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Springtime in Paris – the 10th Anniversary Snowflake Ball

28 Jun

The Snowflake Ball, one of Canada’s most prestigious and breathtakingly beautiful Charity Balls, celebrated a very special 10th Anniversary on April 28, 2012 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy, and we were so pleased to be invited to partner with this incredible event and capture the beauty of the evening.

The theme was “Springtime in Paris”, inspired by the gorgeous charm, splendidly warm days, and magical nights of April in Paris. Dedicated to raising much-needed funds and awareness, furthering research, and promoting education for the 3Cs – Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Colorectal Cancer, Ball proceeds benefit both the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centre and Screen Colons Canada.The truly exceptional affair hosted 580 distinguished and high-profile guests from across Canada and from around the world. Glowing with elegance and French fairytale romance, the magical night featured spectacular entertainment and performances, delicious French cocktails, models in gorgeous “Springtime in Paris” couture courtesy of McCaffrey Haute Couture, a sumptuous and specially-created gourmet French dinner with wine (highlighted by Acadian Premium Caviar), Veuve Clicquot Champagne toast, exquisite fragrance table gifts courtesy of Paco Rabanne Parfums, lavish 10th Anniversary swag bags filled with fabulous gifts, the incomparable live and silent auctions of luxury and highly unique items and trips from around the world, Magnificent Late Night Dessert Buffet created and hosted by Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa (featuring delectable French desserts and an irresistible dessert crepe station), Maison de Thé tea bar hosted by DAVIDsTEA, and dancing the night away to one of Canada’s hottest dance bands – The South Beach Orchestra from Toronto.

Witness the Ball on vintage film here, made possible by the generous support of Kodak and Technicolor. Thank you for donating your products and services!

~ Filmed with love on Kodak 16mm  ~

Granting African filmmakers a way to tell their stories

25 Jan

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost five years since I first traveled to East Africa with two filmmaker friends to start a film school in Burundi. After multiple return visits, a few fundraisers and some incredible volunteers, the Burundi Film Center is now an established film institution respected by the local community and abroad.

Well guess what? We’ve been collecting a portion of sales from 2011 weddings and have created a production grant for graduates of our film school! The call for applications will be announced shortly and we’re looking forward to sharing the details about the filmmakers and the films they will create with the assistance of the { First Kiss Films } Production Grant. Thank you to all our couples who through choosing vintage cinema with love will help support filmmakers in Burundi tell their stories.

Here’s to another year of great memories and world cinema,
xo Bridget

Something White For Something Right…on film

26 Apr

Remember last October’s post about the fabulous annual gala Something White for Something Right? Well it’s finally time to share the vintage film which captured that very special evening!

Warm thanks to the Marry Me Productions team for inviting me to film this wonderful event and to Brad Summerfield for help with the sound design!

Relive the 2010 Something White for Something Right gala by viewing the film below…

~ Filmed on Kodak 16mm film ~

Event planner: Marry Me Productions
Venue: Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Emcees: Sandra & Carter of Kiss FM
Manicures: Spa Angels
Makeup: Ottawa Makeup Artists and Nolita Makeup
Live music: Sway Orchestra
Centerpieces: Flowers Talk
Menus, tickets, seating chart: Paperstudio
Candy bar: The Candy Store
Cake: Katheryna Paradis-Blais
Jewellery: Stella & Dot
Linens: Groovy Linen
White dance floor: Ottawa Event Essentials

African films premiere tomorrow night!

16 Nov

For those who follow the { First Kiss Films } blog, you already know that the Burundi Film Center is a project very close to my heart. It is an important cause that I have supported since the beginning by donating my time, artwork and a percentage of profits and tomorrow night is the big night we’ve been working towards for the last three years.

Tomorrow evening, come see the North American premiere of the short East African films that were produced through the film center this past summer. It’ll be an incredible evening of artwork, culture and films you won’t see anywhere else including a Q&A with the Canadian Co-founder who has just been nominated one of CBC’s Top 50 Champions of Change for his work in Africa!

So far this project has been self-funded and with the help of donations from friends, family and the Canada-World Cinema Project. Special thanks to our generous sponsors: The Sam Group for our rockin’ t-shirts, Ottawa Wood for building the gorgeous barnboard frames, GPC Labworks for the prints, Malen Framing for putting the final touches on our silent auction items, BarBuzz for printing promotional materials and AMBphoto for covering this event!

LOCATION: Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street
TIME: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

All proceeds will go to keeping this educational project afloat – please come to this very special event and allow the Burundi Film Center to continue to “Inspire. Educate. Entertain.”.

Photo exhibit one year in the making

2 Nov

Some of you might not realize that after completing my studies in film I went back to school to study photography. So while most of my energy today is focused on creating short films, I do enjoy shooting still images and occasionally putting together an art show.

Tomorrow is the opening of my latest collection of new works – a three-week solo photography exhibit at arts&architecture titled Beyond Buja: A Return to East Africa. The fine people of this Old Ottawa South gallery awarded me this opportunity last year when one of my photographs came in first place in a photo competition. All of the exhibited photographs will be reasonably priced and 100% of artist’s profits will go directly to the Burundi Film Center. With Christmas just around the corner these framed prints are a unique gift idea that you can feel good about.

I’ll be on-site during the vernissage Thursday, November 4th from 7-9 pm so I invite you to join us for some nibbles and mingling. If you can’t make it to the opening, you can view the show Wednesdays 11 – 5, Thursdays & Fridays 11 – 7 or Saturday & Sundays 11 – 5. The gallery will also stay open a bit later (until 7 pm) on Wednesday, November 17th as part of the gala premiere of the films produced through our East African film center at the Mayfair Theatre (just two blocks down from the gallery). More info to come on this special event but for those already planning on coming to the screening, consider dropping by the gallery and checking out the exhibit first.

Special thanks to Ken at GPC Labworks for the printing.

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NEXT WEEK: a sweet apple orchard vintage engagement film!

Have fun. Look fabulous. Do good.

19 Oct

Before you book a rock the frock session or before you donate your wedding dress, why not slip into that fabulous gown one more time for an unforgettable evening of world-class dining and live entertainment? 

Marry Me Productions
, a wedding planning company based in Ottawa specializing in event planning for savvy, stylish clients in the know, is hosting the second annual Something White for Something Right on Saturday, November 6, 2010. This chic event provides a fun opportunity for women to wear their wedding dresses again and dance the night away at the historic Fairmont Chateau Laurier. The evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and champagne, a silent auction, live music and entertainment, an incredible four course meal, door prizes and more! Tickets are $150 with all proceeds benefiting The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. There are still a few tickets available but you’d better reserve your tickets quickly as this event is sure to sell-out soon!

For those of you who don’t have a wedding dress to wear you can wear anything white – better yet, why not rent a dress? The Breast Dress Project will be renting  out their wedding dresses for $100 each and donating all profits.

{ First Kiss Films } will be on-site during Something White for Something Right (in white of course!) donating our services to this worthy cause and helping  to capture this incredible evening. Hope to see you there!

Images courtesy Sam and Mary Photography.


27 Jul

Navigating the sandy streets without shoes.

After some careful planning and schedule wrangling around my wedding film commitments I was able to squeeze in a return trip to Africa this summer and volunteer with the Burundi Film Center (BFC). You might remember the blog post this past May talking about donating a percentage of sales to this film-related cause. Well, I also enjoy donating my time too.

Subject and photographer are equally curious of each other.

The Burundi Film Center does not currently have project funding and runs solely on private donations from some truly generous people. Last week we wrapped a very successful funding drive and with the help of the Canada-World Cinema Project matching all donations we reached our goal of raising $5,000!  A big thank you to everyone who contributed including some friends in the wedding industry: AMBphoto, Amna Hakim Photography and Permanent Petals!

A common sight: A ball made of recycled plastic bags.

As I’ll be away for about a month I will be taking a break from my weekly updates but back blogging by the end of August. If you’d like to peak into our experiences overseas I invite you to checkout the BFC twitter account. Or if you are interested in following the 2010 training session check out my husband’s blog. He’s a wonderful writer and storyteller and I’ll also be helping to share our experience with some more images like the ones you see here.

School boys in uniform.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and I promise to bring back some great images. Until then, here are a few more photographs I took last time I was there.

♥ Bridget

A crowd quickly forms while the students shoot a scene for one of the short films.

When the sun sets at 6:00pm the streets become very dark.