Lea-Ann Belter Bridal x Fair Trade Jewellery Co.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE with ethical fashion. I apologize if I have bored you to death in the past with detailed discourse about transparent supply chain management, environmentally sustainable production and/or international labour laws. I promise not to get into anything "nitty gritty" in this post (but shameless plug for the sake of the Fashion Revolution, if you are interested in any of the aforementioned topics I would LOVE to grab coffee with you!).

Okay, back to BUSINESS. My fiancé and I have been planning our spring wedding and we are now in the home stretch! Our "theme" is EVERYTHING ETHICAL, but I guess that mustn't come as too much of a surprise. It turns out that this isn't the easiest way to plan a wedding, but it has been incredibly rewarding and we have met some amazing people and brands along the way- 2 of which we collaborated with in this shoot!

Brides-to-be, meet Lea-Ann Belter Bridal. Their flagship store is located at the corner of Dundas Street and Broadview Avenue in Toronto and this is also where their gowns are handcrafted. We had SUCH an incredible experience with their bridal specialist, Vanessa that we bought the first dress I tried on! I can't show it off yet, but in the meantime, you can feast your eyes on 2 of Lea-Ann's other timeless pieces, Iris and Lilac. 

Pictured above (and directly below) is the breathtaking Iris gown.

Next up is the Lilac gown! Kerri walked around town in this dress and she must have looked like the most stunning runaway bride (we didn't have a groom for this shoot!), but she got warm "Congratulations!" from nearly every passerby all the same. It was quite hysterical! 

I stopped saving dessert for last as soon as I was able to reach the top shelf of the pantry, BUT the Fair Trade Jewellery Co.'s gems are a serious treat and I saved them for last this time (with much ladylike restraint). Robin Gambhir, CEO and Co-Founder of Fair Trade Jewellery Co., lent us two pieces from their "Ready to Wear" collection. By clicking on the images below you can see a detailed description of these pieces and learn more about this amazing company. 

These rings SPARKLE- Kerri can attest to this ☝️😂An engagement ring is something you'll (hopefully) wear for the rest of your life and to be confident that it was made fairly is really special. Fair Trade Jewellery Co.'s rings are certified by the B Corporation, Fairtrade Mined, and Fairmined. You can read all about their commitment to ethical production HERE

We bought a round of hot chocolates before heading home and BOY did we get some funny looks in Second Cup 😂Although this was a chilly shoot, it was so worth it. Thanks for coming along on our mini journey! Comment your favourite ethical wedding brands and send me a note if you'd like to get in touch! 

Much love,

Robin

Portrait Session with Kerri

Instagram brought our worlds together and I am so grateful to have met this kind and beautiful person face to face! We collaborated and planned a shoot alongside Jessica Lehmann who was our incredibly talented stylist for the day. 

Our day started off with a portrait session in what has to be Port Credit's coziest historical loft...

Of course there was enough green tea to go around! I love how elegant and natural Kerri is in these images. It was so incredibly fun and relaxing to work with her!

Ready to brave the cold? Check out our next post! The day is far from over...and we may have gone into Second Cup wearing bridal gowns 🙈

November Family Session

To celebrate my sister’s nineteenth birthday we had a big family breakfast, watched her open gifts, and looked through family photo albums. It’s CRAZY how quickly time flies, but somehow the easiest way to relive moments of our childhood is through images. As much as our sweet mums and dads love to see their families smiling and matching in photos, it's the unposed, off-script, wild moments that are what make us really feel something even years later. I hope this sweet family feels just how special this stage of their lives was when they look back on their photos one day ❤️

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Steph + JJ

Steph and JJ are two extraordinary people; their love for one another is SO evident in their every interaction. It was such an privilege to capture some of their sweetness!

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SUNSET PORTRAIT SESSION