Category — Weddings

Spruce Vintage Rentals: Our Winter Look-Book

Earlier this month, the Spruce girls and I spent a day in Vancouver shooting our latest look-book for Spruce Vintage Rentals (formerly Trove). We styled three Winter settings at The Urban Winery in Gastown (which is amazing!, featuring a Fireside Table, Gentlemen?s Whiskey Bar (my favourite…weird, right? ;) and Hot Cocoa Lounge. I’m pretty obsessed with the results and wish I had a good excuse to throw a giant holiday party! Photographed beautifully by Mikaela Ruth Photography, we also called on Celsia Florist and Anna Elizabeth Cakes to help with the finer details and they pulled out all the stops. The florals were stunning (wild arrangements of roses, succulents & berries, oh my!) as was Anna?s simply elegant 3-tiered confection?yum! You can flip through the entire look-book here and I’ve included some of our favourite shots below. Enjoy!

All photos by Mikaela Ruth Photography.

Gorgeous cake by Anna Elizabeth Cakes.

Stunning florals by Celsia Florist.

All photos by Mikaela Ruth Photography.

All photos by Mikaela Ruth Photography.

You can see the entire Winter look-book by Spruce Vintage Rentals here:

Gilded Warmth: Spruce Vintage Rentals, Winter 2013

Gorgeous, right? And those bouquets smelled absolutely divine, as I’m sure you can imagine. If you’re in the Gastown neighbourhood (actually, it’s more on the outskirts but well worth a trip down somewhat sketchy side streets!), I highly recommend a visit to The Urban Winery and be sure to check out The Railtown Cafe while you’re at it…our lunch there was beyond delicious! I absolutely love putting together styled shoots like this and feel pretty dang lucky to call it my job. Doesn’t hurt that I do it alongside such a creative bunch of gals too :) Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

September 27, 2013   2 Comments

Fresh Florals: Sweet + Simple

I love fresh flowers (I mean, who doesn’t?) but I find our local grocery stores sorely lacking in the bouquet department. Dyed blue + purple mums? Um, no thank you! But if you live in my neighbourhood, you’ll very likely see me snipping away at my lavender, sedum + succulents before company arrives…at the last minute, of course. I planted hens + chicks this year and they bloomed the most amazing neon yellow “trailers” that are perfect for plucking. You can see a few in this bouquet…

My backyard blooms

Skona Hem

Once Wed



Eva Juliet

Martha Stewart

I love having greenery on our table and near my computer…makes even the most mundane tasks just that little bit more cheerful! What are your fave blooms? Do you grow them yourself, buy them or “borrow” from a friendly neighbour? I’m very good at cutting my plants but maybe not so excellent at weeding…ah, well! Have a bright Wednesday :)

July 31, 2013   3 Comments

Trove Vintage Rentals: Part 2

How is your week going so far? Mine’s been pretty good, although I feel like I could use a life coach trying to balance it all  some days. Or maybe I just need a good housekeeper. Now that’s a good dream to work towards! Do you ever feel like you’re just running in circles juggling all of your hats but not making any real steps forward? Lately I’ve started focussing on what I have accomplished each day rather than what I haven’t. It’s much more encouraging that way, wouldn’t you agree?

As promised last post, here are some more pretty images from the shoot I recently styled with my partners at Spruce Collective. Photographed by Mikaela Ruth, we had so much fun displaying our collection of Trove Vintage Rentals for our new Bohemian-inspired look book

Trove Vintage Rentals for Spruce Collective. Photos by Mikaela Ruth.

Trove Vintage Rentals for Spruce Collective. Photos by Mikaela Ruth.

Trove Vintage Rentals for Spruce Collective. Photos by Mikaela Ruth.

Trove Vintage Rentals for Spruce Collective. Photos by Mikaela Ruth.

And just in case you thought we were all sipping champagne behind the scenes, um no, it was far from glamourous. How many Spruce Girls does it take to set up a backdrop, you might ask? Four, apparently! But we gained a new fan, well at least Mikaela did. This handsome fellow couldn’t keep his eyes off of her (or maybe it was the desserts?) and he actually showed his pearly whites for me when I pulled out my phone. No Photoshop, scout’s honour!

So, there’s a good taste of our vintage rentals for you and I posted more on Monday, in case you missed them (click here). You can see more over at our Trove website (click here) or pop by Spruce Collective to see them in person. Enjoy the rest of your day and I’ll be back to chat on Friday :)

April 24, 2013   5 Comments

Trove Vintage Rentals: Part 1

Well hello and good day! You may notice a fresh new look here on the blog, put together by Australian designer Tabitha Emma, and I am so happy with the final result! This update had been on my mind for quite some time and the timing was suddenly just right. I’m loving all of the watercolour details and the clean layout. But enough about me, what do you think?

Today I thought I’d feature a styled shoot that I’m really proud of. My shop, Spruce Collective, has a large (and still growing!) inventory of vintage rentals and we thought it would be fun to show brides-to-be how to mix and match pieces in a variety of wedding scenes.  My partners and I (minus Jessica who was otherwise occupied giving birth to her adorable son Elliot…a very good reason to miss out!) spent one very loooong day staging several different scenes for our  Trove Vintage Rentals look book. Captured beautifully by Mikaela Ruth Photography, this was our vision of a romantic, Bohemian Farmhouse inspired wedding…

All photos by Mikaela Ruth for Trove Vintage Rentals, a division of Spruce Collective.

We packed up everything and trucked it on over to the quaintest little hobby farm that you ever did see…frolicking lambs included! And I think you’ll agree with me when I say that the barn loft is stunning. Fun fact: Kevi (one of my Spruce partners), got engaged here…fitting, right? You can see more of our rental inventory here too…click here.

Rustic benches made by Tack Woodwork & Design. Flowers by Confetti Floral Design.

All photos by Mikaela Ruth for Trove Vintage Rentals, a division of Spruce Collective.

All photos by Mikaela Ruth for Trove Vintage Rentals, a division of Spruce Collective.

These are just two of the looks that we shot for Trove Vintage Rentals but here is the final result….

Rustic benches made by Tack Woodwork & Design. Flowers by Confetti Floral Design.

I’ll share more lovely scenes with you on Wednesday but until then, enjoy this sunshine! You can see more of our rental inventory here too…click here.

April 22, 2013   8 Comments

Flowers for Friday!

The monumental rainfall appears to have ceased temporarily (knock on wood!) and the sun has come out to join us, just in time for the weekend! The Spruce girls and I are putting together a Summer look-book for Trove Vintage Rentals next week so I’ve had flowers on the brain. We’re off to a local barn with our photographer this morning to scout it out as a venue for the shoot…fingers crossed that it will be the perfect rustic space! One of our lovely consigners, Kari of Confetti Floral Design, dropped off several stunning bouquets yesterday and I just had to share a little glimpse with you…

Confetti Floral Design at Spruce Collective

Ahh, Spring in all her glory, right? With blooms on the brain, here are some other beauties that brightened my week…

First Snow Fall


Santa Barbara Chic

Bonnie & Bell

Green Wedding Shoes. Photo by Katie Pritchard.

Perpetually Chic DIY Garland Tutorial

We’re off to Vancouver this afternoon for a weekend of family fun and we’re all pretty stoked to get out of dodge! We’ve got trips planned to the aquarium (for the kids) and The Museum of Anthropology (for us), with lots of beach time and people watching mixed in between. What are your plans? Hopefully they include lots of warm-ish sunshine! Enjoy :)

March 22, 2013   4 Comments