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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 / IG @bisous_events / FB: bisousevents / twitter bisous_events 

Photo: Lénaïc Sanz / IG @sanzlena

Venue: Jam Factory IG @jamfactoryto

Model: Tanya / B&M Models @bnmmodels

Hair: Amy Griffiths IG @bridalhaircollective

Make-up: Janet Ford / / Instagram: Ford_Beauty

Florals: Erin / Mum’s Garden IG @mumsgardenfloral

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

Robe: Sarah Catalfo / BY CATALFO / IG @bycatalfo

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

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

Cake: Lisa / Le Dolci / IG, Twitter: @ledolci /

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!


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