Brooch Bouquet

Satin & Snowflakes LOVES flowers, but we also love unique and untraditional elements in weddings, which is why we are featuring brooch bouquets today. Made from any type of jewelry (think brooches, earrings, pendants), each item is individually wired and put together to create a truly custom bouquet.
Here are a few reasons why we’re loving this style for any time of the year: By using a sentimental heirloom, this could be used as a beautiful way to honour the memory of a loved one; You can quite literally keep your bouquet forever; It takes “going Green” and recycling to a whole new level!
Whether you’d like to add brooches to fresh flowers or create an ensemble entirely of jewelry, brooch bouquets photograph beautifully and are sure to make an impact on your guests.
Photographer:  Tilt Shift Studios / Bouquet designed by Kelsey, a bride in Texas, and her Aunt  from various brooches and earrings collected from grandmothers and great-grandmothers.

Beautiful Vintage Styled Photo Shoot in Ottawa


This styled photo shoot was submitted to me by Ottawa photographer and friend Laura Kelly. When I was looking through all the images, I honestly sighed at the end because I wanted more. They made me feel as though I was a character in Pride and Prejudice.  The style is so classic and feminine, and the attention to detail throughout the décor is inspiring. I love the mix of antique brass, the deep coral in the pomegranate and the roses, and the cream tones in the pearls and peony petals. The oranges only add the how fresh and sweet the entire photo shoot looks.

I absolutely love the idea of incorporating vintage items into wedding décor, especially if they are interesting and unique pieces like the antique telephone used here. Adding these elements makes your wedding special and gives your photographers something fun to capture. All of the above vendors are from Ottawa, which we love, so if you can’t find some great antiques in your grandmother’s basement, these people will know how to give you that incredible vintage-chic feel.

Photographer:  Laura Kelly Photography / Event Planner:  Coordination Wedrose / Hair Stylist:  Tracy D’Silva / Reception Venue:  At The School House /Dress Store:  Ashton Station Bridal / Cake Designer:  Chrystal’s Baked Goodies / Heirlooms and extras:  A Fine Thing

Happy Canada Day! Real Wedding at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa

Kristine and Phil met while completing their Masters degrees in British Columbia and quickly became close as they had so much in common. Kristine made the decision to move to Petawawa, Ontario where Phil was stationed as a Major in the Canadian Armed Forces. Using a colour palette of Celadon and Teal and featuring lots of orchids, this wedding day captured the love that this beautiful couple shares for each other.

Today, July 1st, we think of what freedom means and what it takes to maintain that freedom. Satin & Snowflakes would like to take a moment to thank our Canadian military for their dedication, their service, and their sacrifices.

Happy Canada Day!

Have a Sweet Saturday!

Unique brides prefer unique sweets! Although we love wedding cakes, there are a variety of other equally gorgeous options. Whether you have specific dietary concerns, too few guests, or simply don’t want to box yourself in with a traditional style cake, consider one of these fun and mouth-watering delicacies!

Ice Cream Buffet: Brides Magazine / Oreo Cake: Lady Lazy Dazy / Bride & Groom Truffles: Wedding Magic Guide / Macarons: Marilly / Cake Pops: Stylist.Co.UK / Cupcake & Truffles: Chrissie Makes

Road Trip Wedding Inspiration

Imagine taking your guests on a road trip when they come to your wedding reception.  This group from Brooklyn did such an amazing job with this ‘road trip wedding’ styled shoot … from the Viewmaster wedding invitations,  personalized ‘Jack and Coke’ drinks, and the ‘choose your destination’ key escort cards … they really hit a home-run with each detail!  We especially love the feel of the roadside cafe venue!

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Inspired by nostalgic souvenirs and romantic road trips, this intimate wedding design is a collaboration between Mélangerie Inc. and Rock Paper Scissors Events.

The premise of this design grew out of and invitation concept we had at Mélangerie: to create a wedding invite using a Viewmaster (yes, like the ones we had as kids). We just love the Viewmaster form and thought it could be a great way for couples to integrate their engagement photos into their wedding invitations.
Viewmaster reels were originally conceived of as stereoscopic postcards in the late 1930’s, so this got us thinking about how we could blow out a wedding paperie suite based on other nostalgic souvenirs, like felt pennants, collectible USA state plates, vintage key chains, etc. We began discussing the idea of styling a “nostalgic souvenir” inspired wedding design with our colleague, Ara Farnam from Rock Paper Scissors Events, and she introduced the complimentary “Road Trip” idea. When seeking a location for our photo-shoot, we instantly thought of our local favorite, James Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY. James was the perfect setting for our intimate, vintage fete aesthetic.

We began brainstorming with Ara from Rock Paper Scissors Events, and together came up with a ton of fun ideas to fit the nostalgic souvenir/road trip concept. The Mélangerie team got started on the felt pennant Save the Date, Viewmaster Invite, and vintage key chain escort card display, while Ara and her crew began working on the tablescape design.

From Ara… “When Melangerie approached me with the idea to do a styled shoot based on a Viewmasterinvitation with roadtrip ephemera I was excited as it was such a fresh idea, and I also had to get really creative about how we were going to take inherently kitschy things and make them pretty. So we started scouring Ebay and flea markets and vintage shops for the right elements so that we could create this quirky and fun vintage Americana souvenir shoot. By layering objects that were either neutral or fit a color palette of blues, blue-greens and red, we kept everything cohesive and pretty.”

Table top particulars included a selection of vintage USA state plates, beautiful glass seltzer bottles to hold floral, a runner constructed of re-printed state maps, and table number vignettes themed after road trip locales with corresponding kitsch collectibles. Nostalgia is even a hallmark in the signature drink we came up with for the couple: “Jack & Coke” (especially pithy since the groom’s name is Jack) served in old-style coke bottles.

Mélangerie also translated the road trip aesthetic into a welcome gift for out of-town-guests with goodies from the Bride and Groom’s most memorable road trip destinations packaged in Mélangerie’s popular State-By-Food tote bag.

We recruited our talented colleague, Jen Huang to photograph the affair. Her romantic shooting style seemed like a perfect match for our design. An engagement session she photographed is also featured on the Viewmaster invite reel.

This Vintage Americana design theme offers couples so much room for personalization, and we hope you are all as inspired by it as we were while creating it!

Article From: Style Unveiled / Photography: Jen Huang Photography / Event Concept and Design, Paper Goods, and Welcome Bags: Mélangerie / Floral Styling and Event Design:  Rock Paper Scissors Wedding and Event Design Inc  / Venue:  James Restaurant / Tote Bags on Etsy: Mélangerie on Etsy

Fall In Love With: Marry Me Productions

If you are getting married in Ottawa, chances are you have heard about wedding planner Stacey Price of Marry Me Productions, whose work has been featured in Wedlux, Weddingbells, Style Me Pretty, Ottawa Wedding Magazine, Rich Bride Poor Bride and much more. We have had the opportunity to ask Marry Me Productions a few questions and are pleased to be featuring them today for our vendor review.

“As a boutique wedding planning agency that focuses on designing lavish and memorable weddings, Marry Me Productions caters to the stylish and discerning bride. Let’s face it; weddings are expensive, both financially and emotionally. You get one chance to make it perfect and, while anyone can say they are a wedding planner, talent and experience are essential when planning your most important day.

“The difference in our company is that we have a team of industry professionals whose main focus is on experience and innovation, not formula or imitation. At Marry Me Productions, we pride ourselves on our efforts to truly understand our client, their style and personality. When we work as a team, neither the design aesthetic nor the coordination of logistics becomes secondary.

“We provide each client with a personal Planning Concierge that is responsible for managing communications with your vendors, scheduling and attending all meetings, and our Creative Director will oversee the decor and vision of your wedding. Together, our team will ensure that no detail of your wedding is overlooked so you can focus on enjoying your day.

“Serving Ottawa area brides for over 7 years, we are in love with making your wedding day the most memorable day of your life and will stop at nothing to achieve that goal. Our value lies in the relationships we have formed with an exclusive group of highly sought-after vendors who not only share our creativity and passion but our exacting standards and integrity as well.”

How would you describe Marry Me Productions‘ design style?

At Marry Me Productions, our focus is on lavish and memorable weddings. We work above and beyond for our couples to give them the glamorous wedding they always dreamed of. No small detail is forgotten and we pride ourselves on beautiful, posh weddings which take guests’ breath away when they walk into the room.  Our style always reflects each individual couple but we strive for over the top glamour and opulent elegance.

How would you describe the wedding industry in Ottawa?

The industry in Ottawa is constantly growing and evolving.  There are some terrific vendors that have been a part of the wedding landscape for years and continue to push the boundaries. Everyone in the industry takes great pride in what they do and we all work together to make a couple’s wedding day perfect.

One of the great things about Ottawa is there are vendors catering to all different clientele and tastes. Whether you want a lavish, over the top wedding or a simplistic down-home affair, the right vendors for you are out there.

Tell us about the Marry Me Productions Team

The MMP team is fabulous and have been serving Ottawa brides for over 7 years. Stacey Price is the Creative Director who puts her experienced touch on every wedding.  Our Supporting team consists of Brianna, Emma, and Meaghan.  Their role is to lead the weddings as the Planning Concierges who manage the individual weddings and do whatever needs to be done to keep things running smoothly! They are a hard-working bunch. Also with the team is Karen who supports our marketing and social media initiatives.

See our website for some fun facts on all of the girls!

What do you love about weddings?

We love seeing everything come together on the day of the wedding. After so much hard work by everyone involved – the families, the vendors, our team – it’s so great to see the day take shape and have everything turn out beautifully. When a couple takes the time on their special day to tell us how happy they are with their wedding, we know we’ve done our job and we couldn’t be happier. We love that we get to play a role in the special day of so many happy couples and make their lives less stressful during such a joyful time.

A favourite moment is always right after we fluff the dress and straighten the veil and send the bride down the aisle and towards the partner of their dreams.

Fall In Love With: Brittany Knapp Floral and Event Design

As most of you have heard, we announced yesterday that Brittany Knapp of Brittany Knapp Floral and Event Design has joined the Satin & Snowflakes team as an Editorial Partner. We are thrilled to have her talent and expertise on the team and we will be working together to introduce some amazing new concepts to the site.

One of the major concentrations of Satin & Snowflakes is to feature local Ottawa vendors in a way that will give our brides some insight about who they are, what they do, and why we love them. Brittany is a very talented Florist here in Ottawa, and as part of her introduction to Satin & Snowflakes and our readers, we wanted to showcase her company. Brittany, welcome to Satin & Snowflakes!

                                            

How did you start in the event industry?

I worked at a flower shop in high school and eventually got certified both as a floral designer and a wedding planner. After a few years of working in Ottawa, I moved to New York City and ended up directing and teaching at a world-renowned flower school and then managing a floral & event design company. During my five years in the Big Apple, I created events for celebrities, planned seven figure weddings, had my work featured in Vogue magazine, and just really honed my skills and figured out my style. That experience and style is what I bring to my Ottawa weddings.

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What is your best advice for a bride choosing her wedding flowers?

The best thing for a bride’s budget (and the environment!), is to choose local, in-season flowers if possible. Unfortunately, Ottawa doesn’t have the longest growing season or the largest variety of local blooms, but it’s definitely a starting point. I always find a way to bring a really unique element in to the flowers as well; whether an old family heirloom such as a brooch, or a bit of glitz or crystals, or a really special handle or ribbon. Ultimately the flowers should reflect the couple’s taste and story.
Any tips for couples selecting their vendors?

A wedding is the most personal event you can plan. The details are what make the day; the vendors you choose are hugely important. Each vendor brings a different personality, style and flair to their product- and that will ultimately reflect on you! You are entrusting part of your planning, heart and memories to your vendors; don’t risk any decision. Choose vendors that you click with, that have a good reputation, and that you can trust with your big day. Don’t settle!
 

WE HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT!

I am thrilled to announce that Satin & Snowflakes has a new Editorial Partner! Brittany Knapp of Brittany Knapp Floral and Event Design will be joining the team and helping me grow Ottawa’ s best resource for brides! Welcome to Satin & Snowflakes Brittany K., I’m so glad you’re joining me on this adventure!

Tomorrow, Brittany K. is featuring her first post and we’re going to introduce you to her floral company! We have  some really amazing things in store for you, including a monthly newsletter featuring great tips and tricks from local wedding experts and all the current sales going on in the industry! First issue will be in July, so sign up now to receive it!

We hope you and your friends, husband-to-be, and family  join us for some amazing new adventures with Satin & Snowflakes!!

Alternative Alter: Lace-Wrapped Tree

How divine is this altar idea? Wrapping large sheets of lace around tree branches makes for a beautiful and creative altar to liven up any outdoor ceremony under a tree. We think this is extremely creative!

Featured on: Once Wed /  Photography: Jose Villa