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English Garden Wedding in Toronto

Tucked away from the bustling cityscape of Toronto, you’ll find Graydon Hall Manor — or as I will now refer to it — the site of one of the loveliest garden weddings I’ve ever laid eyes on. The warm flagstone walls against the bride’s elegant dress and stunning rose and orchid bouquet will keep you reeling through the whole gallery of moments captured by Jessica Bossé Photography. So have at it, and cheerio!


From Jessica Bossé Photography… This wedding is a photographers dream. So full of colour & beautifully matched decor which took place at Graydon Hall, a manor tucked away in north Toronto. It’s an oasis among high rises and highways and I am so honoured to have been able to capture this day for Kaylay & Alvin.

From the bride & groom:

How did you decide on your venue and location?
We wanted to have a (Victorian) english garden themed wedding. We only checked out three locations and Alvin loved Graydon Hall the most. It was perfect because we wanted a venue that was a one stop shop with a beautiful chapel just in case it rained. The combination of elegant, vintage decor and beautifully manicured grounds was exactly when we wanted.

Advice for future couples?
Focus on the elements that are really important to you then stick to how you want it to be. The rest of the not so important elements be a little flexible.

Favourite moment from the wedding?
Kaylay – My favourite moments were the butterfly release and my mom’s speech because it was so heartfelt. She never shows that side of her to me.

Alvin – My favourite moment was when I saw Kaylay in her dress for the first time. We lived together for years but we decided not to see each other from the night before until Kaylay walked down the aisle.

Photographer: Jessica Bossé Photography | Videography: Images Weddings | Cake: Labour of Love | Wedding Shoes: Enzo Angliolini | DJ: Michael Coombs | Officiant: Enduring Promises | Bridsmaids Dresses: Jasmine Bridal | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Graydon Hall Manor | Florals: Cool, Green and Shady | Groom's Tuxedo: Tuxedo Royale | Makeup: Blush Pretty | Wedding Grown: Jasmine Bridal

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Blush & Blossoms Bridal Shower

Let’s talk about a talented group of friends and family for a minute, shall we?  The type of friends and family that throw their planner bestie a bridal shower that is literally overflowing with pretty.  Think soft, romantic hues, yummy treats (hello, mac ‘n’ cheese station) and a “Blush & Blossoms” theme that is all kinds of awesome.  See every fabulous moment captured by Heidi Lau Photography in the full gallery.

From the Bride… As event planning is my job, relinquishing control to my bridesmaids and mother to plan my shower was no easy feat. I had dreamt about planning my pink bridal shower just as much as I have dreamt about the wedding. My girls know how I do my events and they definitely took some pointers and included some of my signature details.

When I got the invitation, all I knew was that the shower was taglined “Blush & Blossoms.” When I walked in, the room was filled with blush details and the floral arrangements were breathtaking.

The shower was held at my parents’ home where they transformed the living room into an all pink dining room with blush linens, blush chiavari chairs and perfectly pink centerpieces featuring floating flowers. Each plate setting was adorned with a matching napkin, a decorative gold brooch and custom stationery.

Guests were greeted with my all-time favorite cocktail – Kir Royale – which were dressed up with floral straws and floral straw flags. The drink was nicknamed the “Flower Baum” as a play on my last name.

The guests were then invited to a beautiful buffet spread featuring mini canapes, a chips and dips display, baked salmon, baked mac & cheese and an array of desserts. The lunch was catered by Encore Food with Elegance and my impressive bridal party baked and styled all the desserts!

Midway through lunch, I was greeted by a surprise video message from my fiance, who presented me with the amazing floral crown I got to wear for the duration of the shower. I started to see where the Blossoms portion of the shower was coming into play.

Once guests were full, I was surprised by my dear friend and florist extraordinaire Becky from Blush & Bloom who was going to teach the group how to arrange florals. Oh, this was the perfect activity for a floral lover like myself. And of course, very in theme.

The class was a huge hit and after all was said and done, each guest left with a custom “Mel” cookie. They were delicious!

As someone who has planned 100 showers, this one was for the books. My mom and friends did the most excellent job and exceeded my shower dreams. Can’t believe the wedding is in May!

Photography: Heidi Lau Photography | Floral Design: Blush & Bloom | Stationery: Melissa Baum Events | Catering: Encore Food With Elegance | Chairs: Detailz Chair Couture | Linens And Brooches: Have A Seat | Venue: Private Residence

Spring Distillery District Wedding

This past spring I made my first trip to Toronto and quickly feel in love with the history and charm of the city’s Distillery District. So just imagine my delight when I found out this stylish duo opted for a celebration in that very same spot. It’s one part modern and one classic with a whole lot of love woven in between. Take a peek at JB Smith’s gorgeous snaps for yourself!


From The Bride…Our wedding was more than a joining of two people, it was an opportunity for our two families to come together for the first time and meet one another! Many different cities and countries were represented, from NYC to Seattle, down to Texas, up to Cleveland and across the pond to the UK. Knowing that, we wanted our wedding to feel inviting, warm, friendly, celebratory, and given the timing, spring-like! We chose a gorgeous, intimate venue and coupled it with colorful, spring blooms and DIY décor to give it a personal feel. Take those elements and fill the space with 95 family members and friends and you get one heck of a wedding.

My incredible mom made the wedding cake, a groom’s cake that was inspired by the proposal, the bridesmaids’ dresses, flower girl dress and my veil. She is ridiculously talented. For my French Canadian family, we had a bi-lingual officiant that included some French in the ceremony and for everyone’s hungry tummies, “we had a make your own poutine bar” at midnight. To honor Geoff’s late mom, I pinned her cameo to my bouquet, as other Brooks women had done before me. To honor Geoff’s Scottish heritage, the boutonniere’s were inspired by Scottish heather and sprigs of a similar flower were included in my bouquet. We also had “Red, Red, Rose” read during our ceremony by the women closest to us. In previous Brooks weddings, Geoff’s granddad had read the poem.

Photography: JB Smith Photography | Floral Design: Blush & Bloom | Wedding Dress: Tara Keely | Ceremony Venue: Archeo | Reception: Archeo | DJ: Maximum Music DJ Service | Officiant: Marc Paquet-Decker | Hair & Make Up: Fancy Face

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