Featured in Weddingbells Magazine and Online! An up close shot of our giant floral display of blush, peach and cornflower blue flowers on the top beam of our huge custom-built ceremony arch. Love how it turned out!
We had this built early last year as a giant 9x9 ceremony arch of solid wood. It’s the perfect dramatic but natural frame for your ceremony. I can’t wait to decorate this in a million different ways. This was for Sarah & Pascal’s wedding at Britannia Yacht Club with Laura Kelly Photography. We added a massive display of blush, peach and cornflower blue on the top beam. Perfection! Featured in Weddingbells Magazine and Online!
Exactly one year ago today, I was coordinating the set up of my first television production… from my plane to Florida. I had to get hooked up to their wifi and I found myself Facetiming my team from somewhere above New York. Now, I’m heading to Cuba today with Jordan for a romantic, completely work-free vacation. The first one in 5 years. I travel a lot but I work through my travels. I’m so fortunate that I have a job that I can work abroad from for part of the year if I want to. This year though, it’s been my busiest, and I don’t think I’ll get to do this again for a while. It will be our first real vacation together. We’re spending 5 days in a private casa in Habana Vaija (Old Havana), right in the heart of the old city. We’ll eat at the best restaurants I could find, wander the streets and get lost with good drinks, candy-coloured buildings and latin music playing in the background. The last 4 days of the trip will be spent at a resort in Varadero where we’ll really get to put our feet up at the beach and get a little relaxation and pool time before heading home to chaos. I’m so happy I have Virginia and Becca holding down the fort while I’m away! Thank you ladies, this wouldn’t be possible without your hard work.
This year, I'm really putting serious effort into customizing the "little details" in wedding designs. I want our events to be really polished and well-thought out (they usually are but I tend to be a minimalist and try to reduce everything I can at a wedding).
One of the small details I love to include is a matching ring box. Ring boxes can be so ugly but with @the_mrs_box you can't go wrong. They are famously beautiful, dainty velvet boxes that come in dozens of complimentary shades for your day. I have had the blue box for 2 years and still looks amazing. I just bought the blush and burgundy ones too and just love them.
If you're married, what did you end up putting your rings in? Were there any little details in your wedding that really stood out?
I can't tell you how many times I've watched someone step on the veil and rip the bride's head back moments before walking down the aisle. Or how many veils I've scooped off the ground with footprints and wine stains on it after it's taken off to dance and cast aside. They can be a real headache: literally, those things get heavy and cause headaches too.
Historically, the veil is meant to signify a bride's virginity but not because it's white. White... represents purity, but the long veil itself is actually symbolic of long, healthy hair falling down the bride's back, which is how brides used to wear their hair because it was indicative of their fertility. Covering of the face was also meant to shield the pure, fertile and virgin brides from the eyes of sinners until she is revealed to her groom. When her groom lifts the veil, it's meant to symbolize the consummation of the marriage. #themoreyouknow
Clearly I'm a bit cynical. But then I see images like this one where the couple is wrapped up in this dreamy cloud of tulle and I think: "oh, that's why." Veils are utterly romantic. They are undeniably feminine and although traditional, they do add a wonderful layer of texture to the bridal outfit. Ultimately, I know they can be a pain and it's steeped in outdated traditions, but I do love how they look in pictures and I don't think that will ever go away. I'd love to know what you think of veils too.
A beautiful shot captured by Tracy while she was slipping on ice - that's talent! Tracy snapped this of our bride Megan during her winter wedding at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club a few weeks ago. ❄️ Our winter has been so insanely busy with weddings every other week. I thought I wouldn't like working in the cold or that I'd feel burned out after a long season, but it's actually really... nice to be working on these big productions when nothing else is happening. After the holidays, there isn't much to look forward to until Valentine's Day and March Break, so I love that our girls are willing to brave the cold to host their wedding in a season that doesn't get enough love. I look forward to doing many more!
When the groom is a doctor, you've got to have a little fun... we had the guests "inject" raspberry coulis into their dessert. Delicious! 💉
The sun was setting so beautifully on the tulips in one of my leftover arrangements from Saturday's wedding that I simply had to take a picture. And then another. And then I had to do a little styled shoot around it.
Jordan's family bought me the most unbelievable set of gold cutlery for Christmas. When I opened the box my jaw dropped in shock - I've wanted modern gold cutlery for AGES and his mum remembered me mentioning it in passing one day. I was so excited to use them in a shoot!
Florals, styling and photography by Brittany Frid, Satin & Snow
Jordan and I drove out to Sucrerie de la Montagne in Rigaud, Quebec for a site visit with one of our wonderful 2018 couples. Sucrerie de la Montagne is an authentic sugar shack open year-round. It is a Québec Heritage site located in a 120-acre forest of century-old maples atop Mont Rigaud, west of Montréal. We were in love as soon as we walked up and saw the axe-throwing area (which we'll be doing during this couple's cocktail hour!!)
Pierre Foucher and his son Stefan both introduced themselves to us throughout our visit and we were treated to the most delicious private meal in front of a warm fire in the hall. The four of us feasted on pea soup, crusty bread, maple-smoked ham, wood-fired baked beans, omelette soufflé, country-style sausages, traditional meatball stew, crispy-fried pork rinds, mashed potatoes, meat pie from Québec’s Beauce region, and homemade fruit ketchup & pickles. When we told Stefan that we were too full for dessert, he brought out a few glasses of their homemade maple whisky to try and gave us two full-sized sugar pies to take home and enjoy. We were thrilled and stuffed! They were so generous and it's clear that family and tradition are incredibly important to this venue.
Thank you for a wonderful day, Genevieve & Jason and Sucrerie de la Montagne! And thank you Jordan for coming with me on this little road trip and taking a few pictures of me :)
Get ready, National Gallery of Canada - I'm coming for you! I pitched my most creative floor plan to date to our February couple today during our site visit, and they loved it! It's never been done before in the Gallery so it will be lovely to shake things up. After having been closed for renovations for the last two seasons, I'm so happy to say that my designs will be featured in one of the first weddings to take place in the Gallery since their reopening to the wedding industry. It's going to be GORGEOUS! And who better to shoot it than my darling Tracy from Grace & Gold Studio - can't wait to do this one with you!