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Rustic Elegant Summer Wedding at La Stella Winery

I legitimately look forward to peony season every year. So hearing that In Bloom Designs preserved them for weeks so that they’d be in their best shape for this gorgeous winery wedding makes me adore these floral designers even more. Kristel Danielle captured the beautiful blooms in all their glory and Stacey and Mike Wedding Videography got all the action on film. See more pretty petals right here!

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From In Bloom DesignsJessica and Brendan were married at a stunning Tuscan-styled boutique winery and chose to have their photos done in the Okanagan Valley’s gorgeous desert and mountains near Lake Osoyoos. The scenery in Osoyoos is breathtaking: the blue of the lake, the rich green vineyards and the natural colors of the desert and sagebrush. To reflect the natural setting, the couple chose colors that were light and airy like blush pinks, crèmes and accented with gold and silver metallics.

To accommodate the Bride’s request for her favorite flower – peonies – Kate with In Bloom Designs preserved fresh cut peonies in cold storage for several weeks after the local season was done and the day of the wedding they were full, fragrant and absolutely gorgeous! All of the flowers were in romantic shades of pink and crème. To complement the lush vineyards, the ceremony arch and reception tables were dressed with long rich garlands of peonies, dahlias and garden roses. Nestled in the table garland were a mix of metallic votives, and little gold stars hung from the ceiling. The Father of the groom made a large marquee sign to serve as the backdrop behind the head table.

Not only did Jessica and Brendan want their reception to be accented with sparkle and shine, they wanted the Bridesmaids to sparkle too. Each Bridesmaid wore a different dress that ranged from all gold, to completely sequined, to a light powder pink, and each also had some sort of sparkle – whether it was the gold of a dress, a rhinestone belt or their diamond earrings. The Groom and Groomsmen’s suits were a deep blue and paired with brown shoes and belts. The deep blue that the Groom and Groomsmen wore perfectly accented the romantic pinks, crèmes and metallics throughout the ceremony and reception.

Photography: Kristel Danielle | Videography: Stacey And Mike Wedding Videography | Floral Design: In Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Essence Of Australia | Invitations: Etsy | Catering: The Chef Instead | Hair: Mauve Hair Design - Roxann Redekop | DJ: Russ Triet Of Affordable Quality Music Services | Groomsmen's Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Wedding Venue: La Stella Winery | Bride's Rings: Peoples Jewelers | Bridesmaid Dress: TopShop | Bridesmaid Dress: Adrianna Papaell | Bridesmaid Dress: Evernew | Bridesmaid Dress: L'ATISTE By Amy | Bridesmaids' Floral Robes: Etsy | Rentals: Okanagan Event Rentals

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Elegant Ontario Lakeside Wedding

Lakeside nuptials are always stunning, but add in the fact that this affair took place in the Bride’s parents’ backyard? Well, let’s just say it takes outdoor celebrations to entirely new level of gorgeousness. A formal affair overflowing with florals, a live Motown band, fireworks and traditional touches, When He Found Her captured the natural beauty of the day here!

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From the beautiful Bride…Our wedding was the most magical day of our lives. My parents’ Lake House on Georgian Bay served as the backdrop for our outdoor wedding and tented reception. The moment we got engaged, we got to planning. I had a very specific idea in mind for the day and with the help of our talented vendors my dream came alive! We wanted a formal wedding; with as many flowers as we could possibly order! From the moment people were escorted down the lane way, they immediately felt the love and beauty that makes the property so dear to us. Our family values tradition, and so the day included many of the same traditions that our parents and grandparents weddings had, including a live Motown band, fabulous seated dinner and traditional vows. Our goal was to create a sensory experience for guests that felt like an extension of the beautiful grounds that served as the venue. The celebration ended with a magical fireworks display I had planned for my new husband!

Photography: When He Found Her, Reid Lambshead | Videographer: Red Letter Media - Scott Dempster | Wedding Coordinator: Tula Events - Laura Scott | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Cake: I Do! Wedding Cakes - Olivia | Stationary: Love VS. Design | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Daniel Et Daniel - Russell Day | Calligraphy: Louis Wint | Officiant: West Minster Chapel At High Park - David Robinson | Venue: Private Residence | AV / DJ: Scotia Entertainment Services - Terry Holdershaw | DJ/ Band: George St. Kitts Band - George | Decor Rental Company / Florist: Mode Function Event Design - Jeffery Crawford | Hairdresser/ Makeup Artist: Jackie Gideon | Shuttle Buses: Kunkel Bus Lines - Connie Wolfe | Tent / Party Rental Company: Happenings Party Rentals - Judy Green Morrill

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Romantic Fall Vancouver Wedding

This Bride, an avid Downton Abbey fan, took the show’s elegant, almost regal style, and ran with it as wedding inspiration, and I must say, she totally rocked it. The finished results are moody and romantic, luxurious and just downright stunning, all captured for us to ogle at by Dallas Kolotylo. See it all here!

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From Dallas Kolotylo Photography“Marsala, the colour of the year for 2015: a naturally robust and earthy wine red, a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.” If you love the colour of the year and romance you will love this wedding!

From the Bride… Our inspiration for our wedding started off with our favourite season – fall. The leaves changing colours and the nature surrounding the season inspired us to choose our colour scheme. As an obsessed crazed fan of Downton Abbey, we used the vintage feel to inspire the décor, with a new-age twist. We wanted to capture the elegance and gracefulness of those times with hints of modern touches.

We woke up to a cloudy and rainy backdrop and immediately started to do the sun dance in the hotel room – glad to say it worked! The sun came out and it ended up being a gorgeous, picturesque fall day. We feel the colours we chose also complemented the venue beautifully. We kept it small and intimate – only close friends and family joined us for the occasion. The venue was so elegant and romantic, everything we envisioned our day to be. The brick complemented the colour scheme and décor and the elegant setting captured the day so beautifully. We wanted to find a way to incorporate family who weren’t able to make it, so we used old photographs in our décor as a tribute to our loved ones.

Food was the most important thing – we wanted our guests to eat well, drink well and enjoy themselves! It was all about keeping the guests happy. Having our wedding hosted by Brix surpassed our expectations – the food and staff were so friendly and professional, and the venue was absolutely perfect for us. We were so lucky to be able to work with such amazing vendors, all truly professionals. My favourite part of the day was dancing the night away to the sounds of Mark Anthony among other Latin sensations while watching my adorable grandparents who have been married for 65 years steal the show by out dancing everyone there.

We exited to a sea of sparklers into a 1938 vintage Buick limo. It was a perfect way to end a romantic fall night.

Photography: Dallas Kolotylo Photography | Floral Design: Flowerz Evan Orion | Cake: Sweetbake Shop Yaletown | Invitations: Best Day Ever Vancouver | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Reformation And Dessy Collection | Hair And Makeup: Jayne Marie | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Groomsmen's Attire: Indochino | Limousine: Vintage Limos | Wedding Venue: Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar | Accessories: Olivia Headpieces | Bird Cage And Frame: Be Spoke Decor | Bow Ties For Groomsmen: Beaux Ties Gastown | Bridal Boutique: Christos - Blush Bridal & Special Occasions | Bride's And Bridesmaids' Getting Ready Robes: Silk And More Shop | Bride's Veil: Blush Bridal & Special Occasions | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Elsa Corsi | Chairs: West Coast Chiavari | Day Of Coordinators: Best Day Ever Vancouver | Flasks For Groomsmen: 144Square Feet

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Blush Alberta Dairy Farm Wedding

For a (b-e-a-utiful) Bride who grew up on a dairy farm near Alberta, this rustic elegant affair was years in the making—cowgirl boots, horses and all. It’s the kind of soiree that’s filled to the brim with sweetness, from the family DIYs to the smiles galore. The ever-so-talented Justine Milton captured the day in such a darling way and you can enjoy it all right here.

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From the beautiful Bride… The theme of our wedding was “rustic country meets elegance ” I love lace and pearls and wanted to incorporate that along with barn wood and rustic handmade decor for my perfect wedding look. The wedding took place outdoors on August 30, 2014 on our family dairy farm outside of Leduc, AB. 150 guests were in attendance. All my ideas my dad and I came up with on our own. We put many hours sanding, designing, and perfecting our crafts. The wedding took 3 days to set up and two to tear down. The tulle, lights and chandeliers were the most time consuming but, were that beautiful elegant touch I was hoping for. The groom and his father also handmade our own 20X40ft dance floor for the tented wedding reception out of 2×6′s and 3/4inch tongue and groove plywood. The thank you gifts were a small burlap sachet with “Love is sweet” stamped on them with M&M’s inside for the bride and grooms initials Matt & Melissa.

For the outdoor wedding ceremony I wanted it to scream romance. From the aisle lined with hundreds of white silk flower petals, to the elaborate handmade birch bark wedding arch complete with handpicked silk florals, to the acoustic ukalalye player & soloist, cousins of the bride. Flower petals were thrown as the bride and groom kissed and made there way back from the aisle as Mr. & Mrs. I wanted pastels for the flowers, soft elegant colours, pearl accents, simple classic dresses for the bridesmaids of course cowboy boots! Growing up on a dairy farm just outside Leduc, Alberta I practically lived in my cowboy boots on my horse, so naturally I needed to wear them under my dress on my wedding day. The boots I chose were ivory with heart cut outs, my dress was strapless, flawlessly fitted sheer lace over satin with a mid-length lace train, complete with a elegant veil with lace trim.

Our getaway car was a 35′ Ford in Periwinkle Blue, restored by the groom and his Father, a treasured family memory. Our wedding featured many guest from around the globe including tho se from Australia, Holland, and even a country celebrity guest Brett Kissel from Nashville Tennessee who sang a few tunes for the bride and groom. My brother and maid of honour sang our first dance song “A thousand years by Christian Perri” this was a very special moment for the us. My groom even surprised me with a song he had wrote called “I’ll be there for you”, which he played acoustically on his guitar. Everyone seemed to kick off their boots and enjoy our down home country wedding!

Photography: Justine Milton | Cinematography: Adam Hlavka | Floral Design: Wonderful Weddings | Wedding Dress: Bridal Debut | Cake: What A Character Cakes | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Catering: Elizabethan | Makeup: Anastasia Korsountsev | Hair: Creativity Urban Salon | DJ: David McBean | Centerpieces, Bar, Cake Stand, Podium, Seating Chart, Arch, Chan: Handmade By Bride And Father | Groom And Groomsmen Attire: Derks | Rentals: Special Event Rentals

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Modern + Whimsical Wedding at Airship 37

This summer celebration combined various design styles, yet still paid homage to tradition, creating one unique modern, whimsical wedding. With a blank canvas like Airship 37, you can craft any environment you so wish and this couple and Envision Weddings & Events did so beautifully. A Brit & A Blonde captured it all and you can see every bright bloom and sparkling smile right here!

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From A Brit & A Blonde PhotographyCarly and Alex wanted their wedding decor to be a reflection of them as a couple – so their big day was quite modern, but still strongly rooted to family and cultural traditions. The couple are from Toronto, originally, but now live in Vancouver. They really wanted to say their “I do’s” back in their hometown, so Toronto it was!

The hand-made paper cranes decorating the altar and receiving table were lovingly crafted by Carly’s mother and her extended family in a multitude of colours; representing the Japanese tradition that the making of 1000 paper cranes will mean a wish will be granted. Alex’s grandmother also provided a special gift by hand-inking the individual table number cards in Chinese calligraphy. The ceremony was performed by Carly’s uncle, and included many of the traditions of a Japanese wedding – including having the Bride and Groom to drink quite a bit of sake!

The couple chose a mix of pinks, oranges and golds for their florals, table settings, and the paper lanterns that adorned the otherwise sleek and simple white space. For an extra dose of colour, Carly chose navy bridesmaids dresses, chopstick favours, and ribbon for the cupcake stand. We absolutely adore the fun and personal wall art and invitations depicting the couple, which were created by their close friend, graphic designer Carlos Melendez. It was so modern and really super cool. They had a sushi bar all rolled fresh during cocktails in the beautiful adjoining room that has a cozy and very ‘cocktail party’ vibe. The sushi came from The Sushi Bar, a restaurant that Alex’s family has been going to for years, and, finally, a candy station – complete with ring pops! – was set up for dessert.

Photography: A Brit & A Blonde | Event Planning: Envision Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Ashton Creative | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cupcakes: The Cupcake Shoppe | Invitations: Carlos Melendez | Bride's Shoes: Michael Kors | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: The Sushi Bar | Hair & Makeup: DF Hairsalon | DJ: DJ Dougie Boom | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Officiant: Reverend Roderick Hashimoto Of The Konko Church Of Vancouver | Wedding Venue: Airship 37

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Classic Ballroom Wedding

Take a glam setting like The Ritz-Carlton and add in a stunning bride and dapper groom saying “I do” and the results are pure magic.  From the luxe color palette to the overflowing blooms by Stemz to the sophisticated reception/dance party.  It’s classic meets romance… the perfect ballroom beauty.  See it all captured by Corina V. Photography here and in the lovely film from James Frodyma below.

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From the Bride… My relationship with my groom, Adam, has been at once effortless and special from the start, and we kept that feeling at heart as we approached the wedding planning process. For me, the most important element of the wedding was the people. The man I had fallen in love with so quickly and couldn’t wait to marry, the incredible family and friends who would support and surround us on this special day, and the incredible group of professionals who managed to give this slightly high-strung bride, and her completely chilled out groom the wedding and day of our dreams.

We knew we wanted to get married in the early fall in Toronto, and I knew that I wanted no weather-related stress, so I had my heart set on an elegant indoor venue. I think my mother and I visited every venue with the capacity for our big invitation list; Adam and I both come from big, loving families with plenty of friends from near and far to join in. We finally chose the stunning and relatively new Ritz Carlton Hotel, right in the heart of downtown, whose beautiful ballroom had more than enough room for us, and whose top notch level of service would impress me, having studied hospitality management.

With our venue selected I realized I would need some professional help and promptly called the woman who became my wedding planner, Gabi Castillo. Although I had studied event management in school, I wanted to be able to pass off some of the stress and detail work, and try to really enjoy the process! Not only was Gabi an experienced and professional planner recommended by the Ritz, but she was a close family friend of my Maid of Honour. We worked amazingly together, after expressing how we pictured our wedding to look and feel, Gabi suggested the perfect vendors, helped with the overall design and kept us on track and organized. I cannot recommend hiring a professional planner enough, no matter what the scale of the wedding, the advice and support she provide was truly priceless.

Dress shopping was an adventure that started with my mother, sister-in-law, my mom and my future MIL. I tried on a number of dresses that day, including the dress that I ended up choosing, and a number more on many days to follow, but when I visited Dina Alonzi Bridal, alone with my mother, and again tried on Monique Lhuillier’s Peony dress in blush, I knew that I had found my perfect dress. A number of years ago I lost over a hundred pounds, so I wanted a dress that showed off the figure I had worked so hard for, but still felt elegant and somewhat modest, and covered the areas of my body of which I was more self-conscious. Dina and her associates did a wonderful job, from shopping to fittings to the final last minute additions of my detachable sleeves – a little detail that went a long way to me feeling my best and most confident on the wedding day. Having been a bridesmaid more than half a dozen times, I was determined to find my bridesmaids and Adam’s groomsmaid dresses that they absolutely loved. With their help, I chose Amsale chiffon gowns in their choice of two styles. My bridesmaids and bridesman wore grey, and Adam’s groomsmen and groomsmaid wore black.

When it came to choosing vendors, I was overwhelmed by the amount of incredibly talented people working in the wedding industry in Toronto. I deferred to my planner Gabi, meeting with her favourite vendors, and forming what we called my dream team. Corina of Corina V Photography was so much fun to work with, and from our first meeting I started to feel like she was a friend, and I absolutely love how she captured our day. She was fun, and even my husband who had been dreading his modeling debut loved posing for her. We weren’t sure about whether we wanted videography to start, and I’m so glad we listened to the experts and met with James of James Frodyma Wedding Films. From the moment we sat in front of our computer bawling at a stranger’s wedding video, we knew he’d be best to create ours! He was so fun to work with that day, mostly invisible but always capturing the perfect moment.

Our invitations were furnished by PaperGrafix, and working with the mother and daughter team of Nicky and Sandra was a pleasure. We found and customized my dream invitation in my theme colours of rose gold, blush and cream.

For flowers and decor, we met with Fiona from Stemz and I gave her my ideas – classic and romantic, with mixed metallics and milk glass, and she came up an absolutely stunning vision, creating the most beautiful chuppah I could imagine. The bouquets were a gorgeous soft palette of light pinks and softest blush pink tones with flowers styled in a loose natural dome shape for a modern, romantic and natural style. Beautiful Kiera garden roses, lisianthus, sweet peas, ranunculus with touches of mini phalaenopsis orchids and soft flowering vines with
foliages, created a lush garden style bouquet.

Ivy Lam did our makeup, and she is by far the most kind, sweet and funny makeup artist I have ever met. She managed to create a look for me that was at once elegant but still felt like me, which was super important. Beni Sicilia of BlowDry Lounge has been cutting my hair for more than fifteen years, and I remember joking about my wedding hairstyle when he styled me for my prom. He and Amanda styled all of our ladies to perfection, and we all loved how we looked.

We were married by the head rabbi from the synagogue where my family and I have been members since they came to Toronto, Holy Blossom Temple. Rabbi Yael Splansky was an amazing officiant and guide in the time leading up to the wedding, and I was so proud to be married by Canada’s first female head rabbi. From our pre-wedding meetings to our bedeken ceremony to our time under the chuppah, Rabbi Splansky reminded us of the true reason for our marriage and kept us grounded and inspired, and we loved how she led our ceremony, accompanied by Cantor Benjamin Maissner.

Although my groom had been pretty (completely) hands-off for most of the planning process, one of the most important elements to our day for him was the music. We are both huge music fans and travel to see our favourite bands play whenever we can. We chose the Dave Murphy Band, who had played at my own older brother’s wedding, for their professionalism, style, and most of all their ability to rock out – and play the horah! Adam was also in charge of what he and his crew would wear, and they chose gorgeous tuxedos rented from Tuxedo Royale, with gifts and accessories from Harry Rosen.

All of our food was catered in house by the Ritz Carlton, and every single bite we enjoyed was divine. Adam and I were brought a tasting of hors d’oeuvres to our Yichud Room just after the ceremony, where we spent a few minutes relaxing and toasting our marriage in private before joining the party. I told Gabi that not only did our cake need to look beautiful, but it had to taste delicious, and she once again found us the perfect vendor in Lisa Bugeja of Baked and Beloved. Inside, layers of banana cake and dulce to leche frosting alternated with white cake with raspberry frosting, and outside, Lisa used delicate and beautiful design to recreate the subtle peony pattern found on my gown. Custom cookie favours from Cookie Messenger rounded out the sweet night for us.

My day was perfect, somehow stress-free, and more fun than I ever could have imagined. It went by so quickly, and although I tried to savor every moment, watching our video and looking at our pictures have brought so many detailed memories back to us. My wedding day was perfect most of all because I got to marry my best friend – how could it get any better?

Photography: Corina V. Photography | Videography: James Frodyma | Event Planning: Gabriela Castillo Formerly Of Platinum Events | Floral Design: Stemz | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Baked & Beloved | Stationery: Papergrafix | Ceremony Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Toronto | Reception Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Toronto | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: Ivy Lam | Hair: Beni Sicilia - Blowdry Lounge | Band: Dave Murphy Band | Favors: The Cookie Messenger | Groom's Attire: Tuxedo Royale | Groomsmen's Attire: Tuxedo Royale | Decor: Stemz | Jewellery: Swarovski | Veil: White Toronto

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