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Champagne, Roses & Love Notes

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; so I love you because I know no other way -Pablo

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way -Pablo

I've been teasing my Instagram followers for a little over a week now with teasers from a shoot I styled back in spring with was just released as a 6 page spread in the Ottawa Wedding Magazine.

For this shoot to be published, the Editor had some specific requirements which she wanted to provide readers.

 
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So as you can well imagine, I and all collaborating vendors had quite the task at hand. Since this shoot was primarily laid out before us, the real devil was in the details with the main question of - how do we convey a romantic feeling with the request of a more youthful shoot? And how do we tie two very different stories together? Let me tell you it wasn't easy and I still begrudgingly feel like I somewhat missed the mark. So let me break it down as to how we chose to represent these 4 requirements at hand.

Champagne Saucer Known by champagne aficionados as the Coup, to me, evokes connotations of popular romantic eras and luxury. With this detail I hopped to create a feeling of remoteness from everyday life and a little bit of an aristocratic influence.

Naked Cake was an initial ask by the Editor as a "new cool non-traditional" cake. To me, I've had clients for the last three years request and have naked cakes. So how can I take this "relatively" new idea and put a fresh twist on it? Lightbulb! Semi naked cake with a sculpted fondant base adorned with hand painted calligraphy quote... Rosie from Osso Sweet delivered just that! 

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Como White Washed Charger. Craftmanship is also very important to me as a designer when selecting pieces. These handcrafted and hand-painted charger plates are made in Italy with techniques that date from the 13th century. An addition to envoke a more romantic feel by Plate Occasions.

Gold Cutlery The perfect pairing to continue our theme of a more mature sense of design aesthetic. 

Eclectic Chairs I always like to use a bold accent to grasp immediate attention from it's onlooker. I find chairs are a great conversation piece.  I often use different chairs when designing floor plans. Especially if my bride has expensive taste like me!

Floral Embellishment This detail is one of my standard go-to's when looking to soften the look of a stark object. I find small floral additions can add design continuity throughout any wedding or style shoot. Current obsession: Floral Drink Picks. Floral Reef 

Furniture is what I used to tie the boudoir to reception snaps hoping that it would make the shoot more congruent. 

Stationary.... another element I'm really crushing on. My clients will tell you, I always say, "Your invitation is your weddings first impression. This set's the tone for what your guests can expect on your wedding day". Working with Jessica from Ink Blossom is such a treat. She's always on point and I literally think she can read my mind. Not to mention, she exclusively hand draws most components in her invitations for a truly custom invite.

The transitional fashion pieces needed to be "one-of's". So naturally I call Meg from The Handmade Bride...  Our fashion pieces comprised of the boudoir rhinestone & tule overlay robette & custom dupioni raw silk bustiere, Maureen Patricia halter wedding dress, finishing with a dupioni cigarello pant & top. 

Linen can make or break your look. It can either look too heavy, no existent, busy or way too metallicy. (that's probably not a word).. So for this shoot I grabbed 6 different table linens and napkins from Mastermind Events. I spent 30 minutes staring into the abyss before the shoot contemplating linen colours and coordination. I'm telling you, colour pallets are HARD! Naturally I chose Ivory sequence with the Icy Pink polyester napkin. Side note it's okay to use polyester! not everything has to be silk!! 

Hair & Makeup was flawlessly executed by Stephanie Richardson & 2BU Esthetics to embody a fresh, clean and simple effortless look. 

For this shoot we were also very fortunate to have Up North Wedding Films capture some great behind the scenes footage which I've uploaded before vendor credits.

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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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POP, FIZZ, CLINK!

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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NATALIE & SHANE June 27th 2015 -Shaw Center-

Although it's November, the wedding season isn't over just quite yet! But at the season comes to an end, we finally start seeing gorgeous photography trickling in. So lets take a time machine and hop back to spring with the lovely Natalie & Shane. 

Wedding Planner: Toast Events

Photographer: Photolux

Videographer: Photo & Films by Eduardo

Florist: Full Bloom

Linens & Rentals: Mastermind Events 

Rentals: Creative Edge

Retals: Lou Lou Lounge

Stationary: The Paper Studio

Band: Eric Eggleston

Piano Soloist: Eddie Bimm

Hair: Show Pony

Makeup: Ottawa Makeup Artists

Transportation: Elite Limousine 

Dj: David Atherton

Ceremony: Basilica

Reception: The Shawn Center Trillium Ballroom

Audio: Wall Sound

Cake: The Girl With The Most Cake

 

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