Thursday, 23 January 2014

IN THE ISSUE: 'Field and Flour' - Captured by Brittany Mahood Photography

Canada is a vast land, and from sea to sea, Pacific to Atlantic, you can find endless life changing landscape. From our heavily forested BC rain forests, to the majesty of the Rockies, right through the rolling prairies and all the way to the Rock of Newfoundland, there is a travel destination for anyone, just waiting to happen.

We contacted Brittany Mahood at the beginning stages of planning the special edition Adventure Issue of The Refinery Magazine, and asked if she would be willing to shoot an editorial showcasing the beautiful prairies - and boy, did she deliver! Teaming up with the talented stylist Ashley Nicole, this Winnipeg duo, accompanied by many local pros, produced "Field & Flour" - a play on words, since gorgeous Manitoba relies heavily on the Wheat industry!

Below is some select images from this stunning shoot, and below you can also find a short write up from Brittany about some highlights in Winnipeg. We seriously have to get over there soon!

We encourage all readers of The Refinery to seek some new borders in 2014, and create your own adventures. Need some inspiration on how? Read the new issue over on our website:

Planning a destination wedding? Brittany Mahood is available for travel worldwide, and would love to document your love story. Visit her website here for more information:

From Brittany Mahood:

Winnipeg is coming into it’s prime, of this I am certain. We have eclectic coffee shops opening all around the city and plenty of creative types to fill them. We have amazing wedding vendors who are internationally known for their work. We have got our NHL team back, we have a folk festival that attracts amazing indie artists and endless outdoor summer events. 
One of my favourite things about Winnipeg is that it is fiercely loyal. Of all the North American cities I’ve lived in, Winnipeg does the best job at supporting locally grown creatives and entrepreneurs. We look for uniqueness and talent and lucky for me, that oozes into the wedding industry, where I am lucky enough to capture the work of these fine artists in these establishments all year. 

Now let’s talk specifics. 

Lattes: Thom Bargen Coffee + Tea on Sherbrooke is the real deal. Real people, real coffee, real leather shop in the back that made me a camera strap I use at every wedding. Also their white walls, wood accents and big windows make it the perfect Instagram backdrop. 

Bread: Stella’s Bakery + Cafe. It’s a Winnipeg institution. At the cafĂ©, the chicken sandwich with homemade cranberry sauce and a side of their house salad is my favourite. At their Sherbrooke location, they have a bakery that looks and feels like it’s something straight out of Europe. Indulge in their daily dessert creations. 

Stems: Academy Florists is everything right about florals. Their modern twists on classic influences leaves every single bouquet that comes out of their shop amazing and Pinterest-able. They also have a selection of gifts, like eco-friendly candles and household items that make it creative heaven.  

Art + Shop: Tiny Feast, a stationary shop, which carries some of the most amazing local and international creatives. The amazing One Plus One Design, who designed the invites for our shoot, has a selection of their cards and prints for sale at the shop, in addition to their Etsy store.  

Skating: In the winter Winnipeg has one of the largest trails in the world in the Red River at The Forks. It’s best to go with friends or as a bundled up date night. 

Folks: I’d be remiss if I spoke about Winnipeg without mentioning its greatest asset, its people. For instance, Ashley Nicole, the creative genius behind this shoot and once of the most endearing people you’ll ever meet. Lucky for you, there are two of her, as her twin sister Jenna is the talent behind the cake done for this shoot. When you’re here and drinking lattes, it has to be with people like these two. 

Suffice to say, come to Winnipeg. Come drink our wheat beer and eat our homemade bread. We have all the right ingredients for a wedding and all the right talent to pull it off. The wheat fields are the perfect backdrop for a summer wedding and we have plenty to share. 

Photographer: Brittany Mahood Photographer *organizer
Stylist: Ashley Nicole *organizer
Stationery: One Plus One Design + Illustration
Calligraphy: Julie Doan
Flowers: Academy Florist
Cake: Jenna Rae Cakes
Dress: Bliss Bridal 

Hair and Makeup: Prep Hair 


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