Friday, July 30, 2010

Photo Contest !

Have you ever wished you could design someone’s website for them ? Well, we’re going to give you that opportunity. Whoa, slow down tigers (or more accurately, tigresses). We’re going to let you guys pick our website's next homepage images !

Our homepage has always featured a rotation of some of our favourite photos of Marry Me Productions couples on their wedding day taken by some of our city’s most talented photographers. We only have one picture on our homepage now because honestly, there are so many fantastic shots that we can’t choose ! We’re turning to you guys- our Facebook ‘fans’, avid blog followers and ‘tweethearts’ to help us decide what top 3 photos should be rotating on our homepage.

We literally just came up with this idea now so we’re just beginning to contact our favourite photographers to tell them about this exciting ‘contest’ but we’re so excited we had to blog about it to you guys first !
We want all our weddings this year to have an opportunity to be included in the contest so the final 'contenders' we post for your votes will only be up in mid-late October. We’ll post all the details then.

Gotta run and start emailing our photographers....

Happy long weekend !

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Chantal & Mike’s Pink & Paisley Production

We can’t say enough about Chantal & Mike. They were such a pleasure to work with. Not only the way we all worked together to plan their wedding but just as individuals. Their love is contagious !

The wedding was held on July 10 2010 in the Great Hall of the Art Gallery. Chantal and Mike went with a bold colour scheme: pink and paisley. Honestly, this paisley linen has been very popular this season. We’ve used in 3 different weddings thus far: paisley and black, paisley and lime green and now paisley and hot pink and it has looked fabulous each time !

The paisley linen and hot pink really shines in the Great Hall for this wedding because the vast hall gives breathing room to the excited paisley and bright pink.

Talented photographer Andrew Geddes captured the magic of these two colours in the photos below. Visit his blog for more private shots of the wedding. Thanks for sharing them Andrew ! If you haven’t checked out Andrew’s informative guest post in our blog, check it out here

This linen is available at Groovy Linen

Congratulations Chantal and Mike ! We wish you two lovebirds all the best...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood's Wedding Details

Under a tent, on a southern evening in Georgia, Mike and Carrie shared what their wedding planner referred to as "a spiritual expression of their love". Sounds like a fairytale Hollywood wedding... But despite the $500,000 price tag and a guest list of 250, there was no Hollywood influence or divas present at this wedding according to guests and hotel staff. Both Mike, Carrie and their guests were all down to earth, friendly and gracious. Carrie has said in past interviews regarding her wedding day, "it'll just be Carrie marrying Mike"....

One thing that could have given the wedding away as a 'celebrity wedding' was the amount of security around the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation beginning on Friday July 9. Maybe the G20 Summit organizers should have referred to Carrie and Mike or their wedding planner Jayne Bubis for their security needs. Or simply signed an exclusive agreement with People magazine which was the result of all the security.

People magazine is on news stands now with 13 glossy photos of the event. The article is actually quite small but let's be honest, we're all buying it for the photos anyways right?

We'll give you a run down of the article here:

- Carrie and Mike booked all 251 rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation

- The local sheriff's office was hired to provide extra security for the wedding

- Guests received gift bags engraved with bible quotes

- Guests began arriving on Friday July 9 and that evening enjoyed lakeside cocktails (with fireworks!)

- Guests also enjoyed a golf and baseball tournament the day of the wedding (Saturday July 10)

- The bride wore 2 dresses designed by Monique Lhuillier. For the ceremony Carrie wore a Chantilly lace and silk organza gown with a cathedral length veil and a diamond tiara adorned with over 40 carats of diamonds which was a gift from Mike. For the reception, Carrie changed into a shorter sexier version of the ceremony gown

- Mike's jaw dropped and he 'teared up' when he first saw Carrie walk down the aisle

- Carrie walked down the aisle with her father to Wagner's "Bridal Chorus"

- Carrie's dog Ace (a rat-terrier) wore a pink tux and came down the aisle with the flower girl (Mike's cousin) and ring bearer (Carrie's nephew)

- The ceremony contained some of the couple's favourite bible passages

- Carrie could not wait to be pronounced husband and wife and when it was announced, all 250 guests erupted into applause which caused her dog Ace to "bark like mad" at Carrie and Mike

- The reception was held in the hotel ballroom of the Ritz Carlton and the room was dripping with 5,000 crystals and lit in various shades of pink. Mike exclaimed "There's pink everywhere!"

- Hors d'oeuvres included sushi and crispy risotto lollipops
- Placecards were silver hockey pucks

- Carrie surprised Mike for their first dance by hiring contemporary Christian singer Brandon Heath to perform "Love Never Dies", a song that according to Carrie is very special to them

- The guests were served a four course meal which included ravioli, fillet mignon and Canadian salmon

- Carrie ordered hundreds of buttermilk pies from a local bakery that "Southern Living" magazine has called one of the best pies in the southern United States

- In lieu of wedding cake, a cupcake tower was designed by one of Carrie's bridesmaids Ivey Childers (one of her other bridesmaids was her makeup artist) from IveyCake bakery in Franklin Tennessee

- Guests danced to everything from Lionel Ritchie to Guns N' Roses

- Late nights snacks of sliders and Kahlua shots kept guests dancing until 2am

- Carrie will change her name to Carrie Fisher, but will still use her maiden name professionally

- According to Carrie and Mike's wedding planner Jayne Bubis; "Carrie and Mike are just madly in love. They didn't leave each other's sides all night".... I think anyone in Ottawa could have told you that ;)

We're so happy for Mike and Carrie and hope they are enjoying their romantic honeymoon in Tahiti. Looking forward to seeing you both back 'home' in Ottawa.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Something White for Something Right Tickets are now on Sale !

It's bacccccck !

Our second annual Something White for Something Right gala, held at the Chateau Laurier on Saturday November 6 2010, has already sold a few tables and we only began selling tickets this week so we anticipate this year's event will be bigger than last year's (thank goodness we got a bigger room this year).

We don't want you to miss out so contact your girlfriends and begin planning the ultimate Girls Night Out ! Or bring your men too- they had a great time last year with us and looked fabulous in their white tuxes.
We're selling the tickets online again this year (via Paypal) and all the proceeds are going to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

If you haven't heard of our event read all about it here:

We can not wait to party with you all (again) this year !

Rivini Sample Sale On Now !

Grab your sister, mom or Maid of Honour and hurry yourself down to (the new) Ashton Station Bridal at 17A Albert Street in Carleton Place.

They are having a Rivini Sample Sale that started July 10 and runs until August 7 2010 (or until the gowns sell out). Size 8 as-is Rivini dresses are up to 70% off and there are over 150 styles to choose from.

You can email them at or call them at 613-240-7616.

Think outside the 'box'

There is something about long banquet tables at family gatherings. Guests sitting closely together, pouring each other's wine, celebrating and giving thanks. Does that not sound like something you'd do at a wedding? Of course ! So why not have long banquet tables at your reception?

We don't want to say "this trend" has been around for awhile... because honestly, we don't want this to be a trend. The look is timeless and we hope it's here to stay. However, yes the 'idea' of using long banquet tables first cropped up last year but has really exploded this year.

We love them for so many reasons; they are more intimate because your guests are closer together, they are unique since almost all venues offer the standard round tables for dinner receptions, they offer so many possibilities for decor and you can actually fit more guests at long tables because they don't take up as much space as round tables- so no more guest-list fights with Mom ;)

Drawbacks; not all venues are equipped to handle endless rows of banquet tables and of course, if they are not standard with your room rental so you will pay more to rent them.

The most important thing when using long banquet tables at your reception is accessorizing the tables with centrepieces, candles, accessories etc. The nicest results are when you mix lines and colours in varying heights, shapes and sizes.

Long banquet tables can accommodate budgets of any kind. Small budget; think small votive candles mixed with larger pillar candles in hurricane vases with vases of varying heights of roses, peonies and hydrangeas.

Bigger budget, think pillar candles in delicate lanterns with tall candelabras trimmed in crystal beading and cascading blooms.

Repetition is so important ! Varying sizes of candles or accessories, even different centrepieces are possible but the 'pattern' has to repeat every few seats or so or else it looks disorganized.

We know we posted a lot of photos below but we couldn't help ourselves- they are all so freaking gorgeous ! We hope they inspire you to think outside the 'box'.

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