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Thrifted Wedding in Ontario

It’s rare that you see a wedding nearly 100% thrifted, refurbished and DIYed look as lovely as this one. Perhaps its that the bride and groom are literally glowing. But it’s also that the details feel so real. So tied to the couple and their family. From the pie bar to the fresh peaches and tractor ride, this celebration – photographed by Contagious Design – is good for the soul. See more righ here!


From the bride…What a day. It was like entering a rustic paradise. Ever since the first stages of planning our wedding we knew our dream was for our day to be full of joy, laughing, and celebration. We have been blessed with so many amazing people who we hoped would have the most wonderful day as they shared in our love. As we narrowed down our hundreds of ideas we realized that a huge focus was on making it a fun event for everyone, that’s why tractor rides, lawn games, music, a campfire, a photobooth, and a chip wagon fit in so wonderfully!

This day was fully thrifted, refurbished, borrowed, or handmade with love by one of our family members or at one of our many crafternoons! Decorating the reception with all of our treasures was led by the groom’s talented brother Nick who coordinated and designed the big day. Mark booked the reception location before he even proposed but it was an easy choice as I lived just down the road and the area was a favourite spot for weekend hikes. Every aspect of Dyment’s Farm was our perfect venue with a beautiful rustic structure that could be layered in lace and fabric flowers to bring to life a vintage and antique lover’s dream.

Photography: Contagious Design + Photo | Videographer: Ryan Geleynse | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Wedding Invitations: Kira Lodder | Ceremony: Rock Chapel United Church | Bridesmaid Dresses: H&M | Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever 21 | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Andie's Boutique | Groom's Attire: Mexx | Groomsmen's Attire: Mexx | Bridal Shoes: Aldo | Brides Ring: Charm Diamonds Centre | Bridesmaid Gifts: Etsy | Bridesmaid's Dress: La Bichette | Bridesmaid's Dress: Andies Boutique | Cake/ Bakery: Dyments Market + Bakery | Farm: Dyments Farm | Flower Girls: H&M | Grooms Rings: Raffi Jewellers | Jewellery: Barry's Jewellers | Ring Bearers: Zara | Veil: She's So Beautiful Boutique | Wedding Catering: Dyments Farm

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Baking Themed Wedding in Toronto

I’m pretty sure this couple has taken the cake for the best wedding “theme” ever – because we all know the fastest way to a guests heart is with donuts! Add to that baking stations on each table, cupcake “bouquets” and tiered wedding cake macarons, and I’m half way out the door to the nearest bakery. With photos from Rhythm Photography and a design by Melissa Andre Events there are More details right here!


From the Bride… I was one of those girls that always dreamed of a beautiful, romantic wedding. The only detail really missing in the picture was my husband. So, as soon as Jon and I were engaged (and our engagement was a long two years), I was up and running trying to put my daydreams into reality. Along the way, I found comfort and help from my family, some great girlfriends, and ultimately my ‘wedding family’ of vendors. The two years flew by so quickly, especially since Jon and I had demanding lifestyles to begin with (we’re an accountant and a banker), and wedding planning was just another element to add to our busy lives.

I knew from the get-go that I wanted a wedding with soft, completely romantic details with vintage subtleties. I found the perfect combination in blush pink and contrasts of light and dark blue. I knew that I wanted to instill a sense of our personality as well. Jon and I both love eating and cooking (for me, baking especially), and one of the very first things we bonded over as a new couple in university was a batch of chocolate-banana muffins that Jon made to ‘woo me’. So it was completely fitting that our wedding would be centered around baking and cooking.

The largest challenge initially was finding the perfect venue. For the longest time, I was stuck on the idea of having an outdoors wedding in the summer. But at a whim, Jon convinced me to try looking at indoor venues, and after one visit, we fell in love with Arcadian Court and Loft, just a 10-minute walk away from our home.

For months, I let my imagination run wild, but I needed structure, and I found realism and epiphany with Melissa Andre Events (MAE). The most magical setting of antique jars; contemporary, but playful stationery; pink and blue hydrangeas; little baking stations with whisks and wooden spoons adorning each table; and a sweet table with ‘cupcake bouquets’ and ‘tiered wedding cake macarons’ could not have been executed without the vision of Melissa Andre and her team, Roxy Zapala of Flower Parade, Isabelle Loiacono of J’Adore Cake Co, Rachelle Saevil and my imagination still gone wild.

Literally, the summer months leading up to the wedding were spent scouring Etsy and Queen Street in Toronto for whimsical, antique items (i.e. the drawers for our place cards, our Chinese / Jewish cake toppers, and many, many types of mason jars for centerpieces and decor); exchanging an abundance of e-mails and calls with MAE, my main means of structure and guidance; and feeling more excited with each day.

Wherever we could, we incorporated a piece of our family, friends or ourselves. Our beautiful ‘recipe card’ invitations were designed by Jon’s high school friend Karl – the most talented graphic designer. My sister made us a ‘recipe box’ for our kissing game and our guest book. Jon’s mom made our 3-tier ‘Wedding Pie’. Jon’s other high school friend Dave performed and sang the song for our first dance. And finally, Jon and I made homemade favors – ‘cakes in a jar’ from scratch for each of our 250 guests. It was a labor of love involving many test runs, but we found solace and support from my sister-in-law, my siblings and my bridesmaid Sabrina, who all helped to tie 250 stubborn pieces of ribbon just a few days before the wedding. Then, in the ceremony Jon broke the glass. we danced the hora, and we held a beautiful tea ceremony to celebrate our Jewish and Chinese backgrounds.

Come the wedding day, I expected to be more emotional, but instead, I was stoic. I almost forgot how to think or feel. Thank goodness for my loving husband, who reminded me to laugh and be playful during our photo shoot and even during our ceremony. The day flew by so quickly, and I could hardly remember to keep my head up high awhile walking down the aisle with my amazing father, or even to tell Jon how much I love him during my speech. Regrets aside, thank goodness for the talented work of Rhythm Photography and Let Them Eat Cake Films for capturing every smile, emotion, nuance and moment, some of which I had already forgotten. It was the most perfect day we could have asked for, complete with perfect weather, and one of the best days of my life. I married the love of my life, we were surrounded by all the people we love and cherish most, and it was an absolute joy to see how genuinely happy they were to celebrate our marriage.

Finally, all it took was just a sip of champagne and the most emotional words from my parents and I was in tears.

Photography: Rhythm Photography | Cinematography: Let Them Eat Cake Films | Wedding Invitations: Karl Chen | Catering: Oliver & Bonacini | DJ: Mint Events - Jon Davine | Officiant: Don Whitty | Chinese Dress: Alice Ko | Day Of Stationary: Rachelle Saevil | Design, Planning & Coordination: Melissa Andre Events | Florist / Decorator: Flower Parade | Flower Girl Dresses: Etsy - Theprincessandthebou | Furniture Store - For Photography Session: Calligaris | Indoor Historic Event Space: Arcadian Court & Loft | Make-up & Hair: Maggie Ng | Nails: At Your Service Mobile Spa | Park - For Photography Session: St. James Park | Pianist / Vocalist (First Dance): David Barnwell | Sweet Table: J'Adore Cakes Co | Tuxedos: Black By Vera Wang (Moores) | Tuxedos: Black By Vera Wang (Moores) | Wedding Cake Toppers: Etsy - Licoricewits | Wedding Dress (Amsale Bianca) & Jewelry, Bridesmaids Dresses (Am: Pearl Bridal House

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Romantic Pastels Wedding On The Toronto Islands

When you sift through a gallery for hours, wishing over and over that you were one of the lucky guests at a wedding, that’s a testament to the beauty of the day. But when you sift through the gallery, feeling every moment, hearing every laugh, crying every cry, that’s a testament to the wedding and to Tara McMullen for capturing the tear inducing day!


From the Bride… Both of us have been living in the city, and the Toronto islands have been our escape from the streets throughout the year. Whether it was heading to the beach in the summer, cycling in the fall, cross country skiing in the winter or bocce balls being thrown around in the spring, it is our local day cottage and we needed a place to continue our memories for our nuptials and future. We lucked out with a heritage church on the island that was built in 1884. It was on the lake surrounded by trees and birds. It was us.

The venue was an old school turned into an non for profit artist’s residence, right off a semi private beach and surrounded by nature. For Kaelem and I this was extremely important. We wanted old, some place that had footprints and a story, we wanted a place that served a purpose for people and not just a hall or building that threw weddings and events. It needed to be more and we were so fortunate to have found Artscapes’ Gibraltar point.

Our wedding theme had to also portray our free and forward way of thinking. There was not a lot of rentals at the venue and having to bring everything with boats and renting gets quite expensive. We decided to source out wholesalers and purchased about 20% of the items and donated it to Artscape, so they have more to offer for future events. We also collected from family and friends jars, vases anything glass we could get to create our terrariums which were the favors for our guests. These plants also have a story as Kaelem brought me an orchid on our second date to teach me how to love it and not kill it, then I can move on to bigger things like boyfriends, husbands and children. We had our bridal party come over to help make them on a Sunday Funday.

I was responsible for the weddings website which had all the details of our boat departures, info of the day, the boat party and any updates.

Kaelem designed our invitations, menus’ and ceremony programs. We had a rustic meets city feel. We had everyones names as a photo card and they had to find it on a bird cage that were suppose to be hanging off a tree, but it had rained on and off on our day that we kept indoors instead. Being a Portuguese and Canadian wedding, food was very important. We had to make sure we had enough food, because my family would have definitely complained, but most importantly we had a suckling roasted pig served as a late night station, a portuguese wedding traditions.

Our flowers were Lavender, SIlver Brunia, Thistle, and Dusty Miller impart tones of greys and purples, accented with whites and greens of Dahlias, Queen Annes Lace, Amaranthus, and Thlaspi Green Bells. The combination of centerpieces arranged in birch wrapped vases, and set atop wooden chargers, table numbers attached to large glass bottles with single stems of Queen Annes Lace, and clouds of Baby’s Breath in glass bottles placed throughout the tables calls to mind the whimsy of a “just picked” field flower bouquet. My bouquet was a combination of orchids, peonies, calla lily, white roses and some hydrangeas. My bridesmaids had baby breath bouquets. Elegant and simple. The groomsmen had baby breath with twiner boutonnieres and the groom has a white rose with twine boutonniere.

We had to somehow keep our love of cycling and being green on our wedding day that we rented a 2 seater quad cycle and put cans at the end of it.
Music was quite important, we had friends of ours play at the ceremony (a pianist and violinist), a dj and a band for the reception and cocktail hour. We had a friend of ours be dj on our night boat party that was on Lake Ontario with the bright Toronto landscape behind us.

We had many friends and family who helped us during our wedding day and prior preparation. I have to also thank my cousin Ellie who was my main day of coordinator. We couldn’t have done this without them.

It rained and we loved that it rained (it made the tent worth it)!

Our friends and family still talk about their experience and how it was one of the most memorable weddings they have been too. They had the time of their lives, and we did as well. We were so happy to show our families how KCDC does it. This day was special because we just did what we do best. Have fun!

Photography: Tara Mcmullen | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Flimore | Floral Design: Peter Pauls Flowers | Cake: Ps By Pretty Sweets | Invitations: Minted And DYI | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew | Event Planning: Ellie Martires | Band: Paul Di Salle And The Terminators | Grooms Attire: Tiger Of Sweden | Bridesmaids Accessories: Accesories By Talia | Catering : 10tation | Make Up : Limor Berman | Outdoors : Toronto Artscape Giblralter Point | St. Andrews By The Lake : Anglican Church | Videographers : Friends From Crush Inc

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