter”.  The ‘flowers’ were made from vintage diaries and included photographs of loved ones to add another personal touch.  The invitations in this shoot were provided by Papeterie Store.

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Under the Spotlight – Royal Steamline


Credit: Jessica Hill Photography

Something a little different in Under the Spotlight today. I’d like to introduce you to Aerin & Jeremy of Royal Steamline. They specialise in wedding invites with a gothic/steampunk/retro/vintage vibe and I think you’re going to totally dig what they do! I can’t wait to get going…


Who are you and what do you do?

Royal Steamline is Aerin and Jeremy — a husband-and-wife design team based in Portland, Oregon, USA. We create wedding invitations that have a dark, clockwork or otherwise retro/vintage flavor. Through a subtle and sometimes anachronistic combination of shadows, textures and vintage illustrations, we aim to convey a sense of eras strange and forgotten. Sea monsters mingle next to robotic ravens, and gentlemen scientists have tea with rockabilly rebels. Simply stated, we offer unconventional invitations for unconventional people.

Who/what are your biggest influences? Who do you really admire?

We primarily create designs that aim to capture a theme or mood. Our influences vary wildly — from vintage fashion & science journals to odd finds at antique stores. Now, if you mean visual artists that we follow and appreciate, here are a few names off the top of our heads: EMEK, Alex Gross, George Tooker, Gregory Crewdson, Joe Coleman, Irving Norman, Guy Burwell, Wayne Douglas Barlowe, Michael Michael Motorcycle, Toni Frissell, Chris Ware, Guy Colwell, R. Kenton Nelson, and Jeremy could stare at Todd Schorr’s “The Spectre of Monster Appeal” for hours.


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Peace & Love

This British boy and his American gal showed off their peace & love vibes in their shoot that took place to celebrate their marriage. The locations used are to die for, expecially the laundromat for with it’s kitsch retro flavour.


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Deluxe Boudoir

The vintage boudoir style is everywhere right now and it really seems to be sparking people’s imaginations! I love how different people perceive things in their own unique way… Obviously my recently shoot was miles away in style to this one sent to me the other day by Courtney Wilson, but the brief was the same – to create some stunning boudoir images with a vintage flair.

Courtney told me all about her inspiration behind this shoot:
There was an image from Destry Rides Again (1939) where Marlene Deitrich is posed oh-so-sensually in her deluxe boudoir. I saw this image and was completely inspired to theme a shoot around it (the black and white shot was my interpretation of the actual image). The model is my sister, Eva, and she was a very willing subject on a rainy day at my home. After ransacking the whole house, we pulled together our favorite vintage accessories and went to town! Eva wore all her own clothes and I styled the shoot myself. her amazing shoes were from Shoegasm in Manhattan.


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