Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noël, Merry Christmas

Greetings! In the off season, I continually am scoping new ideas, colour schemes and crafty ways to make each wedding unique and wonderful, and ensure each wedding is unlike any before it. I also celebrate numerous occasions with my friends and family. Weddings are my true passion, but special events in general excite me to the point of throwing a bowl of pistachios across my office because I can't physically contain how elated I am that there is a holiday coming. My favorite of these occasions is Christmas.
As a young child I would start counting down the days until Christmas after my second favorite holiday (Halloween) was over. There are numerous family traditions that I am hoping to pass on to my daughter - as I think we had it pretty good growing up and these magical times I had with my sisters are too special not to pass on. The traditional gingerbread house, NOT from a kit, opening a gift on Christmas Eve, the annual "wifesaver" breakfast, and going to Heritage Park to take in the old fashioned feel of Christmas and have Brookie shop for us in the "Kids Only" store, never in my life have I been so excited to unwrap a gift. In the spirit of not making Brooke's life a carbon copy of mine, I have also started some traditions of our own. Her first year as a baby I was fairly poor and all I could afford for her was a hardcover copy of "Auntie Claus". I wrote a heartfelt message to my newborn baby and the tradition has held each year for me to give her a new Christmas book with a message from her mom telling her all the things I am proud of her for.
Our Christmas cards each year are a photo montage of our family, dogs included and we have our good friend Chelsea from Shutterbird Photography snap some casual family photos. This year is our first Christmas in our new home and I was so excited to not have to deal with Christmas in a condo - but to have a full yard and home to decorate to my liking. Our living room is colour coordinated with purple and red and last year during Boxing week, I snapped up decorations to match this theme, I must say - our tree is one of the most beautiful trees I have seen!

Picking out our first real Christmas tree (thank you IKEA)

Ginger Josh, Brittany, Brookie and Maeby (and angel Dexter up on the roof!)

Our chance to pet a real reindeer at Heritage Park, I was more excited than Brookie I think!

My little girl writing her letter to Santa on Christmas Eve

And of course he wrote back!

Brookie checking out our lights

Santa was good to us!
We hosted Christmas morning breakfast, this was our simple centerpiece created with pomegranates, chestnuts, greenery from our dying tree and cranberries.

The cherple (mini version of cherpumple) I baked to finish off Christmas dinner. So good!
Tobogganing with Brookie was a fun way to start the holidays!

I hope that you and yours have a wonderful holiday season, whatever way you like to celebrate and whatever traditions you decide to integrate, and do know, that these traditions stay in a child's heart for the rest of their lives, as my Christmas memories are some of my very happiest. Love to you and yours this season and all the best in the New Year! xo Brittany

Christmas card photo by Chelsea at Shutterbird Photography

Friday, December 10, 2010

One is the Loneliest Number

Alright, alright, alright!

Apparently it's awesome videography week around the interweb this week as I can't NOT share some of these with you guys. This video is THE most amazing save the date trailer I have ever seen - I actually snorted laughing when she jumped out of the silver screen! Ha ha, so creative. She's an actress and he's a producer, so this was quite fitting for them.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bringing the Doors Outdoors

I have always wondered what kind of pressure a photographer would be under to shoot a fellow photographer's wedding. This trailer for photographers Jodi and Kurt's wedding is absolutely classic. There are so many little details that make the wedding unique. I have never before seen doors installed in the outdoors, and the boutonniere with the camera lens on the groom? Amazing. The soft vintage colours are so romantic and her dress is stunning. The couple looks so ecstatic to be spending the rest of their lives together.

Jodi + Kurt // Wedding Highlights from Josh Gooden on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Wakeboard Wedding

Wow, this is pretty much one of the coolest same-day edits I have ever seen. I have to say, I am not confident my skills as a wakeboarder could risk me doing this, but what a ridiculously fun couple!

Amanda + Ben's Wedding Trailer {wakeboarding included} from Epic Motion on Vimeo.

A Wedding Hang Up

Okay brides - I know this is one of those itsy bitsy details that are often overlooked - and you can file this one under miscellaneous costs in your budget, but trust me, you'll be grateful! Hangers! Oh my goodness there have been many times that a photographer goes to do a dress shot and there is nothing but a tacky wire hanger from the dry cleaner. Yick! Here's a fairly affordable and beautifully customized way to display your dress, and you can find them from multiple vendors on Etsy.

It's all in the details, right?!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Confetti Films

These people are the best of the best. Like...THE best. Every video I watch of theirs I tear up, their videos are the most beautiful keepsake from your wedding day, and my correspondence with Nicole, the owner has been nothing but sunshine and roses, she is an absolute sweetheart. I patiently wait for the day I can hire Confetti Films for our big day.

Jenna + Ray from Confetti Films on Vimeo.