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Colorful Victoria Harbor Wedding

Here’s a duo that isn’t afraid of a little color.  Think vibrant orange, pink and purple hues playing nice with a fab contemporary vibe and some seriously creative stylings from French Kiss Events.  Now add in crazy cool florals from Verbena Floral Design and a breathtaking setting like the Inn At Laurel Point and it all equals one drop-dead gorgeous gallery from Kim Kalyn Photography.  See it all here.  

From French Kiss EventsWhen I first began chatting with Kim and Sheridon, their only request was for a bright and cheerful wedding, filled with the Kim’s favorite colors: pink and orange. Getting to work with such bright colors was so much fun, and inspired the rest of the decor for their wedding.

Being right on the ocean, the couple wanted to make sure their guests could enjoy the beautiful view and get a real sense of Victoria BC. So, set at the stunning Inn at Laurel Point, we created a modern vibe through the specialty furniture, bright linens and food service. The reception was served cocktail style, with fun cocktails (named after the trips they have taken together), gourmet food stations, and a glamorous cake pop display! The color was infused all throughout the decor, and kept the space feeling bright and fun. Definitely a refreshing take on a summer wedding palette!

Being a part of this wedding was so special, and getting to witness the love that these two have for each other and their families, was truly spectacular. Their personalities were spotlighted throughout, my favorite of which being the hot pink layer of crinoline that was added under the bride’s dress. So unique, and was the icing on top of the cake, to this perfect day!

Photography: Kim Kalyn Photography | Floral Design: Verbena Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Inn At Laurel Point | Invitations: The Extra Detail | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: Inn At Laurel Point | Hair And Makeup: Belle Amour | DJ: Airwaves Music | Wedding Venue: Inn At Laurel Point | Event Design And Planning: French Kiss Events | Linen & Furniture Rentals: Decorate Victoria

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Rustic Vancouver Spring Wedding

Why are more weddings not held at chic restaurants and wine bars? I’m absolutely smitten with this idea and this rustic meets elegant wedding at a Vancouver hot spot shows just how fabulous they can be. Nadia Hung captured every perfect pastel detail, all brought together by Filosophi, guaranteeing that these lovebirds had one fantastic bump-free bash. See all the pretty pics right this way.

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From Nadia Hung Photography… Victoria and Leon were one of my most amazing couples, I was quite taken by how in love they were with each other after hearing their adorable proposal story involving a Easter Egg Hunt. Victoria had a vision of how she wanted her wedding and she did it beautiful. She designed the wedding herself and found all the best vendors in Vancouver. I was in awe of how everything came together on her wedding day, from her Louboutin wedding shoes, her stunning wedding dress from Bisou Bridal to the beautiful bridesmaid dresses from J. Crew. Her reception was gorgeous with the elements of rustic elegance created by Celsia Florist and Sweet Beginning Vancouver and of course Filosophi Events made the wedding day absolutely flawless.

Photography: Nadia Hung Photography | Floral Design: Celsia Florist | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Wedding Venue: Brix | Bridal Boutique: Bisou Bridal | Bridal Dress Sash: The Borrowed Collection | Calligraphy Sign: Written Word Calligraphy | Day Of Coordinator: Filosophi | Getting Ready Site: Rosewood Hotel Georgia | Makeup & Hair: Suzanna Chun Beauty | Reception Decor: Sweet Beginnings

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Rustic Elegant Wedding on Galiano Island

Planning a wedding a few hours away has me feeling a bit disconnected; I can’t imagine planning one from around the world. This couple did just that, organizing their Canadian wedding from their home in Australia, and not only did they succeed, but they did so with one elegant, yet rustic and relaxed, affair. Whitney Krutzfeldt captured it all in this beauty of a gallery that I’m majorly crushing on right here.

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From the Bride… Todd and I had been together for nine years before our wedding, so we had a lot of time to think about what we wanted. Living on the other side of the world from our family and friends, it was important to us to have a wedding that was fun and casual and allowed us to spend lots of time with everyone. Our three day wedding was everything we could’ve asked for and more.

The most important aspect for us was finding the right venue. As soon as we saw Bodega Ridge we knew it was the place we wanted to get married. In fact it was the only venue we looked at! The ceremony site was spectacular, the location stunning, the lodge perfect, and the fact that the majority of our guests could stay on site was a bonus. Jesse Keefer (owner) and his team were amazing and the entire day went off without a hitch (despite some torrential downpours mid-morning).

We weren’t too fussy about the little things especially as we had to plan the entire British Columbia wedding from Melbourne, Australia! The decor was minimal, as the surrounding nature and permanent features of Bodega really stole the show. Everything on the tables was DIY’d by us or friends. The table flowers were exactly what I wanted, simple and elegant. We wanted the tables to be clean and bright and allow for easy conversation. Two of my favourite parts were the stained wood table runners which we did ourselves and the river rock place cards, made by our good friend.

With our bridal party, I allowed the girls to pick their own dresses, just staying in the same colour scheme. I think it turned out great and everyone was comfortable in something they had chosen. The guys looked dashing in their blue suits and each had a bit of themselves with the mismatched pocket square. I adored my dress! It was exactly what I wanted and I loved the added uniqueness of the appliqué which I found online. My seamstress really did a fantastic job. I only wish I could wear it again and again!

The things that stand out for us on our wedding day were spending time with our friends and family. We both loved getting ready with our bridal parties and having that time with great friends we see so little of. Our vows, which we wrote ourselves with the help of our celebrant, are something I will never forget. And of course dinner (amazing local food!) and dancing into the early hours of the morning was incredible! It really was a perfect day!

Photography: Whitney Krutzfeldt | Floral Design: Queensbury Flower Company | Wedding Dress: Jim Heljm | Ceremony Venue: Bodega Ridge | Reception Venue: Bodega Ridge | Groom's Attire: Soho Workshop | Groomsmen's Attire: Mexx | Bridal Boutique: Isabelle's Bridal | Photography - Assistance: Kristina Belkina Photography

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Romantic British Columbia Summer Wedding

Filled to the brim with beautiful blush, ivory, gold details and overflowing with peonies, this celebration has me smiling from ear to ear. Every bit of it gets our SMP seal of approval, and it’s obvious that Countdown Events knew what they were doing. Blush Wedding Photography gathered all this pretty in one place and my Monday just got a whole lot better thanks to all these goodies.

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From Countdown EventsClaire and Ben are so lovely and an absolute joy to work with! They are a true power couple in the medical field and so smart, but at the same time so down to earth. They wanted a beautiful, simple ceremony and reception. They wanted to ensure their guests had an amazing time and they didn’t want anything stuffy. Claire had such a fresh color palette in mind for her wedding flowers and decor and both Celisa Florist and Début Events did an incredible job bringing her vision to life. Our first task was to find the perfect venue that reflected both the feel of the West Coast and the couple’s natural laid back style. The Hart House provide all of this and more.

Once we settled on the venue Claire trusted us absolutely with creating her dream day. From the outset working with Celsia and Debut we wanted to produce something totally customized and unique. Some of my favorite elements from the wedding was of course the hints of blush pink blended with creams and natural greens, I loved the long tables under the chandelier lit tent, the olive branch on each place setting, the arch was to die for, and the dessert table was so cool and inviting. At the end of the night when the dance floor was filled with Claire and Bens loved ones, I stepped outside and all you could see was the shimmering of the lights and glow of the candles. It felt amazing to be part of such a gorgeous celebration.

Photography: Blush Wedding Photography | Event Planning: Countdown Events | Floral Design: Celsia | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Cake: Ganache Patisserie | Ceremony Venue: Hart House Restaurant | Reception Venue: Hart House Restaurant | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Aritzia | Hair & Makeup: All Dolled Up Studios | DJ: Girls On Wax | Bridal Boutique: Isabelles | Decor: Debut Event Designs | Stationery And Sign Calligraphy: Wintons Social Stationery

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Colorful Spring Wedding Inspiration at Stanley Park Chapel

It’s been a long winter and to say we’re looking forward to spring would be an understatement, and of all the positive changes the season brings, bright blooms are my favorite reward for the winter wait. Modern Mint Events Inc. and Flower Factory combined forces for this colorful shoot and if these pics by Vivid Moments Photography don’t put you in the mood for spring, I’m not sure what would.

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From Modern Mint Events IncWe absolutely love the Stanley Park Chapel so when we decided to work with them on this shoot, we wanted to bring out its potential. It seems that couples who choose this venue keep it bare and neutral and we wanted to show just how much more spectacular it can be with some colour and lush florals.

With the venue being in one of the most beautiful parks in the world, we wanted to take the inspiration from the setting. Spring is uniquely stunning time in Vancouver with lots of colours so that was our inspiration.

On the day of the shoot, we woke up to 2 feet of snow which resulted in us having to move two of our outdoor vignettes inside. What you see is ultimately three different set ups, three dresses and three hair and makeup styles in one location! It was truly spring inspired. You would never know it was -8 degrees outside!

Photography: Vivid Moments Photography | Event Design: Modern Mint Events Inc. | Event Planning: Modern Mint Events Inc. | Floral Design: Flower Factory | Wedding Dress: Bisou Bridal | Jewelry : Elsa Corsi | Chapel: The Stanley Park Chapel | Decor: Art of the Party | Hair & Makep: Faye Smith Makeup and Hair | Rentals: Art of the Party

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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.

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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