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An Open Letter To The Wedding Industry

Noel en Noir Photo by Nicole Amanda Photography

An Open Letter To The Ottawa Wedding Industry

Being in the events industry I think it’s in our nature that we always put other first. And in doing so we make a lot of sacrifices that sometimes go unnoticed.  Sophie, Jessica and I, knowing this all too well, felt that it was high time to celebrate- ourselves. Because after the 25hr workdays on coffee and granola bar diets we all deserve a night to dress up, sip those fancy cocktails and celebrate! But most of all it gives us a chance to reconnect with industry friends we seldom see during the busy wedding season. Thus Noel en Noir was born.

When we first started planning this event we all said, even if we only had 30 people show up, well, we’d have a good laugh, drink on everyone’s behalf and dance on the bar. Let me tell you, when I say we were astounded by everyone that came through those front doors.

So how can I begin to thank everyone who came out to Noel en Noir? Seeing your faces as you walked in truly made me feel like I was, dare I say, among family. I have such a huge appreciation for all the hard work you do and the businesses you’ve created from scratch, that to celebrate your success at Noel en Noir was more than any of us could ask for. Events like this strengthen our community and builds lasting friendships.

It’s official, we will be hosting Noel en Noir 2.0 with more surprises in store for 2016! Pictures are now up on Noel en Noir's Facebook Page  . My my, aren't you all good lookin'! 

Xoxo Elise 

Photo Cred: Nicole Amanda Photography

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Meaghan Brunetti, Elise Schmitz & Jenna Brunetti, The Handmade Bride Launch Party

It's kinda my thing. So any chance I'm extended the invitation to curate a party, well you don't have to ask, the answer is already, and always, YES!

And so the adventures of planning The Handmade Bride's grand opening of their gallery inspired flagship store began. Our main goal was to throw a chic party without the fuss and logistics of dealing with caterers, serving staff, bartenders, crazy rentals  etcetera, etcetera. But we needed to keep in mind not only what these fashion attendees would expect, but the fun factor, creative factor, charitable factor and the wow factor!

We decided to stay classy with a simple champagne bar, live mannequins - fun factor, a floral accouterment- the wow factor, a "Beyond the Veil" photobooth- fun factor  and an interactive painting station- the charitable factor,  where guests could, for a donation paint a live mannequins dress in support of Unicef's campaign against child labor.  

The evening was flawless. Over 40 attendees in the fashion & wedding industry perused our gorgeous live models, sipped champagne and left with a Beyond the Veil snap from MDNR photobooth.

The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
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The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
Floral Accoutrements with Presh Floral The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events
Meaghan Brunetti, Owner of The Handmade Bride 

Meaghan Brunetti, Owner of The Handmade Bride 

The Handmade Bride Flagship Launch with Toast Events

PHOTOGRAPHY: Jonathan Kuhn Photography

MAKEUP: Klava Zykova

HAIR: Top Knot 

GOWNS: The Handmade Bride

FLORAL ACCOUTERMENTS: Presh Florals

PLANNING & STYLING: Toast Events

PHOTO BOOT: Modern Photo Booth

CATERING: Gourmet Cuisine

RENTALS: Mastermind Events

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