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Rustic Vineyard Engagement Session at Niagara on the Lake

When you’re this in love with your fiancé – and when you’re in a place with as much natural splendor as Niagra-On-The-Lake – its a whole lot easier to ignore the cold. Especially when you structure in frequent hot chocolate and reading breaks. Thanks to Andrew Mark Photography’s able eye, our hearts = warmed. So feel free to ramble through a labyrinth of grapevines with them in the full gallery.


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From The Bride…Our photos were taken by Andrew Mark Photography in stunning Niagara on the Lake, Ontario–in our early dating days Ray took me here because he thought I would love it and he was right–I haven’t had enough since! It was one of those gorgeous end-of-fall days full of soft neutrals and the anticipation of Christmas. It was cold, windy and so clearly almost winter (it snowed the very next day)! We had to make a hot chocolate stop half way through the shoot to warm up! It was such an amazing day full of adventure and laughter.

Our vision was to add a pop of color to this already beautiful day– we wanted rustic romance, elegant, soft, pretty, and natural. Ray and I both love to read –So we brought a picnic blanket, some gorgeous vintage books and ourselves and we adventured through Niagara–exploring vineyards, forests, barns, and big beautiful open fields. Andrew and Emma are such wonderful photographers!

Photography: Andrew Mark Photography | Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Whimsical Toronto Hotel Wedding

When you start with a love story as adorable as this (read: elevator meet-cute) there’s a pretty good chance the wedding day will follow suit. And lucky for us SMPers, that’s exactly what happened. With a vendor team of Coriander GirlGladstone Hotel Toronto and Niv Shimshon the result is a whimsical wedding done oh-so-right, and you can click right here to see for yourself.

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From Niv Shimshon Photography… Jeff and Genevieve worked in the same building but never met until the fateful day they found themselves alone in the elevator on the way to the gym. Jeff awkwardly flirted with GP in the elevator. He asked her out for a drink. The rest is history. They dated for 7 years, bought a house together, got two cats, and traveled the world together. One beautiful day full of all the things they love, brunch, gym, walking around Toronto drinking coffee, Jeff asked Genevieve to spend their lives together. And she said yes.

From the Bride… After dating for 7 years we didn’t want to wait another year. We couldn’t wait to tie the knot! We knew we wanted a simple, casual wedding with delicious food, and fun. We each had lists of our must includes and our deal breakers and this guided our process. Many bridal magazines and websites were consulted in the planning but we decided to do it all on our own. GP plans press conferences and red carpets through her work as a publicist so knew they could oversee all the details. Jeff, as a creative director, has the eye for design and took care of all the printed pieces (invitations, seating charts). We both love planning games nights and dinner parties so we approached this as a much, much larger version of that.

Photography: Niv Shimshon Photography | Floral Design: Coriander Girl | Wedding Dress: Marilee’s Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Gladstone Hotel Toronto | Reception Venue: Gladstone Hotel Toronto | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair And Makeup: Faces By Carla | DJ: Rhythm Force | Groom's Attire: Sydney’s | Bride's Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Groom's Ring: David Yurman

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Whimsical Baby Shower

Every baby shower is special in its own right, but you can bet your bottom dollar that when the sweet Lexington And Co is at the helm it’s going to be perfect. A hint of whimsy, a little sparkle and a whole lot of baby adorableness all wrapped up in love.  Not to mention, a cake that’s borderline too pretty to eat! With photos from Kayla Rocca, there’s more over here! 


From Lexi… My sweet friend Kelly is having her first baby, and since she calls him Baby Fozzy Bear we wanted to shower this beautiful babe with a whimsical Winnie the Pooh themed baby shower. It only seemed fitting since Winnie the Pooh is the cutest bear of the them all.

As a party planner, I coordinated, designed and styled the baby shower to be inspired by Winnie the Pooh. I didn’t want the theme to be overbearing so I used soft blues, yellows, neutrals and gold but also mixed in soft summer tones to ensure the decor was tasteful – and didn’t become too colour coordinated.

The Sweet Table felt magical, and I wanted to design it so that Kelly felt like she had stepped into a Pinterest Page. From her reaction I think that it worked. There were blueberry scones, DIY Tim Hortons cake pops, mini vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing, and lemon macarons. The Ffocal point of the sweet table was the chocolate cake with mint flavour fondant and adorable edible baby boy shoes. I thought it would be perfect to add in the “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” cake topper since it has always been a traditional favourite nursery rhyme.

The shower favours were sweet & salty popcorn ” She’s Gonna Pop” and a take-home mason jar of local honey ” Sweet as can Bee.” The honey did not only symbolize Winnie the Pooh himself, but my boyfriend’s father is a bee-keeper by passion, and made all the honey fresh from his hive in Kars, Ontario. I know the honey would have been Pooh approved!

Leah, Kelly’s best friend, took care of the afternoon snacks, games, prizes, invites and guest book. She is dynamic and exactly the girl you want to work with when planning a party. The games had us in stitches, and made our Sunday truly a Fun-day. One of the games was guessing how big Kelly’s belly was by using a string to measure… let’s just say a couple of us thought she was much bigger then she actually was. Oops!

The guestbook was a classic hardcopy Winnie the Pooh book that will fit perfectly on the nursery bookshelf. Each guest wrote a sweet love note to Baby Fozzy Bear – a keepsake i’m sure he will always treasure.

After some candid shots by the water, some gift opening, sangria and lemonade followed with coffee and tea we hugged our sweet mama to be knowing that the next time we see her she would be carrying Baby Fozzy Bear in hear arms instead of her belly.

Our goodbye’s have become increasingly harder over the years knowing that our Kelly leaves to go back to Europe for 8 months of the year for work. However, these are the occasions that are always worth celebrating, are always worth making beautiful , and are always worth making special- because these are the memories that we get to share forever.

Cheers to Baby Fozzyy Bear – Winnie the Pooh’s true competition!

Photography: Kayla Rocca Photography | Event Design: Lexington And Co | Event Planning: Lexington And Co | Cake: The Cake Baker | Stationary : Frou Frou House