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Modern, Elegant Wedding in Toronto

Wonderfully elegant, this stylish Toronto soiree plays out like the loveliest fairytales. Every detail was carefully curated by the beautiful Bride, and it’s safe to say I am head over heels for every single touch. Boyfriend Girlfriend was behind the lens to make sure we didn’t miss a single moment, and you can see them all here.

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From The Bride…My husband and I were on the same page that we wanted our guests to leave our wedding exclaiming it was the best wedding they have been to. The top items on our joint priority list were delicious, gorgeous, five star restaurant quality food with a focus on local and organic ingredients. We wanted wines that highlighted Ontario’s fabulous wine country, and great music that ensured no one was left sitting! Overall we agreed we wanted a day that reflected us as a couple and the special relationships in our life. Each touch that we chose had meaning behind it.

My list of priorities was a bit longer than that…

Our ceremony was held at the University of Toronto Trinity College Chapel. We chose this venue as we met at the University and one day about two years into our relationship we were on the grounds and my husband said we should get married at a “place like this”. It was the first real discussion about marriage and that venue was obviously a shoe-in after that conversation. The ceremony incorporated poetry and writings from Victor Hugo and Beethovan and we chose couples whose relationships we admired to provide our readings during our ceremony.

Fashion was another one of my priorities, again I craved simplicity and elegance as my daily fashion sense is quite tailored. My dress was a simple sheath style gown from Nicole Miller with a cutout back. I wore a birdcage veil for the ceremony and cocktails and changed to a vintage brooch with feathers attached that I purchased in Paris. My clutch was vintage inspired which I purchased in Paris as well. My shoes were Manolo Blahnik-my favourite shoe designer. I incorporated some sentimental touches into my ensemble, my earrings were borrowed from my mom, and tied around my bouquet was my grandfather’s ID bracelet, whom I was named after. It ensured he was part of my special day as well. My bridesmaids wore classic cream one shoulder dresses which highlighted their gorgeous figures and put the focus on them as well as they are such special girls in my life. Our two ring bearers were in Burberry shorts with crisp white dress shirts and bow ties. Their look was finished off with deck shoes! Groom and groomsmen were in simple black tuxedos finished off with vintage pocket watches.

Having been to countless weddings that were dripping with crystals and rhinestones I craved a simple and elegant reception that showcased not one the beauty of the venue and its surroundings, but also the beauty of our guests. I went with a cream and white palette to complement the streamlined decor of the venue. Our flowers were long and linear to not only complement the length of the venue and our market tables, but to ensure maximum “chatability” for our guests. My husband and I have a love for beautiful architecture and the Philippe Starck ghost chairs in cream were the perfect complement to the table settings. Of course with the emphasis on modern, streamlined items we needed to infuse some vintage flair. We attached vintage skeleton keys to each guest’s seating card tied with a variety of cream ribbons.

Our cocktail hour was designed to be fun and reflective of us as a couple. We incorporated appetizers from both of our cultures, my husband being Armenian we had falafel and spinach pastries, and myself being Italian and Ukranian we incorporated arancini, caprese skewers, and pierogies. We love oysters so we had to have an oyster shucker as well, and in lieu of a signature cocktail we went with classic champagne! Lastly, we had an all-white candy bar as we both have a bit of a sweet tooth! My husband loves jazz and our DJ ensured the best jazz music was played during the cocktail hour.

Our meal was focused on local and organic ingredients, and we chose a caterer who shared our vision and was also ethical. All of the food that is leftover is donated to a homeless shelter. Keeping with our strong sense of charity, in lieu of party favours we made a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society and Heart and Stroke Foundation in honour of our grandparents who were not able to share the day with us.

Our dinner consisted of a beet, arugula and orange segment salad, truffled mushroom risotto, beef tenderloin, arctic char and vegetarian strudel. Our cake designer designed a gorgeous salted caramel wedding cake for us.

Dancing was the highlight of the night. We wanted a different first dance that started the night off with a bang and our first dance was a hustle to Barry White’s “My Everything” which was the first song we danced to when we were dating.

Our DJ did an exceptional job keeping our guests dancing. To quote my father in law he was “tearing up the dance floor!”.

The next morning we hosted a brunch at La Societe, a french restaurant near the venue which we love. We then packed up and headed off to our honeymoon in Tahiti and Bora Bora.

Our day was filled with love and fun, the speeches were heartfelt, and one guest said they could feel the love in the room. Reflecting on the day it not only was about the love we had for each other, we were surrounded by those we loved the most. We kept our wedding on the smaller side to ensure we could spend quality time with each and every one of our guests, being able to do that, made us feel relaxed and that it truly was a celebration.

Photography: Boyfriend Girlfriend | Cake: Koko's Cakes | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jacob Clothing | Catering: 10tation Event Catering | Hair: Backstage Hair | DJ: Michael Coombs | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang Black | Bride's Dress: Nicole Miller | Brunch: La Societe | Flower: Sweet Woodruff | Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang Black | Makeup: Madison Beauty Studio | Royal Conservatory Of Music: Royal Conservatory Of Music | Trinity College: Chapel

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Unique Ideas for Kids at Weddings

Call me crazy, but the best weddings I’ve been to have had little ones as guests. The sweetest flower girls and most handsome ring bearers all dressed up in adorable outfits, ready to party. Thanks to the stylings of Sweetheart Events, we’ve got a gallery of inspiring ideas to keep the kiddos not only lookin’ good, but entertained as well. Kelly Brown Photographer captured ALL the cuteness here.

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From Sweetheart Events… With a love of rustic charm, stunning nature backdrops and all things cute I was inspired to do something a little different. Instead of focusing on the bride and groom I wanted to focus my attention on the little ones that attend weddings. Children attending weddings is a matter of opinion; however, I love having children at weddings. They bring a sense of silliness, humour and those special moments that you remember for a lifetime. They are the flower girl or the ring bearer where they get a mere few seconds of attention as they walk down the aisle.

We had Kelly Brown Photographer capturing every detail to perfection. Together with Bespoke Décor Rentals, we brought on a team of Vancouver professionals to collaborate with and showcase the idea of children attending weddings in hopes to inspire future couples on fun ideas they can do their little guests and keep them entertained.

Bespoke Décor Rentals has an entire inventory focused on rustic charm, vintage treasures and unique children props for any event including this incredible John Deer truck and flat bed that we used for the children’s buffet filled with chicken fingers and fries, mac and cheese, veggies, popcorn and cake in a jar for dessert (Wow, right?). Our colour palette was grey, yellow, white and green. We wanted to incorporate the beauty of Southlands Riding Club located in Vancouver, BC and use the acres of property and horse trails as our backdrop.

We started off with invites addressed to the children specifically asking them to wear their best dress or bow tie, bring their pj’s and be prepared for a day of fun. We put together a kids only table with a wooden bench and white floral arrangements with yellow and green lollipops. On the place setting- each child’s names spelled out with cookies, an I Spy game and a custom made pinwheel. Tin Can Studio, a lovely retro camper, came on board to create our children’s activity center filled with games, crafts and red tricycles that later transformed into a slumber party filled with fun Ikea cloud pillows, fluffy white blankets and twinkly lights. We created an option for outdoor weddings where there may not be a bed to put the kids to sleep in and allow the parents to continue the party late into the night. This was such a fun option to create!

Tiny Mr. and Bijou Baby, both local children attire retailers based out of Vancouver, dressed our models. Our girls wore the Siena and Angelina dresses, head jewels and babies breath crowns to complete the look and our boys were dressed with dark grey pants, suspenders, white collar shirts, bow ties and a fedora finished off with a tiger finger puppet boutonniere (adorable).

We added a children’s signature lemonade in glass milk jars with grey and white striped straws that the children swooned over and adorable children size ice cream parlor chairs to create a space that made children feel welcome.

Photography: Kelly Brown Photographer | Flowers: Flowerella | Stationery: MegWhite Designs | Boy's Attire: Bowties/Suspenders/Fedora: Tiny Mr. | Cake In A Jar: Pink Ribbon Bakery | Cookies: The Whisk | Country Club: Southlands Riding Club | Creative Director/Coordinator/Stylist: Sweetheart Events | Girl's Attire: Bijou Baby | Jewel Headband: Olivia | Makeup And Hair: Gems Hair And Makeup | Mason Jars/ Glassware: The Jar Girl | Pin Wheels: Hip Hip Horrah | Retro Camper: Tin Can Studio | Stylist/Decor: Bespoke Decor Rentals

Garden Inspired Estate Wedding

I mean, there’s a ton of fabulous in the details of this next wedding, but I CANNOT get past that Amsale gown! The embroidered full skirt is a major statement in itself, but on a stunning bride and set against a bloom-filled design of lush greens by Ellyn Lilly? The whole look is one that surely belongs on SMP. So without further ado, I give you the gorgeous gallery from Mango Studios and wedding film by faithbooth!

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From the Bride… From the moment we visited the venue, we both fell in love with the property for it’s lush green outdoor space and it’s charming interior. It was an easy decision selecting the Vaughn House at the Estates of Sunnybrook as the venue was beautiful to begin with and it gave us the opportunity to add decor where it was meaningful.

The night before the wedding day I stayed at the Four Season Toronto Hotel because the suites are spacious and large in size, light and airy feeling and not to mention the hotel was designed by my firm Yabu Pushelberg. I was so excited for the big day I actually couldn’t fall asleep.

The morning of the wedding, I jumped out of bed and was filled with excitement and couldn’t wait to start the day! I had my hair and make up done while listening to music and sipping on Starbucks. The first part of the morning was very intimate with just my mom and my sister in the suite and then the girls joined a few hours later to kick start the photography and videography. As I was getting ready, a few sentimental parts of my wedding day was definitely putting on my “something old”. Among a few friends we started a tradition where a vintage handkerchief is passed down from one bride to the next, each bride hand sews in their initials and wedding date and wears it on their day. My “something new” and my “something borrowed” were both things I shared with my best friend. I wore new wedding accessories that I purchased while going together to a Sparkle Event at Pearl Bridal House and the beautiful pair of earrings that I wore were the same pair my best friend wore on her wedding day. My mom wore navy and she was my “something blue” as the day wouldn’t have been complete without having her with me.

I still remember the day I asked my girls will you be my bridesmaids (www.stylemepretty.com/canada-weddings/ontario/toronto/2014/02/27/6-ways-to-ask-your-bridesmaids). Having each and every single one of them stand next to me as Gabe and I exchange our vows to each other couldn’t be more meaningful. My thank you gifts were pretty individually wrapped boxes with matching bracelets and pearl earrings. Gabe gave all his groomsmen black ties, striped socks and personalized engraved flasks. Gabe and I also exchanged wedding cards and wedding gifts on our day. I barely made it through reading his card to me and I was pleasantly surprised with a beautiful clutch. As part of Asian tradition, I surprised Gabe with a timeless watch as his main gift paired with cuff links.

The most memorable part of our day would have to be the exchanging of our vows. With family coming into town from the west coast and having to do a lot of entertaining before the day; we both snuck away to write our promises to each other. I definitely would have to say I felt very emotional during my part but I lost composure when Gabe read out his vows to me. I purchased matching Rifle Paper Co. floral notebooks for us to write in as we wanted to have our vows in a safe place for us to look back to in future years.

With my love for the natural beauty and elegance of greens and blooms, I knew that they would play a huge part of our wedding day. There was a perfect harmony in the loose composition of the floral bouquets and centrepieces paired with blush and gold accents that set the tone for our romantic and timeless wedding look. To add glimmer to the ballroom we rented gold chiavari chairs, added gold-framed table numbers and filled the room with whimsical floral arrangements in mercury glass vases. The absolutely delicious wedding cake and sweets on the dessert table showcased intricate sugared floral detailing that also tied the theme of our wedding together.

The DRESS was everything and more then what I dreamt of when I was a little girl. While in New York for business, I was able to arrange my first bridal appointment. I tried on four dresses but definitely saved the best for last as I knew it was the one. Although I left New York that same day empty handed, right after landing in Toronto, I called local bridal shops to see who carried Amsale Blue Label dresses. Pearl Bridal House opened their boutique on a Sunday just for me and I purchased my dress that day. It was meant to be. The cupcake silhouette and hand-sewn textured flowers is a perfect match to my girlie personality and the dress alone truly, truly completed the look for the entire day.

Photography: Mango Studios | Videography: Faithbooth | Floral Design: Ellyn Lilly | Wedding Gown: Amsale | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ann Taylor | Bridal Boutique: Pearl Bridal House | Bridal Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bridal Veil And Accessories: Pearl Bridal House | Cake & Sweets: Truffle Cake & Pastry | Chair Rentals: Chair-man Mills Inc. | Event Planning & Design: Lisa Ho Studio | Graphic Design : Lisa Ho Studio | Groom Cuff Links: Cartier (Gift From Bride) | Groom Custom Made Shirt: Made Clothing Co. | Groom Shoes: Prada | Groom Tux: Hugo Boss | Groom Watch: IWC (Gift From Bride) | Notebook For Vows: Rifle Paper Co. | Sweets Table Design: : Lisa Ho Studio | Wedding Venue: The Estates Of Sunnybrook

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