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Elegant Summer Chateau Wedding

These Amsale bridesmaid dresses might be my favorites ever, and trust me, I’ve seen my fair share. Their gorgeous color and flowing fabric works perfectly for this elegant chateau wedding orchestrated by Lynn Lee Fine Weddings & Events. Add in the beautiful bouquets and these maids were lucky ladies. Anne-Marie Bouchard captured it all and I’m left wishing I could wear this look at every future affair.

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From Lynn Lee Fine Weddings & Events… Genevieve & Erik were very clear on their priorities for their wedding day from the very start. They wanted to create a fun, relaxed weekend for their family and friends, many of whom had not met prior and numerous travelling some distance in order to attend the nuptials.

The design for the day was created by Lynn Lee Fine Weddings & Events with Genevieve and Erik and their fabulous classic, good taste serving as inspiration. A family friend’s large brass collection became the unifying element around which the other details were developed. The grandeur of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier was the perfect backdrop for this elegant affair and guests enjoyed the many amenities available within that property.

Genevieve and her bridesmaids readied at Genevieve’s family’s home in the city while Erik and his groomsmen dressed at the hotel. Prior to departing for the ceremony, the groomsmen were presented with personalized German beer steins, a wonderful nod to Erik’s family’s German heritage.

The mid-afternoon ceremony at St. Theresa Catholic Church went off without a hitch and Genevieve looked stunning in her Monique L’huillier gown and the bridemaids in their Amsale dresses in a beautiful soft blush tone. Genevieve and Erik were whisked away for a few private moments, followed by formal photos in the same vintage Ford in which Genevieve and her father arrived an hour earlier.

After the ceremony, guests assembled in the Drawing Room foyer at the Chateau Laurier where they enjoyed a cocktail and delicious appetizers to wet their appetite for dinner. Upon entering the Adam Room for dinner, Genevieve and Erik greeted their guests through a receiving line. This was an important element of the day for the married couple since chatting with each guest, individually, was a priority.

In the ballroom, guests were seated at long tables lit by dozens of candlesticks set in brass holders of various, lovely designs. Lynn Lee, Genevieve and Erik very much wanted to create the warmth and feel of a large family dinner where conversation and wine flowed freely and this was certainly achieved. Dinner began with a welcoming toast by the father of the bride with subsequent speeches to follow as guests enjoyed their custom five-course meal that included a filet mignon main course and mousse dessert featuring Quebec maple syrup.

After dinner, Genevieve and Erik cut the beautiful cake created by Catherine’s Cakery which was the central focus of a styled dessert table atop an antique sideboard rented from Any & Jen Decor. Genevieve and Erik wowed guests with their first dance which had been developed through dance lessons that the couple enjoyed leading up to their wedding day. MDRN Photobooth offered a secondary fun activity for guests during the dance. During the latter part of the evening, late night snacks were served which included a smoked meat sandwich carving station, Erik’s special request for the reception.

Photography: Anne-Marie Bouchard | Floral Design: Full Bloom Floral Design | Cake: Catherine's Cakery | Stationery: We Do Printing | Reception Venue: Fairmont Chateau Laurier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | MakeUp: Ottawa Makeup Artists | Hair: Jennifer Heaney & Juliana Gjikopulli | DJ: Pro Entertainment Group | Groom's Attire: Baumler Tuxedo | Beer Steins: King Works | Brides Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaid Dress Shop: With Love Bridal Boutique | Church: St. Theresa Catholic Church | Groom's Bowtie: The Tie Bar | Ladies Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Limousine Rentals: Millennium Limousines | Musicians: Cadenza Strings | Photobooth: MDRN Photobooth Company | Planner/designer: Lynn Lee Fine Weddings & Events | Rentals: Coral Sparks | Rentals: Amy & Jen | Rentals: Partytime Rentals | Rentals: Pieces Of Love Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Groovy Linens | Shoes Brides: Manolo Blahnik | Shoes Groom: Cole Haan | Soloist: Rachel Dillman | Vintage Car Rental: Les Envolees Blanches | Wedding Dress Shop: The White Dress

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Modern Fall Wedding at Berkeley Field House

Hats off to this couple right here, planning their Toronto wedding from their new home in London. You can’t tell that they had that challenge from looking at their photos by A Brit & A Blonde though; each and every one is bursting with joy and if that’s any indication, these two are on one fun ride together. Check out all the love and laughs right this way and I bet a smile will be creeping across your face as well.

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From A Brit & A Blonde… Marieke & Mark are both from Toronto originally. But during their engagement they moved to jolly ol’ London, England. A massive hats off to them for planning a super sweet and lovely wedding from across the pond. No easy feat! And they did it all without a wedding planner. They enlisted the help of friends and family to help them with some rad DIY items – from the playful bunting throughout, the seating chart & dinner menu chalkboards – even the delicious granola that they gave out as guest favours – was all done by themselves and their awesome friends and family.

They chose the Berekely Field House, which is in the heart of downtown Toronto, but has that great mixture of urban and rustic. It has a stunning outdoor space, where they had their ceremony and cocktails. And then indoors for the reception and dancing the night away. If we can just take a quick moment to acknowledge the band that they had. This was by far and away the best and coolest band we have ever, ever, ever seen at a wedding, they were incredible. Marieke & Mark had been out one night while still living in Toronto and saw them play and adored their style and sound. It was such an incredible addition to a very awesome cocktail atmosphere.

The dessert spread was from one of Toronto’s most delicious cake and dessert shops: Bobbette & Belle. From the meringues to the cookies to the cakes, it was scrumptiously divine.

Photography: A Brit & A Blonde | Florist: Blossoms Rosedale | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Bride's Shoes: LK Bennett | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ritche | Caterer: Berkeley Events | Band: Hairy Holler | Groom's Suit: Hackett | Desserts: Bobbette & Belle | Reception/Ceremony Venue: Berkeley Field House

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Romantic Toronto Hunt Club Wedding

Weddings never fail to make me gush (obviously), but every so often I come across a day so special I can feel the love through the computer screen. This wedding from Meghan Andrews Photography is just such a fête. Romantic and timeless, yet personal and sweet - this gallery if gush-worthy to say the least.


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From The Bride…Our story began when a mutual friend introduced me to “the perfect guy” for me and boy was she right! Just over 3 years into our relationship Adam proposed to me at the top of a mountain overlooking Machu Picchu, after 5 amazing days of hiking through the Andes. Our friend has since retired with a perfect match making record!

It took us a little while to decide what wedding style would suit us best. With so many beautiful examples and inspirations out there, it was easy to get confused. Luckily, after scouting out many types of venues, we discovered The Toronto Hunt which immediately felt like the perfect place for us. We fell in love with the building’s classical elegance and absolutely breathtaking views of Lake Ontario; specifically the outdoor ceremony location, which is situated right on the Scarborough bluffs. The location was a perfect complement to our underlying theme “It’s a Shore thing”, which is a nod to Adam’s last name. From the moment we first walked through the archway, to the wrought iron altar with the lake behind us and the sun peeking through the trees, we knew this was where we had to get married. Not only was the venue beautiful but the food and service were amazing! The general manager wowed the crowd with his sabering technique and added a unique touch that got everyone in the mood to celebrate!

I really enjoyed putting together the special touches for our day, from sewing table runners, crafting up a storm for our birdcage inspired card box and other décor items, ordering custom made invitations with lace accents, to slowly collecting vintage side plates from family and antique shops to be used as table numbers. We had vintage chalkboards painted in pale orchid and ivory on which my mom handcrafted beautiful chalk-art messages like “Happily Ever After Begins Here”. I also wanted guests to understand the importance of certain details to us, so I included hand written notes and chalkboard messages throughout the venue asking them to blow bubbles as we walked down the aisle, enjoy our favourite cocktail (a spicy Caesar), or to put on a party hat and let loose (a Grant family tradition). Of course I also couldn’t resist hanging a handmade “Match Maker” sign on our friend’s chair!

Although we had many light-hearted elements peppered throughout the day, the most fun had to be the midnight buffet which was themed as “Shore’s Poutinerie”, a cheeky parody of my husband’s all-time favourite Poutinerie in Toronto. Our paper boxes were lined with red-checkered wax paper and featured his face on a custom logo. We also hired a Slo Mo video booth to entertain our guests and act as a hilarious keepsake!

We made sure to include many other special touches like the vows we wrote for one another and my “something blue” which was a butterfly brooch my grandma had given me when I was young, nestled into the stem of my bouquet which was also wrapped in lace from my mother’s wedding gown. We had personal notes to our parents embroidered on handkerchiefs for their happy tears, our parents’ wedding photos displayed by our guestbook, and had a lovely toast dedicated to Adam’s father who passed only a few short months before the wedding.

For a girl who never fantasized about her wedding day as a child, I certainly lucked out because our wedding day was an absolute fairy tale from start to finish. Adam and his groomsmen started off their day with brunch at a local hotspot and toasted their way through getting dressed. While the girls and I leisurely got ready upstairs in our silk robes, taking funny selfies along the way. I remember seeing Adam from the window and saying “I’m so ready to marry that guy!” I walked down the aisle with my father to “Here comes the sun” played by a solo guitarist as butterflies circled us all. My bridesmaids wore soft orchid, floor-length dresses and the men wore charcoal grey Vera Wang tuxes with polkadot pocket squares. We had stunning bouquets of soft white hydrangeas, garden and kiera roses, ranunculus and baby’s breath. The altar was swathed in a sheer and flowing white fabric; and the aisle was lined with small white hydrangea arrangements. The ceremony was personal and private; we had time to look around at all of our wonderful guests who surrounded us, as our friends read passages we selected. Adam and I walked back down the aisle together to “We’re here for a good time” by Trooper (played again on the guitar) as our family and friends blew bubbles and cheered.

Photography: Meghan Andrews Photography | Videography: Slo Mo Booth | Wedding Dress: Lazaro From L&J Bridal | Wedding Cake: Fabulous Cakes | Stationery: Paper Damsels | Reception Venue: Toronto Hunt Club | Shoes: Browns | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay From Jealous Bridesmaids | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang From Moore’s | Florist & Décor: Cool, Green & Shady | Wedding Jewelry: Quality Jewelers & Crème Couture

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