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A Modern Intimate Wedding in Toronto

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Mary and AJ had two chance encounters that brought them together. They initially met back in 2013 at a medical conference about epidemiology in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. They ended up taking a photo together with a few of the other attendees and then they went home to go about their lives as normal. Years later they would have their second meeting at a bus stop in Ottawa. “He was a medical student at the time and I was working at the children’s hospital,” Mary recalls. The would-be-couple couldn’t place each other but when comparing the conferences they had been to, Mary had the feeling she had met him before. “I rushed home and found a picture of a group of us in front of the Saskatoon river,” she says. “The photo is of us facing the sunset, and in the middle, as clear as ever, is AJ with his arm around me.”

The pair got engaged on a two-week European trip Mary had planned with friends and family back in 2017. AJ told Mary he couldn’t make the trip with her and she would have to go without him. “I was sad because this was my third trip to Europe but my first trip to Europe without him,” Mary shares. She had plans to meet up with her sister in Lisbon when she touched down and got settled in where she was staying for the trip. “As I was dragging my suitcase up the bumpy cobblestones to my AirBnB, I saw AJ,” Mary says. He got down on one knee and proposed to her right there on the cobblestones and she accepted.

For their wedding the couple opted for a neutral palette featuring bright whites and golds. The floral centrepieces had a personal DIY touch. “We bought my flowers in bulk,” Mary explains. “My family came over and helped me arrange all of the centrepieces.” The ceremony was held at the James Cooper Mansion in Toronto—a heritage building features stone masonry and a mansard roof. “It felt like having all the perks of a backyard wedding with the look of a luxurious mansion,” Mary says. 

With respect to AJ’s Middle Eastern background, the two decided to hire a belly dancer for the event. “Iana was great—she boosted the crowd energy, had lots of audience participation and was a fabulous performer,” Mary says. The pair insists that the dancer was one of the biggest highlights of the night.

Mary and AJ lived next door to the venue and that came with a range of benefits. They had multiple trips to their venue to check on things and look around, something not possible for most other couples. For the pair most importantly they got to spend time preparing for their big day together. “We had a coffee together in the morning, went to the salon together, and got dressed together at home, Mary enthuses. “Being able to prepare together made me so happy about the day ahead and the future to come.”

Mary Aglipay and Amjed Kadhim-Saleh, May 25, 2018, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of iDream Studios.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: James Cooper Mansion
Wedding planner: Reign
Bridal gown: Peter Langner from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay
Groom’s tux: Freeman Formal
Stationery: Minted
Cake: Rococoa Butter
Caterer: Enville
Hair and makeup: Civello Salon & Spa
Music: Indivisible

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A Breathtaking, Ethereal Wedding in Fort Langley, British Columbia

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Shakeira and Roman met through their dance class. Although they had the class on different nights, they had a mutual friend who attended both and invited them to her performance. At the show, the pair got to know each other and built a platonic connection. “We were friends for a while before the romance started,” Shakeira shares.

Roman, who is a video director and mixed media artist, planned a surprise proposal. “It was common for him to be a consultant on unusual projects,” Shakeira explains. “Leading up to the engagement he told me that he was working on a secret contract.” This ‘unusual’ project turned out to be a romantic video compilation of the highlights of their relationship. The day of, Roman enlisted Shakeria’s cousin, who is a makeup artist, to get Shakeira glammed up under the guise that it would be for a portfolio. With the help of a friend of the couple’s who owned a wedding venue, Roman conjured up an elaborate sequence of events, including video viewing, for his fiancée-to-be. “As we were driving over, he called me to let out some steam and emphasized that seeing me would be a nice break from his stressful work day,” Shakeira recalls. To her surprise, Roman and his close friends greeted her, and kicked off Roman’s plan by telling her all the things they appreciated about her. After the compliments and video, Roman dropped to one knee as a lettered sign that said “Will You Marry Me” was unveiled.

For the wedding theme, the couple had certain words they knew they wanted associated with their wedding. “Our key descriptors for our wedding were ethereal, intimate and romantic,” Shakeira explains. They had no fixed colour palette, but would constantly refer back to their descriptors to see if each wedding aspect matched their vision.  For florals the couple allowed their florist to do whatever she thought would best fit the space. “I really trusted our florist, so I gave general direction but didn’t really know how it would come to life,” the bride says. The exception to this was the baby’s breath installation that the bride received for free from a local store. “They were just going to throw it away, so they gave it to me for free and I stored it for seven months in my parents’ garage,” Shakeira laughs.

One of the bride’s favourite moments of the day was her and her father’s first look. “My dad can be compared to Liam Neeson in Taken, so seeing him blubber like a baby was so sweet,” Shakeira says. He also gave a speech later that day expressing love for his daughter and his new son-in-law. The couple had a slightly unconventional wedding timeline: instead of having the ceremony and the reception, the couple had their reception in the afternoon, leading up to their twilight vows, which they exchanged amidst candles and their loved ones sitting on blankets and pillows in the grass.

The most emotional moment of the day happened before the wedding even started. The couple woke up in their home, they put on soft music  and drank coffee to begin their emotional day. “My younger sister Chantal passed away in 2014,” Shakeira says. “The feelings of loss were tangled into all of the other excitement and happiness of the day.” As she began to feel overwhelmed, Roman rushed over to embrace her as she cried into his shoulder. “I love this moment because I think it epitomizes so much of what our marriage will be,” Shakeira shares. “The good, the bad, the support and love.”

Shakeira MacLean and Roman Magbanua, July 14, 2018, Fort Langley, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Shari + Mike.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: Family friend’s home
Wedding planner: Briar Johnston and Joey Greene of Epic Events
Bridal gown: Galia Lahav from Bisou Bridal
Flowers: Heather March of Greenstems
Sundae bar: Earnest Ice Cream
Caterer: White Table Catering
Favours: The Collective You

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A Rustic Garden Party Wedding In Ayr, Ontario

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Sarah and Jordan met back in high school thanks to their the teacher’s alphabetical seating plan. “Jordan was wonderfully kind,” Sarah recalls.  “He always gave me paper and let me borrow pens.” It wasn’t until their final year of high school, when they shared another class, that Jordan finally asked her on a date—via email. Sarah wrote back with a “yes.”

The couple got engaged on their 10-year anniversary on a trip to California. Despite the news reporting wildfires, the pair decided to drive to a hotel north of LA. “As we got closer to our hotel, the mountains on both sides of the highway lit up the night’s sky with golden flames and ash fell on the windshield,” Sarah says. Each town the couple drove through was without power, and the hotel was unable to check them in due to encroaching flames. After the couple was alerted to evacuate the area they eventually found a hotel. The next morning, they finally made it to their destination, Big Sur, and Jordan proposed. After a hike up a mountain Jordan proposed and Sarah said yes.

The theme for the wedding was a rustic garden party. The celebration took place on Jordan’s family farm in Ayr. The natural scenery of the venue was breathtaking and one-of-a-kind. “We had our ceremony on the top of a hill over looking a pond and dinner in a field next to 3 acres of lavender,” Sarah enthuses. By the end of June, the whole farm was in bloom with wild flowers and floral trees. Wanting to keep the focus on the venue, the couple so they opted for whites, soft pinks and clear acrylic chairs for their flowers and decor.

One of the most important wedding details for Sarah were her bridal gown and bridesmaid gowns. They were custom made by her best friend that she has known since kindergarten. “Our group consultations included trying dress styles on, drawing up different designs and picking different fabrics,” Sarah says. It was important to the bride to have each one of her bridesmaids to feel comfortable with what they were in so each got to work with Paige to design a custom dress.

The wedding was a surprise event for the guests so the couples favourite part of the day was getting to shock everyone with their nuptials. The guests were invited under the ruse of the event being an engagement party on the farm. “After a drink or two, my father-in-law began to thank our guests for coming and said he had a surprise for them,” Sarah says. It was only after attendees walked up the hill, with cocktails in hand,  did they see the ceremony set up and slowly came to the realization that this was a wedding. “All the hard work gone into planning our wedding was worth it and I knew this was going to be the most special day of my life, so far.”

Sarah Walker and Jordan Van Der Heyden, June 23, 2018, Ayr, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Elisha K Photography.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: Willibald Farm Distillery
Wedding planner: Kendra Coons of Confetti & Co.
Bridal gown and bridesmaid gowns: Emma Paige
Groom’s tux: Suit Supply
Groomsmen attire: Frank & OakZara and Hudson’s Bay
Flowers: Just Blooms
Stationery: Hubub Paper Co.
Cake: Q’s Cakes & Cafe
Caterer: NJLB & Co.
Hair: Sallie, Vaniti Hair
Makeup: Christina Pfaff
Favours: Willibald Farm Distillery
Music: Exclusive Vibez
Rentals: Plate Occasions, Chair-man Mills and ABC Party Time Rentals

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A Modern Wedding At The Great Hall In Toronto

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Allison and Stefan met the way a lot of couples meet these days: online. “After trading a few messages back and forth we met in person at the Shangri-La Lobby in Toronto,” Allison recalls. That night the two enjoyed live music, wine and began their love story.

Allison was taken completely off guard when Stefan proposed. “Stefan has a knack for meticulously planned surprises and our engagement was no exception,” she shares. The couple was vacationing at Allison’s family cottage along the shores of Lake Huron when Stefan planned a romantic dinner for two. “Which I promptly hi-jacked by inviting my sister, along with her husband and their one year old, to join us,” Allison laughs. After their guests left, the pair went for their usual beach stroll during a golden sunset. Right there in the sand Stefan dropped to one knee and proposed. “The beach is my favourite place on earth and he couldn’t have picked a better spot,” Allison says.

The aesthetic of the celebration was focused around being modern with geometric shapes. “We aren’t into the frilly florals,” Allison explains. “We wanted something fresh and sophisticated.” The geometrics were a central theme carried throughout the wedding and most prominently displayed on the wedding arch. “For our colours, we loved the idea of blending the simplicity of white and midnight blue with the warmth of copper tones,” Allison shares. For flowers they kept things simple with white, cream and green. “We love eucalyptus and placed a sprig at each place setting.”

The couple agrees their ceremony was one of the highlights of their day. “It was as magical as we imagined it would be,” Allison says. “We spent so much time labouring over every detail and it was worth it!”  They custom designed the altar, working with a plumbing supplier to create it from scratch. For the music, the couple wanted to take a unique approach while still capturing the mood of the day. “A jazz duo playing the saxophone and piano entertained our guests prior to the ceremony and provided the music for our processions down the aisle,” Allison recalls.

Stefan picked the food for the event. “Stefan’s favourite chef is Mark McEwan so he has always dreamed of a wedding catered by him,” Allison says. The chef was such a pillar of their planning that the couple ruled out venues due to them being unable to accommodate the celebrity chef. Stefan is a foodie at heart so he spent countless hours with the McEwan team to put together the celebrations stunning menu. “Four months later, our guests are still raving about how amazing the food was.”

Allison Pinnington and Stefan Koronyi, May 12, 2018, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Calvin Lee of Ikonica.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: The Great Hall
Wedding planner: Barbara Grace Weddings
Bridal gown: Romona Keveza from Kleinfeld Toronto
Bridesmaid dresses: Adrianna Papell from Nordstrom
Groom’s tux: Md Bespoke
Groomsmen attire: Coppley Tuxedos rented from Freeman Formalwear
Flowers: Sweetpea’s Inc.
Stationery: Minted
Cake: CakeStar
Caterer: McEwan Catering
Hair: Fiorio Salon
Makeup: Radford Weddings
Favours: Relish This
Music: Impact Dj
Band: Stereoflavour
Rentals: Event Rental Group
Officiant: Devon John

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A Dreamy Purple Styled Shoot Outside Of Red Deer, Alberta

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Dreamy romantic summer nuptials can be gorgeously contrasted with an outdoor venue with an unfinished, ruins-like feel. For this styled shoot by Chic and Grace Studios, soft, ethereal details including asymmetrical linens, taper candles and a hand-lettered backdrop brought lovely whimsy to this location in Big Valley, Alberta.

When coming up with the theme for the shoot everything was designed around the venue. “My inspiration came from the ruins. I wanted to create a contrast with a soft romantic feel,” explains photographer Kimberly of Chic and Grace Studios. “I always love the look of all the old stone in Europe and wanted to find a place that could have a similar feel.” While many of the details contrasted with the location, some details were beautifully inspired by its texture and unfinished character. This included a white cake with rough buttercream edging and thick paper with unfinished edging for the hand-lettered stationery suite.

Photography courtesy of Chic & Grace Studios.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: Village of Big Valley
Bridal gown: Lillian West from Novia Mia Bridal
Groom’s tux: Black Knight Tuxedos
Flowers: Calyx Floral Design
Design and decor: Copper Cloud Events
Stationery: Gian Lee
Bakery: Sugar by Tracy
Hair: M. Co Hairstyling
Beauty and makeup: Sunkissed Studios and Brenna Skjonsberg

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25 Regal Ball Gowns Fit For A Princess Bride

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25 Ballroom Gowns Fit For A Princess Bride - Rita

Dress by Rita Vineris.

One of our favourite bridal looks is the classically regal ball gown. A ball gown is the perfect style for a bride who wants to feel like a princess on her special day. Ball gowns usually consist of a fitted bodice and skirt that flows out at the waist, creating a striking silhouette. We’ve rounded up 25 amazing ball gowns from some of our favourite designers.

A Beautiful, Romantic Wedding In Fort Erie, Ontario

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A Whimsical Wedding at Windmill Point, Ontario - Couple

Raluca and Kyle met in 2013 through mutual friends. Although their first encounter didn’t spark a quick dive into romance, their relationship blossomed after a slow build up of getting to know each other. “We love a lot of the same things and just like spending time together,” Raluca says. “By the end of our first summer, we became Facebook official.”

The pair got engaged at Kyle’s family cottage on Lake Erie while they were spending time at the cottage, a summer tradition. One evening, Kyle left to get pizza and wings for the two and when he came back, Raluca was in the kitchen. Their proposal wasn’t traditional. “He took our dog Raffie and tied the ring around her neck on a ribbon. He sent her into the kitchen and as she was shuffling around trying to bite the ring from around her neck, he asked me to pick her up,” Raluca remembers. “He then got on one knee and proposed.”

The newlyweds’ wedding theme was a combination of romance and whimsy. “We had twinkle lights under a white tent and you could hear the sound of waves crashing in the background,” Raluca says. The colours chosen to compliment the venue were soft whites, nude, blush, pink, green and blue, giving the celebration an ultra-romantic vibe. The bridesmaids wore white, while the groomsmen wore suits in ranges of blue. “We wanted everyone to look and feel their best, so we kept the bridal party colours simple,” Raluca explains.

To add to the whimsical feeling, the couple used floral in creative ways. “We had a ceremonial circle made entirely of flowers and greenery,” Raluca enthuses. “It was a great alternative to an arch and was very well suited to the evening’s mood.”  Gold candlesticks and greenery decorated long harvest tables for the couple’s reception.

One the bride’s favourite moments was being walked down the aisle by her father, who she says played a key role in keeping her relaxed. “We have a great bond, so this moment really meant a lot to me,” Raluca says. “We quietly chatted to one another, as a way to calm each other’s nerves.”

Raluca Melniciuc and Kyle Norton, July 21, 2018, Ridgeway, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Kayla Rocca Photography.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: Windmill Point
Wedding planner: Ashley Pigott Events
Bridal gown: Hayley Paige
Groom’s tux: Made Clothing Co.
Groomsmen attire: Made Clothing Co.
Flowers: Bloom and Co
Caterer: Food Dudes
Hair: Salon Daniel
Makeup: Haley Bogaert Face Inc. 
Music: Sole Power

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25 Lovely Long-Sleeved Bridal Gowns

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25 sleeved looks for this season - Vera Wang

Dress by Vera Wang.

Sleeves can play a huge role in the overall look of your dress. They can be covered in beading and embellishments for some extra sparkle, or they can be kept minimal for an ethereal vibe. Sleeves are a great way to look fashion-forward and to give a bride a bit more coverage on her arms. Whether you want a simple fitted sleeve, vintage bell sleeves or dramatic, over the top sleeves like the ones in the Vera Wang dress seen above, there are many options for a bride to choose from. Here are 25 of our favourite wedding dresses featuring intricate sleeves.

 

This Toronto Catering Company Has Just Opened A Contemporary New Wedding Venue

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This Toronto Company Creates Customizable Event Spaces - Decorated

TOBEN Food by Design Inc. is a catering company that was formed in 2005 in Toronto. This company has taken catering and perfected it into an art form. They’ve always specialized in fresh, locally sourced and globally influenced dishes, but now they’re extending their skills into customizing an event space as much as they do their menus. For this purpose they’ve opened new venue GRACE, an extension of their brand that proudly hosts 2,400 square feet of customizable space. “The space can be used for all event needs from weddings to product launches to corporate seminars to retirement parties and everything in between,” says Elana Kochman, TOBEN Food by Design’s co-owner and director of events. The Grace brand is focused on personalized experiences for their customers as well as keeping the style and quality service TOBEN Food is known for.

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GRACE features 18ft ceilings, exposed brick and beams, and a plethora of large windows that bathe the room in natural light, with two areas for different purposes. “Grace’s Room” is the main venue space that can host large weddings, while “The Tasting Lounge” is for intimate events of up to 14 people. “Our focus on doing whatever it takes to ensure our clients’ event goals are met has been the cornerstone of our business from day one,” Kochman says.

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A Pink & Mauve Styled Shoot At The Art Gallery of Hamilton

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A Colourful Pink & Mauve Styled Shoot At The Art Gallery of Hamilton - Tablescape

Blending culture, tradition and modern design were the the initial ideas behind this beautiful styled shoot in Hamilton. The team at Sue Gallo Designs dreamt up the concept and worked diligently to ensure the theme was incorporated into everything. “With the harshness of this long, stormy and cold winter we needed something to inspire us and to get the creative juices flowing,” says Sue Gallo of Sue Gallo Designs. “We wanted to bring a little bit of spring into February.”

Various shades of pink were used with hints of gold to enhance the star colours. “We used soft muted hues of crisp whites accented with muted taupes, blushes and dusty rose blossoms,” Gallo explains. “The colours balanced the more dramatic and deep tones of the hanging art work by Cathy Yantsis.” The tablescape incorporated whimsical details that enhanced the dreamy colour palette. “The dreamy clouds of cherry and apple blossoms at the head tablescape were the real show-stoppers of the day,” Gallo says.

Other pink-inspired details include a dusty rose suit from RW & Co., modern invitations from Simply Sealed and soft-pink-hued couches from Warehouse 84. The venue was the picturesque Art Gallery of Hamilton. “Throughout the venue, guests were treated to romantic details and stylish signage,” Gallo says.

Photography courtesy of Jenn Kavanagh.

Vendors
Venue: Art Gallery of Hamilton
Bridal gown: Willow by Watters from Sash & Bustle
Veils & accessoriesNoon on the Moon
Bridal shoes: Ted Baker
Groom’s suit: RW&CO.
Creative direction, florals and styling: Sue Gallo Designs
Coordination & styling: Vivian Lyttle Events
Stationery: Simply Sealed
Lounge furniture: Warehouse 84
Linens & tableware: Simply Beautiful Decor
Hair & make-up: Bespoke Beauty
Cake & treats: The Dessert Room
Artwork: Cathy Yantsis
Models: Magna Arnott & Terry Molinaro

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An Opulent Wedding At The Royal Conservatory Of Music in Toronto

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An Opulent Wedding At The Royal Conservatory Of Music - Couple

Jenny and Alex met through a mutual friend at popular downtown Toronto night spot Brassaii. The pair hit it off, with Jenny telling Alex about her fitness ventures. “I just started teaching a new abs class at Fit Factory Fitness and asked Alex to come for a work out,” Jenny says.

The couple got engaged in 2017 on a trip to New York. “Alex usually plans romantic surprises when we go on vacation together,” Jenny shares. After getting dressed up for a night in the city, a private driver, arranged by Alex, drove the couple to Times Square, where he popped the question.

Being a fan of classic marble, Jenny selected colours accordingly, which included grey, white and silver. The decor was kept minimalistic, with transparent chairs and white florals. The bride and groom also wanted to pay homage to their shared love of fitness. “Our cake topper was made by Selftrait,” Jenny enthuses. “It showcased both our personalities because we’re holding two dumbbells.” The aisle was lined white rose petals and candles to create a romantic feel, creating the perfect ambiance for Jenny to walk down the aisle in a jaw-dropping train.

For their music the bride and groom reached out to one of Jenny’s clients, who was part of a band. “They played and sung beautifully as guests were entering the venue and during the ceremony,” Jenny recalls. An extra-special sentimental moment for the bride was dancing with her grandfather at the reception. “Nonno is usually very to himself and sometimes even grumpy,” Jenny expresses. “Seeing him let loose was a surprise to everyone.”

Jenny Lam and Alex Rouleau August 11, 2018, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Jessilynn Wong Photography.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: The Royal Conservatory of Music
Bridal gown: Martina Liana #905
Bridesmaid gowns: Lulus
Groom’s tux: Empire Customs
Flowers: Flowerly
Stationery: Amy Yang Designs 
Cake: For The Love of Cake
Caterer: Daniel et Daniel
Hair: Beauty on the Grind
Makeup: Veronica Chu
Favours: Demo Soaps & Weddingstar
Music: All Star Entertainment

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A Scandinavian-Inspired Wedding in British Columbia

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A Scandinavian-Inspired Wedding in British Columbia - Couple

Kaela and Jeppe met in Las Vegas while she was on a girls trip and he was having a night out with a close friend of his. “They say ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,’ but we’re glad to say it isn’t always the case,” Kaela says. After bumping into each other at the Pure Nightclub in Caesar’s Palace, the pair chatted and danced the night away and the next day Jeppe was already making plans to see Kaela again. “He asked me if I would like to spend more time together,” Kaela recalls. “That’s when I agreed to go with this strange man into the Nevada desert for a hike.” Her willingness to take a risk paid off and their hike became a date, then dinners and many more outings throughout the trip. By the time Kaela returned back to her home in Vancouver, Jeppe was messaging her ideas of when they could see each other again.

The couple got engaged during the holiday season between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, while exploring parts of Vancouver Island that they hadn’t seen yet. “Despite Tolfino being notoriously stormy in the winter, we lucked out with three glorious days of sunshine,” Kaela explains. One afternoon, while the two lovebirds wandered the Chesterman Beach they reached a secluded part of the coastline. “Jeppe turned and looked at me and I immediately felt a shift as he started to say beautiful things,” Kaela shares. “He proposed, followed by us exchanging words of how excited we were for our future together.”

The theme for the wedding was Pacific Northwest meets modern Scandinavian design. “Much of the design was inspired by what you see on the coast of British Columbia: the ocean and coastline, the evergreens, and the mountains,” Kaela explains. The colour palette reflects these B.C. roots featuring shades of blue, green, grey and white. “Everything we included was intended to enhance our beautiful surroundings and invite our guests to fall in love with B.C.,” Kaela says. The day was full of greenery that was used in a variety of ways including garlands for the tablescapes and hanging above the dance floor. “Tina of Platinum Floral Designs intertwined eucalyptus with salal, that was collected locally around Vancouver Island,” Kaela mentions.

One of Kaela’s favourite wedding details were the tents used for the reception. “These canvas tents gave us an element of safari in the PNW wilderness,” Kaela says.  The couple had string lights hung between the tent peaks, wrapped around the wooden beams inside the tent. Another favourite of hers was the Danish Kransekage or Crown cake, a marzipan ring cake that looks like a tower. “Danish tradition dictates that every guest must have at least one bite or the couple will have bad luck,” Kaela explains. Danish Kraneskage is typically covered in Danish flags, but the couple also made sure to include Canadian flags in a nod to Kaela’s heritage.

With Jeppe being from Denmark, it was important to the couple to include Danish traditions throughout their wedding.  One tradition that guests enjoyed was a game where they clinked their glasses and stomped their feet, causing the couple to either stand up on the chairs and kiss or crawl under the table. “A few rounds of this will make you really in need for your next sip of wine,” Kaela laughs. The bride and groom’s fathers gave heartfelt speeches, which included funny moments to keep the tone light. “Jeppe’s father spoke directly to me about how important it is to continue to forge my own path and pursue my dreams,” Kaela recalls. “He said they are all there to support me, which I though was such a lovely way to welcome me to their family.”

Kaela Stuart and Jeppe Christensen , June 30, 2018, Galiano Island, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Shari + Mike.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: Bodega Ridge Resort
Wedding planner: Emma McCormick, Creative Planning & Production
Bridal gown: Jenny Packham Bridal
Flowers: Platinum Floral Designs
Stationery: Studio 745
Caterer: Bodega Ridge Resort
Hair: Haley Stuart
Makeup: Emaleth Artistry
Music: Hiway Productions
Tenting and furniture rentals: The Wise Co.
Designer: Trend Decor Event Design

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A Medieval-Themed Styled Shoot

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If you’ve been dreaming of capturing an old world flair for your wedding, this medieval styled shoot is sure to inspire you.  “This shoot is inspired by the romantic, classic royal medieval weddings full of rich fabrics, floral and elaborate detail touches,” says Shar Thanga, who styled and came up with the concept for the shoot.

The colours used in the shoot complemented the rustic venue. “The colour combination of gold, champagne, rustic and wine mixed with soft earthy colours is a great expression for vintage and royalty,” Thanga explains.

The gowns are a beautiful blend of modern sensibilities while keeping to their traditional roots. “They have historical elements including lace bodices, big beaded band with rustic stones, form fitting body with ball skirt and long train,” Thanga shares. “These elements bring out the theme perfectly along with the overall styling.”

With adorable flower girls donning flower crowns, a handsome horse and a waterfall-style bouquet, we love all the unique details of this styled shoot.

Photography courtesy of Fotoreflection.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: Century Barn
Concept creator & styling: Shar Thanga
Flowers: Kaas Floral Design
Bridal gown:
Sharleez Bridal
Hair and makeup: Sharmili Hair and Makeup
Accessories: Marie Copps
Decor and Linens: Susan Murray International
Model: Tracey Messenger
Flower girls: Julia & Iza
Horse owner: Melissa Blakely

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A Stunning, Colourful Peruvian-Inspired Wedding in Toronto

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A Peruvian-Inspired wedding in Toronto - Couple

Alex and Rosa met on a mutual friend’s ultimate frisbee team. “I was asked to sub in on our friend Christina’s ultimate frisbee team for a few games,” Alex explains. “I really liked it so I joined full time.” Alex and Rosa chatted occasionally but say they never really clicked. At the time this couple-to-be met, they were both in committed relationships. “Rosa was with her long time boyfriend and I was with my not-so-long time girlfriend,” Alex says. Shortly after Rosa became single, Alex became single as well. “We had a couple really interesting conversations after our frisbee games, and the rest is history,” Alex recalls.

The couple both share a Peruvian heritage, which they used to inspire their wedding theme. They used a bold sunset-inspired colour palette including plum, peach, crimson red and yellow to fill their special venue, the Berkeley Church in Toronto, with incredible details. A beautiful focal point of the decor was the sunset hued balloon instillation. For their table numbers, they took a creative approach by including the shape of Peru on each one.

A staple of the design was the repeating llama/alpaca motif.  From low-top sneakers to a string-art backdrop, the adorable animals native to South America were incorporated throughout the day. Post-ceremony in the courtyard during cocktail hour, Rosa and Alex surprised and thrilled their friends and family with 3 alpacas, which were brought in to take pictures with guests. With gorgeous details bursting in colour and whimsy, it’s no surprise this wedding won Central Real Wedding Of The Year for the Weddingbells 2019 Canadian Wedding Awards.

The couple wrote their own vows. It was important to them to have someone they knew to officiate. “The wedding ceremony was very personal,” the couple says. “It was written and co-officiated by our friend Julia Pileggi.” During the reception, the couple shared their first dance to the song “Unthinkable” by City and Colour. At the end of the festivities, each guest took home a portrait of themselves created by water-colour illustration aficionado, Stephanie Anne.

Rosa Bustamante and Alex Stinson, August 18, 2018, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Jennifer See Studios.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: Berkeley Church
Wedding planner: Love by Lynzie Events + Design
Bridal gown: Evelyn Bridal & Ferre Sposa
Bridesmaid dresses: BHLDN
Groom’s tux: Surmesur
Groom’s bowtie: Handsome and Lace
Flowers: Hunt and Gather Floral
Stationery: Minted & Paperless Post
Caterer: Berkeley Church
Hair and makeup: The Beauty Team
Favours: Stephanie Anne
Music: Dialed In DJ
Balloons: Balloon Bar
Calligraphy: Catherine Cachia
Cotton Candy: Fancy Pufs
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