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Planning + styling: Bisous Events
Photography: Olive Photography
Florals: Hunt + Gather
Venue: The Great Hall
Featured on: Event Source
Planner & Styling: Bisous Events
Photographer: Liat Aharoni
Florist: Flower 597
Venue: Berkeley Events
Balloons: House of Balloons
Video: Eric Yu
Stationery: DIY (bride & sister)
Hair & Make-up: Glam Galz
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!
I am officially married!
Some wedding planners get married before getting into the business but I did it the other way around. It definitely helped me in planning my big day and it was everything I could hope for!
There is a lot of pressure when it comes to planning your wedding day when you're in the industry but I knew from day 1 that this wedding wouldn't be about impressing everyone but instead be a reflection of us and we would stay true to the things that were important to us. This is how I see my clients' weddings and it was no difference for myself! I wanted to ensure both our families with the multiple languages were all comfortable and having fun.
Here are the common questions everyone I know or meet including my current couples and all the wedding vendors ask:
1) How do you feel?
Well I basically feel the same. It's not bad like it sounds! I always felt like Joseph was my husband and I would spend forever with him. We already blended our families, lived together for years, travelled together, purchased our home together and raise our dog. I am so happy to call him my husband, it really feels natural.
2) Was it crazy planning your wedding day while still planning all your client's weddings?
Yes and no. Yes because it was weird being on the other side of things. No because this is what I do for a living, all the logistics and vendor sourcing is normal. I do have a new found respect for brides! I did not expect to be so emotional on the day but oh did I shed some happy tears!
3) Would you do anything different looking back?
Some things happened like moving venues 1 month prior to but really, I wouldn't change anything!
4) What was your favourite thing about your wedding?
There are really too many things to name since I planned it from Day 1 but here are a couple high-lights:
- My dog, Misu, was our flower pet and walked down the aisle with my sister!
- The food. We're huge foodies and the food was phenomenal!
- The weather. This is something you could never control and our wedding was inside but the weather really made everyone in a good mood especially since most of our guests travelled from outside Canada to be with us. This also allowed us to be able to walk around for our wedding day photos.
- My dress. I don't know when I'll ever be able to feel so beautiful and glamorous again! My hair and make-up looked so lovely too.. and it looked that way even at the end of all the hours of dancing!
- All our families travelling from far and wide to be with us. I don't know another day I could wrangle all these people from France to Florida to England together again.
- Marrying my love, Joseph!
It was an amazing day with so much love... but I'm glad its back to normal about being back on the side I'm most comfortable with, behind the scenes!
Thank you to everyone that made our days everything we could wish for!
Planner: Bisous Events
Venue: The Great Hall
Photographer: Ally Ho / Evolylla Photography
Florals: Flower 597
Calligraphy/Stationery: Paula Lee Calligraphy
Dress: Ines Di Santo
Suit: 18 waits
Rentals: Plate Occasions & The Perfect Table
Make-up: Glow by Mimosa
Hair: Puzzle Creations
DJ: Docteur Mephisto