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Romantic Cliffside Couple Session

Would you do anything for love? Take this couple, for example. Prior to meeting her Groom, she booked a one-way ticket in pursuit of her career. That is, until a chance reintroduction brought these high-school classmates together again. Let’s just say, the plane ticket was put on hold and the rest? Well, that m’dears you can see unfold in the gorgeous gallery a la Rhythm Photography, here!

From Rhythm Photography…. When we were talking about their engagement/pre-wedding session, I couldn’t help but propose to do the shoot in Tobermory even though it was a four hour drive away! The beautiful, serene cliff-side at Bruce Peninsula National Park perfectly reflects their personalities as they are both very sweet, kind and always put others first.

During our trip to Tobermory, I had the chance to get to know the two of them better. The two actually met each other back in high school but they didn’t get to know each other well until they went on a cottage trip years later that was arranged by their mutual friends. At that time, Chloe has already made plans to move to Hong Kong to pursue her career and had bought the plane ticket. However, meeting Kelvin has changed her decision and she decided to forgo her one way plane ticket to Hong Kong to stay with him.

On Dec 30th, 2013, Kelvin booked off the entire movie theatre and has arranged a surprise for Chloe. He asked a couple of Chloe’s friends and her sister to bring her to watch a movie. Right before the start of the movie, her friends all made excuses to leave their seats. The theatre was completely empty when the movie started and at that time Chloe still has not suspected anything. However, when the movie started, Chloe noticed something was different. The trailer was no ordinary trailer, it was Kelvin’s proposal movie on the big screen! Kelvin, who was hiding from behind the screen, came out, got down on one knee and proposed to the love of his life…and the rest is history!

Photography: Rhythm Photography | Hair And Makeup: H&E Wedding Design | Location: Bruce Peninsula National Park

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DIY Wanderlust Globe

For someone who has travel on the brain 24/7, this sweet little DIY from Jennifer of Pretty Little Details is one I need to add to my “must craft” list ASAP. Completely customizable and oh so cute, this globe will up your #shelfie (yep, that’s a thing) game in a jiffy.


I recently saw this amazing hand painted globe at Anthropologie and I thought it would be a fun and inexpensive project to diy myself! By purchasing an old globe off of Kijiji (Canada’s version of Craigslist), this entire project only cost me $25… A huge savings compared to the buying it in store for $198!

Materials

1 Globe
Black & Aqua acrylic paint
Gold spray paint
Gold paint pen

instructions

step-1

With the globe still on its axis, start by outlining the major land masses with black paint using a thin paint brush. Then use a larger paint brush to fill all of the oceans. Let dry and paint a second coat.

step-2

Now that the water is painted, you are ready to move onto painting all the land areas! Using an aqua coloured paint (or your colour of choice!) fill in the major land masses while staying inside the black outlines you already painted. If you mixed a few colours together to create the perfect hue (like I did), make sure to mix extra paint in case you need any touchups or another coat.

step-3

Remove the globe from it’s stand and paint Antarctica and the north pole. Balance the globe on a small bowl or plate to keep the globe from rolling away while you are working.

step-4

While, the globe is off of its axis, take this time to give the stand a fresh coat of paint (I used Rustolium specialty metallic in gold). Let the stand dry, then carefully reattach the globe to its axis.

step-5

Using a gold paint pen, write the names of all the continents (and a few bodies of water) on the globe!

step-6

Find a pretty spot to display your beautiful new decor piece!


Design & Styling: Jennifer Ashley Of Pretty Little Details

Romantic Manitoba Summer Garden Wedding

Imagine taking a stroll in the forest and stumbling upon the most chic and elegant garden wedding. Well, look no further because we just found exactly that. With timeless images from Josh Dookhie Photography, a yank on your heart strings video by Michael J. Scott Productions and of course, the stunning bride dressed in Watters & groom in Eph Apparel, you won’t want to miss a single moment here

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From Divine Weddings & EventsA late summer garden wedding – Kristina and Ryan envisioned a day of romance and elegance. They chose Cielo’s Garden as their ceremony and reception venue – with it’s outdoor ceremony space, winding whimsical paths, and clear top tent, Cielo’s gave Kristina and Ryan the perfect backdrop for their special day.

Kristina loved the wooden tables and chairs from the venue, so we built on those deep rich colors and added blush and deep red tons to further enhance the look. Whimsical bouquets were designed, and the same style of florals were used on the wedding arbor and centerpieces. Mercury glass was used to bring in some elegance and sparkle as well. A stunning chair swag was used on the backs of the bride and groom’s chairs – made of roses and Italian ruscus. The stationery was designed in blush with a garden motif – the couple opted for an over sized menu and matching seating chart in ornate ivory frames. The classic chandeliers finished off the elegance and glowed against the clear top tent.

Instead of a guest book, guests filled in pre-printed cards to add a bit of fun and personality. The wedding cake was designed with the elegant garden feel in mind and was hand painted with garden flowers.

Guests enjoyed scrumptious food stations of sushi, oysters, salads, smoked brisket, and a gourmet mashed potato and pulled pork station.

The woodsy grounds at Cielo’s lent to some amazing images – the perfect combination of romance and elegance.

Photography: Josh Dookhie Photography | Videography: Michael J. Scott Productions | Floral Design: Little Flower Shop | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Jenna Rae Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Le Chateau | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Hush Clothing & Accessories | Catering: Urban Prairie Cuisine | Hair & Makeup: Vamp Industries | DJ: Preemow Productions | Groomsmen's Attire: Eph Apparel | Officiant: Marriages By Colleen Olafson | Transportation: Ambassador Limo | Venue: Cielo's Garden | Invitations & Stationery: Karta House | Photo Booth: Bijou Photo Booths | Portrait Location: Aspire Studios | Wedding Coordination: Divine Weddings & Events

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Modern Pink Wedding at Berkeley Church

Is a groom that actually embraces pink too good to be true? Not with this guy here, who not only allowed it to take center stage but even had some stylish ideas as well.  It may come as no surprise that this Bride and Groom are a couple of creatives and their talent shined bright at their fantastically fun fete full of color and whimsy. Mango Studios captured every bit and this gallery is a guaranteed smile-inducer.

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From the Bride… How do you have a wedding that incorporates a lot of pink, without making your fiancé want to run away screaming? How do you get custom Nike’s for the groom and all his groomsmen when they won’t even ship to Canada? Can I do a few DIY’s without stress crying, have personal pavlovas for dessert and get pumpkin ale delivered?

We had all these questions and more when my husband Steve and I started planning our wedding. But we quickly found out that coming up with the solutions was actually… a lot more fun than we expected!

Steve and I met in college and started dating in our third year back in 2008. We’ve experienced cross-continent dating, multiple job changes and some amazing vacations together. In 2011 we moved to The Beaches in Toronto together so we didn’t have to commute to work at our long-houred advertising jobs. Despite talking comfortably about marriage for years, it was still a big surprised when he proposed on the Beach of Cox Bay in Tofino, British Columbia in 2013.

To us, having a wedding wasn’t just about “from this day forward.” There are so many stories and memories and experiences that had gotten us to that day, so we wanted to celebrate that – the past, present and of course – the future. And this sort of became our theme.

We were able to really bring this idea to life thanks to the amazingly talented Jeremyville. He illustrated the front of our invitations which showed the journey that Steve and I have gone on leading us up to this exciting point in our relationship. As an art director, having a unique stationery set was very important to Steve. He completed the pieces with bold typography, some fun foil stamping and even a pink foil envelope (and believe it or not, this was HIS idea!)

The pinks in our stationery were used throughout all elements of our wedding. From the bridesmaids dresses, to the grooms shoes, to the flowers, the balloons and even the DIY tassels and party crackers that my mom and I worked endless weekends to complete.

One of the most important things for me was having a not-so cookie-cutter ceremony. We had a Unitarian Minister marry us, and I loved that we had the opportunity to work with her and create a ceremony that worked for us. In addition to writing our own vows, my mom read a story by Shaun Tan, which was all about the wild, crazy and sometimes difficult adventures people go on to get to their wedding day. It was the perfect way to express the up’s and down’s of life without having to say “in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer.”

To continue the journey theme, our table names were based on some of our favourite places in the world from the city of Surfers Paradise in Australia to a small Vietnamese restaurant in Hamilton, Ontario.

In terms of our vendors, we couldn’t have been more thrilled. I immediately fell in love with our florist Blush & Bloom and her amazing floral creations, and we knew we made the right decision with Mango Studios as soon as we finished our engagement shoot at the local skateboard park. They made us feel immediately comfortable and captured the real Karlie and Steve perfectly.

In the end, our wedding was more than we ever could have imagined. We danced, drank and loved the night away and we will never forget it for as long as we both shall live. See what I did there?

Photography: Mango Studios | Floral Design: Blush And Bloom | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay | Hotel: The Drake | Hotel: The Ivy at Verity | Wedding Venue: Berkeley Church | Balloons : Balloon Queen | Bridal Boutique: Ferre Sposa | Bridal Party’s Hair: Fuss Hair Studio | Bridal Party’s Makeup: Lisa Mandel | Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN | Doughnuts: Jelly Modern Doughnuts | Groom & Groomsmen Shoes: NikeiD | Groomsmen Attire: Moore’s | Groom’s Suit & Socks: Paul Smith (Hold Renfrew) | Invitation & Printed Pieces: The Hour is Here | Invitation Illustrator: Jeremyville | Printer: C.J. Graphics Inc

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Romantic Spring Garden Wedding

Setting your wedding date is surely significant, especially when said date happens to be the same as your grandparents anniversary (seriously, how sweet is that). So, it’s no surprise that this Cecil Green Park affair is brimming with lots of love and classical romance. From the photographs of family members on display to the first look where it all began, Christie Graham has it all here!

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Mansion
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From the beautiful Bride… We also got married on my grandparents’ wedding anniversary, which was very special for us. That was one of the most important things to me, when planning the wedding.

The aesthetic we wanted to create was romantic and classic, with natural tones and textures. We fell in love with Cecil Green heritage house. It’s beautiful grounds, elegant interior and gorgeous views of the Strait of Georgia made it the perfect venue for us. (We are also both bibliophiles and loved the library and books on display everywhere!) The gardens were the most beautiful place for an outdoor ceremony, as they fit perfectly with our romantic theme and still felt relaxed and natural. Our decor centred around white, blush and peach flowers, (including my favourite, peonies), votive candles, framed prints by Rifle Paper Co., and photographs of our grandparents’ wedding days.

My favourite moment was our first look, which took place at the park where Aaron proposed (a favourite spot of ours in Kits, close to our place). It was a so great because we were able to really enjoy the moment, just the two of us, before we got married. Aaron’s favourite moment was when he first saw me appear at the top of the stairs at the ceremony and he got a sort of rush of excitement!

Photography: Christie Graham Photography | Flowers: Celsia | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Sweet Thea | Invitations: Lucky Penny Paperie | Ceremony Venue: Cecil Green Park | Reception Venue: Cecil Green Park | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCrew | Makeup: Emily Pedlow For Denise Elliott Makeup | Grooms Attire: JCrew | Birch Arch: Spread Love Events | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Foe And Dear | Day Of Coordinator: Lovely Event Co. | Escort Cards: Southern Calligraphy | Sailboat Card Holder: BHLDN | Signs: Southern Calligraphy | Table Numbers, Framed Floral Prints: Rifle Paper Co. | Votives: West Elm | Wedding Dress Boutique: Bisou Bridal

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