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Elegant Ontario Wedding

This is a day that starts out with a pair of gorgeous glittery gold peep toes and just never stops being fabulous.  From the stunning fuchsia dotted blooms from Flowers Talk to the exquisite stylings of Dahlia Decor to the non-stop awesomeness captured by Joel Bedford Photography, it’s a wedding that perfectly mixes traditional details with rustic stylings and everything in between.  See it all here.

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From The Bride… Saeed and I got married on the first day of the most beautiful summer. I have to say I’m a little biased… and even though our wedding has come and gone, I truly feel as though it will always remain our “best day ever.”

During the initial stages of planning, we knew a few things for certain: Who we wanted to photograph our wedding, and where we wanted to have it. The rest fell into place over the next year of planning (and countless hours on pinterest..duh!)

My main inspiration for the wedding came from our trip to Cinque Terre, Italy, where Saeed had proposed a year earlier. The colors, the smells, the people, the history…everything about cinque terre was a surreal dream. I wanted to bring a little bit of that back and pay homage to it on our special day.  Our dessert table was reflective of this. I gave Lidia of Petite Event Co and Catherine of Catherine’s cakery my vision and they brought it to life!

Our wedding incorporated a little bit of our cultures, and since Saeed and I grew up in Canada, we wanted to modernize it as well as include parts of our traditions that we felt represented us. The Persian table ceremony (sofreh Aghd) took place on the roof overlooking the beautiful chateau laurier and the canal. The design and execution of the ceremony table was the most challenging aspect of planning our wedding, mainly because I had to educate myself on the custom, source all supplies, and of course, make it my own!

We designed and printed our own invitations, this I have to credit to Saeed for the endless hours he spent creating them. The invitations sparked our love for blackboards which we used quite a bit at the wedding! (Despite our parents telling us they looked like invitations to a funeral.)  We further personalized them by adding our own envelope liners. There were a lot of DIY elements to our wedding as well. The centerpiece birch boxes with gold glitter, the gold vases on the buffet table, the place cards and personalized thank you cards were all made with love. Instead of a sign-in book for the guests, we wanted to do something a little different, something that represents our love for travel. We had our guests sign a beautiful map of the world which we framed in a frame we hand painted gold to match our color scheme. This would serve as piece we could include in our home as a beautiful memory of our friends and family. In and around as well as outside our tent, on cruiser tables and orchard boxes, we also had several frames with our favorite love quotes. I chose quotes that best signified my feelings for Saeed.

We wanted to make sure our guests were going to have an unforgettable night, as well. We did this with some of our favorite things. First, we hired a sushi chef to make sushi on the spot for our guests during cocktail hour; this is how Saeed and I met… you could say we love sushi, A LOT. Second, we rented an old school carnival popcorn machine. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but put a bag of popcorn in front of me, and I will devour it! Lastly, we hired a caricature artist. It was completely unexpected, and people had so much fun with it! Not to mention, they each received a unique keepsake that they took home at the end of the night.

There were so many incredible moments during our day. Saeed and I had our first look earlier on, along with only our photographers and two best friends. I wouldn’t change this for the world! I managed to get most of my messy crying out of the way (Phew!!!). It was also important for me to have a first look with my dad, and I’m grateful for the moment we had together when it seemed like no one was watching.

Our first dance was emotional, but it was the last dance that really made me realize just how crazy lucky we were. At that point most of the guests had gone home, and the only people left were our closest and bestest friends. Saeed and I were slow dancing to Aladdin’s “A Whole New World”… obviously our favorite movie. Before I knew it our friends were all dancing in a closed circle around us singing a whole new world to us in sync and yet so out of tune. It was truly the most amazing moment of the night!!!

The day could not have gone so perfectly without our incredibly talented vendors, some of which went above and beyond what was asked for, and we will forever be grateful to them!  Joel and Justyna of Joel Bedford Photography are a mind-blowingly talented team that has a way of making you feel so comfortable even when you’re out of your element. We had SO much fun with them taking pictures that I didn’t care that my dress got so dirty before I even walked down the aisle! Lidia of Petite Event Co. masterfully created our beautiful dessert table, as well as some other décor aspects of our wedding. She is so talented, yet remains so humble. My hair and makeup team were superstars!

Everyone came together that day to help out in any way they could. You truly feel like the luckiest person. One of the best feelings in the world (besides eating a huge bucket of popcorn) is to be surrounded by people who are willing to travel near and far to be by your side, to watch you commit to the love of your life. We are so darn lucky!

Photography: Joel Bedford | Wedding Gown: McCaffrey Haute Couture | Cake: Catherine's Cakery | Catering: Les Grillades | Make Up: Faces By Noah | Hair: Kirsty MacDonald | DJ: In Touch Media | Decor: Dahlia Decor | Florals: Flowers Talk | Sweets Table: Petite Event Co. | Venue: National Art Centre

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It starts with the amazingly orange shoes and then, just when you think it can’t get any better, it does. In a big way. Seen through the lens of Joel Bedford, this wedding is simply stunning from start to finish – and will have you pinning the day away in this gorgeous gallery.

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From Joel BedfordWe are so thrilled to have photographed Pam + Arjen’s jam-packed-family-filled-romantic wedding day. They are an absolutely beautiful couple with loving friends and relatives. The whole day was a whirlwind with one great photo opportunity presenting itself after another. Thank you for having us there!

From The Bride…A year in the making and I can’t believe that our wedding day has finally arrived. Today is the beginning of our story as I’m marrying my partner in crime, my best friend and my love. Who would have though, May 31/2014, a perfectly sunny day, 25 degree celsius… and there it was in all its glory. A perfect day in a dreamlike location; we couldn’t be happier. I designed the entire day myself and Grace executed my vision beautifully!

Suddenly, you realize that time is flying: he looks dashing in his grey suit and friends and family have gathered to celebrate us. I’m nervous but excited and so is he. Soon enough, the ceremony is over, the music starts and the guests are enjoying the scenery and delicious hors d’oeuvres. The truth is that there many blurs about our special day; everything happens so fast and when you blink, the night is over. Although you work at striving for perfection on your wedding day, the reality is that there are always small glitches. However, the irony is that the wedding is still perfect. Perfect because we were surrounded by love, laughter, joy and fun! Those are the memories Arjen and I hope to remember for the rest of our lives.

On May 31 2014, I married my partner in crime, my best friend and my love.

Photography: Joel Bedford | Wedding Planner: Grace Mayele | Wedding Gown: Pronovias From With Love Bridal | Make Up: Mandi Hutchinson | Hair: Hair Designs By Paula | DJ: Ches Grant | Florals: Ottawa Flowers | Sweets Table/Dessert: Fedilice | Venue: Le Belvedere

Whimsical Styled Shoot in Ontario at The Doctor’s House

Vibrant, bright and filled with happy details – this shoot from Heppily Ever After WeddingsRomance Flowers and Sandy Tam is an instant mood lifter. Just try to take a look at this gallery and not smile, I’d say it’s basically impossible. See for yourself here.

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From Heppily Ever After WeddingsWhen thinking about weddings, all too often we turn to the long flowing lines that reflect our most memorable fairy tale dream. Centre pieces showering guests with candlelit flowers, tastefully rolled napkins coupled with ornate rings all bringing life to the circular table where guests enjoy an evening of celebration. Why do we still turn to the past? I have always loved fairy tale weddings. Marriage is about two people coming together. Two people, who may be soul mates, coming from different molds, backgrounds and cultures. When coming up with a vision for this styled shoot, Sandy (Sandy Tam Photography) and I envisioned marrying the modern with the traditional. We were inspired by the more modern three dimensional geometric style where flowing lines would be replaced by strong angles. Where the traditional color palette would be replaced by very bold colors, including wild orchid (Pantone’s 2014 color of the year) and yellow. Where better to show this vision than a classic, very traditional venue, The Doctor’s House in Kleinburg, Ontario. Our vision, geometric shapes and patterns, was captured perfectly by Sandy. Her love for natural lighting was fulfilled in this beautiful floor to ceiling window-filled room.

The beautiful bridal gown was provided by none other than the talented Ines Di Santos. The criss-cross pattern on the dress lent itself very nicely to the geometric theme of the day, making it an unparalleled addition to the shoot.

Betty, from Bridal Secretary, truly reflected the beauty of the dress in her hair and make-up creation. By integrating the floral inspiration into her hair accessories, she was able to counter the strong lines of the geometric patterns by introducing soft waves in her hair and an angelic glow in the makeup that complemented the vision wonderfully.

The simple but bold cake was provided by Anna from Ginger’s Cupcakes and Desserts. The simple white cake was contrasted by the boldness of the wild orchid and yellow geometric shapes. The bold shapes of the cake were easily reflected in the cookie bar where guests were offered a selection of their childhood favorites. When thinking of cookies, nothing complements a cookie better than a glass, or in this case a shooter, of white or chocolate milk. Merging flowers into a strong geometric vision was accomplished by Romance Flowers. She infused softness by adding a floral chandelier which very graciously complemented the square table-scape. Michelle, from Romance Flowers, also added green grass spheres for a whimsical touch.

I love incorporating personal touches wherever I can in a wedding. It makes it more unique and catered to the couple. I demonstrated my passion for this by making each of the geometric solid boxes for the thank you favors as well the wall-art showcased behind the cookie bar. Finding little do-it-yourself projects is the most effective way of adding that personal touch.

The styled shoot came together beautifully and we couldn’t have imagined working with a better team. Reflecting on the geometric theme of the shoot, the solid lines, the contrasting colors and the patterns evident throughout the décor, it is easy to see how merging modern with classic has a place in todays’ weddings. Here is to marriages of all shapes and sizes!

Photography: Sandy Tam | Wedding Planner: Heppily Ever After Weddings | Floral Design: Romance Flowers | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Cake: Ginger's Cupcakes And Desserts | Invitations: Sandy Tam | Hair And Make-Up: Bridal Secretary | Venue: The Doctor's House

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