I've never liked using balloons to decorate. In fact, as soon as a client mentioned the word "balloons" I immediately knew that this wasn't a Sage client. I always pictured tightly-bound balloon arches or clusters of helium balloons as a centrepiece... cute for a baby shower but not something I would ever do for a wedding.
Fast-forward a few years and the rise of modern balloon art has exploded. And I won't lie... I'm digging it. I learned the technique and starting playing around. I even got a few of our team members hooked! HaHa!
Here's a design we did for a 30th Birthday Party and we have more designs in the works for Proms and Baby Showers this year!!! I'm super stoked about it.
Would I do this for a wedding? You know what, in the right space, with the right palette, it could work!
How do you feel about the emerging balloon trend?
Photos by Jessi Lauren Photography
Desserts by Sweet Me Desserts
Balloons, Platters, and Decor by Sage Designs
In early 2017 we teamed up with Shannon Kennedy from Kennedy Event Planning to design a booth for Tie the Knot: the Urban Wedding Show. We wanted to do something a little over the top with tons of gorgeous details.
The conversation for what we wanted to accomplish went something like this:
"Let's do chandeliers."
:Ooooh... yes! And let's do tall centrepieces."
"Oh Oh!! And let's do short centrepieces."
"Uh huh.... and lots of candles...."
"Fire hazard amounts of candles."
"Yes! And let's do gold chargers".
"And glass chargers?"
"YES! AND GLASS CHARGERS... Should we also bring in our 12ft Cherry Blossom Tree?"
"Ummmm... is that actually a question?"
Haha! We wanted to do it all... and so we sort of did!
When we approached Krista at Wishtree to see if she wanted to add in some fun stationery she blew us away with her creative ideas... menus curved to look like a scroll and place cards attached to wine glasses!!!
We were super lucky that two amazing photographers took some time to shoot our booth (because our iPhone photos did not do the installation any justice, haha!!!). Thanks so much to Grey Loft Studio and Photography by Emma for these gorgeous images.
It's pretty cool to see how two photographers can shoot the same space with such unique styles!
Photography by Vincent Kember, Ottawa Wedding Photographer.
Alright... so I'm kind of cheating here a little bit since I'm supposed to be sharing all of our awesome events from 2018 and Cassandra & Jerome's wedding actually took place in June of 2017... but it's one of my favourites and it deserves it's own special spotlight today!
Cass reached out to me in early January of 2017 and after a quick phone call she sent me her Pinterest Board and I fell in love. Cass wanted to dress up the industrial space at Zibi's 3 Eddy St location with lots of greens and white blooms. We were starting completely from scratch and had to bring every piece into the space.
Cassandra's bouquet was one of my favourites to design. It was full of alstroemeria, tulips, ranunculus, lisianthus, and tons of greens. No roses.
Inside Zibi, the contrast of the crisp white linens filled with greenery and white blooms next to the rough interior of Zibi's event space was jaw-dropping.
One of the biggest challenges presented by this space is the fact that there is no lighting whatsoever. We brought in some Edison string lighting to hang from the ceiling and added uplighting to the walls.
We also wanted to soften the ceiling and highlight the long dramatic space - so naturally we hung long panels of white drape.
In addition to having impeccable taste, Cassandra and Jerome were one of the sweetest couples I've ever had the pleasure of working with.
I know it's been two years, you guys, but I'm still so glad you chose Sage to help you bring your wedding space to life! Wishing you many years of love and happiness.
Sometimes we spend over a year working with a client and other times, such as in Stéphane & Yaovi's case, we spend less than a month. We were so excited to be a part of this incredible weekday wedding.
The ceremony was held at the Rockcliffe Park Pavillion and the ceremony was held at Allsaints Event Space.
Stéphane wanted to keep the ceremony space very natural and neutral, with whites and greens everywhere. For the reception we pulled in lots of peaches and pinks to tie in the bridesmaid dresses.
Stéph is also IN LOVE with orchids so we made sure to use some stunning blooms in her bouquet.
The reception space was packed with candles and flowers which gave the dinner a really luxurious feel.
A massive thanks to Andrew from Union Eleven for capturing these spaces so beautifully and for allowing us to share them here <3
I fell in love with Katherine’s sense of style immediately! Her inspiration photos were stunning and she had a beautiful vision for how she wanted her wedding spaces to look and feel.
Katherine was also one of the first clients to book her wedding in the newly built spaces at the National Arts Centre and we were so excited to get in there!
The floor plan was one of our biggest challenges and it’s something we discussed and revised several times. The O’Born room has a unique shape and Katherine had her heart set on mixing long and round tables. We managed to find a layout that worked beautifully and the room did not disappoint! The stunning floor to ceiling windows washed the room in natural light and provided a beautiful backdrop for the wedding.
We loved how everything came together!
Until Next Week!!
These lovely photos were captured for us by Grey Loft Studio
Today marks 12 years since Jay and I stood up in front of our families and friends and agreed to love and support each other for the rest of our lives.
In that moment, my mother-in-law managed contain a giggle as she thought, "He's yours now. No take-backs!"
It's sometimes hard to believe that it's been twelve years since that day...
...But then I look at my kids or I see the height ruler hanging on the wall with marker lines drawn in starting from when the girls were just two feet tall.
Or I look at my old Jessie-dog who was an 8-week-old pup when we got her and who is now partially blind, deaf, and very slow-moving in her old age.
I see the business and life we've built together and I remember that we once had to move in with my parents while we tried to save up to buy a house or how several times we had to borrow money so that we could buy groceries or put gas in the car.
We bicker and argue and make each other crazy sometimes. We don't always see eye-to-eye and we have to make compromises and sacrifices... that's life.
We married young and so we've sort of grown up together over these past twelve years. All of those vows we made... through sickness and health, richer or poorer, good times and bad... we've suffered and celebrated together through all of it and there's so much yet to come!
So while I sometimes want to toss him out of a moving vehicle... there's still no one I'd rather explore the world with, grow old with, or continually debate with over "who's the better driver"... I am.
So it's ok, Mama Branchaud, I'll hang onto this guy. No take-backs.
I'm going to break a cardinal rule of blogging and I'm going to go right ahead and point out the fact that I HAVE NOT BLOGGED IN SOOOOOOO LONG!!! In fact, I had removed the blog entirely from the navigation menu from our website because I knew that blogging was not going to be a big priority for me in 2018.
But 2018 is over, Friends, and I have so many events I want to share with you. And I want to share them in a way that goes beyond the pretty pictures we post on Instagram. I want to share the stories of the clients we fell in love with and the amazing vendors we get to work with and the ridiculous behind-the-scenes stuff that doesn't show up in photos.
Early in 2018 we reached out to Bethany from Grey Loft Studios to see if she could help us capture a few of our 2018 events. She agreed and we decided that Sarah and Scham's wedding was the perfect candidate for our first wedding shoot. Since it was being held at Le Belvedere we knew the lighting would be phenomenal and the space itself is gorgeous.
Sarah reached out to me in February about her May 2018 wedding. She had so many beautiful ideas about how she wanted her wedding to look. She knew she wanted the space to feel fresh and romantic and she wanted mixed metals for a bit of an industrial feel.
For the next few months, Sarah and I went back and forth by phone, email, and even on FaceTime showing mock-ups, discussing ideas, and trying to work out all of the details. Since Sarah was planning everything long distance we were never able to sit down and sort everything out in person. She was also swamped with other projects (like writing exams for school among other things...).
(SIDE NOTE: I've learned that this is not at all uncommon. Most of our clients seem to be juggling major life events like graduating, moving, buying a house, starting a new job, or having a baby WHILE they're also planning their wedding. You guys are all nuts! And I LOVE it!)
Early in March, Sarah told me that she'd found her dress and she sent me this photo. HOLY CRAP! Right?! PS: This was months before the Royal Wedding so Meghan Markle totally stole this classic look from Sarah. Also, let's be honest, Sarah wore it SO MUCH better!
After seeing the dress I knew where we needed the decor to land. It needed to be classic, timeless, and unbelievably elegant. It had to have just the right amount of decor... but not too much. The tables couldn't be stuffed or overdone but they had to be stunning in their thoughtful simplicity.
YES! Sarah's dress set the tone for the rest of the design from that point forward and we both fell in love.
Sarah confided in me that she'd never been one of those girls who dreamed of the day she'd get married. She had never pictured herself in a flowing white gown and she hated being the centre of attention. And yet, here she was planning this elegant day and she was obsessed!!! She fell in love with the process. In fact, Sarah was planning a second wedding event for her family back home - TWO WEDDINGS! - and she was loving all of it!
(SIDE NOTE: Watch out, Sarah! That's how so many of us got sucked in to this industry, haha!!!)
We loved how everything came together and we were so grateful to Bethany for capturing the space so beautifully for us.
Sarah, thank you for choosing to work with Sage and for entrusting me to help bring your beautiful vision to life. I wish you and Schams endless love and happiness. You will always be welcome here should you ever want to hang out and play with flowers & pretty things ;)
In 2016 we had the pleasure of working with Shannon from Kennedy Event Planning to create an amazing Gatsby-themed holiday party. It was really just a little over a year ago but having to say that it was in 2016 makes it feel like it's been so much further away!
The event was held at the Shaw Centre in the Trillium Ballroom so we had A LOT of space to fill! Shannon came up with a brilliant floor plan that mixed large and small tables and we decided to create huge entrance structure which would both serve to fill the space and create a dramatic threshold for the guests.
We packed the room with glitz and glam galore - as the Great Gatsby theme demands!
Shannon had this crazy idea to hang gold and black foil from the ceilings. Sometimes Shannon can see things that even I can't see (which is really saying something!). I thought this move might cheapen the overall look and we had so many really stunning things going. But Shannon knew it would work and since I trust her judgement on these things I went ahead and ordered the foil and figured out the best way to go about installing it.
As usual, Shannon was totally bang on! Look how amazing that foil looks!! It totally brought the room to life! I'm so glad I didn't try harder to talk her out of it, haha!
Thanks to the incredible Andrew Van Beek Photography for capturing this space so brilliantly.
TIME FLIES!!! Oh my goodness... I can't believe how long it's been since this beautiful wedding we helped design for Cathy & Bobby.
I absolutely adored the colour palette that Cathy chose. She loved the trend of blush and cream but she wanted to stir it up a bit and add a pop of lavender to the mix. The results were gorgeous!
Cathy's bouquet was packed with a careful selection of roses, carnations (yes carnations!!!), and super soft greens.
The centrepieces were tall arrangements of hydrangea and roses in that same beautiful palette.
VENUE: The Gatineau Golf Club
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Joel & Justyna Bedford
FLOWERS & DECOR: Sage Designs
Working with Hannah & Phil was amazing. Honestly... they are two of the most sweet and kind humans I've ever had the pleasure to meet. Then again, most of our clients are pretty damn sweet! We've been really lucky.
Hannah was referred to us by her mother, Peggy, who hired Sage to help design a Christmas party a few years back. Peggy works close to my home so I bump into her every now and then and we generally end up chatting for quite a while before we both realize we have to get back to whatever it was we were doing to begin with, haha!
The bouquets were composed of a mix of white blooms with pops and pale purples and lots of greenery to give that fun, freshly-picked look to the arrangements.
Hannah and Phil chose the Infinity Convention Centre to host their wedding. Hannah really wanted to bring in a romantic garden feel to the space so we went with flowers and greenery for all of the centrepieces. We mixed high and low arrangements on the dynamic floor plan which was made up of both long and round tables.
It was such a pleasure to work on this wedding! Wishing you guys all the very best on your new adventure!