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Follow a Creative Director’s Wedding Journey

‘Tis the season of proposals, so we couldn’t think of a better time to kick-off a wedding planning journey with our newest blogger bride, Paige of Studio Bicyclette. Paige is a creative girl boss with a total knack for styling so you can expect her big day to be off the charts. Scroll below to read her proposal story and hear what she’s got in the works for her DIY wedding!

MEET PAIGE

Hello, SMP-ers and fellow brides-to-be! Allow me to take a moment to introduce myself — I’m Paige, owner and creative director of Studio Bicyclette, former boutique owner, inspiration board obsessive and pink lipstick lover.

I help other lifestyle brands and boutique businesses find their magic, style their brand and tell their story through beautiful, strategic content, which means that I spend a good portion of my work days building dreamy inspiration boards and creating captivating content. But there’s one creative project I’m especially excited to dive into, which brings us to why I’m here today — my wedding!

THE PROPOSAL

My fiancé, Jason, and I got engaged just over a year ago, and after a fairly long engagement, we’re just starting to plan the details of the event, for which the date is set in August 2017. Jason and I met in the summer of 2013. We had decided to produce a short video called 90 Days that would celebrate summer in the city, and Jason was part of the video team that we brought on to work on it. It sounds a little cliché, but over the course of the weekend of filming our little on-screen romance, our real life love story began, and it was a bit of a whirlwind from there.

The wedding will be a small celebration at my family’s cottage in northern Ontario, and because of my background and love for all things styling and design, I’ll be doing a lot of it myself, along with the help of many of my talented local friends in the wedding industry that I have the pleasure of working with regularly, and who I’ll also be asking to share their own valuable insight with you as we embark on this journey.

THE WEDDING VISION

I’m excited to share the process of dreaming up the vision for the wedding as well as pulling together all of the details, and since I’ll be doing a lot of the DIY planning and styling, you can expect backstage access to what planning a smaller, fairly non-traditional affair looks like. We’re currently in talks with a taco truck for catering, my first wedding-related purchase was a flock of tiny, rose gold tipped swans, and I’ve made the decision that I’ll be working closely with a local designer to create my dream dress, so that gives you a sense of what to expect!

I have a pretty intense love affair with fresh flowers, disco balls and all things whimsical, so you can expect a lot of inspiration gathering, color palette development, and DIY projects that tie those elements in. I can’t wait to bring you along behind the scenes as I embark on this new adventure!

Photography: Scarlet O'Neill Photography | Floral Design: Blush And Bloom | Blogger Bride: Studio Bicyclette | Dress Designer: Rime Arodaky | Dress Rental: Studio Fitzroy

P.S. Must-Reads for the Newly Engaged!

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A Cozy Holiday Home Tour that’s Guaranteed to Get You in a Festive Mood

With Christmas just days away, we are getting ready for a ton of cozy, matching pajama filled relaxation. Just add hot cocoa to that mix and you have this holiday home tour of Shauna Dean of Quentin & Co . Her philosophy when decorating for Christmas was snow, stars and anything cozy. Yep, she nailed it. Head to the vault for even more snapped by Vicki Bartel that’s giving us all the holiday feels.

As I planned out my decor for Christmas this year, I kept finding myself inspired by a few recurring elements. Snow, stars, and anything cozy! Since my oldest boy is now 2, he’s beginning to feel the magic of the holiday season too. For that reason, I really wanted our decorations to appeal to him, and I also needed them to withstand his wild toddler ways!

I started with our flocked tree and incorporated lots of non breakable ornaments, like the large white yarn balls which are undeniably cozy, and a ton of sparkly silver ornaments to up the festive factor. One of my favorite parts of the tree was the different ribbons I used to fill it out. Extra wide burlap and silver ribbons cut into pieces and placed among the branches made a huge impact for a budget friendly price.

As a finishing touch, I used a silk silver ribbon to add bows to any spots that seemed to be lacking in ornaments. In keeping with my kid friendly mission, I added touches of whimsy, like the large wooden stars at the fireplace and the Christmas tree advent calendar that hangs above them. I also dressed up the kids’ table in our living room with a flocked tree and hung giant snowflakes above it.

 Decorating for Christmas with little ones in the picture really gave me the guts to go all out with the magical touches. I hung extra garlands, and incorporated all the twinkly lights and glitter I could get my hands on. Since our living area and adjoining kitchen are primarily cool tones, I knew I needed to significantly up the warmth factor if I was going to achieve the cozy feel I was after.

I added a large vintage wooden crate, and filled it with a plush fur blanket, our “joy” pillow, Cohen’s stuffed moose, and all of the leftover wrapping paper and ribbon. I also brought in warm woods in the form of several cake stands that are perfect for holding all the extra treats we have around this time of the year!

When it came to the kitchen, I added seasonal touches like a lavender tree, and pulled out goodies like hot chocolate, marshmallows, and chestnuts to display in jars on our island. A plaid table cloth and a twinkly star garland added another layer of cozy to our dining nook, making it the perfect spot for cookie decorating (and eating!). 

I am so happy with how our decked out kitchen and living room were transformed for the season, and I can’t wait to start creating Christmas memories in this magical and cozy space.

More Holiday Goodies …

Santa Approved Recipes for Christmas Morning
A Simple and Festive Champagne Cocktail
Festive Nail Polish Colors For The Perfect Holiday Manicure

Photography: Vicki Bartel | Styling: Shauna Dean Of Quentin & Co | Makeup: Stephanie Kathleen | Advent Calendar, Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillow Covers: Pottery Barn | Crochet Bunting: Plaid and Paisley Littles | Flocked Wreaths, Yarn Ornaments, Hanging Snowflakes, Glass Cloch: Canadian Tire | Flocked tree (artificial): Lowe's | Fox Espresso Mug, Tabletop Tree: Chapters | Horse Print: Bouclair Home | Kids' Table and Chairs, Slipcovered Couch: Ikea | Matching Pajamas: Burt's Bees Baby | Silver Garlands, Burlap Ribbon: Michaels | White Light Up Tabletop Trees: Pier 1

Inspiration for an Unforgettable Bridal Shoot

Around these parts, bridal shoots are kind of our jam. Especially when they’re photographed through the lens of Julia Park, featuring a knockout bouquet by Les Petites Excuses. Take one peek at these Montreal-set images and you’ll see why every girl needs an epic staircase moment of her own. More this way!

From Julia Park Photography and CinemaI always draw my inspiration from the location we are shooting at. Every city has its own feel, mood, and vibe that goes far beyond words in a travel book. And that “feel” is going to be different for everyone, of course. Every visitor would come into the city with their own “baggage” Every local would describe it differently, based on his or hew personal experience. In this creative, we wanted to show how Montreal looks through the eyes of a girl in love.

It’s easy to fall in love in this city and with this city. After all, it isn’t called “Paris of North America” for nothing.

Montreal is a place, where hundreds of years of rich past, blend in together with the present. A mix of old and new is easily seen everywhere: in architecture, traditions, and art.

So I think the dress our model wore from a local Toronto bridal designer Catherine Langlois, was a perfect fit. It’s classy, and dreamy, yet with modern elements such as an amazing open back with beading detail. Flowers from the bouquet by Les Petites Excuses were locally grown and sourced, so they tell their own tale of the city and it’s surroundings.

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Photography: Julia Park Photography And Cinema | Floral Design: Les Petites Excuses | Wedding Dress: Catherine Langlois | Makeup: Skin by Kim

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