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Ontario Anniversary Shoot in High Park

My hubby and I are closing in on our five year anniversary (how in the world did that happen so fast?!), so this sweet little anniversary shoot captured by Injoy Imagery of these two love birds (see their wedding herehas me itching plan just a session. Because celebrating love just might be my favorite thing ever, and there is a whole lot to celebrate here.


From Injoy ImageryNewlyweds, Claire and Bryan were married last summer and decided they wanted to celebrate their 1 year anniversary with a beautiful cherry blossom-filled spring photoshoot. So in love with each other and so in love with married life, it’s always so beautiful to see the excitement carry on even after the wedding.

Cherry blossom season being one of Claire’s most favorite times of the year, there was no better place than Toronto’s High Park. Claire being the crafty, Pinterest- savvy lady that she is, ensured all the lovely little details were taken care of. From a simple and elegant baby’s breath bouquet, to adorable Anthropologie mugs filled with pink peonies spelling L-O-V-E to their BHLDN vow booklets from their wedding day and my favorite, a picture of the two of the from when they were babies. That’s how long they’ve known each other and they still share this sweet, beautiful, romantic and playful love. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Photography: Injoy Imagery | Venue: High Park | Hair & Make-up: Blush Pretty

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Quebec Bicycle Engagement Session

Canadian engagement sessions knock it out of the ballpark when it comes to romantic outdoor locales, and the hits keep coming with this gem from Sonia Bourdon! We can’t get over the whimsical details in this Quebec countryside shoot, from the bright turquoise bike to the champagne and macaron picnic - much more to see in the full gallery right here!

From Sonia Bourdon I wanted to share with you this fun engagement session I had the chance to photographed with two gorgeous people! We set up the session on a private property in the countryside of our city a few hours before the sunset. These two were the easiest people to photograph. And even with the millions mosquitoes flying around us, they were always laughing and having a good time and I think the photos portrayed well this beautiful energy between them. I cannot wait for their wedding in October at the Auberge St-Gabriel in Montreal, where they will be accompanied by their son Noah!

Photography: Sonia Bourdon | Floral Design: Atelier Carmel | Men's Attire: Zara | Bicycle: Fitz And Follwell | Cream Colored Dress: Forever 21

Whimsical Spring Wedding at Berkeley Field House

I may have a new venue to add to my favorites list. Toronto’s Berkeley Field House continues to get me excited and this spring celebration captured by Rhythm Photography reminds me why I’m falling more and more in love with the chic, minimalist style – with a bit of whimsy for fun. The whole shindig was simply stunning, ending with one fab creation from I Do! Wedding Cakes that leaves me craving more!

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Urban Space

From the Bride… We wanted our day to be fun, laid back and personal. My gown was the Mabel from Vera Wang’s Spring 2015 collection. Simple light ivory silk crepe with a deep v-neck and back, and handmade fern-pattern lace cap sleeves. We fell in love with the Berkeley Fieldhouse as soon as we saw it, and didn’t look anywhere else. It had exactly the vibe we wanted, gorgeous high ceilings and a lofty industrial feel, contrasted with the beautiful courtyard and greenery outside. A little oasis in the city.

Our biggest focus was that it be intimate and that we had all the most important people in our lives there. We wanted it to feel like a nice cozy dinner party with incredible food and all of our favourite people, and then to have an amazing Motown dance party. Other than that, we went for simple, minimalistic décor, with a bit of a rustic touch. Our colour palette was white and mixed metallics and hints of green and peach.

Everything from the ceremony, through cocktail hour and dinner to the dance party was executed perfectly by the planners and staff there, we couldn’t be more grateful. Our day was all about good food, family and friends, letting loose and celebrating. The music we played throughout the day was from the 60s and 70s mostly, some 50s and some old school hip hop later in the dance party. We wanted everyone from our 2-year-old nieces to our grandmother on the dance floor, and they were!

Photography: Rhythm Photography | Floral Design: Sweetpea's | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: I Do! Wedding Cakes | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Shoes: Sophia Webster Lacey | Engagement Ring: Melissa Joy Manning | Wedding Bands: Made You Look | Makeup: Cait Mizzi | Hair: Samantha Stonehouse | DJ: Evolved Entertainment | Favors: Newfoundland Chocolate Company | Officiant: All You Need is Love | Wedding Venue: Berkeley Field House | Cufflinks: Lanvin | Pearl Bracelet and Earrings: Dannijo

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#BridalBeautyBreakdown: Romantic Drama

Drama isn’t always a bad thing, especially when it comes to your wedding day makeup. And, if you’re planning a glamorous, dramatic and oh-so romantic big day, you should look the part from head to toe—starting with your beauty. Enter Kathleen Tinney of A-List Makeup, who created the gorgeous look below. With her tips and product recommendations, you’ll look every bit the glamour goddess you are!

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BASE

It’s always important to begin with a well  cared for base. The skin is one of the best ways to achieve a more youthful and healthy glow, and with that, it allows for a lighter makeup application. Start with an emollient cream and allow time for the moisturizer to sink into the skin. At the same time, apply a lip moisturizer so it has time to sink into the lips for a smooth lipstick application further into the application process. 

FOUNDATION

Lightly distribute a liquid foundation over the skin using a foundation brush to buff and blend it into the skin. Top the foundation off with a light layer of powder to set it. 

EYES & BROWS

The focal point of this look was the beautiful berry lips and pink cheeks, so keep the keep the eye makeup very neutral. Begin with an eyeshadow primer to ensure then makeup will last. Then, define the eyebrows, the pillars for the face. One of the most natural ways to fill in the eyebrows is with an eyeshadow powder. With a thin angled brush, begin at the tail end of the eyebrow, and work your way towards the center, while keeping a subtle gradient of color—darker on the tail and lightest in the center. It’s easy to get carried away when filling in eyebrows, but for the most natural look, take it slow, and remember to use a gradient from dark to light. For the most natural look, if you have darker hair always go a shade lighter, and if you have lighter hair, go a shade darker. After defining the eyebrows, sweep a natural mid-tone brown over the whole lid and then used a waterproof gel liner to line the eyes, adding a wing at the end to lift and define the eyes. Next, take a light champagne tone shimmer eyeshadow and place it very lightly on the inner corner of the eyes to brighten and open them. Top of the look  with mascara, or for extra drama, apply a natural-looking, wispy set of falsies

LIPS

When doing a bold lip, apply the lipstick before the blush, so you can determine the amount of blush needed in order to add color back into the face, but to not compete with the bold lip. After all, we want to look youthful and romantic and not too over done! Use a lip pencil to line and fill in the entire lip.  Then, apply lipstick to the entire lip, using a tissue to blot any of the access moisture in the lip, and then reapply one more time. 

CHEEKS

Dab a fluffy brush into a berry toned blush and gently apply on cheeks in an outward motion. It’s always better to start very soft and continue adding until perfected. To create a cohesive lip and cheek, use similar shades for both applications. 

HIGHLIGHT

A very step, and one that really pulls everything together and adds that youthful glow, is to highlight! With a fan brush, ever-so-gently sweep it across the high point of the face: cheekbones, nose and cupids bow. The best tip in applying a highlighter is to remember that less is always more!

Romantic Drama Product Recommendations
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Makeup Tips: Kathleen Tinney of A-List Makeup | Photography: Retrospect Images

A total body workout for your little white dress

Up next from the Tone it Up girls is the ultimate total body workout for that little white rehearsal dinner dress! Nothing beats feeling good the day before you walk down the aisle and this workout is sure to give your whole body a good ol’ kick in the bridal butt. Once you’ve completed this intense workout, check out the Tone It Up girls’ arm workout and abs workout for even more #ShedtoWed fun.

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10 Cozy Touches to Warm Up a Winter Wedding

Canada is famous for its friendly people, killer hockey and bone-chilling cold. But don’t let the weather stop you from having a winter wedding, because trust us, Canadian winter weddings can be truly magical. Sprinkle in a few of these cozy, warm touches, and your wedding will be the perfect winter wonderland. Which is your favorite?

Cozy Touches
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Cozy Touches
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