Engagement photos in Paris... Ontario!

Evolylla Photography

Evolylla Photography

Paris, France has a lot of meaning to both of us. My husband, Joseph, was born and raised just in a suburb outside of Paris and spent a lot of his adulthood living in Paris. After a little over a year together, this is the city where I first met his extended family, that he is so close to, on our first trip together. Right after getting back from our trip to "La Ville-Lumière" or the City of Lights, I started Bisous Events, inspired by the colours and ambiance of the romantic city and the charming surrounding countryside.

So when we got engaged, we wanted to find a locale that reminded us of France. We found out there was a town of Paris, Ontario just a short drive outside of Toronto so even before I saw any images of the town, we knew we had to take the drive out. We had our photographer, Ally from Evolyally Photography, drive out with us for a fun day of engagement photos. 

We wanted a casual vibe so Joseph wore linen pants, a button up with a vest (no jacket) and I wore a flowy, off-the-shoulder dress. Unfortunately, the weather was surprisingly chilly in comparison to the days prior. Regardless, we had such a fun time wandering the quaint main street and driving the country roads up to the town. Since we're not professional models and a little awkward, I wanted to have something pretty to carry so I didn't have to worry about what to do with my hands which is why I asked the oh-so-talented Coyote Flowers to create me a neutral palette bouquet... it was absolutely stunning! On the way there, I had to make a pit stop and ended up at the only place I could find... a retro diner. As a lover of movies, Joseph adored the diner since it reminded him of all the old American movies he watched growing up. We shared a hot dog and chocolate milkshake. Ally took the opportunity to take some of my favourite candid photos. Anytime I have been around Ally, it seems I'm always eating something so there are plenty photos of me eating tangerines, fries, hot dog or sipping on tea, coffee or milkshake. I didn't realize it until I went through all the phoots, it made me laugh but hey... I get hangry. 

We spent the rest of the chilly afternoon to enjoy the scenery of the bridge, main street and cute shops in Paris, Ontario. Many of the cafes and restaurants have beautiful backs patios that overlook the stream where we enjoyed some tea to warm us up. As the sunset, I made a quick change of clothes in what I love to wear most, my black leather jacket and boots, to explore any cute stops we could find on the way back to the city. The day fully reflected what Joseph and I love to do most, share meals and go on little adventures travelling around whether it be in Iceland or a park in Hamilton. 

Moral of the story:

  • A good photographer will capture the best moments regardless of the setting and it doesn't mean you have to do it during the golden hour (aka sunset). 
  • If you want to do an indoor or outdoor shoot, always double check if you need a permit for that park or restaurant.
  • Don't forget to get some prints! Digital images are great but nothing is better than a physical copy to cherish.
  • Lastly, do what feels natural and fun to both of you for the most authentic photoshoot. The best images are usually ones that feels true to you both. Think of incorporating your home, favourite outfit or pet.

Photos: Ally Ho / Evolally Photography
Hair: Justin / Puzzle Creations
Make-up: Erin Winn / The Look Bridal
Florals: Coyote Flowers
Menswear: 18 waits

City Rustic Wedding at Malaparte

Shannon & Matthew's Beautiful Rooftop Wedding

Colour palette: Jade green, navy blue, grey, white & gold
Style: Modern & rustic


After meeting, Shannon and Matthew, I knew I would have fun planning their big day with them! Shannon was meticulously organized and knew exactly what she wanted but such a dream to work with. She wanted to bring a little countryside styling to the urban setting of their rooftop wedding. We made sure to utilized all the beautiful spaces the guests got to explore from the bright lobby where we set up a selfie backdrop with laser-cut names of the couple, the stunning white rooftop tent ceremony, the outdoor elevated cocktail area and the sleek sloped ceilings of the main reception room.

We added the rustic flair to the trailing ribbon on the bouquets, the grey textured linens, the wood box centrepiece containers, the harvest wood chairs, garlands on the guest tables, the dessert station decor, the succulent favours and the home-made cookie favours. 

You could see how Toronto's modernity was infused into the wedding as well from the cocktail furniture, the gold cutlery, modern letterpress invitations, the immaculate food and the view from Malaparte's rooftop of King Street West. 

One of my favourite details was the fact that the bride, Shannon, actually made the entire dessert table and the cookie desserts.. that didn't last past salads!

Thank you for trusting me on your wedding day and I wish you both all the best! 
xo


Planner: Bisous Events
Photographer: Purpletree Photography
Venue: Malaparte
Florals: Peppermint Weddings

 

Intimate Chapel Wedding at The Doctor's House - D&K

After imagining her big day for many years and having planned her engagement party (that we planned) years prior, it was finally the day!

The bride, Daniela, had always imagined a romantic intimate wedding... so that's exactly what she got! With a mixture of lots of candles, gold, grey and blush, D&K's wedding day was nothing short of beautiful. When we went out to see the Doctor's House together, Daniela fell in love with the rustic charm, the vaulted ceilings, the lush gardens, the intimate feeling and the candle-lit chapel with the big bell you rung when you got married.

On the big day, the groom got ready with his brothers and the bride with her best friends. I had previously met the bride through a mutual friend but also as a bridesmaid at her bridemaids' wedding the year prior so it was nice to see so many familiar faces. Daniela's wedding gown not only fit her like the glove but fit the day just perfectly - a little glam, sexy, vintage and romantic. The bride asked for lots of greenery which she definitely got in all the bouquets and the stunning centrepieces by Minim Designs. 

We added extra flickering candles to the already stunning chapel (that has no electricity, just the existing candles) and some lush florals. For the reception space, we filled the space with lots of candles to set the ambiance and florals cascading around the couple at their sweetheart table. The couple's table was draped in a flowy transparent linen and the grey linen with asymmetrical florals and decor. The bride filled up with tears when she saw how her magical day came together.

The reception began with the couple coming in to Arabic drummers and the night ended with everyone dancing around the newlyweds! Thank you to everyone that made this day so special for the bride and groom.

Full Planning: Bisous Events
Venue: The Doctor's House - Chapel and Heritage room
Photographer: Inna Y.
Video: QT Films

Jen + Andrew / Modern Minimalist Wedding

Yesterday we announced that my wedding was featured in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Weddingbells Magazine... but we are actually featured twice! Jen and Andrew's ultra modern and minimalist wedding was also featured!

When I first met the bride, Jen, at a wedding show, I distinctively remembered how perfectly platinum blonde her hair was. If her hair was any indication of how cool she was, I knew this bride's wedding would be nothing short of that level of coolness. Jen always had a clear direction on how she wanted her wedding, giving me endless visual inspiration in colour swatches and photos of home decor (made sense as she worked for a home magazine). It was such a pleasure to work with her as she was open to brainstorming with me on how to meticulously bring her vision to life. We brought on the best of the best with Scarlet O'Neill who captured this beautiful day and their engagement. Catherine Langlois custom designed the perfect gown for Jen. She definitely looked out of this world... a mix of sci-fi and an angel in the utmost wonderful way. Her flowing gown was not only effortless with a horse hair hem but also came with a removable skirt to reveal the bride's silhouette in a form-fitting gown underneath. The groom looked just as amazing in a perfectly tailored suit from Ted Baker.

The ceremony was held in the historic while modern Conversation Room of the Great Hall with its white everything and huge bay windows. The cocktails and party was held not too far away at the sun-filled Aperture Room with huge skylights and industrial accents. This wedding was the embodiment of urban romance; cool and candle-lit. The bride dyed her own table runners that turned out a beautiful muted lavender and grey blend. Minim Designs did such an amazing job to complement the style with the muted florals with pops of seasonal colours in a variety of unique grey and gold containers the bride collected. The bouquets were also wrapped in hand-dyed silk ribbons from Stella Wolfe. The food and service by Oliver and Bonicinni was phenomenal and since the couple were all about making new traditions, they opted for Krispy Kreme donuts (instead of a cake) along with eclairs and chocolates.

To be honest, I felt a lot of pressure to ensure we executed this thoughtful wedding seamlessly and when I left, Jen gave me the biggest hug and smile that assured me I pulled off the happiest day of their lives. Congrats to you both and thank you for allowing me to not only be apart of your day but for also inspiring me. 

Scroll down for the stunning images!

xo

 

Wedding planning: Bisous Events
Photography Scarlet O’Neill
Ceremony venue: The Great Hall
Reception venue: Aperture Room
Bridal gown: Catherine Langlois
Bridesmaid dresses: Social BridesmaidsASOSMarshalls and Express
Groom’s tux: Ted Baker from Nordstrom
Flowers: Minim Designs
Stationery: Jen Masseau
Chocolate and pastries: Deanna Lee
Doughnuts: Krispy Kreme
Hair and makeup: Tami El Sombati
Bride’s manicure: Rita Remark
Music: DJ Allan Pynn from Floh Back Productions
Wedding bands: Erin Tracy

Featured on Weddingbells Magazine - Click here for the full feature

My Wedding in Weddingbells Magazine!

 
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I am thrilled to say that our wedding has been featured in the Spring/Summer 2018 edition of Weddingbells Magazine!

It was a busy wedding season with so many amazing weddings in the books but also my own wedding to plan right in the middle of the season. It was pretty easy to do the responsibilities I usually take on as a planner especially since I did much of the booking beforehand.. the hard part was being the bride! The tasks such as finalizing the guest lists, restricting plus ones, making sure the out of town guests were content and fighting back tears to not smudge my make-up on the day were the things I was not used to. All-in-all, all of it was well worth it and it was the perfect day. We could not have had better weather, the room was overflowing with love, everything looked stunning as my team took on the wedding execution and the food was phenomenal. Thank you to everyone that was apart of our special day! 

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Photo by Paula Lee Calligraphy of the place card key chains   

Photo by Paula Lee Calligraphy of the place card key chains 

 

 



Planning: Bisous Events (of course!)
Photo: Evolylla Photography
Venue: The Great Hall Toronto
Caterer: Provisions Catering and Events
Stationery: Paula Lee Calligraphy
Florals: Flower 597
Cake: Dolled Up Cupcakes Inc.
Video: Timeless Weddings
DJ Kevin Docteur Mephisto
Suit 18 Waits / Pocket square TYTAN / Shirt Saks / Shoes Nordstrom
Gown Ines Di Santo / Earrings Laurie Fleming Jewellery / Shoes Nordstrom
Rentals @gervaisrentals The Perfect Table RentalsPlate Occasions - Luxury Tabletop Styling & Rentals Chair Decor Etc.
Hair Puzzle Creations / Make-up Mimosa 
Ice cream Mr Wilson 
Photobooth SelfieTime Photobooths

Honeymoon: Cuba!

Tips when visiting Havana & Varadero, Cuba for your honeymoon or any vacation

Hola amigos!

We are back from our honeymoon with sun-kissed skin. I now understand what Camila Cabello was talking about... Havana really does have my heart. Although it was only a 3-hour flight away, Havana really felt like another world; a quant Latin-European city right out of the 1950's. I thoroughly enjoyed the architecture, the bright colours and the people with such a strong sense of community. Anyone thinking of where to go on their honeymoon that does not have more than a week away from work but wants a good mix of culture and relaxation, consider a Havana and Varadero get-away. It is also a more cost-effective option but remember, foreigners are always given a different currency so Cuba is actually quite pricey when you're outside of your all-inclusive resort. If visiting Havana, be sure to at least stay overnight for 1 day if not so a couple days.

Here are some of my tips when going to Cuba on your honeymoon or on vacation:

  1. Bring lots of sunscreen and a hat. Of course you want a tan but trust me, it can get scorching especially mid-day! Bring some aloe versa just in case you fall asleep in the sun.
     
  2. Bring lots of anything you need. Cuba is not like other countries where if you forget anything, it's easily purchased. It is most likely not available or super expensive! This includes any personal items like lotion, conditioner, hair spray and tampons/pads.
     
  3. Don't bring American money. There is a 10% surcharge for American currency so bring that Canadian cash. You can exchange it upon arrival (just enough until you can get to to a bank or another place or exchange). There are 2 currencies, one for foreigners and one for locals; the key is that the convertible pesos (foreigner money) is the equivalent of the US dollar and will have monuments on them instead of faces. Be sure when you get back your change it's always the foreigner peso or else you're losing 25x face value (1 CUC = 25 CUP).
     
  4. Make lots of change. You'll need to tip lots and it is about 10% however tip 15% if you liked the service. Many places won't be able to give you change since they may be operating in CUP (local pesos) or they don't want to give you their change so it's on you to have exact change. Banks will give you the best rate (bring your passport to exchange money) but oddly enough, our hotel in Central Park in Old Havana gave us the best rate we could find!
     
  5. Adaptor. Some hotels and resorts can differ but usually they will use a euro adapter so bring a universal one if you have one.
     
  6. A travel guide or download the offline map. I have been to plenty of third world countries but this is the one that has been the hardest to get internet. Even if you get it, it's 99% not free even at your 5-star hotel. This may be the best time to make sure you have space on your phone, an offline map, and all the places and directions you wanted to visit/eat at saved on your phone. Either way, it's a great way to disconnect from the real world and work emails!
     
  7. A good relaxing book. Since you'll be soaking in some sun and disconnecting from the world, bring a good read.
     
  8. A lock for your suitcase. So, it sounds a little terrible to be untrusting but regardless, it's better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you take care of your cash and have photo copies of your ID. Overall, Cuba is a safe country but just to be safe side.
     
  9. A towel. Some casa particulars are known to be missing some items so bring a towel just in case.
     
  10. Umbrella and a windbreaker. It can be very windy along the beach or malecon at night so make sure you have something to  keep you warm and dry.
     
  11. Stomach pills. Your stomach may not be used to their food and as we mentioned, the pharmacy doesn't have much so bring this with you.
     
  12. TP and hand sanitizer. Self-explanatory. There aren't many public washrooms, especially ones that have soap and/or toilet paper.
     
  13. Flash light. As a communist country, there may be be power outages. If there isn't, it is still very dark at night to reserve energy even in highly populated tourist areas so a flash light isn't a crazy idea. We couldn't even see on the beach a few metres ahead of us if the moon wasn't visible and on the sometimes bumpy cobble stone roads in Havana, a flash light would've come in handy.
     
  14. Bug spray. Havana wasn't an issue but I sure did get bitten in Varadero even by the beach.
     
  15. Bring some gifts for the locals. Here are some items they desperately need or would like: Tylenol/Advil, bars of soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, nail polish, band-aids, razors, spices, baby toys, clothes, sweets/chocolate, and of course, a little tip here and there where ever you can.

Bon voyage... but in Spanish!

 
Old Havana, Cuba taken by my husband

Old Havana, Cuba taken by my husband

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my hubby & I  

my hubby & I

 

Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

 

New Review: Liz + Ari

From our beautiful bride, Liz:

 

Finding out about Bisous Events was the luckiest discovery I could have possibly made. 

When I began planning my wedding, I saw their work on Instagram one day and bookmarked some photos as inspiration, and kept going back to gawk at them. I had never considered having a wedding planner, but when my wedding was six months away, I had a panic attack. With so many decisions to make, family pressures/(strong) opinions, and budgeting anxieties, I felt I had lost control. I no longer knew what I wanted for my wedding; if I was on time, too late or too early to do things; and lost confidence in my abilities to put it together. 

I went back to the Instagram photos from Bisous Events, and decided to contact them.

I am so grateful that I did. Jessica Auvray helped me every step of the way. Although she was planning other weddings at the same time, I still felt like I had her on my side 100%. She is incredibly organized, very responsive, has great taste in decor - she has the ability to make your wedding exude a feeling, not just make it look pretty - and is bossy in the best possible way. She also seems to know the most stylish vendors in the city in order to pull the whole look together, including the smallest of details. On the day of our wedding, we already knew in advance that we didn't have to worry about logistics. Jessica and her assistant ran the show and ensured everything went as planned. I couldn't have imagined having the wedding we had if it weren't for Jessica. Throughout the six months of working with her, I also got to know her as a person and she is simply lovely. She is thoughtful, encouraging, supportive and patient. These are qualities that I don't think wedding planners necessarily need to have in order to do a good job, however they are qualities that make her stand out. I felt like I had a friend helping me. 

In short: she rocks. If you are in need of a planner, or even if you don't think you need one, I highly recommend Bisous Events.

 

Thank you for being so sweet to work with! I know wedding planning can be very wonderful but also very emotional.

Liz looked absolutely stunning (along with her bridal party) on their big day and I was so happy to be apart of it!

Gros bisous!

Neil Ta Photography

Neil Ta Photography

French Café Shoot - featured on Grey Likes Weddings

Warm neutrals in this Parisienne-inspired photoshoot

Neutrals are so hot right now for weddings during all seasons.

Bisous Events was obviously French-inspired in its name (Bisous meaning kisses) and so when we got the chance to team up with international French photographer, Lénaïc Sanz, we knew we had to do something to nod to the always-inspiring city of Paris, France! 

Lénaïc sent me an image of a Parisian lady sipping coffee and I loved the warm tones in the image for a cafe-inspired shoot. I immediately looked for venues that gave a gritty, historical and warm vibe in Toronto while Lénaïc was in town. The French Café photoshoot was set in nowhere other than above an existing coffee shop, Merchants of Green Coffee, in the Jam Factory venue space. The venue provided lots of natural light on the cloudy day (which lent well to the shoot since Paris is known for its cloudy days), exposed bricks and beams and access to hot espresso downstairs! 

The bride, Tanya, sipped on her espresso as she got ready for her big day in her custom lace robe by Catalfo. Make-up by Ford Beauty and hair by Bridal Hair Collective was effortless glam. This classic wedding deserved beautiful stationery to reflect the mood by Paper Mache Co. Every bride needs 2 gowns (am I right?) for the ceremony and reception, both from Sash and Bustle and rings by Anouk Jewelry. The ceremony space was entirely assembled on-site by the talented designer behind Mums Garden, Erin with fresh latte-coloured florals. The table also was adorned in florals and flowy fabrics and accentuated with the chocolate-coloured cutlery. Le Dolci supplied the lovely cake.

Merci beaucoup to all the vendors that participated in this chic photoshoot!

Featured on Grey Likes Weddings - click here to see the full feature!

Planner, producer & stylist: Jessica Auvray / Bisous Eventsbisousevents.com / IG @bisous_events / FB: bisousevents / twitter bisous_events 

Photo: Lénaïc Sanz sanzlenaic@gmail.com / IG @sanzlena

Venue: Jam Factory IG @jamfactoryto

Model: Tanya / B&M Models @bnmmodels

Hair: Amy Griffiths info@bridalhaircollective.com IG @bridalhaircollective

Make-up: Janet Ford / www.FordBeauty.com / Instagram: Ford_Beauty

Florals: Erin / Mum’s Garden  info@mumsgarden.ca IG @mumsgardenfloral

Dress & Accessories: Sash & Bustle / Andrea Dineen andrea@sashandbustle.com IG @sashandbustle / gowns: Ivy & Aster "Heron" and Truvelle “Sasha”

Robe: Sarah Catalfo / BY CATALFO / www.ByCatalfo.com IG @bycatalfo

Ring: Anouk Jewelry / anoukjewelry.com / FB: anoukjewelry / twitter: ANOUKbyAnat / IG @anoukjewelry

Table top rentals: (Bisous Events) / Chairs: (owned by florist)

Cake: Lisa / Le Dolci / IG, Twitter: @ledolci / www.LeDolci.com

Stationery: Yan / Paper Mache co. @papermacheco

 

Jenn & Paul: Castle Garden Wedding at Casa Loma

Every bride wants to feel like a princess on her big day and what is more royalty-like than a wedding in the garden of a castle?! One of my favourite venues of the city, every chance I get to be back in the venue I love being back. From the gardens of Casa Loma, you get the perfect view overlooking the city while being surrounded by lots of greens and flowers... and a castle! 

Jenn and Paul's wedding was nothing short of spectacular. The bride first came to me with the most detailed excel spread sheets and mood boards any bride has ever sent! It was really so fun to work with her to build and design their special day. She was going back and fourth between New York City and Toronto during the planning process.

On the Big Day, Jenn wore a Anne Barge gown with the most stunning lace corset back with Paul in a handsome navy suit with custom lining. A Chinese wedding has to of course include the intimate tea ceremony in the morning followed by western ceremony inside the gardens of Casa Loma, in front of the fountain. As they kissed to seal their union, the fountains were turned back on in sync as they made their first walk down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs.! We really did luck out with some perfect fall weather. The cocktail hour included a live oyster station from Rodney's as well as 2 signature drinks, one for the bride and one for the groom. Afterwards, guests made their way into the glass tent for dinner and dancing. The tent was decorated with sheer ceiling drapery and beautiful chandeliers while still being able to see the castle but as the sun set, the stars were visible as guests enjoyed their 4-course dinner. 

Being a fall wedding, we incorporated navy, greys, deep reds and lots of greenery. The tables were a combination of round and long tables with the couple sitting at a long table surrounding by their friends and family. Flower 597 framed the couple with a breath-taking arbour and garland down their table with plenty of candles to set the ambiance. Throughout the evening, there was DJ Ahmed Grim and live guitarist, Drew Wright, to entertain the guests. 

The entire day went so smoothly and when the photographer, Scarlet O'Neil, sent back the pictures, I was so thrilled to go through them! Going through each of their photos, it was so great to see that their day was just as beautiful on film as it was in person but more importantly, I could see the love and the happiness in their expressions! 

Congratulations again to this amazing and bubbly couple; wishing you many more beautiful moments!

xo
Jess

Planning: Bisous Events
Photography: Scarlet O'Neil Photography
Florist: Flower 597
Video: One Heart Films
Venue: Casa Loma - Pavilion & Garden
Hair: Puzzle Creations