Primp & Pop X Ebb & Flow - BTS at the Lakeside Muskoka Photoshoot
As some of you may know from social media, when COVID-19 hit Canada this spring, I packed up the online shop and moved (temporarily) from Toronto to Muskoka so I could spend the summer social distancing with my family. I arrived in March thinking that I’d just stay for a nice long visit - maybe 4-5 weeks - assuming that life would be back to normal in a month or 2 (HA!!) I originally had no intention of being here for the whole summer…but as the reality of the longevity of this Global Pandemic set in, my total desperation to get back to life in Toronto was soon replaced by an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for the opportunity to spend the summer at home in Muskoka.
Around the first week of June, I got a text from a dear friend asking if I might be interested in collaborating on a new project she was planning. Now I loooooove a creative collaboration on the best of days… but the chance to connect and collab with a friend + a rockstar group of other female entrepreneurs at an historic lakeside Muskoka resort?! Well that was a complete no brainer: “YES!!”.
Meet the lovely Bryn Armstrong! In addition to being my friend and the organizer/visionary behind the shoot, she is also the founder of Muskoka-based, boutique elopement company, Primp & Pop.
Nestled amongst 55 secluded acres of tall pines on the eastern shore of Sparrow Lake, Delmonte In The Pines was built in 1906 by David Sanderson. The first thing that hits you when wandering the stunning grounds of this historic “old Muskoka” resort, is that it feels like a trip back in time, or Dirty Dancing come-to-life. This enchanting lakeside retreat was chosen as the backdrop for the shoot not only because of its charm and beauty, but also because it’s the location for Primp & Pop’s latest offering: The Elopement Day Series.
While planning thoughtful, intimate elopements is one of Bryn’s specialities, new COVID-19 restrictions put in place in Ontario this Spring (only 5 people allowed to attend a ceremony) ushered in the need for a further adjustment to her wedding planning. Unwilling to compromise on her commitment to provide an unforgettable experience for her couples, she came up with a brilliant idea tailor-made to respect social distancing, while still delivering on the charm - a curated picnic for 2, the perfect romantic escape for a couple who’s just said “I do”.
Included in the sweetheart picnic package: an Ebb & Flow La Cabaña Blanket, a mouthwatering artisanal spread from The Oar, a choice of Muskoka beer or Ontario Wine, locally made bamboo cutlery sets and a picnic basket. Who could resist?!
Hands down, one of my very favourite things about this gorgeous shoot was the sheer number of local businesses that Bryn pulled together to make it happen. I’ve always known her to be a lover of working with as many Muskoka vendors as possible in all of her wedding planning, so it was amazing to get the chance to be included in this project. The shoot lasted from about 4:30PM - 9PM - which may seem like a long time, but let me tell you, it was over in a flash. It was such a fun and inspiring opportunity and I can’t even express how awesome it was to get to spend an evening coming together with other creative female entrepreneurs to make magic. There is so much incredible talent right here in Muskoka and I literally could not be more grateful to get to be here for the summer.
Near the end of the night, as the late golden sun was going down over Sparrow Lake, I wandered out to deck for a quiet moment alone and stood there just watching the waves and thinking to myself “how on earth did I get this lucky?” Xx
Primp & Pop - Boutique elopements, pop-up and micro-weddings
Delmonte In The Pines - Historic Muskoka resort on Sparrow Lake featuring cottages, suites and guestrooms
Perfect Petals Muskoka - Full service wedding/events and floral subscriptions
Lenny & Hume - Creative imagery and wedding photography
The Oar & Paddle - Restaurant and catering, Gravenhurst, ON
Darling Bridal - Bridal boutique located in downtown Bracebridge
Daughters Of Indie - Sustainable dress rentals
Comfort Bakeshop - Artisan cookies, cakes and confections.
Greenish Canada - Sustainable lifestyle products
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