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Shannon & Mark’s Urban Loft Wedding

Posted on 5 February 2018 | No responses

We started working with Shannon just a few months before her wedding and initially were hired to help with finding the perfect venue and vendors… during the process Shannon was so happy Montreal Wedding Planner, Montreal Wedding Planning, Wedding Planner Montreal, Montreal Weddings, An English Rose, An English Rose Wedding Planner, Rachel Cripps-Gervais, Eastern Townships Wedding Planner, Wedding Planner Eastern Townships, Eastern Townships Weddings, Eastern Townships Wedding Planning, Montreal Wedding Day Coordinator, Montreal Destination Wedding, Montreal Same Sex Weddings, Montreal Loft Wedding, Andrew Monia Photography, Emily Chin Cakes, Flora International Flowers, Canvas Loft Lachine, A1 DJ Montreal, A Timeless Celebrationwith our services that she then went on to hire us for the day too, which we were thrilled about!!

Shannon and Mark’s wedding at Canvas Loft can only be described as the perfect mix of intimate, rustic, and natural. With about 90 guests, Shannon and Mark wanted to celebrate their big day with family and their closest friends and the Canvas Loft proved to be the perfect location to celebrate this. The bride looked beautiful as she wore a gorgeous strapless silk dress and the groom looked quite handsome in his black suit. The flower girls wore champagne-colored tulle dresses and carried floral pomanders…they were adorable!

Guests arrived to the venue after the ceremony and were greeted with the couple’s signature cocktail…a mojito. These were such a hit with guests all night long! In anticipation for the bride and groom’s arrival, guests mingled in the venue while enjoying the sounds of some live classical guitar.

The couple decided to go with long tables instead of rounds which definitely added to the intimacy of the look. Clusters of lanterns, candles, and tea lights filled the room and we added tons of fairy lights that were strung from the ceiling. The tables were covered with white linens and dark brown chivari chairs were brought in. We had moss and bark running down the tables to achieve the perfect rustic and natural look. Wood bases with white, champagne, peach, and coral floral displays on them acted as the centerpieces.

We love when couples incorporate details to their big day that represent themselves and their lives…it really adds such a personalized touch. Shannon and Mark definitely did this by making sure that their dog, Mokabear was not forgotten in the festivities. An animated picture of the couple and their dog in the car with a ‘married’ sign on the back was present on every table number. Each place setting was also set with a cookie wedding favor with S&M2 handwritten on each.

Guests enjoyed a four course meal with the couple’s cake being served for dessert! The cake fit perfectly with the overall look with its textured butter cream and fresh flowers. After filling up on dinner and cake, guests enjoyed themselves at the photo booth and took to the dance floor to dance the night away with A1 DJ’s!

I had the honour with working with Rachel and her team for our wedding on August 20th, 2016.  We had approximately 6 months to plan our wedding and Rachel made every aspect run so smoothly.  With such a short timeline she found us a wonderful venue and recommended top of the line additional vendors.  She listened to our needs and wants and made our wedding day extra special.  From the invitations, to the flowers, DJ, photographer, wedding cake and even the church, she reviewed every single detail making sure that all was perfect.  Having Carly onsite really helped ease all of our stress and allowed us to have a reference person to depend on.

Rachel and Carly….thank you from the bottom of my heart. I couldn’t have done it without you and feel very honoured that I was able to work with you. I married the most perfect man…and you gave us the most memorable day of our lives. The details were tended to and you listened to my wants and needs over the past couple of months. You provided the best customer service a girl can ask for.  I am thrilled that I met you and hope that we stay in touch.”

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With special thanks to: Andrew Monia Photography, Canvas Loft, Emily Chin Cakes, A Timeless Celebrations, Flora International, A1 DJ’s & Carly Gunther

Montreal Wedding Vendor Interview: John D’Ambrosio of Bon Appetit Catering

Posted on 15 January 2018 | No responses

This month we are highlighting John D’Ambrosio of “Bon Appetit” Catering who we have worked with probably for the last 6+ years at  many venue’s including: Espace Cormier, Windsor Rachel Cripps-Gervais; An English Rose; Montreal Wedding Planner; Montreal Wedding Planning; Wedding Planner Montreal; Montreal Weddings; Eastern Townships Wedding Planner; Eastern Townships Wedding Planning; Wedding Planner Eastern Townships; Eastern Townships Weddings; John D'Ambrosio; Bon Appetit Catering Montreal; Montreal Wedding Caterer; Ballrooms, The Olympic Stadium and more….. John and his team are extremely easy to work with and food – delicious!!  I have to agree, their mini lamb chops with mint sauce a must!!

What made you become a Caterer?

All through high school, college and University I worked part time for Rene Pankalla Caterer.  Probably the biggest caterer in the city during the 70’s and 80’s.  I graduated from McGill University in Physical Education and I had the opportunity of opening a restaurant and then from there I went on to manage other restaurants, but always had the idea of doing catering.  I enjoyed watching Rene Panakalla take over a household, a venue site and making the host comfortable in hosting the party.  So in 1991 we started slowly, our first year we did 16 events, our second year we did 29 events, our third year we did 52 events, and so forth.

How long have you been in business?

Since 1991

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On average how many weddings do you do each year?

We do about 80 -100 wedding per year

What is the one thing you love most about being a caterer?

I love receiving people.  So, whether its personal at my house or for a wedding, or for a gala, I try to instill in all our staff to act as if we are receiving them at our personal homes.  Being accommodating, attentive, helpful etc.

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What is your signature fare?

Our mini lamb chops, our braised beef short rib, our filet mignon

Do you specialise in certain cuisine’s?

Italian

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What are your personal favourite dishes?

Lamb chops, short rib, eggplant parmigiana

What are the biggest mistakes couples make when choosing their wedding caterer?

They choose the hype and not the reputation

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What do you think distinguishes your work from others?

We’ re humble, honest and listen to what our customers want. We try to accommodate their requests as much as possible, and at the same time we try to act as consultants in what can be done and what can’t be done.  I would rather refuse a party instead of promising something that cannot be done just to get the contract.

What advise can you give to the 2018 Brides & Grooms?

At the end of the day- remember that’s it’s a party.  A Celebration of your love, a day where you’re telling all the guests that from this day forward you are as ONE.

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What are the catering trends for 2018?

Smaller menus, more cocktails and stations at the beginning

For more information on Bon Appetit Catering………..

Don’t forget to contact John at 514 389 4345 or via info@traiteurbonappetit.com

Click HERE for their face book page and HERE for their website.

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Vanessa & David’s West Island Wedding

Posted on 8 January 2018 | No responses

We started working with Vanessa and David just a couple of months before their wedding and there was still much to do… but that’s just what we love and we made a plan to ensure everything Montreal Wedding Planner, Montreal Wedding Planning, Wedding Planner Montreal, Montreal Weddings, An English Rose, An English Rose Wedding Planner, Rachel Cripps-Gervais, Eastern Townships Wedding Planner, Wedding Planner Eastern Townships, Eastern Townships Weddings, Eastern Townships Wedding Planning, Montreal Wedding Day Coordinator, Montreal Destination Wedding, Montreal Same Sex Weddings, Grey Sparrow Photographer, Portovino Ristorante, Gateaulogie Cakes, Le Rouge Fleuriste, Matt Mardini Singer, Mariages A Bras Ouverts Officiant, Neil Janna Comedian, Montreal Limousinewould be ready and in place for the big day!

From the West Island Vanessa and David wanted to keep it local and they chose Portovino Restaurant in Dorval for their Sunday wedding which turned out to be an amazing venue space…. They have this great vaulted mezzanine area which was perfect for the ceremony which included the Brides brother playing the piano and music for his sister’s ceremony!

Cocktails took place in the bar area and the back half of the restaurant where we had a huge dance floor and during this time the couple welcomed their guests (as pre-wedding / first look pictures had already taken place) and enjoyed mingling with them during this time.

We were also serenaded by the most wonderful Matt Mardini whose voice is just incredible and it certainly was a show stopper to see him walking and singing amongst the guests.

Vanessa kept with gentle tones of blush pink and white for her wedding and the tables were adorned with flowers and candles in vintage candles holders throughout long tables.  The 5-Tier wedding cake from Gateaulogie (who also happened to be cousins of the grooms’ family) also towered as a centre piece on it’s own next to the couples table and of course melted in your mouth!

Another added touch was Neil Janna, professional comedian who they hired for their “Master of Ceremonies”… although often we have many family members or friends who perform this role, having a professional added just a something extra to the festivities!

The couple and their friends enjoyed a sumptuous 5-course Italian banquet for their meal and later danced the night away to the sounds of DJ Nick Larty a good friend!

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With special thanks to: Grey Sparrow Photography, Ristorante Portovino, Le Rouge Fleuriste, Gateaulogie Cakes, Neil Jana MC, Matt Mardini Singer, DJ Nick Larty, Mariages a Bras Ouverts, Montreal Limousine

Ellie & Alexandre’s Greek Winter Wedding

Posted on 3 December 2017 | No responses

Montreal Wedding Planner, Montreal Wedding Planning, Wedding Planner Montreal, Montreal Weddings, An English Rose, An English Rose Wedding Planner, Rachel Cripps-Gervais, Eastern Townships Wedding Planner, Wedding Planner Eastern Townships, Eastern Townships Weddings, Eastern Townships Wedding Planning, Montreal Wedding Day Coordinator, Montreal Destination Wedding, Montreal Same Sex Weddings, Old Montreal Wedding, Sophie Asselin Photographie, Elm Ridge Country Club, Sweet Couture Cakes, Ambiance Limousine, Absolut Disco, Ellie & Alexandre are native’s of Montreal but have been living and working in California, so we worked together planning their Montreal Destination Wedding remotely and the couple chose the US Thanksgiving weekend for their special day!

Ellie had a lot of fun with her girls and chose beautiful purple dresses with grey fur shrugs for the shoulders, but adding a little humour by letting them wear an array of colours for their shoes – and even Ellie in a stunning white wedding dress chose very cute flat ‘reds’ for her shoes too!  We also went with more of the natural Whites & Greens for the floral arrangements to showcase the colours of the bridesmaids.  But of course Ellie’s bouquet was more in line with the ‘reds’ she so loves!

On the morning of the wedding Ellie and Alexandre sent each other romantic notes to read just before they did the “First Look” pictures in Old Montreal which I personally think is a great idea – it gives the couple that special moment when they see each other for the first time without everyone around and they get un-rushed time for couple shots before the ceremony.  Of course there is the added bonus of being able to enjoy the cocktail hour and mingle with their guests too!

The Greek wedding ceremony was held at the Ste Constantine & Helene Church in Dollard-des-Ormeaux and upon leaving the church the guests threw traditional rice over the couple who were then whisked away in a vintage Rolls Royce to the Elm Ridge Country Club in Ile Bizard where a roaring fireplace was waiting for them for guests to enjoy during the cocktail hour!

The place cards were set up in the main entrance of the club and Ellie & Alexandre had bought with them these very cute wooden hearts to decorate the place cards… they continued this with the Polaroid Guest Signing Book and also a Photo booth later in the evening.   On the Table of Honor they also had wooden “Mr & Mrs” signs and decorated with babies breath to match the bridesmaids crowns while guests had tall Calla Lily arrangements on their tables.

Ellie and Alexandre decided to have a cup cake tower as their wedding cake, with a single tier monogrammed with their initials!  Guest received both Maple Syrup and Greek Candies as their favors and for the sweet table there was a mix of Greek Pastries with what else but a Poutine & Smoked Meat Station!

Now what would be a Greek Wedding without some Greek dancing… they also had some adorable dancers in traditional costumes to entertain the guests and then of course a few “ouzo” shots for the guests to enjoy!!  After that, all that was left was a lot of dancing till the end of the night!!

“Rachel from An English Rose was such a pleasure to work with as we were planning the most important day of our lives. We could not have asked for a more suitable wedding planner!

Rachel was able to help us plan our beautiful wedding from a distance, since we lived in another country. She planned flexible skype meetings to accommodate our busy working schedule. She is professional, an excellent communicator and is there 100% for her clients.

She helped us find the most wonderful vendors and all within our budget!!! She kept us on track with her many checklists that were fundamental in keeping us organized.

Thank you Rachel for making wedding planning SO much easier and less stressful! We really appreciate all your guidance, support and organization. We would recommend Rachel to anyone looking for a professional and competent wedding planner!”

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With special thanks to Sophie Asselin Photography, Elm Ridge Country Club, Sweet Couture Cakes, Sophie Flora, Atelier Eva Blanca, Absolut Disco & Ambiance Limousine

Montreal Wedding Vendor Interview: Tony & Randi from The Directors Showband!

Posted on 27 November 2017 | No responses

Video by IND Films Montreal

This month we are highlight Tony & Randi from The Directors Showband and Direct Entertainment Group who we have worked with now for many years without a hitch!  It is not only their Montreal Wedding Planner, Montreal Wedding Planning, Wedding Planner Montreal, Montreal Weddings, An English Rose, An English Rose Wedding Planner, Rachel Cripps-Gervais, Eastern Townships Wedding Planner, Wedding Planner Eastern Townships, Eastern Townships Weddings, Eastern Townships Wedding Planning, Montreal Wedding Day Coordinator, Montreal Destination Wedding, Montreal Same Sex Weddings, The Directors Showband, Direct Entertainment Group, Montreal Wedding Bandprofessionalism and pure joy for what they do that makes them a success, but their ease to work with and knowing from my perspective that I do not have to worry, everything will be taken care of on the day without a hitch – so peace of mind for both myself and my clients!!

What made you start a band / entertainment company?

The band was started by band leader, Tony Picciuto.  In the beginning, there was no intention of it becoming a business, it was the sheer passion for the music that drove the success of the band.  It was a part time endeavor that rapidly grew in popularity and through the years, the band underwent many facelifts and challenging member changes.

Fast forward to 2001 when a partnership was formed between Tony Picciuto and Randi Katz that would become the driving force behind the entertainment company (Direct entertainment group) – The umbrella company to Montreal’s most sought after showband, The Directors.  “Direct Entertainment Group happened because there was a lack of connection between the buyer and the musician. “ says Katz.“ We created a new market for ourselves and the musicians that surrounded us  …”

Over the next few years, the company expanded into new markets and developed strong and lasting relationships with its clients and other suppliers in the industry.

What is the one thing you love most about performing in a band?

We love the music, the creative process, we love the comradery we share with the members in the band. Most of all we love the feeling of receiving energy back from the audience.  In the end, this is why we do it, for the love of performance.  When that energy is returned to us by a full dance floor or by simple applause, we know we have succeeded in our goal.

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Do you have a specific niche of music that you provide?

We are a full variety band and by that we mean FULL VARIETY.  This includes every era, style and genre.  We pride ourselves on the ability to read any crowd and the fact that we are fully live enables us to change up the music on a dime.  We perform in many languages and offer a wide range of styles so that every audience member goes home satisfied.

What are the biggest mistakes couples make when choosing their wedding Band?

Maybe the best way to ask this question is what is the biggest mistake a couple makes when planning their wedding.

Let’s put it this way, a typical wedding lasts from 5:00 pm – 2:00 am , — approximately 7 hours. What couples fail to do is divide the amount of money they are spending by hours of the evening. How much things are costing them and how much of an impact are they actually making on an hourly basis?  What value is it bringing to their guests and the overall experience of their wedding?

Different couples may have different budgets but the experience of professional live entertainment even in the smallest formation can add elegance and distinction to the day.

Entertainment is one of the single most important elements on your wedding day and can sometimes go overlooked by certain couples.   It can literally make or break your evening.

Mistake #2: They base their decision on a video or a playlist. Not every band or DJ is suited for a wedding with different age groups.   The couple in question should go and see their band or DJ possibilities live.

Mistake #3:

Choosing price over quality.  Whether it is a trio for your engagement party, ceremony or cocktail or an all out dance band, find a quality formation that will show up on time, perform seamlessly with a good visual presentation, while working as a team alongside the other suppliers you’ve hired for your special day .

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What do you think distinguishes your work from others?

Consistency, professionalism, customer service and attention to detail and 100% satisfaction from all of our clients.  In this business, you don’t get a second chance to be awesome.  Every event must be treated with as much care as the last and next ones.  We truly care about the outcome of any event we do,  from the organization, to logistics and to the overall presentation of our performances.  We truly care about what the day means to our clients and the overall experience they will have that day. There is no room for failure.

What advise can you give to the 2018 Brides & Grooms?

ENJOY YOUR DAY!!!  Hire professionals that can handle your day for you and understand your vision and are able to bring that vision beyond your expectations. Couples invest a lot of money in their day and should be able to truly enjoy it as it unfolds.

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What are the music trends for 2018?

I wouldn’t really call it a trend so much as “what is trending” NOW. Music moves so fast these days.  Here today and gone tomorrow.  While there is still a demand for the new Top 40 music, classic throwbacks and nostalgic music are always winners.

A band that understands what the dance floor is asking for “in the moment” and can easily relate and adjust to the dance floor in real time, and can engage the audience  – this is what will bring your wedding to the next level.

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For more information on The Directors Showband & Direct Entertainment Group………

Don’t forget to contact Randi or Tony at 514 926 4426 or via thedirectors@sympatico.ca

Click HERE for their facebook page or HERE for The Directors website and HERE for Direct Entertainment website

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Photography by Christina Esteban

Stephanie & Sean’s Elegant Old Montreal Wedding

Posted on 20 November 2017 | No responses

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Stephanie and Sean wanted an ‘elegant’ feel to their wedding with all the décor so for the ceremony we decorated the aisles with large lanterns and candles and the alter area with a cluster of 3 cylinder vases on mirrors with floating candles to give a romantic ambiance.

Guests mingled in the beautiful atrium / library area for the cocktail hour and we had the hotel write the table plan on two large mirrors and leant them up against the brick walls.

For the Reception room, we decorated with white linens and added a white lace overlay along with elegant chair covers with a criss-cross design on the back.  The centre pieces followed through from the ceremony with a cluster of 3 cylinder vases with floating candles but with added white stones from their garden placed at the bottom and strands or orchids in the arrangements with votives around the bottom on the vases.

Table numbers were placed in silver frames and guests had the fun option of signing old original LP’s of the couple’s favourite artists, as well as be treated to bottles of maple syrup from a family farm and a wonderful Candy Bar with a few of the couple’s favourite treats!

During the evening, guests were piped through to dinner by an amazing bagpiper Jordan Anderson and then followed the salute with a shot of whisky for the piper!  The evening entertainment was provided by The Directors Showband and this was certainly a party crowed who were on the dance floor every opportunity they got!

“Hiring Rachel was the best wedding decision that we made leading up to our special day. From helping us choose the perfect vendors to successfully executing every last detail on the day of the wedding, Rachel made sure that our vision came to life flawlessly. 

With the wedding in her hands, we were able to enjoy every moment with our family and friends without stress or worry, and our entire party had an amazing time as a result. Rachel’s professionalism, kindness, flexibility, and level of organization were unparalleled, and she was always available for us when we needed planning advice.

We would strongly recommend An English Rose to any couple looking to plan the perfect wedding – Rachel and her team really go the extra mile.”

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Montreal’s Elegant Wedding Show – See It All Here

Posted on 10 November 2017 | 1 response

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Photo by Andrew Monia Photography Alain Simon Fleurs

Last Sunday Elegant Wedding Magazine hosted their annual wedding show at The Windsor Ballrooms and it was packed with brides, grooms and people like me wanting to see what’s what and who’s new in the Montreal Wedding Scene.

Starting off in Le Crystal Room we came across Ma Cherie Bleue located in Rosemere who are offering Romantic Flowing Wedding Dresses / Boho style with great prices and some of their dresses coming in from Russia…. I loved the blush pink one below!  Their next trunk show will be in January offering 10% off their gowns!!  On another “Wedding Dress” note – I was surprised to learn that Le Chateau are now also offering a Wedding Boutique, there are no gowns in their stores, but you can view on line and then make an appointment to visit one on one with them!!  Now for the little ones you might want to check out Rosa Agnese Couture – Collection & Couture for the little princess!!

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Walking into the Peacock Ally you cannot be impressed by Alain Simon Fleurs – the team always overdo themselves year after year and their stunning 15 ft bar centre piece certainly was a show stopper as you can see in my first picture on the blog!  We were also happy to see Le Rouge a florist that we have recently connected with too!

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Now a favourite for all of us “Cake” and wow were we not disappointed and without being biased we are happy to mention…. Yuki Bakery who we worked with a couple of years ago and who have now just moved to a new location in Griffintown, Le Petit Lapin located in Westmount and I am working with them on a wedding next year for “Gluten Free” & “Vegan” Wedding Cakes.  Montebello Patisserie, a family business who had an amazing cake hanging from a swing, and they also offer “Croquembouche” – a traditional French Wedding cake….. and last but not least Dolci Piu who had an incredible display for us and are located in Ville St-Laurent.

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Photographers…. it was great to see Andrew Monia Photography, a long time friend who started his own company a few years ago and is now flying high and storming ahead, it’s hard to keep up with him and of course the lovely Gleb Galkin of La V Cinema who we absolutely adore working with :O)

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Some great decor was on display this year too…. loving the “Gold” theme we are seeing a lot of and Celebrations Group had a beautiful table set up in the Peacock Alley!  Chic Rentals had some fantastic chairs with Gold Oz Dining Chairs and some really unique tables that I have my eye on for a particular wedding, and it was good to reconnect with Marco back from the Mount Stephen’s day….. and lastly I was really interested in a place setting offered by Gervais Locations, not a company I have used a lot in the past, but definitely will be looking them up now!

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Photo’s by Andrew Monia Photography

Now if you are looking for something a little different to impress your wedding guests – why not hire Najma who creates “Live Wedding Art”, where she comes equipped with her canvas and paints ready to create a customized painting ‘live’ of your ceremony or reception…. gosh I really wish she had been around when I got married, think this is a fabulous idea!

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Overall it was  fantastic afternoon, reconnecting with old friends in the industry and making new connections – congratulations to Elegant Weddings Montreal!!

Huge thank you to Andrew Monia Photography for sharing his photo’s with me!  For more information, Andrew can be reached at 514 758 2639

 

 

Montreal Wedding Vendor Interview: Anita Phillips of Creative Expressions, Montreal Wedding Stationary

Posted on 16 October 2017 | No responses

This month we are highlighting Anita Phillips of “Creative Expressions” Montreal Wedding Stationary, who I have known and worked with since I started my company back in 2007 when we were practically  Montreal Wedding Planner, Montreal Wedding Planning, Wedding Planner Montreal, Montreal Weddings, An English Rose, An English Rose Wedding Planner, Rachel Cripps-Gervais, Eastern Townships Wedding Planner, Wedding Planner Eastern Townships, Eastern Townships Weddings, Eastern Townships Wedding Planning, Montreal Wedding Day Coordinator, Montreal Destination Wedding, Montreal Same Sex Weddings, Anita Phillips, Creative Expressions, Creative Expressions Wedding Stationary, Montreal Wedding Stationaryneighbours!  What I love about working with Anitia is her total professionalism and how highly regarded she is in the industry.  In addition she really ‘cares’ about the creativity of her clients wedding stationary and customises each piece exactly to match.

What made you become a Stationary Designer?

All of my life I have had a love for paper and all things beautiful!  After a successful career in the Pharmaceutical industry and upon having my two boys, the opportunity to design and create exquisite stationery finally became a reality!  While raising my boys I started Creative Expressions and it has blossomed into the luxury design studio it is today!

How long have you been in business?

I have been in business since January 2004, so it has been 12 years!!  How time flies!

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On average how many weddings do you do each year?

On average I do about 30-35 weddings/events a year.

What is the one thing you love most about being a stationary designer?

I love the creative process, working with amazing clients and the opportunity to work with beautiful papers from all over the world every day!

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Do you have a specific style or theme?

My style has evolved over the years based upon my clientele.  However, I do specialize in the use of fine papers and fabrics imported from all over the world (Thailand, India, Tibet, Italy etc.)  My style incorporates these fine papers, fabrics, as well as other unique materials into the works of art that each hand crafted invitation becomes.

What are your favourite styles?

My favourite styles are the invitations incorporating suede and velvet, textured or smooth and on the other end of the spectrum, I also love the designs incorporating real wood.  Both of these styles, although very different exude a warmth and luxury that is unique and exquisite.

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What are the biggest mistakes couples make when choosing their wedding Stationary?

The biggest mistake couples make when choosing their wedding stationery would be trying to incorporate too many ideas and or paper types into one design.  Many brides and grooms come with many inspirations they have seen online and wish to incorporate it all.  It is very important to remember that each invitation design should have one main focal point.  For example, if we are designing an invitation with a lovely laser cut design then we should focus on that feature, letterpress is beautiful on its own,  etc.

What do you think distinguishes your work from others?

I think that our unique collections of imported papers, our fine print processes, our impeccable attention to detail and exemplary customer service distinguishes our work from others.

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What advise can you give to the 2018 Brides & Grooms?

The best advice I can give to 2018 brides and grooms is to search online for inspiration, there are so many beautiful images to view and pull inspiration from.  Colours, textures, designs…. let your creative juices flow, skies the limit!   If you come prepared with inspiration images this helps us get to know you and your style quickly and will help guide us in the design process to help make suggestions and capture your vision to make it a reality.

What are the stationary trends for 2018?

Hand lettering and calligraphy is top of the list!  Laser cut is still very popular this year and the use of specialty print methods such as letterpress and foil stamping are also continuing to take center stage.  Then of course, wood has been extremely popular for rustic and vineyard weddings!  My clients love to step outside the box and I am very excited to push the limits with them again in 2018!

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Creative Expressions prides themselves on thier reputation which is built on quality, exclusivity, unique design and excellence in service.  They work closely with each client to discover their unique style and then bring their stationery dreams to reality!

For more information on Creative Expressions…………

Don’t forget to contact Anita at 514 290 5997 or via info@creative-expressions.com

Click HERE for their Facebook page and HERE for their website

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Nadya & Stefan’s Country House Wedding

Posted on 2 October 2017 | No responses

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They always planned to have an intimate wedding and it turned out to be just that with 36 members of their close friends and family.

The day could not have been more perfect, and we instilled a small tent for the reception, but the ceremony took place beside a fountain with the back drop of the mountains behind them.

During the ceremony the couple used a “unity candle” and what was special about this was it came all the way from Russia to incorporate the Brides heritage into the ceremony!

Nadya love the strong orange colours and natural tones so we incorporated Burlap Linens with white Napkins and added in the punch of Orange tones with the flowers.  For a small group the couple chose a buffet style menu which they ate a sunset watching the evening change in to night.

The backdrop of the family stone house was perfect for partying under the stars and what I can only describe as an ideal garden wedding!

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Montreal Wedding Vendor Interview: Robert Valiante of Ambiance Limousine’s

Posted on 15 September 2017 | No responses

This month we are highlighting Robert Valiante of Ambiance Limousine’s who we trust explicitly and have been working with since I launched my company 10+ years ago!  What I love Montreal Wedding Planner, Montreal Wedding Planning, Wedding Planner Montreal, Montreal Weddings, An English Rose, An English Rose Wedding Planner, Rachel Cripps-Gervais, Eastern Townships Wedding Planner, Wedding Planner Eastern Townships, Eastern Townships Weddings, Eastern Townships Wedding Planning, Montreal Wedding Day Coordinator, Montreal Destination Wedding, Montreal Same Sex Weddings, Ambiance Limousines Montreal, Robert Valianteabout working with Robert and his team is that I don’t need to worry, I trust him and his fleet of cars as he has always given my clients 100% top notch service.  I also love the fact that Robert & Ambiance are flexible in their working style eg. I don’t have to take a car for a minimum of 4 or 5 hours block, and I can book for just pick-up / drop-off services too.  In addition to limousines, they also provide my clients with town cars for the late night pick up at the end of the wedding which is perfect!

What made you start a Transportation company?

As a young man I became involved with the limousine business because of my father in law. I felt an immediate and comfortable attachment to it. Under his mentorship, I learned the “ins and outs” of the business from his experienced leadership.  As time went on, I continued the true and tried tradition of the limousine trade for myself as owner and President of Ambiance Limousines.

How long have you been in business?

I started Diva Limousines back in the early 90’s which led to Ambiance Limousines in the early 2000’s. I’ve been in the business for 25 years.

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On average how many weddings do you do each year?

Over the past several years, we’ve been averaging between 80 and 90 weddings a year!

What is the one thing you love most about providing transportation?

I give high value to the satisfaction felt when we’re chosen to contribute and be a part of the wedding couples’ special day.  We see them when they come to visit our showroom and reserve their car(s). We guide them as to what we can offer them according to their budget. We provide the foundation to their day by giving them peace of mind that they will arrive to the altar safely, on time, and in comfort. This reduces the stress level and the couple can enjoy their special day. This, I strongly believe, is what keeps us going strong.

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Do you have a special niche of transportation you provide?

The answer to this question is Yes! I came up with this new concept called “Limousin-ing”. In itself, limousining is a niche market requiring a staff that truly understands the subtleties and practicalities of the wedding business. Wedding transportation is supposed to be luxurious. Our cars and Professional Chauffeurs cater to the specific needs of our clients. They’re treated with white gloves, red carpet, and all the fancies they can expect. Whether same sex partners or different nationalities, we offer the same level of service consistent with our motto. Unequalled in service, elegance, and affordability!

What additional touches do you offer?

Montreal is a melting pot of different nationalities from all over. Many times couples fly in their relatives from outside Quebec and other parts of the world. As often as possible, we try to provide drivers that can speak and communicate in their language. We have a diverse group of chauffeurs from different backgrounds and ethnicities. We try to match them up with the contract at hand. We believe that communication is above all the most important thing on someone’s Wedding day.

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What is the biggest mistake couples make when choosing their wedding transportation?

In my opinion couples worry on small details that are second nature to us. Although understandable, this line of thinking can wind up costing them money they don’t need to spend.  For example, at times rather than planning a route where 1 car can provide an extra pick up for one of their passengers they believe having an extra car is the answer.  An unscrupulous provider may capitalize on a situation such as this. I for one do not believe in having people spend money that they don’t have to. The limousine company should be their customers’ best friend. Asking the right questions and drawing upon our experiences is something all clients must do. Depending on the circumstance, an experienced limousine company should provide a viable and more economical solution to their situation.

What do you think distinguishes you from others?

I look upon the company as a family. Breaking into our company is not easy as we are selective with who we hire. We have people that have been with the company from the start, since the beginning. That’s 25 years ago! Many companies have a revolving door when it comes to drivers. At Ambiance Limousines, our philosophy is one of stability. It’s comforting to me when clients say we did a wedding in the past of someone they know and give compliments to the driver. I answer them, he still works here!

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What advice can you give 2018 Brides and Grooms?

Make your reservations in person. I encourage couples to visit the showrooms to see who they’re dealing with and what cars are being offered. They need to “try it on for size” and feel comfortable with their decision.

What are the new cars / transportation trends for 2018?

We are seeing a trend towards black stretch limos, Navigators and sedan style lead cars. Black is great for pictures and makes for a very classy arrival.

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Ambiance Limousines has been leading the way in providing luxury ground transportation. We offer a wide choice of corporate vehicles as well as stretch limousines to provide you with elegance, style, and courtesy for Weddings.

Our 25 years of experience in the industry has allowed us to become partners in the success of your special event. Clients depend on us to provide them with reliable, superior service, while maintaining the highest quality standards and safety measures. We are committed to excellence and dedicated to providing discretion, punctuality and professionalism in order to better serve your chauffeured transportation needs such as:

  • Corporate events
  • Night on the town
  • Restaurant outings
  • Private trips
  • Weddings
  • Proms
  • and much more!

For a memorable day with guaranteed success, you can count on the unparalleled service provided by Ambiance Limousines. We invite you to browse our website and discover all the different services we offer for any occasion.

For more information on Ambiance Limousines……..

Don’t forget to contact Robert at 514 251 0888 or info@ambiancelimousines.com

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