March 17, 2015Engagement Ring Event | Lovebird BridalPosted in Engagement,Events,Let Them Eat Cake,Weddings

Good Morning lovelies,

Guess what time of year it is? It’s time for our third annual Engagement Ring Event at Lovebird Bridal Boutique. If you are recently engaged, come down and have your engagement ring photographed compliments of Winding Violets and Lovebird Bridal Boutique. If you know someone who is engaged, please pass this link along to them. I am certain they will thank your for it!

Every year has been a great success, and a lot of fun. We invite you to come down and enjoy Michelle Pilon’s beautiful wedding boutique, and have your ring stylistically photographed by Kingston’s only Fine Art Wedding Photographers, Winding Violets as you browse.

Here are the deets:

Who? | Winding Violets and Lovebird Bridal Boutique have teamed up to host a spectacular event.

What? | Have your engagement ring stylistically photographed, compliments of Winding Violets and Lovebird Bridal Boutique.

Why? |  You get a beautiful image of your engagement ring absolutely free!  The question should be, “Why not?!

Where? | Lovebird Bridal Boutique, 172 Ontario Street, Downtown Kingston.

When? |  From 10am – 3pm, on Saturday, March 21st 2015.

How? | Saturday we will be photographing engagement rings from 10am – 3pm. You will receive a complimentary digital download of your photograph, via email, on the following Monday!

 

Kingston Wedding Photographers, Winding Violets, 3rd Annual Engagement Ring Event.

 

A few fun facts about engagement rings: 

Did you know that engagement rings date back as far as ancient Egypt?

The engagement ring is placed on the left hand, and on the finger nearest the pinky, because it was believed in Roman times that that finger contained a vein that led to your heart. That vein was called, “vena amoris,” or vein of love.

During Victorian times, know for it’s sentimentality, it was not uncommon for rings to be fashioned from your beloved’s hair…umm, I think I’ll stick with the gold thank you very much ;)

The most popular cut to date, according to Tiffany’s, is the Brilliant. This cut emphasizes the sparkle, and radiance, of  your diamond. Hence the name: the Brilliant Cut.

Do you know the four “Cs”? Cut,  Carat, Colour, and Clarity.

See you this Saturday, March 21st (between 10am -3pm) at Lovebird Bridal Boutique

   FIN

Engagement Ring Event | Lovebird Bridal | March 17, 2015

February 3, 2015Paris France | WanderlustPosted in Let Them Eat Cake

 

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

– T.S. Elliot (Four Quartets, “Little Gidding”)

 

Have you ever heard the word Synecdoche (sin-eck-da-key)? Probably not, huh? It’s not a French word, or even concept, but rather a term used to describe a tool used by writers.

A synecdoche, is when a single part of something is used to describe the whole. Take for example Paris. A good synecdoche for Paris is the Eiffel Tower.

We see a keychain, fridge magnet, or paper weight Eiffel Tower and we immediately think of Paris. Not just the Eiffel Tower itself, but the object or symbol gives way to a flood of associations: cafés, baguette, the Mona Lisa (an Italian painting btw), Napoleon, stripes, Notre Dame, and the Seine, and many more.

Don’t be afraid to fill in some blanks yourself. Eiffel tower, go …

Pretty neat word and idea right!? I’ll bet you were able to come up with many more Parisian things than what I had listed.

Unfortunately, our Eiffel Tower synecdoche can have a reductionistic effect as well. Once things are reduced to a single part, we are often given the impression that we understand the whole. I think this is even true of a city as grand, Romantic, and historic as Paris.

Even though Melissa and I had been planning and saving for a big trip to Paris for years, I must admit that this reductionistic thinking had somehow infiltrated my mind to some extent. What could really be gained from a place that seemed so familiar?

Let me tell you, my very first night in The City of Lights obliterated any sense of the cliché or perceived familiarity I had with Paris or the Eiffel Tower.

Once settled into our flat, the sun had set on Paris and the artificial lights had just started to illuminate the city. We settled on a walk down to the Seine, a serpentine river running the length of the city. And a dividing line between the Right and Left banks.

I will never forget the feeling I had once we reached the base of Boulevard dé Sebastopol at the Seine. Together our eyes followed the long black river, the city lights dancing in the strong current shimmering almost like the scales on an enormous snake, and at its head standing on the horizon…the Eiffel Tower.

I was very nearly reduced to tears.

Our first night remains my favorite memory of Paris. My most vivid. That night I was reminded that something, even as cliché and familiar as the Eiffel Tower, has the power to move my mind, heart, and soul in its depths.

The Eiffel Tower is a fitting synecdoche for Paris. And it is an especially rich one for me now that it is emotionally charged in my memory. Any sense of familiarity and cliché associated with Paris has been wiped clean from my mind.

When I take our tchotchke Eiffel Tower down from our mantle, I now see the most inspiring, Romantic, and enchanting place I have ever been. This may seem reductionistic or cliché, but not to me.

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

 

Paris France, Travel Photography by Winding Violets | www.windingviolets.com

 

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Paris France, Travel Photography by Winding Violets | www.windingviolets.com

 

FIN

Emily I love how you captured Paris!! These images are beautiful and brings back memories. I was lucky to have done a semester there in university. While still a short time there, it never got old. None of the cliches, or the threatening monotony of daily life took any of the magic away! {February 17, 2015, 11:03pm}

Paris France | Wanderlust | February 3, 2015

December 24, 2013‘Twas the night before Christmas | Kingston Wedding PhotographersPosted in Let Them Eat Cake

‘Twas the night before Christmas,

And all through the house, not a creature was stirring . . . well maybe a rabbit? Here’s a little glimpse into WV Headquarter’s the night before Christmas. We are looking so forward to all the great couples that we will be working with this upcoming wedding season. We are hoping to make 2014 Winding Violets’s best yet. Congratulations to all of the couples that are getting, or have gotten, engaged over the Christmas season. We hope to hear from some of you soon!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight,

The Violets

 

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FIN

‘Twas the night before Christmas | Kingston Wedding Photographers | December 24, 2013

December 21, 2013Ocean House & the Secret Beach | Watch Hill, Rhode IslandPosted in Let Them Eat Cake

Consider today’s entry a much needed postcard addressed to you from Watch Hill, RI. Watch Hill, Rhode Island, is home to many post card worth sights. Take for example Ocean House Hotel, woowzers! Ocean House’s extravagant rooms and breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean have been enjoyed by Henry Ford, Clark Gable, Conan O’Brien, and Hugh Jackman to name a few.

Other notable sights are the historic Watch Hill Yacht Club, many beautiful Victorian “cottages,”  and the oldest continuously operated carousel in the United States. The Flying Horse Carousel, sadly not pictured below…total fail I know, is set up right on the beach. Nothing like riding a carousel while enjoying an ocean view, huh?

The funniest thing about these photos, and much to our surprise, is that many of them were made less than 100 feet from Taylor Swift’s house. Just after coming across Ocean House, and still a little dazed, we spotted a discrete path that led to the Atlantic Ocean. We rambled down the stoney walk, through bushes, and long beach grass (braving the many tick warnings), eventually emerging onto a large beach that was nearly vacant.

Far out into the Ocean a large sailboat was barely visible over the white caps and crashing waves rolling a shore. The sound of waves rendered speech almost inaudible, but that vastness of the beach, ocean, and isolation, made it feel silent. Not a dissimilar sensation to standing still, at night, in a freshly fallen snow. You can hear your heartbeat.

When we got back to our hotel we consulted the All-Mighty-Goog and found that we were right behind Taylor Swifts home in Watch Hill. Nice choice girly. We hope you enjoy our little postcard from Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

From Watch Hill, RI with love,

The Violets

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 FIN

 

Ocean House & the Secret Beach | Watch Hill, Rhode Island | December 21, 2013

August 16, 2013The Upper Rust | Boutique Shopping in the East VillagePosted in Let Them Eat Cake

Bonjour,

I think it goes without saying that our house is pretty big on New York City. Whether it’s walking over the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset, strolling through the Park in the morning, boutiquing in the West Village, record shopping in Williamsburg, or grabbing some delicious perogies from Veselka, we can’t get enough of it.

One evening we were strolling through the East Village after grabbing a drink at The Niagara. I spotted a little shop, whose exterior could only be described as a cleverly contrived tableaux of found objects –  a curiosity shop essentially. Melissa hadn’t quite spotted what was soon to become her favourite shop in Manhattan, when I gave her a little nudge in it’s direction and knowingly levelled my rhetorical gesture, “do you think you’d like to stop in there?”

“WOULD I !?”

I’m not sure I have seen Melissa’s face light up like that ever before, not even on our wedding day, or when I proposed in Bryant Park under an enormous Christmas Tree. And that’s saying something, those trees burn with the light of a thousand suns. Needless to say, it was love at first sight between Melissa and The Upper Rust.

We came home with a little tarnished crown, something she had been wanting for years. Bringing something home from The Upper Rust every time we visit The City has become a little tradition for us – the best of boutique shopping in the East Village. Incidentally the American Flag I’m holding on the Brooklyn Bridge is from this very same shop – more on the history of that below. It was the 4th of July weekend and we thought it a fitting memento.

We hope you enjoy the photos from our stolen weekend in NYC. I think your are going to love the little peek into The Upper Rust, and the lovely artefacts therein. It’s a bit like a treasure hunt every time you visit. For example, check out the antique French skeleton key from Paris we spotted. You really must visit the boutique for yourselves, and spot your own treasures. All images were captured on that mystical substance known as film, and are all the more beautiful for it.

Bon Appetit,

The Violets

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FIN

*What’s with the circle of stars? The Betsy Ross flag is supposed to have been commissioned by George Washington in 1776. The circling stars are said to represent equality amongst the 13 states at the time. Vexillologists – an exciting new word to pull out in conversation – debate the veracity of the Betsy Ross, George Washington legend. Oh!, “what’s Vexillology, you ask?” The scientific study of flags and symbols as they relate to history. Eat your heart out Robert Langdon, “symbolist” extraordinaire.

 

 

The Upper Rust | Boutique Shopping in the East Village | August 16, 2013

March 26, 2013Wedding Venues in Kingston Ontario | Spindle Tree GardensPosted in Let Them Eat Cake,Weddings

Happy Tuesday,

As you may have seen Winding Violets styled and photographed a wedding editorial for Kingston Life Weddings Magazine. One of our photos even made the cover. How cool is that? As I understand, this was also the best selling issue to date. And we have two lovely, driven, and forward thinking people to thank for that, the former Editor of Kingston Life Weddings Jane Deacon & current Art Director Wendy Treverton. We would also like to express a special thank you to Susan Meisner & Tom Brown the owners and architects of the finest of all Wedding Venues in Kingston Ontario, Spindle Tree Gardens. And who can forget our wonderful models Lisa & Luke Heney aka Lily & Archibald. Thank you both for playing a “key” role in this shoot. Four years ago Melissa and I were married in this very spot, we hope you love looking at it as much as we do. Featured below is the cover of Kingston Life Weddings 2013.

Kingston Wedding Venues

So what does it mean to stylize and editorial anyway? Basically stylizing means that you are in charge of the editorial concept: the who, what, where, when, and why. If Winding Violets was going to plan a wedding, this is what it would look like. When we were coming up with our concept I came across a copy of Frances Burrnett’s classic novel, “The Secret Garden.” I spent a few dewy summer mornings sitting in my backyard drinking coffee and taking in Burrnett’s tale. I was immediately struck by the idea of a forgotten and hidden garden, a sanctuary, a lost paradise…a secret garden wedding. After sharing my vision with Melissa, she immediately suggested we shoot at one of the most beautiful Wedding Venues in Kingston Ontario, Spindle Tree Gardens. For weeks we sourced tea cups, antique keys and locks, tables, typewriters (what the novel would have been written on), the suit, and of course that gorgeous Ines DiSanto couture gown: the Lissome. The idea was to tie in as many artifacts from the novel into the stylizing of the wedding. The result, a “Secret Garden Wedding.”

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

Ines DiSanto Lissome | Photograph by Winding Violets Everlovin' Press letter press escort cards | photograph by Winding Violets Ines DiSanto Lissome | Photograph by Winding Violets Ines DiSanto Lissome 2013 | Photograph by Winding Violets Badgley Mischka Wedding Shoes | Photograph by Winding Violets L.S.P. Designs | Kingston Florist | Photograph by Winding Violets Ines DiSanto Lissome 2013 | Photography by Winding Violets Kingston Wedding Venue | Spindle Tree Gardens | Photograph by Winding Violets Ines DiSanto Lissome 2013 | Photograph by Winding Violets Ines DiSanto Lissome 2013 | Photograph by Winding Violets Garden Wedding Cake | Photograph by Winding Violets L.S.P. Designs | Kingston Florist | Photograph by Winding Violets Everlovin' Press | Letterpress Menu Wedding | Photograph by Winding Violets Everlovin' Press | Typewriter Guestbook | Photograph by Winding Violets L.S.P Designs | Kingston Florist | Photographs by Winding Violets Ines DiSanto Lissome 2013 | | Photograph by Winding Violets Spindle Tree Gardens | Kingston Wedding Venues | Photograph by Winding Violets Spindle Tree Gardens | Kingston Wedding Venues | Photograph by Winding Violets Kingston Wedding Venues | Spindle Tree Gardens | Photograph by Winding Violets

 

 

All in the Details: Published by Kingston Life Weddings Magazine, Wedding Venues in Kingston Ontario – Spindle Tree Gardens, Lissome gown contributed by Ines DiSanto, men’s suit contributed by Chris James, all floral arrangements & chair swags by L.S.P. Designs, All stationary (invites, escort cards, guest book, & menus) designed and pressed by Everlovin’ Press, Badgley Mischka shoes contributed by Cybil Scott, Cake design by Rebekah Jeffries, Earrings contributed by Sterling, hair by Liz Amorim at Echo, Make-up by Jazlyn Stoness.

Ashley These pictures and the wedding set up are completely elegant charming and enchanting beautiful photos beautiful wedding setting! this is stunning and it made me feel swept away when I looked at them wow ! is all I can say! {March 28, 2013, 02:01pm}
TheViolets Thank you Ashley, that is a lovely compliment. We really wanted to create something inspirational and aspirational. I'm glad you are inspired Ashley. Have a wonderful day! {March 28, 2013, 02:18pm}
Jocelyn This is breathe taking!! exactly how I invision our special day to be 05/15/15!! {February 07, 2014, 12:56pm}

Wedding Venues in Kingston Ontario | Spindle Tree Gardens | March 26, 2013

April 24, 2011Happy Easter!Posted in Let Them Eat Cake

Happy Easter,

We hope you’re enjoying your families and friends around good food and conversation. We we’re in Ottawa all day today doing the same, and celebrating my grandmother’s 80th birthday – how amazing is that!  Before we left for Ottawa, we took a little bit of time to make you all a small Easter gift starring our very own little Easter Bunny. He is such a photogenic little guy and he is so interested in cameras, which makes my job easy: “say carrots…?” After doing a bit of rummaging through the flea markets around Kingston, and stumbling on some great finds, we visited Leanne at L.S.P. Designs. Despite the hustle and bustle of the season, Leanne was nice enough to take some time out and furnish us with these beautiful dusty pastel roses, peonies, and one lovely ranunculi.

Bon Appétit,

-The Violets

FIN

Lindsay White How come absolutely everything and anything you take a photo of looks just absolutely beautiful?! It doesn't matter what it is... a bride, a baby, a bunny... and tea cup... all beautiful. You two amaze me! {May 06, 2011, 03:52pm}

Happy Easter! | April 24, 2011

April 20, 2011Featured on The Wedding Co.Posted in Let Them Eat Cake,Weddings

Hello Everyone,

We are so excited to share our recent feature on The Wedding Co. blog with you. Just click the “featured on”  badge below to check it out. We owe a big thank you to Catherine Lash the Founder, Editor, and Creative Director of The Wedding Co. for featuring John and Krista’s Destination Wedding. For those who aren’t familiar, The Wedding Co. hosts Wedding Shows and acts as a liaise between industry professionals and the smart and stylish engaged couples of Toronto. Melissa and I have attended their annual Wedding Show held at the Carlu, an impeccable event, and we are looking very much forward to this year’s Spring Wedding Show at The Drake Hotel – Where Indie Meets Couture.  If you are in Toronto on April 30th don’t miss out. We’d love it if you ‘d leave a comment on www.theweddingco.com for us. Thank you all so much for your continued support!

-The Violets

Featured on The Wedding Co. | April 20, 2011

December 25, 2010Merry Christmas Melissa | 2010Posted in Let Them Eat Cake

Merry Christmas all!

As promised, here is the unveiling of Melissa’s gift from Sterling this year. The ring is yellow gold, the centre stone is solitary Citrine surrounded by small diamonds. Hope you are having a lovely Christmas. We’ll see you in the New Year!

Bon Appétit,

The Violets

FIN

Ashley wow beautiful looks like an engagement ring ;) {December 25, 2010, 07:26pm}
Lindsay White LOVE it!! A little jealous. Well done Lucas! Miss you guys! {December 25, 2010, 09:01pm}
Christina Guzzo I absolutely LOVE this! It is stunning! Great taste Lucas! You should hang out with Tommy more often ;) {December 26, 2010, 12:16am}
TheViolets Melissa already has one of those Ashley :) This one is purely decorative! {December 26, 2010, 09:21am}
TheViolets We miss you too Lindsay. Hope Brynley's first Christmas was magical and full of love :) {December 26, 2010, 09:22am}
TheViolets awww thanks Christina. Something tells me Tommy is doing quite alright on his own, after all he's got you on his arm :) {December 26, 2010, 09:24am}
Sarah Rouleau Very nice job Lucas! It looks like it has Melissa's name written all of over it! {December 27, 2010, 09:41pm}
Misty BEAUTIFUL! Someone's a lucky girl! And Someone else has really good taste! {January 14, 2011, 09:22am}
Renee I love this ring! Where did you get it? {March 07, 2014, 10:48am}

Merry Christmas Melissa | 2010 | December 25, 2010

December 10, 2010Merry Christmas | Sterling, Downtown KingstonPosted in Let Them Eat Cake

Merry Christmas,

I thought I’d take some time out to share one of my absolute favourite places in Kingston with you. Nearly every time there’s a note worthy occasion in our relationship Melissa gets something from this exquisite little boutique. Whether it’s our anniversary, her birthday, just because she deserves a little something, or Christmas, Sterling is my main stay. Chris Saasto, the owner, has impeccable taste and just being in her shop is a delight. Her front window displays draw us in and catch us pressing our noses to the glass with childlike surprise, as we play a kind of jewellery “Where’s Waldo.” This is half the fun of visiting Sterling; searching all the nooks and crannies and browsing through the beautiful glass hutches that line the walls…really gorgeous stuff. If you want some terrific new pieces of jewellery for Christmas this year, you know where to point your man: Sterling. Make sure to go visit the shop yourself as well, you’ll fall in love I guarantee it!

*As an added point of interest. I will be unveiling what I bought Melissa from Sterling this year on the blog Christmas morning. So if your senses are curious and a bit tantalized, be sure to see what Melissa’s unwrapping from Sterling this year!

– The Violets

FIN

Sterling

77A Princess Street

Kingston, Ontario K7L 1A6

613 548 8696

Melissa I like the rose ring. The one is the sixth image. {December 10, 2010, 11:28pm}
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Merry Christmas | Sterling, Downtown Kingston | December 10, 2010