On Canada’s 150th Birthday, Wendy Lee, WPICC, of Asian Fusion Events, shares this beautiful Canadian-themed styled shoot that she created with a huge team of wedding professionals. From Wendy, “Our team’s intention is to share it as widely as possible. We want to showcase unity and its importance to all countries because a nation is propelled forward by its people; especially since it’s Canada’s 150.”
Wendy answered some questions for us about the shoot and her creative inspiration.
WPIC – So tell us how you came to choose a Canadian themed wedding shoot?
Wendy – Canadians are celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation and February 15 is National Flag of Canada Day. This is not only a powerfully symbol, it is a tremendously meaningful one in our Canadian identity. Canadian history may not be as long as other nations, but it is still certainly rich with much to celebrate.
WPIC – What Canadian elements inspired you to do this wedding shoot?
Wendy – There are so many things that come to mind, and initially most would gravitate towards our natural resources.
WPIC – Did any of these Canadian elements influence the colour palette?
Wendy – The spring board for the colour scheme was inspired by the lumberjack red and black plaid. It was then paired with silver grey for The Rocky Mountains and mining industries. The various wood tones represent our vast forestry lands and the little hint of fur reminds us of our past fur trade days that were once a very significant industry for Canadians.
WPIC – What Canadian wedding-specific elements were represented in this shoot?
Wendy – We were incredibly fortunate to showcase all Canadian talent for this shoot. Every item in our shoot was either Canadian designed and/or Canadian-made starting with the wedding gown by Mikaella, bridal accessories, the groom’s attire, stationery, floral arrangements, and so many more. Many of our gorgeous blooms were even grown locally in Ontario. They included the tulips, anemones, ranunculus, spray roses, cherry blossom and carnations.
We showcased signature food items from the various regions of Canada like Prince Edward Island potatoes that were made into French fries, topped with gravy and cheese curds. This dish is called poutine and originates from Quebec. The British Columbia salmon was glazed with maple syrup made in Ontario. The mussels were from Prince Edward Island. The array of cheeses, pork, bacon and wild game smoke meats were from Ontario, Alberta and Quebec.
WPIC – What does being Canadian mean to you?
Wendy – Like many of the creative partners on the team, my parents and grandparents were immigrants to Canada. Therefore I’ve grown up with the best of two worlds. I celebrate my East Asian cultural roots while being able to embrace the amazing one that Canada exemplifies.
Being Canadian means that I have the opportunity to enjoy everything that Canada has to offer. From exploring Canada’s beautiful landscape, to participating in all those winter Canadian outdoor sports like hockey, ice skating, skiing, and ice fishing. I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention summer fun things like canoeing, hiking, water skiing, and going to the cottage.
It also means that I am in the position where I can enjoy and learn about other different ethnic cultures and their cuisines. Living in Toronto lends itself perfectly to interfacing with other immigrants. Tasting their tantalizing dishes that are so mouth watering is such a fabulous way to learn about diversity.
WPIC – What is the one thing that you want people to know about Canada?
Wendy – I believe Canada’s most precious resources are its people besides its natural resources. Being diverse means that there’s a broad base of viewpoints to draw upon. Being open to creating dialogue ultimately means the potential to formulate new ideas and enhancing existing ones. This shoot is just one example of how diverse backgrounds can create something phenomenal when we work as an united team.
Design Concept, Producer & Wedding Planner – Asian Fusion Weddings | Photographer – Rhythm Photography | Cinematographer – Summerfield Films | Venue – Bob Rumball Manor | Florist – Periwinkle | Stationery – Ferris Wheel Press | Linen Rentals – Have A Seat | Table Top & Chair Rentals – Event Rental Group | Vintage Rentals – Southern Charm Vintage Rentals | Sweets Table – Shirley’s Sweet Creations | Savoury Table – Hawley Crescent | Bridal Gown – Ferre Sposa | Bridal Veil – LUVYT | Bridal Accessories – The Loved One | Bridal Shoes – Fluevog | Hair and Make-up – May Nguyen | Bridal Stylist – Hilary Cameron | Groom’s Attire – Garrison Bespoke | Groom’s Accessories & Stylist – TYTAN Ties | Groom’s Shoes – Peter Feeney | Female Model – Velocci (Logan Burke) | Male Model – Andrew Summerfield