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Wedding photography – behind the scene

24 July 2017
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You have seen the wonderful photos of the wedding photoshoot Capelio was in at the Batinse restaurant in my blog post about the vintage rustic wedding trend and the rustic chic wedding trend - not to mention, of course, the photos published in Mariage Québec (in French). But if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you were curious as well to see how such beautiful images were created!

Here is then pictures from behind the scene! I could not be there during the photoshoot unfortunately, but I gathered comments from a few of the various professionals in the wedding industry who worked together to create all this magic captured by the two photographers!

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Mélanie Vallerand, wedding coordinator at M Photography & Planning, who had the idea of the photo session in addition to orchestrating the whole thing, says: “Really my basic idea was to offer a different setting of what we usually see at weddings. An urban wedding but also romantic, like a young couple who wants to get married as if it were a dinner with friends.”

Stéphane Audet, one of the two photographers (with Jennifer Marcuson), adds: “I liked the rustic atmosphere of the Batinse restaurant, the cozy and warm ambiance there. “

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It is Olivia, from Coiffure du Château at le Château Frontenac, who created the two hairstyles of Charo, the bride of the day. “My inspiration for Charo came from her beautiful bone structure and natural elegance. For the first updo look I wanted to create a big shape that looked effortlessly put together and striking.”

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Olivia’s favorite moment of this special day? ”Watching the magic happen, being in sync with the other creatives on set and watching the beauty of the entire scene take form!”

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The photos behind the scenes are courtesy of Jennifer Marcuson, the second photographer at the photoshoot. “As a lifestyle photographer, for me it is exactly these ‘behind the scenes’ moments that I enjoy photographing the most. I consider myself to be a storyteller; my goal while photographing a wedding, or any shoot for that matter, is to tell the story in the most honest way possible.. by capturing the details, the moments between moments. For me that is real life, the beauty of photography, and the reason I do what I do. I want the people I photograph to be able to come back to these images for an eternity, generation after generation, and to be able to relive the experience as if it were yesterday.”

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Changing the wedding inspiration and therefore hairstyle as well, Olivia chose a natural look for the second portion of the photoshoot. “The second look we decided to just let Charo’s hair down and be free. No extensions were used, that really is all her hair!”

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For the make-up, Camille of Maquillage Camille S, was inspired by Mélanie’s ideas: “She knew what she wanted for each of the looks and since the make-up was done after the hairstyle, I was inspired a little by it as well. I was inspired by Melanie’s ideas and if I had to summarize them in two words, I would say chic and natural. Which is really ideal for a wedding! “

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And for Camille, what was her biggest memory of all this experience? “When I met everyone just before we started the photoshoot! I didn’t know Stéphane (Audet, photographer), Jennifer (Marcuson, photographer), Mélanie (Vallerand) and Maxime (Bouchard, model) and they were all very welcoming. Moreover, they were very excited by the project so everybody was working with a really beautiful energy! From then on everything unfolded naturally, as if everyone had known each other for a long time!”

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Mélanie tells me: “I secretly wanted a wedding magazine like Marriage Quebec to publish the suppliers who have never been featured the pages of such magazine before, to cease the regular”circle” of the same suppliers that are always published and offer something new to future brides and grooms.” Well, Melanie’s wish came true with Mariage Quebec!

What does the wedding planner remember most of that beautiful day? “Seeing before my eyes the undeniable chemistry between our two models as if they were a real married couple! And also how each supplier gave its 100% despite the fact that we all worked for free!”

Mélanie isn’t the only one who loved the chemistry of this great team; indeed Jennifer enjoyed working with the other wedding professionals just as much. “To be able to work with a team of creatives like this group; what an honour! Artists often work alone.. especially photographers. 80% of our work happens on the computer, in our office, alone. So when we have the chance to share our inspiration and creativity with other artists.. well, you simply can’t put a price on it!”

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Stéphane, one of the two photographers, says he usually finds his inspiration on the set. “Before most of the photoshoots, even a few minutes before, I never really know what I’m going to do exactly. I take the time to chat with the models a bit, I take a few shots to test the light and suddenly the inspiration comes, like a wave. I go with what feels right on the spot. The setting is very important but it’s more the people I photograph who inspire me. My inspiration reflects their personality. “

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Like Camille, Stéphane’s favorite moment of the day was when he stepped foot on the scene. “I love the adrenaline and excitement that come when I first see the setting. Arriving on set with so many talented people, full of creativity… The physical and mental preparation before a photoshoot is also a great source of pleasure! “

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Many thanks to Jennifer Marcuson for this beautiful shot of Capelio’s wedding hair accessories!

 

To see the rustic chic wedding pictures, click here 

To see the rustic vintage wedding pictures, click here 

 

A big thank you to everyone who participated in this beautiful project :

Concept, Planning + Design: Melanie Vallerand / Québec, QC
Photographer/Photographe: Jennifer Marcuson
Collaborating Photographer/Photographe Collaborateur: Stéphane Audet / Québec, QC
Location/Lieu: Le Batinse / Québec, QC
Flowers/Fleurs + Decor: Conter Fleurette / Saint Jean Port Jolie, QC
Hair/Coiffure: Olivia Eadie  / Québec, QC
Makeup/Maquillage: Maquillage Camille S. / Québec, QC
Bridal Looks; Dresses/Robes; Short: Kimchi Blue, Urban Outfitters // Shoes/Chaussures: Kate Spade
Groom’s Looks; Pants and Jacket/Pantalons et Veston: Le 31 -Simon’s (Tessuto Marzutto) // Shirts: Le 31 – Simon’s // Tie/Cravate: homemade by Stéphanie Bélanger // Watch/Montre: Vitaly Design // Shoes/Chaussures: Browns
Bridal Hair Accessories/Accessoires de Cheveux: Capelio / Québec, QC
Models/Mannequins; Charo Foo // Maxime Bouchard

 

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A Beauty and the Beast theme wedding

4 June 2017
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Themed weddings have been popular for years, with Harry Potter and Star Wars fans, for example, incorporating elements of their favorite work of art into their big day. Like our client Pauline who had a Doctor Who-themed wedding (click here to see the gorgeous pics!) With the Beauty and the Beast coming in theaters few months ago, it’s no surprise that a lot of brides want to use their favorite fairy tale as an inspiration for their own weddings. Stacey, the mastermind behind the Ultimate Planner services in Montreal, was inspired by all those brides and decided to put together a wedding photoshoot using the Beauty and the Beast as the main inspiration!

Capelio was on hand to provide the bridal hair accessory and Stacey chose our one-of-a-kind Red Velvet flower crown (only one available – click here to see it on Etsy!) I was thinking about going with a gold hair piece, but in the end we went with something that would go well with the gold dress but would look effortless as well.

I am so excited to share with you the result, not only because the pictures are absolutely breathtaking, but also because the Beauty and the Beast was my favorite movie when I was a child (along with the Lion King, but that would be weird for a wedding!)

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Location : Canvas Montreal
Table, Chairs, Utencils : Casaderamo
Model : Luigina Criniti
Linens, Invitation, place cards and styling :  A Timeless Celebration/Montreal Invitations
Dress and sweet table by Jenny Jaber
Planning, coordination and styling : Ultimate Planner
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Wedding photography at Morrin Center

28 January 2017
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I don’t know about you, but I love wedding photography and I love the Morrin Center! Having organized the photoshoot for our 2017 fashion collection, Murder Mystery, in this superb venue reminded me of the magnificent wedding photos made at the Morrin Center for the magazine Mariage Québec some time ago. Our Anastasia birdcage veil for the bride (the same used for the vintage rustic wedding pictures) accessorized the bride’s beautiful wedding gown.

I had made an article about the publication of the photos in the magazine, but here are some extra photos to inspire you, future brides!

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STATIONERY, FLOWERS & DECOR: Fêtes Grenadine
STYLISM & COORDINATION: Fêtes Grenadine
PHOTOS: Jonathan Robert
CAKE: Sweet Couture
PASTRY & TRAITEUR: Mangue Verte
COUVERTS: Location Gervais
LOCATION: Morrin Center

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Wedding trend : Rustic chic weddings

17 December 2016
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Last week you saw the amazing pictures of our previous photoshoot for a vintage rustic wedding, which is an original twost on this ultra-popular and much-used concept. A vintage and a rustic vibes go easily together so to inspire you even more, what do you think of a rustic ambiance paired with… a chic atmoshpere?

Most of the time  we would not think of pairing these two themes together, and yet : Mélanie did it splendidly well for our photoshoot, mixing the talent of the many talented wedding professionals (see the list of everyone involved after the photos) and the result is amazing! After all a wedding, like a couple, is the amalgam of many different influences, compromises and tastes: what better way to demonstrate it than an environment in an urban and kitsch restaurant, with a chic and elegant wedding decoration?

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The look of the bride

The bride wore a dress of a Quebec designer whom I particularly like, Sonia P. Mélanie styled the wedding gown with our Simplicity bridal veil on comb. The veil brought a traditional and high-end vibe, while the dress offered a touch that was both original and friendly without losing any of its elegance. Perfect for our theme!

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Concept, Planning + Design: Melanie Vallerand / Québec, QC
Photographer/Photographe: Stéphane Audet & Jennifer Marcuson

Location/Lieu: Le Batinse / Québec, QC

Flowers/Fleurs + Decor: Conter Fleurette / Saint Jean Port Jolie, QC
Hair/Coiffure: Olivia Eadie  / Québec, QC
Makeup/Maquillage: Maquillage Camille S. / Québec, QC
Bridal Looks; Dresses/Robes; Long with feathers: Sonia P. / Québec, QC // Short: Kimchi Blue, Urban Outfitters // Shoes/Chaussures: Kate Spade
Groom’s Looks; Pants and Jacket/Pantalons et Veston: Le 31 -Simon’s (Tessuto Marzutto) // Shirts: Le 31 – Simon’s // Tie/Cravate: homemade by Stéphanie Bélanger // Watch/Montre: Vitaly Design // Shoes/Chaussures: Browns
Bridal Hair Accessories/Accessoires de Cheveux: Capelio / Québec, QC
Models/Mannequins; Charo Foo // Maxime Bouchard

 

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New wedding photography session at the Batinse

20 November 2016
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A new week, a new photoshoot to take part in! In fact, this time, the planning and coordinating of said wedding photography session was the work of Mélanie Vallerand, photographer and wedding coordinator in Quebec City. A team of Quebec wedding professionals gathered together for this wonderful creative wedding photography session and, of course, Capelio was there!

Our Anastasia lace headpiece with birdcage veil was used for the first look, and the second was with our Simplicity veil in an ivory version. It is both a pleasure and a pride to lend our creations for a wedding photoshoot with so many talented people sensitive to the slightest detail!

I’m so excited to see the final photos, but we’ll have to wait until December! Some lucky people may have already seen the preview shots that were published on Facebook and I guess you know the result will be breathtaking. For the others, here’s a preview :

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Did you recognize Charo from our Murder & Mystery photoshoot at the Morrin Center? She’s so beautiful! In addition to Charo, here are all the artisans of this wedding photography session:

Design & planification: Mélanie Vallerand Photography – Coordination

Photographers collaborators : Audet Photo & Sweet Nothings Wedding

Flowers : Conter Fleurette

Hairstyles : Olivia Eadie of Coiffure du Château

Make-Up : Maquillage Camille S.

Models : Charo Foo & Maxime Bouchard

Accessories : Capelio!

Venue : Batinse

Dress : Vintage & Sonia P. Création 

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A wedding headband Plum fairy modified for the bride

23 May 2016
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Another great example of how we can personalize a hair accessory or headpieece from our regular collection just for you! A bride with short hair wanted a headband with feathers, something elegant but not too big. We adapted our Plum Fairy design to reduce the width and added a pearl.

Here is the final result:

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Remember that you can always customize a design of our regular collections to perfectly suit your taste! Depending on the work, additional charges will apply.

You already have a model in mind? We also do custom-made and bespoke hair accessories!

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Catherine & Kevin’s wedding

13 February 2016
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Very organized, Catherine had bought her wedding hair accessory over one year before the big day! Herchoice fell on our Marie-Hélène birdcage veil who matched beautifully with her outfit:

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The newlyweds

The wedding took place on 16 January 2016, at Quebec’s Aquarium. Catherine and Kevin pronounced their vows after nearly 10 years of relationship!

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The decoration

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The bride and some of her guests

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The bride and groom… at the aquarium!

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Photo :  Maryse Cléro-Nobréga & Véronique Gagnon

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