Earlier this spring, Peau de Loup, an ethically made Vancouver clothing company, contacted me to take part in a vintage LGBTQ+ wedding styled shoot . Surprisingly, I hadn’t yet heard of Peau de Loup, but quickly realized they’re changing the way of the women’s button up. They’re super eco conscious as well (which I love) and use only upcycled fabric, or scrap materials, helping to drastically cut down on waste. This makes each and every one of their shirts a limited edition. And full disclosure, I’m wearing one now and it is fan-freaking-tastic.
I jumped on board as the photographer for this shoot once the planning was well under way. Peau de Loup has kept it simple, and specializes in well made button-downs for bodies with curves. They have a large selection of variety and styles, and wanted to showcase them as wedding ware. Cristie of Umbrella Events, orchestrated and planned this shoot and gathered a large number of local Vancouver LGBTQ+ vendors to take part. It was fantastic to be a part of a styled shoot with so many great vendors! They were either members of the LGBTQ+ community themselves, or working to make it known they are a safe space vendor. This is super important in the wedding industry as to this day, many couples still face discrimination when finding wedding vendors.
Peau de Loup has a cool style and I was super honoured to be asked to photograph this vintage LGBTQ+ wedding shoot. Our couple- Kelsey and Marni, are engaged and soon to be married this summer! Their chemistry was fantastic and I joked that it was a warm up wedding for their big day.
Our couple looked stunning in their suits. The vintage look of their Peau de Loup shirts paired beautifully with some really sexy suits from Blair Shapera. Our officiant, Beth, from Young Hip and Married was fresh off of her win from the BC Wedding Awards the night before as well!
After capturing the ceremony inside, we moved to the rooftop for portraits. I love the mix of the urban landscape with the vintage look. The pops of the brown suit and red buildings really played well together. We wandered the streets and the last stop we made was at Ask for Luigi. This is a quaint Italian restaurant in the heart of Railtown. The diners inside were excited to see Marni and Kelsey stopping for wedding portraits. And as it always happens, while walking the streets numerous passerby’s congratulated our beaming couple.
It’s always exciting on a collaborative shoot to see what other vendors bring to the table, and this shoot was no exception. Thank you to everyone involved, I absolutely love what we came out with and am stoked to share it with the world!
I believe it’s important to showcase all types of weddings from all kinds of couples, gay or straight; brown, white or purple. I’m proud to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and love to photograph all kinds of couples in love.
Here’s a list of the fantastic vendors involved in creating this vintage styled shoot:
PLANNING Umbrella Events | ATTIRE Blair Shapera & Peau de Loup HMUA Save the Date Beauty | FLORALS Rogue Florist DECOR Meme Brooks Design & Bespoke Decor | JEWELRY Hex Metals and Minerals | VENUE This Studio Space | FOOD The Daily Palette | STATIONARY Renske Warner
Want to read more LGBTQ+ love stories? Check out Danny and Matthews West End Engagement session here!