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LAURA KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER

Last week the Queen Bee of light and airy wedding photography took over our Instagram and flooded it with gorgeous pictures and hilariously genuine advice. If you missed it - Your in luck! 

Here is what you missed....

Laura Kelly Photography Toast Events Instagram Takeover

heyoooo instagram people! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผ if this voice sounds a little different to you, then you'll appreciate knowing that this is not, in fact, elise from toast events. I'm laura kelly, owner of laura kelly photography as you might imagine, and I'm pretty stoked to be taking over the @toastevents instagram today! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป 5 things you need to know about me -- 1๏ธโƒฃ I'm a mama of two little babies ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿผ (#coopkelly and #jillykelly) and a wife to my high school sweetheart ๐Ÿ’‹ (@therealrkells). 2๏ธโƒฃ I am beyond obsessed with rosรฉ. I feel like if you're going to drink wine, it might as well be pink. 3๏ธโƒฃ I am a lover of all things graphic design and typography.  ๐Ÿ–Š 4๏ธโƒฃ fourth, I have a minor to semi-serious fear of old people. ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿป also garbage. ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป 5๏ธโƒฃ last but not least, I have been photographing weddings for over 6 years, having started when I was only 21! ๐Ÿ“ท it's my passion and I feel blessed every morning when I wake up and get to do my dream job. I plan on keeping it SUPER real today during the #laurakellytakeover, so settle in and keep checking back! #guestblogger #laurakellyweddings #ottawawedding #ottawablogger
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Laura Kelly Photography Toast Events Instagram Takeover

forget the article called, "what to ask your wedding photographer." ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป  you don't really care what flashes your photographer has in their camera bag. instead, here are a few things you should be looking for during your consult. 1๏ธโƒฃ the photographer presents their business to YOU, not the other way around. a professional photographer will run the show and answer all of your questions before you even ask them. 2๏ธโƒฃ this is the person who will be spending the MOST time with you on your wedding day, other than your wedding party. do you click? do you want to hang out with this person on the best day of your life? if not, NEXT! 3๏ธโƒฃ this is a purchase you should be excited to make. does booking this photographer make your heart sing? because it should. ๐Ÿ’œ the same joy and excitement that happens when you put on the perfect wedding dress, that's how it should feel to sign your name on the dotted line of the photography contract.  #guestblogger #laurakellyweddings #ottawawedding #ottawablogger
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Laura Kelly Photography Toast Events Instagram Takeover

ใ€ฐ my absolute favourite topic, what to spend on and what to skip when it comes to enhancing your wedding photos. โœ”๏ธ 1๏ธโƒฃ your bouquet is the biggest statement piece from a photographic standpoint. it'll be featured in almost every part of your day, whether in the background during your getting ready shots, in your hands during your portraits, or as the centrepiece at your head table during photos of the speeches. invest in this beauty! you'll never regret it. 2๏ธโƒฃ a vintage car for the bride and groom is way more special in photos than a stretch limo. if you're on the fence, I'm siding with vintage! 3๏ธโƒฃ your ceremony backdrop is critical. it will make you fall in love with your "I do" shots and frame your first kiss. ๐Ÿ’‹ and of course, the elements from your backdrop can be translated for use at the reception! now that's a pro-tip and @toastevents would approve ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผ
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Laura Kelly Photography Toast Events Instagram Takeover

if your fiancรฉ asks how much you're spending on your bridal heels, lie and say $50. then spend exactly as much as your heart desires. they're your WEDDING SHOES, girl! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป #guestblogger #laurakellyweddings #ottawawedding #ottawablogger #shoes #badgleymischka #shoelove #bridalshoes

 
Laura Kelly Photography Toast Events Instagram Takeover

a moment like this looks effortless, but the truth is there's a tribe of people in the background who make it possible. one of my favourite portrait session tips: make use of your bridesmaids! ๐Ÿ‘ฏ you chose those girls for a reason; they're the wind beneath your wings and they're there to make sure you look and feel your best. you'll always appreciate having one of your girls holding the bouquet for shots that don't feature it. plus, one girl should always be on the lookout for a potential lipstick re-application moment. ๐Ÿ‘„ I would also really recommend having a couple of the groomsmen on drink-duty. scotch for the groom and white wine for the bride? perfection. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป  #guestblogger #laurakellyweddings #ottawawedding #ottawablogger

 
Laura Kelly Photography Toast Events Instagram Takeover

all good things come to and end, and sadly, my amazing @toastevents friends, this is my last takeover post. ๐ŸŒฟ I hope you've enjoyed a few tips, a few tricks, and are starting to crave an ice cold glass of champagne right about now... ๐Ÿพ I'm leaving you with this beautiful photo and a message of inspiration: trust your gut, don't be afraid to make waves, sleep an extra 15 minutes whenever you can, marry the right man, and never stop looking for great friends. #laurakellyOUT. ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป  #guestblogger #laurakellyweddings #ottawawedding #ottawablogger

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OTTAWA NEWEST VENUE: PARISIAN INSPIRED BARN

Toast Events & Stonefields Parisian Style Barn

Last night the team and I attended Stonefields Loft Reveal- and it was everything we had hopped for! I keep saying to myself "Where was this 3 years ago when I got married!". And it's true, Ottawa has grown leaps and bounds with creative new wedding venues, indie vendors with super cool niche products to truly customize your wedding to your own personal brand. 

So let me tell you why I love this venue so much. First it starts with the people who run it. The very heart of Stonfields, Steph & Steve, the power couple.- well, at least that's what I call them, and I'll tell you why. 

Husband & Wife team + 3 year old twins divided by building the prettiest 130 year old Parisian inspired countryside barn, you ever did see! = POWER COUPLE

Steph & Steve, if your reading this- Way to raise the bar guys..... ;)

I had a nice chat with Steve and I asked him, "How do you do it..the re-build, running a full catered establishment..with small twins..." . Kids are a mystery for me and I loved his response, "Passion and dedication.". And it's true -if your passionate about what you do, you will not feel as though you have worked a day in your life. And from there he told me it took him 3 days to assemble every little crystal on their 8ft chandelier. And that my friends in patience.

The story behind the barn is quite astonishing. Not even 365 days ago this exact barn was located a few miles down the road fully functioning with cattle! Yup, yah heard me right...livestock people! I'de really love to see the before pictures.... So with this being said, the barn was dissembled board by board, numbered and re-assembled onsite where Stonefields big white tent used to me. The reconstruction started last October and was completed just in time for Steph & Steve's own wedding.

Toast Events & Stonefield Farm & Wedecor
Toast Events & Stonefield Farm & Wedecor
Toast Events, Stonefields, Wedecor
Decorated & Styled by  Wedecor

Decorated & Styled by Wedecor

With me, it's all about the subtle details. And let me tell you, there were no detail or expense spared. Two elements really took me by surprise, where I stood back and thought to myself; someone really knew what they were doing- like a boss! It might not matter to you but choosing the right tinted crystal for your chandeliers is extremely important. It defines the line between class and meh. I truly am hard to impress, but these statement works of art have the perfect amber undertone. Think Beauty and the Beast....yes that chandelier that literally glows without the lights turned on. I think it might have hypnotized me, because I'm sure I stared at it for a good 5 mins.

Second item- chairs. Oh no, not just any chair, the chair. You know the one, Parisian/Tuscan looking wooden chair we all drool over....well, these ones perfectly matched the 130 year old beams of the barn. I know what your thinking and no, it's not matchy-matchy, it's cohesive providing that detail which provides that polished look.

And lastly, throwing another style detail in here, the hay loft ladders. Their still there! Preserving the character of the barn by these simple details told me, Steve & Steph really put their heart and soul into building a unique wedding venue like no other.

THE DEETS

  • Capacity 200 sit down dinner
  • Heated floors
  • Covered patio across the length of the barn
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Large indoor integrated bar
  • Tuscan/Parisian style chairs included with space
  • Indoor & outdoor ceremony space
  • Mini resort feel
  • Exclusivity
  • No barn animals :) 

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WEDDING DAY GROOMSMEN URBAN RETREAT

Toast Events Urban Retreat Warren Chase
Toast Events Wedding Bridal Party, Getting Ready Details & Ideas

It's all to often that your man get's the short end of the stick when it comes to the whole wedding planning process. Time and time again the groom will lean over to me and say, "Tell me when to show up, and I'll be there!". And when it comes to planning a wedding, you know what, I couldn't ask for anything more! 

But on your wedding day while your getting all primped up, your groom and groomsmen are likely twiddling their thumbs anxiously throwing back a "few" celebratory shots. It literally takes the groomsmen 15 minutes to get ready, so with lots of nervous time on their hands, why not send them to a man retreat. That's right, I said it, MAN RETREAT. There is such a thing!

With the lumberjack / viking / hipster movement, it's now socially "acceptable" for a men to enjoy being groomed... like a gentleman. Thankfully the whole metrosexual term has been dead since 2007. I personally like my husband to take care of himself. He comes home looking dapper and well mannered. If only the barber would throw in some etiquette tips on the DL- I'de send him weekly.

With a discerning eye, I set out to find the perfect man retreat for my husband, but had a list of things that needed to be ticked off my "picky list" before I went just anywhere.

1. I wanted the barber shop environment to exude class, manliness and privacy. Almost like walking into a modern version of a victorian gentlemen's study.

2. Professional customer service with friendly approachable barbers who actually spoke. You know what I mean. No one likes a snobby mute man barber!

3. Because I was keen on purchasing some facial products for my husband, I wasn't interested in the usual "Aveda" or "Biotherm". I wanted a luxury brand, because he deserves the best. As does your man.

4. I'm a sucker for branding, so this too topped my radar.

I waltzed into Warren Chase not knowing they were closed on Mondays. But luck would have it, the owners were in, and the door flew open. I'm huge on first impressions, and I was literally transformed as I walked into the shop. I don't know who styled and decorated the place, but it's man heaven and exactly what I was looking for. I must have looked like a dear caught in headlights. And let me tell you INSTA bestfriend vibes with Trevor & Paul, the owners. I couldn't help dropping some serious cash for a plethora of services for my husband without feeling guilty. After all I was supporting local ;)

In the new year, I was excited for my husband to make his appointment. Naturally I tagged along to witness the whole process. Let me take you threw it... but first some visuals...scroll down & enjoy.....

Toast Events Wedding Bridal Party, Getting Ready Details & Ideas
Toast Events Wedding Bridal Party, Getting Ready Details & Ideas
Toast Events Wedding Bridal Party, Getting Ready Details & Ideas
Toast Events Wedding Bridal Party, Getting Ready Details & Ideas, Hot Shaves, Warren Chase

THE ASSESSMENT

After you've checked in and have been caffeinated, our barber assessed my husbands hair  and man whiskers, asking quite a few questions from "how do you wear your hair every day" to pointing out certain intricate hair patterns he had - cow licks, flat hair, alfalfa hair and this patch grows faster then the rest. After this inspection a tailored hair cut complete with hot towels and scalp massage followed.

Hair Cut $45

Toast Events Wedding Bridal Party, Getting Ready Details & Ideas, Hot Shaves, Warren Chase

THE CADILLAC SHAVE

They say, It's time to do it up "old school". The 45 mins ultimate 12 step shave is a full sensory experience that starts with a shot of bourbon and ends with his face as smooth as a baby's back side. 

Toast Events Wedding Bridal Party, Getting Ready Details & Ideas, Hot Shaves, Warren Chase
Toast Events Wedding Bridal Party, Getting Ready Details & Ideas, Hot Shaves, Warren Chase
Toast Events Wedding Bridal Party, Getting Ready Details & Ideas, Hot Shaves, Warren Chase
Toast Events Wedding Bridal Party, Getting Ready Details & Ideas, Hot Shaves, Warren Chase
Toast Events Wedding Bridal Party, Getting Ready Details & Ideas, Hot Shaves, Warren Chase
Toast Events Wedding Bridal Party, Getting Ready Details & Ideas, Hot Shaves, Warren Chase
Toast Events Wedding Bridal Party, Getting Ready Details & Ideas, Hot Shaves, Warren Chase
Toast Events Wedding Bridal Party, Getting Ready Details & Ideas, Hot Shaves, Warren Chase
Toast Events Wedding Bridal Party, Getting Ready Details & Ideas, Hot Shaves, Warren Chase

As you can see, this is quite the process. I counted at least 8 hot towels and three straight blade pass-overs. Our barber, Corey was great an explaining each step and was super friendly. 

Toast Events Wedding Bridal Party, Getting Ready Details & Ideas, Hot Shaves, Warren Chase
Toast Events Wedding Bridal Party, Getting Ready Details & Ideas, Hot Shaves, Warren Chase
Toast Events Wedding Bridal Party, Getting Ready Details & Ideas, Hot Shaves, Warren Chase

So how would I rate the whole Warren Chase? A++

The whole process took about 2 and a half hours. The perfect amount of time for your groom and his bridal party to enjoy a hot shave & trim before his long walk down the aisle. Warren Chase has 2 locations. Rideau Street and their flagship shop in Train Yards. So wether your downtown or in the south end, their shop has easy access. If you enquire you might be able to rent the morning solely to yourself. 

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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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LET'S GO UP NORTH

As a wedding planner and stylist, %50 of the time is simply giving direction, gently guiding those along during a creative process.

Itโ€™s very rare for me to meet and work with someone who just โ€œgets itโ€. Someone who sees what I see and thinks like I think., passionate about creative expression and jumps to every opportunity to collaborate.

Cue the globe trotter Joshua from โ€œUp North Weddingsโ€.

Now Iโ€™m going to have to boast on Joshuaโ€™s account because heโ€™s just a little too humble for my liking. Which is also one of the many qualities I love about this guy!

Joshua's experience in the industry includes some of England's top wedding planners with events at Kensington Palace, Claridges Hotel, Victoria and Albert Museum London, Stoke Park, The Wallace Collection,The Grove Resort, Castle Howard, Dorchester Hotels. Not to mention his destination clients at cSKY Resort Santorini and Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (Saint-Jean Cap Ferat, France).

And this doesn't include his work in Hong Kong, Thailand or China...

 Take a peak at the below collective of Joshua's work across the world. 

P.S You might just see a peak of one of our events! Let us know if you can spot us!

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