In this editorial production, our goal was to create and capture, “a day in the life of a bride at the Shangri-la” — a sense of distilled elegance that presents a thoughtful and luxurious, custom-tailored experience. It was a high-style contemporary vignettes of a bride’s wedding day in a palette of blue & white porcelain. Touches of the colour of year, Emerald, a jewel tone navy, and a warm egg yolk yellow with haute highlights in antique gold and jade adorned the details of the shoot.
Ashton is a city girl, with a love for fashion, art, and architecture. quick and curious, she is a high achiever and has a refined eye for unique objects and a passion for history. she is marrying the love of her life, esteemed film maker joey who is from italy and practices in new york. they have travelled to some amazing places together — shanghai, london, hong kong, new york and milan, just to name a few of the most inspiring places. they love the buzz of the city, the voice of the cultural landscapes, and the story behind objects.
Born and raised in canada, ashton is highly intrigued by her chinese roots and has completed her masters in east asian studies. she wants to bring together some of the beautiful elements of her heri- tage and her and tony’s love for toronto and new york — a marriage of classic and contemporary en vogue. she has chosen the shangri-la hotel in toronto to host her ceremony and reception, as this is where she and joey first met. she desires for her wedding to be distinctly her own, something refresh- ing, intelligent, substantial and thoughtful — a closely tailored, refined and understated luxury. her favourite object is her single blue and white porcelain rice bowl that her parents have given her since she was 3 years old, and her most cherished piece of jewellery is a delicate jade and gold brace- let which once belonged to her grandmother almost 100 years ago.
To compliment the already beautiful design of the interior of Shangri-la’s beauty, we moved throughout the space to showcase its grandeur.
THE “PRE-REVEAL” IN THE EXCLUSIVE SHANGRI-LA SUITE The bride awaits her groom in her stunning dress, after being pampered with a custom manicure and indulging in a morning in the coveted Shangri-la Suite. She puts on her shoes gracefully and positions her jewellery, as she hears the knock at the door. A noteworthy feature of the Shangri-la Suite is the keyhole entranceway, with intricate Oriental sliding doors that open into the master suite. This room offers an intimate location for a couple’s first reveal.
Unforgettable parties begin with a PALETTERA invitation. Our hand-illustrated and letterpress-printed invitation suite, is presented in a hand-crafted hardcover folio with a dragon and phoenix that is gold debossed. The mix of antiqued gold presswork and letterpress-printed cotton paper is a substantial statement piece and artistic keepsake for guests.
THE TEA CEREMONY & A signature fruit basket is delivered in the morning for the bridal party to enjoy, once the ladies are pampered with the in-suite spa service for the bride and her bridesmaids prior to ritual of tea. The sacred ceremony of serving tea to the elders is enlightened by bringing the outdoor inside. The experience can be customized and intimate, with custom money pockets, fine china, custom-made jewellery gifts, and a stunning reveal of the multi-tiered porcelain-inspired cake. The Shangri-la offers a spectacular tea service with accompanying teaware that is nothing short of stunning. It is captured here with PALETTERA’s custom lucky money pockets, traditional to the Chinese culture. Paired with the decadent sense of place, any tea ceremony is made intimate and more meaningful.
THE TABLESCAPE IN THE MUSEUM ROOM
“…as if they were completely unaware of the outside world for centuries…”
Inspired by old-time architecture and beautiful furniture, the design of the tablescape compliments the idea of “museum” as the room is titled; using a mixture of blue & white porcelain and emerald on the table, the blossoms offer a refreshing contemporary summer pop of canary and egg yolk yellows. A gorgeous bouquet by Stemz effortlessly captures the bride’s heart — timeless, whimsical, romantic and lovely. Dining in the Museum Room with chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking University Avenue certainly has its charm. The tablescape, designed by the team at Stemz, features a tasteful combination of authentic Ming Dynasty porcelain artifacts with fresh spring florals in whites and yellows.
PALETTERA’s exquisite menu card is designed to echo the invitation. It features blind-debossed lettering with original hand illustrations of birds, mountains and peonies, all inspired by the poetry, painting and porcelain of the Ming dynasty. The matting frames the main menu like a sapphire gem with gold lettering and 18k gold edge painting.
Chef Damon Campbell arranged the amuse bouche (seared Pacific scallop, avacado puree, pickled mushroom, tograshi rice) as though it were a piece of art on each plate. Each set of chopsticks at the Shangri-la symbolizes the coming together of two: the left and right chopstick are both plated in silver. They meet to form the “S” of Shangri-la’s logo.
A bespoke porcelain-inspired cake design by Bobbette and Belle is framed by the outdoor garden and patio space of the hotel. Sculpted and hand-painted, the cake is textured and graphically elegant. Lovely floral arrangements cascade around the cake, setting the perfect vignette.
THE PORCELAIN TEA LIBRARY
Photographs in the main lobby are framed beautifully by a red velvet wall and grand calligraphic paintings. Lastly, the tea library offers an intimate backdrop for the couple to share a sacred moment.
Production & Stationery: PALETTERA Custom Correspondences
Art Direction: Deborah Lau-Yu, PALETTERA Custom Correspondences
Photography: Krista Fox Photography
Venue: The Shangri-la Hotel, Toronto
Floral & Decor: Stemz
Make Up, Hair & Beauty: Aglow by Joan
Jewellery: Tara Fava
Cake & Desserts: Bobbette & Belle