Posted on 31 March 2017 | No responses
Lianne and Jeremy planned their wedding with our help from Edmonton and we didn’t actually meet the Bride and Groom until the day of the Wedding, but I can tell you as we laughed often, they
were the most laid back couple I think I have ever worked with and would love all my couples to relax a bit more like them!
Lianne loved the idea of a rustic wedding in an old mill so we found the Moulin Jasmin de Calliere which was perfect as it was approx. 30 mins from where their families lived!
We also worked with a number of local west island vendors, some of which I had been working with now for 9+ years ever since I started my business, so it was like going down memory lane working with them again.
We kept everything natural for the couples wedding with soft white linen’s and napkins… Lianne’s father made some beautiful log pieces which we then stood lanterns on decorated in gold with the table number and surrounded by greenery and orange flowers.
The Signage was also made out of pieces of wood as well as the Guest Signing Book, the couple also made their table plan which showed a picture of the two of them at their high school prom which was very cute.
The couple even had a great “Mr & Mrs” sign which we placed on the sweetheart table again out of logs of wood which I loved! Later in the evening they turned them over so that they read “Thank You” – great idea!!
The cake was rustic in style, again with flowers decorating and later in the evening the couple created a popcorn bar out of pumpkins!
Posted on 24 March 2017 | No responses
This month we are highlighting Tim Chin Photography and I was first introduced to Tim Chin through another great photographer in Montreal when I was looking for someone with a more unique
style for a celebrity wedding I was planning back in 2010, sadly he was already booked, but this did not stop us from working together along with his wife Angela many times since them!
What made you become a Photographer?
It started, innocently enough, as a hobby. Angela was singing regularly in a gospel choir, and I would follow them with my brand new Canon Rebel XT in a mix of dedicated husbandly support and a dose of Asian techno-geekery. As it turned out, those photos weren’t too bad and I started getting calls around the city to photograph more gospel artists. I was drawn to the raw emotion of people when they sing with reckless abandon. Music, especially gospel music, requires the musicians to believe in every note that they belt out. It is real, authentic, and it’s so visually interesting.
How long have you been in business?
I started shooting professionally in 2006.
On average how many weddings do you do each year?
What is the one thing you love most about being a photographer
I fell in love with the immediacy of a photograph – you push the shutter, and you’ve literally captured a moment. What was once fleeting, is now forever. I became a collector of moments.
Do you have a specific style?
I consider myself very documentary style, although not exclusively so. My clients usually are attracted to moments, candid and natural emotions.
How would you describe your working style on the day?
I’m fairly discreet. I try to affect the day as little as possible, and allow the excitement, enjoyment and enthusiasm of the day naturally play out, and then I photograph that.
What are your favourite shots?
See some of the images below!
What are the biggest mistakes couples make when choosing their wedding photographer?
Choosing a photographer only based on price. Photography is not a commodity, it is an investment that increases in value the further we get away from the event. A photographer is besides you for most of one of the most important days of your lives, choose a photographer that understands your style and personality.
What do you think distinguishes your work from others?
I’ve worked very hard at developing my eye to see moments before they happen, to find and use light to visually highlight emotion, and to use the existing surroundings to frame an image to best tell a story. At the end of the day, weddings are not just about pretty pictures, but about documenting a personal history that culminates on a single day. My goal is to accomplish this with each wedding.
What advise can you give to the 2017 Brides & Grooms?
In marriage as with life, what you do today will affect tomorrow. Invest in things that will last.
What are the photography trends for 2017?
I think these days, as with most things couples are after authenticity in their photos – so staged, or over-styled shoots are falling away to moment-driven imagery that convey real emotion and relationships.
For more information on Tim Chin Photography……
Don’t forget to reach Tim at 514 691-5727 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on 10 March 2017 | No responses
But firstly let’s talk about the food….. it was absolutely amazing, the flavours, the presentation and also having chef’s in the kitchen who previously worked at the famous “Toque” voted Canada’s #1 Restaurant, certainly means you will be getting 5* ++ dining experience for your guests.
The restaurant is very modern and situated on 3 levels which can be fun for multiple activities, in the main restaurant on the first floor, it is split into 2 areas, the restaurant where you can seat up to 50 guests on long tables with open views of the kitchen and on the other side in the Brasserie area again you can seat up to 50 guests on long tables or host a cocktail party for approx 100 guests.
Moving upstairs there is a fabulous “Lounge” area on the Mezzanine which could also be used in conjunction with both the first floor or the second floor, this area can host a cocktail party for approx 50 people or a more private dining experience for 16 people….
Lastly on the second floor is another seating area in an “L” Shape which also over looks the lounge area and again can seat a dinner for 80 guests again on long tables or a cocktail party for 100 guests!
Overall Decca 77 would be perfect for an intimate wedding or a rehearsal dinner and the great news is when working with a restaurant like this, they can customize completely with the team and chefs your personal menu!
Now continuing to a very cool space that they also have exclusivity to rent out and manage is “The Atrium”… I am often asked for unusual spaces in Montreal with floor to ceiling windows and this certainly is just that! Located in the building of 1250 Rene-Levesque this space certainly has floor to ceiling windows with a very modern feel and at night I hear all the lighting from downtown Montreal can filter into his space. There is also a second space with a water feature where a ceremony can take place! This area is for couples looking for a modern contemporary look for weddings for approx 150 guests, or cocktail parties for 275 guests – there is also garden features inside which is a great added touch.
Pricing as mentioned earlier is fully customized based on your specific needs, but to give you a feel a 4-Course Tasting Menu with Cocktails, Canapes & Wine during dinner is approx $150.00 per person, with an option for a 2-hour open bar after dinner at $29.00 per person.
Posted on 3 March 2017 | No responses
We actually didn’t meet Alyssa and Erica until the evening of their rehearsal, but we had built up a great relationship with them via SKYPE as they were planning their wedding from Boston and it was so exciting to finally meet them at Alyssa’s Parents property in Knowlton.
This property was just gorgeous with “Sugar Shack” and more…… For the ceremony Hay Bales were set up with covers facing the view of the mountains and a beautiful arch and the couple walked down the aisle together with their parent & family member. The ceremony was also conducted by one of their close friends.
Guest then danced their way to the tent where they enjoyed a wonderful cocktail hour while overlooking the beautiful landscape.
Alyssa, Erica and their Mum’s were very hands on for the wedding, and they really wanted a country wedding and this is exactly what they got. Alyssa’s mother actually ‘made’ yes…. ‘made’ all the beautiful wooden tables and antique chairs mix n match were rented in from a local antique shop! The table of honor was a double table and we really loved the 2 maple buckets which had been molded into the table to create ice buckets for the beer & wine!!
Small plants and lighting created the centre pieces with Green Wine Bottle creating the table numbers. The style of the wedding really was to be relaxed and food was served “Family Style” with an Italian Menu, and open wine on the tables for guests to help themselves
They even had a sign post with all the places that their guest had travelled from and of course a “Poutine” sign to highlight the midnight table later in the evening. Guest were also given a large bottle of family Maple Syrup to enjoy as their favors.
At 10.30 pm guests were invited outside for a Firework display and then guest danced under the stars to the sounds of Mucik Production!
Posted on 24 February 2017 | No responses
I often get asked about who should be invited to the Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner, what are their roles, who pays, do we do speeches and more – so this week here are some guidelines to help you navigate through the day & evening before your wedding day!
Anyone who will be participating in the wedding should attend the ceremony rehearsal, including:
- Wedding Couple
- Whoever is escorting the Bride / Groom
- Officiant (Wedding Planner can stand in)
- Parents of the Wedding Couple
- All of the Wedding Party including Ushers
- Readers or Soloists
- Ceremony Musicians (this is not always necessary)
Grandparents and very close members of the family may also attend along with parents of any flower girls or ring bearers.
Distant family, significant others of members of the wedding party and anyone else with no role in the wedding should not attend the rehearsal as this could cause distractions
Always ensure there is enough time between the end of the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner to enable those involved to either drive home or to the hotel to pick up their family members/significant others.
Time of the Rehearsal
In order to allow for any guests traveling from afar, and for guests who are working to complete a days’ work, the rehearsal should be planned for late in the afternoon, usually 4.00 pm or 5.00 pm the day before the wedding.
- The wedding couple should give direction to the wedding planner as to what they want to rehearse in advance of the rehearsal and then let the wedding planner direct the rehearsal. Giving further instructions during the rehearsal confuses those participating.
- Participants need to arrive 15 minutes prior to the rehearsal.
- Participants should arrive sober and be seated ready for direction (this is not a time for pre-party socializing).
- The rehearsal will include: music, processional, handover of the bouquet, removal of the veil, recessional, release of pews
- The rehearsal should be performed twice.
When & Where
- The rehearsal dinner is usually held directly after the rehearsal in a location convenient to both the ceremony and out-of-town guests’ hotel rooms.
- The rehearsal dinner should NOT be held at the same location as the wedding reception.
- Whoever is hosting the rehearsal dinner should take extreme care not to outdo the wedding reception.
- It is acceptable to put a time limit on the evening to avoid everyone from being exhausted the next day, however it is preferable to have someone other than the hosts suggest that the evening end.
- The focus of the evening should be to relax and have everyone get together before the big day.
Usually the grooms parents host the rehearsal dinner, although this can be flexible. Anyone or any combination of people can host the dinner, even the wedding couple.
- The Entire Wedding Party (without spouses/significant others if they are all local or with spouses/significant others if they are from out of town)
- Immediate Family Members (Parents, Siblings & significant others)
- Out-of-town Guests (this will also depend on if you are having a destination wedding)
- The Officiant (flexible)
- Wedding Planner (flexible)
Distant relatives and close friends may or may not be included according to the hosts’ wishes and budget.
- These should be in the same style as the formality of the wedding, however they should not exceed the formality of the wedding invitations.
- If the rehearsal dinner is a more casual affair, then the invitations can be given by telephone or e-mail.
- The invitations should go out 4 weeks prior to the wedding.
A rehearsal dinner should be conducive to ‘mingling’, therefore it is good to start with a stand-up cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres.
Everyone should have an assigned seat as the rehearsal dinner will include toasts and speeches.
The rehearsal dinner in not classed as a ‘party’ as such, therefore background music is preferable. However pianists, string quartets, and jazz bands etc are also fine.
- The first toast is generally given by the hosts, usually the grooms father, the grooms mother may also offer a toast or words of welcome.
- Anyone at the rehearsal dinner may also make speeches if they so wish including the wedding couple.
- The toasts should be made only during dinner, and should not drag on endlessly – they should never be risqué or embarrassing.
- A microphone needs to be available for speeches and toasts.
Posted on 20 February 2017 | No responses
This month we are highlighting Serafino Graziosi from On The Beats Events and I must admit I have been working with Serafino since I started in the wedding business 10 years ago and he is still one of the Montreal DJ’s that I always go to when looking for a professional DJ who really knows the business!
What made you become a DJ
My love of music, there’s was always music around our house growing up and my uncles were into music a lot as well. I started playing around with beat up turntables around 11 and my first party was my Grade 6 grad party, if you can believe that!
How long have you been in business
I’ve been working for myself DJ’ing over 20 years
On average how many weddings do you do each year
On average I would say between 45-50 events a year
What is the one thing you love most about being a DJ
I love meeting and speaking with different people, their views on music, the challenge it brings at any given event. Every event is different so it’s never boring!
Do you have a specific niche of music that you provide
No specific style of music, I’ve been doing this for so long I can literally adapt to any style of music on the whim! I listen to a lot of different styles of music so it helps in this industry
What are the biggest mistakes couples make when choosing their wedding DJ
Choosing pricing over quality and experience!!
What do you think distinguishes your work from others
“Class”, everything is done with class. I don’t overdo or overthink – the couples and their guests want to have fun and that’s my job. If the fire seems to fizzle out a little, then it’s my turn to light it up a little more!
What advise can you give to the 2017 Brides & Grooms
Have fun and enjoy your party! Enjoy your guests! I’ve seen it many times where couples are so focused on how things should be that they forget that they are at their party!
What are the music trends for 2017
Weddings are too different to focus on trends. You’ll always have the classics that will work at weddings, however, we must always keep an eye out for the popular stuff and try to adapt to the guests that we have that night. There is so much music out there to work with, providing you have that musical experience, you just need to know what to play and when to play it!
More information on On The Beat Events……..
Don’t forget to reach Serafino at 514 892 8093 or via e-mail at email@example.com
Posted on 10 February 2017 | No responses
I worked with Mila and Paul from a distance from Toronto to Montreal in the planning of their stunning Mont Tremblant Wedding. In fact I work with a lot of clients remotely and the wonders of technology make this so easy now! As Mila and Paul were having an intimate wedding, the great news is that when working with us at An English Rose we are not fixed on packages and my clients love that they can choose what really applies to them with the planning! So in this instance we found the venue and 5 key vendors for their day as well as created their itinerary and set up plan on the day which was then shared with all their vendors in advance so that everyone was very clear on the day of who, what, why, where & when 🙂
Because it was an intimate wedding and in the area of Mont Tremblant there are a few wonderful options, but one of course stood out above the rest which is the stunning La Quintessence Hotel, over looking the lake.
The couple on this occasion chose to have some ‘first look’ pictures before the wedding and although some people are against this because of “tradition”, I think this is a great idea for 2 reasons…. 1) you do not have to rush your couple / wedding party shots and 2) you actually get to enjoy the cocktail hour, eat & drink and get to mingle with your guests! I must admit they got some great shots with the talented Tim Chin!
The ceremony took place at the waters edge by Michel Boulanger from Mariages a Bras Ouverts and it was just a perfect day in September, with blue skies and sunshine! The colours Mila chose for her bridesmaids was a navy blue which also matched the groom and his groomsmen and of course the nature around them, plus she bought in an accent colour of purple and the soft sage & greens in her flowers.
Cocktails took place at the waters edge and then guests were escorted up to dinner, and again because this was a small wedding, the guests could actually choose their meal from the menu’s provided on the tables.
For decor the flowers were created into wooden bistro boxes, the guest signing book was a collection of postcards & pens and then touches such as the marquee letters were added for fun! For favors our guests had great enjoyment with their “champagne” flavoured gummy bears and later that night were treated to Duck Confit Poutine!!
Regardless of having a small party, this group wanted to celebrate and dance through the night which is exactly what they did with On The Beat Events!
“From the very beginning Rachel was eager to help and always quick to respond to any and all questions. Rachel is so organized and made sure we were never falling behind on “wedding tasks”. We always felt like we were in good hands and were impressed with how many strong relationships she’s built with some amazing vendors. Our vendors (even those that we didn’t book through Rachel!) all spoke so highly of Rachel which is a true testament to how great a wedding planner she is. We can’t thank her enough for all of her help and would not hesitate to recommend her services.”
Posted on 6 February 2017 | No responses
Last week we were invited to the launch of the new “A&S Nordheimer” Ballroom at the Hotel Intercontinental and must admit I am very excited about this new Montreal wedding venue space, which also has an outdoor terrace overlooking Old Montreal!!
So it was an interesting evening, as we learnt more about the Nordheimer building which dates back to 1888 when it was rebuilt after a fire in Romanesque Rivival style and can be seen by it’s unique pink granite facade (don’t you just love the architecture in Montreal). Back in the day the Nordehimer was owned by two brothers who created the Piano company and they founded the legendary “Nordheimer Hall” which hosted many concerts and events with up to 1000 people. Today the Intercontinental has named many of the conference / banquet rooms after some of the legends of the era who were featured at the Nordheimer’s Hall back. My favoutire story was Lucia Bellantini who was a “Chocolate Eclair” eater LOL, for 6 years in a row she won the Chocolate Eclair Eating competition, put on by the Montreal Pastry Chefs, but sadly one year she choked on an Eclair and that was the end of both her career and her life…… Eventually the two brothers ran into some debt and had to sell the Nordheimer building but only on the condition that it would always have the name “Nordheimer” and of course it still does today.
I must admit I think the Montreal Intercontinental must be one of the only hotels in Montreal that has such a diverse variety of spaces that you can host your event or wedding. From their very new modern Ballroom (more to follow) to the Fountain and Atrium at the World Trade Centre to underground old vaults for more intimate weddings.
So back to the launch party of the new “A&S Nordheimer” Ballrooms which are situated on the 5th floor of the Nordheimer building. The first thing we noticed upon arrival was how modern the space was and the entrance / foyer area greets you on two floors with a central staircase in black & white, very chic…. to the right you take a few steps down to a “Cocktail Area” which also includes a Bridal Suite (very handy) and then on the left side is the main Ballroom which can hold up to 300! The Ballroom again is very modern and has a wall of windows on one side giving lots of light and on the far wall had a decorative feature (looks a bit like piano keys) which can be changed to show the colours of your choice.
Now the food…. what can I say, the Cocktail Hour was an array of amazing food for us to try and the champagne flowed, but when we went through to the Ballroom, the room looked stunning with Black and White Decor and high floral centre pieces. We were then spoilt with copious amounts of food from little ‘soup in a bag’ to my favourite Shepherds Pie in little port glasses… we also enjoyed mini burgers as well as these amazing beets in a fluff of cream or cheese, again amazing! Then the dessert tray came OMG mini Lemon Meringue Pie’s, lots of chocolate to die for and just so much more, good job my nutritionist wasn’t around as I broke all the rules that night, but it was well worth it! I also got to spend time with some of my great wedding planner friends too!
As I mentioned earlier, wedding planners for years have been begging for more outdoor terraces so that we can offer great places for our clients ceremonies and cocktails and I guess they heard us as this is the second new outdoor terrace in Old Montreal in the last year 🙂 Now sadly because of the snow we did not get to see the new terrace, but I have been told it can hold up to 130 + guests for a ceremony and overlooks the rooftops of Old Montreal from the 6th floor of the Nordheimer! So excited to have one of my clients pick this new space for their wedding!
Weddings at the Intercontinental range from $95.00 – $225.00 per person, so something for everyone and you can check out all their various rooms and what works for you “Here”
For more information please don’t hesitate to contact us to see how we can create your wedding in one of the many unique spaces the Intercontinental has to offer!!
Posted on 28 January 2017 | No responses
This month we are highlighting Claudine, an incredible Montreal Baker, who we have been working with for almost since the beginning of “Sweet Couture”!
What made you become a baker
My love for good food! I love creating and designing, and for me pastry was the best place to create artistical confections while having culinary challenges.
How long have you been in business
Sweet Couture is 5 years old now – prior to that I was a fashion designer and I incorporate that background into my sweet creations, that’s why my company is named Sweet couture!
On average how many weddings do you do each year
Taking my work as art, I”m getting deeply involved in every single project, hence I can only afford to have 50 to 70 weddings per year plus corporate and special events.
What is the one thing you love most about being a baker
What I like the most is the challenge of creating something new that matches my customer needs while integrating my signature style.
How would you describe your design style
Very detailed and elegant couture cakes.. My style is baroque, vintage and dramatic.
What are your favourite flavours
My favorite flavors always include fruits such as raspberries, lemon and passion fruit.
What are the biggest mistakes couples make when choosing their wedding cake
They try to please everyone, my job is to help them find what represent them the best.
What do you think distinguishes your work from others
I work closely with my clients, from the very beginning till the end of the process. It’s the advantage of being a small company.
What advise can you give to the 2017 Brides & Grooms
Since we are a very busy bakery we highly recommend you to reserve your dates many months in advance.
What are the cake trends for 2017
Romantic cakes are a classic, while painted cakes are still very trendy, drip cakes and geode cakes are the next big thing! I try to keep in mind that what my couples like is still the best thing for them, don’t try to follow trends and be yourself!
More information on Sweet Couture, Montreal Wedding Cakes…..
Don’t hesitate to reach Claudine at : 514 969-1409 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
They do weddings, birthdays, events, corporate, they also make personalized cookies, cupcakes and French macaroons!!
Posted on 22 January 2017 | No responses
Now here in Quebec we tend not to see many “winter weddings” which I think is a real shame as there are so much great options and ideas for creating a winter wonderland wedding in Montreal or the surrounding areas, not forgetting prices may be more competitive at this time of year but more importantly how romantic is a wedding in the snow!! So what are the key elements to creating that perfect winter wedding? Don’t worry, here we are going to give you a few tips and tricks to get you started!
Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that you have to reflect that during your ceremony and reception. Why not stick to warmer colors such as reds & browns and even bring in some popular metallic colors, such as silver, gold or bronze). Colors such as forest green and navy blue can also look stunning at this time or year or alternatively be used to contrast your primary colors. However whatever colours you do use, like any wedding, make sure these colors are reflected throughout your wedding by incorporating them into your stationary, table scaping and any other touches you are adding.
It’s important to make sure that your invitations don’t reflect a holiday greeting card but yet still bring out the theme of your wedding. A great way to do this would be to avoid folding cards and chose a thick card with a border. Snowflakes act as a great way to reflect the theme of your wedding as well and nowadays with pinterest there are many great ideas out there….. just remember for a wedding at this time of year it’s crucial to send your “save the date” cards early so guests can make their travel plans and avoid hiked up prices over the holiday season and also plan for our lovely “snow”.
For those of you who love snow and maybe for a more intimate wedding you could brave an outdoor ceremony, but a winter wedding doesn’t necessarily mean cold. Ski lodges and cabins are perfect for a winter themed wedding, but also check out some historic buildings and private clubs too especially if they have a large roaring fireplace for more ambiance!! Remember that traveling is not as easy in the winter so think about the possibility of having the ceremony and location in the same location, this will save guests having to move cars and re-park….. also think about the fact that your guests will be coming in with coats, boots, hats, and scarves, so a good storage area for all of these things is also very important.
Use the cold weather as an excuse for sleeves! Now is the time where you can wear those beautiful lace-sleeved dresses! If you prefer wearing the strapless dress then you can opt for a faux-fur wrap, a cape or a colorful shawl to keep you warm. Crystals and sequins are also very popular (always…) but at this time of year they can reflect the snow outside too. The winter season is also the time to wear heavier and rich fabrics…. Think ‘velvets’ and gorgeous furry boots, especially for walking in the snow or slippery surfaces.
Flowers can be expensive this time of the year as they have to be imported, so allow your flowers to reflect the season! Use seasonal flowers such as Poinsettia, Holly, and Mistletoe to decorate your venue. As for the bridal bouquet – what about Amaryllis, Anemone, Jasmine and Stars of Bethlehem’s are great winter flowers that can be added to your bouquet. Why not add crystals, Fir, Pine, Twigs, or Berries to bring the feel of winter into your ceremony.
The most important part of the décor is to make sure that the room reflects the season but still feels warm. Take advantage of the decorations already in place because of the winter season! You can warm up the atmosphere by placing candles throughout your venue (can never have too many candles) and branches can add a great wintery feel to your room as well. Evergreen trees, Holiday / Fairy lights, Crystals and Mirrors are other ways to make the room feel more seasonal.
Food and Cake:
Regardless of the time of year I always say pick all your favourite foods for your wedding day, you can of course stick with traditional meals but then add a festive twist to it. How about having Eggnog or a Hot Toddy for your Cocktail Hour or even Hot Chocolate with Baileys or a Hot Cider!!….. Use great fall/winter vegetables like a Butternut Squash for a soup or even have a tasty stuffing or cabernet cranberry sauce to your main course. As for your wedding cake, some classic winter wedding cake ideas can include snowflakes, sugar sculptures, or crystal icicles hanging from your cake and for cake toppers you think about snow globes, a skating couple, a ski-ing couple or even a hockey couple – whatever you love doing in the winter!
Above all, remember to have fun and be creative – don’t forget to add your own special touches as, as I said at the very beginning winter weddings can be so romantic, and of course if you need help planning this magical snowy wedding, then do “Contact Us” for more information!