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Rustic Glam Ontario Wedding

If rustic decided to take it up a notch and try a little glamour on for size, this is the sort of chic celebration we’d get as a result. Fabulous Occasions added the perfect amount of style to an already gorgeous natural setting and When He Found Her captured every moment of a party that I wish I had been a guest at. Join in as I take notes on mastering this effortless look and pin pics right this way!


From The Bride… Jordan’s parents bought the beautiful property in Creemore in 2011, and the moment I saw the property I knew one day I wanted to get married there. Luckily Jordan and his parents loved the idea too.

Even though we were getting married on a farm, we did not want the feel overly rustic. Everything came together so well. The hand made tables from Mode Decor, the ghost chairs, the DIY projects, and the small details made our event spectacular. The flowers from Mode Decor were absolutely perfect too!

All the details and hard labour really made our wedding very personal. I, along with the wedding party handmade the chalkboards, and one of my wonderful bridesmaids did all the lettering. Jordan, our parents and the groomsmen built the the two bars. To make the bars we used barn board from a woodshed we tore down on the property in preparation for the wedding. My mom made the table runners, and Jordan’s mom baked countless batches of cookies for the late night snack and favours. Many of the tables, for example the ceremony signing table, and accent props were found in the barn. It was great to be able to reuse so many authentic pieces.

As many brides do, I struggled deciding between two dresses. Looking back now, the decision seems like it should have been so easy. I absolutely loved my Jim Hjelm dress, it really fit the overall theme. The dress is ivory lace, with a champagne underlay which displays the lace so beautifully. The bridesmaids wore an ombre of grey dresses in completely different styles. We were really happy with how all the dressed came together as well. Jordan and all the guys looked absolutely great in their black suits too!

The looming storm during our outdoor ceremony was initially quite worrisome, but the gentle rumble of thunder and the appearance of the sun made the moment quite magical. Our ceremony was also extra special because Jordan’s Nan was our officiant and we each wrote our own vows.

Jordan and I both love food and wine, so these things were very important to us at the wedding. We couldn’t be happier with our decision to have Food Dudes cater our wedding. So many of our guests have told us that the food was the best wedding food, or best beef tenderloin they have ever had. To chose our wine for the wedding Jordan and I did a lot of research and tastings, and then hosted a wine tasting night to narrow the selections down to the final four which we served.

To end our amazing day, we had a band, The Reklaws play for the dance portion. The dance floor was always packed. Our guests, and Jordan and I did not want the band to stop.

Overall, our day was perfect for us! Jordan and I could have not asked for a better way to start our marriage.

Photography: When He Found Her | Wedding Gown: Jim Hjelm | Stationery: Minted | Catering: Food Dudes | Make-Up: Julia Church | Band: The Reklaws | Decor & Flowers: Mode Function | Full Planning: Fabulous Occasions | Ghost Chairs & Charger Plates: Chair-man Mills | Hair & Make-Up: Allana Mirza | Tent: Happenings Party Rental | Valet: Gatsby Valet | Venue: Private Farm | Video: Red Letter Day

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Surprise Proposal: He Said Yes

If this couple looks familiar to you, it’s because you probably fell head over heels in love with them and their South African rehearsal dinner and wedding (which were both proudly featured on the pages of SMP). Well that love is just going to get deeper. Brace yourself, and prepare to cry in the best possible way (I still have tears running down my cheeks as I type). Because this proposal video from Vincent + Theo Studios? This is what it’s all about, folks.

From Ruby Yeh…This past spring, I was fortunate enough to be part of an incredibly heart-warming and unique moment: my friend Vicky proposed to her boyfriend of 8 years. A special events planner and proposal ninja, Vicky used her creativity to ask her boyfriend, Jon, to marry her.

Two years ago, Jon had proposed to her, but at the time, she didn’t feel quite ready for marriage. This year, when she was ready, she decided that she should be the one to do the asking. During a trip to Vancouver to visit Jon’s family, Vicky popped the question.

After spending a night in Seattle at a friend’s wedding, Vicky and Jon drove up to Vancouver to spend some time with his parents. Little did Jon know, the place where many of his favorite childhood memories took place — his elementary school — would also be the place he would get engaged. Family and friends from all over the country flew in for this incredible surprise. A few of the adorable boys from the school even joined in on the plan. After a morning of distractions from Jon’s dad, Jon was led to the school under the pretense that he was there for a Mothers’ Day event. But once he saw Vicky waiting for him under the arches of the school entrance, he realized something special was about to happen.

We lined up along the pews of the school chapel when Vicky appeared with Jon blindfolded. The music was cued, and Jon opened his eyes and walked down a personalized “memory lane”: Vicky had created posters for each milestone of their relationship, from the first time he serenaded her (Area Codes by Ludacris was the song of choice), to the day she asked for his parents’ blessing. At the end of the aisle, Vicky popped the question – only to have Jon say, “No”. He instead got down on one knee and insisted that he be the one to ask her. Jon’s father stepped forward with the ring Jon had chosen two years ago for Vicky, and proposed.

The couple has since married in South Africa (wedding here and rehearsal dinner here), where Vicky grew up. They live in NYC where Vicky is a special events planner at A Modest Proposal and Dinner Bandits.

Videography: Vincent + Theo Studios | Proposal Planning: A Modest Proposal (the Bride) | School: St. George's School

A Berry Hued 30th Birthday Bash

Thirty Years is a reason to celebrate. And I say go big. Ashley Lindzon Events clearly had the same philosophy when she set out to plan a berry hued bash for her big 3-0. With photography by Mango Studios, a whole lot of goodness happening with blooms by Fuscia Designs, and calligraphy on pomegranates (pomegranates!) by The Lettering Studio, this is just the kind of party we dream about.

As a wedding and party planner, I was excited at the opportunity of planning my own party to celebrate my 30th birthday.

I wanted to throw a feminine and flirty brunch for my friends and couldn’t resist adding some cute little details along the way. The colour palate chosen was all berry hues – navy, deep reds, bright pink, pale pink with rose gold accents.

My favorite details were the pomegranate place cards used at each place setting and the gorgeous bold red detailed birthday cake.

Photography: Mango Studios | Floral Design: Fuscia Designs | Cake: Nadia & Co | Stationary: Paper And Poste | Calligraphy: The Lettering Studio | Chairs: Detailz Chair Couture | Planning: Ashley Lindzon Events | Rentals: Event Rental Group | Venue: Brassaii