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Modern Pink Wedding at Berkeley Church

Is a groom that actually embraces pink too good to be true? Not with this guy here, who not only allowed it to take center stage but even had some stylish ideas as well.  It may come as no surprise that this Bride and Groom are a couple of creatives and their talent shined bright at their fantastically fun fete full of color and whimsy. Mango Studios captured every bit and this gallery is a guaranteed smile-inducer.

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From the Bride… How do you have a wedding that incorporates a lot of pink, without making your fiancé want to run away screaming? How do you get custom Nike’s for the groom and all his groomsmen when they won’t even ship to Canada? Can I do a few DIY’s without stress crying, have personal pavlovas for dessert and get pumpkin ale delivered?

We had all these questions and more when my husband Steve and I started planning our wedding. But we quickly found out that coming up with the solutions was actually… a lot more fun than we expected!

Steve and I met in college and started dating in our third year back in 2008. We’ve experienced cross-continent dating, multiple job changes and some amazing vacations together. In 2011 we moved to The Beaches in Toronto together so we didn’t have to commute to work at our long-houred advertising jobs. Despite talking comfortably about marriage for years, it was still a big surprised when he proposed on the Beach of Cox Bay in Tofino, British Columbia in 2013.

To us, having a wedding wasn’t just about “from this day forward.” There are so many stories and memories and experiences that had gotten us to that day, so we wanted to celebrate that – the past, present and of course – the future. And this sort of became our theme.

We were able to really bring this idea to life thanks to the amazingly talented Jeremyville. He illustrated the front of our invitations which showed the journey that Steve and I have gone on leading us up to this exciting point in our relationship. As an art director, having a unique stationery set was very important to Steve. He completed the pieces with bold typography, some fun foil stamping and even a pink foil envelope (and believe it or not, this was HIS idea!)

The pinks in our stationery were used throughout all elements of our wedding. From the bridesmaids dresses, to the grooms shoes, to the flowers, the balloons and even the DIY tassels and party crackers that my mom and I worked endless weekends to complete.

One of the most important things for me was having a not-so cookie-cutter ceremony. We had a Unitarian Minister marry us, and I loved that we had the opportunity to work with her and create a ceremony that worked for us. In addition to writing our own vows, my mom read a story by Shaun Tan, which was all about the wild, crazy and sometimes difficult adventures people go on to get to their wedding day. It was the perfect way to express the up’s and down’s of life without having to say “in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer.”

To continue the journey theme, our table names were based on some of our favourite places in the world from the city of Surfers Paradise in Australia to a small Vietnamese restaurant in Hamilton, Ontario.

In terms of our vendors, we couldn’t have been more thrilled. I immediately fell in love with our florist Blush & Bloom and her amazing floral creations, and we knew we made the right decision with Mango Studios as soon as we finished our engagement shoot at the local skateboard park. They made us feel immediately comfortable and captured the real Karlie and Steve perfectly.

In the end, our wedding was more than we ever could have imagined. We danced, drank and loved the night away and we will never forget it for as long as we both shall live. See what I did there?

Photography: Mango Studios | Floral Design: Blush And Bloom | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay | Hotel: The Drake | Hotel: The Ivy at Verity | Wedding Venue: Berkeley Church | Balloons : Balloon Queen | Bridal Boutique: Ferre Sposa | Bridal Party’s Hair: Fuss Hair Studio | Bridal Party’s Makeup: Lisa Mandel | Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN | Doughnuts: Jelly Modern Doughnuts | Groom & Groomsmen Shoes: NikeiD | Groomsmen Attire: Moore’s | Groom’s Suit & Socks: Paul Smith (Hold Renfrew) | Invitation & Printed Pieces: The Hour is Here | Invitation Illustrator: Jeremyville | Printer: C.J. Graphics Inc

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Antique Summer Garden Wedding

Charming doesn’t even begin to describe this darling DIY wedding captured by Tied Photo & Film. The amount of thought behind each and every detail makes my heart feel full, and I am sure every guest at this wedding felt the same way. This gallery will warm up every little bit of your soul, and you can see it all here. 

From the bride.. We met in 1987— the year I was born. As babies, we played together. Growing up, I always thought Bryan was dreamy (after all he looked like Cory Matthews from the TGIF hit “Boy Meets World”). But Bryan was far more interested in hockey than he was me.

In January 2012 I was on Facebook “creeping” some people from Toronto that I had met traveling in Dublin, Ireland the previous summer. And just who were these fellow Facebookers friends with? Bryan. It’s such a small world. I “crept” Bryan and then told my mom that Bryan was still DREAMY! My mom vowed to never tell her friend (Bryan’s mom) what I had said. For those of you who know my mother, you know that keeping things quiet is not her strong suit. To her credit… we probably wouldn’t be here today if she hadn’t let that secret slip (…so thanks, Mom)! Bryan and I reconnected and in February we set a date to meet up! We agreed to meet at King subway station, to go for sushi in downtown Toronto. During dinner I texted my sister, saying: “I am going to marry Bryan Heartthrob.”

Fast forward to July 2013 when we planned a vacation to New York City. On July 30th our vacation to the big apple came to an end. We started our day at Port Authority where I spilled hot coffee all over myself and spent the next 9 hours in a cramped, hot car driving home to Toronto from New York. I had no idea what was in store for me…

When we FINALLY arrived home, I unlocked the front door and Bryan immediately covered my eyes! His hands were shaking and his palms were really sweaty! When I opened my eyes, Bryan dropped down on one knee and proposed to me in the living room of our very first home together (a special spot to propose). The house had been transformed — there was an elaborate dinner and a decadent dessert waiting for us (homemade by Bryan’s Mom and sister). There were candles, fresh flowers and a bottle of champagne. There was a Scrabble board that read “Claire Violet Will You Marry Me?” It was perfect. Absolutely perfect. I cried… and cried… and cried… but I said YES!

The Big Day… On August 3rd, 2014 we wrote and exchanged their own vows at the elegant Toronto Hunt Club in Toronto, Ontario. The ceremony was outdoors, right by the water, just as I had ALWAYS imagined! My best friend, Chance, played the violin. Chance played an original song written by my late father, Mark Brown, as I walked down the aisle –accompanied by my 90 year old grandfather. He wore a bow tie, and looked SO handsome! After the ceremony, a sommelier sabered a bottle of champagne — a huge hit!

My dress (Barbra Allin from Becker’s Bridal) had POLKA dots (dotted lace). Anyone who knows me well, knows I have always loved polka dots. The fabric of the dress was unique and special and everyone said it was SO ME. On my mother’s wedding to my father she ALSO wore a dotted lace dress! Like mother—like daughter!

We danced to “One Fine Day” by the Chiffons… It was a perfect day!

DIY & Details… 
-We wrote our own ceremony, which was performed by our family’s minister.
-We wrote our own vows (in blush and grey HIS & HER vow books, which we purchased from BHLN.
-I wore my mother-in-law’s bracelet.
-My aunt handmade all of the chalkboard signs.
-My sister (a floral designer) designed all of our bouquets and floral centre pieces (Sweetpeas made them).
-My grandfather made the frame for the Seating Chart (Please find the key to your seat).
-We spent the year collecting antique skeleton keys for the “Key to your Seat” seating chart.
-We cut out hearts from old Shakespearean plays and sheet music (to scatter like petals across lace table cloths).
-We collected black and white wedding photos of our loved ones, and put them in old frames and an old farm window (which we found at an antique market).
-We displayed the Grade 7 school photo with my Mom and Dad, and Bryan’s Mom and her twin sister.
-We borrowed our mother and grandmother’s lace table cloths and tea cups and saucers for the cruiser tables.
-We borrowed an old teapot from Bryan’s mother and ordered a “wild flower” flower display from to be spilling out of the teapot. This sat on the signing table.
-Our friend Chance played the violin during the ceremony and our friend Anjie played the guitar.
-My friend Nicole made the cake, and Bryan’s little sister made the cupcakes! We purchased the Vanilla Bean macarons from San Remo (an amazing bakery in our neighbourhood).

My favourite moments of the day…
I LOVED spending the day with my FAVOURITE ladies! We laughed, we drank champagne, we ate, we danced, and we were pampered.
I LOVED our first look photos and the time Bryan and I got to spend alone before the ceremony. He kept me SO calm, and gave me lots of kisses.
But if I HAD to choose just one moment…..I think I would choose when my proud grandfather walked me down the aisle, whispered “I love you” and gave me a kiss.

Photography: Tied Photo & Film | Videography: Tied Photo & Film | Flowers: Sweetpeas | Wedding Gown: Barbra Allin | Cake: Nicole McDonald | Stationery: Anista Designs | Ceremony Venue: Toronto Hunt Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Hair And Makeup: Blush Pretty | Groomsmen's Attire: H&M | Bridal Boutique: Becker’s Bridal | Gown Boutique: Becker's Bridal | Macarons: SanRemo | Music: Maximum DJ | Wedding Gown Designer: Barbra Allin

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Abby Capalbo

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Modern + Whimsical Wedding at Airship 37

This summer celebration combined various design styles, yet still paid homage to tradition, creating one unique modern, whimsical wedding. With a blank canvas like Airship 37, you can craft any environment you so wish and this couple and Envision Weddings & Events did so beautifully. A Brit & A Blonde captured it all and you can see every bright bloom and sparkling smile right here!

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From A Brit & A Blonde PhotographyCarly and Alex wanted their wedding decor to be a reflection of them as a couple – so their big day was quite modern, but still strongly rooted to family and cultural traditions. The couple are from Toronto, originally, but now live in Vancouver. They really wanted to say their “I do’s” back in their hometown, so Toronto it was!

The hand-made paper cranes decorating the altar and receiving table were lovingly crafted by Carly’s mother and her extended family in a multitude of colours; representing the Japanese tradition that the making of 1000 paper cranes will mean a wish will be granted. Alex’s grandmother also provided a special gift by hand-inking the individual table number cards in Chinese calligraphy. The ceremony was performed by Carly’s uncle, and included many of the traditions of a Japanese wedding – including having the Bride and Groom to drink quite a bit of sake!

The couple chose a mix of pinks, oranges and golds for their florals, table settings, and the paper lanterns that adorned the otherwise sleek and simple white space. For an extra dose of colour, Carly chose navy bridesmaids dresses, chopstick favours, and ribbon for the cupcake stand. We absolutely adore the fun and personal wall art and invitations depicting the couple, which were created by their close friend, graphic designer Carlos Melendez. It was so modern and really super cool. They had a sushi bar all rolled fresh during cocktails in the beautiful adjoining room that has a cozy and very ‘cocktail party’ vibe. The sushi came from The Sushi Bar, a restaurant that Alex’s family has been going to for years, and, finally, a candy station – complete with ring pops! – was set up for dessert.

Photography: A Brit & A Blonde | Event Planning: Envision Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Ashton Creative | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cupcakes: The Cupcake Shoppe | Invitations: Carlos Melendez | Bride's Shoes: Michael Kors | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: The Sushi Bar | Hair & Makeup: DF Hairsalon | DJ: DJ Dougie Boom | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Officiant: Reverend Roderick Hashimoto Of The Konko Church Of Vancouver | Wedding Venue: Airship 37

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Classic Ballroom Wedding

Take a glam setting like The Ritz-Carlton and add in a stunning bride and dapper groom saying “I do” and the results are pure magic.  From the luxe color palette to the overflowing blooms by Stemz to the sophisticated reception/dance party.  It’s classic meets romance… the perfect ballroom beauty.  See it all captured by Corina V. Photography here and in the lovely film from James Frodyma below.

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From the Bride… My relationship with my groom, Adam, has been at once effortless and special from the start, and we kept that feeling at heart as we approached the wedding planning process. For me, the most important element of the wedding was the people. The man I had fallen in love with so quickly and couldn’t wait to marry, the incredible family and friends who would support and surround us on this special day, and the incredible group of professionals who managed to give this slightly high-strung bride, and her completely chilled out groom the wedding and day of our dreams.

We knew we wanted to get married in the early fall in Toronto, and I knew that I wanted no weather-related stress, so I had my heart set on an elegant indoor venue. I think my mother and I visited every venue with the capacity for our big invitation list; Adam and I both come from big, loving families with plenty of friends from near and far to join in. We finally chose the stunning and relatively new Ritz Carlton Hotel, right in the heart of downtown, whose beautiful ballroom had more than enough room for us, and whose top notch level of service would impress me, having studied hospitality management.

With our venue selected I realized I would need some professional help and promptly called the woman who became my wedding planner, Gabi Castillo. Although I had studied event management in school, I wanted to be able to pass off some of the stress and detail work, and try to really enjoy the process! Not only was Gabi an experienced and professional planner recommended by the Ritz, but she was a close family friend of my Maid of Honour. We worked amazingly together, after expressing how we pictured our wedding to look and feel, Gabi suggested the perfect vendors, helped with the overall design and kept us on track and organized. I cannot recommend hiring a professional planner enough, no matter what the scale of the wedding, the advice and support she provide was truly priceless.

Dress shopping was an adventure that started with my mother, sister-in-law, my mom and my future MIL. I tried on a number of dresses that day, including the dress that I ended up choosing, and a number more on many days to follow, but when I visited Dina Alonzi Bridal, alone with my mother, and again tried on Monique Lhuillier’s Peony dress in blush, I knew that I had found my perfect dress. A number of years ago I lost over a hundred pounds, so I wanted a dress that showed off the figure I had worked so hard for, but still felt elegant and somewhat modest, and covered the areas of my body of which I was more self-conscious. Dina and her associates did a wonderful job, from shopping to fittings to the final last minute additions of my detachable sleeves – a little detail that went a long way to me feeling my best and most confident on the wedding day. Having been a bridesmaid more than half a dozen times, I was determined to find my bridesmaids and Adam’s groomsmaid dresses that they absolutely loved. With their help, I chose Amsale chiffon gowns in their choice of two styles. My bridesmaids and bridesman wore grey, and Adam’s groomsmen and groomsmaid wore black.

When it came to choosing vendors, I was overwhelmed by the amount of incredibly talented people working in the wedding industry in Toronto. I deferred to my planner Gabi, meeting with her favourite vendors, and forming what we called my dream team. Corina of Corina V Photography was so much fun to work with, and from our first meeting I started to feel like she was a friend, and I absolutely love how she captured our day. She was fun, and even my husband who had been dreading his modeling debut loved posing for her. We weren’t sure about whether we wanted videography to start, and I’m so glad we listened to the experts and met with James of James Frodyma Wedding Films. From the moment we sat in front of our computer bawling at a stranger’s wedding video, we knew he’d be best to create ours! He was so fun to work with that day, mostly invisible but always capturing the perfect moment.

Our invitations were furnished by PaperGrafix, and working with the mother and daughter team of Nicky and Sandra was a pleasure. We found and customized my dream invitation in my theme colours of rose gold, blush and cream.

For flowers and decor, we met with Fiona from Stemz and I gave her my ideas – classic and romantic, with mixed metallics and milk glass, and she came up an absolutely stunning vision, creating the most beautiful chuppah I could imagine. The bouquets were a gorgeous soft palette of light pinks and softest blush pink tones with flowers styled in a loose natural dome shape for a modern, romantic and natural style. Beautiful Kiera garden roses, lisianthus, sweet peas, ranunculus with touches of mini phalaenopsis orchids and soft flowering vines with
foliages, created a lush garden style bouquet.

Ivy Lam did our makeup, and she is by far the most kind, sweet and funny makeup artist I have ever met. She managed to create a look for me that was at once elegant but still felt like me, which was super important. Beni Sicilia of BlowDry Lounge has been cutting my hair for more than fifteen years, and I remember joking about my wedding hairstyle when he styled me for my prom. He and Amanda styled all of our ladies to perfection, and we all loved how we looked.

We were married by the head rabbi from the synagogue where my family and I have been members since they came to Toronto, Holy Blossom Temple. Rabbi Yael Splansky was an amazing officiant and guide in the time leading up to the wedding, and I was so proud to be married by Canada’s first female head rabbi. From our pre-wedding meetings to our bedeken ceremony to our time under the chuppah, Rabbi Splansky reminded us of the true reason for our marriage and kept us grounded and inspired, and we loved how she led our ceremony, accompanied by Cantor Benjamin Maissner.

Although my groom had been pretty (completely) hands-off for most of the planning process, one of the most important elements to our day for him was the music. We are both huge music fans and travel to see our favourite bands play whenever we can. We chose the Dave Murphy Band, who had played at my own older brother’s wedding, for their professionalism, style, and most of all their ability to rock out – and play the horah! Adam was also in charge of what he and his crew would wear, and they chose gorgeous tuxedos rented from Tuxedo Royale, with gifts and accessories from Harry Rosen.

All of our food was catered in house by the Ritz Carlton, and every single bite we enjoyed was divine. Adam and I were brought a tasting of hors d’oeuvres to our Yichud Room just after the ceremony, where we spent a few minutes relaxing and toasting our marriage in private before joining the party. I told Gabi that not only did our cake need to look beautiful, but it had to taste delicious, and she once again found us the perfect vendor in Lisa Bugeja of Baked and Beloved. Inside, layers of banana cake and dulce to leche frosting alternated with white cake with raspberry frosting, and outside, Lisa used delicate and beautiful design to recreate the subtle peony pattern found on my gown. Custom cookie favours from Cookie Messenger rounded out the sweet night for us.

My day was perfect, somehow stress-free, and more fun than I ever could have imagined. It went by so quickly, and although I tried to savor every moment, watching our video and looking at our pictures have brought so many detailed memories back to us. My wedding day was perfect most of all because I got to marry my best friend – how could it get any better?

Photography: Corina V. Photography | Videography: James Frodyma | Event Planning: Gabriela Castillo Formerly Of Platinum Events | Floral Design: Stemz | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Baked & Beloved | Stationery: Papergrafix | Ceremony Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Toronto | Reception Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Toronto | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: Ivy Lam | Hair: Beni Sicilia - Blowdry Lounge | Band: Dave Murphy Band | Favors: The Cookie Messenger | Groom's Attire: Tuxedo Royale | Groomsmen's Attire: Tuxedo Royale | Decor: Stemz | Jewellery: Swarovski | Veil: White Toronto

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Vintage Chic Toronto Fall Wedding

It’s my belief that brides should spend the night before their wedding doing something relaxing with their girlfriends; this Bride here took after my own heart, spending the evening assembling all of her floral arrangements with her maids. They created works of art for the celebration the next day and Up In The Clouds Photography captured it all. Head this way to see these fantastic final results.

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From Up In The Clouds PhotographyKristen and Jesse’s wedding was filled with vintage DIY ideas. The day began at One King West, where both the bride and groom prepared separately for the ceremony, but no visit to One King West is complete without stepping down the sweeping central staircase to the original underground bank vault. Built directly into the bedrock in 1913, the bridal party posed in front of the 4-foot thick steel door.

From the custom made bridal gown & vintage inspired shoes, to the antique books used as centerpieces for the reception, the bride made sure no detail was left untouched. She even created the bridal bouquets and managed to finish them (along with the help of her bridesmaids) on the morning of the wedding. The ceremony began at Metropolitan United Church in Toronto where the couple fell in love all over again. Later on the bride and groom enjoyed a lovely ride in a vintage Rolls Royce to the historic Distillery District for the bridal party photo shoot, surrounded by cobblestone streets & more vintage cars. I absolutely love the colours that were on the display throughout the day, from the green bridesmaids gowns, to the pink coloured walls at the reception hall. The bride also constructed the candy station and green floral backdrop for the dessert table. Guests signed a large slab of wood which was used as a guest book and found their seating chart displayed on a vintage screen. To top it all of, a very unique whiskey and cigar bar was made for the the guests to enjoy drinks and party the night away.

From the Bride… Jesse and I knew each other before we became a couple through mutual friends, however it wasn’t until we met again at a country fair years later that sparks started to fly. The fair was held in a town directly between Jesse’s small country town and the suburb city I called home, to this day we like to joke about meeting in the middle.

Five years later during a game of golf on my birthday, I performed one of my typical celebration dances and asked Jess if he was proud of my game thus far. After turning around, he replied on one knee that he was so proud he wanted me to be his wife. After another celebration dance of course I promptly agreed!

After a few months of being engaged the wedding planning process began. We first decided that we wanted our wedding to be both romantic and whimsical, with a 1920’s feel. We carried this out by selecting a historical church for our ceremony and a hall that was built in 1850. Our hall was the perfect selection for us as it would let us bring in and personally select every aspect of our wedding. We also choose to have a whiskey and cigar bar, a pianist playing 1920′s music upon our guest’s arrival into the reception space, tables named after 1920′s romance novels among other touches to carry out our 1920′s theme.

One of our favourite things to do as a couple is renovate our century home, and over the years of doing it our DIY skills have been amplified. So it seemed perfectly natural to take a similar approach with our wedding. It worked out that pretty much every aspect of our wedding was done by us. From doing all of the centerpieces, place settings, to searching through thrift stores for items for the candy bar and whiskey table, to major construction items.

The day before our wedding my maids and I took on our greatest DIY project. One of my bridesmaids Emily Ryan headed our flower mission. Together we worked for months choosing the vases for centerpieces, the type of flowers and colours we would use. With a hotel room FILLED with beautiful flowers we all set out creating center piece arrangements, pew flower arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres. Being able to spend the night before our wedding with some of favourite people in the world crafting was, in my eyes, the perfect way to spend the day.

On the morning of our wedding my wonderful groom to be drove a U-Haul van down to the hall and unloaded all of our handmade flower centerpieces, a dozen totes with all of the decorations and detailed instructions for the day in them. Call me Type A, but hey this was the biggest party of my life, and a very special day to us. There, our extremely talented month of coordinator set up the day.

Most brides say the day goes by in a flash and is it ever true! One of my favourite moments of the day was after our ceremony Jesse and I rode alone in a 1949 Rolls Royce. It was the perfect way to spend our first moments of man and wife together. The rest of the day of course had its bumps, which is always to be expected, but while eating dinner looking at all of our friends and family enjoying the day we created together was an amazing feeling!

Photography: Up In The Clouds Photography | Coordination: Leah Sandhu - Vantage Events | Ceremony Venue: Metropolitan United Church | Reception Venue: St. Lawrence Hall | Shoes: Rachel Simpson | DJ: Impact DJ | Bridal Gown: Jennie Ross | Furniture Rentals: Contemporary Furniture Rental Inc | Paper Products: Newfound Creative | Pianist: Liz Craig

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