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Burlington Wedding by VP Studios Photography

The weekends are great, but by Monday morning, I simply can.not.wait to jump into all of the pretty, pretty inspiration we have in store for the week.  And, believe you me, with its drop-dead gorgeous florals by Sweetpea’s, seriously amazing waterfront venue and explosion of vibrant purple hues, today’s intimate Burlington affair was most definitely worth the wait.  Luckily, VP Studios Photography was on hand to capture every amazing moment, because this, my friends, is the PERFECT way to start the week.  Click here for more!

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From Mike of VP Studios PhotographyDamon and Naomi were surrounded by about 40 of their closest friends and family as they exchanged their wedding vows to each other. Their ceremony and elegant reception were held at Spencer’s at the Waterfront in Burlington, Ontario, where the glass-lined venue overlooked beautiful Lake Ontario.  

Earlier that morning, after all of the final touches to makeup and hair were completed, Naomi donned her killer stilettos and adorable cocktail length wedding dress. It was then off to Paletta Mansion to meet the florist, Sweetpea’s, and to let Damon have his first look at his beautiful bride. After enjoying those first magical moments of seeing each other we took Damon and Naomi around the mansion grounds to create elegant images of the love that they share with one another.  

The evening concluded with a sit-down, four-course dinner at Spencer’s on the Waterfront. In between the ceremony and reception, cocktails and finger foods were served to the guests while the staff at Spencer’s transformed the ceremony room into a breathtaking reception. To continue on the intimate theme that Damon & Naomi had chosen for their day, the guests were all seated at one long table. Tall candelabras, tea lights and elegant purple and white flowers made the ambiance of the room feel so warm and graceful.

Wedding Photography: VP Studios Photography / Wedding Venue: Spencer’s at the Waterfront in Burlington, Ontario / Wedding Cinematography: Deja View Studios / Flowers: Sweetpea’s / Music: Derek Macrae / Wedding Gown: / Bride’s Shoes: Le Chateau / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ricki’s

Burlington Wedding by Jayme Van Geest Photography + Eph*ra Event Design

If you’re a vintage lover like me then you are sure to find loads of inspiration in this Burlington wedding by Jayme Van Geest Photography and Eph*ra Event Design.  All the details are perfect for a romantic, summer affair with a sweet vintage vibe.  Yellow and grey is a color palette that works in any style and this fun fête is no exception.  I love all the unique touches that were included like the handmade lemonade stand and vintage frames holding each table assignment.  Click here to see all the details!

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From the Bride…It was the beautiful summer day overlooking Lake Ontario that I had dreamed of.  I wanted everything to be soft and elegant so I chose yellows, greys and ivories as my colors with giant bouquets of yellow mums and fresh lemons to give the day a fresh but old vintage feel.  I really wanted our guests to be cool and comfortable, despite the heat, so we made a vintage lemonade stand from an old barn board and had cute little grey/white stripe straws to sip through during the outdoor ceremony.

The wedding party had a bit of a sorority feel to them with the guys their grey suits and yellow ties and girls in cute lemon yellow dresses.  I wore an off-white mermaid dress with a long train of ruffles which I thought fit the scene perfectly. The theme throughout the day was “love and family tradition” and I really wanted the reception room completely ‘decorated’ and inviting.  It’s not always easy to get that when your wedding is at a venue like a golf course, but we totally pulled it off!

We added vintage-chic old antique frames (removing the other things from the walls), an abundance of flowers in pale yellow and white shades, bird cages everywhere. The ceiling was filled with cascading Chinese lanterns and touches of the vintage theme were shown through silver tea pots filled with baby’s breath, carpenters boxes filled with lemons and antique family candelabras placed on the head table.  Super cute mini Lemoncello bottles were given to the guests as favors with cute little tags thanking them for the day. A yummy cupcake table filled with a variety of flavors and daisy decorated cake topper filled the sweet table area. The setting was cute/adorable and fun it turned out exactly the way I envisioned it for so many months. I had a hard time choosing what I wanted in a number of cases, so I decided that I didn’t have to choose!  I had both yellow and grey shoes.  I had a black sash on my dress (for the ceremony and the photos) but changed into a yellow sash and cardigan for the reception (and put a pony in my hair too!).  Why choose on your wedding day? All in all, and with the help of my awesome vendors, the wedding was unique and memorable from start to finish!

From Eph*ra Event DesignKate had a dream for her wedding and it came to us in the form of hundreds of inspiration photos! From the moment we met Kate we were inspired by her energy, her love for her groom-to-be and her vision for her wedding.

We loved working with the grey and yellow color scheme. We created a look that was fresh, cheerful and stylish using lemons (of course) and loads of bold fabrics and unexpected details.  We wanted to give Kate & Spencer lots of surprises and personalization, so we designed and hand-painted a lemonade stand, had aprons for the guests to sign, used charming vintage silver, hand-painted “Mr. & Mrs. Kent” signs, and each guest table had a unique centerpiece. The seating chart was divided into different frames and printed on playful paper. It wasn’t all smooth sailing though. Unbelievably, the fabric we ordered got caught up in a labor strike and didn’t arrive until 3 days before the wedding. But it was obviously meant to be because it arrived with just enough time for us to sew table runners like there was no tomorrow! Due to the level of detail it took our team of 2 over 10 hours to set up the reception – this wedding definitely raised the bar for us!

From Jayme Van Geest PhotographyKate and Spencer were one of my favorite couples of all time!  I had done both fall and spring engagement shoots with them so by the time their wedding came around they felt like good friends more than clients.  Although the golf course was limited in terms of where we were allowed to go for photos (as is the case with many golf courses) I was so impressed by the grounds at the Burlington Golf and Country Club.  They are were well taken care of and gave us a number of beautiful backdrops to choose from during the official portrait taking time.  It was such a pleasure to photograph all the little details Kate and her planner had put together.  Regardless of budget, it makes you realize how big of a difference all of those ‘little things’ do make to the overall look and feel of the day and especially the difference it makes to your ‘photo story’ at the end of it all.   Kate was one of those brides that had a ton (A TON!) of ideas ahead of time and admittedly spun out of control a number of times, but she and Spencer both did a really good job of just letting go on the day of, trusting the vendors they put in place (which I would recommend every bride try to do!).  I think that it definitely came through in their photos because they look so relaxed and happy!

Wedding Photography: Jayme Van Geest Photography / Event Designer + Coordinator: Eph*ra Event Design / Floral Design: Sticks and Stems Floral Studio / Cupcakes: The Cupcake Diner / Venue: Burlington Golf and Country Club

Forest Photo Shoot by Corina V. Photography + eph*ra event design

For those of you stateside, we thought you could use a little inspiration on your day off from laboring in the form of a fairy tale photo shoot. And we couldn’t forgot all of you outside the U. S. of A looking for pretty things that keep you chugging along on a Monday. Lucky for us eph*ra event design and Corina V. Photography placed this gorgeous photo shoot in our laps for everyone to enjoy! It’s a fairy tale of a photo shoot, and there is even more in the full gallery of images!

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From Corina V. PhotographyThe “Faraway Tree” – an English children’s story book by Enid Blyton. The magic of the forest and a child’s imagination of a wedding in the wood inspired our vision. Two childhood playmates become husband and wife as they return to the forest of their youth. Inspired by the magic of pixies, fairies and the charm of mushrooms and moss, we created a whimsical, chic and ethereal event.

The invitation set the tone in a chocolate brown silk gatefold box with the printed wood invitation nestled snugly on a bed of moss. The menu, table numbers and place cards were printed on paper-thin natural wood, and cut into a beautiful contemporary shape. The dining table nestled near a stone wall, was layered in texture and colours reminiscent of an enchanted forest. Chiavari chairs, white sheers and chandeliers swaying gently in the breeze were elegant and in perfect balance. Peacock chargers were the foundation for each setting.  The plates were bright blue and green, while the stemware, candles and centerpieces grounded the look with an earthy feel.  Centerpieces of various heights, textures and composition were made up of traditional flowers, moss, grasses and hens & chickens.  Whimsical and unique details were interspersed on the table, such as tiny crystal owls, pixies, birds, books and mushrooms. We pulled all the elements together at the cake table and created a feast for the senses. The cake was whimsy perfected with delicate meringue mushrooms, flowers and ferns.  No detail was forgotten with tiny mushrooms, butterflies and bees on even the cupcakes and cookies. A moss-covered ladder displayed the cupcakes and glass cloches were scattered on the table alongside a row of little birds eyeing the cookies.

The ceremony was set under a row of trees that created a natural canopy.  Big mushrooms and owls saw the bride down the aisle to her waiting groom.  The altar was kept simple with a variety of vases to house the flowers, feathers and twigs. Birch disks were stacked to give height and interest.  A frog-prince sat comfortably on the nearby bench beside baskets of ceremony programs rolled and tied with twine and a darling button. A fabulous collaboration of talented vendors made this fairy tale of an event come to life.

Photography: Corina V. Photography / Concept Design + Event Styling: eph*ra event design / Stationery: Hip Ink / Make-up + Hair: Olivia Ha / Gowns: Max Chaoul CoutureAlfred Sung via Sweet Seraphine / Cakes + Cookies: Two Enjoy / Floral Decor: Sticks & Stems Floral Studio / Chairs: Pat’s Party Rentals / Venue: Paletta Mansion / Models: Roxanne Woudberg + Conor Stephen


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