Ask anyone who works in the wedding industry, when it comes to planning your own big day, there’s a lot of pressure to make it perfect. But this beautiful wedding planner Bride handled that pressure with grace and it led to one gorgeous outdoor wedding. Don’t miss any of the pretty, captured by Simply Lace Photography and Am Motion, in The Vault!
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From The Bride…As a wedding planner you are always inspired by the latest trends etc. However, for me I have always wanted an outdoor wedding. I like how you can turn simple things into beautiful things. Luckily, I was blessed to have a met my husband now, who also shared the same views. It was also important that our son wasn’t left out of the moment. A southern-rustic feel is what we wanted. Come casual, eat great BBQ and just enjoy in our moment.
With the cultural background that I am from, I wanted something that has yet to be done. We decided on a space that allowed everything to happen in one place. From ceremony, to cocktail to reception. Also the venue being historical site gave us a sense of re-living in old Ontario which was a big thing for us. We liked the rustic-ness of the place. It was opened and airy. Again, simple!!
My favorite wedding moment was the exchange of vows. Funny thing is I’ve always known how my husband felt about me. But in the moment, hearing him profess it not only to me, but God, our families and friends and most important our son just validated it. I felt a sense of rush that I felt the first time we met.
My advice to engaged couples is that once you know the answers to these questions: (1) what kind of wedding do you want (2) who you want to invite (3) When & where you want to get married (4) what is important to you, hire a wedding planner or wedding coordinator. It makes a big difference. It will save you time and stress.
Photography: Simply Lace Photography | Cinematography: Am Motion | Event Planning: Love Laced Weddings | Floral Design: Plush Flowers | Cake: Cakes by Mavis | Catering: Bbq Gourmet | Makeup: Beauty By Phillipa | Calligraphy: Sunkissed Letters | Groom's Attire: Eaden Myles | Venue: Markham Museum | Chairs: Detailz Couture | Day of Coordination: As You Wish Weddings | Decor: Mashed Events
Some may say that ice fishing isn’t romantic, but those people would be, well… wrong. Because if this darling duo is proving anything, it’s that bundling up and braving the elements can be a seriously sweet date night… as long as you have fabulous vendors like Lumiere Luxe and Rhythm Photography on board. Dive into THE VAULT for even more of this hot cocoa extravaganza, cute pup and all.
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From Lumiere Luxe… I have known Michelle since high school and when she asked me to be her Maid of Honour, I teared with happiness. Kelvin and Michelle are perfect for each other. They are down to earth, fun, warm and sweet, and their choice for engagement shoot was no exception.
Ice fishing is Kelvin’s favourite hobby, which has rubbed off onto Michelle over their dating years. After some ice fishing, we created a cozy lounge that was filled with dusty pink and grey pillows, throws and hot chocolate. We also roasted marshmallows and shared the occasion with Michelle’s lovely dog, Hugo.
The celebration was marked with the world-class, award-winning VQA red and white ice wine from Willow Springs Winery, which is no doubt one of the best ice wine in Ontario. Ice Culture also designed letter blocks with the couple’s initials. They even created small glasses for them to keep the ice wine cold.
Hand lettered art was the perfect touch of elegant. Love Lettering created a beautiful signage to remind everyone that there will be two less fish in the sea.
To conclude, the photographer took the couple to enjoy winter activities, such as snowshoeing and sledding.
Photography: Rhythm Photography | Event Planning: Lumiere Luxe | Hair + Makeup: Lorraine Makeup Artistry | Venue: Cook's Bay Ontario | Ice Sculptures: Ice Culture | Ice Wine: Willow Spring Winery | Signage: Love Lettering
This light, airy engagement session is just my cup of of tea because as Cari Zhu Photography said, “When they look back on their photographs years from now, their at-home session will mean so much more to them than anywhere else.” But the most special part isn’t the fact that it’s at-home, it’s the love letters the Bride- and Groom-to-be exchanged and read to one another. Sip on all the sweet moments in The Vault!
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From Cari Zhu Photography
…I can’t even tell you how much I loved shooting this session. This was the first engagement session I’ve shot at my couple’s home and I’m absolutely in love!!! I’m always thinking of new things to try with my couples. My goal for an e-session is not only to achieve authentic and beautiful imagery, but also to create a memorable experience for my couples. I honestly feel like we really nailed it this time!
As much as I love a beautiful outdoor location with water, trees, wind, and that beautiful sunset glow…it’s still hard to beat capturing a couple in their natural state, simply enjoy living and being together. I know when they look back on their photographs years from now, their “at home” session will mean so much more to them than anywhere else.
To make things even more personal, I asked them to write each other a short love letter before their shoot and had them read it to each other…hence the teary eyed bride-to-be! At first they were skeptical – they claim to be non-sentimental people, but I think I’m slowly converting them. Sean even admitted in his letter that it was a great reminder for why they were having the shoot in the first place.
From The Bride…I met Sean in first year university when I went to visit my best friend (and now maid of honour) at her residence. Right after she introduced me and throughout their friendship during university I would keep telling her “you should date him – he’s cute!” but good thing she never took me seriously or followed through on my advice…
Over the years I would see Sean here and there when I was in Toronto visiting my best friend. The thought of dating would never have crossed my mind in a million years as we were both in relationships and living in different cities (me in Waterloo and him in Toronto). But five years later we saw each other again at a friend’s bbq when we were both single and everything just took off from there.
There’s so much that I love about Sean beyond the physical attraction. I love his intelligence and intellectual curiosity, his ambition and goals of self improvement. I love that despite all of his talents and achievements, he’s one of the most humble and modest people I know. He approaches life with a laid back, calm and logical attitude and always manages to make me feel better in a difficult or stressful situation. We share similar life goals and interests like being active outdoors, playing sports or being accountants! But most importantly everything is better when we’re together – I laugh more, have more fun and am a better person because of him. He’s the yin to my yang.
Photography: Cari Zhu Photography | Venue: At Home | Bride's Dress: H&M | Calligraphy + Styling: Cari Zhu Photography | Couch: Urban Barn | Cups: Indigo