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How to Bring the Beauty of Provence to Your Wedding Day

The weekend is nearly here, and we’re celebrating SMP style with an inspiration shoot that will make your heart beat a little faster. ARTIESE Studios, along with an amazing team of talent, put together these dreamy eye candy images and this floral moment and more are all inside The Vault.

From Ruby Refined Events… This lush styled shoot was inspired by the soft and romantic colors of Provence, France. We imagined a modern and stylish couple who had snuck away carefree to elope in the most beautiful place you can imagine. Our venue was Maman Toronto, a gorgeous French café with the loveliest setup. Their plates, glasses, and dessert table setup just made us swoon.

The floral arrangements and bouquet were oh-so-dreamy and contained some of the biggest ranunculi we’d ever seen. The florist used wild thyme, a French herb, in terra cotta planters and in a bicycle basket to create a breezy aura of romance. The stationery and calligraphy were designed on watercolor paper with custom lavender ink to create an Old World look. Our linens were strewn lushly across the tablescape to invoke a carefree and wild sentiment. Stunning handmade soaps with lavender buds and dried flowers were created for the wedding favors.

Our couple was dressed to the nines! Our bride wore a white gown by Pronovias and a lilac gown by Narces, a local Toronto designer. The groom was decked out in a bespoke suit by The Dirty Inc., a local Toronto menswear designer. We loved the lilac, white, grey and navy that our models wore to pull everything together.

All of the stunning moments and details were perfectly captured on film by ARTIESE Studios, giving the entire shoot a warm and ethereal feel.

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Photography: ARTIESE Studios | Floral Design: Sweet Wood ruff | Engagement Ring: Anne Sportun | Hair + Makeup: Aniya Nandy | Stationery + Calligraphy: Post & Plume | Favors: Live and Lather | Venue: Maman Toronto | Bridal Boutique: Ferre Sposa Bridal Boutique | Cake + Desserts: Maman Toronto | Draping: Dream Creation | Earrings: LUVYT | Event Planning + Production: Ruby Refined Events | Female Model: Plutino Group | Groom's Attire + Tie: DIRTY Inc. | Lilac Dress: Narces | Male Model: Gabe Grey | Terra Cotta Vessels + Brass Candlesticks: Sweet Wood ruff | White Charger Plates + Gold Florentine Tray: Plate Occasions | White Dress: Ferre Sposa Bridal Boutique

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This Groom Had a 24 Hour Window to Pull Off the Perfect Proposal

Being in a long distance relationship is not easy. Neither is planning the perfect proposal when you only have 24 hours to pull it off, but with the help of Olive Photography, Andy did. Meeting up in Toronto before heading on a trip through Asia, Andy arranged a sweet proposal followed by gorgeous engagement photos. Fall in love with it all in The Vault!


From Olive PhotographyOn a recent evening my phone started to ring – the call display said the number was from the US. I picked up, and learned of the sweetest thing!

Andy and Viv have a long distance relationship – both living in different states currently. Originally both from California, she moved to New York to be a real estate lawyer and he tours around being a dentist for the military. They were planning a trip through Asia, and they had a one-day layover in Toronto.

Andy wanted to propose on that layover day, and he wanted a photographer to document the happy occasion.

I was SO excited. I can’t even tell you.

Well, being the totally enthusiastic and keen person I am, I immediately started working with him to brainstorm ideas, and we quickly set a plan. I would gather a few items – picnic basket, blanket, champagne, glasses – and help him find THE BEST Toronto skyline view for a romantic site for him to pop the question.

The day approached. Their planes had both arrived in Toronto and they met up around 11:30 am. They checked into a hotel, dropped off some stuff, & explored the city. Meanwhile, I took the ferry to the Island that afternoon and set up the picnic stuff at the site.

At 5:30pm, they took the ferry across and Andy started to lead Viv across the island (saying a friend had said it was super pretty) using the directions I had sent him.

I knew what they looked like (he had sent me a photo), and when I saw them approach I readied my camera.

They arrived at the spot, and Andy made a comment about the strange picnic basket. They walked towards it, and he got down on one knee.

Y’all know what happens next. She was totally surprised in that moment. And I was smiling ear to ear as I photographed the magic happen.

Hugs, kisses, happiness abound!

They then enjoyed some bubbly and some quality time exploring the beautiful scenery as I snapped away to commemorate the evening.

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Photography: Olive Photography | Location: Algonquin Island | Picnic Basket: Bed Bath & Beyond

Learn How To Get the Dewy, Fresh Faced Look Everyone is Talking About

Summer is a great time to play with your makeup routine and maybe give it a little kick in the booty. This dewy complected, bold lip combo is just the beauty booty kick you need. Keri Bette and Teal Minisofer of The Well Styled Life are showing the simple steps to get this fresh for Summer look. Check out the full tutorial shot by Genevieve Renee Photographie below!

This summer beauty look emphasizes a soft dewey skin, a peach sheen eye, soft cheek and a bold pink lip. With an emphasis on the dewey skin and bold lip, this look is perfect for a fresh, fun, feminine look. 

Start by prepping the skin with moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated. Apply primer to the skin, I like Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. Apply your favourite foundation, on Gia we used MAC Studio Finish. Make any corrections to the skin using concealer under the eyes, around the nose and on any blemishes that may be causing any redness to the skin. Finish with a translucent powder.

Apply highlighter to create a dewey, fresh face. I started by using the Anastasia Cream Contour Kit. After blending the cream from the apples of the cheeks across the cheekbone, use the remaining product on sponge and apply to bridge of nose. Then apply Benefit High Beam with a brush, blending in an upwards motion along cheekbones. Do not apply shimmering highlight to any areas other than the apples of the cheek and cheekbones, it will give you a feverish look, as opposed to a glow. If you desire to apply highlight to the nose, forehead, lips or chin, make sure it is a matte product.

Using your favorite brow product, whether it be powder, pencil or pomade, draw a line along the bottom of the eyebrow, following the natural curve of the brow. I used Anastasia Dip Brow with an angle brush for optimal control of my lines. On the top of the brow, create a line from just in front of the arch of the eyebrow to the end of the brow. With your desired product, fill in the brow between these two lines. With the remainder of product on your brush, or light strokes of your pencil, create small featherlike strokes at the very start of the brow, sweeping your tool in an upwards, delicate fashion.

Create a gorgeous cheekbone with contouring below your highlighted cheekbone. Using the Anastasia Contour Powder Palette, I swiped a light brown contour right below the cheekbone with a powder brush. Blend the contour lines up towards the hairline to create a soft finish.

Brush a slight shimmer across the eyelids in a soft peachy pink. Keep the color below the crease of the eyelid, but using a blender eyeshadow brush, stroke the eyelid along the crease to blend the color.

​Using a brown eyeliner, create a thin line from the inside corner of the eye to the outside corner. If you have trouble creating a clean line, use a clean angle brush and draw a line over the existing pencil line. This will smooth out the pencil line and give a nice crisp look.

Choose your bright, spring lip color, I used MAC for my fresh, airy look. Using a lip brush, start applying color at the center of the lip and slowly work towards the corners. Complete with a neutral, pink lip liner to create a soft edge to the lip.

​Complete the look with a swipe of mascara. For weddings, my favorite is Maybeline Waterproof Mascara in Black, you shed those happy tears without worry.

Photography: Genevieve Renee Photographie | Floral Romper: Adorn Boutique | Make Up Artist: Keri Bette | Model: Gia O | Styling & Direction: The Well Styled Life | The Bridal Boutique: The Bridal Boutique

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