advice : : engagement session part deux

Hello lovelies!

It’s been sooooo long since I last blogged but hey that must mean something right! So as promised way back when over here I’m sharing some more advice regarding e-sessions. Today I’m going into more detail and discussing your style, location and types of shoots.

1. Pick the right time of year

There really isn’t a wrong time to shoot your e-session. Spring and fall are not too hot so make for very comfortable weather. Spring has new blooms and fall had brilliant colours. Summer is one of the obvious times as it leaves so many location options. However, I must say I’m a sucker for winter shoots. Snow just seems to make every shot so bright and crisp yet so soft.

2.    Choose your site.

Depending on your style you can have multiple locations. I would suggest no more than 3 though so that your choices don’t become to difficult to make.

  •  Studio– I do know some photographers that have some pretty sweet studios and have some pretty neat props to make your shoot more intimate and perhaps more comfortable for people who don’t like too much attention
  • Rustic – woodsy areas, barns, wood design elements
  • Personal– This can be something as simple as home. A bike ride or a picnic, even the place he popped the big question
  • Nature – woods, rivers, lakes, beaches and hills. This is right up there with a fall shoot or summer shoot for those awesome colours.
  • Urban  – If you are a city person, embrace it! Old factories or breweries, bridges and cool lounges. Even a happening restaurant with a neat décor. I mean come on! Montreal isn’t missing any of the above!
  • Active– Some couples are fit and love training or doing activities together so there is nothing wrong with pictures of you out skating, hiking or even hockey. This is Canada after all!

3. What to wear

Once you have chosen your location and season you are now ready to pick your outfits. You don’t want to clash with your background or look out-of-place. E-sessions are meant to be casual and representative of you as a couple. Also you don’t want to match too much that can look tacky. If you are active it only makes sense to wear something you can ride a bike in and if you are hanging out in a café in the middle of the afternoon a gown would not be the obvious choice. Try and be natural and wear something you would feel at ease in based on the location, season and chosen activity.

A good photographer will know what the best time of the day is to shoot depending on the season. They might also take close up shots of you holding objects so make sure to get that manicure! Don’t forget that these are your memories so keep it unique and natural. Nothing too cliché that you will regret later.

Last but not least, HAVE FUN!!!

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Anyone have a cool winter wonderland e-session coming up?

M xoxo

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Insta-Crush : : when to hit reset

Hello lovelies!

It’s Friday and I’m soooo excited that it is for various reasons. I’m taking a week off with JBW next week and I will take the opportunity to hit the “Reset” button. Summer is over, not by calendar standards but we always define summer ending when Labour Day comes and goes and we return to our set ways. Kids are back to school and vacation/family time is over. Some of us let go of our diets and workouts because summer always give you the need to indulge. Indulge in a little more wine, indulge in grilled foods, indulge in ice cream, well you get the point. My body is telling me it’s time to get some rest and do a little detox. I bought the Gwyneth Paltrow book (as seen on my Instagram portfolio) and it has really inspired me to do a thorough body cleansing. If you haven’t bought this book I highly suggest that you do. She has come up with some great, easy and healthy meals for the whole family to enjoy without sacrificing the tastes we love.

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This being said, I am off to relax in our hot tub, on our new deck, at our new house.

Take care! xoxo

Advice : : engagement sessions – part un

It’s Wednesday and to break up the week I’m offering some advice!

Engagement Sessions, which are also known as E-Sessions, are  creative and fun shoots done with the wedding photographer of your choice before your big day. There are many valuable reasons why this should be done and I almost always recommend them to my clients.

Before I go any further it’s really important to know that you always want the ideal weather for an e-session unless it’s being shot in an inside location. It’s best to reschedule your session on a rainy day.

{to see more of this beautiful engagement click here}


You asked: Why should we do an e-session?

  1. In my opinion your wedding photos are most likely one of the most important aspects of your wedding (aside from hiring a wedding planner of course {wink wink!}). This will allow you to get to know your wedding photographer in preparation for your wedding. It also builds a relationship and trust so that you can be 100% relax when it comes to working together on the big day.
  2. Depending on the style and look you are going for during your e-session; this would be a great time to test out your hair and makeup (especially the makeup!) It will give you the full effect of how you will look the day of.
  3. It gets you ready and comfortable with being in front of a camera allowing for more natural pictures. If you are anything like me and just hate taking pictures, this will completely change that and you will feel more self-confident.
  4. E-sessions have really comes a long ways. They are more natural and it’s a great way for a couple to express themselves and their uniqueness. They can be used for your save-the-date cards, for your wedding website, for your engagement announcement and even for the signing book. It’s often seen at weddings where guest sign a big size picture.
  5. Oh and the coolest part of all is you will have these GREAT PHOTOS and memories!

Stay tuned for part deux : : e-session style!

I’m totally interested to know what you did or plan to do for you e-session.

Happy Wednesday lovelies! xo

November Rain Wedding by Sophie Asselin Photography {Laurence + François}

The very talented Sophie shared with us this absolutely stunning wedding she had the privilege to shoot last November. She was kind enough to let us in on some of the day’s events.

“The wedding took place on November 3rd. It was cold and raining. We were supposed to shoot the first look at a lookout near the residence of the groom. However, we opted to take the pictures inside the new residence of the groom, which was freshly painted in white and completely empty. We used a single chair for the photos. The couple was Zen and there was no stress!”

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La très talentueuse Sophie a partagée avec nous ce mariage absolument magnifique, qu’elle a eu le privilège de photographier en novembre dernier. Elle a eu la gentillesse de nous faire connaître les événements de la journée.

“Le mariage a eu lieu le 3 novembre dernier. Il faisait froid et il pleuvait. Nous étions supposé réaliser un first look à un belvédère non loin de la résidence des mariés, mais nous avons opté pour réaliser les photos à l’intérieur de la nouvelle résidence des mariés, qui était frais peint en blanc et complètement vide. Nous avons utiliser un seul fauteuil pour les photos. Les mariés étaient zen et il n’y avait aucun stress !

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Her something blue…

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Quelque chose de bleu…

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Laurence_Francois-02The bride’s dress and hair are a true statement of elegance

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La robe et les cheveux de la mariée sont une véritable déclaration d’élégance

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How great are the bridesmaids style? The black dress, the red lipstick and the feather in the hair. Love it!

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Que pensez vous du style des demoiselles d’honneur? La robe noire, le rouge à lèvres rouge et la plume dans les cheveux. J’adore!

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The first look is by far my favourite part of a wedding. François’ blank canvas apartment just made it that much more precious because there are no distractions to take away from Laurence’s staggering beauty. Although I doubt François could ever take his eyes off of Laurence.

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Le premier regard est probablement la partie que je préfère le plus d’un mariage. La toile vierge de l’appartement de François rend ce moment encore plus précieux, nous voyons que la beauté stupéfiante de Laurence. Bien que je doute François pourra détourner les yeux de Laurence.

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Not even rain could keep Laurence from smiling. You know it’s a happy day no matter what.

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Pas même la pluie pourrait enlever le sourire de Laurence. Vous savez que c’est un jour heureux, peu importe.

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Oh and by the way Laurence and François are expecting a sweet little girl in September!

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Laurence et François attendent une petite fille en septembre!

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Flowers: Gian Rocco (Centerpieces) and Les petites excuses (bouquets and boutonnieres) / Dress: Vera Wang (bride and bridesmaids) / Groom and groomsmen bow-ties – Etsy / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Wedding Planning: Sophie Asselin / Coordination and Decoration: Rachel St-Amand (Brigade) / Reception Room: Le Grenier Room (Auberge St-Gabriel) / Church: Sainte Madeleine d’Outremont / Caterer: St. Gabriel / Pastry and Cakes: Cocoa Locale

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Fleurs: Gian Rocco (Centres de table) et Les petites excuses (bouquets et boutonnières) / Robe: Vera Wang (robes des demoiselles d’honneur aussi) / Boucles de tuxedo des garçons d’honneur et flasques: – Etsy / Chaussures: Badgley Mischka / Planification: Sophie Asselin / Coordination et Décoration: Rachel St-Amand (La Brigade) / Salle de réception: Salle Grenier (Auberge St-Gabriel) / Église: Sainte Madeleine d’Outremont / Traiteur : St-Gabriel / Pâtissier et Gâteaux: Cocoa Locale
To see more of this gallery click here / Pour en voir plus cliquer ici
Thank you Sophie! / Merci Sophie!

FAQs : : what questions to ask a florist

Hello Monday beauties!

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It’s been a while but I’m back on the blogging scene! To start fresh I decided to add a new category to the blog called FAQS since I’ve been receiving some questions through email recently. One common question I get is what do I need to look for in a florist. Here are the main questions you need to ask before you sign a contract:

  1. How many other events will the florist be handling on the day of the wedding?
  2. Is the florist experienced in floral design for weddings?
  3. Does the shop have proper cooling devices?
  4. Does the florist have references you can call?
  5. Do they have pictures from previous weddings?
  6. Have they worked at the reception or ceremony site in the past?
  7. What time will the flowers be delivered to the ceremony and reception site(s)?
  8. Do they charge a delivery fee or setup fee?
  9. Does the florist guarantee availability and freshness?
  10. If your first choice is not available, will they be able to substitute with something similar and is their any additional costs to this?
  11. Can the florist provide any additional decorations such as; chuppahs, garlands, symbolic blossoms and wreaths?

Here are some additional tips of what should always be included on the contract:

  • Costs, dates, places, times and the services the florist will perform.
  • A detailed description of every bouquet, arrangement, shapes and sizes, number and types of flowers  and any fillers being used.
  • A clearly defined delivery and payment schedule.
  • Last but not least; the cancellation policy.

I hope this information was useful and would love to hear if anyone had some additional useful tips.

Max xoxo