As far as seasons go, winter often (and unfairly) gets the short end of the favorite-season stick. That’s all about to change thanks to photo shoots like this one dreamt up by eph*ra event design and captured by Blynda DaCosta Photography. Overflowing with gorgeous, wintry textures and filled to the brim with the prettiest of rustic details – winter looks pretty darn lovely if you ask me! I highly recommend cozying up to the full gallery of images, and before long we’ll all agree that winter is oh so gorgeous!

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From Alanna and Dawn of eph*ra event design Elegant, fluffy winter snow in all its charm was the inspiration for this shoot. Our vision was of winter whites with layered textures, both old and new, with lots of charm and warmth. We used lots of unexpected and unique details such as little birds, pine cones under cloches, porcelain artichokes, tiny bud vases and vintage decanters. Guest gifts were handed out in small burlap pouches wrapped with satin ribbon and tied with a hemp string, each with a note of thanks. The rustic and funky Berkeley Church in downtown Toronto provided the perfect backdrop for this romantic theme. With its stained glass windows and hardwood floors, it gave a warm and special atmosphere for our shoot.

The stationery mixed vintage glam with a bit of rustic charm. The invitation had an apothecary-inspired label featuring a mix of textured monochromatic papers and was embellished with crystal and pearls. It was nestled in a cream silk box accented with a vintage-look brooch, feathers, twill tape and a tiny mother of pearl button. Coordinating items included a matching petal-style program fan, embellished seating cards and table numbers, as well as a one-of-a-kind sweet table sign. The seating cards were set out using hand-cut tags hung on tiny white clothespins in white wooden frames among candle-lit vintage mason jars. The guest tables were made all the more special with a white quilted overlay, bronze chargers topped with white china, taupe linen and a large organic pearl branch napkin ring. A small bottle of mints for after the meal accompanied each setting. The centerpieces circled by a grapevine wreath were a combination of silver tapered candle holders, white hydrangeas in tall white vases with adorable birds and owls all around. We created several other points of interest in the space: a luxurious cake table, a throw table and a signing area. The cake table was full of white cakes and cupcakes to tantalize the palate. A beautiful white rose cake with a gray satin ribbon and adorable miniature white cupcakes under cloches were surrounded with candles. The flowers were a romantic mix of honeymoon tulips, ranunculus, chrysanthemums, baby’s breath, Veronica caya, hydrangeas and feathers for added interest. The bride’s bouquet was neatly tied with burlap and satin. A fun throw table with hand-stamped bags of rice and a large birdcage was lit with handmade tear drop strings of white lights.

Photography: Blynda DaCosta Photography / Flowers: Ruffles & Twine / Event Design: eph*ra event design / Location: The Berkeley Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada / Invitations + Graphics: Hip Ink / Cakes + Cupcakes: Cupcake Diner / Hair + Makeup: Megha Sawhney (meghasawhney@gmail.com) / Model: Cheryl Mickolwin