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Bohemian Inspiration Shoot

The first Monday back after the holiday season is definitely in need of some pretty and this gorgeous bohemian inspired shoot is delivering on all fronts; from the lush blooms from Blush And Bowties to the fab decor from Weddingstar to the stunning Sagewood Farm locale.  Its official title is “Vagabond Romance,” but I’m just calling it awesome.  Click here for more.

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From Blush And Bowties… In the still of autumn, on a rural farm, a vagabond romance is astir . . .

There is something mysterious and atmospheric about an autumn day. The crimson leaves and crisp air engender a sense of romance and sensuosity unlike any other season. This allure was the soul of Blush & Bowties’ “Vagabond Romance” stylized wedding shoot, which was captured by Lauren Vandenbrook of LV Imagery.

Showcasing the free-spirited vagabondia lifestyle, accented with vintage- inspired decor by Weddingstar, the shoot took place at Sagewood Farm. Situated in the countryside north of Toronto, Ontario, the idyllic venue boasts an array of breathtaking landscapes. Mismatched chairs, boho blankets, eclectic tables, dinnerware and suitcases were all generously contributed by Style me Vintage and caravans by Sweet Vintage Caravan Co.

The models were the lovely actor Katie Odegaard and her real-life partner Greg Van Niekerk, who took on the roles of the vagabond lovers, Violette and Adrian. The bride for the day wore a 1970’s vintage gown from Violet Crown Vintage and jewellery by the talented artisan Katy Kingsley Lebel of Spark & Thistle. Makeup and hair were styled by the skilled Amy Harper.

An intimate tablescape set inside a canopy of perfectly unkempt fall foliage was decorated with Weddingstar’s candle holders, wood cases, placecard holders, and jars. The focal piece of the table was a vintage-inspired ornate box overflowing with dahlias, eucalyptus, sedum, and garden roses.

A naked cake from Custom Desserts by Michelle was the centrepiece of the harvest dessert table illuminated by the natural beauty of the surrounding crops. The cake was finished with wildflowers and Weddingstar’s delicate porcelain flowers. Apothecary jars set atop stacked antiqued book boxes were filled with fresh apples and an assortment of wild adornments.

The welcome display, tucked within a lush and wooded area on the farm, featured stunning pieces by Weddingstar including a cardholder letter box, vintage frame for placecards, wishing well suitcase, chalkboard mounted on faux wood, and whimsical birdcage.

As the sun set, wrapped in a patterned blanket, the couple cozied in for romantic moments by the honeymoon tent and vintage caravans.

Capturing the romance of a bohemian wedding set against the perfect autumn day was a dream come true, not to mention working with such a talented team of contributors. The free-spirited vagabondia lifestyle was very much alive in all of us throughout the day of the shoot. Perhaps it was the surrounding burnt orange crops, ethereal sky, or peaceful terrain, but there is a sense of magic captured in the shoot that exemplifies the romance and mystique of the season.

Photography: LV Imagery | Wedding Gown: Violet Crown Vintage | Cake: Custom Desserts By Michelle | Caravans: Sweet Vintage Caravan Co. | Decor: Weddingstar | Event And Floral Design: Blush And Bowties | Farm: Sagewood Farm | Furniture, Dinnerware And Suitcases: Style Me Vintage | Jewelery: Spark And Thistle | Makeup And Hair: Amy Harper Makeup | Models: Katie Odegaard And Greg Van Niekerk

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Modern Toronto Wedding at Malaparte

We may only be two days into 2015 but I’d bet my bottom dollar that this bouquet will be one of the best of the year. Paige Lewis Events coordinated and designed this entire celebration, from the florals to the cake, and I keep pinning photo after photo from this gorgeous gallery by Ikonica Images. I have a feeling I’m not the only one and we’ll be seeing these flowers repinned many more times to come.

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From The Bride… Having both moved to Toronto together early in our relationship, it was important to Andre and I that our wedding be held in the city we now call home. What better place to show off our city and throw an amazing party than in the heart of downtown. Malaparte offered everything we were looking for in a venue from incredible views of the CN Tower to the most delicious food from Oliver & Bonacini. The venue also lent itself well to the style of wedding we both wanted – modern and clean yet full of romantic touches and elegant elements. It’s not your typical ballroom!

It was important to us that our wedding not look like a very traditional wedding. While we wanted some traditional elements, we wanted to throw in surprises that our guests may not have seen before. Luckily we had our wedding planner, Paige Lewis, to help us with this. She suggested unique elements like harvest tables and chair decals. For us, the harvest tables were a no-brainer. They gave our reception space a streamlined, modern look and gave the evening a more intimate feeling.

We also worked with Paige to perfect our colour story. She suggested colour palettes that were fresh and distinctive. In the end, we went with a black, white, gold and mint colour scheme. Even though mint has been “done before” I hadn’t seen it presented this way with tons of gold to add luxury and touches of black to keep the look elegant and grounded.

Incorporating us as a couple into the day was also important. Andre is Portuguese so I wanted to celebrate his culture. We decided against the traditional Portuguese seafood midnight buffet and instead infused the day with more refined touches of his heritage. On our dessert table we had the most incredible Pastéis de Nata (Portuguese custard tarts) and our favour tags were written in both English and Portuguese. My family is from Nova Scotia so our menu included a play on fish & chips (an expertly prepared potato-crusted halibut) and once the dancing started, I made sure the DJ had lots of upbeat, east coast music on hand.

My Hayley Paige dress was my favourite element of the day. When I started shopping for a dress I scoured the GTA for something unique. I found my dress while searching online. I loved it from the moment I saw it. The dress was romantic with a touch of sexy and the incredible beaded straps and back was exactly what I was looking for. After discovering there was only one store in my area that carried the designer, Pearl Bridal House, I called them immediately. I discovered that a sample hadn’t even been made yet because the dress was so new! The ladies at Pearl suggested I try on a similar style to get an idea of what it would look like. After trying on the other dress, looking at the photos online for weeks and endlessly debating it with my bridesmaids, I took the plunge and purchased it without actually trying it on! When I finally tried on the sample a few months later, I knew I had made the right decision. At the reveal, Andre’s jaw literally dropped and at the reception, my guests could not stop saying how they had never seen a dress like this before.

Our wedding day overflowed with love and happiness. It’s such an incredible feeling being surrounded by so many people who support and love you. Andre and I could not have been more blessed at that moment. It’s a day we’ll truly never forget.

Photography: Ikonica Images Corp. | Videography: The Wedding Film Group | Stationery: AnistaDesigns | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique L'Huillier from White Toronto | Cake And Sweet Table: White Cakery Co. | Ceremony Music String Duo: Duo D'Amour | Chair Back Decals: Dance Floor Decor | Custom Suits And Bespoke Tuxe: Caruso Fine Tailoring | Design, Decor And Flowers: Paige Lewis Events | Makeup And Hair: Fancy Face Inc. | Mirage Chairs, Tables And Table Linens: Chairman Mills | Reception DJ: Maximum Music DJ Service | Tabletop Runners: Inspire Event Rentals | Venue: Malaparte | Wedding Gown (Hayley Paige): Hayley Paige At Pearl Bridal House | Wedding Planner And Coordination: Paige Lewis Events

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Mint, Gold and Blush Wedding Inspiration Shoot

There is something about this time of year that leaves me hungry for inspiration. Perhaps it’s the clean slate that comes with the turn of the calendar, but whatever it is, I soak up inspiration like a sponge. And I couldn’t be happier to do so when it’s as pretty as this shoot below from Little Flower Shop and Cojo Photo.  Filled with the prettiest hues of mint, blush and gold this gallery is a great place to devour some seriously good inspiration.

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From Cojo PhotoWe wanted to do a styled shoot, and gathered some of the best vendors in Winnipeg/Manitoba to collaborate with us. We went with a Mint, Gold, Blush and White theme for the shoot. The shoot was setup as to be a mock wedding and inspiration for other brides out there. We had the dress and the color scheme and got in touch with the other vendors to make the rest of it happen. A lot of great people came together to make this one happen.

The bride is Amanda Jonasson (She is also the other half of Cojo Photo, she is also responsible for coming up with the idea for this shoot.) Bridesmaid is her friend Kristen, Groom is Mike, and the Groomsman is Ryan. When getting the vendors together for this one we pretty much told them the theme we were working with and let them go with it and come up with the rest to show off their talents. The table by Haven Design was our first building block for the shoot, everything needed to go with it. Without that table it just wouldn’t have been the same.

From Little Flower ShopThe color theme and feel was the first thing that needed to be addressed. The inspiration colors are gold, mint, & ivory. The feel was rustic/vintage…this came from the beautiful table used in the shoot and definitely made the statement that was required to move forward with the accessories needed to bring the vintage to light! We had used classic mahogany chiavari chairs and lace runners adorned with gold beaded chargers set for six. To balance thid gorgeous table we hung a black wrought iron chandelier above it and then we smothered it in seeded eucalyptus. This alone was quite the eye catcher :) With a rectangle table we were able to put several sizes and styles of candle holders all through the center that filled in the body of the table.

We added gold mercury vases filled with ivory roses, blush roses and sahara roses from Peru. We simply put gold candelabras in on plain pillars for more interest and background. We then did a bride bouquet In a free flow style with a matching bridesmaid bouquet. The roses were sahara, ivory roses, blush roses, and seeded eucalyptus.

Wrapped in burlap and lace we did matching boutonniere for the groom and groomsmen in the same roses and seeded eucalyptus for the coordinating feel.

Photography: Cojo Photo | Floral Design: Little Flower Shop | Cakes: Cake-ology | Stationery: Keeks Paper Co. | Make Up: 2 Chicks And A Bag Of Makeup | Brides Dress: Madison 4418 | Bridesmaids' Dress: Hush | Decor: Little Flower Shop | Studio: Aspire Studio | Table: Haven Design