by Chantal Roulston
Santa Baby was born out of the need to find my Christmas spirit.
I love Christmas; it is romantic, it is full of love, family and traditions. For me, much of this felt lost with loss of our home in February to a fire. With all our mementoes gone, I felt myself struggling to find where it all fit again. Having married my husband on December 13, we had a Christmas wedding. I loved every ounce of this day, and thought maybe it would help me recapture some memories and some of the missing spirit if you will. I’ve always loved the story “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and of course the song Santa Baby … the line about a ring!
Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing, a ring
I don’t mean on the phone
Santa Baby lyrics
So, I dove into the idea of recreating a love story about Santa kissing mommy, and of course the ring! Once the the scene was set, a beautiful tree farm was needed, and Blitzen Estate in Jasper, Ontario, fit the scene perfectly. The tree was decorated , the fire was lit, the table was set and Santa flew in from the North Pole to help us out.
We needed his suit to pull off the proposal. A beautiful bride was outfitted in a gorgeous gown by Sinders Bridal of Carleton Place, a vintage fur cape from Angelina Wrona of Merrickville complemented the whimsical romantic look, and the boots? Oh, the boots! Shipped in from The House Of Elliot in the UK, they completed the entire ensemble. All we needed was the groom-to-be (disguised in Santa’s borrowed suit, of course) to pop the question and present the ring. A 6.74 carat hessonite garnet, surrounded by diamonds and set in rose gold, it had been lovingly crafted by Goldart Jewellery Studio of Ottawa.
The scene was set, the outdoor living room warm and cozy with a fire in the pot bellied stove burning, and the GypsyRose Bar serving up drinks prepared by TopShelf distillery to keep things festive. Flowers and greenery were everywhere with glorious pops of red to complement the ring. The invitations sent, the guests were soon to arrive to this surprise proposal party.
Then “Santa” arrived, dropped on bended knee, proposing to his lady with ring in hand. Little miss Olivia, spying Santa, couldn’t contain her excitement to catch Santa kissing her mommy. She rushed over to catch Santa in the act and spied the ring! ‘How exciting,’ she thought. ‘Mommy is marrying Santa … or is she? … Who is that in the trees? … Could it be?’ …
Creative styling and all decor and mobile Gypsy Bar supplied by: www.gypsyrosewedding.com
@gypsyrose on instagram
Photography by Stacey Stewart Photography
Venue: Blitzen Estate
Invites by Wishtree Invitations & Design Inc
Rings by Goldart Jewellery Studio
Makeup and Hair by Erica Wright Mua
Sexy Lace Boots: The House of Elliot
Florals/Bouquet by Carla Carbajal of Capital Florist @capitalfloristott
Alcohol – Spirits by Top Shelf Distillers
Man’s Suit by Conway’s Men’s Wear Ltd www.facebook.com/conwaysmenswear
Wedding Gown by Sinders Bridal House
Hair pieces/accessories by Liana Lacroix Beauty @lianalacroixbeauty
Artwork, vintage cape by Artist Angelina Wrona @angelinawrona
Videographer: Bethany Amanda Photography
Set up, moving/transport of bar by Roadgrater
The groom: Don Postma of Wheels on the bay @wheelsonthebay
The Bride: Mitzi Scott
The daughter: My lovely granddaughter Olivia Rose.