Behind the Scene: Ottawa Rising Tide Style Shoot

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Just over a year ago, two couples from Annapolis started a creative movement that changed how creatives around the world interact and collaborate with each other. The Rising Tide Society brings creatives together in the spirit of community over competition, because “a rising tide lifts all boats.” (J.F.K)

In the winter, a local chapter got create in Ottawa, and one Tuesday a month, we meet to chat about how to lift each other up as creative entrepreneurs. In the spirit of collaboration, the Ottawa group planned and contributed to a large style shoot where everyone showcased their abilities and talents. The theme was Southern Bridal Brunch and the outcome exceeded my expectations.

So here are the behind the scene of our style shoot that brought so many great vendors together!

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CREATIVE TEAM PICTURED ABOVE

Photographer: Charlie Barnett Photography
Planners: Love is Love weddings & events, The Burlap Bride, What Emily Said
Venue: Tranquil Acres Inc.
Bridal Attire: The Handmade Bride
Hair: Liana Lacroix Beauty
Makeup artist: Dazzling Faces Make-Up Artistry
Floral Design: Satin & Snow
Calligraphy: Simply Steph Ko
Other Photographers : Brittany Lee Photography, Photography by Emma

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EMILY AND SEAN HARDY PARK BROCKVILLE ENGAGEMENT

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I met Emily and Sean at Hardy Park on the shore of the St Lawrence River in Brockville, Ontario, to photograph their engagement session. I love Brockville! When we got married in the Thousand Islands, we told our guest to drive through the historic town, instead of driving past it on the 401. Every time we went to visit our wedding venue, we would treat ourselves to a drive down Brockville’s main street.

Emily and Sean met in Brockville when Sean was visiting from Edmonton with a broken collar bone. They had many friends in common, but it is not until Sean spent more time hanging out with Emily’s brother, that they started seeing each other. Six months later, when Sean’s arm was better and it was time for him to return to Edmonton, Emily just had to follow him there! A few years later… he proposed at a top of a mountain by a waterfall in Banff!

They are getting married this August at Sean’s family cottage near Brockville. It has been Sean’s favourite place his whole life, and the setup is perfect for a wedding and they couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else! I can’t wait to photograph their wedding and see their cottage by the lake all wedding ready!

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Business Cards

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I got so excited when I got these puppies in the mail! I have been debating a design for a while, wondering if I would go for business cards with photo back or not. I am so happy with the simple classic design I chose.

I like how the clean design goes so well with my brand and my new website! Although adding a photograph would have been lovely, I think this was the best combination for me.

I also love the softness and thickness of these moo cards! The look and feel was exactly what I was looking for. I wasn’t too sure how they would come out since I hadn’t ordered the paper sample pack, but they exceeded my expectations!

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Why a Hair & Makeup Trial is SO Important

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As a bride, one of the things I was not convinced was important was a hair & makeup trial. Then I started thinking about it, and how my dad’s wife hated her hair at her wedding, even after a couple of trials, and that my sister-in-law cried at the make-up trial. It made me think that maybe it could be a good idea to have peace of mind and have a trial.

I am SO glad I did! My hair trial made me confident about my wedding day hair style, but I HATED my makeup trial! My foundation made my face SO pale that I looked dead, my false eyelashes looked fake and started falling off as soon as I was out of the salon, and the rest of my makeup was discrete and could not balance the rest. The makeup made me look UGLY, not a good feeling for my wedding day.

So I had a decision to make, either I had to find a new makeup artist and drive another 2 hours to get another makeup trial or keep my makeup artist and pinpoint exactly what I didn’t like and change it to have a great wedding day makeup. My family did both with mix results. My sister-in-law decided to change makeup artist and have another trial to make sure she liked her wedding day makeup. My step-mother had a few trials, but her hair dresser still didn’t listen to what she wanted, she stayed with him, and hated her wedding day hair.

I decided to keep the same person, since she was at the same studio as the lady that did the hair I loved. But I was clear and firm about what I did not like from the trial, making sure I liked my makeup and she ROCKED it!

So moral of this story is 1) have hair & makeup trial and 2) if it doesn’t work for you either change professional or be very firm about what you didn’t like. Either way it is so important to be confident on your wedding day and hair & makeup you love is so important to make it happen!

What would you do if you had a hair & makeup disaster?

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Christine and Tiffani Skating and Rideau Canal Engagement

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Chris & Tiff were the winners of our giveaway and learned that they had won while traveling to St Lucia! They met playing hockey on the same team, shortly after Tiffani had moved to Ottawa from BC, and a skating engagement session seemed perfectly fitted for this amazing couple!

Their engagement session was supposed to take place on the canal, but with the canal only opened for 18 days this season – the shortest amount of time on records – we couldn’t schedule a session during the few days it did open. Instead, we went to Ottawa City Hall for nice skating session on the perfectly chilled rink. Obviously it was a lot more crowded than the 7.8km canal would have been, but the ice was perfect and it made for a fun skating session nonetheless.

Chris and Tiff were in their element on the ice and you could tell that they were having a great time and enjoying each other’s company. After breaking two of the four rules of the rink (by jumping over the side and bringing their hockey sticks on the ice), Chris re-enacted how she proposed to Tiff on New Year’s Eve!

After the skate, we went for a walk by the Ottawa canal and by the Ottawa National Art Center where the light was warm and the view of the Parliament building and Chateau Laurier just magical in the perfect light. You could feel fell their chemistry and how much they love and care for each other! They were so full of joy and happiness that you can’t help but smile when you are with them! It was such a treat to have the pleasure and privilege to photograph and document their love at this stage in their life!

I loved photographing those two, their love is so genuine it can't help to make you smile! They have decided to delay getting married to enjoy the time they are together. Their wedding will likely be an intimate affair with close friends and family. I can't wait to follow along on their journey!

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