This, lovelies, is a little something we like to call DIY perfection… aka, one seriously adorable bride (+ family and friends) getting her craft on. I’m talking everything from the fab paper goods to the yummy jam favors to the crazy cool wooden centerpieces. It’s a lesson in pure awesomeness with a big ol’ dash of pretty thrown in for good measure and you can see it all captured by Beth & Ty in Love right here.
And a little something extra special from Outside In Studio…
From the Bride… I was a DIY-inspired bride-to-be and dreamed of an outdoor wedding surrounded by the beauty of nature in the springtime. Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse was located just a few steps from the roaring Niagara Falls and this is where I fell in love with a small, young birch tree forest. The sound of the falls and the faint mist in the air added to the ambiance of the location. The trees grew in rows and naturally formed the most beautiful aisle. This is where I would marry the man of my dreams.
On May 19th, bunches of baby’s breath in painted fruit bushels were mixed amongst the birch trees and wooden chalkboard hearts were tied to the guest seats with twine to line the aisle. It was a small, intimate ceremony and needed only the smallest of decor details, the main design elements had been planted by nature. The ceremony included our Miniature Schnauzer, who was walked down the aisle with a wreath of baby’s breath tied loosely around her neck. The best man and brother of the groom played guitar for our guests as they were being seated and a music colleague of his sang a beautiful slowed down rendition of “Such Great Heights” as I walked down the aisle on my father’s arm.
Being a bride on a budget, a long list of DIY projects were tackled with the help of family and friends for our barn reception, held at Balls Falls Conservation Area in Jordan. Many were inspired by Pinterest boards and the SMP blog. Flower box centerpieces were made by my father from old planks of barnboard, homemade peach jam favors made by my mother, red and white wine was bottled by my brother and their labels were designed by a close friend (who also created our beautiful invitations and chalkboard menus). Lace curtains were made into tablecloths and bunting banners were made by a crafty friend. The barn was lit up by hundreds of hanging vintage inspired globe lights, which I actually bought from Target and many tea lights were planted around the barn and on the guest tables (Ikea). Our once dreamed of wedding turned into an amazing reality thanks to the help of many.
Through all the planning, from the start the most important thing to my husband and I was to ensure that our guests have the best time and feel the appreciation we have for each and every one of them. We wanted the barn to have a very relaxed atmosphere with a less formal dinner. Our open dessert table allowed guests to help themselves to a wide variety of goodies. Our wedding band (Parkside Drive) and the late night food truck (Dirty South) were hands down the guest favourites and we’re so glad we decided to do something different from the usual DJ and midnight buffet. We really felt as though the night was as memorable to our guests as it was to us, and we couldn’t be happier with the way the day unfolded before us!
Photography: Beth & Ty in Love | Cinematography: Outside In Studio | Ceremony Venue: Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse | Reception Venue: Balls Falls Conservation Area (Jordan) | Bride's Shoes: Marc Jacobs | Bridesmaid Dresses: Coralie Beatrix | Catering: The Dirty South Truck | Wedding Planner: Jennie Szambor | Hair & Makeup: Allure | Band: Parkside Drive | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Cathy Davis | Bakers: Above & Beyond Cupcakes | Bridal Gown: Tara Keely From Wedding Atelier, NYC | Bride's Bracelet: J.Crew | Bride's Earrings & "Just Married" Plates: BHLDN | Bridesmaid Necklaces: Ruche | Dog Collar: Geralyn Etsy Shop | Flower Girl Dress: Kaitlyn Zoe & Co | Graphic Designer: Jacqueline Abernethy | Groomsmen Attire: H&M | Limo Service: Mermaid Limo Service | Morning Caterer: Adelina's Catering | Vintage Rentals : The Warehouse | Wine: Wine Garden of Pelham
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I think I love this wedding. Actually, scratch that… I know I love this wedding. Because this is a wedding that isn’t just chock-full of beautiful details (it sooo is), but is brimming with those kind of touching moments that will make your heart sing. In other words, it’s a master class in vintage chicness with an awesome side of modern lovely, all set against a glamorous meets romantic setting. Bask in the lovely captured by Eyekahfoto right here in the full gallery.
From the Bride… Picking the venue was easy, we’re from Toronto but Niagara held a charm to the both of us. It’s a place where we used to escape and go on mini vacations during University when we couldn’t afford a trip down south. We came across Queenston Heights in the summer when we were showing my siblings where he proposed. We heard classical music playing Bach’s Cello Suites. We followed the staircase leading up to the park, which led us to the historical Brock’s Monument. There, we saw a wedding taking place and we knew that was the place.
On the days leading up to the big day, the weather reports kept fluctuating. The day before the wedding, there was non-stop downpour. Miguel and I were closely monitoring the hourly weather for Saturday and the forecast looked grim. Rain was promised at 70 percent and we were devastated. We had a rain plan, but it wasn’t as romantic as our outdoor ceremony. I tossed and turned that night and decided to start the day at 6AM since I was too worried and anxious. I pushed open the curtains and rain was beading down my window. It was gloomy and cloudy and so were my spirits. I said a little prayer and proceeded to do my prep. A couple of hours later, the room seemed much brighter and sure enough, the sun came out for the rest of the day! There was so much emotion that day, I felt so blessed and thankful.
My personal style has always been classy, elegant and modern – I like a large variety of styles and colors (I am a graphic designer after all), so I knew planning my wedding would be a challenge. Initially, I was torn between having a Great Gatsby or a nautical theme. After pinning for several months, my vision became clearer. I wanted a more soft, demure and romantic vibe. Right away I thought of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” To interpret such effect, I started playing around with neutral shades. My colors were derived from summer elements like the gold from the sun’s rays, soft shades of pink and peach from peonies, and beige from the sand. We also incorporated gold Chevron patterns throughout our décor to give a modern substance.
Photography: Eyekahfoto | Decor: Simply Beautiful Decor | Earrings & Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Florals: The Watering Can | Hotel: The Crowne Plaza | Wedding & Reception Venue: Queenston Heights Bistro | Wedding Dress Designer: Mori Lee
Is it bad that sometime I use the engagement sessions on SMP as a way to scout out killer outfits? It’s not? Ok, good. Take this couple for instance, I’m pretty sure I want everything this Bride-to-be is wearing, and her soon to be hubby doesn’t look so shabby either. But the best thing these two are wearing are the smiles in every single image captured by Wendy Alana, and you can see every stylish moment of the shoot here.
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From Wendy Alana Photography…Elissa and Nick showed up to their engagement session dressed to kill. They had multiple outfits, great attitudes and wanted to incorporate both urban buildings and the romantic dusk light that we have become known for. They also wanted to incorporate their deceased grandparents, honouring each one lost with a balloon. Italian in heritage, their families are extremely close.
We started their shoot in downtown Niagara on the lake, incorporating some buildings and the gazebo by the water. We then headed to Niagara Botanical gardens where Nick first proposed to Elissa, but first stopping at an abandoned field in between wineries for some beautiful golden hour photos. We can’t wait to capture their summer wedding in 2014!
Photography: Wendy Alana Photography | Dress: Balletts Bridal