Anne of Green Gables Inspired Wedding Shoot

The Anne of Green Gables series has been a favourite of mine since I was a kid. I remember watching the movies, starring Megan Follows, over and over again. Surprisingly, despite being an avid reader, I didn’t read any of the books until I was 20. I went to visit my great aunt Waltraud in France for the first time and she left an English version of Anne of Green Gables on my bedside table. I gobbled it up and loved it. I’m kind of happy I waited to read it because it’s a special memory having it attached to that visit.

I’m forever indebted to L.M. Montgomery for her dreaming up Anne. There is something about Anne that makes it impossible not to love her instantly. What I always loved the most about her, besides her strength and vivaciousness, was her ability to bring out the best in people. She was never afraid to shine her light and be herself completely. I don’t think there has ever been a female character that inspired me as much as Anne, which brings us to this shoot.

I had been wanting to do an Anne of Green Gables wedding inspiration shoot with Stage Right Etc for a couple of years and we finally got a window to do it this year! Being located in the Okanagan valley, in Kelowna, BC, which is on the opposite side of Canada from Prince Edward Island, the home of Anne of Green Gables, we definitely had to do some location searching to get the look of  Avonlea. I was SO excited when Danielle, from Stage Right Etc, found a pond with a rowboat in it! That was on my “must have” list for the shoot and it was a difficult one to find! We had so much fun dreaming up all the scenes and details from the Anne of Green Gables series to incorporate. Stage Right Etc did a fantastic job of weaving in those details while still doing their own twist. The result of their efforts was nothing short of stunning! We had the help of the talented (and yummy) Sweet On You Designer Cakes who made mini carrot cakes (a nod to Gilbert’s nickname for Anne) as well as some gorgeous larger cakes. I found an awesome Anne and Gilbert in the model Bailey Woodward and her boyfriend Yanni Papadopoulos. Melissa Dacre did a gorgeous update of Anne’s traditional hairdo and Melissa Craven did a beautiful job of her makeup.

I am beyond excited that one of my FAVourite wedding blogs, Green Wedding Shoes, posted this shoot last week. It’s been so fun seeing the amazing response we have gotten from it and all the Anne of Green Gables fans reminiscing about their favourite Anne and Gilbert moments. : ) Click to see the post on Green Wedding Shoes and Buzzfeed. I hope you enjoy!


Below: A little twist on the Lady of Shalott scene from Anne of Green Gables (probably my favourite part from the movie).A little tongue and cheek reference to the famous raspberry cordial scene in Anne of Green Gables.When Gilbert and Anne first meet in class, Gilbert tugs one of Anne’s braids to get her attention and calls her “Carrots.” Anne, who is extremely sensitive about her red hair, stands up, smashes her chalkboard slate on Gilbert’s head and makes him her sworn enemy. The part, later on in the series, where Anne finally lets Gilbert call her “Carrots” affectionately always makes me mushy. : )When Matthew first picks up Anne and rides her back to Green Gables in his carriage, Anne is in heaven with “so much scope for the imagination.” They ride through a tunnel of blossoms which she renamed “The White Way of Delight” (see that later on in this post) and when they pass “Barry’s Pond,” Anne says, “Oh no, this is ‘The Lake of Shining Waters.’ That’s its rightful name.”


Decor/Styling/Florals: Stage Right Etc, Kelowna, BC
Cakes: Sweet on You Cakes
Couple: Bailey Woodward and Yanni Papadopoulos
Makeup: Melissa Craven
Hair: Melissa Dacre

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  1. Jessica Zais says:

    I just want to say thank you so very much for all your lovely heartfelt comments. I have loved reading every single one and learning about how dear Anne is to all of you too. We are definitely all kindred spirits! = )

  2. Lori says:

    These photos make me most happy. I honestly think my day will now be perfect because I found these photos. Hats off to you Jessica for your hard work and creative effort and thank you for inspiring me today. All my love, Lori. PS. I may or may not wish to be a Canadian right now.

  3. Alexis W says:

    Swoon! Anne of Green Gables was my favorite movie growing up. I absolutely wanted to be best friends with Anne and live in Green Gables. Gah! Absolutely perfect shoot. Thanks for bringing to life what we all envisioned as young girls.

  4. donnamay says:

    This is the most beautiful wedding shoot! Searching for Anne Of Green Gables links in light of the death of actor Jonathan Crombie…our beloved Gilbert Blythe…I stumbled upon this loveliness and it truly has softened the blow of a terrible loss. Our couple lives on in numerous ways and this is such a wonderful homage to the books. Your photography is stunning and the beauty, for me, has brightened a dimmed light…Thank you!

  5. Kari says:

    This is just lovely and amazing! Thank you for sharing your work! Can’t wait to show my own little red-haired Anne when she gets home from school :-)

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