Wedding Planning Tips from Blissful Bookings

HRM Photography & Blissful Bookings are delighted to unite to assist brides with their planning woes.  Wedding planner extraordinare, Jennifer Eaves will be posting regular blog articles with wedding trends & bridal style tips, inspiration boards, local upcoming wedding events and even answering questions from YOU our readers!  If you have any questions regarding etiquette, wedding dilemmas, budget concerns, family conflict or even style trends please email Jennifer at jennifer@blissfulbookings.com and she will answer you directly in the following blog posts!  

About Jennifer Eaves & Blissful Bookings:
As a certified wedding planner with extensive experience in the wedding industry, my goal is to offer happy couples peace of mind and ease with their planning process.  Bringing creative and unique concepts to their head table all while keeping it personal and intimate.  I am able to customize packages, checklists, timelines and vendor referrals to tailor to each individual couples wedding needs and desires.  I also offer personalized save-the-date web pages and even wedding websites!  

Planning together, we can make this upcoming wedding season beautiful blissful and stylishly stress-free!  

I look forward to hearing from you!
Jennifer Eaves, WPICC
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*** Please note, original sources for the images provide in the planning tips below can be found on the Blissful Bookings Pintrest Page.  The images displayed in our planning tips have been sourced to aid brides with planning inspiration, only those with HRM logos are HRM Photography images.

Great Tips From The Wedding Pros!!

As a wedding planner, I get to work with such amazing and talented people! They’re always keeping me informed with the latest trends and tips in their fields. I decided to ask a select few of the top-notch wedding vendors to share their greatest wedding tips…with YOU!! Enjoy! 

- Jennifer Eaves, Blissful Bookings

Energetic Entertainment

“One thing I can mention from a DJ perspective that gets missed more times than not is positioning. The closer the DJ is to the dance floor (the crowd) the better! There’s nothing worse than getting to an event and being stuck in the corner 30 feet away from the dance floor. Another thing is the seating of the elderly people in conjunction with speaker positioning. My five cents!”
- Rob Aitken, Music Central Entertainment | www.musiccentral.ca

Tuxedo Tip

“Don’t settle for ordering anything from a catalogue, try on your tuxedo before you rent to ensure you get the style, comfort and fit you are looking for”
- Mark Brunnenmeir, Bud Gowan Formalwear | www.budgowan.com

 

 

Fabulous Films

“When reciting your vows, take a breath, sink into the moment and take your time! Really say it to your new spouse as you look in their eyes. Speed talking just doesn't have that same meaningful effect. Aside from having a beautiful moment, sincerely spoken vows will also help your wedding filmmaker craft you a truly memorable film in which you can relive that fleeting moment over and over.”

- Greg Idasz, AV Artisan Wedding Films | www.avartisanproductions.com

Contemporary Décor

“Mixing different styles (modern, glam, classic, vintage) rather than picking just one creates a more authentic and interesting look”
- Jackie Phillips, To Suit Your Fancy | www.tosuityourfancy.com

 

Plan your Photos!

“Always devise a list of groupings for the family photos prior to the wedding day. This will help ensure you get everyone you wanted in a photo and not forget anyone! This will also save time so you can enjoying more of your wedding day!”
- Niki Patel, HRM Photography | www.hrmphotography.com

 

Menu Selection

“Establish trust in your caterer. Make sure you get a tasting once your menu is set!”
- James Meadows, Catering By James Meadows | www.cateringbyjamesmeadows.com

Inspirational Invitations

“An inspiration board is a wonderful tool that helps me as a designer to understand the overall mood of your event and ensures we are visually on the same page. Before meeting with any of your vendors, I recommend that you spend some time on research. Go online (Pinterest is a great source) or pick up some magazines and collect pictures of everything that excites you and speaks to you. Organize it in a binder, or make your own inspiration board! This will be very helpful in your meetings so everyone you speak with will have a better idea of the look you're going for!”
- Elena Sebekos, Paperboat Creations | www.paperboatcreations.com

Budget Accordingly

“Quite often I see couples with full guest lists and more “conservative” wedding budgets. With all their plans and desires such as; open bar, cocktail hour, 3 course sit down meals and dancing into the wee hours…a small wedding budget is not realistic. There is a real art to calculating and distributing your wedding budget so you get the best bang for you buck! Your wedding planner should be able to help you allocate your budget accordingly, so you know exactly how much you need to spend on each vendor based on your guest count. The costs of a wedding can be overwhelming and quite often, many couples end up very stressed out and find it hard to stay on budget. Planning a wedding doesn’t have to be stressful, if you have the help of a planner to guide you through the entire process, planning your wedding can be very blissful”
- Jennifer Eaves, Blissful Bookings | www.blissfulbookings.com

Flower Power

“Many times when choosing florals for a wedding, brides rely on photos from magazines or celebrity weddings to inspire their vision for the colours and theme of the decor for their wedding. Quite often these photos are unrealistic in the flower types, size and fullness that an average bride can afford. It can be very scary to find out what the actual cost of getting EXACTLY what you see in the photos ends up being. Brides can easily be turned off the entire process, feeling that their vision is simply unachievable. Rather than choosing photos of what you want, consider choosing photos of inspiration - and decide on a realistic budget. I always tell girls - figure out what you can spend per table rather than just lumping a single figure together. Once you know what you have available to spend on each guest table - a good florist should be able to recommend a suitable substitute to your inspirational photos, or suggest what they have in their inventory to provide a similar look for a lesser cost. If large show-stopping centerpieces are what you're dying to have, consider spending more money on those tables, and sacrifice for a much more simple arrangement on the other tables - to still get that 'wow' factor when guests enter into the reception.”
- Natalie Webster, Village Vines Florists | www.villagevinesflorists.com

Wedding Cakes on a Budget

“If you are hosting a large event/wedding on a budget you still have options! Cupcakes make a fabulous budget friendly alternative to a wedding cake, and the great news is that cupcake displays are super trendy right now. Another bonus about opting for a cupcake display is you also forego the "cake cutting fee" (yes, most venues charge to cut your cake into perfect portioned slices). If you had your heart set on a cake, well it’s your wedding - have your cake and eat it too! Order a cake you can afford (either a smaller size or a less detailed design), then order cupcakes to fill the rest of your guest count. This gives you; your cake to cut, and your guests will love to have the option - a slice of cake or a cupcake. Let your baker know your budget and see what kind of options they are able to provide you with!”
- Chad Hamilton, Chick Boss Cake | www.chickbosscake.com

The Perfect Wedding Gown

“Searching for your perfect wedding gown can be an emotional time. When you don’t know where to start or options, trust your sales consultant. He or she will be your confidant and should be there along with you every step of the way!”
- Anna Giannopoulos, Nicholas & Elizabeth Bridal | www.nicholasandelizabeth.com

Toronto Ontario Wedding Vendors

Toronto Wedding Planners

Distinc OccasionsDistinct Occasions - Planning a wedding and want more wow-factor? Traditional with a twist or not traditional at all? Distinct Occasions has been planning wedding fetes around the globe for over eight years! Whether a backyard celebration or venue with vision we'll infuse your day with FUN! Your wedding is Once-in-a-Lifetime - CELEBRATE! 

 



Toronto Wedding Videographers

AV Artisan London Ontario VideographerAV Artisan - A wedding experience of inspiration! We use a modern, cinematic approach to capturing and telling your wedding day story. Stunning, fun and emotional films, crafted by hand  and designed to leave you and your family feeling totally inspired!

The Fun Factor!

Your wedding is one of the BEST days of your life!! However, for your guests…it can be long and unfortunately…boring. To help keep your guests happy and entertained ALL day try some of these great ideas….

Envious Entertainment! Having a good band or DJ is key for a fun-filled evening. You can also add some excitement to your wedding by adding some professional dancers, a fun video or inclusive games. Something that will keep your guests amused and chatting about your wedding day for years to come!

Frisky Photo Booth! Photo booths are very hot these days. It’s fun for your guests to get dressed up and take wacky photos of themselves! Keep your photo booth in theme with your wedding…or do something completely outrageous like your adding your hubby’s favourite sports teams jerseys or hats. Want to incorporate some culture? Add clothing or fun props that represent your home country!

Fun Favours! You could hire a caricaturist to draw pictures of your guests. Perhaps you could come up with an exciting way to give out all of your centerpieces…a putting contest or even a dance off? You could get really creative and have a “favour station”!! A little area set up for your guests to decorate their own favours! Don’t forget about the craft corner for the kids!!

Editable Urges! Once the party picks up…you don’t want your guests to head out. Have some really great late night food and drinks…and make sure you have a menu set up so they’ll stay for it!! Think ‘comfort food’ when you’re considering your late night food. FOOD TRUCKS!! Get your favourite food truck to make an appearance with poutine, sausages and tacos!! Your guests will definitely stick around to have a taste of that!! Don’t forget the slushies and ice cream cones!

It’s All About YOU!! Most importantly…make sure YOU have fun!!! If you aren’t in the mood to party…your guests won’t be either. I know it can be a really long day, and you just want to go snuggle up with your new hubby…but mingle, dance and have a blast at your OWN wedding!! Once it’s over…it’s over, so make sure you make the best of your big day!

Happy Planning!
- Jennifer @ Blissful Bookings

Inspiration for your Winter Themed Wedding

1. Expand your colour palette! Think outside the box when it comes to the colours you’d like to incorporate in your wedding. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you must follow the traditional red and gold Christmas theme or blue and silver winter wonderland theme. There are many rich pseudo neutrals that will warm up any winter wedding! Consider emerald green and gold. Chocolate, dusty rose and bronze or charcoal, burgundy and silver, eggplant and gold.


2. Don’t forget the props!! Winter photography can be utterly amazing!! Get creative and bring along some fun mittens, fur coats, hats and boots. Have fun with it!! Perhaps bring a toboggan or items to create a snowman, glitter and food colouring to write love notes in the snow or have a snowball fight with your wedding party!

3. Set the mood! If your venue allows you to have candles purchase some great aromatics that tie in with your theme. Evergreens, Cranberry, orange spice or chestnut and clove! Even if your venue doesn’t allow candles I’m sure they have outlet you can use to plug in some warm and jolly fragrance plugs! Don’t forget to dim the lights!

4. Comfort Food! Need I say more? Not only is it the most important day of your life but ‘tis the season where comfort food is at it’s best! Tie your meal in with your theme and style! Rich and creamy soups, hearty tenderloin with root vegetables and decadent death by chocolate desserts. Indulge!!

Happy Planning!
- Jennifer @ Blissful Bookings

London Ontario Boudoir Photography

You have decided to just go ahead and book a boudoir session – “What the heck, let’s give it a try!” – it takes a lot of courage but we promise you won’t regret it! You are probably a little nervous just thinking about being half naked in front of a camera! First off, take a deep breath and relax. You have our word that it will not be as scary as you might think and will actually turn out to be a lot of fun!

The following are some tips we have for your boudoir portrait session in terms of what to expect at your session, and what to bring in terms of accessories and outfits. Hopefully they will ease any butterflies! The number one thing to keep in mind is to bring outfits that you are comfortable with and that fits your style and who you are. Some of the things we suggest may just not be “you” so it would be silly to do them. We want to create beautiful portraits that portray you as the fabulous individual that you are!

Tell me more about your boudoir sessions!

One of the first questions we always get asked is “is it a female photographer who takes the photos” YES!  Boudoir sessions are photographed by either Heather or Niki and take place in our private natural light studio in downtown London where we have many different backdrops & props (blankets, chaise lounge, antique chairs, etc.). We can also go on location for these sessions – sometimes ‘on location’ just means shooting at your home. Other times, our client will rent out a swanky hotel room. We like to photograph boudoir sessions with as much natural light as possible. Natural light just simply looks better for these sessions! We do have studio lighting if required but for the most part your session will be with natural light from our huge skylights!

Please let us know if you have any concerns before you session – everyone has things they are self conscious about, so if you can let us know we can be sure to do our best to accentuate your best features and downplay your least favorites! If you have certain poses, props, etc. that you’d like to try out for you session, please let us know ahead of time (sending sample images from magazines, etc. is welcomed!) so we can be prepared for them! You can find some great inspiration pics in magazines such as Maxim, GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, etc.

What should I Wear?

In terms of what to wear, we suggest having at least three to five different outfits.  Variety is best, so make sure to bring a few different colours and styles so we have different options for the images. Bring outfits that you are comfortable in. Often our clients splurge and purchase a few new matching bra and panties sets – they are practical as you can wear them again! Other options to consider are: wearing your man’s favourite sports team jersey, one of his business shirts, your own work shirt (if you are a “woman-in-uniform”!), a silk robe, your favourite pair of jeans with just a bra or topless (can look great if you have hair long enough to cover things up!) etc. Be creative!

Please note, for hygienic reasons we do not provide ANY clothing for these sessions and ask that clients bring all their own clothing. We do have accessories  (hair pieces, jewelery, etc.) that you are welcome to use!

What about accessories?

Accessories can add so much to your photos! Shoes and Jewelry are a must: dangling earrings always look pretty, pearls or a long beaded necklace can be a little sassy if you play with it for a series of photographs. Sexy heels or high boots look great in photos. And of course, if this is a wedding gift, your engagement ring and other bridal accessories (veil, shoes,  etc.)  Some other suggestions are:  stockings (fishnets, sheer leggings, garters, etc.),  feather boa, your man’s tie, hair accessories (birdcage veil, fascinators)

What about hair & make-up?

We find the best results come from having professional hair/makeup done. Not only does a professional know what will photograph best, we find it really boosts your confidence to get all dolled up for the session! If you would rather do your own hair and/or makeup we suggest that you do your makeup as you would for a night out on the town! Bringing a tube of lip gloss is a must – shiny lips are the sexiest!  If you have long hair, it is great to switch up the styles. We find having hair down photographs the best for boudoir sessions but it is also fun to switch it up and tie it back for some shots (for example, when you’re wearing your man’s work shirt for a “professional” look!).

How much does it cost?

Cost for a boudoir session is $495 + taxes and includes the session (about 1-1.5 hours), a private online gallery with all the images, your 20 fave images expertly retouched in a 4×6 brag book and the 20 retouched files in high res on DVD. If your boudoir session is for a gift, we suggest booking the session no later than about 6 weeks before you’d like the album to be ready. We are available for boudoir sessions Monday-Thursday from 9-4. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to book a session!

DIY: The Succulent Wreath

Succulent Wreath

Cost: $20 / Time: 1.5 Hours
Materials: Wreath frame, Sphagnum moss, Fishing wire, Bobby pins, Succulent clippings, Pencil
Images & Source: Prudent Baby

Tip: The wreath IS alive so be sure to spritz with water and to put it in the sun until you use it on your BIG day!!

Step 1: Place the moss on the wreath frame and secure it with fishing wire.

Step 2: Use the pencil to create a hole in the moss.



Step 3: Place a succulent clipping into the hole and secure it with a bobby pin.



Step 4: Arrange the succulent clippings around the wreath! The fuller the wreath looks, the better!

This wreath is gorgeous for any type of shabby-chic, rustic, garden inspired, country-style, barnyard or outdoor wedding. You can create a larger wreath to hang as a focal point behind your head table or a few smaller ones to place throughout your venue to create that beautiful outdoorsy feeling.

Happy Planning,
Jennifer Eaves

Eight Unique Guestbook Ideas

1. Puzzle Pieces: Select your favourite puzzle and have your guests choose a piece to jot a message on. You can even frame it as a keepsake! 

Puzzle Piece guestbook

2. Typewriter: If you're planning a vintage theme, this is a fantastic idea. Have the typewriter available for your guests to type individual messages on!

Typerwriter Wedding Guestbook

3. Message Tree: Choose cut outs that cater to your style or theme and have your guests write a note and hang them on a little tree!

4. Wine Bottles: Perfect for couples who are fond of wine. These also make great keepsakes for future anniversaries!

5. Guitar: Wonderful for couples who play or love music. Absolutely beautiful!

6. Pebbles: Great for beach, rustic or outdoor weddings. Invite guests to write a message of encouragement on pebbles you gather. Afterwards, you can keep them in a vase or even your garden!

7. Wood Piece: Perfect for rustic, barn or woodland themed weddings. You could even mount it on your wall for everyone to admire!

Pebbles Wood Guestbook
Photo credit: Etsy.com

8. Letters: Simply divine for intimate weddings. Have envelopes available for guests to deposit their notes in!

Letter Guestbook
Photo credit: Meg Ruth

Happy Planning!
Jennifer

 

Latest Wedding Linens

Believe it or not, one of the latest 2013 wedding trends is table linens! It seems like a small piece of the puzzle and is often over looked but the right linen can add romance, sophistication and will set your wedding apart from others. Here are a few examples of some of the table trends we'll see this season.

1. BURLAP: Perfect for anything rustic, woodlands, shabby-chic, vintage or southern-style. This is great for barn yard weddings but can also be used indoors too! Make sure you get your burlap from your florist or decorator, you don't want to use anything that is untreated. Untreated burlap can carry an unpleasant order and even cause some guests to have an allergic reaction.

2. CHIFFON: Chiffon can make or break your décor so proceed with caution. Being that chiffon is light and airy it is a beautiful choice for spring and summer weddings. It comes in a wide variety of styles and colours. I wouldn't recommend going with chiffon if you you have a chiffon wedding gown or bridesmaids dresses. That can become a little bit overwhelming. Done right, it can be a beautiful and glamourous adding to your special day.

Burlap Chiffon Wedding Linens

3. DAMASK: Super duper chic! This Parisian inspired pattern is sophisticated and elegant. Again, it must be done the right way. Too much of a good thing can become quite wrong! Just add bits and pieces of this gorgeous print throughout your décor for an innovative feel. Damask works best in either black and white or a muted two-tine print.

4. GLITTER: Sparkle and glitter will most likely be one of the more popular choices when it comes to the linen trends this year. It's absolutely gorgeous! If you want to add some glitter to your reception but feel like it's too much to add it to every table, perhaps just have it on the head table, cake table or candy bar. It is a very expensive piece of linen so use it sparingly to keep your budget in check!

Demask and Glitter linens

5. LACE: Lace is all over the place in 2013! It timeless, romantic and works with almost every style and theme. My only piece of advice is to make sure you choose a more modern style of lace or else you risk the chance of it coming across too Victorian. No doilies!

6. PATTERNED: Patterns and embellishments can add a beautiful feel to your wedding reception. I prefer light, neutral patterns with a muted motif. If you decide to go with a patterned linen please keep everything else in the room simple. Keep the focus solely on the table cloths – and you of course!!

Lace and Patterned linen wedding

7. STRIPES: This is going to be another very popular choice this year. I really like the subdued feel of the two-tone print. It's classy and chic and works best with elegant themes. You can't really go wrong with a stipe…just don't go crazy with the choice of colours!! Less is more!

8. TEXTURE: If you want to add a wow factor but are a little hesitant of the over-the-top linens opt for a textured linen! It's super modern and extremely charming! If you choose a textured table linen select a sleek chair. The contrast makes for a very contemporary experience.

Textured and Striped linens for weddings

Happy Planning!
Jennifer

Money Saving Tips For Frugal Brides

1. Embrace The Off Season!

Winter Wedding at the Elmhurst Inn
Wedding off season, typically November 1st – May 1st, is becoming more and more popular and with good reason! Many vendors offer specials discounts, packages and rates during the off season - sometimes up to 30%! If you have family from out of town coming in for the holidays, it might be nice just to have your wedding while everyone is off work or school and is already paying the airfare ticket – saving them more money…perhaps to put towards your gift! How beautiful would it be to throw a Christmas themed wedding? All your décor is already up at most venues saving you extra cash in the flower/décor component of your budget.

2. Plan A Brunch Wedding!

Omelette bar at Elsie Perrin Williams
What to instantly save a ton of money? Cut out the booze! I mean, it's still a wedding so offer a mimosa, sunrise or mojito but most guests will call it quits after one or two if you plan an early morning celebration. Not to mention, you'll save on the food! Offer gourmet crepes or a build your own omelette station. Way less cheaper than buying everyone a prime rib dinner! Of course, your day will have to start fairly early but then you can capture that beautiful morning sunrise, plus you'll get to see your soon-to-be hubby all that sooner!

3. Be Strict With Your Guest List!

Intimate Wedding Reception
We know that we want to shout it from the roof tops and share your wedding with the whole world, however, reality sets in when you look at your budget. Another way to keep your costs to a minimum is be meticulous with your guest list. Nothing is wrong with having an intimate 50 person wedding, in fact it's becoming more ideal. Make a must have list (parents, immediate family, wedding party) and then add in those friends and extended family members that you'd like to have there. Fewer attendants means less money spent!

4. Opt For Seasonal or non-floral Bouquets!
Paper wedding flowers in bouquet
You can save a few extra dollars by choosing seasonal and local flowers for your bouquet and centrepieces. Ask your florist for a list of of their seasonal flowers and how they fit with your wedding's theme. You can save even more by bulking up your floral arrangements with extra greenery, plants and non-floral accessories. Be creative and see how much you can save on your flower budget by just tweaking a few little things. Maybe go with less flowers but add in extra banana leaves, pins, feathers, fruit or even…candy!

Happy Planning!
Jennifer

 

Five Styles of Bridal Show Stopper Shoes!

1. SPARKLE: Designer high-heels, necklace-straps, rhinestones and BLING!
2. BLUE: Blue suede shoes are a super hot trend this year! Blue Wedding Shoes

3. PRINTS: Animal prints, stripes and even floral shoes are super modern!Prints on Wedding Shoes

4. VINTAGE: The roaring twenties and old Hollywood inspired shoes are very chic!


5. TEXTURE: Unique details, embellishments, feathers and LACE!!

 

Questions from our Readers!

I LOVE helping out brides and grooms and assisting them with any wedding questions that pop up along the way. Here are some of the most recent questions that I have received.

How do we cater to the vegan guests (won't eat any meat, cheese, fish, eggs, etc.) that are attending our wedding?
Next time you sit down with your caterer, let them know that a few guests need special meals and discuss what options they offer for vegans. Include a couple of hors d'oeurves, an appetizer, an entrée, a dessert (vegan cupcakes) and something for late night that is just for them. They'll appreciate the extra thought you put into catering to their food preferences. Make sure the servers know who the vegan guests are so there's no mix ups!

We are having Mason jars for drinking glasses at the wedding, do we still need to rent wine glasses for wine at dinner?
It's worth investing in wine glasses for dinner. Many guests won't drink the wine if it's not in the proper stemware.

Who is supposed to do a speech and how long should it be?
Usually, the parents of the bride, the parents of the groom, the maid of honour, the best man and the bride and groom. I always recommend to keep speeches to 3 minutes a person or a combined total of 30 minutes. Guests, especially children, get restless if speeches are much longer than that!

For beer: kegs vs. cans vs. bottles for our outdoor wedding?
I wouldn't go with cans or a keg. I suggest bottles that the bartenders can pour into recyclable or biodegradable cups. You can even get cups with your monogram or wedding date on them!

I was thinking to save money, we wouldn't rent linen napkins, I'm really not going for a super classy look. I'm thinking of getting a bunch of paper napkins. Is this cheap looking?
Paper napkins are often done for less formal outdoor weddings. I recommend getting fun ones with a nice pattern or coloured ones that go with your colour, style and décor.

For our invitations, can our guests just RSVP to our website to save us on mailing costs?
If you add your website information to your RSVP cards, I also suggest adding an email (set up a brand new one up just for RSVPs) as well as a phone number. Not everyone has easy access to a computer. If it's a formal wedding, then I recommend sending out RSVP cards that include the website info along with envelopes that are pre-stamped and has the return address.

I love hearing from all of you! If you have any wedding related questions please email me at jennifer@blissfulbookings.com and your question could be answered in the next HRM blog!!

Happy Planning,
Jennifer

Creating a Flexible Seating Chart

Martha Stewart and I both agree that this is the easiest, most efficient and organized way to tackle your seating chart project. The trick? POST-ITS!! This makes for a flexible way to maneuver guests from table to table without going through multiple sheets of paper, running to the computer or becoming super stressed about the task. All you have to do is gather multiple colours of good ol' Post-its, a large piece of bristol board, some pencils and you're on your way! Choose one colour for the groom's guests, one colour for the bride's guests, a separate colour for the wedding party and write each guests name on it.

Then, draw tables (the exact floor plan of the reception room) on your bristol board and post away! You can even take this one step further (which is what I personally did when I got married) and add Post-it Flags to the tip of each guest name indicating which meal they chose. One colour flag for beef, one for chicken, one for vegetarian, another for children and you can even have one for special orders or allergies!  Check out Martha's link with a video of her explaining the flexible seating chart.

This method is perfect for any sized wedding, indoor or out. This will give you a visual idea of the layout of the room, who is sitting with who (does everyone at that table get along?) and where exactly in the room everyone is seated. Perhaps you don't want Aunt Sonja with her little 3 month old baby right beside the speakers, or someone with limited abilities far away from the exit. Not a problem, they can easily be moved by re-arranging the Post-its until the chart is exactly the way you envision it!

Happy Planning!!
Jennifer

(Photo Credit: Martha Stewart Weddings)

2013 Trend Alert!

THE DRESS:  Lace, lace, lace!  Lace is romantic, timeless and perfect for a casual or black-tie wedding.  Other top trends are key-hole backs, deep-v cuts, sheer long sleeves,  off-the shoulder necklines and even pastel gowns!  Of course OTT (over-the-top) gowns are super stylish and will always leave a big impression with your guests…not to mention your groom!

THE THEMES: The top 3 wedding themes this year are vintage-glam (think the roaring twenties), green weddings (eco-chic & DIY's) and countryside fairytales!

THE MENU:  Food bars!  Move over candy bars and make way for the new hot trend!  Bruschetta & caviar bars, mashed potato bars, pasta bars, pancake & waffle bars, taco bars and fruit & veggie bars are chic, fun and will leave your guests satisfied as they can customize their own plates!  Coffee bars, mimosa bars, popcorn bars and even strawberry short cake bars are going to be hot this year!

THE CAKE: Lace Cakes!  Inspired by the gown trend of course! Cakes are back and more glamourous than ever!  Don't worry, cake pops, cupcakes and grooms cakes will still make an appearance!  

THE COLOURS:  The top colour of the year is emerald green!  Tied for second place is mint green and lemon sorbet.  Aubergine and bordeaux are next in line!

 

{London, Ontario Wedding Photobooth}

Our Photo Booth is WAY too much fun!!  Its unique "open air" style lets you cram in up to 10 guests or more, guaranteed to enduce squeals of delight and non-stop laughter from your guests throughout the night. It provides totally hilarious and occassionally embarassing pictures of your friends & family that you can giggle about for years to come! We provide all props and backdrop or are happy to work with our clients to customize the photo booth to a specific theme or colour scheme.

What our couples are saying about the photo booth:
"Our guests still come up to us (almost a year later!) Saying how much fun they had at our wedding, and they always mention the photobooth! It was easy to use and fool proof! My only regret is that we didn't have it open all night!" - Sharon & George

"The photobooth added a fun, light-hearted element to the day. The pictures we got back are hilarious and we continue to look back at them again and again and laugh hysterically each time. The fact that we were able to capture my traditional european mama in devil horns with my bridesmaids was truly priceless! The photobooth is a must-have!" - Maria & Aaron

"The photo booth that HRM Photography set up for our wedding was SUCH an amazing success!!  They provided costumes and props, and it gave the guests something to do while the wedding party was being photographed, and was a great way for people to meet each other - we have photos of people who had just met having a blast together!  The best part of the photo booth photos for us is that we now have a collection of photos of all of our friends and family goofing off and having a great time, we will cherish these forever.  I particularly like one photo of my mother and my uncle dressed in princess props goofing off - she has it framed in her house and it makes me smile everytime I see it!" - Emillie & Damian

Interested in a photo booth for your wedding? Currently our amazing photo booth is available exclusively to couples who have booked HRM Photography for their wedding day photography. Drop us a line if you'd like more information about!


It's so awesome that even us photographers are sometimes tempted to make an appearance in it!

Here is what our photobooth looks like - it's quite compact so easy to fit at any reception!

 

London Ontario Wedding Vendors

London Ontario Wedding Venues

The River Room - London Ontario Wedding VenueThe River Room - The River Room, located inside Museum London, is the most spectacular wedding venue in the city with floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the forks of the Thames.  All food is customized to each couple's tastes and budget.  Seating capacity 86, Cocktail Reception 130

 

 


Ivey Spencer Leadership Center - London Ontario Wedding VenueIvey Spencer Leadership Centre / Spencer Hall - Located on the grounds of the former Spencer estate, the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre is SW Ontario’s most exclusive address for dream weddings. Situated on 30 parkland acres adjacent to the Thames River, this Georgian Manor offers picturesque grounds for your outdoor ceremony and photos, a beautiful dining room for a truly unforgettable reception and modern accommodations for out-of-town guests.


Best Western Lamplighter - With our creative and original ideas, our couples receive an unforgettable wedding experience that is uniquely theirs. The Best Wester Lamplighter offers stunning settings where brides are radiant, guests are pampered and receptions are distinctive. This is your wedding... make it a magical day to remember


London Delta Armouries WeddingDelta Armouries - Married to the idea of having the perfect wedding? So are we! All you need to do is Say "I Do" and we'll take care of the rest! Reasonable rates with a venue that outclasses the competition.

 



Elsie Perrin Williams EstateElsie Perrin Williams Estate - Whether you are looking for the traditional day or something unique, your wedding day will be made truly special at the Elsie Perrin Williams Estate. For small, intimate receptions for up to 80 or large fairy-tale tented receptions for up to 150 - it is exclusively yours for the day. The Estate is the perfect venue for your wedding day events - from ceremony to reception and photos - in a private and unique setting!


 

Windermere Manor London OntarioWindermere Manor -  Somewhere between “stately and quaint” best describes The Windermere Manor. This fine estate, built in 1925 by John E. Smallman is a faithful architectural reflection of Tudor England and a fitting tribute to his father Thomas, a founding member of “The Imperial Oil Company.” Although slightly altered, inside the Manor retains its lofty ceilings, hand-hewn beams, oak balcony and imposing yet welcoming wood-burning stone fireplace, echoing a feeling of by-gone era warmth and luxury.

 

 

Elmust Inn WeddingsElmhurst Inn and Spa - Your dream wedding will come to life at Ingersoll’s Elm Hurst Inn & Spa. Whether you envision an elegant affair or a country celebration, their unique ceremony & reception spaces and professional expertise will ensure that your special day is filled with joyful memories to last a lifetime. Accommodates weddings up to 230 guests.

 

Bellamere Winery Bellamere Winery and Event Centre - A truly charming location without equal, Bellamere is the perfect setting for your dream wedding. Surrounded by 16 acres of rolling countryside, two timber framed halls, and a character all it’s own, Bellamere Winery makes your special day an event to remember!


London Ontario Wedding Videographers

AV Artisan London Ontario VideographerAV Artisan - A wedding experience of inspiration! We use a modern, cinematic approach to capturing and telling your wedding day story. Stunning, fun and emotional films, crafted by hand  and designed to leave you and your family feeling totally inspired!

London Ontario Wedding Florists

Designs in Bloom - London Ontario Wedding Flowers Designs in Bloom - an innovative company with a fresh approach to floral design. They combine their experience and creativity with your tastes and style to bring your floral visions to life! Designs in Bloom works closely with each couple to custom design your wedding just the way you envision it. The discerning bride knows just how important flowers are in creating the perfect wedding atmosphere and in creating memories for years to come.

 

 

Village Vines London Ontario Florist Village Vines - Village Vines Florists completes between 70-100 weddings every year for a reason; we’re experts, and we know what we’re doing. Every wedding is a new challenge, there’s a different colour scheme, different theme, and every bride has a different taste. We’re here to help you choose the best flowers, colours, and accents to complete the perfect day. Whether it’s fresh flowers, or artificial we do it all. Our designers are full of ideas, whether you prefer something totally unique, or traditional we’re up for anything. 

London Ontario Wedding Decor

Eclectic Weddings and Events London Ontario Eclectic Weddings & Events is a design consulting company providing professional and knowledgeable consultants that are beyond-the-box designers with the ability to execute to perfection. We are your one-stop-shop for Decor, Floral, Design and Coordination. Our process is simple: We Listen… Anticipate… Execute… and Deliver!


London Ontario Hair & Makeup

AlyCat Hair & Makeup LondonAlycat Hair & Makeup -  On-location makeup airbrush & event hair service. AlyCat specializes in large weddings and all events leading to your wedding. Our service is unique, as you will get 2+ professional artists (makeup & Hair Artists) to pamper you before your shoot or event. We are proud to announce that we are available for makeup and hair services on location as well as in AlyCat Studio. Sit Back & Relax, let AlyCat’s make you look & feel Purrrfect!

 


Vanity House London Ontario Hair Stylist

Vanity House- Vanity House believes in an all encompassing experience, from start to finish. We are highly educated, highly trained and passionate about our craft. Our experienced stylists have to come us from all over Canada - with their experienced back rounds, years of experience, and educational training, we are able to satisfy even the most discerning tastes on your big day.

 

 

 

Custom Event Design & Styling

Jenna Tregenza Parties Jenna Tregenza Parties - Jenna designs weddings and parties that tell the story of your life and your love. Whether you are planning your wedding day or your sweet baby’s first birthday, she's thrilled to celebrate this amazing time in your life with you. A custom concept, handmade garlands, floral design, and a one-of-a-kind guest experience are just a few of the sweet details that you get with Jenna Tregenza Parties.

 

 


London Ontario Wedding Caterers

North Moore Catering Co. - London Ontario CatererNorth Moore - When you want quality and consistency, North Moore Catering Ltd. is London's most refined caterer.  We don't believe in "cookie cutter" brides and create individualized menus for each wedding so no two are ever the same.  All food is cooked fresh on site

 

Culinary Catering London OntarioCulinary Catering - Culinary Catering is a large company that caterers to many different venues in London. Not only will they help you find the perfect venue, they will also help you through the entire planning process. They provide absolute excellence in food and service and will go above and beyond to make sure your event is unforgettable.

London Ontario Wedding DJs

Music Central - London Ontario DJMusic Central - Music Central is London and area’s most respected wedding DJ and entertainment company.  We offer customized packages from the  ceremony to the dance including DJ and live music options.

 

DJ Alpha - We’re redefining the role of a wedding DJ. It’s your day, you should have complete control of what direction you want the night to head. From the moment the first guest arrives, to the very last song, our goal is simple – make sure you and your guests have an absolutely amazing experience.

Vintage Wedding Rentals

Hazlitt Vintage RentalFeeling inspired by vintage? Hazlitt Vintage Rental offers vintage prop rentals and decorating services. Inventory ranges from linen settees and wooden chairs to quilts, canning jars and picnic baskets. Whether you are celebrating love in a park, a tent or a beautiful venue, HVR has the vintage props you need.

London Ontario Wedding Planners

Blissful Bookings - London Ontario Wedding PlanningBlissful Bookings Wedding Coordination - Professional wedding planning and coordination for London and Southwestern Ontario. Polished planning for your blissful day!


 

Unmistakably You - London Ontario Wedding PlannerUnmistakably You - A unique wedding coordination company specializing in personal and creative weddings.  Offering full planning, day-of coordination, and anything in between, Amy and her team will help control your budget, save you time, and reduce your stress, allowing you to enjoy the most special day of your life.  Call Unmistakably You today, where it's Your Wedding, Your Way!

 

Twelfth Night Events London Ontario Wedding Planner

 

Twelfth Night Events - A full service event planning company that plans wedding, social events and engagements, gala events and corporate events. We are a team of professionals with a background in hospitality.

 



London Ontario Wedding Officiants

Kettle Creek Weddings - Providing memorable, professional wedding ceremonies at the location of your choice across Ontario.





London Ontario Wedding Invitations

Paper Boat Creations - London Wedding Invitations Paperboat Creations - This design studio offers a creative cluster of original design with fresh ideas for the individual who seeks for elegant & modern simplicity.


London Ontario Bridal Fitness

For the Love of Fitness For the Love of Fitness - Your special day is coming and all it seems you have time to do is plan your wedding. For the Love of Fitness is here to help take the ease and stress out of your day and the pounds off of your body! With our help, you will be in great shape by the time you walk down the aisle and you don't ever need to step foot in a gym once. We believe that everyone should be able to train with comfort, equality, and affordability.  

 

 

London Ontario Wedding Transportation

The Yellow Rolls Royce - Roll in style on your wedding day - hire this 1939 Roll-Royce Wraith 7 passenger limousine for functions in London, Strathroy, Exeter, Stratford, Woodstock and St. Thomas, Ontario.

 

 

London Ontario Wedding Music

Encore Music London - We are London, Ontario's premier String Quartet (or Trio) for weddings, and other special occasions.  Our group is comprised of professional musicians, who have performed internationally.  Contact us to find out how we can enhance your special event!

Bridal Fashion

Blair Nadeau MillineryHand-made with love, Blair Nadeau Millinery specializes in custom Fascinators, Veils, Crowns and Hats.  Crafted in a quaint studio in Toronto Ontario, each piece is made to order from the finest materials imported from Europe and beyond.  Stitch by stitch, crystal by crystal, each feather laid by hand, our Millinery is designed to be passed down from generation to generation.

 

 

London Ontario Wedding Favours

Moments In Tulle designs and creates custom handmade favours. Particularly for weddings. At Moments In Tulle the client tells us the theme and/or colours of their wedding and we design the perfect favour that will fit their style. Moments In Tulle offers a great variety of favours. Traditional, modern, classic and vintage. Favours that are a beautiful and thoughtful keepsake. Favours that are a reflection of the bride and groom.

 

 

 

 

If you are a London, Ontario Wedding vendor and would like to be featured on this page please contact us at info@hrmphotography.com for consideration

 

 

 

Availability

LAST UPDATED October 11th, 2014
We have limited 2014 dates left and 2015 dates are booking up quickly! Please contact us if you'd like to meet with us about the photography on your big day, we'd love to hear from you!

BOOKING POLICY - Unfortunately, we are not able to hold a date without a completed contract/deposit. We get so many requests it’s simply not fair to clients who are ready to book on the spot! Thank you for your understanding! Although our booked dates are firm, we occasionally have cancellations / date changes. Even if your date is listed below, feel free to contact us in case it does become available. We are also happy to provide referrals to other photographers.

Our booked dates for 2014:
Heather:
Jan 11th, 18th / February 1st - April 15th (maternity leave) / April 25th /  May 17th, 24th, 31st / June 6th, 7th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 28th / July 5th, July 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 26th  / August 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 23rd, 30th / Sept 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th / Oct 3rd, 4th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 25th / Nov 1st, 8th
Niki: April 12th / May 17th, 31st / June 14th, 21st, 28th / July 5th, 12th, 26th /August 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th / Sept 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th / Oct 4th, 25th
Lindsay: February 1st - April 15th (maternity leave) / April 25th / June 7th / July 5th, 19th, 26th / August 2nd, 9th, 31st / Sept 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th / Oct 4th, 25th

Our booked dates for 2015:
Heather: January 31st / May 2nd, 9th, 15th, 22nd  / June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th / July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th / August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th / September 12th, 19th / Oct 3rd, 17th, 24th

Niki: April 2-5th (destination wedding) / June 6th, 13th, 20th / July 4th, 11th, 25th / August 15th, 29th / Sept 12th, 19th / Oct 3rd, 17th

Lindsay: May 9th, June 27th, July 18th, August 29th

*** "Tentatively booked" means we have a verbal agreement with a client that they would like to book the date, but have not received a contract/deposit with them yet so the date is still technically open

A wedding album is an heirloom; an investment you can pass on for generations that make you and your wedding day a part of history. With a beautiful custom album, your photos are kept in pristine condition and are protected with your choice of a photo, leather or linen hardcover. Thick, quality pages with the choice of a matte or glossy finish allow your images to stand the test of time.

Wedding albums don't only document your wedding day, they are a gift you can pass down to your children and grandchildren. Our stunning albums will make sure that your memories aren't just clicked through on a computer screen!

LINEN ART BOOK Available add ons: embossing, photo strip or dust jacket


ORIGINAL ART BOOK Available with photo wrap, full leather/linen cover, 1/4 or 3/4 leather or linen binding.



PHOTO ART BOOK Thick glossy pages, available with photo wrap, full leather/linen cover, 1/4 or 3/4 leather or linen binding.

PANORAMIC ART BOOK Available with thin matte, thick gloss or thin w/ photo finish pages

Wedding Rates for the 2014 & 2015 Wedding Season

We have limited 2014 dates left and have started taking bookings for 2015! Please contact us to arrange a consultation. OUR FULL PRICE LIST IS AVAILABLE HERE.

All wedding packages include:
• Pre-wedding consultation & scheduling assistance
• Main photographer and assistant/second shooter
• Custom designed bridal album
• High resolution, ready to print files of ALL proofs on DVD
• Online gallery for viewing and ordering of your wedding images for one year

Full day

(8 hours) is $3795 and includes an engagement session, custom bridal album and high resolution, ready to print files.

Half day

(5 hours) is $2795 and includes a custom bridal album and high resolution, ready to print files.

Please contact us for more information, we'd love to discuss the details of your big day with you!

Custom quotes are available - every wedding is a little different! We are available for travel across Ontario and beyond!
 

We Love Weddings!

In 2003, Heather MacEachern founded HRM Photography in London, Ontario after graduating from Ryerson University’s Photography program. In 2005, she joined forces with Lindsay Ross, a Humber College Photogaphy graduate (who photographed Heather’s own wedding) and expanded HRM Photography into the GTA. The following year, Fanshawe Photography program graduate Niki Patel became the duo’s office manager and associate photographer, and officially completed the HRM team.

What sets HRM Photography apart from others? The three "E"s!!
- Education (ALL of our main shooters & assistants have diplomas from respected photography programs!)
- Experience (We've photographed well over 500 weddings!) 
- Enthusiam (When we say we love weddings, we really, really mean it!)

Heather, Lindsay and Niki all share a similar style to the craft and a passion for capturing unforgettable wedding day memories. Their unobstrusive & laid back approach helps create a carefree, relaxed dynamic which fosters a great relationship with their clients. This provides them with many opportunities to create stunning photographs that will bring you back to every moment of your wedding day.

Now celebrating their twelfth year of business, HRM Photography is proud to be an award-winning member of numerous photography organizations, including the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers, Fearless Photographers and the Professional Wedding Photographers of Canada. In addition to winning "Best Wedding Photo in Canada" in 2012 (with images placing both 1st and 3rd place) through Brides.ca, the Wedding Ring has also voted HRM the #1 Wedding Vendor in Southwestern Ontario for two consecutive years and "London's Best Photographer" in the London Free Press's  "BEST OF LONDON" for two consecutive years (2013 & 2014). Most recently, HRM Photography was announced "London's Best Photographer" in the 2014 Consumer's Choice Awards.

Based out of London and the GTA, and available for weddings across Southwestern Ontario, the HRM team is committed not only to delivering exceptional photographs, but to working with couples to ensure that every wedding they photograph is reflective of their brides and grooms.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Cheers,
Heather, Lindsay & Niki 
The HRM Photography Team

Meet Heather - Owner / Photographer

I have been drawn to photography for as long as I can remember...

When I was 13 years old, I began documenting the local music scene of London, Ontario. It was at this point that my interest in photography turned into a full blown obsession! Since then, my live music and promotional band photography has appeared in national and international press such as the Globe and Mail, Elle Magazine and the Toronto Star. My work as also been used by numerous bands and musicians for their CD artwork and promotional material.

In September, 1999 I moved to Toronto to follow my dreams of becoming a professional photographer. In April of 2003, I graduated from Ryerson University's Photography program with a BFA, honours. While at Ryerson I discovered my ability to capture the sentiment and energy of the live music experience carried over perfectly to recording the emotion and beauty of a wedding day. By the end of 2012 I will have photographed over 500 weddings!

My photojournalistic eye, artistic flair, attention to detail and unobtrusive approach are the perfect qualities that enable me to capture you looking and feeling your best on your wedding day!

Cheers,
Heather MacEachern

Meet Lindsay - Associate Photographer

The moment I discovered my passion for photography, there was nothing else in the world that I wanted to do. I see the world clearly through the lens of a camera. It was a natural decision for me to study photography in college and in April 2004, I graduated from the Creative Photography program at Humber College. While at Humber, I began assisting various Toronto wedding photographers - Heather being one of them. We both realized quickly that we share a similar style, passion and approach when it comes to photographing weddings.

I love to capture the true emotion and beauty of people as they celebrate the special moments in life. I feel that photographing a wedding is such a wonderful experience, as you are helping people preserve memories that they will cherish forever. By the end of 2012 I will have photographed over 300 weddings!

My fresh personality and friendly, unobtrusive approach will make you and your guests feel at ease and ensure fantastic photos of your wedding day!

Sincerely,
Lindsay Ross

Meet Niki - Associate Photographer / Office Manager

My love for photography started when I was in high school and I quickly decided that the best way to develop my skills was to study photography through Fanshawe's three-year photography program.

My co-op placement at Fanshawe led me to HRM Photography - Heather and Lindsay instantly made me feel like a part of the team! I officially began working with HRM in 2006 as Lindsay's second shooter in Toronto and in 2009 I moved back to London to take on my role as the company's office manager and associate photographer.

There are so many things I love about wedding photography, but most of all I feel that capturing the full story of a couple's big day is so important. Wedding photographs allow a couple and their families to cherish and relive their wedding day forever.

Like the rest of the HRM team, my love for photography keeps me passionate, and my laidback approach ensures that we capture real images while still having fun.

I'm so excited to be a part of your day, and even more excited to help you remember it forever!

Cheers,
Niki Patel