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TIPS FOR GREAT GETTNG READY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Toast Wedding Planning, Ottawa

What is the number one things brides almost always overlook on their wedding day? It’s the thing you would least likely expect, but makes a huge impact when you look back through your photographs.

It’s the getting ready location.

I know it seems small and insignificant, but location and tidiness is key to keeping your photography looking great throughout the day. In my opinion there is nothing worse for a photographer than arriving onsite to what might look like a bomb just went off - empty dishes and mimosas from brunch scattered about, a gazillion overnight bags tossed around, misc clothing laying about + the people +the makeup team etc. Chaos! And trust me, it will show in your pictures. Some photographers will do their best to tidy up- but the more they occupy their time with being your maid, the less time they have to get those great getting ready shots. So here are some key tips to making sure your setting yourself up for success. But before we get into all that, the first thing to consider is choosing your getting ready location.

Toast Wedding Planning, Ottawa
Toast Wedding Planning, Ottawa
Toast Wedding Planning, Ottawa
Toast Wedding Planning, Ottawa
Photography by  Laura Kelly Photography

Location Location Location

I always suggest a hotel suite that has a kitchenette/dinning area, a sitting area and a separate bedroom space. This gives you multiple areas for photography and also allows you to order-in brunch and your beauty team can come right to you. This also means there is no rushing around the day before to clean the whole house or grocery shop for brunch the next day.

My Favourite Ottawa Hotel Suites:

Andaz - Large Suite

Le Germain - The Prestige Suite

Chateau Laurier -Presidential Suite or Executive Suite

*** If you live in or have friends that live in a condo building, another option would be to consider checking if you can rent a furnished suite for the day.

Prep Talk

You gotta lay the groundwork. At your dinner rehearsal, reminding your girls of how the day will progress is so so important. This way they fully understand the time constraints and how their actions can affect the overall flow of the day ie: tardiness, forgetfulness etc. Actually, a mini printed timeline with tips would be super helpful. Here is a list of helpful tips i’ve provided brides before:

  • It is very important for all bridesmaids to arrive 15 mins before the suggested arrival time. This provides a small buffer period for everyone to get organized before your beauty team begins.

  • Bring only one overnight bag and place it in the bedroom once you arrive

  • Steam and hang your dresses the night before

  • Don’t forget to bring a comfy pair of shoes for dancing

  • Have a small’ish purse with all your immediately necessary items you want to carry with you throughout the day.

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Toast Wedding Planning, Ottawa
Toast Wedding Planning, Ottawa
Toast Wedding Planning, Ottawa
Toast Events Wedding Planning
Toast Events Wedding Planning
Toast Events Wedding Planning
Photography by  Ali & Batoul

Photography by Ali & Batoul

Grown Up Babysitter

I know this sound silly, but as a bride, to truly enjoy your day, you shouldn’t be running after your bridal party to keep them on time and in check. Instead, delegate morning tasks to your Maid of Honour such as:

Preparing morning snacks

Making Mimosas

Ensuring endless coffee available

Keeping the getting ready space clean and tidy

Assisting the beauty team with set-up once they arrive

Ensuring there is a steamer for the brides dress

Gathering any items the bride would like photographed for her details (veil, shoes, perfume, invitations, gifts)

Keeping all the girls on-time throughout the beauty process

 

CONSISTENCY

It's always nice to have getting ready robes available for more cohesive images during your getting ready photography.

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Toast Events Wedding Planning
Toast Wedding Planning, Ottawa
Toast Wedding Planning, Ottawa
Toast Wedding Planning, Ottawa
Photography by:  Photography by Emma

Photography by: Photography by Emma

TIME CHECK 

30 mins before your photographer or videographer is due to arrive, your Maid of Honour should grab whomever is not in a hair or makeup chair, to tidy and clean all areas to ensure you don't have any clutter which can be seen in photos. I’ve personally gone as far as removing artwork. I know, I know….it’s soooo bad…but if a bright neon blue poppy painted in the 90’s in a speckled gold frame doesn’t flow with your wedding vibe- guaranteed I’m taking it down! You’ll thank me later:) Mind you- I’m not always onsite while your getting ready.

Toast Wedding Planning, Ottawa
Photography by  Laura Kelly Photography

The 5 Minute Rule

If there is anytime in a day where you will loose time, it’s while your getting ready. I have this rule. For every person with you getting ready, you will be 5 min late. Let do the math together:

1 bride + 4 bridesmaids + Mother of the Bride + Junior Bridesmaid = 7ppl x 5min = you will be late by 35 mins

Toast Wedding Planning, Ottawa
Toast Wedding Planning, Ottawa

Options

With all this being said, it’s important to be prepared. If you feel like you need additional assistance to plan and coordinate and keep you on time during the morning, you may want to ask your planner if she can provide you with a dedicated attendant to ensure everything runs smoothly and you want for nothing! ;)

xo Elise

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BRITTANY + ZACH URBAN ROOFTOP ENGAGEMENT

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BRITTANY + ZACH URBAN ROOFTOP ENGAGEMENT

We were there when she said yes, and we'll be there for her on the biggest day of her life. 

You don't need to go far with Laura Kelly Photography for stunning photos. I'm totally coveting this love-nest engagement shoot as an alternative to the mainstream. And might I say it would make a cute 1st wedding anniversary shoot as well. 

Toast Events Urban Wedding Engagement
Toast Events Urban Wedding Engagement
Toast Events Urban Wedding Engagement
Toast Events Urban Wedding Engagement
Toast Events Urban Wedding Engagement
Toast Events Urban Wedding Engagement
Toast Events Urban Wedding Engagement
Toast Events Urban Wedding Engagement
Toast Events Urban Wedding Engagement
Toast Events Urban Wedding Engagement
Toast Events Urban Wedding Engagement
Toast Events Urban Wedding Engagement
Toast Events Urban Wedding Engagement
Toast Events Urban Wedding Engagement
Toast Events Urban Wedding Engagement

Photographer: Laura Kelly Photography
Hair Stylist & Colorist: Top Knot
Makeup Artist: Klava Zykova Makeup

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ELEVATE RETREAT GIVEAWAY

What would a launch week be without and awesome giveaway!

AND ALL of my favorite things no-less! 

I adore taking photos of my clients with my own Polaroid camera, my motto in life is "Live Simply" and I'm obsessed with vegan fur poofs! UGH I wish I could just keep all these goodies to myself! And you want to know what the funniest thing is! Laura went out and bought these gifties- I swear we share the same brain! 

 
ELEVATE RETREAT GIVEAWAY
 

It's so simple to enter, and we just cannot wait to send this care package out into the world and give a lucky someone some new visual assets to brighten up their instagram feeds. here's how to enter:⠀

1️⃣ make sure you're following us at @elevateretreat@laurakellyweddings, and @toast.events

2️⃣ like this post!⠀

3️⃣ tag a friend who would rock this styling kit like no other! ⠀
WINNER announced later this week, so get going friends!! #ELEVATElaunchweek ⠀

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Elevate Retreat Giveaway

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THE ELEVATE MASTERCLASS

elevate retreat

 

I'm so excited to announce the launch of The Elevate Retreat, all about taking your business to the next level! 

 

ELEVATE YOUR BUSINESS

ELEVATE YOUR BRAND

ELEVATE YOUR LIFE

 

I seriously couldn't think of a better life then being an entrepreneur and blazing my own trail. It's never easy, but the thrill of the ride is a feeling like no other! 

I started in the business just shy of a decade ago. When Pinterest and Instgram didn't exist and Facebook didn't allow company pages. Yes, 2007 was a time in business where there was no online anything! No content management websites, no one really understood the concept of a blog, SEO was a made up word and there were no workflow cloud organizational tools. Now, when I think of this, I'm astounded!

Elise Schmitz and Laura Kelly Elevate Retreat

I literally had zero tools to set up my business except my own brain, an agenda, my blackberry and a hand written binder for each client. I created my own workflow, developed my own client experience, made all my consultation forms from scratch and lived and learned from my own mistakes. 

I remember one of my old professors say to me, "Don't open your own business up right away. Make mistakes on someone else's dime." And even though I was little appalled, it made sense. So I'm going to be honest- that's what I did. Granted my mistakes were little and insignificant because I had such a wonderful teacher & boss. And so now it's my turn to be here for you! To guide you through life and business without making the same mistakes as I did, and to teach you how to get to the top- faster! 

 
ELEVATE RETREAT
 

 

The ELEVATE MASTERCLASS is all about this journey. My journey and Laura's journey. How we came from nothing to something pretty incredible - Industry Influencers. Our stories are crazy and the knowledge we have gained along the way is yours for the taking. 

So I invite you to check us out! 

FACEBOOK 

ELEVATE WEBSITE

INSTAGRAM @elevateretreat

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BRITANNIA BEACH POP-UP PICNIC ELOPEMENT

This past week the lovely Intimate Weddings featured our Britannia Beach Pop-Up Picnic Elopement. And the story behind this shoot is really a true testament on how some of our best work comes together in the spur of the moment.

7pm the night before Laura Kelly Photography called me.

24hrs. That's all she gave me. 24hrs to come up with a last minute beach styling concept because the lovely Presh had extra blooms left from one of her gorgeous weddings. 

So I scrambled together my favorite props, made a bunch of phone calls for attire and jewels. Did we know exactly where at Britannia we were going to shoot? No. Did we bring any furniture with us? No. We simply brought all of our jazz onsite and literally- magic happened. I even made the stationary from scratch.....

I love these little collabs because with the right team it takes limited effort, the creativity is contagious and on the spot designing so much more thrilling. It's like opening a tickle trunk of treasures and making something beautiful with limited resources. 

So, I hope this last minute creative provides you with endless inspo! 

Emjoy :) 

Toast Events Boho Picnic Elopement, Laura Kelly Photography. Presh Floral. The Handmade Bride
Toast Events Boho Picnic Elopement, Laura Kelly Photography. Presh Floral
Toast Events Boho Picnic Elopement, Laura Kelly Photography
Toast Events Boho Picnic Elopement, Laura Kelly Photography. Presh Floral
Styling: TOAST Events Photography: Laura Kelly Photography  Makeup: One Fine Beauty Dress: The Handmade Bride  Florals: Presh  Decor: Amy & Jen Decor 
Toast Events Boho Picnic Elopement, Laura Kelly Photography. Presh Floral
Toast Events Boho Picnic Elopement, Laura Kelly Photography. Presh Floral
Toast Events Boho Picnic Elopement, Laura Kelly Photography
Toast Events Boho Picnic Elopement, Laura Kelly Photography. Presh Floral, The Handmade Bride
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Toast Events Boho Picnic Elopement, Laura Kelly Photography. Amy & Jen Decor
Toast Events Boho Picnic Elopement, Laura Kelly Photography. Presh Floral
Toast Events Boho Picnic Elopement, Laura Kelly Photography. Presh Floral
Toast Events Boho Picnic Elopement, Laura Kelly Photography. Presh Floral
Styling: TOAST Events Photography: Laura Kelly Photography  Makeup: One Fine Beauty Dress: The Handmade Bride  Florals: Presh  Decor: Amy & Jen Decor 

COLLABORATORS

Styling: TOAST Events
Photography: Laura Kelly Photography
Makeup: One Fine Beauty
Dress: The Handmade Bride
Florals: Presh 
Decor: Amy & Jen Decor 

 

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D.I.Y OLIVE BRANCH WEDDING FAVOR PRINTABLE

A few months ago Laura Kelly Photography, myself and Lafabere along with a host of other industry professionals, came together for a creative collab in Montreal which was featured on Ruffled Blog a few weeks back.

Christine from Lafabere hand painted this D.I.Y printable live on canvas as we shot the Ruffled campaign. Needless to say we're thrilled with the outcome and that we're to finally able to share her beautiful printable. 

See below for link

xox

Lafabere, Toast Events, Wedding Planner, Laura Kelly Photography
Lafabere, Toast Events, Wedding Planner, Laura Kelly Photography
Lafabere, Toast Events, Wedding Planner, Laura Kelly Photography
Lafabere, Toast Events, Wedding Planner, Laura Kelly Photography
Lafabere, Toast Events, Wedding Planner, Laura Kelly Photography
Lafabere, Toast Events, Wedding Planner, Laura Kelly Photography
Lafabere, Toast Events, Wedding Planner, Laura Kelly Photography
Lafabere, Toast Events, Wedding Planner, Laura Kelly Photography
Lafabere, Toast Events, Wedding Planner, Laura Kelly Photography, Free Printable
Free Printable Lafabere

Download it here

Styling and Coordination: TOAST Events
Photography: Laura Kelly Photography 
Invitation Suite and Live Painting: LaFabère
Decor: Makin'It Lovely
Videography: Up North Wedding Films
Models: Savanah and Kyle from Angie's Models 

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Minimalist + Monochrome European Wedding Inspiration

In a nutshell, these three words sum up the essence of everything I try to emulate within my work. And I'm particularly proud to share our latest feature on Ruffled

This creative collab started with a quick coffee at Starbucks with no other than Laura Kelly from Laura Kelly Photography. And as we sipped our latte's on a dreary February afternoon, Laura pitched her shoot idea about olives. Yes, the little seed, which was really an olive - began to sprout new ideas of how we wanted to take our shoots to the next level and that perhaps take us out of Ottawa for a mini creative retreat in Montreal. 

So we set ourselves some specific goals. I can't speak for Laura, but I can definitely say I promised myself that I would stick true to my own personal sense of style. Minimalist, Scandinavian, European, while pulling a few period pieces in like the gorgeous scale you'll see bellow. Needless to say the details came together effortlessly with a solid creative team backing the whole project. 

So enjoy my pretties, and I promise, you will see much more minimalism inspired design from me in the future ;)

xo

 

Toast Events, Laura Kelly Photography
Stor By Margot, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events
Toast Events, Laura Kelly Photography, Makin'it Lovely
Floralia, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events
Toast Events, Laura Kelly Photography
Sarah Walsh Bridal Jewelry, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events
Floralia, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events
Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events
Floralia, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events
Lafabere, Stor by Margot, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events
Stor By Margot, Lafabere, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events
Toast Events, Laura Kelly Photography, The Handmade Bride
Makin'it Lovely, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events, L'Hexagone
Floralia, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events
Makin'it Lovely, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events, L'Hexagone
Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events, Floralia, Lafabere
Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events, Floralia, Lafabere
Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events, Floralia, Topknot, The Handmade Bride
Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events, Floralia
Toast Events, Laura Kelly, Makinit Lovely
Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events, Floralia, Lafabere

Styling and Coordination: TOAST Events
Photography: Laura Kelly Photography 
Hair: Topknot 
Makeup: Klava Zykova 
Dress: The Handmade Bride 
Hairpiece: White Ribbon Accents
Earrings: Sarah Walsh Bridal Jewelry
Florals: Floralia 
Menswear: L'HEXAGONE
Rings: Stór by Margot 
Invitation Suite and Live Painting: LaFabère
Decor: Makin'It Lovely
Cake & Sweets: OSSO Sweet 
Videography: Up North Wedding Films
Models: Savanah and Kyle from Angie's Models 

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OTTAWA'S BEST LIGHT & AIRY PHOTOGRAPHERS

Photo Cred: Laura Kelly , Style shoot by Elise Schmitz - Toast Events

Photo Cred: Laura Kelly , Style shoot by Elise Schmitz - Toast Events

Light and airy, minimalist, negative space, feminine, ethereal... All of these elements combined makes for stunning timeless photographs. If your not following these lovely ladies on Instagram - you're missin' out! 

 

LAURA KELLY 

The Queen Bee of light & airy photography. Laura's bubbly personality is contagious. I've worked with her professionally and personally. I'm always amazed at how she captures everything just-right. She's directive, honest, attentive and detail oriented. If your looking to be spoiled, adored and possibly have a new bestie - Laura's your girl!

www.laurakellyphotography.ca

Laura Kelly Photography
 

BATOUL 

The sweetest husband and wife team. Their goal; photograph a couple in each country they visit. They're loving life and their little bump. - Yes, Batoul is pregnant:)

Batoul is such a generous soul and genuinely cares about each and every client. She brings a calmness with her - there's no such thing as nerves on your wedding day with her by your side.

www.alibatoulcreatives.com

Ali & Batoul Photography
 

AMY STURGEON

Amy will tell you each wedding takes 50 hours of retouching, 5 lenses used, 13 cups of iced coffee and 1000 photo's delivered. She's and everyday girl that loves thrift shops and avocados.....and so do I ;)

www.amysturgeonphotography.com

Amy Sturgeon Photography
 

ANNE MARIE BOUCHARD

She was hooked at the age of 10 - starting with film photography and gradually digital. Both mediums which, still today shows up in every clients gallery. 

www.ambphoto.com

AMB Photography
 

MELANIE REBANE

If she were a spice girl- she'd be ginger. This girl has a contagious zest for life. When you meet Mel, you'll instantly feel like you've know her for life. But for all her vivaciousness she's very much low key in the industry which has garnered herself some top clients and a stellar reputation. Everything Mel touches ends up in a magazine ;)

www.melanierebanephotography.com

Melanie Rebane Photography
Melanie Rebane Photography
 

NICOLE AMANDA

Little mouse! A quirky millennial who even has a little photo of her bag on her website that you can click to see whats in it! Nicole wants her brides to "love your images not only for the first time, but every time, and not just love them but remember how you felt in each and every moment of them. See your perfume and remember how it smells. See your venue and remember how you felt your vision come to life."

www.nicoleamanda.ca

Nicole Amanda Photography
Nicole Amanda Photography

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