Wedding Wednesday: Kelsy Nielson

This week I would like to focus on some wonderful photographic talent going on in our lovely (but rainy) city of Edmonton! One in particular, the lovely Kelsy Nielson! We were honoured to have her shoot my sisters wedding which was just last month (almost ago month now, Happy one month Anniversary Kassey and Alex!) Kelsy was a blast to spend the day with! Not only did she come over to the house to hang out with us while we all got ready bright and early, she captured St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church beautifully, and then took us over to the 104th Street Farmer’s Market where we later ended up at the AGA to take more pictures. Just a few days ago, Kelsy was kind enough to post some pictures from the day of the wedding on her blog. I was so excited to see how they turned out, and she captured the day perfectly! The day has come and gone, but Kelsy’s photos will forever remind us of the amazing day that was my sisters wedding. Take a look at the photos below… the Paperhearts girls were out in full force for this occassion!

(Clockwise left to right) My sister’s beautiful dress from Pure Bridal, Christian Louboutin flats from Bergdorf Goodman, and a snap shot of my younger sister, Eleni, zipping up the Bride-to-be.

(Left to right) A great shot of my sister’s veil from Pure Bridal. Hey! That’s me! I’m just participating in the Ceremony of the Crowns (I was very nervous – we had a full house!) I am wearing a Bari Jay dress from Pure Bridal.

My favourite comment about this photo was from my Dad, “Where are their heads?” Dad, photography has changed since you got married! Cool things like this are able to happen, just look at how adorable this is! (Alex’s suit is custom made from Mr. Maxwell with a Burberry tie from Holt Renfrew.)

Here are the newly named Mr. and Mrs. Koumarelas walking through the downtown Farmer’s Market. Let me tell you, I am ready to dress up every weekend in a fancy dress – we got tons of swag! A family size bag of kettle corn, a bag of radishes, baklava, coffee from Credo, the vendors at this market were so friendly! It was such a treat to have them be a part of the day.

Boys vs. Girls. We obviously won! The AGA made for beautiful shots!

Michelle from Behind the Scenes Events and her assistant did an amazing job at turning the Polish Hall into a vision for the evening. They did a phenomenal job at turning the hall into a wedding wonderland. (Menus, and table numbers done by yours truly – the Paperhearts Studio girls!)

Make up: Ruth Bancroft

Hair: Danielle and Reanne from Ricci Hair Co.

(All photos via Kelsy Nielson)

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Creative Menu Ideas

The menu is one of my favourite details at a wedding! Not only because by the time you get to the reception everyone is ready to eat their hand, but there are so many different ways to let the guests know what they are about to eat. Here are few great ideas that I have come across.

My always favourite, Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. custom illustrates this couples menu

(LEFT) Such a great idea for an outdoor rustic wedding. This wood menu is made by Melangerie via Style Me Pretty. (RIGHT) A mini easel is a great idea if you are having a larger group, and still wanted the menu at the table. This way, it makes it more a part of the center piece.  Via Style Me Pretty.

(LEFT) A menu that doubles as a favour bag too! Designed by Good On Paper via Snippet and Ink. (RIGHT) A modern napkin wrap menu by Wiley Valentine via Gina DeDominici.

A very beautiful idea by Calligraphy Katrina via Grey Likes Weddings

And there you have it. Some of this weeks totally creative menu ideas! Don’t forget that not every person at the table needs a menu, it can become more of a center piece on an easel, or a larger board for all to see. Happy wedding planning all!


Andrea’s Shower

A very pretty lady asked me to whip up some little tid bits for her bridal shower and I jumped all over it! I’ve known Andrea for a few years now and when I think of her porcelain skin and long blond locks, blushing hues of pinks and peaches come to mind. She actually eloped to New York city for her ceremony in the most beautifully, flowing pale pink dress. Swoon!

The first piece was a simple, crisp email invite with soft brushed hearts and hand drawn type, very much Andrea.

Secondly, being a tea junkie, Andrea came up with the cutest idea of handing out mini tins of the most delicious tea as favors. I printed then hand drew each label and they turned out just darling!

Of course food tags (my favorite!) were cut, scored and hand drawn. There is something very special about food tags that melts my heart.

And lastly, I had extra cut offs from the food tags so I made mini fillers for Andrea to display between the dishes.

Congratulations Andrea and Garret! I hope the afternoon was everything you could wish for, you deserve it!

PS Very much looking forward to making some thank-you cards!