May 16, 2019


Dorothy Renzi, owner of Dorothy Renzi Photography, and workshop presenter from Plan Your Day 2019.  

Back in the fall we asked Dorothy some questions to find out more about her and her photography business, Dorothy Renzi Photography.

What is your job title?

Wedding & Portrait Photographer!

What is your favourite part of your job?

My favourite part of what I do is capturing the raw, authentic emotions on a wedding day.  I love being...

May 9, 2019

The Big Day

We all got special permission to be at our co-op early, and we couldn’t wait to get started.  At 10 am we arrived excitedly to the studio where the wonderful hair and makeup team had already started on the models. Jen Oshimo and Jaime Morrison were so awesome to work with.  We discussed the look that we had previously decided upon, which was very simple and elegant. It was really fascinating to watch the whole process of the makeup and...

May 2, 2019


Scotia Kauppi, owner of Sweet Cherry Spa, and workshop facilitator from Plan Your Day 2019.  

Back in the fall we asked Scotia some questions to find out more about her and what she does at Sweet Cherry Spa.

What is your job title?

I am a certified esthetician, makeup artist, nail technician and lash technician: and have been for 10+ years! I have owned Sweet Cherry Spa for 4 years and have won many achievements such as voted Top 3 Nail salons in...

April 11, 2019

The Planning Process

It all began with a stack of magazines and a pile of sticky notes. We went through the magazines and noted all the photos, dresses, hairstyles and decor that we liked in order to compile exactly what kind of things we would include in this styled shoot. To say the least, we had a lot of ideas and there was a rainbow of sticky notes. This was merely to get our thinking process going before we moved onto the next stage.... PINTER...

April 8, 2019

How it all started

Welcome to our blog on creating a styled shoot!  We are Carly, Destiny (St. Patrick’s High School), and Emily (Hammarskjold High School), the co-op students with Carte Blanche this semester. In case you’re not familiar, Carte Blanche is the Westfort home to Maid for the Bride, Laura Myers Photography and Swag Events.

When first hearing about the styled shoot we were thrilled.  Not only because we had the opportunity to design an e...

This is such an exciting time!  It’s both exciting and scary all at once.  My first piece of advice? Take a deep breath & know this: most couples I come across end up dealing with some form (and size) of debt both before and after the wedding.  The most important thing to determine is “your number”: how much are you comfortable committing to your wedding? Remember, this is the first day of your “happily ever after” and we want to make sure that yo...

Your Guide to Navigating the Thunder Bay Wedding Show

Brought to you by Plan Your Day Thunder Bay

Identify Your Objectives

Are you looking for inspiration? Need a specific vendor?  Knowing what you want to take out of the show will help you stay focused and avoid getting overwhelmed. 

Allow Yourself to Window Shop

Remember to keep an open mind.  Does a certain aesthetic appeal to you? Vintage, Glam, Rustic?  Have fun browsing the booths that catch...

Quality video that tells your story doesn’t go out of style. What better story to tell than that of yourself and your life partner? A wedding video is a great record of yourselves and close family and friends on the happiest day of your lives. A video captures what photos won’t, and the best part is you get to relive and remember those special moments for decades to come.

Some couples that we work with know from the day they get engaged (or even be...

As your go-to for everything wedding in Thunder Bay, Plan Your Day Thunder Bay has the scoop on 2018-2019 wedding trends. From florals to fashion, we’re giving you the latest buzz from some of the best local vendors around.

Trend #1: All you need is lush

Vibrant brights are all the rage when it comes to florals and décor going into next spring. Think bold, brilliant, and beautiful. Brides, florists, and decorators are working with their own palettes...

Many wedding traditions are being modernized by some of today’s more progressive couples. Details that were at one time absolute must-haves – a church, an all-white dress – are now up for interpretation and it is not uncommon, rather, it is the norm for modern brides and grooms to put their own spin on long-held customs or forego them all together.

The latest thing being re-considered is the use of a DJ, as some couples are now choosing to opt out...

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