The Pop Up Chapel Canada offers low-key couples an alternative to tying the knot at city hall. This whirlwind one-day event designed by the Love By Lynzie team brings together some of Toronto’s top vendors for an all-inclusive, ultra-Instagrammable experience where multiple couples marry throughout the day without ever seeing each other. The best part? Everything from the venue, decor and flowers to the photography, officiant, food and drinks are included for under $3000!
Toronto’s fifth Pop Up Chapel took place on November 16, 2018 at Evergreen Brick Works. Every chapel is designed to be totally different and this latest event was a pastel dream featuring a neutral colour palette of whites and ivories with touches of pastel pink, lavender and rose gold accents. Six couples walked the aisle, which was made entirely of white duct tape, and wed under a flowing floral backdrop featuring an array of hanging hand- painted light bulbs. During cocktail hour each couple and their 20 guests shared a sparkling wine toast, took selfies in the #CoolerThanCityHall photo booth, enjoyed savoury treats from Drake Catering and cut their very own six-inch cake complete with personalized cake toppers. Each Pop Up Chapel supports a local charity and this particular event raised over $2,000 for Team Dog Rescue.
“We feel that traditional wedding planning requires a lot of time and often a lot of stress. We wanted our day to be stress-free for us and our guests,” says Natalie Feldman who married Daniel Holman at the event after being engaged for five and a half years. “Seeing this pop-up wedding where the details were all taken care of and also supports Team Dog Rescue is perfect for us. We are huge animal lovers, and have four rescues of our own. Over the years we have also fostered several animals, and I’m the co-director of the Ottawa Paw Pantry, a small pet food bank in Ottawa. We love that our special day could be beautiful, stress-free, and support rescue efforts, it feels very ‘us’.”
“We decided to do the chapel so that we could focus our time and energy on each other rather than on party planning,” says Bethany McKoy who wed Adam Bazak at the Pop UP Chapel. “Wedding planning is best left to the professionals,” she adds.
“My fiance and I had provided deposits for a venue, florist, DJ, photographer, and officiant. After that, everyone’s options and instructions followed. That’s where things became overwhelmingly stressful,” says Angela Lamanna who abandoned the event she was originally planning and married Scott Hall at the Pop-Up Chapel instead. “Anxiety is something I struggle with and the thought of having to get married in front of 60-100 people made me sick. The traditional wedding just wasn’t sitting well with either of us. We wanted to celebrate, but not in a way that made both of us uncomfortable or gets sucked into living up to the expectations of those who came before us. We decided to cancel and forfeit all of our deposits to opt for something low-key. We learned about pop-up weddings on the Love by Lynzie website and knew this was it! Being restricted 20 guests took the guilt out of not inviting people who aren’t directly in your bubble. I especially love that I didn’t have to worry about any of the small details. Lynzie and her team took care of everything and when I learned of all the vendors that would be there on our big day, I was mind-blown. They aren’t unknown, cheap vendors. They are vendors I couldn’t have ever imagined working with. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to have a beautiful, stress-free wedding.”
Thinking a pop-up wedding might be for you? There are four chapels happening in 2019 starting with March 29th at The Drake Sky Yard.
Photography courtesy of Mango Studios.
Ceremony and reception venue: Evergreen Brick Works
Conceptualization, design and planning: Nicole Connor from Love by Lynzie
Floral decor: Kenilworth Floral
Bouquets: Wild North Flowers
Cake toppers: Cutts Studio and Olivia Y. Cakes
Hand lettering: Type Grace
Officiants: Jonny Belinko and Juliana Belinko
Catering: Drake Catering
Wine: Fresh Wines
Beer: Junction Craft Brewing
Cake: Olivia Y. Cakes
Tea bar: DavidsTea
Music: Electric Blonde
Rentals: Divine Decor, Event Rental Group and Wild and Free Marquee
Photo booth: The Photo Booth Guys