Peace of Mind Portugal Coastal Wedding Inspiration - Behind the Scenes

We are absolutely thrilled to have this featured on Magnolia Rouge. We had so much fun doing this shoot that we wanted to share a glimpse of the process of that day. From the stunning atelier to the breathtaking beach, here is a short video of the behind the scenes of “Peace of Mind” photoshoot.

Planning and creating a photo shoot halfway across the world was so surreal and exhilarating.  Juggling different time zones, different languages, and planning for a place that we weren’t familiar with had it challenges. But as challenges in life help to mold and shape us, this too gave us the chance to grow and thrive in this new environment.


Inspiration behind Peace of Mind


Photography:  Alexandra Vonk

As we were planning this shoot, we wanted to create something by the beautiful oceans of Portugal.  We understand that in the lives of those working in the wedding industry, things can get stressful, overwhelming, and difficult. Sometimes we long to escape to a quiet and tranquil place to let our thoughts flow. But we also understand that having a true peace of mind doesn't mean the absence of all things difficult or disruptive. It is quite the opposite; it is having a sense of calm and assurance despite all the chaos.

We wanted to create a shoot that will illustrate what we think is the meaning of peace of mind and having that peace amidst the storm. We decided to create an overarching sense of peace by using the colours blue and grey. We chose to use various elements in juxtaposition with one another, as it is between peace and storm. The raw edges on the invitations, stationery and the branches was used to bring out natural and unprocessed elements. While the polished shells, soft silk ribbons, and elegant chairs were used to bring a touch of understated elegance.

To bring the outdoors inside, we chose to use salt and free flowing cloth on the table setting, reminiscent of the ocean and its waves. In the flower arrangement, both fresh and dried flowers were used to create a contrast between their colours and textures. Fresh colours with soft textures in contrast to the deeper hues and brittle structures tied together with long grey and blue silk ribbons.

A greyish blue wedding dress was chosen as opposed to a white one to compliment the colours by the coastline and the beach. While it has a delicate and intricate beaded bodice, the skirt of the dress is simple and perfect in creating a sense of movement and flow. By the coast, we wanted to capture the warm sunlight against the rocks and on the sand. The golden rays in contrast with the dark rocks and the waves rolling towards the shore creates this calming yet majestic ambience that is like the challenges we face in our lives.

As the sun shines peacefully in the sky, the waves in the ocean crashes against the rocks and sand with their thunderous presence. What seemingly is destructive is in fact polishing and smoothing to create beautiful things. Likewise, in our lives, if we take the waves of challenges with grace and a true peace of mind, it will polish, shine and make us even brighter than before.


It was such a honour and blessing to have worked with Cristina and the rest of the team for this shoot. After months of planning and preparing for this shoot, it was so rewarding to see everything come together and create such a beautiful shoot.

Note:  All photographs, unless specified are captured by Honour and Blessing Events.

Fine Art Wedding Checklist


Check… Check… Done!

To do lists, grocery lists, mental checklists… almost every day we are surrounded by various checklists. As our lives at home or at work gets busier, lists are used to stay on track and as reminders of things that needs to be done. As planners, we love using lists and excel documents to organize and track progress and set reminders. Most of the time, we like to have the lists on our phones or computer. But there is also a certain satisfaction when we have these checklists on paper and we get to check off or cross things off when we have completed them.

The importance of a checklist isn’t just for the daily things in our lives. When planning for something meaningful, and oftentimes far in advance, its easy to be caught up in the moment and forget about the smaller, but essential things. So we believe there should be a special checklist for planning events, parties, and especially a wedding.

I’m sure when you ask your married friends or look through Google, you will find a seemingly endless number of results for wedding checklists. Although all the checklists are created for the wedding planning process, everyone has a twist to it. Some have a different layout, others have different items or different times of when things needs to be completed. Some lists are in bright bold colours while others have interesting graphics to make the list a little bit less intimidating.

For us, we wanted to create a wedding checklist that is not only helpful, but also fits in with our style. So we have designed a Fine Art Wedding Checklist that includes the essential items that needs to be done when planning a wedding. We decided on this Fine Art Wedding style because we wanted something simple yet beautiful. A checklist that can be printed out and still blend in with what we find is Fine Art aesthetics and a style that we love.

If you are planning your wedding, or perhaps just interested in what we think is necessary during the wedding planning process, you can download our Fine Art Wedding Checklist here. It doesn’t matter if you’re just engaged and you don’t know where to begin in your planning process, or perhaps you’re just a few weeks away from your wedding. Wherever you are on this journey, we hope this list can help guide and prepare you to have the best possible day. As C.S Lewis one said “You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

Photography: Chikae O.H.


Porteau Cove Wedding Proposal


We were so excited when Caleb contacted us asking us to help him plan a surprise proposal in two weeks for his girlfriend Angel. After meeting up with Caleb, we wanted to look for a location that was by the water with a beautiful backdrop of the mountains. After considering a few places, Porteau Cove Provincial Park won our hearts. Located close to Squamish, B.C., with a breathtaking view of the mountains and the water, it’s no wonder the road leading to this location has been named the Sea to Sky highway.

The Concept 

Walking at Porteau Cove, we found the perfect little area along the dock to be used for the proposal. With two benches and a little arch way, it was the perfect semi-secluded area for them. Our concept for this proposal was to change it into a sitting area just for the two of them. From our discussion with Caleb, we knew that Angel would like something modern yet feminine. We decided to use soft pastels like pink, beige and grey as well as gold as an accent colour.  

It was an absolute honour to be a part of this proposal and to create something that both of them loved. We are also very blessed to have this proposal featured on Rocky Mountain Bride.

We have shared our perspective of our vision for this proposal.  To read about this proposal in the bride-to-be perspective, click here.

The Proposal


Caleb leading Angel to the proposal area.

The proposal area with all the details.


Caleb sharing his proposal speech with Angel.


She said YES!


Congratulations to this married couple to be.


Ending the evening with a nice stroll with the breathtaking scenery. 

To see more pictures, click here.

The Vendors

Planning and Styling:  Honour and Blessing Events

Photography:  Kat Willson Photography

Floral bouquet:  Celsia Florist