Thursday, August 25, 2011

Real Wedding ~ Sally & Eric: Featured on Style Me Pretty Blog

We're always excited to show off one of our 'real weddings' but this one is even more special since it was featured on one of our favourite websites; Style Me Pretty. Stacey met Abby, the brains behind Style Me Pretty at Engage 2011 earlier this year so it was just a matter of time before these two creative minds came together professionally.

Sally and Eric were married July 30 at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau. They were so calm, sweet and very much in love that we counted down the days to any meetings with them during the planning process.

The ceremony was outdoors on the terrace in the late afternoon sunshine and their backdrop was the Ottawa River and the Parliament Buildings. It was so simple but stunning. The reception was held inside the cafeteria which offers the same view as the ceremony thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. The room was transformed into a soft & romantic paradise with silver chiavaris, white linens and orchid centrepieces. The details were few but powerfully personalized: a friend played the ceremony music including when Sally walked down the aisle, the place cards were bilingual: English and Chinese and the candy bar (decorated in the wedding's colours) was sugar free since Sally is a dental student.

We may be biased as we work out of The White Dress, but Sally's gown was simply breathtaking- a one of a kind Vera Wang that made her look every bit the princess on her big day.

Thank you for allowing us to help plan your special day Sally and Eric ! We miss you guys already xo

Enjoy all the photos here...and more here.... Thanks to Union Eleven for being able to capture this wedding so beautifully.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


A box full of Vera's dropped on our doorstep yesterday...can our week get any better??  Yes it can! 

The lovely editor and chief at Wedluxe just emailed to let us know that we are currently featured on their website, check out our shop done up wedding style at Marry Me in Wedluxe

Special thanks to:
 Miv Photography, Bel fiore, The Girl with the Most Cake, Palettera and The White Dress

Monday, August 15, 2011

Vegas, Elvis but most of all LOVE!

It is not everyday that you will hear a wedding planner say forget the whole planning sha-bang and elope in Vegas but this weekend we were lucky enough to meet an amazing couple that did just that!

Nicole and Chris have a story like many of our wonderful couples: they met, fell in love and decided to make it official - they just did it on a much speedier schedule!  
And we couldn't be happier for them.

At the end of the day, we are in this business because we truly believe in love.
Whether you spend 2 years planning your wedding or 2 minutes picking out the red roses you will carry down the aisle, the outcome is the same:
you are marrying the person you are supposed to be with.

And that we will always support!

Congrats Nicole and Chris, we just LOVED meeting you!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Real Wedding - Crystal & Matt

Crystal and Matt were one of the nicest couples we have ever worked with. They were both so down to earth, kind, considerate and very much in love. Matt is such a sweetheart that (as we learned in the best man speech), his nickname is "baby Jesus", which made the best man's speech even harder to compose since the speech is generally a roast of the groom and all his faults.

Matt and Crystal were married in their hometown of Pembroke on June 25. They had a specific vision for the wedding that every piece of the wedding was brought in from Ottawa to reflect the couple's style (linens, chairs, even wine glasses). They wanted a soft and romantic look which was achieved with light pinks, creams and crystals.

Take a look at how we transformed Pembroke's dark and standard-'community hall'-looking venue into a soft pink paradise for Crystal and Matt's big day. All the gorgeous photos were captured by our friends at Photolux Studio

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Outdoor Wedding Inspiration

We recently worked a lovely outdoor wedding for Jennifer and Richard at the timelessly elegant Billings Estate here in Ottawa. As the sun set behind the trees, and the guests sipped their fresh lemonade with paper straws in the glowing light cast from candles in hanging mason jars, I thought to myself; outdoor weddings can contain some of the most beautiful elements of weddings in general: simplicity, softness and home-grown personal touches. Jen and Rich's simplicity and softness came from a lack of forced decor and they let the sprawling landscaping at Billings Estate be their decor with just handpicked wild flowers and candles on tables draped in crisp white linens. Their wedding came with countless personal touches but the most obvious were seen in their food as they worked with Thyme and Again Catering. One of the food stations contained Rich's best man's secret meat rub recipe on the baby back ribs and the late night buffet featured delicious family desserts such as "Gram's Apple Pie".

An outdoor wedding means you have to give up a lot of your wedding control to Mother Nature and some brides just aren't willing to do that so consider having just your wedding ceremony outdoors or if you're still a bit too protective over your one special day, how about hosting the rehearsal dinner or post-wedding brunch outdoors at a local park, a nearby cottage, an NCC-owned venue or a family member's large backyard ?

Take a look at the images below from some of the most fabulous outdoors weddings we found. Maybe you'll consider adding one more guest to your wedding guest list- Mother Nature.

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