Well well, I can’t believe Christmas came and went and we are now in the crazy season of booking some amazing new weddings!
I know it’s late but Happy New Year anyway and hope the year has started well for you all…. sadly I came down with the “Quebec” flu on the 30th December and it really knocked me out for a good 3 weeks before I was back to normal… but luckily it was not the Christmas week as we had friends fly in from the UK and what fun we had for the week. We firstly had a great time in Montreal with a visit to the Christmas Market at Place des Arts and sampled some of the local products and the Hot Wine.. well it was 5.00 o’clock somewhere in the world! Secondly, my daughter Sasha who was out in South Africa visiting her boyfriend for what I thought was through until March, surprised me (with the help of Chris) by coming home for the holidays, which was the absolute best Christmas present a mother could get 🙂
Christmas celebrations started on Christmas eve with a bit of a party (and a little too much alcohol) and then a lot of singing and dancing in our new Butler & Rose Tavern 🙂 Our friends Sylvian and Jonathan stopped by, who are actually previous clients of mine and now great friends, but they were sensible and left before the renditions of “Les Miserable” happened! Christmas Day was a lot of fun too with Chris’s son and wife and our very cute grandson Kai and then on Boxing Day we took the Brits “Ice Fishing” near Trois Riviere which was not as boring as I thought it was going to be LOL…. and the fact that we had heat and could BYOW it was most enjoyable – we also caught about 30 + Tom Cod!
And what is a trip to Quebec without going up to Quebec City… just outside Quebec City we went Husky Dog Sledding and the next day we took them to Montmorency Falls and a quick visit of the City as sadly a storm was heading in so we had to get back to the Townships, where we finished with “Smoked Meat Spaghetti” at our favourite Smoked Meat restaurant in Magog “B&G”! – it was truly a fantastic break reconnecting with loved ones!
Since then it has been all go go go meeting with some great new clients and working on finalising details for this spring / summer weddings. I must admit in terms of planning I love this time of year when all the new weddings come in and you learn all about their ideas and visions of what they want their dream day to be and my mind starts swirling with which venue’s might be amazing for their wedding… it’s only when the venue is booked that the visioning really starts!
As this time of year is a little quieter is is also a great time for me to get out and about meeting up with venue’s, attend events and meeting great new vendors and the last two weeks I have certainly been doing this!
I recently had lunch with Donna at The Ritz, we’ve done a couple of weddings there recently so it was nice to relax and catch up and of course the food was excellent… of course everyone knows the Ritz and how beautiful it is for weddings in their Oval Ballroom, but they also have a suite of smaller rooms perfect for more intimate weddings, showers and rehearsal dinners!
I also met up with Voula from Decca 77 and of course this restaurant is very well known for their food, but what I didn’t realise is that they also have exclusive access to an amazing atrium area in the office building behind them for weddings & ceremonies surrounded by floor to ceiling windows in the heart of Montreal… again I don’t want to give too much away now as I will also be blogging about this space next month. We had a lovely lunch and the food presentation and flavours were just incredible…. just as well as they have 3 chefs from Toqué who run the kitchen and if you didn’t know Decca 77 also own L’Atellier d’Argentine in Old Montreal and on Crescent street… another interesting location for a smaller wedding with a NY loft feel!
Then last Thursday was the launch party for the new banquet space at the Intercontinental Montreal on floors 5 & 6 of the amazing Nordheimer building, it was a fun night with sumptuous food and I wont’ go into too much detail now – but check out my “Butler & Rose” blog on Monday and I’ll give you all the details of the new space with an outdoor terrace area overlooking Old Montreal!!
Well this weekend is my hubby’s birthday so we are off to one of the top spots in Eastern Townships “Hovey Manor” for dinner, plus a few other surprises in store for him which I cannot say for now LOL as I know he reads my blogs :O)
As the new year has come and time is on our side…. here is a look at a great “Clock” Themed wedding…. enjoy!!