Romantic Waterfront Engagement Session in Toronto

You know what we love more than anything in the whole wide world? Beachside engagement sessions straight from the lens of When He Found Her. Because when you marry the love of two long-distance sweethearts with sunset-drenched shorelines, you’re guaranteed a head-turning gallery. See the pretty firsthand in THE VAULT!

From When He Found HerMatt and Ellen both attended to universities in the same province of Nova Scotia, Canada. At the time, Matt was studying medicine at Dalhousie University in the city of Halifax, while Ellen went to Acadia University, just an hour away.They met by chance when Ellen spent a weekend in Halifax celebrating her best friend’s birthday while Matt happened to be attending another birthday at the same venue. “I remember when I first saw her – she caught my eye even from across the room. I was nervous at first but figured there was nothing to lose.” That night they exchanged contact information and traded messages back and forth over the next few weeks. She eventually came back down a month and a half later and they went on their first date. Despite the distance, each weekend Matt would drive up to visit Ellen for the rest of the school year.

Over the next 3 years, they spent a majority of their relationship long-distance with Ellen spending her summers home in Toronto, eventually moving back home after graduation. Matt was also busy finishing up his schooling that included rotations and interviews across the country. He obtained a 5 year residency in Halifax, and she eventually moved back to spend the rest of his residency with him while pursuing a career in fashion and visual merchandising.

Matt decided he wanted to propose to Ellen after their 5th year anniversary, and it was difficult to find the right time and place for the proposal. It was no surprise that they were getting engaged as they had picked out a ring together earlier in the year, but he wanted to pop the question when she was least expecting it, and in a meaningful way. He decided to ask her at a beach they accidentally came across near her university 5 years ago on one of their first dates. On one of the weekends in July he asked her if she wanted to go apple picking in Wolfville for the day, and no suspicion arose as they went on a few weekend trips out in the province earlier that summer. They drove up to visit her old university grounds and on the way to the farm he casually suggested they go look for the beach they had found 5 years ago when they were exploring the area.

Ellen laughed and told him it would be near impossible as they had not been there in 5 years and had found it last time only because they had gotten lost on their way home. Though she was doubtful they would find it, she agreed to the plans, not knowing Matt knew the directions all along and had carefully planned on “accidentally” finding the place! To her surprise and excitement, they came across the same road leading to the same beach, and decided to spend the afternoon there instead. As there were people around, Matt wanted to ask Ellen alone so he suggested they walk along the shore, and along the walk he suggested they should try to recreate one of their first photos where he had piggybacked her on the same beach. She thought it was a cute idea so she turned around to grab her phone in her purse, and when she turned back he was on one knee. It could not have been a better moment and place to pop the question, and the rest is basically history!

From the Couple… We wanted our engagement session to be simple and to speak for itself in a very natural setting, so we picked the Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto, ON near Ellen’s home. Reid from WhenHeFoundHer could not have been a better match for us as he understood our vision, and was so in line with the aesthetic we were looking for in our photography.

See rings, engagements + proposals galore!

Photography: When He Found Her | Hair + Makeup: A Glow By Joan | Venue: Scarborough Bluffs Park

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Ethereal Beachside Peach + Gold Wedding Inspiration in Toronto

A stunning backdrop, a romantic fishtail braid, and plenty of gorg gold accents, this inspiration a la Whitney Heard Photography is peachy-hued perfection. A fresh approach to beachside romance, this gallery is one especially for the fun loving bride. Experience the full picture in THE VAULT!

From Whitney Heard PhotographyThe Scarborough Bluffs, on the edge of Toronto, were the stunning backdrop for this lakeside shoot. We love the combination of the fishtail braid, flowing dresses, and gold accents, which will bring a little warmth to any spring wedding. We took a fresh new approach to the blush colour palette by adding hints of peach and gold. This inspiration shoot is perfect for the fun loving bride, who wants to shine on her wedding day!

This shoot could not have happened without Living Fresh’s floral design. I can’t help but fall in love with those hand tied bouquets and birch wood arbor! Every detail was designed to show that a balance can be achieved between elegance and playful sparkle. When this shoot was in the planning process, we knew we had to have Maya Goldenberg and Duyen Huynh on our team to create this stunning beauty inspiration. The chocolate cake and yummy little cupcakes were crafted by Le Dolci, with hand painted leaves, and delicate gold foil.

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Photography: Whitney Heard Photography | Floral Design: Living Fresh | Wedding Dress: Pure Magnolia | Cake: Le Dolci | Jewelry: Anouk Jewelery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Two Birds | Makeup: Maya Goldenberg | Hair: Duyen Huynh | Venue: Scarborough Bluffs | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Groom's Accessories: Lovers Land | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Veil And Crown: Blair Nadeau Millinery

Multicultural Toronto Wedding

Awash in meaningful details and breathtaking designs coordinated by the talented Rebecca Chan Weddings And Events, this, my friends, is a Toronto affair done oh-so-fabulous.  From the stunning duo saying “I do” to the intimate + seriously fun reception/dance party to the dessert table that is basically everything.  See it all captured by Julius And James Wedding Photography in THE VAULT right this way.

Urban Space

From Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events… Rebecca and Dan’s wedding on June 20, 2016 showcased why Toronto is known to be one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Held in the heart of downtown Toronto, this couple’s intimate urban wedding took place at an industrial event space called 2nd Floor Events.

Their ceremony took place at the venue along bright windows lined with hurricane candles and blush floral arrangements. A lush floral arch with garland served as the backdrop. Both Mexican and South Indian backgrounds were represented at the ceremony, showcasing the union of the both families and their rich heritages.

The bride’s Indian background was represented in her beautiful cream sari and in the traditional “Minnu” and “Mantrakodi” ceremony. The Minnu, a chain that was blessed and prayed over by Rebecca’s grandparents, symbolized love, harmony and understanding of the couple as they embark on their journey of life together. The Mantrakodi is the first piece of clothing presented by the groom to the bride, symbolizing their mutual welcome into each other’s family.

The groom’s rich Mexican heritage was represented by the lasso, an infinity loop, brought over by their aunt and uncle from Mexico who prayed a blessing over them. It symbolized their union together and commitment to always be side by side.

After the ceremony, the event space was transformed for the reception. The couple’s engagement photos were put on light boxes at the bar serving as a backdrop to speeches. Romantic floral and succulent jars lined the tables. Table names that represented cities that had significance to the couple helped guests find their seats, replacing the traditional table numbers. Guests danced the night away while munching away at the lavish dessert table full of mini donuts, gourmet marshmallows and dozens of other desserts, making for a very sweet ending to their beautiful wedding celebration.

From the Bride… The highlight of the day was just after we said ‘I do’ and kissed, and looked at each other – then turning and looking out at all of our family friends, the people that we love most in this world, and being able to share that amazing moment with everyone. It was unbelievable and something we will never forget.

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Photography: Julius And James Wedding Photography | Coordination: Rebecca Chan Weddings And Events | Floral Design: Pink Twig Floral Boutique | Wedding Dress: J. Crew | Stationery: Minted | Catering: The Food Dudes | DJ: Riya Agency | Favors: Lisa Hansen (etsy) | Groom's Attire: Trend Custom Tailors | Venue: 2nd Floor Events | Desserts: Truffle Toronto

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