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*papillon press*

For this week’s wedding Thursday I’d like to introduce you to Chantal Bennett and Joel Kimmel owners and designers of Papillon Press {illustrated letterpress invitations and stationary}.  I met this soon to be married couple at the Wed by Hand wedding show in February.  My husband and I had a table across from theirs and we couldn’t help but notice their custom woodworked sign hanging from their table.  When I had a moment to spare I went over to see what they actually did.  Man, their work was beautiful!  So authentic and crisp.  Joel told me that they will soon have some bamboo paper available, so I took one of their business cards.  I was in the need of updated business cards and I wanted to work with them.  Chantal and I came up with the idea of a business exchange, some of my jewellery for some custom business cards. As time was approaching an event that I needed some cards, I decided that maybe I should change the order to jewellery hang tags instead.  I located a company in Canada that makes seed paper that when planted grows wildflowers.  This was Papillon Press’s first time with seed paper and it’s now something that can be offered to clients as invitations, birth announcements etc.

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*first kiss films*

This past February I participated in Ottawa’s first indie wedding show Wed by Hand.   In my opinion there were a few vendors that really stuck out in creativity and professionalism.  Bridget Redmond of {First Kiss Films} is one of them.  Since my husband and I never had a cinema documentation of our special day, we plan on doing so when we renew our vows on our 10th anniversary {5 more to go}.  In the meantime I may just have to hire her for a small documentary of a jewellery photo shoot.  Bridget’s work is beautiful with a classy vintage feel.  In her own voice here is what to expect from {First kiss Films}.
Nothing compares to the richness of film – classic, gorgeous and decidedly flattering.  { First Kiss Films } are shot entirely on the beautiful and timeless medium of 8mm and 16mm film stock, in either colour and/or black and white, using traditional cinematic techniques. Your final 5 – 15 minute film will deliver an experience that transports you back to all the emotions you experienced providing an artful and nostalgic retelling of your wedding day. Set entirely to carefully selected music, your wedding film will be an heirloom that you and your family will cherish for generations to come.
Lead filmmaker Bridget Redmond explains the filmmaking journey: “To ensure your wedding film reflects your personality and tells your unique story, I prefer to meet with the bride and groom at least twice before your big day in order to get to know you, your tastes and expectations. During multiple meetings we discuss your film, plan locations, talk about your specific requests and any ‘must have’ shots you would like in the final edit. Each film is unique and the more I know about you, your family and all your wedding day details the better I can create a film that captures your unique story. Once the film is shot it is processed, digitally transferred and edited. When the edit is complete, you’ll receive two finished copies beautifully presented in a stylish DVD package.”
Bridget knows how excited newlyweds can be to see their wedding film so       {First Kiss Films} are available within 45 days of your event instead of the 90 day standard.

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*live love plan*

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of sitting down for tea with wedding coordinator Allison Turner from live love plan.  Along with Allison’s  warm & bubbly personality she has an amazing approach to weddings.  Many of you like myself have had small weddings with your own DIY approach, and I am sure many of you wish that at least at one point of the event you had someone there with you guiding you in some way.  I did everything myself, and it was tough!  Allison can be there for you as much or as little as you need her.   In retro spec I wish I had met her 6 years ago to assist my husband and I with our 41 guest wedding.  In {her own voice} here is exactly what to expect when working together;

Plan your Wedding with Allison Turner, live love plan.
Enjoy the Planning Process which includes the following services:
• Complimentary consultation
• Receive your own Live Love Planner
• Site visit of both ceremony and reception venues
• A face-to-face consultation offering direction and creative ideas for your Wedding (i.e. theme development, décor, etiquette, etc.)
• Three subsequent consultations at 3 months, 6 weeks and 1 week before your Wedding to discuss timeline development and implementation of your Wedding day vision
• Unlimited consultation via phone or email during the planning months
• Vendor recommendations
• Detailed Wedding day timeline
• Final vendor confirmation of services, delivery and outstanding balances
• Distribution of approved timeline to vendors, wedding party and family the week of the wedding
• Rehearsal coordination and instruction
• Distribute hard copies of final wedding timeline to friends and family at rehearsal
• Collection of décor items brought to rehearsal that are to be set up on Wedding day such as guest book, seating plan, photographs etc.
My fresh approach to Wedding Day coordination will give you the peace of mind to enjoy every moment of
your special day:
• Provide you, your fiancé, parents and the Wedding party the attention and service needed while preparing for your Big Day
• Receive all deliveries, greet and supervise all vendors as they load in and set up, etc.
• Distribute hard copies of your complete Wedding Day Timeline to all vendors
• Oversee proper set-up and design of ceremony and reception areas
• Ensure proper placement of all decor items as per your exact instruction
• Provide your guests with directions to the ceremony and reception areas at the appropriate times and answer any questions and concerns graciously throughout the day
• Round up, line up and cue the Wedding Party when it’s time to walk down the aisle, making sure they all look their best
• Let you both know when it’s time to walk down the aisle, make sure you are ready for the big moment
• Ensure all ceremony musicians have appropriate seating and the correct musical selections for guests arrival, family seating, as well as processional and recessional
• Assist the Photographer in gathering your Wedding Party and family members for pictures
• Provide an Assistant Day of Wedding Day Coordinator for the duration of the ceremony and photo shoot (if necessary)
• Have your favourite cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served to you by catering staff during your photography session
• Oversee that all décor items from ceremony which will be reused at reception in the appropriate places
• A watchful eye over the atmosphere and general comfort of your room ensuring aspects such as candles are lit and remain lit throughout the entire reception
• Keeping you informed so that you are never caught off guard
• Assist the DJ / MC in guiding guests through the day and on to the next scheduled event
• Organize the Grand Entrance
• Make certain that dietary needs and requests of guests such as allergies, vegetarian and vegan requests are correctly followed
• Communicate with the chef, banquet captain and catering staff to ensure superb, timely dinner service
• Efficiently handle any emergencies or unexpected occurrences
• Carry an essential Wedding day Emergency Kit
• Guide you through your day and keep things running on schedule
• Distribute final balances and gratuities to the vendors on your behalf
• Collect wedding gifts/envelopes then safely deliver to designated person, room or car
• Offer a calm, steady voice to everyone involved
• Provide peace of mind knowing that months of your hard work and planning is being handled so you enjoy your day
• Comic relief when the people you love are driving you a little crazy!

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*post sangria networking event for wedding professionals*

So I wasn’t sure what to expect last night as this was my first networking event in the industry.  This was my second time having exposure in the wedding field and I am once again inspired to host an event with my new partner in creativity Erin Carmicheal designer/owner of full bloom floral design.  

Erin has an amazing eco-friendly approach to her work, here is a snip from her website describing the details in her own words…

Full Bloom Floral Design focuses on special events and weddings with an eco approach by using local Ontario product and recycled materials when we can. We are also happy to offer suggestions on how to make your event a green one.
The Eternal Tree
When using us for your wedding florals, Full Bloom has created The Eternal Tree in an effort to pay it back to the environment and to decrease our carbon footprint. Following your wedding we will plant a tree seedling in your honor to symbolize the eternal love and strength of your marriage. Via email, you will receive a photo and a map to where your tree is located so you are able to visit your Eternal Tree and watch it grow along with your marriage.
Reduce – Reuse – Recycle
We realize the power that flowers have and feel they can bring cheer to those who need it most. In lieu of guest favors, tell your guests that the flowers from your event will be donated to brighten someone’s day. Once your event is over, we will arrange for the flowers from your event to be sent with a personalized card in your honor to the organization of your choice.


Last night we both had that creative buzz starting for our event planned for early 2011.  All I am going to say is that there is so much to be seen that has not been seen as of yet…


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