Liz & Emmet were married in February at Ottawa's gorgeous Horticulture building. We had the pleasure of teaming up with Kennedy Event Planning to bring their beautiful decor vision to life!
Liz wanted to incorporate winter greens into the arrangements so there's lots of pine and cedar mixed in with soft traditional greens. The majority of the florals for this wedding were kept soft and simple... lots of whites and greens with gold accents.... but for their head table, Liz & Emmet wanted lots of colour! It really makes their table stand out in the space.
I love how this wedding came together!
Stacy and Alex celebrated their wedding in the fall of 2018 at the lovely Ramada Inn in Cornwall, Ontario.
Stacy wanted so deep burgundy tones in her florals with pops of blush and lots of texture. We had SO MUCH fun with this design and I'm obsessed with how her bouquet turned out.
Also... can we talk about the Flower Girl, Emma, for a minute? How freakin' cute is she with her adorable crown and her little bouquet?!?!?!
I love when people come to us with a theme and carte blanche on the design interpretation of that theme. Shannon's only instructions for this design were:
"Tuscan Lemon Grove"
"Oh, and also... I LOVE your trees!"
So that was it! And away we went planning the perfect design for Shannon and Pat... a beautiful space to celebrate their engagement with all of their favourite people.
You couldn't ask for a more stunning venue. Le Belvedere is one of our favourite place to work in. I love blank spaces but Belvedere goes beyond "blank space" because the design elements are subtle and neutral enough that they feel like a blank space but they actually serve to elevate everything you bring in.
The wood furniture and wood posts framing the edge of each wall makes it easier to show off the stained barrel and crates we brought into the space. Not to mention the tree trunks of our various cherry blossoms trees.
The large windows show off a spectacular view of the tree-filled mountains and so every piece of greenery we place in the room pulls the outside in and makes the inside feel more like part of the landscape.
Le Belvedere's white chiavari chairs, French country furniture, and warm white lanterns helped us pull everything together seamlessly. Toss in a few fresh lemons... et voila!
This was such a fun event to design... massive thank you to Kim Ing Photography for capturing it!
Angela & Jordan's wedding was one of the most interesting weddings I've ever worked on!
To start, the couple decided to host their ceremony smack dab in the middle of the very bustling Sparks Street - they were the first to do so! It made for a really cool vibe.
The installation was hilarious; I've never had so many passers-by stop and ask what I was setting up for!! HAHA! And I can't even remember how many people stopped and asked to take photos with the client's floral wall once we'd set it up. After I said yes to one person a line began to form and I had to shut it down before our client's ceremony space turned into a tourist attraction.
After the ceremony, Angela & Jordan, along with their guests, enjoyed a beautiful evening of food, and drink, and dancing hosted in the stunning Riviera Restaurant.
Planning & Coordination: The Personal Bridesmaid
Photography: Union Eleven
Flowers, Rentals, Draping, & Decor: Sage Designs
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.