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Modern Rustic Romance in Ontario’s Rolling Fields

I really don’t even know where to begin with this beauty. After reading this gorgeous Bride’s description and devouring all the stunning images from Laura Rowe, I’m sort of at a loss for words. Because, really, I can’t dream up a series of words worthy of this couple’s story or their completely customized, personal day (designed lovingly by the Bride and Groom). So I’ll ask you to just set aside some time today to really soak it all in, because this wedding is more than worth your time.

Rustic Venue

From The Bride…Lorne and I are a far cry from what any of our families would call traditional. Starting from how we went about the whole wedlock thing – were together for five years, bought a house and adopted a dog all before we even thought about getting married! You can imagine how much this pleased Lorne’s orthodox father. However, all sides of the family (and we have many as both parents are divorced) were routing for us to get married, so when Lorne popped the question, via a beautifully illustrated book that catalogued our life story, while we were vegging out in our quaint backyard with our dog Janie by our side, our family nearly lost it.

The first few weeks were pure bliss. Something about being engaged puts an extra skip in your step or shall we say bed. It’s like we were teenage lovers all over again. Our families gleamed with excitement and reveled in all the near future plans. But of course, euphoria can only last so long and as Lorne and I started to put plans into motion, we were faced with the perpetual balancing act of our parents expectations. If you’re like us and waited until your late 20s or mid 30s to get married then chances are you’re paying for part of your wedding or in some cases all of it. Thankfully we had some help from our parents, but it was still a tough call. Is it logical to spend your savings on one big blow out party? We could have easily taken the money and traveled to say our I dos as just the two of us, but we knew we couldn’t do that. We so badly wanted to celebrate our love with everyone we cherished, in a way that felt like us – we couldn’t be able to do that from far away.

So we said yes to planning the wedding, and although at times, it felt like a 3rd wheel in our relationship (that had some of the ugliest mood swings we’ve ever seen), being able to celebrate our love with everyone made every penny spent worth while. On mine and Lorne’s first excursion as a couple, we met in France and spent weeks driving and getting lost on windy dirt roads and eating provincial delights until we couldn’t breath. We wished we could fly everyone to Europe for the nuptials, but we didn’t have that kind of bank roll so we knew we would bring Europe to Canada.
It all started with a venue search. We must have visited every venue, back alley, empty barn and abandoned building this city has to offer. Just when we were about to give up we stumbled upon this beautiful property in Waterdown, ON just 45 minutes west of the city. It was a restored barn, with floor to ceiling windows, harvest tables and a farm to table food philosophy. That’s right, they grow and use the food straight from their property. I thought I was dreaming. Within 36 hours, we had appointment, drove out to see the place and handed over our deposit. The property was breathtaking and offered a view of rolling hills for miles. This would be the perfect backdrop for our Tuscan inspired wedding. Since we couldn’t go to Italy we would borrow her glorious features and share the bounty with everyone we love.

Almost every aspect of the wedding was in someway customized by either Lorne or myself. From our invitations, menus, programs and signage that Lorne hand designed to our olive oil table numbers (each filled and spiced by myself, my mom and friends) a little part of us was peppered throughout the wedding. I was so lucky to have some of the best vendors a bride could ask for. Each of them, imagining and creating the vision with us then handling the countless emails like a champ. In addition, all of our friends played a huge role from making our table numbers, hanging light and sewing greenery for our chair garland.

Our florists helped us create that Tuscan vibe we sought with long and lush olive table runners and loose pastel florals each hanging casually from rustic stone vases. The tables, the bouquet and the chuppah were all a sight for sore eyes. The chefs from our venue were also stars. As a food writer and a couple who navigates their day by what they’re eating, food was number one to us and after meeting with the Earth to Table Farm team we knew we’d be able achieve a five star restaurant experience at our wedding. They allowed us to design our own menu and the chefs worked with us to capture a Tuscan inspired meal. From stuffed and fried zucchini blossoms to Tuscan braised short rib and nutella bombolini’s the food was the highlight of the night. We also wanted our guests to take home a piece of the farm so we had the farm design a farmers market cart with fresh produce that guests could pack up in a bag and take home. I wish that I could spend this entire post detailing the entire menu, but I see I’m getting a bit carried away.

Apart from the rain and us having to move our dream outdoor wedding indoors, the wedding was the perfect day and in a way, the grey skies brought all of us even closer. The ceremony was an intimate soiree and we laughed and cried with our guests as we said our vows. Once Lorne smashed the glass, the wedding was off and it was a night to remember. We had our loud and crazy 30 minute horah, where both Lorne and I were thrown on blankets into the air, we got to eat almost all of our food, dance with all of our loved ones and of course make a few inappropriate speeches. I even slipped into a pair of jean shorts and a tank late into the night to keep up with Lorne’s deep house dance vibes.

Listen, we said we weren’t traditional and our wedding wasn’t either, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our families fully embraced every aspect and we’re so thankful for their support throughout the whole experience. I feel like the luckiest woman in the world to have a person like Lorne as my partner for life. He dreamed with me, dealt with my emotional fits, came to almost every appointment with a smile (even if it was the 50th venue), defended me, backed all of my crazy ideas and helped pull it off – even if it meant climbing a 50ft ladder to hang lights from beams. Apart from the wedding, Lorne is the best kind of man: he is kind, he is genuine, he is funny, he is honest and he is mine. I can’t wait for many years of adventure with you. Love you always.

A special thanks to our photographer Laura Rowe who has the talent to capture a love story in one single frame. We instantly gravitated towards your vivacious smile and warmth. And to our day of wedding planner Lisa Covant who saved our wedding by knowing when to say no to me and make our outdoor wedding feel very much alive indoors. Thank you both of you for capturing our day and for telling our story. We love you.

Photography: Laura Rowe | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | Cake: The Purple Cupcake - Jyoti Nanra | Bride's Shoes: Ted Baker | Makeup: Erin Winn For The Look Bridal | Hair: Ana Sorys | Groom's Attire: DIRTY Inc. | Venue: Earth To Table Farm | Event Planning / Design / Décor Accents: The Bride (Jackie Pal) | Floral Design & Decor: Sweet Woodruff | Second Photographer: Kayla Rocca | Stationery/Menus/Invitations: The Groom (Lorne Covant) | Wedding Planning/Coordination: Treasured Events (Lisa Covant)

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10 Pretty Things We Love About: Canmore + Banff Makeup Artistry

With over a decade of experience working in the beauty industry as a business executive and artist for brands like Louis Vuitton, L’Oreal and Lancome, it’s no surprise that Canmore & Banff Makeup Artistry‘s Jenna Andersen has both impeccable taste and the skills to turn any bride into a star on her Big Day. Get to know Jenna with our ten quick questions below!

How did you get into makeup artistry?

Growing up in Toronto, my family was in the entertainment and modeling industries, so I spent a lot of time with various creatives when I was young. Beauty, art and fashion were a big part of our lives, so it was natural to progress into an industry that reflected my life and surroundings. Eventually, after a decade in the luxury beauty industry, I moved from Toronto to Alberta for Louis Vuitton’s beauty division. That is how I ended up in Western Canada and subsequently moving to the Canadian Rockies to start my own beauty company.

What’s your personal motto, or a phrase that inspires you creatively?

Meraki — To do something with soul, creativity or love; to put something of yourself into your work. It’s exactly how I feel about my Makeup Artistry and what I try to give to my clients.

Can you describe your aesthetic in three words?

Contemporary | Luminous | Elegant

What are three things in life you absolutely can’t live without?

  • Tom Ford reading glasses
  • Sushi
  • Stila’s Vinyl Lip Shade in NUDE

Where do you find inspiration?

In any form of Art, reading Charlotte Bronte, all genres of music, creative colleagues I work with and their ideas, and my children.

What’s your favorite social media platform?


What is a makeup detail that often gets overlooked, that you wish got more attention in the planning process or the Big Day?

Skin regimen and care. Great, healthy skin is the foundation to having your makeup look more clean and radiant. Have a consult with your makeup artist at your trial consult and assess what the best products are for you specifically. Another detail we suggest is to choose your day of beauty essentials in your trial makeup session, and have your artist pick them up for you, in advance of your Big Day.

What do you think is the most important question a client can ask, when deciding who to hire as their makeup artist?

Reading reviews and viewing a current portfolio. These are the perfect way for a new client to gain transparency into their service provider and so important.

What’s been your proudest professional accomplishment as a makeup artist?

Having a team. I have met and worked for a lot of really great people thus far in my career, but having fantastic, passionate people representing our company has really filled me up both professionally and personally. I feel so much gratitude to be surrounded by such talent everyday. We all genuinely love what we do. And we love bridal, it’s a special industry.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do for fun?

I love to read, Cross Country Ski and of course visit SEPHORA and Holt Renfrew for a good shopping spree!

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Picnic in the Park Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

Full of whimsy, lush flowers with a freshly-plucked-from-the-ground feel, and flowy, ethereal gowns, this editorial photo shoot is quite simply the prettiest picnic we’ve ever seen. And, what would a picnic be without delicious food like the berry-covered naked cake, pomegranate place settings and charcuterie platter. Get inspired by all the details, captured by Julia Park, in The Vault.


From Julia Park Photography…We believe that a beautiful wedding can happen anywhere. Even on the picnic tables in the park. Bring a team of amazing vendors on board, dress it up a bit, invite all the loved ones and you got yourself a lovely feast.

It’s all about good people, celebrating true love, while sharing some good food! In putting together this shoot, we were inspired by the realness and simplicity of Kinfolk magazine. We recorded behind the scenes with the vendors involved, to show a glimpse of how wedding preps look like for all the vendors that are part of the wedding day.

Photography: Julia Park Photography | Cinematography: Julia Park Productions | Floral Design: Botany Floral Studio | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Cake: Le Dolci | Stationery: Beet And Path | Catering: Terra Et Silva | Makeup: Karen Kim Beauty | Hair: Monstylefile | Groom's Attire: J Crew | Venue: High Park Toronto Canada | Bridal Boutique: MRS Bridal Boutique | Film Processing: Caribou Film Lab | Models: Clare And Jerrell BNM Models

Intimate Ontario Estate Wedding

I wish I could tell you I didn’t spend hours on end poring through these images by When He Found Her, but that just wouldn’t be true. You see, this Canadian estate wedding is a classic style lover’s dream, with the heart and soul to match. And to top it all off? The most stunning rose + ivy moments by Sweet Woodruff are tucked in all along the way. Find more pretty waiting in The Vault.

Luxury Venue

From Lisa from Sweet Woodruff… Alex and Jim wanted their wedding to be an intimate affair – a family gathering. They wanted an evening that was elegant and sophisticated, but still felt warm, welcoming and comfortable.

The couple chose Langdon Hall, an old Ontario estate converted into a Country House Hotel. The property still exudes the air of its British origins, nestled in amongst lush English gardens. It was the perfect setting for their romantic dinner party, with a home-away-from-home atmosphere.

When designing the wedding we settled on a warm, but soft and muted color palette of warm caramel colored yellow, faint blush pink, peach and white; perfect for the early summer season and the garden setting.

The couple wanted to take advantage of the hotel’s natural beauty, so the ceremony was held outside amongst the gardens. Dinner was held in the Orchard Room, a cozy space with white coffered ceilings, and stunning floor to ceiling windows overlooking the hotel’s orchard.

The room was designed with long family-style tables to bring a sense of closeness and intimacy for their dinner party of 40 guests. The tables were dressed in oatmeal linen, accented with over spilling flower arrangements of garden roses, spirea, sweet pea, beauty bush and dogwood. We added ample candlelight for ambience and warmth. Delicate hand-calligraphy menus tied with hand-dyed blush silk were placed amongst the blooms.

Alex and Jim were the most gracious couple. Warm, thoughtful and sophisticated. Their celebration was definitely befitting of them.

Photography: When He Found Her | Floral Design: Sweet Woodruff | Wedding Dress: Tara Keely (Style 2357 Altered) | Makeup: Fancy Face Inc. | Calligraphy: Post Calligraphy | Venue: Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa | Chargers & Glassware: Plate Occasions | Decor Design: Sweet Woodruff | Linen Overlays: Sweet Woodruff | Linen Runners: Around The Table | Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Taper Candles: Yummi Candles

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French Inspired Engagement Session at Colette Grand Cafe

Considering this dapper Groom-to-be dropped to one knee in front of the ever-romantic Eiffel Tower to propose to his lovely lady, an engagement shoot at an adorable French cafe is perfectly fitting. Julia Park captured every sweet glance and sip, ending with some fun with their pup in the park. See it all this way!

From Julia Park Photography… Victoria and Stephen got engaged in Paris, so I think the choice of this French cafe in Toronto was the most perfect one for their engagement session.

From the Bride-to-be…We met at university. We both worked in the same department, but had never really spoken to each other. I was a frosh leader and we had an event at a Blue Jays game. My friend brought along Stephen and that was when we first talked. I now know that Stephen had asked my friend to introduce him to me, which was why he came! I really liked how it was so easy to talk to him and how comfortable it felt to hang out with him. He seemed genuine, kind and had this contagious laugh!

On our 5 year anniversary we went to Europe. I had done most of the planning and Stephen’s only contribution was the visit to the Eiffel Tower. I didn’t think much of it and just thought he was really excited to see the Eiffel Tower! But that’s where he proposed, right in front of it! We are so excited to tie the knot next year and celebrate with all our loved ones among us!

Photography: Julia Park Photography | Hair And Makeup: Aglow By Joan | Venue: Colette Grand Café | Film Lab: Caribou Film Lab

Romantic + Elegant Vineyard Wedding

Weddings are filled with plenty of emotions, so much so that the entire day seems to breeze by in a beautiful blur. Which is why I always recommend hiring a cinematographer. Because with talent like Big Picture Films behind the lens on your special day, you’re sure to recall every minute – just ask Anne & Kevin, because we’ve got their sweet story below!


From Big Picture FilmsI’ve done a few wedding videos as gifts to friends and this amazing couple – Anne & Kevin – had a vineyard wedding in Canada (very rustic chic). They are the sweetest couple and the perfect match – two of the most emotionally generous people I’ve ever known.

Photography: Slack Photography | Cinematography: Big Picture Films | Wedding Dress: Nordstrom Rack | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Catering: Ravine Vineyard | Hair: Maria Delduca Hair And Makeup Artistry | Band: Michael Saracino | Venue: Ravine Vineyard