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Cozy At Home Engagement Session

I really wish I had thought of doing an at home engagement session, they’ve quickly become my favorite ones. This adorable couple embraced the whole concept and we get some super sweet peeks at their life together, complete with donuts, a love for thrifting and games, and even braving the chilly Canadian winter. AMBphoto truly captured their essence and I’m declaring them one perfect pair.

From AMBphoto… A makeshift tent, gourmet donuts and sweet tunes cranked on a vintage record player are the fixings for a party of two! What do you do in the cold Canadian winters anyway when you can’t get outside for too long to enjoy the sun? Cuddle up inside with your adorable puppy named Eggnog, video games, treats and lots of love.

Kristina and Graham are getting married in the summer of 2015 and like their personalities, their wedding is going to be thrifty and fun. Kristina adores crafting, Etsy, and being creative and Graham, while not so into the thrifting, likes to have fun and goof around with Kristina’s ideas. They decided they wanted all of the pieces they used in their session to be things they already owned so that they truly reflected their tastes. For example, the adorable blue record player usually lives in their kitchen for dance parties while cooking! They are a match as sweet as the gourmet donuts they were munching on during the session and super fun to photograph! I’m always impressed when a couple will shed their coats in -20 degree Celsius weather for outdoor photos!

Photography: AMBphoto | Makeup: Amy Lupiano Of Ottawa Makeup Artists | Hair: Shelby At Showpony Hair | "I Love Us" Pillow: Chapters | Blue Record Player: Urban Outfitters | Donuts: SuzyQ | Kristina's Dress & Graham's Shirt: Urban Outfitters | Outdoor Sweaters: Roots | Rubber Boots: Hunter | Venue: Private Residence | “I’d Rather Be Thrifting” Print: Ashley G

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Romantic Whistler Winter Engagement Session

I can’t believe I’m saying this but… I’ve fallen in love with winter, all due to this gorgeous engagement shoot from Kim James. With the juxtaposition of the bride-to-be’s Vera Wang (super chic) dress, and her Hunter boots and wool blankets, I’ve basically stepped into my winter dream scene. I’ll be soaking up every single pic since spring is still far away and I’m not ready to let go of this love affair just yet.

From Kim James Photography… Nori and Garet are originally from Texas and they are currently living in LA. They had scheduled a winter vacation to Whistler, British Columbia, Canada and decided it would be great to have their engagement photos taken at a cool destination. The snow and mountains and these two equals one of my all-time favorite engagement sessions. Whistler is a lot colder than LA, but they braved the freezing weather in order to get the shots. Nori wore a stunning Vera Wang dress paired with Hunter Boots and she looked absolutely adorable. It started snowing half way through our session which made for some magical winter images. They are planning a summer wedding back in their home state of Texas.

Photography: Kim James Photography | Dress: Vera Wang | Boots : Hunter Boots | Venue: Whistler

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Elegant Summer Chateau Wedding

These Amsale bridesmaid dresses might be my favorites ever, and trust me, I’ve seen my fair share. Their gorgeous color and flowing fabric works perfectly for this elegant chateau wedding orchestrated by Lynn Lee Fine Weddings & Events. Add in the beautiful bouquets and these maids were lucky ladies. Anne-Marie Bouchard captured it all and I’m left wishing I could wear this look at every future affair.

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From Lynn Lee Fine Weddings & Events… Genevieve & Erik were very clear on their priorities for their wedding day from the very start. They wanted to create a fun, relaxed weekend for their family and friends, many of whom had not met prior and numerous travelling some distance in order to attend the nuptials.

The design for the day was created by Lynn Lee Fine Weddings & Events with Genevieve and Erik and their fabulous classic, good taste serving as inspiration. A family friend’s large brass collection became the unifying element around which the other details were developed. The grandeur of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier was the perfect backdrop for this elegant affair and guests enjoyed the many amenities available within that property.

Genevieve and her bridesmaids readied at Genevieve’s family’s home in the city while Erik and his groomsmen dressed at the hotel. Prior to departing for the ceremony, the groomsmen were presented with personalized German beer steins, a wonderful nod to Erik’s family’s German heritage.

The mid-afternoon ceremony at St. Theresa Catholic Church went off without a hitch and Genevieve looked stunning in her Monique L’huillier gown and the bridemaids in their Amsale dresses in a beautiful soft blush tone. Genevieve and Erik were whisked away for a few private moments, followed by formal photos in the same vintage Ford in which Genevieve and her father arrived an hour earlier.

After the ceremony, guests assembled in the Drawing Room foyer at the Chateau Laurier where they enjoyed a cocktail and delicious appetizers to wet their appetite for dinner. Upon entering the Adam Room for dinner, Genevieve and Erik greeted their guests through a receiving line. This was an important element of the day for the married couple since chatting with each guest, individually, was a priority.

In the ballroom, guests were seated at long tables lit by dozens of candlesticks set in brass holders of various, lovely designs. Lynn Lee, Genevieve and Erik very much wanted to create the warmth and feel of a large family dinner where conversation and wine flowed freely and this was certainly achieved. Dinner began with a welcoming toast by the father of the bride with subsequent speeches to follow as guests enjoyed their custom five-course meal that included a filet mignon main course and mousse dessert featuring Quebec maple syrup.

After dinner, Genevieve and Erik cut the beautiful cake created by Catherine’s Cakery which was the central focus of a styled dessert table atop an antique sideboard rented from Any & Jen Decor. Genevieve and Erik wowed guests with their first dance which had been developed through dance lessons that the couple enjoyed leading up to their wedding day. MDRN Photobooth offered a secondary fun activity for guests during the dance. During the latter part of the evening, late night snacks were served which included a smoked meat sandwich carving station, Erik’s special request for the reception.

Photography: Anne-Marie Bouchard | Floral Design: Full Bloom Floral Design | Cake: Catherine's Cakery | Stationery: We Do Printing | Reception Venue: Fairmont Chateau Laurier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | MakeUp: Ottawa Makeup Artists | Hair: Jennifer Heaney & Juliana Gjikopulli | DJ: Pro Entertainment Group | Groom's Attire: Baumler Tuxedo | Beer Steins: King Works | Brides Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaid Dress Shop: With Love Bridal Boutique | Church: St. Theresa Catholic Church | Groom's Bowtie: The Tie Bar | Ladies Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Limousine Rentals: Millennium Limousines | Musicians: Cadenza Strings | Photobooth: MDRN Photobooth Company | Planner/designer: Lynn Lee Fine Weddings & Events | Rentals: Coral Sparks | Rentals: Amy & Jen | Rentals: Partytime Rentals | Rentals: Pieces Of Love Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Groovy Linens | Shoes Brides: Manolo Blahnik | Shoes Groom: Cole Haan | Soloist: Rachel Dillman | Vintage Car Rental: Les Envolees Blanches | Wedding Dress Shop: The White Dress

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