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RAW Beauty Talks: An Orchard Summer Brunch with Host Kaitlyn Bristowe

“1 in 6 youth will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their life, with rates of anxiety and depression increasing by 70 percent over the past 25 years.  A recent study found that Instagram is the most damaging social network to young people’s mental well being, causing feelings of inadequacy and anxiety.”

On this day last year we had the honour of teaming up with RAW Beauty Talks + The Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe, to help change this stat by raising funds for youth positive body image and media literacy program, Free To Be. Forty incredible women and men joined us at The Orchard for delicious soul food, raw conversation and the launch of a crowdfunding campaign for this important program. It was a beautiful, intimate + heart warming experience that truly had a lasting impact on all of us.

At the time, RAW Beauty Talks Founder, Erin Treloar, was mega preggers with her second child and I (Jessica) had a fresh two month old baby but when our minds are set on getting something done (even if our husbands think we are completely crazy), we’re going to make it happen. However, none of it would have been possible without an incredible list of sponsors + individuals donating their time + services [full list of sponsors here] plus our very supportive hubbies, one of which may have been onsite wearing the new baby helping with set up…[photo below].

We’re a year late on getting this story + these images to the blog but this conversation + movement is one that will never become irrelevant. We hope to have the opportunity to donate our time to another fundraising segment of these change-maker societies.

What is Free To Be?

Free To Be is a research-based positive body image program for youth in grades six to eight. The program empowers boys and girls to reach their full potential by developing media literacy awareness, cultivating individual strengths, building resilience to social pressures that impact body image, and nurturing a positive social environment.

To learn more about the program please visit www.freetobetalks.com.

Hayley + Rasmus: Hart House Restaurant

Hayley + Rasmus were a total dream to work with. As busy professionals living in London, England they knew they wanted a unique and sophisticated wedding that matched their contemporary style but needed help on the ground to pull it off. They told us what they wanted and let us run with it, and run we did! Pairing their personal style with the romantic garden setting of their venue, Hart House Restaurant, was a fun challenge that left us scratching our heads a few times as we tried to source and pair the right mix of textures, colours and decorative accents. All that hard work paid off though (as it always does) and in the end, we were able to create a unique and playfully sophisticated blend of modern edge and garden elegance that perfectly fit our couple and their hopes for their dream wedding!

Read more about their modern + sophisticated wedding in their Real Weddings feature here! Photos by the incomparable Tomasz Wagner.

See the full gallery + list of vendors here.

Annie + Matthew: Hart House Restaurant

Annie and Matthew were such a joy to work with, just incredibly sweet, friendly and genuine in their desire to create a beautiful day of celebration with their nearest + dearest. That joy and warmth really shone through on their wedding day at Hart House Restaurant where we let the beauty of the venue speak for itself, highlighted by simple + romantic decor with a slightly rustic vibe. Natural greenery and wood accents created a warm and elegantly relaxed space which was topped-off by the “wow factor” greenery chandeliers created for us by the lovely ladies at Our Little Flower Company.

– Margot xo

Ladies beautified by the Denise Elliott Beauty Co. team + all captured by Taya Photography.

See the full gallery + list of vendors here.

Kaetlyn + Onur: Roundhouse

Kaetlyn-Onur_0001It was such a blast helping Kaetlyn + Onur plan their wedding –right from the start I knew it was going to be a great party and couldn’t wait to bring their vision to life. Working with the open and slightly industrial space of the Roundhouse is always a fun challenge and K+O’s laid back yet slightly edgy and playful style fit perfectly. With stunning organic style florals from Celsia, industrial copper accents and dramatic deep blue watercolour custom stationery from Blushtype we created an eclectic space where the couple and their guests could let loose in their beautifully relaxed surroundings.

– Margot xo

Photography by the talented hubby + wife team, Dallas + Sabrina.

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See the full gallery + list of vendors here.

 

Carlotta + Alex: Brock House Restaurant

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If you want the quintessential example of a ridiculously sweet, thoughtful and fun couple, Carlotta + Alex are it! These two are so full of love that they put a huge grin on my face every time we chatted. As professional figure skaters Lotta + Alex live far from their respective homes of BC and England and are never in one place for very long. With that in mind it was super important to them that the focus of their wedding be bringing their nearest and dearest together for one incredibly special and love-filled celebration. Inspired by the park-like surroundings and fresh ocean breezes at the beautiful Brock House Restaurant we created an elegant and romantic west coast affair for these two, overflowing with soft fluffy white blooms and bright textured greenery like ferns and vines.

– Margot xo

Photographs by Hera Films

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See the full gallery + list of vendors here.

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