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| Ceremony & Reception: La Pont Couvert, Tremblant QC | Catering: Choice Harbour Raw Bar and Seafood | Hair: Showpony Hair | Make-Up: One Fine Beauty | DJ & Lighting: DJ Ole | Photographer: Anne-Marie Bouchard Photography | Florist: Bloomfields Florals | Cake: Girl with the Most Cakes | Stationery: The Secret Ink | Planner & Styling: Kennedy Event Planning |
| Ceremony: Shaw Centre | Reception: Trillium Ballroom, Shaw Centre | Dress: Allure Bridals | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair: Showpony | Make-Up: Two Chicks + Lipstick | Men’s Wear: Coppley | DJ: DJ Jon Deck | Photographer: Laura Kelly Photography | Florist: Flowers Talk Tivoli | Decor: Sage Designs | Linen + Rentals: Groovy Linens | Cake: ThimbleCakes | Stationery: Hashtag Paper | Floral Wall: Plenty of Pretty | Planner & Styling: Kennedy Event Planning |
| Ceremony: Roof Top, 150 Elgin | Reception: Winter Garden & Performance Court, 150 Elgin | Catering: Beckta Dining & Wine | Dress: Norde Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: With Love Bridal | Hair: Top Knot Hair Styling | Make-Up: Ottawa Make-Up Artists | Men’s Wear: Hugo Boss | DJ & Lighting: Oxygen Entertainment | Photographer: Anne-Marie Bouchard Photography | Florist: Erin Carmichael, The Design-Co | Decor: Amy & Jen | Linen + Rentals: Groovy Linens | Cake: Serendipity Cakes | Stationery:Wishtree Stationery & Design | Officiant: Exceptional Ceremonies, Keith Langille | Planner & Styling: Kennedy Event Planning |
It is difficult to conceptualize just how much work goes into the fine details of a wedding that turn a bare-bones room into a stunning wedding hall. Besides an itinerary and formal services, there are invitations, venues, menus, style of dinner, wedding cake, decorations, catering, logistics and on-the-fly crisis management that wedding planners have to deal with! It is no easy feat, but we promise that with our help, it’s simple to have the kind of wedding that you’ve been dreaming about since you were 5 years old.
At the very start of the wedding planning process, it all seems very overwhelming. We totally get it! Before you begin the official checklist, here are a few things to decide on. Think of it as ‘the checklist before the checklist!’
When do you want to have your wedding?
If you’re able to narrow down a time of the year, or even the month more specifically, this will jump start your planning! Wedding décor, dresses, accessories, logistics and more all change depending on the season!
How much money have you saved/who is paying for your wedding?
Money talk is no fun and can be very stressful. But the only way to legitimately start the planning process is to know how much money you have to spend on constructing your dream day. Are you and your fiancé paying for everything yourselves? Are your parents or grandparents contributing?
Where do you want to be married?
Once you get an idea of what type of venue that you want, everything else can slowly fall into place. Maybe you’d like a church ceremony and a reception at a restaurant; or the ceremony and reception both held in the same museum; or the ceremony outside and the reception in a banquet hall. The possibilities are endless, just be sure to decide this detail first so that you can plan around a physical space.
Make an actual checklist and a vision board!
Try not to let it overwhelm you, but you’ll have to hammer out the fine details eventually! Create a ckecklist of things that you KNOW for sure that you want or that you’ve been dreaming of having forever! For example, an archway for your ceremony or that DJ you loved at your cousin’s wedding. If you don’t know where to start, create a board on Pinterest to get all your ideas in one place. This will help later on when making decisions – we swear!
Reflect on your relationship!
A wedding is a giant party to celebrate you and your love! This day should be an authentic representation of who you are as a couple. You will shine on your day even more knowing that you’re showing off your love in a way that aligns with who you two are!
Consult your partner!
You and your honey are a TEAM. You’re about to conquer life together, so make sure that you consult them with, at least, some of the planning details! It’ll be easier to bounce ideas off each other and make decisions when you have someone else’s treasured opinion to take into consideration!
It is easy to appreciate a wedding, especially as a guest, because the finished and final product is SO BEAUTIFUL. The sum of everyone’s effort and hours planning, organizing, ordering and executing finally comes together! Not only is this our favourite part, but also it is so incredibly humbling to realize how far you’ve come in your planning journey. Whether you start wedding planning one year out or six months out, always know that where you start is so vastly different than where you end… and that is the beauty of wedding planning!
| Ceremony: St. Patrick’s Basilica | Reception: Glebe Community Centre | Catering: My Catering Group | Dress: Handmade Bride | Hair: Curly Hair Designs | DJ: DJ Tdot, Studio 44 | Photographer: Phillipa Maitland Photography | Videography: Cloud in the Sky Videography | Florist: Ottawa Flowers | Rentals: Chez Lili | Linen + Decor: Sage Designs | Lighting: Ottawa Special Events | Cake + Favours: Osso Sweet | Transportation: Telsa | Planner: Kennedy Event Planning |
| Ceremony & Reception: Andaz Hotel, Byward Market | Officiant: All Seasons Officiant | Dress: Sinders Bridal House | Bridesmaid Dresses: All That Glitters | Hair: Show Pony Hair | Make-Up: One Fine Beauty | DJ: Oxygen Entertainment Group | Photographer: Laura Kelly Photography | Florist: Ottawa Flowers | Linen: Groovy Linen | Decor Rentals: Party Time Rentals | Cake: Osso Sweet | Backdrop: Plenty of Pretty | Stationary: Paperless Post | Planner: Kennedy Event Planning |
When Kirusha & Ryan first walked through our doors, admittedly a little nervous and timid, we instantly knew that their love was so strong that we wanted to help create the wedding day of their dreams!
We are so fortunate to be able to incorporate couple’s cultural wedding traditions into their special days! We have the pleasure of leaning new things, and we also get to take part in wedding traditions that broaden our horizons. Kirusha & Ryan, one of the sweetest and most down-to-earth couples we have ever met, incorporated many Indian elements to their wedding day, such as a traditional Hindu ceremony in the morning at St. Stefan Serbian Community Centre, complete with beautiful wedding sarees, and a huge Indian sweets table at their reception!
Their Western wedding ceremony and reception was held at the Canadian Museum of History in the Grand Hall. Appropriately named, this large and open concept room with floor to ceiling windows, and large historical pieces, artworks and artifacts was a stunning place to host all 120 of Kirusha & Ryan’s closest friends and family.
Lynne Langille from Exceptional Ceremonies spoke elegantly to unite the happy couple as they stood at the head altar, surrounded by stunning florals and in front of the Haida sculpture. With beautiful peach, white and pink florals from Flower’s Talk Tivoli, they added the perfect attention-grabbing detail as table centerpieces. The gold décor details in and around the table were provided by ILUPH, which included beautiful detailed charger plates and perfect gold chairs. Each guest was thanked with a sweet, small jar of Canadian maple syrup for their attendance. The gorgeous 3-tiered white and gold cake, which anchored all the beautiful wedding details together, was created by Anetha Beninato. Guests danced into the wee hours of the morning with the incredibly DJ talent of DJ RayRay from Oxygen Entertainment.
We are so honoured to be apart of Kirusha & Ryan’s special day and we wish them a lifetime of happiness!
*All photos courtesy of Kennedy Event Planning*
Since 1995, Alanis Morissette has told us that rain on your wedding day is ironic. Why? Perhaps it’s supposed to be a bright and sunny day to reflect a bright and sunny marriage. Perhaps it’s all a superstition due to the ominous presence of rain. Ultimately, no matter the weather, you and your significant other are still going to be happily bound by marriage, and that can’t be taken away!
2017 so far has been full of rain, and we’ve broken many records this year due to the sheer amount and consistency of the rain that we are getting here in Ottawa – boo! With this being taken into consideration, and the many wives tales about the meaning of rain during your wedding, there’s no doubt that many brides are worried about this phenomenon. But just because it rains on your wedding day, doesn’t mean that your marriage won’t be full of blue skies. Here are some reasons why:
You get to cuddle closer!
When it rains, it’s slightly chilly. This means warming up next to your significant other. Not only do you get to share this intimate day with each other, but also it makes it that much more special when you get to be wrapped up tight in each other’s arms all day!
Your photos will turn out amazing!
Not only does overcast weather make for perfect lighting in photos, but you also have so many fun photo opportunities. Kissing in the rain, standing under an umbrella, cuddling to keep warm, to name a few! The photo possibilities are adorable and endless!
It’s really a good thing!
Superstition isn’t always negative tales. Many believe that rain on your wedding day symbolizes freshness and cleansing. A new phase of your life is about to begin, and washing away any past doubts or experiences with rain can be a very therapeutic experience.
A True Testament To A Rainy Day Wedding
Emeli & Matt were married on September 21st 2013, and on that chilly Saturday morning, the rain just wouldn’t stop. We talked to Emeli about how she felt looking back on her rainy day wedding, and instead of being upset at Mother Nature, she revealed to us how much she LOVED it.
“I think all the little trials the rain brought, from trying to keep our hair dry to picking up my dress while running, and hopping over puddles are now memories we smile over. Matt and I held each other closer in the cold, we kissed in the rain, I remember hearing the rain patter on the roof of a barn we were slow dancing in while getting our after photos done. It really did add more romance to our day.” – Emeli Wallace
It may test your patience, but rain on your wedding day is not the end of the world. It’s a natural event that is completely out of your control – remember that! The way you react and handle the rain will help to set the tone for the rest of the wedding and your guests, as well. Any bride truly hopes to be the exception of rain on your picture perfect, sunny wedding day, but we promise that everything will work out. If the forecast is predicting showers on your special day, try not to worry – you have to experience a little rain to have a rainbow!
For additional tips, check out our Bride’s Guide To A Rainy Wedding Day to help you prepare!
Meet Meaghan Brunetti!
Meaghan is the owner of Norde Bridal, formerly The Handmade Bride, a wedding and bridal boutique in the heart of downtown Ottawa. When Meaghan got married in 2011, she discovered that it was much more difficult than she thought to find the type of dress that she was looking for. In her eyes, most gowns were too traditional and nothing unique or special. After her experience in wedding dress shopping, she knew that creating something original and unique would help other brides throughout their wedding process!
Recently undergoing a name re-launch, Meaghan believes that they have outgrown The Handmade Bride name, and they must grow to match their clientele and current image. The name, Norde Bridal, is a true reflection of their dedication to providing brides-to-be with Canadian and North American designs, as well as pays homage to their home roots!
Although many bridal salons are ‘fancy,’ and a little intimidating, Norde Bridal has such an elegant, down-to-earth and laid-back atmosphere. Just from walking through the front doors, I had an immediate sense of calmness and whimsy. The shop is adorned with a brick wall, white and gold details, a large black tufted sofa, stunning jewelry, soft fabrics, tulle, lace and it’s just beaming with natural light! It makes it the perfect organic and sweet environment to say yes to the dress!
The dress selection in the boutique is like no other: all dresses are created by Canadian designers and all are completely customizable. During your 90-minute consultation, the stylists at Norde choose dress options strategically based on your personality, body type and personal style! Not only is there customer service on point, but the employees are actual stylists. Meaghan and her lovely team understand the intricacies of dress fashion and dress construction. Her stylists are knowledgeable and practical as they help the bride-to-be along her journey to find that perfect wedding gown! Norde Bridal’s philosophy and process is educational right from the start, as they teach the bride-to-be about which dress style works the best for them!
In addition to dress consultations, they also offer styling consultations. Even if you have purchased your dress elsewhere, the wonderful team at Norde will help pick jewellery and stylistic elements, such as belts and hair clips, to make you shine on your wedding day!
Norde Bridal offers a bridal boutique experience like no other. Come visit and find out for yourself! Whether you have your mother’s old wedding dress to transform, you want stylistic elements from 5 different dresses combined into one, or you are just looking for a unique and down-to-earth gown, Norde Bridal has got you covered. What are you waiting for?!
Make your wedding dress dreams a reality with Norde Bridal!
*All photos are courtesy and property of Kennedy Event Planning.
The dreaded seven-year itch. We’ve all heard of it, secretly wonder if it holds truth, and hope to avoid it. Coined by experts and psychologists, the seven-year itch suggests that after a seven-year period, the happiness of many couples starts to take a nosedive. Despite the rumoured existence of this phenomenon, we are here to tell you that with the right care, attention, strategies and love, the seven-year itch is simply a figment of your imagination!
Now, for those of you who feel the first little scratch of the seven-year itch, DON’T WORRY. Here are some of our tips for overcoming this obstacle in your relationship or marriage.
Open Communication Is Always Key
A no-brainer. You’ve come this far, sorted out so many issues, have been presented with many conflicts, tested your relationship and hey – you’re still together! Always remember that conflicts will not disappear if you aren’t putting in the time to resolve them. Be open and honest with your feelings and as a couple, you’ll continue to remain super strong.
Make Time For Quality Time
No, this doesn’t mean brushing your teeth together for two minutes while you both scramble to get out the door. Amidst work stress, managing friendships, alone time, potentially kids, and hobbies of your own, we get it, finding time to come together can be extremely challenging. However, quality time together can be as simple as going to the grocery store together and making a meal at home. If you are working as a team and enjoying each other’s company sans stress or interruptions, your relationship will show it!
Talk About Your Expectations
Nothing is worse then attempting to communicate a problem, only to find out that you are on a completely different page than your partner! If your partner keeps doing one thing and you want them to do another, then you need to tell them. Often when we get comfortable and settle into the same old same old, we lose sight of exactly what is expected in a relationship. Always remember that it’s a two-way street!
Put In Work
Frankly, your relationship will not change if you keep doing the same things. If you want things to be different, then you need to act differently! No matter what solution comes out of a conflict, the key component to its success is proper implementation and consistency. As a couple, it’s your responsibility to work hard to make the other happy! Don’t lose sight of that!
Today, we are extremely proud to celebrate the 7th birthday of Kennedy Event Planning! We have come so far from the beginning and have grown stronger in every way. Taking into consideration the past seven amazing years of planning, coordinating, falling in love, stressful moments, magical moments, new beginnings, fun concepts, beautiful brides and handsome grooms, we are a testament to the falsification of the seven-year itch. We are growing, we are strong and we are SO happy! Continue to join us on our journey as we celebrate 7 years of love with 7 days of giveaways!