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Vintage Chic Toronto Fall Wedding

It’s my belief that brides should spend the night before their wedding doing something relaxing with their girlfriends; this Bride here took after my own heart, spending the evening assembling all of her floral arrangements with her maids. They created works of art for the celebration the next day and Up In The Clouds Photography captured it all. Head this way to see these fantastic final results.

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Fall

From Up In The Clouds PhotographyKristen and Jesse’s wedding was filled with vintage DIY ideas. The day began at One King West, where both the bride and groom prepared separately for the ceremony, but no visit to One King West is complete without stepping down the sweeping central staircase to the original underground bank vault. Built directly into the bedrock in 1913, the bridal party posed in front of the 4-foot thick steel door.

From the custom made bridal gown & vintage inspired shoes, to the antique books used as centerpieces for the reception, the bride made sure no detail was left untouched. She even created the bridal bouquets and managed to finish them (along with the help of her bridesmaids) on the morning of the wedding. The ceremony began at Metropolitan United Church in Toronto where the couple fell in love all over again. Later on the bride and groom enjoyed a lovely ride in a vintage Rolls Royce to the historic Distillery District for the bridal party photo shoot, surrounded by cobblestone streets & more vintage cars. I absolutely love the colours that were on the display throughout the day, from the green bridesmaids gowns, to the pink coloured walls at the reception hall. The bride also constructed the candy station and green floral backdrop for the dessert table. Guests signed a large slab of wood which was used as a guest book and found their seating chart displayed on a vintage screen. To top it all of, a very unique whiskey and cigar bar was made for the the guests to enjoy drinks and party the night away.

From the Bride… Jesse and I knew each other before we became a couple through mutual friends, however it wasn’t until we met again at a country fair years later that sparks started to fly. The fair was held in a town directly between Jesse’s small country town and the suburb city I called home, to this day we like to joke about meeting in the middle.

Five years later during a game of golf on my birthday, I performed one of my typical celebration dances and asked Jess if he was proud of my game thus far. After turning around, he replied on one knee that he was so proud he wanted me to be his wife. After another celebration dance of course I promptly agreed!

After a few months of being engaged the wedding planning process began. We first decided that we wanted our wedding to be both romantic and whimsical, with a 1920’s feel. We carried this out by selecting a historical church for our ceremony and a hall that was built in 1850. Our hall was the perfect selection for us as it would let us bring in and personally select every aspect of our wedding. We also choose to have a whiskey and cigar bar, a pianist playing 1920′s music upon our guest’s arrival into the reception space, tables named after 1920′s romance novels among other touches to carry out our 1920′s theme.

One of our favourite things to do as a couple is renovate our century home, and over the years of doing it our DIY skills have been amplified. So it seemed perfectly natural to take a similar approach with our wedding. It worked out that pretty much every aspect of our wedding was done by us. From doing all of the centerpieces, place settings, to searching through thrift stores for items for the candy bar and whiskey table, to major construction items.

The day before our wedding my maids and I took on our greatest DIY project. One of my bridesmaids Emily Ryan headed our flower mission. Together we worked for months choosing the vases for centerpieces, the type of flowers and colours we would use. With a hotel room FILLED with beautiful flowers we all set out creating center piece arrangements, pew flower arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres. Being able to spend the night before our wedding with some of favourite people in the world crafting was, in my eyes, the perfect way to spend the day.

On the morning of our wedding my wonderful groom to be drove a U-Haul van down to the hall and unloaded all of our handmade flower centerpieces, a dozen totes with all of the decorations and detailed instructions for the day in them. Call me Type A, but hey this was the biggest party of my life, and a very special day to us. There, our extremely talented month of coordinator set up the day.

Most brides say the day goes by in a flash and is it ever true! One of my favourite moments of the day was after our ceremony Jesse and I rode alone in a 1949 Rolls Royce. It was the perfect way to spend our first moments of man and wife together. The rest of the day of course had its bumps, which is always to be expected, but while eating dinner looking at all of our friends and family enjoying the day we created together was an amazing feeling!

Photography: Up In The Clouds Photography | Coordination: Leah Sandu - Vantage Events | Ceremony Venue: Metropolitan United Church | Reception Venue: St. Lawrence Hall | Shoes: Rachel Simpson | DJ: Impact DJ | Bridal Gown: Jennie Ross | Furniture Rentals: Contemporary Furniture Rental Inc | Paper Products: Newfound Creative | Pianist: Liz Craig

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Romantic Summer Wedding at the Art Gallery of Alberta

Old mansions and art galleries are two of my favorite venue options, so why not combine the beauty of them both? That’s what Jennifer Bergman did when designing this bash right here; a sweet ceremony at the mansion, followed by a blush and gold celebration at the gallery. Eternal Reflections Photography and A Love Story captured every sparkling space and I can’t get enough of it all right here.

From the Bride… We wanted our wedding day to be a romantic, elegant celebration of our love, and for each guest to feel important and that they helped make our day come true.

We were married at a historic private estate and lucked out with beautiful weather for our outdoor ceremony. We setup a beautiful vintage hutch displaying our family members pictures who are no longer with us. Chad wrote his wedding vows on cue cards and each one had a word in large bold letters on the back. All together they read: “I will love you forever.” This was so touching and memorable.

Our reception location, The Art Gallery of Alberta, was transformed from a cool, contemporary venue into a very warm and romantic space. We mixed square and round tables with different linen combinations and centerpiece designs to add layers of texture and interest. I absolutely loved our unique head table backdrop which featured a frame of hanging floral stems!

My favourite moment of the evening was our first dance. I have always love to dance and now Chad enjoys ballroom dancing – in fact, we are still taking lessons together!

From the Groom… My favourite moment of the day was seeing Sheena for the first time at our ceremony. I remember waiting with such anticipation to see her appear from around a grouping of trees at the end of the aisle; she was absolutely stunning! I choked up instantly and held back my tears with all I had, feeling a complete and overwhelming sense of joy for what was to be for the rest of our days. I also loved walking into the reception at the Art Gallery of Alberta before everyone else and seeing what was created there knowing it was our night, out time, our special moment.

Photography: Eternal Reflections Photography | Cinematography: A Love Story | Flowers: FaBLOOMosity | Gown: Novelle Bridal Shop | Cake: The Art Of Cake | Stationery: Pinkpolka Design | Ceremony Venue: Magrath Mansion | Reception Venue: Art Gallery Of Alberta | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Pure Bridal | Makeup Artist: Astrid Woodard | Hair Stylist: Bailey Gartner | DJ: Premiere DJs | Officiant: Tammy Banting | Ceremony Music: Stringbeans Quartet | Drapery + Lighting: Site 6 | Fine Linens: Dress My Day | Photo Booth: Laugh Photo Booth | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Transportation: Royal Executive Limos | Wedding Planning + Design: Jennifer Bergman Weddings

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Romantic and Rustic Woodland Wedding

You know what’s romantic? Sneaking away before the ceremony for a first look with your one and only. And this perfect pair? Well, that’s exactly what they did. With Just For You Photography in tow capturing every sweet moment, the gallery is the perfect place to watch their special day unfold, here!

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Fall
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Farm
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Rustic

From the beautiful Bride… Top 3 moments from the wedding were the first look, seeing the reception space for the first time and the party.

Because I am such an emotional person, I wanted to be able have this quiet moment between Simon and I before the chaos set in. It was important to me that we just take a moment and breathe together, so that when we got to the ceremony we could just enjoy the ride. This way we could have a couple of laughs together (and maybe a couple of tears), and mostly just enjoy the day that we had waited on for so long and put so much work into.

When I left on Friday night, the girls hadn’t finished with the table cloths or chair covers and to go from that to this absolutely amazing room was incredible. I just remember feeling amazed that Stacey could take my ideas and transform them into my dream space and that something so incredibly beautiful was for Simon and I was almost overwhelming.

Being able to share such an amazing day with our friends and family was more than I could have hoped for. It was so important to us that everyone was able to enjoy the day, and that it was a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Whether it was people sitting out on the patio enjoying the weather, sitting inside visiting with family and friends, or dancing the night away, everyone had fun, which made the day a huge success.

The arbor at the ceremony, my Dad and my brother built the arbor with birch from the property I grew up on and then Stacey and Janine made it beautiful. From the chandelier to the florals to the antlers, it was the perfect backdrop to an amazing ceremony.

The antlers that were scattered throughout the ceremony and reception space. It all started with a photo shoot that I fell in love with that Stacey and Janine had done with an antler base for a bouquet, and antlers mixed into an amazing chandelier. As we talked about Simon and how he is a hunter and that we both love spending time outdoors and camping it just evolved into this amazing décor element. The antlers were supplied by Janine and a very good friend, and they just became this absolutely perfect element to our day, that we managed to keep as a surprise for Simon.

The amazing florals by FaBLOOMosity. Janine and her crew blew me away with their beautiful work. I wanted to have big, bold flowers with lots of colour and they delivered. And they were so amazing to work with, I didn’t have any interactions with them that didn’t leave me smiling and excited to see the wedding day.

Simon and I put together the mason jars that served as both the glasses for the evening and as our favors. I purchased the chalkboard labels off of Etsy, Simon put on the labels and I wrote out the names. It made for less waste because there was no plastic, plus everyone had a personalized touch.

The dessert table. Because I love to cook, bake and entertain, it was so important to me that the food was amazing, and I knew that dessert had to be homemade. All of the desserts were made by myself, my aunt, my mother-in-law and a friend of mine. I wanted it to taste like Sunday dinner, and going by the way our guests inhaled the goodies we made, it was a success.

My maid of honor made the sign that the flower girls carried. Tiffany is just so crafty and artistic that there was no way I couldn’t have her help.

Photography: Just For You Photography | Floral Design: FaBLOOMosity | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jasmine Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Jack'd Up Makeup Artistry | DJ: Revolution Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Perry Ellis | Officiant: Bill Psarchuk | Event Design & Planning: JoyFoley Weddings | Venue: EPA Blue Meadows | Wedding Dress Boutique: The Bridal House

Colorful Summer Wedding at the Miller Lash House

This wedding has the sort of energy I want to bottle up for my own upcoming nuptials. Lustre Events transformed the Miller Lash House into a colorful creation, full of festive balloons, succulents, sweet treats and plenty of peonies and if I’m swept away with Lavish & Light’s photos, I can only imagine how guests felt. Patrick Hodgson got it on film and this bright bash has me eager for sunny days ahead.

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Summer
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Estate
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Whimsical

From Lustre Events… The bride, Ivonne, and the groom, Alex, met 11 sweet years ago at university orientation on the very campus that Miller Lash House is located at. They have come so far together, and are so sincerely and deeply in love. Planning a day to reflect their special relationship they could remember forever with their loved ones was something we didn’t take lightly. It was a labour of love we were honoured to have been tasked with.

Ivonne is elegant and stylish to the core, she knew she wanted their day to be “Romantic-Chic” from the start. Our inspiration was simple, it was them. The sophisticated manner they both present themselves with, and the real life example of true love and friendship they portray to all who know them. Miller Lash House has a stunning natural backdrop that we really wanted to embrace. It highlighted all of the pretty and feminine details scattered throughout the day.

Guests arrived for the ceremony and were greeted by a fresh and tasty Italian soda station to stay refreshed in the hot sun. The aisle was lined with some of the many hundreds of gold glitter hearts made by the bride. A floral and moss backdrop and gorgeous garland created the perfect setting for them to make it official!

Cocktails followed on the patio with a delicious and creative menu we collaborated with Daniel et Daniel. The food was flawless. A big cheer for our “Mobile Charcuterie” tray that was a huge hit! A canopy to shade guests was adorned with foliage and ribbon and more of those cute glitter hearts surrounded the patio on the grass. What a perfect ambiance to get the festivities started!

The reception tent was pure magic. The natural wood harvest tables and farmhouse chairs were just right to offset the coral and pink perfection Blush and Bloom created for the tables. All the fluffy peonies and garden roses were to die for in the gold and glittery vases. While we’re on the subject of the fabulous flowers, was this bouquet not a total treasure?

To create a magical atmosphere anywhere eyes could go, we also attached foliage to all the chandeliers and incorporated cafe lights with pops of pink to really bring home the “chic”! Oh those lovely balloons – the perfect highlight for the draped tent with the garland strung from them. The wood bar was complimented with a colourful backdrop and moss-backed marquee sign. Small details like the glitter placemats, topiary cloche place cards, and all the beautiful stationery tied everything together.

Guests feasted on multiple gourmet food stations and an affogato bar to top off dessert. The very impressive wedding cake anchored an out-of-this-world sweet table! The cake was packaged for guests to take “to-go” along with their personalized potted succulent favours.

Lavish and Light captured all the details and special moments impeccably. Don’t get us started on the video Patrick Hodgson created! We’ll all cherish this day forever. Though it was the kindness, respect, and genuine love Ivonne and Alex share that made this wedding so unforgettable!

Photography: Lavish & Light Photography | Cinematography: Patrick Hodgson | Floral Design: Blush & Bloom | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Wedding Cake: The Wedding Cake Shoppe | Invitations: Paper & Poste | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | DJ: Impact Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Canali | Officiant: Enduring Promises - Rinette Emerson | Balloons: Balloontrix | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Miller Lash House | Ceremony Quartet: Emma Vachon-Tweney | Day-of Stationery: The First Snow | Event Catering: Daniel Et Daniel | Event Design & Planning: Lustre Events | Farmhouse Chairs: Contemporary Furniture Rentals | Hair & Make-Up: A Glow By Joan | Harvest Table Rentals: Marvelle Event Rentals | Sweet Table Design: Bucket & Whisk

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Romantic Backyard Wedding

You might not believe me, but this gorgeous wedding? Well, it took place in the Bride’s parents backyard. Yes, this is their backyard (stunning right?!). It proves that sometimes the best venue is right at home, and end result is downright dreamy. Especially with Kismet Creative capturing every moment, and Spread Love Events styling the day. Taryn Baxter snapped a gallery filled with love, right here!

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Summer

From Taryn Baxter… This wedding is one of my favorite weddings! I especially loved this wedding venue – the Bride’s parents backyard, all the pretty details put together by Spread Love Events, and the gorgeous couple who were so sweet and gorgeous!

From the beautiful Bride… The moment I stepped foot onto my parents ocean front property I knew this was the place I wanted to have my wedding. An intimate wedding with our closest family and friends.

My husband and I got engaged on Valentine’s Day – Adam woke up bright and early to bring me my morning coffee in bed. I immediately noticed the unfamiliar mug and instantly felt a jolt of nerves. To my surprise I turned the mug and it read “Will you marry me?” on the side – I said YES! The water works turned on and phone calls to family and friends began. Then, almost immediately, the planning started – everything for the wedding came together quickly and seamlessly thanks to my amazing planner Ashley Bond with Spread Love Events. I chose a very classic color palette of white, blush pink, touches of gold and natural woods. I thought I had a good idea of what I wanted, but Ashley took my ideas and made them a dream – I couldn’t have done it without her and the Spread Love Team.

My dress was everything I had ever dreamed it would be. The long lace train and little bit of sparkle on the straps made me feel like a princess. My mom sister and I went to the bridal gallery to start the dress shopping I was so excited! I didn’t have a set image or specific dress in my head that I wanted so it was a shock to find the one I loved so fast. It was the third dress I tried on, love at first sight. I said yes to the dress!

For my ‘maids dresses I was on the hunt for blush pink maxi dresses for what seemed like forever. Searching through Polyvore.com was part of my daily routine. One day I was flipping through the pictures and found the one which, to my surprise, was from forever 21. I decided to just give it a shot and see how they looked on the girls. It turns out they were perfect! They were casual and elegant perfect for the backyard setting. Of course it helped having such a stunning girls wearing them!

The venue was at my parent’s house. It was surreal to get ready in the house I grew up in – this included all the people I grew up with even our family pets. Looking outside my bedroom window from above, watching my soon to be husband standing in his suit waiting for me to come down for our first look…it was everything I had ever hoped it would be and more.

Adam and I chose to do a first look because both of us tend to be on the shy side – we wanted it to be intimate without a whole crowd of people looking at us to add to the wedding day nerves and pressure. We felt that sharing our first look with just the two of us would allow for us to be truly comfortable and let our sincere emotions show.

The ceremony took place on one side of the property where our backdrop was looking out at the Pacific Ocean – the breeze of the ocean added the perfect touch of home. Once the ceremony was over, we celebrated with a champagne toast and cocktail hour – my two older brothers took on the role of being our Mastery of Ceremonies and they blew me away with both tears and laughter.

The day went off without a hitch and I truly felt like the luckiest girl in the world. It was over in a flash, but it was an amazing feeling being surrounded by so much love – I wouldn’t change a single detail.

From Spread Love EventsThere is something so magical about getting married at your family home where so many memories have been made. On Brie and Adam’s wedding day, it’s as if the grass, trees and sparkling blue ocean below knew to look their best (however I know Brie’s parents had a hand in at least the former two). From the moment I met Brie, she had a very clear vision and style for her and Adam’s wedding and was a joy to work with. She wanted to highlight the gorgeous environment, with nothing too fussy, and yet still a little sparkle. From natural linen fabric and woods, to glimmering gold and shades of blush mercury glass votives that illuminated the long reception tables, rope chandeliers and the lush garden style floral arrangements by Celsia Florist, a balance a was struck. A lounge with linen seats, coastal crate style coffee tables and lanterns hung in the trees created an inviting mingling space for guests overlooking the ocean. At night, strings of globe lights lit up the cliff side, doubling as a safety precaution. Hand-painted wood signage welcomed guests and created an elegant and inviting atmosphere. They dined and danced under a beautiful marquee, laughed at thoughtful speeches and at the end of the night, the new Mr. & Mrs. exited through a tunnel of sparklers, held up by their guests. The energy and love among Brie and Adam’s family and friends was contagious and it was such a privilege to be a part of creating their celebration!

Photography: Taryn Baxter | Videography: Kismet Creative | Event Design: Spread Love Events | Floral Design: Celsia Florist | Wedding Dress: The Bridal Gallery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Forever 21 | Makeup: Denise Elliot | Hair: Chris Funk | Photography - Assistance: Ronnie Lee Hill | Wedding Officiant: Shawn Miller At Young Hip & Married

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