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A Romantic, Elegant Wedding In Vaughan, Ontario

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Tyler gave Aisha the ultimate birthday surprise: tickets to see Beyoncé in concert and a ring. “When Tyler got to my house he told me to open my gift… and it was Beyoncé tickets! I screamed!” Aisha recalls. “After receiving those tickets, I really was not expecting a proposal.”

The pair decided on a blush, gold, and cream colour scheme for their wedding. “I’ve always been a girly-girl who loves pink and glitter,” she explains. Along with her fairy-tale cathedral veil and the floral wall backdrop of her dreams, Aisha’s vision was brought to life.

The couple admits the vows were one of the most special parts of the day. “Writing vows is not the easiest task in the world, but once they were done, they were perfect for us,” Aisha says.

To make the night even more special, Aisha and her uncle danced to “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole. “Sharing the father-daughter dance with my uncle was definitely a highlight,” Aisha says. “Unfortunately, my dad passed away when I was 16. However my uncle, who has been such a big part of my life, stepped in to share this dance with me.”

Tyler and Aisha shared their first dance to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. “We had heard the song only a few months before our wedding and both knew it was the one instantly,” Aisha says. “There is a line where he sings, ‘we were just kids when we fell in love, not knowing what it was…’ I honestly believe this song was written for us.”

Aisha Martin and Tyler Sayles , August 25, 2017, Vaughan, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Deanne MacRae Photography.

Ceremony: Rosewood Church of the Nazarene
Reception venue:
Hazelton Manor
Bridal gown: Becker’s Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses: Maggie Sottero
Groom’s tux: Tip Top Tailors
Wedding planner: Lisa K Events
Caterer: Hazelton Manor
Flowers: Luxel Decor
Stationery: Stephita Wedding Invitations
Cake:  Orville
HairNicole Anderson
Makeup: Selena Ochoa – Glamorous by Selena
Favours boxes: Creative Bag
Thank you labels: Party City
Music: DJ Prophet

Why You Should Follow Harry And Meghan’s Lead When It Comes To Wedding Gifts

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Why You Might Want To Follow Harry and Meghan When It Comes to Wedding Gifts: Guest Card

Photo via Caroline Ro.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry recently announced their request for charity donations instead of wedding gifts and we are totally on board with the idea. Their request comes as no surprise, given the couple’s extensive involvement in charity work. Following in the footsteps of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who also requested charity donations in lieu of gifts, Meghan and Prince Harry have personally selected seven small organizations for their 600 guests to donate to. The charities cover a wide range of issues including women’s empowerment, social change, HIV, homelessness and the environment.

Incorporating a charitable element into your big day is an incredible way to showcase the social issues that you and your partner find meaningful. We spoke to Toronto-based wedding planner Rebecca Chan of Rebecca Chan Weddings and Events about the benefits of asking for charitable donations rather than gifts.

1. It’s great for spreading awareness for your cause.

It’s a bit of an obvious reason, but you are, after all, shining light on an issue that is important to you. Choosing to highlight a cause on a day that is traditionally, all about you is certainly an unconventional statement. But what could be more intimate than sharing something you and your spouse hold dear? This is definitely a special way to connect with your guests.

Before asking for monetary donations, you may want to tread lightly. Requesting any kind of cash gift is traditionally seen as a bit of a faux pas. “Gifts are never to be assumed, whether it’s a donation or a store-bought gift,” Chan explains. “I recommend writing a personal note on the wedding website about the request or letting parents and wedding guests know ahead of time.”

2.  It’s a perfect fit for a more financially secure couple.

Following Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s lead may not be right choice for every couple. According to Chan, the idea has yet to really take off. “It’s easy for Meghan and Harry to do so, but not everyone has the luxury of a royal wedding,” Chan says. Many couples are opting to pay for the wedding themselves these days, and costs can easily add up. “It would take a very generous couple to follow in Harry and Meghan’s footsteps,” she adds. However, if a couple is more established financially, already living together, or is older and more set in their careers and lifestyles, this may actually be a great option, Chan explains.

3. The charity you choose can add a completely unique element to your wedding.

One of the most incredible aspects of having a charity featured at your wedding is that it can add a unique feel to the celebration. “Whether you’re donating or are requesting that guests donate, it’s always fun to include this detail in a thoughtful way that is styled towards the wedding itself,” Chan explains.

There are so many personal ways to incorporate a charity into wedding decor. “It could be as simple as a frame at the welcome table noting the charity or a more unique and creative touch,” Chan comments. “Either way, this is a great opportunity to make your wedding truly stand out.”

4. It may be a cheaper alternative for your guests.

“Most couples do prefer to receive monetary gifts to help offset the cost of the wedding,” Rebecca tells us.  However, if you and your spouse are financially secure enough to forgo monetary gifts, asking for cash donations in any amount may serve as a financial relief to guests. Friends and family are then free to give what they can afford, without feeling pressured to purchase an expensive registry gift.

5. Giving a gift in memory of a loved one can make the gesture even more special.

If a particular disease or social issue has directly affected you or a member of your family, asking for donations to a respective charity can create a beautiful feeling of solidarity. This is a great way to honour someone special in your life. “Even though it isn’t a very popular idea, it’s such a thoughtful and generous gesture,” Chan comments. “I wish more couples would consider it.”

Fun Neon Signs You Need At Your Wedding

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Photo via Rose Jane.

Neon signs are a hot trend in décor, especially for special events and weddings. A fun addition to any celebration, neon signs add a quirky touch when placed above a ceremony backdrop, photo wall, or even behind a head table, and they complement a range of themes. For a classic wedding, a beautifully lit monogram would work; or for a more whimsical vibe, go for a fun, cheeky phrase or symbol that best represents your own unique personalities.

We’ve found some of the most stunning florescent signs that are totally Instagram-worthy. Get inspired with these 10 beautiful neon accents that are guaranteed to make your wedding an unforgettable affair.

A Rustic, Boho-Chic Wedding In Caledon, Ontario

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Asal and Sina started out as inseparable friends, and ended up finding a spark during a Christmas party thrown by Sina’s parents. “It was either the Christmas magic or the champagne that gave us the courage to go on our first date and see if our great friendship could be much more,” Asal explains. On a lucky Friday the 13th in 2012, the couple went on their first date and discovered what they had secretly known all along: that they had an undeniable connection.

Sina popped the question on the beach during a Cuba vacation with the faint sounds of a guitar playing in the background. It was truly the proposal of Asal’s dreams.”It was at that moment that Sina swept me off my feet,” Asal explains. “Our wedding day was everything I dreamed of, and more.”

The couple chose the colour scheme of pale blue, pale lavender, peachy blush and greens for their barn wedding. These colours were inspired by their venue’s nostalgic mix of wood and rustic metal accents. Beautiful flower arrangements added character to the space. “From the flower ring suspended right above the dance floor to the arrangements on the harvest tables to my huge bouquet–the flowers were just unbelievable,” Asal adds.

The breathtaking “sofreh aghd” (Persian ceremony spread) made the day even more unforgettable. “It was eclectic and chaotic and so vintage with the blue tiles and the mix and match metal platters,” Asal says. Each item found on this spread symbolizes the elements of the couple’s new life together–including a mirror to represent the brightness of the couple’s future.

The couple ended their special day waving sparklers under the stars, as the song “A Sky Full Of Stars” by Coldplay played in the background. “It could not have been more perfect,” Asal says. “I am so happy and honoured to be spending the rest of my life with my best friend and soulmate.”

Asal Ganji and Sina Momenzad, August 12, 2017, Caledon, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Corina V Photography.

Ceremony and reception venue: Cambium Farms
Bridal gown: Calla Blanche from Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique
Bridal shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Bridesmaid dresses: ASOS and Azazie
Groom’s tux: Indochino
Groom’s shoes: Gucci
Groom’s accessories: Eton from Harry Rosen
Groomsmen attire: Moores and Indochino
Groomsmen accessories: RW & Co.
Wedding planner: Lux Events Co.
Caterer: Cabral Catering
Flowers: Ooh La La Designs
Stationery: Minted
Cake: B.B. Cafe
Hair and makeup: The Makeup Lady
Favours: Custom organic honey jars
Rings and bride’s jewellery: Custom by Jeff Morrison
Ceremony spread: Bits and Blooms Inc.
Cinematography: Captivate Photo + Cinema
Calligraphy: Rose Et Al.
Decor: Marvelle Events
Furniture: Chair-man Mills
Officiant: The Marrying Lady