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 ;)