When it comes to planning a wedding, there are so many pieces that need to come together to create the vision you imagine. There are lists upon lists and details upon details of things to consider and coordinate. Being a Type-A kind of gal, I shed that engagement glow and started hunting for venues and vendors pretty quickly. At the same time, I know my limits. I was very aware that we would need a village to help keep me and my fiancé organized and on top of everything. Aside from our bridal party and family, this is where the right wedding vendors can ease a lot of stress.
Searching for wedding vendors was not as easy as I thought it would be. There’s a lot of talent out there, but finding the personalities, aesthetic, and, of course, budgets that fit you as a bride and/or groom is where it can be tough. And of course, after all that, your vendors of choice have to be available on your wedding date (getting married in the off-season helps SO much with this, by the way).
In this post, I’ll be documenting the vendors and businesses that really stood out for us from start to finish. We’ve been in touch with a TON of local entrepreneurs and will be in contact with many more to pick exactly what fits within our vision and price points. They’re all talented in their own right, but the vendors featured here will be the ones that played a role in helping us pull off the best day of our lives.
**I’ll be updating this page as our work with each of these lovely souls comes to an end so I can speak about our entire experience with each of them. Over the next few months until after the big day, I’ll be filling in the blanks below so you can have the lowdown on all of our faves!
- Apparel & Accessories
- Beauty & Hair
- Venue & Coordinator
Apparel & Accessories
La Maison D’Or Jewellery
Location: Orleans, Ontario, Canada
The team at La Maison D’Or was so patient with us as we went through the process of picking wedding bands (and, in Jason’s case, through the process of designing my engagement ring). Through a handful of in-store visits and a dozen emails back and forth, Arpi, Brent and Jessica imparted their knowledge of metals and gemstones on us, and gave us options that fit within our style and budget. We never felt pressured to buy from them, even when we decided to go in another direction for Jason’s band.
Our post-purchase experience at this family-run business has been just as refreshing. They stop to talk to us like we’re old friends, always offer to polish my engagement ring, facilitated ring resizing with ease, and even offered us tickets to the local wedding expo this past year. I mean, what more can you ask for from your jeweler?
Age of Indie (Matthew Hawes)
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
We had the absolute pleasure of working with Age of Indie for an at-home engagement shoot and it could not have been a better experience. I stumbled upon their Instagram page months before my engagement and their work caught my eye instantly. Their photos look like editorial fine art. They bring something unique to the Ottawa photography scene so, when we got engaged, I knew I wanted to shoot a couples session with them.
Matthew was very responsive and collaborative from my first email as well as throughout the planning process, where we discussed the aesthetic we wanted for our session. He made sure to take into account what we wanted as a client.
As a couple who had never had professional photos taken before, we were nervous on the day of the shoot but Matthew’s charisma, sense of humour, and professionalism made the entire process feel comfortable, light, and fun. He didn’t skip a beat the entire time. We felt like he had a distinct vision and gave us clear direction when we needed it to help us achieve the perfect shots together. And, although we had complete confidence in his vision, he showed us shots throughout the session to involve us in the process and this really put us at ease. We felt like supermodels for our two hours with him!
We were ecstatic when we saw the shots he delivered a week later. They were beautifully composed, and evoked the exact intimate, tender feeling that we were hoping for. We could not have been happier with them.
Matthew, thank you for much for making this the loveliest experience and giving us photos that we can treasure forever.
(Photo credit: Age of Indie)
Beauty & Hair
Venue & Coordinator