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A Whimsical Wedding In Toronto

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Polina and Alexandre’s favourite pastime is surprising each other. “One of my first surprises for Alexandre was flying him to Los Angeles and taking him on a hot air balloon ride at sunrise,” Polina shares. This lead to a wedding revolving around taking flight. Hot air balloon motifs filled the couple’s venue — they were incorporated in the table numbers and even the custom Mad Libs that topped reception tables. “It was important for our special day to maintain an air of childlike playfulness,” says Polina.

From the bright yellow accents to the music from their favourite childhood cartoons in the wedding ceremony, the playful day echoed everything the couple wanted. “We wanted to be surrounded only by our closest family and friends, and have our wedding serve as a bonding experience for our loved ones. We were thrilled to see them all in one place,” says Polina.

Polina Minikovski and Alexandre Kojoukhov, August 25, 2013, Toronto, Ontario

Photography courtesy of Navy Nhum Photography.

Ceremony and reception location:
Auberge du Pommier
Bridal gown: David’s Bridal
Cake: Amadeus Fine Cakes
Flowers: Flowers Time
Groom’s attire: Burberry
Wedding planner: Affairy Events and Wedding Planning

A Rustic Barn Wedding In Caledon, Ontario

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Kathleen and Thomas met as procrastinating first year students at McGill university. They each missed the deadline for residency, forcing them to live in a tiny accommodation off campus. “It turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to us,” Kathleen exclaims.

For their wedding day, the pair focused on creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for guests, accenting their 18th century barn venue with a colour palette of sage, cream, and gold.

The dancing began with “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen, capturing the spirit of the couple’s relationship in its lyrics. The bride adds, “The night ended with a crazy dance party featuring an amazing playlist put together by some of our best friends. It was an incredible day  full energy, fun and love.”

Kathleen Gibson and Thomas Clark, September 28, 2013, Caledon, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of A Brit and A Blonde.

Ceremony and reception location: Cambium Farms
Bridal gown: Watters
Groom’s tux: Emil Fusaro
Cake: DIY by the bride
Caterer: The Food Dudes
Music: DIY
Hair and makeup: Bene Pham
Flowers: Sham’s Florists and Gifts
Vintage door rentals: Happily Ever After Rentals
Lighting and audio: Cayuga Creative and Technical Services


A Romantic Winter Wedding With Earthy Details

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Years after high school, Elizabeth and Peter reconnected at a party in Toronto where they hit it off. “He admitted to having a ‘huge crush’ on me in high school,” laughs Elizabeth. Months passed and the couple finally became official, knowing that they were meant to be together. Their engagement took place on the perfect winter day so they decided to embrace the season for their wedding as well.

Muted tones were used to complement the natural beauty of the winter months. Hues of champagne, dusty rose, dove grey, and blush were paired with the deep green foliage including ferns, olive branches, and magnolia leaves.

Elizabeth says that the ceremony was one of her favourite parts of the day. “A few times I took a moment to look around the room and it was so heart-warming to see my family and closest friends surrounding us,” she remembers.

At the reception, once all the speeches were done, the first dance was had, and the cake was cut, it was finally time for the couple to let loose on the dance floor and relax. “Peter and I danced the night away to our favourite songs, ate cake with our hands, hit up the late night buffet now that the “wedding diet” was officially over, and capped it all off with sparklers outside at 2am with our best friends,” shares Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Phipps and Peter Cortesis, February 8, 2014, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Brandon Scott Photography.

Ceremony location: Enoch Turner Schoolhouse
Reception location: Archeo Trattoria
Bridal gown: San Patrick from Becker’s Bridal and Formal
Reception dress: BCBG
Bridal party attire: Amsale from White Toronto
Groom’s tux: Tiger of Sweden
Cake: The Chubby Bunny
Wedding planner: Tiffany Pratt
Music: DJ Michelle Williams
Makeup: Eden B (
Hair: Chanel from Day & Night Salon
Flowers: Blush and Bloom

A Whimsical Wedding In Downtown Toronto

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Brittany and Anthony met while volunteering in an orphanage in Ghana, West Africa. “Anthony is from England and I am from Canada,” Brittany states. They parted ways after the trip, but kept in touch until Anthony moved to Canada and the couple reunited.

After four years of being together, Anthony proposed on a November evening while the pair was our for a walk in downtown Toronto. “Although we had talked about getting engaged, I was totally taken by surprise! It was magical and perfect,” Brittany exclaims.

Brittany and Anthony’s wedding day was filled with whimsical elements including playful buntings and bird motifs. Bridesmaids sported mismatched floral gowns and bright colours appeared throughout the couple’s downtown venue.

“My favourite wedding detail was our bluegrass band that played during the ceremony and cocktail hour.  It was a unique touch that really made our night special.”

Brittany Logsdon and Anthony Wadlow, September 13, 2013, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Vai Yu Law Photography.

 Ceremony and reception location: Berkeley Field House
Bridal gown:
Groom’s tux: Tom’s Place
Cupcakes: Desmond and Beatrice
Favours: Maple Syrups from Maple Orchard Farms
Wedding planners: Designed Dream Wedding Planning
Music: Kool Tempo DJ Services
Hair and Make-Up: Samantha Pickles from Judy Inc.
Flowers: My Luscious Backyard
Done by friend, Slava Toth

A Romantic Summer Wedding In Victoria, British Columbia

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For their wedding day, Melissa and Graeme wanted a celebration that was both elegant and relaxed. The couple decided on a soft grey and blush-toned colour palette to complement the beauty of their ceremony and reception venues, both of which featured gorgeous natural surroundings.

The couple said their “I dos” outdoors with a ceremony at Starling Lane Vineyard, followed by an oceanfront reception at Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa. Melissa and Graeme’s reception space was filled with candlelight and gorgeous floral details. “The flowers looked unbelievable and we received so many compliments about them!” exclaims Melissa.

When it came down to choosing a wedding song, the couple had a clear frontrunner. “We had both always been into Coldplay, but it wasn’t until the night of our engagement that the choice became obvious,” explains Melissa. “Immediately after Graeme proposed, the beachfront restaurant he popped the question at played Coldplay’s “Yellow.” We danced together on the beach and knew it would one day be our wedding song.”

Melissa McDougald and Graeme Bock, August 24, 2013, Victoria, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Kim Kalyn Photography.

Ceremony location: Starling Lane Vineyard
Reception location: Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa
Cake: Terrible Truffles
Day-of coordinator: Sandy Long from Decorate Victoria
Hair and makeup: Ma-luxe
Flowers: Rook and Rose
Wedding planner: Maria Girard from Sublime Celebrations

A Romantic Berry-Hued Wedding In Winnipeg

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For their late September wedding Robyn and Bennett envisioned a romantic celebration filled with rustic accents and pretty berry-hued details.

Robyn outfitted her bridesmaids in unique colour-block dresses with deep pink strapless bodices and white lace skirts to reflect the texture on her own gorgeous gown. The ladies in the wedding party accessorized with stunning bouquets of orchids and calla lilies to reflect the romantic mood of the day.

The couple’s ceremony and reception took place at Winnipeg’s Millennium Centre, which was decorated with wood details and baby’s breath. “It was beautiful and absolutely everything I could have ever asked for,” says Robyn. “The whole day went by way too fast.”

Robyn Vanlinge and Bennett Catton, September 21, 2013, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Photography courtesy of Victoria Anne Photography.

Ceremony and reception location:
Millennium Centre
Groom’s tux: Tip Top Tailors
Cake: Custom Cake Creations
Catering: Storm Catering
Music: Platinum Production
Hair and make-up: Skala Hair Studio (204-253-6866)

A Sophisticated Wedding In Ottawa

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For their wedding day Stephanie and Alain envisioned a formal affair filled with sophisticated accents. The couple’s ceremony took place at the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, one of Ottawa’s most beautiful churches, followed by a reception at the Fairmont Château Laurier. The couple chose a luxurious cream and black colour palette for their reception accented with glittering crystal details. Tables were topped black linens and towering hydrangea and orchid centrepieces to complement the grandeur of the Fairmont Château Laurier’s Adam Room. “All of the guests were wowed by the decor at our reception. Everyone especially loved the cake, which was a beautiful chocolate and vanilla confection!” shares Stephanie.

Stephanie says her favourite moment of the day came when she saw Alain at the altar. “The stress both of us were feeling about the day magically melted when we saw each other,” she explains. “Our wedding day was absolutely perfect from start to finish.”

Stephanie Do Couto and Alain Michon, October 12, 2013, Ottawa, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Derrick Rice of Union Eleven Photographers.

Reception location: Fairmont Château Laurier
Bridal gown: McCaffrey Haute Couture
Cake: Fidelice Artisan Gourmet
Flowers: Laviolette Flowers and Wedding Decor
Stationery: Paper Studio
Wedding planner: Mariam Saleh-Brisson (613-878-0089)

A Lovely Purple Wedding in Calgary

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Sarah and Justin met at a high school party, immediately hit it off and started dating. After about four years together, Justin took Sarah to the restaurant they went to on their first date. He announced to the whole room that they were there on a date, and he then suddenly got on one knee and proposed. “Everyone clapped, and someone even took care of our bill! It was an amazing night!” explains Sarah.

For their big day the couple decided on a vibrant purple colour palette to complement the lush greens of their country club venue. The couple’s ceremony aisle was lined with purple ribbon and rose petals while purple hydrangeas topped tables in the reception space. Even Sarah and Justin’s wedding cake was topped with pretty purple rosettes! “The reception room was spectacular, and everyone had a a great meal,” Sarah reminisces. “We ended the night off with everyone up on the dance floor!”

Sarah Nieto and Justin Jones, August 16, 2013, Calgary, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Kim Payant Photography.

Ceremony and reception location: Pinebrook Golf and Country Club
Bridal gown: Cameo and Cufflinks
Bridal party attire: Cameo and Cufflinks
Groom’s tux: Black and Lee
Cake: Simply Sweet Ltd.
Favours: DIY
Music: Randy Glowach
Hair: Curious
Flowers: Divine Creations
Stationery: DIY

A Luxurious Fall Wedding In Winnipeg

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When it came time for Benji to pop the question he knew he wanted to do something over the top for Mara. “I was kidnapped with no phone and only a videographer with me and sent for a manicure and pedicure,” explains Mara. “Then I was whisked away to a beautiful suite at a popular hotel downtown. When I got there, there was a new dress and shoes on the bed. Then hair and makeup people came and got me all dolled up and my favourite champagne and sushi from a restaurant downtown was delivered. A driver then showed up and took me to a wishing well lit up with candles.” Benji was waiting there to propose and made sure the couples’ family were nearby to help toast their engagement.

The wedding that followed was equally as extravagant. The couple opted for a traditional Jewish ceremony followed by a luxurious reception at the Fort Garry Hotel, which was outfitted in a colour palette of white and gold and lit with the warm glow of candlelight.

Mara Weinberg and Benji Ostrove, October 6, 2013, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Photography courtesy of Manuel Sousa.

Ceremony and reception location: Fort Garry Hotel
Bridal gown: Alfred Sung
Bridal party attire: Two Birds Bridesmaids
Groom’s tux: Costume National Homme
Cake: Cake Studio
Wedding planner: Events by Emma
M.C., Lighting Design and production: Cherry Tree Productions
Music: Danny Kramer Band
Hair and make-up: Urbanite Hair (204-944-1077)
Flowers: Academy Florist
Caterer: Fort Garry Hotel
Stationery: Stacey Himmel Stationery

A Simple, Purple Wedding in Winnipeg, Manitoba

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These high school sweethearts planned their wedding in just four weeks! “Everything just seemed to fall into place on our wedding day,” says Kristina. “Everything just seemed to fall into place on our wedding day. We got such beautiful locations and we really lucked out with amazing September weather for an outdoor ceremony,” she adds.

Kristina and Eric adopted a less is more philosophy for their celebration. A purple colour palette was chosen based on the availability of bridesmaids’ dresses. “When the owners of Stella’s Bridal said they had 10 matching purple bridesmaids dresses in stock in various sizes, we couldn’t believe it. We went with purple!” exclaims Kristina. “We are very laid back and wanted a simple wedding,” says Kristina. “The most important aspect of planning the wedding wasn’t the little details but the people who were there.”

Kristina Eyjolfson and Eric Flynn, September 8, 2013, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Photography courtesy of Rygiel Photography and Video.

Ceremony location:
Leo Mol Sculpture Garden
Reception location: The Fort Garry Hotel
Bridal gown: Justin Alexander from Stella’s Bridal
Bridal party attire: B2 from Stella’s Bridal
Groom’s tux: Black by Vera Wang from Moores
Cake: Cake Studio
Favours: Loose leaf tea from Cornelia Bean
Music: Sensational Sounds
Hair: Edward Carriere
Makeup: 2 Chicks and a Bag of Makeup
Flowers: Beyond Flowers

A Whimsical Vintage Wedding in Springfield, Manitoba

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“Nathan and I met through his sister, Stephanie, and it didn’t take long for us to realize that we were better together,” explains Amber.

The couple’s relationship flourished over many late-night crib games and long walks in the park, so when it came time for Nathan to pop the question it’s no surprise that he chose Winnipeg’s Kildonan Park as his proposal venue. “As we were strolling under the stars, we reminisced about the summer evening over a year before, on which we walked the same route,” says Amber. “Nathan suggested that we hop a low wall and explore a deserted outdoor theatre. I agreed and we made our way to the large dark stage. The moon lit up the massive theatre as we stood alone together on the stage. As I turned to look at Nathan, I found him down on one knee with a headlamp shining on the beautiful ring in his hand. He asked me to marry him, and without delay, I said ‘yes!” exclaims Amber.

Friends and family members pitched in to help bring Amber’s “country vintage” wedding theme to life. Nathan’s mother even baked the couple’s stunning wedding cake. “My mother-in-law makes cakes as a hobby and designed one that incorporated my love for flowers and the pastel seersucker fabric from the bridesmaids’ dresses,” says Amber. “It was a coconut pound cake with vanilla icing because that’s Nathan’s favorite.”

The couple opted for a pastel blue, yellow, pink and green colour palette with burlap and crochet accents for their reception. “All of the candles, doilies, apothecary bottles, vintage fabric, Mason jars and silver trays were thrifted over the months leading up to our wedding,” explains Amber. “It was amazing to see my vision finally come to life as all of the details were brought together on the tables.”

Amber Klein and Nathan Pops, June 8, 2013, Springfield, Manitoba.

Photography courtesy of Simply Rosie Photography.

Ceremony and reception location: A friend’s rural hobby farm
Bridal gown: Pronovias from Bliss Bridal
Bridal party attire: Independent seamstress Elsie Reimer (
Groom’s tux: Moores
Cake: Homemade by the mother of the groom, Kate Pops
Caterer: A family friend, Nick Rogocki
Favours: Homemade apple butter
Hair: Jody Boitson from Pelo Loco Salon and Spa
Make-up: Karla Chin (
Flowers: Academy Florist
Floral arrangements: Diana Pops Jewelry
Stationery: Stampin’ Up and Sam Giesbrecht from Think Shift

An Elegant Lake Louise Wedding

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Kristel and Aiden knew that the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise would be the perfect venue for their wedding. “It is our favourite place to unwind after snowboarding on the mountain and shortly after we became engaged, we learned that my parents had honeymooned at the Chateau,” shares Kristel.

“We wanted our wedding day to feel warm, intimate, romantic and above all personal,” says Kristel. “We used tons of candlelight wherever possible, and incorporated a collection of framed photos from each of the 10 years of our relationship, as well as framed pictures of our parents’ and grandparents’ weddings. Our table numbers were a highlight for us. Aidan and I decided to use numbers of significance as opposed to traditional sequential numbers. For example, Table 471 km–the distance from Edmonton to our favourite ski hill; Table 8–the number of countries we’ve visited together; or Table 1–the number of dates before our first kiss.”

Kristel Fournier and Aidan O’Connor, October 12, 2013, Lake Louise, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Kat Gill from Katch Studios.

Ceremony and reception location:
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Bridal gown: Allure Bridals from Pure Bridal
Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridal party attire: Anthropologie
Groomsmen suits: Kenneth Cole from The Bay
Groom’s suit: Van Gils from Derks Formals & Menswear
Cake: Cake Couture – Edible Art
Wedding planner: Sheryl Boury from Lynn Fletcher Weddings
Music: Jesse Peters
Hair and makeup: Avenue Beauty
Flowers: FaBLOOMosity
Stationery: Chao Zang


An Elegant Grey and Blue Wedding in Winnipeg

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Tom had grand plans of proposing to Miriam during a hot air balloon ride, but on the day of the couple’s scheduled flight there wasn’t enough wind for the balloon to take flight so he had to quickly change his plan of attack. “As we were driving away from the site, we passed a park we hadn’t visited before, and Tom pulled over and said we should take a walk and see if it would be a good park to bring our dogs,” explains Miriam. “We walked around for a bit — it was a beautiful park — and then Tom asked if I wanted to talk about the future. I assumed he was talking about my career, as I was in the midst of figuring out my next step, and whether it would involve moving, so I went on for a bit about the options. Then I asked him what he thought; he dropped down on one knee, with the most beautiful ring and said, “I just have one question for you, will you marry me?”

For her wedding day, Miriam decided to focus on a colour palette rather than a specific theme. “Tom likes blue and so do I so we paired that with charcoal, which is a sophisticated neutral that flattered everyone in the wedding party,” explains Miriam. “We didn’t really have a theme for the wedding. When people asked we told them our theme was ‘wedding,'” Miriam jokes.

The couple’s reception space was set up with simple ivory chair covers, elegant place settings and lovely hydrangea and rose centrepieces. “Because not all of our guests are Jewish, we made a wedding program that included an explanation of the elements of a Jewish wedding ceremony, along with the names of our bridesmaids and groomsmen,” shares Miriam.

Miriam Waldman and Thomas Hildahl, October 13, 2013, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Photography courtesy of Manuel F. Sousa Photography.

Ceremony and reception location: Fort Garry Hotel
Bridal gown: Jim Hjelm from Cameo and Cufflinks
Bridal party attire: Dessy Collection from Helene’s Bridal Salon
Groom’s tux: Vittorio Rossi Clothiers
Cake: Cake Studio
Wedding planners: Divine Wedding & Events
Hair: Aevi Spa Salon
Make-up: Fine Eyes Makeup Artists
Music: Danny Kramer Dance Band
Bouquet: Liz Depape
Flowers: Broadway Florists
Stationery: Botanical Paperworks

A Modern Museum Wedding In Toronto

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Cathy and Michael’s nuptials were part destination wedding, part hometown celebration.

“Vegas was our first vacation together and it’s where we fell in love,” Cathy explains. During that initial trip together the couple toured the wedding chapel at the Wynn for fun. Eight years later they returned to that dreamy spot to marry.

Their wedding reception was held a few months later in Toronto to accommodate family and friends. The couple chose the stunning Gardiner Museum as their venue and decorated the space with bright yellow, white, and silver accents.

“The day went by so fast, but I wouldn’t change a thing. Looking back at the photos takes us back to how beautiful the day was,” Cathy reminisces.

Cathy Burns and Michael Cicchini, September 2, 2013, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Lavish and Light Photography.

Reception location: Gardiner Museum
Bridal gown: New Bridal
Groom’s tux: Simons
Cake: Bobbette and Belle Artisanal Pastries
Caterer: Jamie Kennedy
Music: Trust Chen Pow from The Truly Band
Hair and makeup: Lauren Ashley Williams
Flowers: Betty from Avenue Flower
Stationery: Julie and Joanna Stern from Smudge Designs