General Inspiration

Romance in the Vineyard


Simple elegance and vintage decor anchor this dreamy affair

photos by Phillipa Maitland
shot on location at the Jabulani Vineyard and Winery

The vision for this styled shoot was inspired by vintage vineyard romance. No matter the season, the ambiance, scents, and glory of a vineyard can still take your breath away. See how this feeling was captured by photographer, Phillipa Maitland, and the many vendors who shared their talents for this story.

When Jocelyn Burns of Pink Paisley Weddings & Events moved from Northern California, she thought she had left behind the romantic vineyards of Napa Valley. When she was told of a beautiful vineyard in the Ottawa region, she was instantly intrigued.

Wedding stationery

Wedding stationery – including a tasting menu featuring wines from Jabulani Vineyard and Winery – was comprised of wine glass stained paper and a cork-like texture. Whimsical elements included wine glass tags and unique signage.

Hair and makeup

Romance was carried through the makeup with natural hues reflecting shades of antique and rose gold, accented by dramatic smoky eyes. A boho ‘do’ was embellished with flowers and braids.

Sweet things

A simple and elegant white wedding cake was accented with bright flowers and deep red grapes.

The gown

We chose a vintage-inspired wedding dress from Essence of Australia. This open-back gown features a lace overdress with a V-neckline, lace shoulder straps and hand-sewn diamante crystal accents.


The florals

Pulling from a soft and elegant colour scheme, an array of pinks, ivory, soft greens and burgundy were chosen to accompany the lovely venue. Delicate spray roses, thryptomene and astrantia were used in contrast with a touch of exotic – bold king protea, scabiosa pods and agonis.

The jewellery

Among other accessories, an antique diamond ring was donated by Heart Deco, owned and operated by Grace Irving, an Ottawa-based dealer of vintage and antique jewellery. Heart Deco is carefully curated with an emphasis on authentic Victorian, Edwardian, art deco and retro jewellery. The collection marries the romance and craftsmanship from centuries past with modern sensibilities, offering a range of unique, ethical, and affordable pieces. Grace has amassed an extensive collection of vintage and antique ring boxes, popular for weddings and proposals, keepsakes, and displays.


The bride carried a mix of roses, blushing bride protea, astrantia, scabiosa pods, an assortment of greenery, and two lovely stems of king protea.

King proteas were the focal piece because of the spectacular structure and distinctiveness. Unbenownst to our floral designer, the owners of Jabulani Winery and our photographer, Phillipa Maitland, originate from Africa, where proteas are grown. To further embellish the bouquet, the stems were wrapped with a champagne satin ribbon overlaid with an antique ivory lace.

Boutonniere and hair flowers

The groom’s boutonniere displayed elements from the bride’s bouquet, including spray roses, blushing bride protea, thryptomene and greenery. A magnetic backing was used to fasten the boutonniere onto the lapel, keeping it secure throughout the day. Small clusters of light pink roses were used to amplify the bride’s gorgeous up- do, provided by Pina Cava.

Floral garland

A garland of assorted greenery, including eucalyptus leaves and Italian ruscus, gently outlined soft, sheer fabric for the focal point of the ceremony. White spray roses were used to decorate lovely antique guest chairs, and to embellish decorative garland.


A large centerpiece with punches of dark burgundy dahlias, black grapes and light pink florals adorned a rustic table.

Accent Arrangements

Clusters of light pink stocks and white spray roses were used to decorate the simple yet elegant white buttercream cake. Small, accent flowers in lovely antique vessels were scattered amongst the food table.

Added features

Several one-of-a-kind antique and vintage pieces contributed to our romantic theme.

Antique diamond ring: 18K yellow gold and platinum Edwardian panel ring with 1.25 combined carat weight old cut diamonds, circa 1910.

Band: art deco engraved platinum wedding band, circa 1920.
Box: antique Victorian leather ring box, circa 1890.

Stickpin in groom’s tie: 9K gold and silver stickpin set with 0.25 carat old mine cut diamond, circa 1890.
Necklace: Vintage rhinestone necklace, circa 1930.


About the location

Jabulani is the Zulu word for happiness or rejoice – which is exactly what the owners felt when they walked the property before buying it in 2006. The once fallow fields now produce eight different varieties of cold climate vines numbering just over 11,000. Located in rural Ottawa, Jabulani opened its doors in 2011. Today, there are three locations for couples to hold their special day. W

Compiled by R. Legault.

The Players

Venue: Jabulani Vineyard and Winery (
Models: Mia and Adam
Bride’s gown: Bridals by Al-Mor (
Jewellery: Heart Deco (
Groom’s apparel: Collin’s Formal Wear available at Bridals By Al-Mor (
Flowers: Trillium Floral Design (
Décor: Amy and Jen Décor (
Cake: Kakes by Judy (
Hair and makeup: Pina Cava (
Stationery: Michael Burns Design (
Photography: Phillipa Maitland Photography (
Wedding planner: Jocelyn Burns of Pink Paisley Weddings & Events (

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