Road Trip! On November 2, 2014, the Satin & Snow team grabbed some coffee and croissants and hit the road to go see The Elegant Wedding Bridal Showcase in Montreal, Quebec. Let's start off by saying that Montreal really knows how throw a wedding show. The second you walk in to this event, your senses are overloaded in the best way possible by beauty and an exuberant amount of glamour.
Talk about visual overload. The grand entrance into the main rooms was a massive installation of living baby's breath that you couldn't help but touch as you walked through. The decor for the whole show was beautiful and so well planned out! 5 stars for presentation for sure. Here are a few examples.
Typically, wedding shows in our city are boxy, corporate feeling and altogether too structured. We loved that this show was more about the experience of the guest rather than filling corporate spaces. The vendors were sprawled out organically and cohesively and were scattered so you weren't forced to simply be ushered up and down the aisles. This also gave the vendors more opportunity to get creative in their spaces.
Okay, onto the vendors! Our first stop at the show was at My Summer Crown, a store filled with amazing floral crown creations by Fanny Lavoie (on the right).
Her display featured faux floral crowns, and while normally we wouldn't even look at faux florals, we actually couldn't resist her designs. You'll also be happy to know that she makes them with real flowers as well if you aren't completely sold on her faux versions! Here is Brittany trying one on for us
Cakes abound! Everywhere we turned, there were fabulous cake designs ready to sample. We were blown away by all the artistry and styles. Whatever design you could imagine, you could have.
The first designer we saw was Gateaulogie - we just loved the simplicity and delicate nature of the layer cake (below on the right) and the super cute wire topper made it perfect! If your a bit more traditional then you'll appreciate the intricate details of the white and gold tier cake (on the left).
Once we were into the main hall, we saw Sophie Sucre. We were initially drawn to the simple elegance of her cakes only to find out that they are vegan AND gluten free. While Brittany headed straight to the samples, I steered clear of what I suspected to be a dry, flavorless disappointment. After seeing the expression on Brittany's face, I had to try too. It was AMAZING. So moist, decedent and creamy... just. fantastic.
We kept walking around the main room and stumbled onto these pieces of art from Luisa Galuppo Cakes. Hard to believe that those flowers aren't actually real, isn't it. Luisa has a talent for flowers that rivals anything we have worked with before, and we loved the hand drawn script on the cake to the left. These cakes were absolute perfections, which comes as no surprise since she is a graduate of Le Cordon Blue Culinary Arts Institute.
Last but certainly not least on our list is Sweet Couture. These cakes are nothing short of royalty with their gold intricate designs and soft floral art.
Carmel Atelier is a florist that really stood out to us. Her florals are very organic and natural, which of course we love. We adored the entire design for her booth, which featured many carefully selected and styled details like the hand-dyed ribbon touches on the place settings, mercury glass peeking through the whimsical florals, and the pressed raw linen napkins. Not to mention the adorable backdrop of ribbons and tied feathers. A girl after our own heart, that's for sure.
Fiesta Tents got us very excited. They offer an amazing selection of tents that we can't find in our city, including tents with clear tops!!!!! White plastic tents have to be our BIGGEST design pet peeve, but we haven't had any other options other than draping the entire tent in fabric, which costs our clients a pretty penny. But low and behold, Fiesta Tents will come to us with tents that you can see the stars under.
There were two cinematographers that we were quite smitten with when we met them and viewed their portfolios. LUVE Films shown below shoots digital and film (rare in this neck of the woods) and she was just the sweetest thing.
Ooooh, and these boys. We spent a bit of time chatting up these two brothers. Mark and James own VillaView Cinema and their storytelling abilities with their cameras is engaging and sincere. We can't wait to work with them soon.
Brittany had the privilege of working with photographers Alex and Tamara from Lightbox Studio last season in Ottawa, so it was really nice to see some familiar faces at the show!
This was a company that I was looking forward to introducing to the team. Ferla Photo is headed by Anthony (left), a former male model who decided to step behind the lens to capture beautiful weddings.
While we have a million more pictures, we wanted to feature what we considered the highlights: the companies that seemed to be quite a departure from what we typically see in our home city. We can't wait to work with these teams in the coming seasons! In the meantime, here are a few more fun images from the show. There was a live jazz band playing an extra special tune for someone...
They were dancing to the band when he dropped down on one knee...
And she said YES! Congratulations to the happy couple :) PS. we love your sweater.