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Some exciting news! We just got our hands on a copy of the recently published book, L'ambassade de France á Ottawa - The French Embassy in Ottawa where some of our photos are featured.  This history book by Jean Fouace features photography by Marc Gibert as well as a section on Parties and Receptions photographed by yours truly!

French Embassy Ottawa
French Embassy Ottawa photography Book
We'd like to extend a special thank you to Ambassador François Delattre, his lovely wife Sophie and to Fouzia from the Embassy for making all this happen and for the opportunity to be a part of this beautifully published work.

For more photos of the event, see this post we did on the French Embassy's black tie event.

Hugs,
Sam (and Mary)
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Well, this is a nice surprise!  We recently received a phone call from the Kanata Kourier Standard informing us that Sam and Mary Photography won the Reader's Choice Diamond Award for best wedding photographer.   

Kanata Kourier Reader's choice award diamond wedding photographer image
We'd like to send out a special "Thank You" to all who voted for us.  We're thrilled and honoured to contribute to the success of our community and look forward to serving you with excellence again next year.

Winners are published in this week's issue so pick up your copy today! :)

Hugs,
Sam and Mary


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Liz:

Awesome - congrats!!!

(06.26.10 @ 11:13 PM)
rebeccahappy:

Congratualtions! I have been through a lot of your site and blog. Your work is absolutely stunning!

(06.27.10 @ 11:48 PM)
Sam n' Mary:

Thanks guys! That's one paper that won't find it's way to the recycle bin! :)

(07.04.10 @ 12:32 AM)
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This past weekend, Sam and I had the opportunity to participate in a fundraiser charity event, Something White for Something Right, held at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa, Ontario.  Hosted and presented by Stacey Price and her team at Marry Me Productions, this fabulous sold-out event provided an evening of exquisite dining and live entertainment, which brought 160+ people wearing their wedding dresses or something white to support a worthy cause.  Proceeds went to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation while raising awareness on discovering and fighting breast cancer. 

Here are some of our favourite images from the unforgettable evening!

Something White for Something Right
Something White for Something Right
Something White for Something Right

It was absolutely amazing to see all the ladies coming in their wedding dresses and to see the guys in their white suits! Thanks to all of you for making the event so fun for us to capture.  Of course, one couldn't help checking out all the different styles of dresses all in one room worn by beautiful women - totally breathtaking! You all looked gorgeous!
 
Something White for Something Right

Cocktail hour wouldn't be the same without the one and only, Mellow Dee, whose music set the perfect mood for the evening.
 
Something White for Something Right

Bel Fiore and Flowers Talk collaborated to provide these bouquets as well as the stunning centrepieces for the tables above.  These were on auction to raise money for the cause.  Love the use of feathers - so chic!
 
Something White for Something Right

Sweets by The Candy Store and The Flour Shoppe added the perfect amount of sugar and spice and all things nice!
 
Something White for Something Right
Something White for Something Right

The main entertainment for the night was put on by the incredible Sway Orchestra, who rocked the house throughout the dining and dancin'!  Thanks guys, for your amazing talent!
 
Something White for Something Right
Something White for Something Right

The successful event was brought together by so many people. Here is Stacey Price and some of her team from Marry Me Productions.  I love the sea of white dresses that represents all the ladies (and their men) standing together to support one another in finding a cure for breast cancer.
 
Something White for Something Right
Something White for Something Right

Thanks, Stacey, for your vision in pulling this event together and pouring your heart into this.  Your talent is so obvious and energy contagious!  It was so worth it to squeeze myself back into my dress (I'm sure some of you ladies can relate?! :) for the cause, and we are honoured to have been a part of it!

Much Luv,
Mary (& Sam)
Ottawa Wedding + Lifestyle + Event Photographers

Celebrity MC's:
Angie Poirier (A Channel Morning)
Sandra & Carter (KISS FM)

Special Thanks to:
SWAY Orchestra
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Liz:

Looks like a lot of fun! Great job in capturing the energy of the evening.

(11.10.09 @ 10:32 AM)
tuong:

mary you look so cute in your white dress! how fun!

(11.10.09 @ 11:39 AM)
Anonymous:

Awesome photos, and it was a great event for a great cause! Just out of curiosity, is there any way to order photos?

(11.11.09 @ 08:31 PM)
Mary:

We've had great feedback and thank you all for comments and emails! Lisa-Marie - you should have received an email from the organizer with a gallery to order your photos, if not, I'll send that info to you right now. Anyone else - please send us any email to info@samandmaryphotography.com Thanks! -Mary

(11.14.09 @ 07:55 PM)
Melanie:

What an amazing event and you both did an amazing job in capturing it!

(12.31.09 @ 11:18 AM)
Dwight Grant:

Hey, just wanted to say the pics look great.

(01.05.10 @ 11:08 PM)
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It is not everyday one gets to attend a black tie soiree event in Ottawa, but we were honoured to be welcomed by French ambassador Francois Delattre and his wife, Sophie L'Helias-Delattre, into their grand home to capture the celebration of the night before Bastille day, or La Fete Nationale.  We were immediately impressed by the generosity and warm hospitality of the Ambassador of France and his wife, to have hosted such an elaborate fun evening of wining and dining - and building bridges as a result.

The reception rooms were expansive with a view overlooking the beautiful Ottawa River.  Among the 350 invited guests were ambassadors, members of Parliament, and diplomats who were treated to amazing french cuisine by executive chef, Patrice Moh-Elloh and pastry chef, Gilles Gourdet.

Here are some of our highlights from a spectacular evening!

French Embassy
French Embassy
French Embassy
French Embassy
French Embassy

Both the French and Canadian national anthems were sung by mezzo-soprano, Julie Nesrallah, accompanied by Jean Desmarais on piano, as the whole room stood still.

French Embassy

We LOVE the exquisite and unique floral pieces arranged by amazing florist Joel Marc Frappier.  They are truly stunning works of art and adds so much to the charm and elegance of the evening.
 
French Embassy

Another highlight of the night was music performed by the handsome French crooner, Antoine Bleck.  If you are ever in New York, definitely check him out live where he plays at Opia bar and lounge or you can find his music on itunes!
  
French Embassy
French Embassy

Some of the wonderful people who laughed and danced the night away... what could be a more perfect way to exchange smiles and friendship!

French Embassy
French Embassy
This unforgettable event was a first of it's kind in the city and certainly a breath of fresh air for Ottawa.  Special thanks to Francois and Sophie for their amazing character and example in bringing everyone together for this celebration. To all those, we've met and shared a smile with - thank you! 

Stay tuned for more pics from the next day's celebration of Bastille Day, which is the French national day on the 14th of July!

Much luv,
Mary (& Sam)

  
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If you've already checked out our blog post on the L'Aperitif a la Francaise event hosted by Le Cordon Bleu last month, we hinted at the AMAZING parisian fashion show that took place that night.  Here are some more pics to showcase the beautiful dresses donned that evening by the fabulous models.  Ladies, take a look and get inspired this summer!  Dresses provided by Boutique Agathe St. Amour.

Aperitif Ottawa Fashion Show
Aperitif Ottawa Fashion Show
Aperitif Ottawa Fashion Show
Aperitif Ottawa Fashion Show
Aperitif Ottawa Fashion Show
Aperitif Ottawa Fashion Show
Aperitif Ottawa Fashion Show
Aperitif Ottawa Fashion Show
Aperitif Ottawa Fashion Show
Aperitif Ottawa Fashion Show
Aperitif Ottawa Fashion Show
Aperitif Ottawa Fashion Show

Of course, leading up to the finale and highlight of the night.... the Chocolate Dress created by the chefs at Le Cordon Bleu.  (for all you chocolate lovers...yes, that is all real chocolate!)
 
Aperitif Ottawa Fashion Show

I just love the designs and dresses that were chosen and the way they were presented - so fresh, feminine and elegant!  Now that I've picked a few favourites, I just need a place to wear these to! :)

Have a wonderful weekend!
Mary

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