Thursday, August 25, 2016

toast special events team shoot

You guys should already know the name Toast. You've surely seem some of the beautiful photos that we have created together, but you might not have seen the gorgeous faces behind the name -- the girls who make up Toast Special Events. To quote the tagline on their "about us" page, they're not your average wedding planners. These girls have style to spare and they share a love for all things organic, ethereal, beautiful, and meaningful. 

It was only fitting that when we gathered for a team photo shoot last week, the champagne was overflowing. Please enjoy a few of my favourite photos from the resort-chic inspired photo shoot for one of Ottawa's most luxurious wedding planners and her talented team.

First to introduce: Elise. 

She's the face of Toast. She's the backbone. She's the visionary. We have worked together on 5 or 6 projects together this year alone, each one better than the last. I am in awe of how she operates her business. I learn something from her every time we are together. Oh, and she's gorgeous too.  

The girls are so incredibly sweet. You can tell they're proud of Elise and honoured to work as part of her crew to make beautiful events come to life. Madison, Allie, Meg, and Victoria. In that order <3

I would be completely amiss if I didn't include Hugo. Basically the Toast mascot. He's Elise's favourite person. And yes, she counts him as a person. 

Probably my favourite photo from the day. This photo looks exactly like Elise's personality. She's calm, cool, and collected, but ultimately warm and kind. 

My sweet friend, you are more beautiful than words. Thank you SO much for inviting me into your home and including me in your team shoot. It means so much to me! 


Hair by Topknot
Makeup by Klava Z
Photography by Laura Kelly Photography

megan + roy | family inspired wedding at evermore in almonte

I'm calling this a "family inspired" wedding. To me it felt that family was the golden thread that tied Megan and Roy's wedding together from beginning to end. Megan choosing her three sisters to be her bridesmaids made the bridal preparations as comfortable as a Sunday dinner. Upstairs at the Riverside Inn, Roy was straightening his tie and reading a sweet card from Megan, with his buddies and his parents by his side. 

Roy's Dutch background was the inspiration behind their unique first look. As tradition has it, the Groom would pick up the Bride on the morning of the wedding, shaking hands with her father before seeing her for the first time. To witness the symbolic moment, their friends and family gathered outside the house, with hugs and kisses just before they rushed off to the ceremony. I absolutely loved how Megan and Roy infused a few of these traditions into their wedding day, along with elements from Megan's Scottish background.

I'm so excited to share the story of Megan and Roy's wedding today. It was such a beautiful event held at Evermore in Almonte, and I am in love with their collection of photos. Enjoy! 

Roy surprised Megan while she was visiting a friend in Ireland. Can you even imagine seeing your boyfriend when you think he's an ocean away? He proposed on the beach and swept Megan off her feet. On that same beach, they found this heart shaped rock. It's little details like this that make me so happy to document love stories.

Okay, see the cow on the left? I'll explain later.

The adorable Megan & Roy stories continue. By now, you all know that Sarah Walsh is one of my closest friends. Well, I heard the sweetest stories from Sarah about how Roy did all of the jewellery shopping for his beautiful bride. He had a little bit of guidance for what would work with her dress, but he ordered all of the pieces on his own. 

Sarah and I can both confirm that this is incredibly unusual and altogether the sweetest thing we've ever heard. 

The Scottish and Dutch backgrounds in the same photo. I love this. Megan's dad is so sweet and he was happy to be included in their Dutch-inspired first look.

I really enjoyed this ring bearer. Maybe because he's the same age and temperament as my first born. His dad would run him into the photo, I'd take the quickest snap, and then...

He would run out as fast as he could. 

I think the time has come to explain the cow in that photo at the beginning. I am super fuzzy on the details of how this all transpired, but here's what I think I know:

Roy is a dairy farmer. Megan is some sort of cow scientist. She's going to read this and laugh at me. Anyway, Megan was sent to Roy's farm to do cow-science (I can barely get through this paragraph, you guys) and she had no idea she would be meeting Roy, someone she would eventually fall in love with.  They live on the dairy farm, and cows are just a part of their equation. You'll notice some cow-inspired details later on at the reception, but for now, take a look at these really cool milk buckets they used as decor at the ceremony: 

Future brides, I know you well. You're dying to know where this welcome sign is from! Well don't worry, Chalk In Hand is there for you.

Cow's milk soap from Megan & Roys cows. Such an adorable ideas for a wedding favour! It smelled amazing.

Meg & Roy -- love you guys! Hope married life is the absolute best. 
Your wedding day was such a delight, and the only thing that was missing was a real cow. Thank you so much for trusting me to document your wedding! 
Hope you enjoyed this little peek into your full gallery. Love!


Venue: Evermore Weddings & Events

Florals and Decor: Gathering Events Company
Hair: Topknot
Makeup: Beauty by April Bradford
Bride's Dress: Essence of Australia from Juliannah's Moose Creek
Bridesmaids Dresses: Essence of Australia from Juliannah's Moose Creek
Bride's Jewellery: Sarah Walsh Bridal
Inn: Riverside Inn Almonte
Invitation Design: Paper Dainty
Menswear: Tip Top Tailors
Welcome Sign: Chalk in Hand
Guest Book: Paper Lux Fine Stationary