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A Fun, Laid-Back Wedding In Toronto

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Both Paige and José can agree that the main objective for their wedding was to ensure that their guests had an amazing time above all else. Paige sums it up in a quote she came across while planning their big day, which served as the main guiding vision for the entire event. The quote read, ‘A wedding is simply the first time you and your husband are hosting a party together.’

Going with a “really-excellent-party-meets-chill-vibes” theme, it was only fitting that the couple’s guests be transported on a party bus from downtown Toronto and back. Paige and José admit their only regret about this was missing out on the party that took place on the shuttle buses. “People were dancing in the aisles the whole way home!” Paige says. “Exactly the vibe we wanted!”

Initially, the duo planned to have an outdoor wedding, but in the weeks leading up to the celebration they decided to move everything inside due to the pouring rain. “Our amazing venue and catering team hustled to make the transition totally seamless,” Paige remembers. The soaring floor-to-ceiling windows in the Kortright Centre’s ceremony space allowed the couple to have a woodsy ambiance for their “I dos” to spite being indoors. “The views were incredible and it felt like we were outside the whole time,” she adds.

“One of the best moments of the evening was having our friends sing ‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars at the end of the ceremony as we walked up the aisle,” says Paige. “It was a surprise for our guests and such a joy-filled way to celebrate finally being married. We’re very much into late-night karaoke–with Bruno Mars being one of José’s favourite singers to take on–so this felt like an intimate, fun moment shared with everyone at the wedding.”

Paige Alexandra Dzenis and José Avelino Gilles Corbett Lourenço, June 12, 2015, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Jenna Marie Wakani Photography and Dallas Curow Photography.

Ceremony and reception location: Kortright Centre for Conservation
Day-of coordinator: Claire Peace-McConnell
Bridal gown: Ritché Bridal
Rings and jewellery: !Xam Diamonds
Groom’s tux: Paul Smith from Holt Renfrew
Hair: Margot Keith
Donut tower: Midnight Snack Co.
Caterer: Treeline Catering
Flowers: Patchouli
Music: Phil Villeneuve
Stationery: Creations by Sheri

A Lovebird-Themed Wedding In Edmonton

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Cassandra and Benito were always called “lovebirds” when spotted together by their close friends, so the pair decided this concept would make the perfect wedding theme. “We used birdcages as centrepieces and accent pieces,” Cassandra explains. “Overall we were going for the vintage elegance look.”

The colour palette for the wedding included plum, dusty rose, lilac and ivory. Much of the decor was done by Cassandra herself, such as painting all of the centrepieces to match the colour palette, designing the wedding invitations and the memorial table. “All the decoration details made the day even more special because I knew I had a hand in it,” she says.

Cassandra and Benito agree that one of the major highlights of their big day was when the entire wedding party got up to perform a dance they put together in the two weeks leading up to the wedding. “Our bridesmaids and groomsmen stepped up to the plate and did an unreal job,” Cassandra remembers. “And let’s face it, they looked good doing it!”

Cassandra de Grasse & Benito Chiodo, May 30, 2015, Edmonton, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Katch Studios.

Ceremony location: North Pointe Community Church
Reception location: DoubleTree by Hilton
Bridal gown: Allure Bridals from The Bridal House
Bridal party attire: Alfred Angelo from The Bridal House
Groom’s tux: Tiger of Sweden from Derks Formals
Groomsmen attire: John Yves from Derks Formals
Hair and makeup: Anita Gill and Sunita Sumaru of Sen Studios
Cake: Karen Chaykowski
Favours: Lovebird Cookies by Whimsical Cake Studios
Flowers: FaBLOOMosity

An Intimate, Elegant Garden-Themed Wedding

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After meeting through work at St. Joseph Media, Deborah and Ryan quickly became friends once the two learned that they had both graduated in the same year from Ryerson University and attended the same convocation ceremony. Over the course of a year, their friendship blossomed into something more and they began dating.

The two planned to have a small, intimate wedding with approximately 40 guests, but the feeling was much more grand. The ceremony took place outdoors, surrounded by the gorgeous grounds and scenery of The Old Mill. “It had everything we could possibly have needed under one roof,” Deborah says. “The last thing we wanted was for our guests to have to travel to another location for the reception.”

A string duo played while Deborah walked down the aisle, moving her father to tears. “This powerful moment was noticed and appreciated by everyone in attendance,” Deborah remembers. “It confirmed to us that we had achieved our goal of a personal, elegant wedding celebration.”

Following the ceremony, there were smiles all around as guests were able to mingle and personally connect with Deborah and Ryan over dinner. Both the bride and the groom agree that this was one of the greatest highlights of their special day.

Deborah Waines and Ryan Bauer, August 23, 2015, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of William Kwok from Knotting Tree Photography.

Ceremony and reception location: The Old Mill Inn & Spa
Bridal gown: Galina Signature from David’s Bridal
Bridal party attire: David’s Bridal
Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss
Cake: Patricia’s Cake Creations
Flowers: The Old Mill Flower Shop
Hair: Alysse from Bridezilla Beauty
Makeup: Alexandra Colella from Mobile Makeovers
Music: Wellington Music
Favours: Daniel Le Chocolat Belge
Stationery: Vistaprint


A Romantic Castle Wedding In Toronto

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A Romantic Wedding in Toronto - Bride and Groom

Nicole and Steven’s classic, romantic wedding theme was largely influenced by their breathtaking venue, Casa Loma. In keeping with this dreamy aesthetic the pair went with a blush, gold and nude colour palette and pretty accents including candles and petite centrepieces.

The flowers, which were a combination of Nicole’s favourites (peonies, ranunculus and roses), perfectly complemented the pair’s castle venue.

Nicole says her wedding ceremony was a highlight of the day, but the dance party that followed at the reception might have been a close second. “The band was amazing and we had so much fun celebrating with our guests,” she says.

Nicole Niddam and Steven Gryn, May 17, 2015 Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Krista Fox Photography.

Ceremony and reception location: Casa Loma
Wedding planner: Judy Stein Consulting
Bridal gown: Lazaro from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay
Groom’s tux: Indochino
Hair: Charlie Dipi from Capelli
Makeup: Olena Kovalchuk
Cake: Patricia’s Cake Creations
Caterer: Liberty Entertainment Group
Flowers: Designing Trendz Floral and Decor
Music: The Truly Band
Stationery: Creations by Sheri

A Lovely Outdoor Wedding In Calgary

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When Nina and Adam first started hanging out, they found themselves doing a lot of outdoor activities together, so reciting their vows in nature seemed like the obvious choice.

“We lead a pretty simple life and love the outdoors and we wanted our wedding to reflect that,” Nina explains. “We kept our theme and decorations as simple and natural as we could.”

Nina and Adam agree that their wedding ceremony was a profound experience, making it one of the best moments of the day. The couple tied the knot surrounded by trees, wildflowers and their closest loved ones. “It was incredibly moving, and there weren’t many dry eyes,” says Nina. “A family of deer even walked by during the ceremony!”

Looking back on the day, the first dance also stands out for Nina. “All of the things going on around us disappeared into the background and it was just he and I,” she remembers. “I felt really proud of what we had done and felt very grateful being there.”

Nina Modeland and Adam Brennan, July 11, 2015, Calgary, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Deserae Evenson Photography.

Bridal gown: Nicole Miller from Frocks Modern Brides
Groom’s tux: The Bridal Centre
Hair: Kent Halliday from J. Fournier Hair Design
Cake: Made by the groom’s mother
Favours: DIY
Flowers: Flower Chix
Music: Francisco Velasquez (DJ Franky Dubs)

10 New Wedding Invitation Trends You Need To Know About



Wedding invitations are a vital piece of the entire wedding planning process that obviously can’t be overlooked. Not only is this stationery meant to communicate important information about the main event (such as the date, time and place) but it also typically provides the first glimpse at your wedding theme.

Get your guests excited about the big day by personalizing your wedding invitations with trendy designs and details. From boho illustrations to fancy foil-pressed details, check out these 10 modern stationery concepts.

A Relaxed, Outdoor Wedding In Hecla, Manitoba

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A Relaxed Outdoor Wedding in Hecla, Manitoba - Bride and Groom

Shayla and Brendan wanted to host a destination wedding without travelling too far from home. “Brendan and I both spent time growing up in rural Manitoba and we love a good, laid back country wedding,” Shayla explains. “We also like that destination weddings allow you extra time to spend with family and friends beyond the wedding day. Choosing Hecla for our venue was a perfect blend of a relaxed, out of town setting and the Lakeview Hecla Resort’s many amenities had our loved ones excited to spend a few extra days celebrating with us.”

To spite the laid back setting, Shayla says her ceremony entrance was quite dramatic. “I had to come up over a small hill before the wedding guests could see me,” Shayla remembers. “It made the entrance to the ceremony feel very grand and beautiful.”

Both Shayla and Brendan agree that the ceremony was the highlight of the day. “Hearing each other’s vows was the best moment by far,” says Shayla. “We both put a lot of heart into our vows and they spoke very truly to our relationship and how special we feel our love is.”

Another high point of the day came during the reception when the groom’s sister unveiled a surprise slideshow. “She had collected pictures of both of us from when we were children and then pictures of us together after we started dating,” Shayla recalls. “The most special moment was when she included the video that Brendan captured of his proposal.”

After the cake was cut and garter tossed, it was time to get the party started. “We danced the night away to country and old 90’s music from our younger years,” Shayla remembers.

Shayla Pritchard and Brendan Pritchard, August 1, 2015, Hecla, Manitoba.

Photography courtesy of Rygiel Photography & Video.

Ceremony and reception location: Lakeview Hecla Resort
Bridal gown: Stella York from 7th Avenue Fashions
Wedding linens: Nocturnal Event Design
Bridal party attire: Hush
Groom’s tux: EPH Apparel
Cake: Sweet Impressions
Flowers: The Floral Fixx
Hair and makeup: Les Kiesman-Mulder from The Heights Salon
Music: DJ Party McFly – Clint Davila
Stationery: Vistaprint

A DIY Boho Wedding At Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel

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Colleen and David knew they wanted to go with a boho desert theme for their big day filled with Mexican influences, beautiful multi-coloured rugs and cacti. The two further refined their wedding vision after settling on a venue, Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel. “We adapted it to our own taste and incorporated strong hits of magenta, ombre pink table runners, Persian carpets, glittery mercury glass candles and heaps of flowers,” Colleen explains.

Colleen says the flowers were her favourite decor detail for a number of reasons.”I knew I was on a budget so I had to figure out how to make it work for my aesthetic,” she explains. “I wanted a lot of flowers, but I couldn’t afford a lot of flowers.” Colleen decided to go with single-flower arrangements displayed in vintage bottles. “My mother, my bridesmaids and I collected the bottles during the year leading up to my wedding and this honestly was something that brought us all together. With my mom living far away, I know this made her feel like she was a part of planning — she couldn’t stop looking for bottles! I think we ended up with almost 300. The day before my wedding we bought about $1,100 worth of flowers and luckily I have some amazingly creative friends who were able to help arrange bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages and even hanging wall pieces!  I don’t think anyone would have know we didn’t have a florist — thanks Pinterest! — and luckily, the ‘undone’ look is in style.”

The flowers weren’t the only DIY element included in this celebration. David was adamant about participating in the wedding preparations so Colleen put him to work making ombre table runners. “He helped me source the fabric and dye and we set up our back yard with bins full of dye and clothes lines,” Colleen remembers. “Ombre dying is not easy! You have to hold the fabric in the dye in stages so that it tapers off. Each end took about 15 minutes. When someone helps you in this way, you know it’s love and the end product feels that much more special.”

Reflecting on the day, Colleen says the ceremony was one of the highlights. “Dave said ‘I do’ before he was supposed to. I think this happens a lot because the officiant said ‘That’s okay! You can answer whenever you want’,” she laughs. “I knew I was feeling in-the-moment when I interrupted the officiant during my turn and said ‘I do’ after the first sentence as well, just to make it even. That brought the room to laughing tears.”

Colleen Henman and David Synyard, August 8, 2015, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Christine Lim.

Ceremony and reception location:
Gladstone Hotel
Bridal gown: BHLDN
Groom’s tux: Surmesur
Hair and makeup: Natalie Blouin
Cake: Bobbette & Belle Artisanal Pastries 
Catering: Gladstone Hotel and The Fuzz BoxFlowers: DIY
Music: Mark Binks (

A Modern Renaissance-Inspired Wedding Shoot

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Modern Renaissance Wedding Inspiration | Holcim Waterfront Estat

With this styled shoot, photographer Therese de Jesus and her team aimed to create a modern wedding setup inspired by Renaissance paintings. “We modernized a classic, historical look and used the colour palette of dark blue, dove grey and soft cream,” she explains.

Olive branches, low, lush florals, gold tableware and gorgeous ornate desserts came together to reflect a Renaissance look, while fine art calligraphy on watercolour paper, a stunning chiffon gown and romantic accessories added a modern aesthetic to the shoot.

Photography courtesy of Artiese.

Venue: Holcim Waterfront Estate
Planning and styling: Glaze & John
Dresses: Sash & Bustle
Background: Event Graffiti
Cake and desserts: Nadia & Co.
Chairs: Detailz Chair Couture
Flowers: Bloom & Company
Hair: Suzie Kim
Jewellery: Cynthia Findlay
Makeup: Windy Chiu
Suit: Garrison Bespoke
Rentals: Warehouse 84
Accessories: The Loved One
Ring box: The Mrs Box
Silk ribbons: Stella Wolfe
Stationery: Julie Ha Calligraphy
Table decor: Plate Occasions
Cinematography: One Heart Films

modern renaissance from One Heart Films on Vimeo.

A Country-Themed Wedding In Wetaskiwin

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Stephanie and Calvin decided on a country-themed wedding to pay homage to Stephanie’s hometown – the place where the pair also first met.

As a wedding photographer, Stephanie has had her fair share of wedding experiences, so when it came time for her big day she worked hard to make sure it was as personal as possible. “One of the biggest challenges for me was to ensure I didn’t feel as though I was at someone else’s wedding,” she says. “We had my grandma read scripture from my late grandpa’s bible, we wrote our own vows, our bridal party prayed for us, and my dog was a flower girl. It was perfect!”

The one-of-a-kind details were also Stephanie’s favourite parts of the reception. Stephanie notes that the cake, designed by one of her friends, was a particular standout. “It was a dark chocolate naked cake with white cream cheese icing,” she explains. “Calvin is a hunter and I love the woodsy look so we had a gold stag and doe figurine on top with succulents scattered on the three layers.”

All in all, the pair says their day flowed perfectly from beginning to end. “It was so great to be with close friends and family that we haven’t seen in years!” Stephanie says. “It was everything I could have hoped for.”

Stephanie Haynes and Calvin Bartel, June 27, 2015, Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Kristyn Harder Photography.

Bridal gown: Leanne Marshall from Frocks Modern Brides
Bridal party attire: Dressbeautiful on Etsy
Hair: Anne Kutryk from Tropical Twist (780-352-8820)
Makeup: Italia Herrera
Cake: Lisa Dees
Caterer: A-1 Catering
Flowers: Mickey’s Flowers

This Wedding’s Boston Terrier Details Are Everything

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A Romantic, Rustic Wedding in Calgary - Bride and Groom

When planning their wedding day, Stephanie and Mark didn’t initially pinpoint exactly what the theme would be. Instead, the two decided to go with the flow and pick a style and colour palette that felt right for them. This led the the couple to pair neutral colours with splashes of blush pink and adorable Boston terrier details throughout. “I had to incorporate our dogs into the wedding in every way that I could so I decided to bake cookies and decorate them as Boston terriers,” says Stephanie. “They weren’t perfect, as I am not a professional, but they were pretty darn cute!”

The couple decided to begin their celebration with first look photos. “We had our first look right outside our house, with our friends and family standing by as well as our fur-babies,” says Stephanie. “It couldn’t have been more perfect.”

Perfect was a recurring word that Stephanie and Mark use when describing their wedding day from beginning to end. Stephanie remembers sitting at the head table looking out at everyone having a great time. “It was such a beautiful and intimate venue with so much natural and simplistic beauty,” she explains. “And having all of the most important people in our lives there made it so much more beautiful.”

Stephanie Machiko Crowell and Mark Stephen Wilson, May 30, 2015, Calgary, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Justine Milton Photography.

Ceremony and reception location: The Lake House
Wedding planner: Alicia Teo
Bridal gown: Lazaro from S2 Bridal
Bridal party attire: BCBG
Groom’s tux: Hugo Boss
Cake: Whippt Desserts and Catering
Flowers: Flower Artistry
Hair and makeup: Lorie B from RedBloom Salon
Music: Bruce Hanashewski from Clearsand Software
Favours: DIY Boston terrier cookies and donations to AARCS

A Woodsy Wedding In Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

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Melody and Paul first met in high school but it wasn’t until six years after their graduation that the pair actually reconnected and started dating. “Having that background of friendship together for more than 10 years really solidified our relationship,” Melody says.

For their big day, the couple opted for a vintage-meets-rustic romance-themed wedding. “I wanted to incorporate my love for soft tones and vintage decor with Paul’s love of hunting and our mutual love of being in the woods,” Melody says.

As a wedding photographer, Melody has seen her fair share of ill-fitting suits, so she made it her mission to bring back the tailored styled look for the men in her bridal party. Paul wore an Italian cut suit with an olive green skinny tie, which perfectly complemented Melody’s billowing tulle skirt with lace appliqués and soft sweetheart neckline.

The couple said their “I dos” underneath an arbour surrounded by the forest and the people they love most. “I had vowed to be a mother to Paul’s little girl,” Melody shares. “We were starting this new journey as three people.”

Melody Slemming and Paul Slemming June 23, 2014, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Photography courtesy of Genevieve Renee Photographie.

Ceremony and reception location:
Par Place
Bridal gown: Enzoani from The Dress
Groom’s tux: DKNY from Tip Top Tailors
Videographer: Insomniak Media

A Fun, Romantic Wedding Outside Ottawa

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A Fun, Elegant Wedding in Ottawa - Bride and Groom

Right from the very beginning, Jessica and Curtis clicked. “I guess you could say I liked Curtis Armstrong from the start,” Jessica remembers.

The two talked about getting engaged for quite sometime before it finally happened during a trip to California. “Curtis walked me into a boutique jewellery shop that he had researched beforehand and said, ‘choose one,’” Jessica says.

Both Jessica and Curtis agreed that the goal of their wedding day was to ensure that guests felt relaxed, had fun, ate well, and danced until they couldn’t dance any longer.

The couple decided to have their celebration at Evermore, a new venue that wasn’t even built when they booked it. “When we finally saw the finished product, even Curtis was speechless. It is breathtaking,” Jessica remembers.

As part of the reception, Jessica’s mother wanted to highlight their indigenous background by performing a traditional dance. This turned out to be one of the best moments of the day. “Unfortunately we could not find the right song in time so my mom asked the DJ, Steve, to play one of her favourite songs, ‘Moves Like Jagger,’ and started the traditional dance moves. My family quickly joined in. Then our friends. Soon the entire dance floor was engaged in a traditional indigenous dance to ‘Moves Like Jagger,'” Jessica laughs.

Another noteworthy part of the day was the couple’s unique idea to have a picture of each guest that would act as place cards. On the inside of each card was a personal note to the guest. “It was a great talking piece and everyone seemed pleased! No one left their card behind,” Jessica says.

Jessica Iveson and Curtis Armstrong, June 27, 2015, Almonte, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Tracy Fledderus from Grace & Gold Studios.

Ceremony and reception location: Evermore Weddings & Events
Bridal gown: Aidan Mattox from Saks Fifth Avenue
Groom’s tux: Suitsupply
Cake: Jennifer Armstrong from The Noble Dessert
Wedding planner and florals: Brittany Frid from Satin & Snow
Music: Professional Entertainment Group
Hair and makeup: Radha Subramani
Stationery: Minted

A Winter Wonderland Wedding In Banff

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Nicole and Zak became engaged during a winter road trip to Banff. “Zak decided to take me up the gondola and half way up the mountain he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him,” Nicole remembers. “It was a very special and emotional moment.”

When it came to their big day, a winter celebration in Banff was the natural choice. The pair opted for a small, intimate wedding with just 55 guests.

The celebration was held at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, which was decorated in shades of grey, silver and blush pink to create an inviting atmosphere. “The venue was exquisite, the history and the architecture of the hotel is a bride’s fantasy,” Nicole says.

Nicole Katie Michaud and Zakariyae Eddamni, January 3, 2015, Banff, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Kim Payant Photography.

Ceremony and reception location: The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Wedding planner: Cathy MacRae from Creative Weddings
Bridal gown: Icings Bridal Boutique
Hair and makeup: The Hair Company
Cake: Cake Creations
Transportation: Alpine Limousine
Decor rentals: Special Event Rentals
Wedding commissioner: Patricia Compton
Flowers: Creative Weddings Floral Designs
Music: Class Act DJ Service
Stationery: Minted