We love the excitement generated when a wedding is held in an unexpected venue, and the fresh modern vibe of a contemporary gallery proved to be the pièce de résistance when planning this uniquely personal celebration of love.
This cool, out-of-box space inspired a unique balance between modern fun and intimate romance. The styling of this day had an instinctive, natural flair and the atmosphere was as warm as it was exciting. The essence of a joyous celebration was enhanced by a few gorgeous handcrafted creations and the unique palette created by the art on display plus a few carefully selected accents that told a great colour story with bold pops of red, blue, pink, purple, yellow, green and gold.
The entire event including the exchange of vows, the stylish attire, sipping special bubble tea-champagne cocktails, the colourful seating, and even the presence of an adorable pup made for beautiful scene that framed this unique wedding as elegant and refined, yet relaxed, charming and fun … a fabulous celebration that truly inspired lasting memories.
WALL SPACE GALLERY in Westboro Village showcases both emerging and established Canadian artists whose work ranges from paintings to sculpture and pottery to jewelry. Also, they offer museum quality conservation framing, a large selection of moldings, installation and consultation services. The abundance of dramatic natural light reflecting against the clean crisp lines of this space, and the breathtaking collection of original art on display made this venue the perfect location for our ‘Him & His’ wedding photoshoot.
PRETTY PAPIER creates a variety of décor and accents for all types of occasions. Every handmade paper bloom of the spectacular alter backdrop seems to extend a creative voice of poetic significance with dancing shadows, gorgeous texture and fine details. This white-on-white masterpiece truly captures the air of amour, a moment of inspiration, and gives a very romantic perspective toward this beautiful art form. As the artist Julia says, “To all those who love Handmade – It’s all in the details!”
CASA AZUL OTTAWA upcycles, reclaims, refurbishes and beautifies used furniture by celebrating its original character while restoring items to a like-new condition using virtually unlimited design possibilities from paint-type, fabric, trim colors and finishes. With a heartfelt commitment to environmentally responsible practices, they take articles that would otherwise end up in a landfill site and transform dirty, broken and dust covered items into beautiful, functional up-to-date furnishings. The eclectic assortment of white and vibrantly coloured chairs gently mixed old with new in a sweet yet powerful way that made wedding guests feel as though they were seated in yesterday’s heirloom today.
WISHTREE INVITATIONS & STATIONARY has done it again and this has become a real love affair with their quirky and cute designs. Featuring whimsical lettering, soft washes of watercolour, and adorable cartoon the focal point of customized illustrations of the Grooms. The carefree design injects the couples’ lively, fun-loving personalities into the wording for the RSVP, as well as the casual layout of the text and colourful envelopes. Such talent!
GENWOO HANDMADE DÉCOR is known for their handmade tassel garlands, balloon tails, confetti, pom poms cut from high quality tissue paper in lots of trendy colours, plus custom cake toppers and a selection of funky balloons. These delicate constructions offer a wonderful festive detail to any special occasion and can even be used as home décor. A visually stunning chandelier-type centerpiece was created by thoughtfully suspending white tissue paper tassels together in layers. The character of this breathtaking one-of-a-kind custom piece added visual interest and influenced a cohesiveness with the minimalist, yet divine table plan.
GASLIGHT ELECTRIC SIGN CO. specializes in designing and building historically inspired illuminated custom signage with high quality traditional materials using the finest level of craftsmanship from their shop located in the scenic riverside town of Almonte. We displayed one of their incredible light up marquee signs (available for rent) against the backdrop of contemporary artwork. The balance between the soft light of this vintage industrial rustic accent piece and the linear modern structure of the gallery helped create a very romantic, intimate beautiful scene of LOVE. An amazing addition to any event or wedding!
BLUMENSTUDIO CAFÉ + FLORAL is a unique Hintonburg shop that exudes a European flair with their minimalist Bauhaus-inspired interior, rich coffee, delicious treats, complemented by the fresh scent of flowers and plants. Their stunning artsy floral vignettes were infused into our creative atmosphere. Loose, yet with an uncompromising sense of refinement, each stem became a sculptural work of art when placed on gallery pillars throughout the space. The evocative, artistic flair of each natural element woven into the boutonnieres also captured the magic of this joyous celebration.
EDIBLE SINS bakes a wonderful selection of cake and cupcakes from scratch using only the very finest ingredients. Layers of geometric shapes enriched the neutral palette of the 3-tier wedding cake elevating it to an edible modern work of art. The smaller more traditional ‘groom’s cake’ was skilfully wrapped in soft ribbons of icing and banded by pearl-like round spheres, and both designs were adorned with hand crafted sugar sculptures in the shape of exquisite flowers accented with brightly coloured centers. Pure indulgence!
JESSE & PAUL were the perfect models to transform into very handsome Grooms. These two incredibly talented men not only have beautifully proportioned features, but great personalities that added such a natural element of joy throughout the entire HIM & HIS photoshoot.
JESSE is an accomplished Dancer/Singer/Actor/Choreographer who is currently performing on stage in Toronto with the Canadian production of ‘Kinky Boots’. His impressive resume includes performing alongside singer/songwriter Michael Bublé, Lead Dancer in Cirque du Soleil’s Criss Angel ‘Believe’ in Las Vegas, film credits include ‘Hairspray’ starring John Travolta, ‘Carrie’ with Julianne Moore, ‘Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen’ starring Lindsay Lohan and he was Top 16 on television’s Season 3 ‘So You Think You Can Dance Canada’.
PAUL is an incredible artist whose creations span many mediums from paper and canvas to pastry and cakes. He is one of the select independent artists chosen to promote their art through a unique website www.minted.com as well as his own site that promotes his culinary creations www.PaulishedConfections.com where you can discover his spectacular custom cakes that he creates for all occasions, in every colour, flavour, budget and themes.
GEORGIA made a fun addition to the festivities with her perky attitude that sparked another level of enthusiasm as she made many new friends throughout the event. Groom Jesse and Georgia have shared a special connection since she was an adorable little puppy, so having his fur-baby as part of the wedding party made perfect sense.
DAZZLING FACE MAKEUP ARTISTRY is skilled in the application of cosmetics for bridal and fashion events on set, in-home or on location. Melanie has over a decade of experience and is very passionate about her career. She is not only an amazing make-up artist, she’s also one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Relaxed and calm under pressure, she expresses her artistic side by helping people look and feel their best, and her creative skills resulted in the flawless, healthy look of our Grooms as they walk down the aisle with radiant confidence.
MARIO UOMO ITALY is an Ottawa-based shop with experienced clothiers and an exceptional selection of menswear. One of the things that make them great is how they capture everyone’s imagination by re-examining classic pieces in order to discover their creative potential and endless possibilities. Throughout the festivities, the changing attire and accessories of both Grooms seemed to bring a pervasive sensuality to the proceedings. From a perfectly tailored suit to more informal attire, they were consistently soulful pieces with a wonderfully poetic strength created by both colour and design that made a lasting impression.
JACK LOVES MARY PHOTOGRAPHY are simply the best because they have a team of photographers with extraordinary professional skills, distinct artistic styles, and wonderful personalities. Each frame thoughtfully records the essence of the celebration by capturing the most meaningful moments including even the finest precious details. Owner and lead creative photographer Kaja and her talented assistant Kamara seem to connect so powerfully with their surroundings while always remaining a calm positive force that puts everyone else at ease. Through their lens this beautiful and intimate occasion has become a visual muse for others and transformed into a lasting memory to treasure.
UP NORTH WEDDING FILMS create a cinematic experience that is not only beautiful and entertaining, but their videos seem to connect on an emotional level too. This happens occasionally with art or a song when it feels so personal that it’s hard to imagine this work not existing in the world. Filming inside the modern industrial gallery space with amazing art in every corner they skillfully edited, a breathtaking visual story with a painterly clarity of love shared between two people. A wonderful bridge between reality and fantasy that always was and always will be.
MATSU JEWELLERY at MAGPIE JEWELLERY offers a carefully curated selection of handcrafted pieces by artists from around the world. The smooth fluid lines of the masculine wedding bands are by Canadian goldsmith Jennifer Shigetomi of Toronto-based Matsu Jewellery. Her evocative style blends the solid urban aesthetic of precious metals with subtle organic shapes to create unforgettable heirloom quality designs.
FAIRGOODS is an online shop that offers accessories, housewares, apparel, and décor with a playful twist, plus they have a unique selection typographic goods. This wonderful collection of humourous products and gifts makes shopping a very fun experience. Printed in a 1970’s inspired typeface called Funkydori by Laura Worthington the “Let’s Get Champagne Drunk” latex balloons added an amusing unexpected detail to the party atmosphere of the wedding reception.
BROOCH BOYFRIENDS are personality-packed mini felt replica pins of your boyfriend, girlfriend, someone special or even a celebrity crush. Every little face is a true labour of love with each piece of felt carefully cut out, hand-stitched and then fitted with detailed accessories. Hannah Browne, the creator of ‘custom’ boyfriends, is also a freelance web designer, graphic designer and illustrator. She creates her ‘Brooch Boyfriends’ as a crafty way of making people smile while offering the opportunity to wear loved ones close to the heart. Both of our Grooms captured our imaginations when they were fashioned into little felt gentlemen from photographic images … such a fun way of showing the world who loves who.
MY SWEET TEA located in the heart of Ottawa’s Chinatown and newest location in the Byward Market. This casual eatery & tea lounge serves a whole variety of teas, specialty drinks, fruit smoothies, slushies, snacks and desserts. However, they are most famous for their wonderful selection of delicious bubble teas and various flavours of fruit jelly pieces and tapioca pearls. A little bit of science and art collided when our mixologist combined some of their delightful fruity magic with a few champagne bubbles creating the Grooms’ colourful signature cocktail. Now that is pure bubble tea heaven!
GLOSS EVENTS & DÉCOR shares their passion for great ideas or concepts by expressing a range of work through their additional forum ‘Glossed the Blog’ designed to inspire, encourage, motivate and demonstrate that no detail is too large or too small while ensuring everything is perfect for your big day.
A very special thank you to all of the participating vendors and our amazing GLOSS team for helping to make the ‘HIM & HIS’ dream wedding celebration an incredible reality.