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Glamorous + Classic Vineyard Wedding

You know we love a good DIY and this time around it’s Marta and Giovanni turn to show us what they’ve got. From collecting vintage vases for florals to everything in between, this pair literally did it all and it’s nothing short of inspiring. Laura Rowe Photography captured it all as we witness their boho chic vision come to life and you can see the results first hand in THE VAULT!

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From Laura Rowe PhotographyFrom the moment I met Marta and Giovanni, I was determined to not simply photograph them, but to authentically tell their story. Two ordinary people with an extraordinary love. Their chemistry is addicting, and passion undeniable. They simply get lost in on another and it’s a beautiful thing to witness. Their wedding day reflected their romantic, earthy and organic demeanors, with every element carefully thought out and designed by the bride herself. This was by far one of my most cherished weddings from the season, and I’m grateful to have been invited into their lives to help celebrate their love.

From the Bride… Since weddings are so costly, I was determined to complete and design everything (or as much as I could) myself. From designing and creating our wedding invitation, to picking out fabric and designing each of my bridesmaids dresses, to collecting 200+ vintage vases for my flowers, to designing favor labels and tying each mini jar with beautiful classic grey fabric, to designing and creating the menu cards and table numbers, to hunting down a beautiful large antique frame for seating arrangements – I did it all – and of course I couldn’t do it without the help of my mom and beautiful bridesmaids. This was by far, the largest project/event I’d ever had to coordinate and I was determined to make every detail perfect and in sync with my natural, organic-boho vision.

I was eager to stray far away from the ordinary! Not that ordinary isn’t beautiful – but bridal just wasn’t me ! I was eager to be unique. I pictured a simplistic natural wood barn, loose, fresh-from-the-garden romantic flower arrangements, our closest family and friends, and a whole lot of dancing. And though I never managed to gain my dream barn wedding due to some unexpected issues with my venue, I couldn’t have asked for a better and more perfect day.

I opted for a very soft, natural and simplistic colour palate – white, linen grey, dusty rose, & soft champagne. My style vision was combination of feminine, delicate & natural boho-chic. Every detail was a DIY project to be honest. I spent countless hours organizing, collecting, designing, and crafting.

I was dreaming in wild flowers, and a Fine Medley did an amazing job at making my vision and style come to life in my bouquet and flower crown. (I’d wear a flower crown every day, all day if I could!) I’ve dried both my crown and bouquet as a keepsake and both pieces still look beautiful. When choosing by gown, I had a tough time finding something unique, that wasn’t too ‘bridal’. My maid of honor came to countless dress appointments, until I finally stumbled upon this Tarik Ediz gown. With only few minor tweaks – it was right up my alley!

When it came to selecting favors, we wanted to give our guests something they could put to use – and so we opted for organic maple syrup from Quebec, Ontario! Because let’s get serious – who doesn’t love a good dose of yummy maple syrup? I found small little jars, which we then draped in soft linen grey fabric. We added lavender greens for a natural accent.

My favorite moment was honoring and dancing with my grandmother, who in her late age endured traveling from Poland to spend this special day with me. My favorite childhood memories come from spending summers in Poland with my grandparents. I wanted to express how thankful I was to my grandparents for their love, support and kindness. It’s the one dance I will never forget.

If I could lend other brides some advice while planning, it would be to follow through on your vision despite how challenging it can be. If you’re determined to put a personal twist on each detail – do it. But in the end, remember to be mindful about what the day is really all about.

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Photography: Laura Rowe Photography | Floral Design: Jessica Hunter - A Fine Medley | Wedding Dress: Tarik Ediz | Bride's Shoes: BCBG | Groom's Suit: Zara | Venue: Stonewall Estates Vineyard | Wedding Decor: DIY

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Cultural Wedding Details to Cherish

When it comes to weddings, we’re all about the significance of the ceremony. From cultural traditions that have been carried throughout the centuries, to family heirlooms that have been passed down, it’s the little details that steal our hearts in a big way. Which is why we’ve rounded up a few cultural inspired celebrations that are as beautiful as they are significant and we’ve got them waiting below!

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Elegant + Contemporary Cultural Windsor Yacht Club Wedding

When it comes to a good wedding, love is in the details and that couldn’t be more accurate when describing Kreeshna and Christian’s colorful ceremony. A celebration awash with significance and style, this is one gallery you won’t want to miss. From the Bride’s beautiful sari to the gorgeous purple gowns, Villa Bel Mara captured it all and you can see it in THE VAULT!

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From Villa Bel MaraKreeshna and Christian’s love story is one worthy of representing how far the World has come. Their story proudly shows that love most certainly does not discriminate. Gone are the days when partnerships were heavily reliant on nationality, religion, culture and financial status. As Christian’s father had said, “Who knew that my son, a plumber, would marry an optometrist?”

On their wedding week, they had a cultural ‘Henna night’ and ‘Indian puja (pray-over)’, two consecutive days prior to their wedding. On their wedding day, there was practically two weddings.

The first wedding was a light Indian wedding ceremony at the Windsor Yacht Club in the morning that lasted for about two hours, and this was a shorter version than if they followed the full traditional ceremony. The Indian ceremony colours were mostly warm – reds, beige and golds – with a touch of mint. The bride, her parents, and the groom wore these colours for the ceremony, while the bridesmaids wore white saris and the groomsmen wore traditional suits. Having grown up immersed in a lot of cultural celebrations myself, it was easy to feel in-tune with the ceremony.

For their non-denominational ceremony the colour themes were purple, mint and gold. It was quite emotional and romantic. The bride and groom’s eyes were glimmering with tears of joy and overflowing love. Everyone in attendance were gripped with awe, in such a beautiful combination of cultural saris, gowns and suits. After reciting their vows and sealing it with a kiss, they were loudly cheered on by their guests. It was then time to take their man, wife and entourage photos at the beautiful Willistead Manor. Fall colours made it absolutely stunning, and the bride and groom were starting to relax and appreciate their official marriage.

The reception at Fogolar Furlan Club of Windsor was decorated with a rich combination of purple, mint, gold and clear jewels! The head table’s centre piece were two white branches adorned with purple flowers and gold mesh. In synchronization with their theme, the food selection was either Indian or Western, both very deliciously catered by the venue. The music to complement the mood of the celebration was light and dreamy. Everyone was having a good time, dressed in the latest fashion trends.

Part of the evening included Kreeshna and Christian going around to each and every table, greeting their guests and thanking them for their attendance. This provided the opportunity for us to shoot the bride and groom at each and every table, and as such, we were able to ensure that all guests had their photos taken for the reception. This was my solution to a common problem for brides who are worried about the photographer not being able to include each and every guest in the photos. A wedding reception practice that is commonplace in the Philippines, that was much appreciated by everyone after the wedding!

Overall, the theme for the entire day was a sweet mixture of cultural tones, with hints of contemporary romanticism. We were all equally amazed at the photos, and is definitely a very great first multiple-day wedding coverage our part. Being strongly aware of turn-around time for photos, I ensure that the bride will get the first 6 photos the morning after her wedding. She immediately made my photograph her profile photo on her social network. All her photos were done in under two weeks, and it was very humbling that the response was absolutely astounding. All her friends, families and guests were very happy to see themselves in many of the photos.

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Photography: Villa Bel Mara | Floral Design: Emilie Elizabeth Flowers | Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini Of David’s Bridal | Cake: Windsor Pastry Boutique | Stationery : VistaPrint | Ceremony Location: Windsor Yacht Club | Ceremony Venue: Windsor Yacht Club | Reception Location: Fogolar Furlan Club Of Windsor | Reception Venue: Fogolar Furlan Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: His And Hers Wear And Bridal | Catering: Fogolar Furlan Club Of Windsor | Makeup: Martina Marcon | Groom's Attire: Freeds Windsor | Wedding Venue: Windsor Yacht Club | Decorator: Christine Dufresne | Getting Ready Portraits: Willistead Manor | Hairstylist: Jeanette Dufour | Music: Dons DJ | Photo Booth: October 31 Booth | Photography - Assistance: Nick Carroll