Happy Anniversary to ... Me!

 My very first wedding back in '08
Photo credit: Katelyn Fraser - www.katelynfraserphoto.com

 Kiss The Bride is 5 years old this month. I can not believe that half a decade has passed since starting this dream. It has been five years of changes, ups and downs (mostly ups) and I am so proud to have built this company from scratch, into what it is today. Of course, none of that happens without lots of support and help so to my family and friends I must give a lot of credit. As well as vendors in the industry, the relationships I have developed with them and last but not least my clients who have been fantastic and inspiring for five straight years! I am celebrating on Facebook all month long so be sure to stop by my page (link in the Facebook tab above) to see what is going on!

Another photo with clients from my first season. I am looking pretty young here!


PEI Beach Surf Shoot as seen on {Style Me Pretty Canada}

 What happens when a crew of vendors from Prince Edward Island come together on the hottest day of the 2012 summer? A fantastic collaboration of photos which is featured on Style Me Pretty Canada, showcasing the many talents and beauty of PEI!! I couldn't be more pleased to have been the coordinator for this shoot! Being the organizational part of this type of collaboration is never without a dull moment. Watching "the creatives" and their ideas come to life is always very fascinating!!

"Amy's" perfect hair and make up were the work of Michelle Cudmore of PEI Make Up Artist & Cheryl Delaney-Weeks respectively!  


 At times it is difficult to imagine when everything is laid out for a shoot how it will be portrayed through the camera. The one thing that I never have to worry about is that it will be done absolutely beautifully with the talented Rachel Peters of Rachel Peters Photography on the other side of the lens!

 The stunning shoot design & tablescape is the work of Modern Jane Design!


 Yes it's beer, root beer. Guests enjoyed this delicious drink courtesy of JJ Stewart's Root Beer on PEI.

 All of the creative and fun stationery was the artistic work of Kim Roach of Kim Roach Design!

 Guests also received these original hand crafted bracelets by Alisha Stephen of Love Charlie!

 Chef James Oja of The Big Orange Lunch Box cooked up some PEI eats for all!

 The mouth watering sweets including this to die for cake, orange and yellow macarons and so much more were all products of the talented Jennifer Prinz of City View Bakehouse!

 Flowers were generously donated by Alan Preston of Hearts & Flowers!

Click HERE for the entire published article from Style Me Pretty Canada & more photos!!

Full list of participating vendors and contributors:

Photography: Rachel Peters of Rachel Peters Photography / Coordination: Jennifer Clark of Kiss the Bride / Photo Shoot Location: Prince Edward Island National Park (Courtesy of Parks Canada) / Design + Concept: Jane Gallant of Modern Jane Design / Floral Design: Hearts and Flowers / Catering: Chef James Oja of The Orange Lunchbox / Sweets: Jennifer Prinz of City View Bakehouse / Root Beer Favors: JJ Stewart / Paper Goods: Kim Roach of Kim Roach Designs / Wedding Dress: Dere Kiang via The Perfect Pear Bridal / Custom Hair Pieces: Alisha Stephen of Love Charlie / Hair: Cheryl Weeks / Makeup: Michelle Cudmore of Michelle Cudmore Makeup Artist / Groom’s Attire: Dows Menswear / Rings: Peter Norton of Norton’s Jewellers


Jasmine & Jason - July 28th, 2012

Jasmine & Jason first contacted me in May of 2011. Shortly after that, we began the process of planning their wedding. What a dream couple to work with! After a year of planning had passed, Jasmine flew out for a weekend of planning together in NB this past May. We enjoyed some cake samples (reason # 127 why I love my job) and had an amazing taste testing at The Tait House in Shediac with her super sweet Grandmother. I knew their event was going to be special and I was not mistaken.

  Jasmine warned me many times that she was "a crier". We chuckled in our attempts to find the perfect make up artist knowing her fate on that matter (with a few make up artist scares mixed in there too - all part of the planning fun). In the end, the happiest of happy tears were shed and as expected they both looked perfect.


 The weather couldn't have been more cooperative for the outdoor ceremony! Their guests laughed and cried with them, hearing stories of their relationship and listening to their hand written, personalized vows for each other (Jasmine wasn't the only one tearing up, thanks a lot guys). I'd also like to take this time to thank Jasmine for getting me completely hooked on the song "Lucky Man" by Matt York (her entrance song). It's been on repeat in my car since July 28th. :)

 Off to the beach with their gang in Shediac to enjoy the sun and photos with their baby Pipa, who I regretfully did not get the joy of meeting. One person I did have the pleasure of meeting and working with for the first time was their awesome photographer Heather Wilkinson. Check her out here: www.heatherwilkinson.ca

 Caricature artist Marc Little joined the outdoor cocktail party and gave guests a nice take away portrait of themselves for those who were brave enough to have one done!

The cake, made by Karen Silliker of The Cake Box, was the talk of the entire reception! Not only was it stunning to look at from the front but Jasmine, as a surprise to Jason, had Mario & Luigi added to the back of the cake! I was on strict orders from Jason to make sure he got Mario and that his brother got Luigi "because he is always Mario". ;) 

 Thank you both so much for allowing me the pleasure of joining you on the journey to your wedding day!
All photos courtesy of Heather Wilkinson - www.heatherwilkinson.ca.


Summer's End!

It's been such an amazing summer (and a very busy one at that, hence my lack of posting) and I can't believe it's September next week!! Back to school, back to the indoor activities and back to cold weather! Here is a very small sneak peek at some of the work I've done this summer! :)

  Photo credit: Heather Wilkinson (heatherwilkinson.zenfolio.com)

Photo credit: Rachel Peters (blogbyrachel.com)


Fat vs Skinny

You've probably seen this photo floating around recently. It's an ad from a time when women wanted to gain weight, when it was seen as unattractive to be skinny. My, how times have changed. I hear so often from so many brides, that they want to lose weight for their wedding. "Bridal boot camps" are plentiful. There's an unbelievable amount of stress put on people to "look perfect" on their wedding day. That one day when we are all supposed to be Cinderella, perfection personified. We'll have photos that we are supposed to look back on in 40 years and remember our youthful beauty. What we need to realize is that we already are perfect and we need to stop trying to live up to this fictitious, unrealistic, unattainable standard! Women are beautiful! So get your make up done, style your hair just right, put that white (or whatever colour it may be) dress on and get on down that aisle girl! No need to try and change how you look! You are already beautiful!

"Its bathing suit season again and…horrors…you are TOO SKINNY! Working in the media and looking at diet and exercise articles aimed at whittling your beach body every day, it's a jolt to see vintage ads promising popularity to women (and men) by adding pounds and inches. "Since I gained 10 pounds," reads one, "I have all the dates I want." Obesity rates started taking off around 1975, about the same time these ads dwindled. But it's not just that people went overboard with sugar and fat consumption and portion size so the media needed to push a thinner look. The perception of acceptable body size changed as well. Voluptuous gals like Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and Raquel Welch flaunted their curves in clingy dresses and skimpy bathing suits. Now they would probably sweat it out in a tent dress. Too fat? Too thin? Too short? Too old? You can't win. There will always be an expensive product or procedure to "cure" some perceived flaw. If these ads teach us anything, its time to banish the body insecurity, don that bikini, and jump into the deep end. Summer's too short. -Sarah B. Weir, Shine Staff Writer"



Becky & Dan

I just had to post this sneak peek of Becky & Dan's wedding. 
Photo by the amazingly sweet & talented Katelyn Fraser.



Canada Day Elopement!

I just had the pleasure of working with one of the sweetest couples I have ever met this past July 1st. They eloped to PEI with their dog Molly for a private Canada Day affair. The weather was perfect and the views were even better! Overlooking the water, and red cliffs of the south eastern shore, they held their ceremony with Molly by their side. Here are a few detail shots of the day taken with my iPhone. For more candid photos of my events as they take place, visit my Facebook album here!