I think 2018 was our biggest year ever on all fronts, both business and personal. We shot the weddings of the sweetest, kindest and funniest couples who we connected with so perfectly. It felt like we were photographing our friends’ weddings, so there were lots of tears (from Batoul) streaming down our faces throughout many first looks, ceremonies and speeches.
It’s no secret that over the years, I’ve become a little flower obsessed. Maybe it’s my increased appreciation and love for all things natural and beautiful. Or the way flowers add life to a room. Or simply, flowers make everything better! For weddings, I’ve become more attuned to how flowers set the stage for the overall vibe of the wedding day. Whether it’s a classic all white affair, or a bohemian backyard bonanza, flowers can bring your wedding to life! Understanding that full floral service can get expensive, I’m focusing on why I think you should invest in your wedding bouquet. Special thanks to my friend Katherine from Pollen Nation Floral Studios, one of the premier florists in the Ottawa area specializing in organic, garden-inspired florals, who is lending her expertise on this topic too. So lets dive right in!
Oh, the infamous first look.
Whenever we meet with a couple, we always ask if they have thought about having a private reveal or what is more popularly known as 'the first look'. If you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about, here’s the gist: The bride and groom get to see each other for the first time on their wedding day before the ceremony. They have a few minutes (or however long they want) alone together to enjoy the moment in privacy before spending the rest of the day with everyone else. Some choose to read their personal vows to one another while others opt to simply enjoy each other’s company before the rest of the day unfolds. I would say, 90% of our couples decide to have a first look, even those with a religious ceremony later in the day. There are a multitude of reasons why, so I’ve narrowed down 4 of the top mentions.
Mikey proposed to Joan last year in Paris during their European travels. And this past year over the summer at Orchard View in front of 100 of their closest friends and family members, they committed themselves to one another. Mikey vowed to keep dating Joan, to always listen to her and tell her about his day. Joan committed to a lifetime of happiness and adventure.
Claire was impressed by Sunny's online dating profile. It was simple, to the point, uncomplicated and real. Just like Sunny. Once they began dating, Sunny’s friends knew that this girl was special from the way he spoke about her and how his eyes lit up by the mere mention of her name. Her contagious laughter, sweet heart, compassionate nature and love for Missy Elliott beats was the perfect package.