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Cozy, Candlelit Lodge Wedding

Ally and Christian’s wedding on the shore of Nita Lake is the very reason I love fall affairs so very much. Anchored in a rich moody color palette with a cozy lodge setting and a candlelit dinner, it’s a perfect ode to the autumn season with romantic touches from vendors like Maurelle Calligraphy. Go see all the pretty that awaits in the gallery from Melia Lucida.

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From the Bride…I never grew up believing that there was a perfect partner out there waiting for me. But, after my second date with Christian, looking into his eyes, it felt as if we had always known each other. A week, and three more dates later, and we were inseparable. Since then, a little over five years from our first date, we have only been apart for a handful of days. And, the fact that it pains me to remember each and every one of those days, shows me that there is in fact a perfect partner and that I had found him.

After a classically inspired engagement at the stunning Rosewood Hotel Georgia, I started planning our big “rustic-elegance” themed wedding day. The most important factor, however, was that I did not want a prolonged engagement. But, even I did not realize how short our engagement was going to be until I fell in love with the location, and learned that their only availability was less than five months away. And, since Christian and I were budget-conscious, and were taking on our wedding planning to cut costs, it was quite the task we gave ourselves!

After far too many three-hour roundtrip drives to the venue, and a number of long and stressful decision-filled days, with the help of our amazing vendors, our vision came together. The day was rustic and romantic, yet elegant and timeless. Even the weather cooperated just long enough for our outdoor ceremony, and our photo session. The wooden vineyard chairs and log-rounds, aged-gold touches throughout, and textured linens and menus, all tied together by incredible florals that were heavy on greenery, and featured hints of blush, and a Protea to honor my South African heritage, made for a seamless and magical day! And, as the staff at the Lodge later recounted to us, the venue was completely transformed!

On the big day, my bridesmaids and I got ready on-site in the stunning Rainforest Suite at the venue, while Christian and his groomsmen got shaves in a suite at the other end of the Lodge. While the day flew by, I will never forget sharing our first dance on the patio, overlooking the lake, while a light mist started to come down. And, just as we were sharing a kiss, my husband’s family surprised me with a breathtaking fireworks display that rounded out what was the most amazing day of my life, and was the perfect start to our lives together!

Christian and I are taking a few months to enjoy our newlywed life, and then we will be heading off on our honeymoon to Rome and the Amalfi Coast of Italy!

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Photography: Melia Lucida, Photographer​ | Design: Taffete Designs | Styling: Gumboot Glam | Floral Design: Celsia Florist | Cake: Ganache Patisserie | Catering: Nita Lake Lodge | Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman | Hair: Jasmine Hoffman | Calligraphy: Maurelle Calligraphy | DJ: Like You Just Don’t Care | Groom's Attire: Ermeneglildo Zegna | Groomsmen's Attire: Indochino | Venue: Nita Lake Lodge | Bride's Earrings: Nordstrom | Bride's Necklace: Minichiello Jewellers | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Olive + Piper | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David's Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Louboutin | Day-Of Coordination + Decor: Celebrate Events | Decor: Taffete Designs | Décor: Bespoke Decor | Event Rentals: Event Rental Works | Fireworks: Whistler Fireworks | Groom's Hair: Kurt Hoffman | Hair Accessories: The Borrowed Collection | Invitations + Wedding Website: Minted | Reception Music: Musos Entertaiment | Wedding Dress + Veil: Manuel Mendoza

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Channel Your Inner Princess with This Castle Wedding Inspiration

The word ‘beautiful’ barely does justice for this inspiration from Myrtle et Olive. It’s ethereal and elegant, yet totally approachable and completely chic, and we’ve got every bit of it captured by the incomparable Kurt Boomer waiting paitently for you in The Vault!

From Myrtle et OliveWe strived to create a royal, old-world romance inspired look that merges seamlessly with the Castle and perfectly manicured gardens and grounds of the venue. Refined décor details such as oversized ornate candle holders, antique gold glassware and dupioni silk were added for the feel of elegance. For our floral palette, we juxtaposed the decadence of burgundy and hazel hues that are so in abundance during the fall season of the year with the softest neutral hues. We sought to create a celebration that is truly timeless and utterly classic where one will look back and fall in love with again and again. We worked with the incredible Written Word Calligraphy to craft one of a kind paper goods and details, including custom illustrated programs wrapped in raw silk from FrouFrou Chic, horizontal metallic “Godiva” inspired menus and luxury, embroidered monogram napkins graced on the most delicate dinnerware by Arte Italica from Vancouver-based decorative furnishing, Chintz and Company. You can swoon over the stunning romantic, ethereal Reem Acra gown with an embroidered top and light, refined chiffon to create a serene, graceful ambiance as the bride wonders the garden and hidden places of the castle…

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Photography: Kurt Boomer | Event Design: Myrtle et Olive | Floral Design: Myrtle et Olive | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Wedding Dress: Blush Bridal & Special Occasions | Cake: Cake By Nicole | Stationery: Written Word Calligraphy | Jewelry: The Borrowed Collection | Hair + Makeup: Carol Hung Artistry | Venue: Hatley Castle | Decor: Chintz & Company | Furniture: Art of the Party

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A Rustic-Glam Wedding With Shades of Blush

There’s no denying that Dagmar and Dave’s wedding was a gorgeous celebration, but it’s the heart behind their day that speaks volumes. In the words of the bride, “wedding planning is for now, marriage is forever. After the big day, it’s not what you are left with but who you are left with that really counts…if you are as lucky as I am, it will be your best friend.” Each detail crafted by Ooh La La Designs echoed this sentiment and Karina Anne didn’t miss a beat behind the camera.

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From the Bride… Dave and I met at 14 and married at 28….Half of our lives have already been spent together. After 10 years of friendship, we finally realized that what we were looking for was right in front of us all along.

For our wedding, we really focused on soft pinks and peaches, with lots of natural greens and a subtle mixture of silver and golds. With the help of Kelly and Angelica, along with twinkling fairy lights, candles, moss, and greenery – we were able to achieve the whimsical, soft and romantic atmosphere that we had envisioned.

David and I have been fortunate enough to travel together and create some of our favorite memories all over the world. We really wanted to incorporate that into our theme – for example, our guests signed a globe rather than a book, and our favors were airplane bottle openers for the guys and compass coasters for the gals. Also, because we were engaged in Barcelona, we included a Paella dish into our dinner menu.

David and I are also blessed with incredible friends and family that have provided a beautiful example of love and marriage over the years. To honor this, and celebrate all the love present on our special day – we added the wedding photos of our family and friends at the end of each pew at the ceremony. Being able to see our guests recognize their own wedding photo at our ceremony was really special.

My gown was the perfect combination of romance and glam. The beadwork was so beautifully embellished and the silver-ivory color was perfectly unique. My flowers perfectly incorporated the soft details of my bridesmaid dresses, being champagne, soft peach and soft pink – the playful mints and leafy greens added the perfect romantic touch. I was also able to attach two tiny frames with pictures of my two grandfathers, who were able to walk me down the aisle in spirit. We did not have a traditional cake, but rather a cheese wheel cake decorated with figs. Anyone who knows my husband knows how much he loves cheese, so it was well suited!

My advice for other couples is that wedding planning is for now, marriage is forever. After the big day, it’s not what you are left with but who you are left with that really counts…if you are as lucky as I am, it will be your best friend.

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Photography: Karina Anne Photography | Floral Design: Ooh La La Designs {floral & style studio} | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Stationery: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Bracelet: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Hair + Makeup: Darling Makeup & Hair | Favors: Wedding Favours Canada | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Venue: Honsberger Estate | Kimonos: Cherry Qiu | Linen Rentals + Draping: Simply Beautiful Decor | Table Numbers + Cake Topper: Brawox | Veil: Vera Wang

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