Thursday, July 26, 2018

michelle + mike | an orchard view wedding full of love and romance

It's actually sort of freaky to meet your ideal client in real life. She's like a real version of the person you pictured when you worked so hard on every marketing aspect of your brand. She knows every reference that makes your world spin. She wears the kind of clothes you pictured, travels to places you admire, has found the absolute perfect man to share her life with, and plans a wedding that's deeply rooted in the things that you value: 


Love. Happiness. Fun. 

It's even better when she hires some of your favourite A-list wedding vendors, who you absolutely KNOW will deliver an amazing event. Of course, this girl who just "gets me," this girl who chose a song from R.E.N.T. for her walk down the aisle, and a quote from Moulin Rouge before her vows, this girl could only be: Michelle. And as for Mike, it's a match made in heaven, and he's the one who puts the extra little sparkle in her eye. 

Together they managed to host a beautiful celebration at Orchard View with just enough surprises to keep their guests on their toes the whole night. I am so excited that they will be seeing this sneak peek into their collection while honeymooning in PARIS! 


Michelle's sister-in-law Bridget, is none other than Ottawa's favourite film videographer. Such a special gift for Michelle and Mike that Bridget could step in and create what will surely be an heirloom film for the rest of their lives. We are all so excited to see it!!  







Okay perhaps my fave champagne pop of 2018 so far... Look at the cork casually sticking around in the top of my frame. What a bro. 







Mikeyboy (or as the jacket inscription decided to shorten, Mikeyb...) was getting ready with his boys on the other side of the venue. This group made it such an incredible day from beginning to end.









I love this moment before they've seen each other!



Mike looked so calm on the outside, but this was one of the sweetest, most emotional first looks all season.


We dried our eyes and explored a few areas of Orchard View for some pre-ceremony photos. Obsessing over this golden light in their hair!





They're going to make icy-blue-eyed babies and I can't wait to see them <3 


Okay, hi. Did I just die in bridal beauty heaven though?




This seems like a perfect spot to call out my babe Katherine from Pollen Nation Floral Studio. She made this day come to life with gorgeous and unique florals. And just wait until you see the ceremony arch!! 


The very first sneak peek <3 And fun fact: my most liked photo on Instagram. HEYO. 






This is a group of champs right here. It was hot as a mother, and still they all look absolutely stunning in every photo. 




This post wouldn't be complete without this photo. It's such a gem. This right here is how you can tell two people are soulmates: 










Showpony Hair, you've outdone yourselves. 



Michelle called me a few months ago, after a site visit that left her feeling slightly less than prepared. She told me she wished there was a magical wedding fairy who could come and sprinkle some love on their day, and take everything home at the end of the night like it never happened. 

There is such a fairy, I told her! Enter: Makin'It Lovely. It's so difficult to plan a wedding from afar, especially when you're not in town to pick up all the little things that go into making a wedding look and feel really special. As soon as Mel texted me to say she had met with Michelle, I knew she was in such good hands. 

Still though, I didn't expect this stunner of a ceremony setup:






Best. Might be a contender for my outtakes blog post at the end of the year. 















Love this one:



Time to party!




But not before a few family photos!







Oh, and there's always time for a recreated prom photo... (Guys, I'm still waiting on the original please!)



Simple and elegant <3 The perfect combo for this room at Orchard View. 














Skies like this are what make that 32-degree weather oh so worth it... July, I LOVE YOU!













One of Mike's vows happened to be that he would continue falling in love with her more every time he heard her sing. My heart leapt a little bit in that moment knowing that Michelle had planned to sing for him during the reception. 

She's insanely talented and will be famous one day. I loved this special moment beyond words. 








Michelle & Mike -- have the very best time on your trip! I cannot WAIT to see more photos (& I hope you feel the same way, ha!). All my love to two of the coolest people I've ever been lucky enough to work with. You guys are everything and I'm so glad to have played a small part in the magic that took place on July 20th. LOVE YOU!!


THE CREATIVE TEAM:

Venue: Orchard View
Hair: Showpony Hair
Makeup: Makeup With Anusha
Florals: Pollen Nation Floral Studio
Decor & Coordination: Makin'It Lovely
Officiant: Lynne from Exceptional Ceremonies
Bride's Dress: IGAR Bridal Collection from Bailando Boutique
Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Menswear: Indochino
DJ: Dynamix Pro
Film Videography: First Kiss Films