If you want the definition for "garden style party," take a look at the wedding below by Kalia Lily Photography. I can't get enough of the soft light and elegant home style feel of this day. The picturesque Miller Lash House suites this couple perfectly and thanks to the sister of the bride and Alma Florists, the floral arrangements seem like they've been in the house forever. Check out more of this love spun affair in the full gallery here.
From the Bride... Ryan and I wanted our wedding to be as much about our guests as it was about us. We wanted the whole day to be about celebrating love on a large scale: love for each other, love for our family, love for our friends and love for the moment. We were (and still are) so incredibly grateful to have our loved ones with us, that it became so very important to find a venue where we could interact and mingle with them, hug them, dance with them, eat with them, pose in candid photos with them ... you name it, we wanted to be right in the middle of it! So aside from hosting a party in our home and calling it a "wedding," we desperately needed to find a venue that could deliver this intimate atmosphere, yet still be able to aesthetically represent the two of us as a couple and celebrate the natural world. You can imagine our excitement when we found the Miller Lash House! An estate home built in the early 20th century by a wealthy Toronto businessman, secluded in the valley of Highland Creek. Simple, gorgeous, traditional, historical, earthy (the outside walls are faced with river stone collected from the creek bed) — it was absolutely perfect! We had the entire estate to ourselves for the whole day, and we were able to host our wedding as if it were taking place in our very own backyard.
Our outdoor ceremony was at 1:30 p.m. on quite possibly the hottest day of the year (which we'll never live down!) and we held a high tea/garden party reception. We really wanted to create an "at home" atmosphere where everyone could make themselves a plate of food, move from room to room, dance, mingle, be silly ... whatever! The venue was so gorgeous that we needed very little decoration. I was quite strict about having a limited colour palette. We really wanted the natural beauty of the house to shine through. Luckily, my sister (who was also my maid of honour) is a very talented florist and works with some incredible ladies who made some absolutely amazing arrangements and bouquets. I kept saying to her that I wanted our flowers to look like somebody went in to a forest and scooped up a handful of wild greenery. She totally brought this vision to life by using some unexpected elements like raw cotton plants and baby cabbages. To compliment our high tea reception, my sister had also asked my girlfriends and relatives to each bring a teapot to my bridal shower. She re-purposed these at the wedding as vases, and each guest was welcome to select their favourite teapot arrangement to take home at the end of the day, along with a jar (or two, or three!) of homemade jam. The best part of the day however, besides having a new husband, was watching every part of our vision come to life. For me, the most memorable moments were seeing all of our loved ones laugh, eat, celebrate and share a day of love with us, just as we had hoped.
Wedding Photography: Kalia Lily Photography / Wedding Venue: The Miller Lash House in Toronto, Ontario / Floral Design: Alma Florists / Catering: Daniel et Daniel / Wedding Cake: The Wedding Cake Shoppe / Transportation: A Rolls Choice Livery / Wedding Dress: Tadashi Shoji