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A Wedding That Brings Gatsby Glamour Outdoors

We love a bride that takes wedding risks – and this lady right here did just that when she booked Kurtz Orchards as her wedding venue before ever setting her sight on it in person. And oh are we glad she grabbed it up when she did because it was host to one glam Gatsby-inspired soiree. Ooh La La Designs and KJ and Co. are key players in making our Monday mighty fine and with Andrew Mark and Raw Media capturing it all, this joy isn’t leaving anytime soon – see it all in our Vault this way!

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From the Bride… We can’t tell you how happy we are with our wedding! From the moment we got engaged we knew we wanted a unique outdoor location. When we stumbled upon Gracewood Estates (online) in the winter time we knew it would be perfect. With very few dates left and having never even visited the venue, we booked our date during the winter for the following year in summer of 2015. When we decided to visit the venue on Mother’s Day, not only was Gracewood Estates everything we hoped it would be and more, but picturing our wedding day and showing our families where we would be getting married the following year, made that Mother’s Day truly special for us.

While planning our wedding we knew that we wanted certain vintage and Gatsby-like elements, so we ended up hiring a wonderful New Orleans-inspired band (Patrick Tevlin Band) that really delighted our guests and got them to dance. The men wore tuxedos and the bridesmaids wore cream cocktail dresses to complement the overall gold and cream coloured theme. We really wanted the wedding day to be elegant, fun and light hearted. So we kept our ceremony short and breezy by having it outdoors in the orchard lined with pear trees. Getting married outdoors felt like something out of story book. A few of our favourite moments from the wedding day include spending time with my father on the porch before walking down the aisle. It’s a moment I’ll always cherish. Followed by walking down the aisle to the live instrumental version of a song we always dance to at home. Now every time we hear our wedding song it brings us back to our wedding day and we continue to dance. Waking up in the morning and going outside prior to arriving at the venue was also truly peaceful. It seemed like no one was on the streets nearby as the birds chirped and the sun came out.

Being able to incorporate certain details throughout the day also made everything even more special. I wore my grandmothers necklace for the ceremony and carried a handkerchief my mother gave me when I was younger. Vas gifted me beautiful blue earrings as my “something blue” and I gave him a Hugo Boss watch so that he may wear it and think of the special memories years from now. During the ceremony we also gave both of our mother’s a rose to signify how important they are to us. Throughout the cocktail hour and reception we displayed photos of relatives that could not be with us and I attached my grandmother’s vintage rose pin to my flowers as a way to keep her close to me.

We couldn’t have had such a beautiful day without the help of our wonderfully talented vendors. Our florist Kelly (Ooh La La Designs) was always so helpful and a true visionary when it came to designing the wedding and the overall concept we envisioned. She came up with ideas we hadn’t even thought of and brought everything to life. Our band was a joy to listen to during the cocktail hour as we strolled through the gardens and sat down to dinner. They really made us feel like we traveled back in time to a different era. The decor and the rentals that were used also contributed to making every little detail special and unique for us. Our guests enjoyed being able to use fans and parasols as they strolled through the property.

We are very happy that our photographers were able to capture all of this and more throughout the day, because without them we definitely would not have seen moments like our parent’s laughing and (finally) relaxing after the ceremony or dancing up a storm later on in the evening. We couldn’t have planned any part of the day without the wonderful help of our coordinator Laura Scott (Tula Events) who was with us every step of the day and made sure everything ran smoothly and on time. The lovely ladies at Gracewood Estates also ensured all of our needs were met and went above and beyond when it came time to work on all the details. Our wedding video was also something that meant a lot to us, being able to hear the vows and all the sights and sounds of the day is something that we’ll cherish forever.

One thing we recommend to all future brides and grooms is to not worry about the small stuff. Things happen on your wedding day that may not go according to plan, but in the end, no one else notices and those small things won’t matter. Years from now you’ll look back and laugh.

Our photographers took us away during the sunset and it not only made for some beautiful photos, but it gave us some time to enjoy the fact that we just got married. As we look back on our wedding day we can’t believe that it’s over and we’re thankful for everyone that was apart of it and made it so special.

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Photography: Andrew Mark Photography | Cinematography: Raw Media | Coordination: Tula Events - Laura Scott | Floral Design: Ooh La La Designs {floral & style studio} | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero - From New Bridal | Toronto | Cake: Willow Cakes and Pastry | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair + Makeup: BlushPretty | DJ: Maximum Music DJ Service | Groom's Attire: Andrews Formal | Groomsmen's Attire: Andrews Formals | Officiant: Enduring Promises | Ceremony Music: Niagara Region Musicians Association | Venue: Kurtz Orchards | Bridal Boutique: Maggie Sottero - From New Bridal | Toronto | Bride's Gold Shoes: Louis Et Cie | Bride's White Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Earrings: Swarowski | Linen Rentals + Chairs: Simply Beautiful Decor | Photo Booth: Hot Shotz Photobooth | Reception Music: Patrick Tevlin Music | Rentals: KJ And Co. | Transporation: Double Deck Tours

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Peek Inside a Fashion Blogger’s Bridal Shower Brunch!

To say we’re obsessed with Steph of SS LIFE + STYLE is putting it lightly. She’s one of our favorite ladies in the blogosphere and today we’re lucky enough to peek inside her insanely pretty Toronto bridal shower. Inside the gallery from annawithlove you’ll find dreamy tablescapes, cascading florals, and a dessert bar worth drooling over. Want to get the look? Read on for Steph’s tips to create a photo-worthy bridal shower.

From SS LIFE + STYLE… Hosted by my mother Voula, we celebrated my bridal shower at my favorite restaurant in Toronto, Colette Grand Café, on a sunny spring morning in April. I couldn’t help myself but to get involved with planning my shower (even though it isn’t always customary to do so), but any excuse to plan something pretty with my favorite vendors and I am in! Blame it on the blogger in me, but creating and styling pretty vignettes is just pure happiness! Since our upcoming wedding will be all black and white, this was my time to have fun with feminine details and a rose palette.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted with mimosas – fitting for a bridal brunch! The light poured in to the windows of the pavilion on the gorgeous sunny morning, illuminating the room.

Each guest was seated at long harvest marble tables, laced with calligraphy place cards and customized menus to match the invitations created by Paper & Poste. The florist, Lisa Gray of Sweet Woodruff, created a gorgeous tablescape of candles, peonies, garden roses and foliage. I love that Lisa of Sweetwoodruff pulled inspiration for the décor from the invitations created by Paper & Poste – including my love for blooms, rose gold and grey. We took advantage of the beautiful bouffet wall unit inside the pavilion and incorporated it into the décor, styling my favorite photos of my fiancé Neal and I, printed in black and white to personalize the space. Lisa brought the shelf to life with gorgeous, elaborate arrangements in rose gold vases, which gave it such a lush feel.

Tips for Creating a Photo-Worthy Bridal Shower

Fresh Blooms | Flowers are a must! It makes any vignette that much more photogenic and adds natural beauty and fragrance. How to incorporate it: centerpieces, giveaways, cake topper, flower crowns, garlands – go wild! No one will ever say, “there were too many flowers” because there is no such thing! *Wink*

All in the details… | Paying attention to the little details like place cards, menu etc. can really personalize your event. Take up a calligraphy class with your bridesmaids and make a fun night out of creating your shower place cards, or find cute a printable online!

Just the Right Light | Choose a venue or space that has a lot of natural light and windows for your event. This will aid in better photography and make all of your décor and hard work look gorgeous!

Something SweetYour cake or sweet table can be used just as much as part of your décor, as it is to feed your guests! I have always loved naked cakes and macaron towers, but you can include any kind of sweets (maybe it’s homemade pies with cute toppers, or cake in a jar with glitter spoons etc.). I kept all of the sweets white to fit in with the décor and personally reflect my style, and requested my favorite flowers to decorate around them. They weren’t just something to eat; they were also pieces of art to look at!

From Sweet Woodruff… We wanted the look to be soft, sophisticated and feminine so we started with a simple and muted colour palette of white, blush and grey. We incorporated natural oatmeal and blush colored linens to complement the beautiful French Bistro setting.

For the tablescape we scattered delicate glass and rose gold bud vases filled with soft romantic spring flowers like lilac, peonies, roses and pieris down the table.

To complete the look we layered lush garden-inspired arrangements in the bookshelf as a focal point.

Guests enjoyed a delicious three-course brunch – a choice of quinoa pudding or salad for appetizer, followed by a choice of lemon ricotta pancakes, omelet or grilled turkey club on a pretzel bun. A sweet ending included fresh fruit and fine petite cakes. Following this was a delightful moment with the firecracker candle on the gorgeous “naked cake” created by The Wedding Cake Shoppe. We went with a carrot cake with cream cheese icing – my favorite, accompanied by delicious vanilla macaroons, plucked off the two towers on the sweet table made in-house by Colette.

In between foamy latte sips, mimosa clinks and brunch chatter – my mother, who invited my mother-in-law and myself up with her, so sweetly thanked everyone for coming and offered a bit of wisdom with a toast. My mother (also known as my “momager” – thank you, Kris Jenner) has been with me every step of the way in my wedding process, always making it enjoyable and helping me put together all the details. The shower was our day to just relax and soak it all in.

My groom-to-be, Neal, popped in at the end, with beautiful roses for both of our mothers and myself – a gentleman always! Sweet Woodruff also set up a beautiful “flower market” inspired station for guests to take away as gratitude, tied with a thank you note from myself, created by Paper & Poste. My love for blooms (especially Parisian flower markets) runs deep and I wanted to lace this through every detail of the shower, from the invites to the tablescape to the giveaways.

It meant so much to me to have all the women I love in one room, taking time out of their day to shower me. I felt truly grateful, especially to my sweet friend, Anna of annawithlove photography (who is 7 months pregnant at that!), for capturing the day for me in such a beautiful way.

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Photography: annawithlove | Floral Design: Sweet Wood ruff | Dress: Mrs. Self-Portrait | Cake: The Wedding Cake Shoppe | Invitations: Paper & Poste | Makeup: Lauren | Hair: Lauren | Venue: Colette Grand Cafe | Blogger Bride: Stephanie Sterjovski | Macaron Towers: Colette Grand Cafe | Menus: Paper & Poste | Place Cards: Paper & Poste

Proof Rain on Your Wedding Day Leads to Pretty Things

It’s decided, this couple has the cutest history ever. For their first meeting? In the church nursery as babies. And the celebration that followed years later? Monumental. A day filled with elegance, raindrops, and endless love, When He Found Her and Paperback Films captured it all to share. See it all in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Anthony and I met each other in high school although, as my parents remind us, our first official meeting was in the church nursery as babies. While we dated in high school, it wasn’t until we reconnected as adults, that we knew it would be forever. Family means everything to Anthony and I, and when he chose to propose in my childhood kitchen, with my parents and siblings all around us, I couldn’t have been happier. From the beginning of our engagement, we knew we wanted to have an outdoor wedding. I loved the contrast between a natural rustic setting, intertwined with elegant elements such as chandeliers and lush florals. Unfortunately, neither of us are particularly creative, and we quickly became overwhelmed with options for décor. We were so thankful to find our planner, Alexandra of Forever Wildfield. She understood, often intuitively, what we wanted and brought our vision to life. For our colour scheme, we settled on shades of nudes and pastels. When our planner, who was also our florist, suggested Café au Lait Dahlias for our September wedding date, I fell in love with their soft, romantic blooms. These flowers became even more special when Alexandra, who shares our values of sustainability, was able to grow a lot go them in her own wedding garden! For my own attire, I was never much of a believer in the notion that once you found the right dress you would ‘feel it’, but my experience ended up being exactly that. I tried on at least 40 dresses and, although I loved all of them, I always felt as though I needed to keep looking “just in case”. When I found my Lazaro gown, I knew instantly that I had found my dress. I loved the uniqueness of the ruffles and how the beading sparkled but didn’t overwhelm the dress. When I was told that the designer could customize the bodice, to create a strapless version, I knew it was the one. As quickly as we planned our wedding details with Alexandra, our wedding date approached and then it was here! My most vivid memory of the entire wedding day was watching our bridesmaids walk into the ceremony. So much of our day had been based around sunny, warm weather, so when Mother Nature dealt us unseasonably cold temperatures and a consistent downpour the entire day, she threw a wrench into many of our plans. My parents and I stood for the bridal procession, hands linked, watching each bridesmaid step out into the rain, helpers doing their best to keep water off of them as they walked towards the marquee tent, the umbrellas kept catching in the twinkle lights strung in the trees above and the girls were slipping around in their heels on the wet walkway. Yet, despite the chaos, everyone was smiling and laughing hysterically. In a moment filled with so much anticipation and significance, it was truly magical to laugh with the people I love the most. If I had to offer words of wisdom to other brides, it would be that, no matter how much planning you put into your day, there will likely always be something that doesn’t go exactly according to plan. But, as we learned first hand, there is a beauty in these moments and they can create some of the most treasured memories of the day.

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Photography: When He Found Her | Cinematography: Paperback Films | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Patricia's Cake Creations | Stationery: The Invitation Place | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Makeup: Marlene Gordon | Calligraphy: The Lettering Studio | Band: Parkside Drive | Hotel: 124 on Queen Hotel and Spa | Venue: At Home | Bridal Boutique: Dina Alonzi Bridal | Door Rentals: Simply Beautiful Decor | Event Planning, Event Design + Floral Design: Forever Wildfield | Slow Motion Video Booth: 2dhouse | Tabletop Rentals: Plate Occasions

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