A beautiful wedding in less than four months, or was it two weeks?

A beautiful wedding in less than four months, or was it two weeks?

One of my industry peeps and I have a joke that if there is a last minute wedding to plan, call me. I have this affinity for weddings that need to be planned in a hurry. Two weeks is my current record, so when someone says “I want to get married in four months, is that too soon?”, I’m thinking “No problem! This is going to be fun!”

When I met a client just 4 months before her April 2016 wedding I was totally up for it. From the beginning I loved Miranda. She was so full of life and just “spunky”. Not a word I use often but it truly describes this girl. We met in the strangest of ways, through Kijiji. Well actually we met through one of my all time favourite brides Becky who was selling a black and white vintage umbrella on Kijiji.  Miranda happened to be the buyer. The two ladies got talking weddings and Becky said to her “you’d be crazy to not hire Erica as your wedding planner!”

Miranda and I met soon afterward in January 2016 when she told me they were getting married at the National Gallery of Canada. I didn’t hear from her after this so I assumed she had found another planner. Then in February they had changed their venue to a backyard wedding and then over the next months went back to the Gallery. I was “officially” hired 2 weeks before their wedding. Miranda is a true decision maker though so she just plowed through it all and everything fell into place perfectly.

Miranda and Charles were married on Saturday April 30th 2016 surrounded by all their family and friends, and now with a baby on the way, they are truly a happy growing family. Check out this video of their amazing day.

Venue: National Gallery of Canada
Decor and florals & printing: Wedecor
Photography: Union Eleven Photographers (David Johnson and Brittany Fleming)
Videography: Viking Film Corp
Catering: Whalesbone Catering
Bridesmaids gowns: Rent Frock Repeat
Officiant: Alan Viau
DJ: Quality Entertainment
Cakes: Edible Sins
Hair and Makeup: Recherché Concept Coiffure

Fun ways to pop the question to your #bridalsquad

Fun ways to pop the question to your #bridalsquad

You’ve said “yes” to your mister and now you need your sisters!

Your bridesmaids are usually made up of your closest friends and family, the ones you depend on in your daily life but also the ones that won’t bring drama to your engagement and your wedding day.

So why not show them some love? They will be your VIPs, with you all through the planning and by your side on your wedding day. They will invest time and money into getting you down that aisle. Here are some ideas I put together on ways to pop the question “Will you be my bridesmaid?”

I Can't say I do without you. Will you be my maid of honour? | zazzle.ca
You're, like, really pretty. Will you be my bridesmaid? Card for your bridesmaids from zazzle.ca
Will you be my bridesmaid? Scratch card for your bridesmaids | Wedbook.com

There are so many cute cards out there that you can either mail or deliver by hand. Seeing their reaction though would be top on my list. One of these is even a scratch card.

Throw a killer slumberparty (probably been a while?) and give these cute PJs as gifts! The girls can wear them while getting ready on your wedding day as an alternative to the satin robes that have been popular for years.

Plum Pretty Sugar PJs | Photo credit to jacquicole.com

For the wine loving crowd, how about a nice bottle of wine with these super cheeky labels! Then you just have to live up to what you put on there… Or, invite everyone out for a shopping day and pop the question as you hand out these monogrammed totes!

Personalized wine labels to give your #bridalsquad from Etsy.com
Monogrammed Totes from https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/386154204/

Who doesn’t want more jewelry? These adorable bracelets can be worn anytime and I love the little note saying “Will you help me tie the knot?”

 

Tie the knot bracelets from theglitteredgal.com

However you do it, be original and let your personality shine through! Check out my Pinterest under “The Girls” for more ideas.

The Canadian Museum of Nature. A stunning wedding venue

The Canadian Museum of Nature. A stunning wedding venue

I submitted a wedding for the Ottawa Wedding Awards never thinking I would actually win for wedding of the year! I guess I was a bit daunted by the fact that the wedding submitted would be judged by a panel of industry experts. Wedding planners only need apply.

My clients’ wedding had the winning combination. Fabulous style meets fabulous vendors meets fabulous venue – the stunning Canadian Museum of Nature.

It really is a castle in our downtown. The exterior facade, the stone and marble interior and the stained glass, what is not to love! And oh wait, it’s a fabulous museum with beautiful exhibits to top it off.

The ceremony was held at dusk in the Queen’s Lantern so that the light from the sunset could frame the spectacular windows and stained glass. It was warm, intimate, and perfectly decorated with candles in glass vases of various heights, red roses, mahogany chiavari chairs with arrangements down the aisle.

Red roses large balls alter pieces | Canadian Museum of Nature | Union Eleven Photographers
Red roses and orchid mahogany chiavari ceremony | Canadian Museum of Nature | Union Eleven Photographers

Since this wedding was in mid-October, we couldn’t count on outdoor photos. The Museum of Nature though has amazing light inside and so many great spots for photos.

Silk chiffon gown Reem Acra Kleinfelds red roses bouquet | Canadian Museum of Nature | Union Eleven Photographers

The dinner and dancing took place in the Barrack Salon. Its unique half-moon shaped room, tall windows, and light colors were a wonderful start to this timeless decor. Taking cues from the iconic brand Burberry’s red, black, cream, and hints of gold, the decor was timeless and elegant thanks to the help of Wedecor.

Barrick Salon Burberry inspired red black gold wedding | Canadian Museum of Nature | Union Eleven Photographers
Red velvet baccara rose centerpiece gold mercury candle | Canadian Museum of Nature | Union Eleven Photographers
Natural wood chiavari headtable with red florals | Canadian Museum of Nature | Union Eleven Photographers

The in-house caterer Gourmet Cuisine crafted a fabulous five course meal that was both beautiful and delicious! My clients have impeccable taste and expect perfection. They both felt their wedding was perfect and they wouldn’t change a thing! I loved working with the team at the Canadian Museum of Nature and was honoured to have won this award with them.

All photo credit to Kristin de Castro of Union Eleven Photographers

Susan & Stephen

Susan & Stephen

Susan & Stephen

“From my very first meeting with Erica, I knew I would be in good hands.  Our 18-hour wedding day was completed without a single hiccup, which means that all of our memories are full of joy. “

Bride and groom on golf course in Ottawa | Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club | Union Eleven Photographers

The wedding planning process began almost immediately after our engagement over the Christmas holidays. We wanted to be married within the year so the search was on to find and book some key vendors. We finally chose our wedding date based on who and what was available. We had less than 8 months, but being a new bride-to-be, I was eager and excited. It was a good thing too. Steve was living in the USA so I had to take care of most of the planning on my own. However, within a couple of months of breathing and dreaming all things wedding, I began to lose steam. As I looked over my to-do list, I began to feel overwhelmed. That’s when a friend of mine told me about Erica.

From my very first meeting with Erica, I knew I would be in good hands. Even though there were many things still to do, she provided me with the reassurance I needed time and time again. Erica offered much-needed advice and plenty of ideas while leaving final decisions in our hands. She would come well-prepared to our meetings and always help in areas that we were struggling. Her relationships and experience with vendors made us feel comfortable with any negotiations. And she offers all of this along with a friendly, positive attitude. Our friends and family even made a point of telling us how much they enjoyed interacting with her.

We highly recommend Erica because ultimately we are certain that our wedding was a success because of her involvement. Our 18-hour wedding day was completed without a single hiccup, which means that all of our memories are full of joy.

Susan & Stephen

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Annie & Grant

Annie & Grant

Annie & Grant

“From the first meeting with Erica, I knew she had the experience and sense of style we were looking for in planning our wedding. Her friendly and enthusiastic personality made our appointments something to look forward to – like meeting up with a friend!”

Joyful Bride and Groom after being married |Britannia Yacht Club | Union Eleven Photographers

From the first meeting with Erica, I knew she had the experience and sense of style we were looking for in planning our wedding. Her friendly and enthusiastic personality made our appointments something to look forward to – like meeting up with a friend!

We were continually impressed with her organization, ideas and support. She gently guided us to ensure we had essential services booked in plenty of time and always replied to our inquires very quickly. When choosing vendors, she provided many options but was also pleased to work with individuals we suggested. The one time we hit a speed bump, she was quick to help us figure out a new plan. It was also essential to have Erica on the wedding weekend. Both Grant and I were able to celebrate with friends and family worry free as we were so confident in the planning and the work that had already been done. Erica handled all timelines and questions from the vendors. The wedding was gorgeous from start to finish and our only job that day was to enjoy it.

We cannot recommend Erica highly enough.

Sincerely

Annie Docking and Grant Frahm

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