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This At-Home Engagement Session Will Give You Major #RelationshipGoals

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!


From Cari Zhu PhotographyI 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.

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Photography: Cari Zhu Photography | Venue: At Home | Bride's Dress: H&M | Calligraphy + Styling: Cari Zhu Photography | Couch: Urban Barn | Cups: Indigo

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See How This Bride Pulled off a Blue-Hued Gown

Classic with the prettiest of twists, this sweet backyard wedding captured by Corina V. Photography and planned by Fresh And Fancy Catering is packed with personality and has a fresh take on style. With a stunning blue-hued gown from Elizabeth Dye and too good to be true blooms from Blush And Bloom, there is no question that this wedding is perfection from beginning to end. See it all in the VAULT.

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Summer
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Classic

From The Bride…From the moment we got engaged, John and I knew we wanted an outdoor summer wedding in the gorgeous backyard of John’s parents’ home. We loved the personal feel of hosting the wedding on family property – not to mention the idea of transforming the pool into a sophisticated dance floor. This made for some very memorable wedding photos!

On the morning of the wedding, my Maid of Honor and her Mom hosted a gorgeous bridal brunch with my favourite pastries and of course champagne mimosa’s! It really kicked-off the Wedding festivities and allowed us all to relax while our beauty team transformed us into goddesses. John spent the morning with his closest friends getting ready in the “white room”, sharing a few laughs and a special sip of scotch.

The theme of our wedding was garden romance. We chose a beautiful palette of colors (ivory, soft green, earl-gray purple and the IT colour “marsala”). The wedding was inspired by my dress, a unique Glacier Grey Tulle masterpiece by the oh so talented Elizabeth Dye. From the moment I began the search for The Dress, I knew I was different and that I wanted something no one else had.

To compliment my choice of colour, the gorgeous bridesmaids were in short ivory dresses – this set me apart from my gals. John wore a dapper black tux by Without Prejudice London and his groomsmen wore fitted grey suits, black Oxfords, and matching gray/purple ties. Surrounded by our closest family and friends, we said our vows in the quaint and historic Chapel on the grounds at Appleby College.

After Cocktail hour in the backyard, guests made their way to the tented reception where Catering by Heat served up a delicious locally-sourced family-style meal. With a lit-up plexiglass dance floor over the pool, 500 feet of green garland, modern seating on the lawn, and the warm glow of lanterns the night ended with dancing and laughter.

We are so grateful for all of our amazing vendors who, from the beginning, understood our vision and helped us bring it to life. Our day would not have been complete without Shelby Flynn from Fresh and Fancy Catering and Events who made sure everything ran smoothly and was more than accommodating throughout the entire planning process.

Becky from Blush and Bloom who did and unreal job on our gorgeous flowers, marsala peonies, earl-gray roses and all that breathtaking fern made our tented reception like something from a dream. Each table centerpiece had a pop of color that nicely contrasted with the gorgeous barn wood tables, burlap runners, mixed metal candles and gold chiavari chairs. Personal handmade moss table numbers and strawberry jam favours tied it all together.

The food was exceptional with special touches by Jennifer and her very talented team at Catering by Heat. The dance party would not have been the same without the live rendition of our favourite tunes – the Royz Band killed it!

Last but not least, we were so happy to have the oh-so-talented Corina V. Photography capture our special day and all the extra little moments – thank you for making it the best day and one we will remember for years to come!

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Photography: Corina V. Photography | Cinematography: Bowker Resolutions | Floral Design: Blush And Bloom | Invitations: AG Studio | Ceremony Venue: Appleby College Chapel | Reception Venue: At Home | Bride's Shoes: Nina Duong Couture | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lazaro | Hair + Makeup: Nicole Richards & Co. | Band: The Royz Band | Groom's Attire: Without Prejudice London | Groomsmen Attire: English Laundry | Belt: Olivia The Wolf | Catering + Cheese Wheels: Catch Catering | Earrings: Haute Bride | Event Planning + Styling: Fresh And Fancy Catering | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother | Wedding Dress + Veil: Elizabeth Dye

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Toronto Wedding Full of the Prettiest Spring Blossoms

Erin and Nicholas’ Toronto nuptials are everything that a spring wedding should be: fresh flowers in the bright hues, gorgeous touches throughout and a portrait session in the most beautiful gardens full of budding blooms. From all the pretty details to the Bride and Groom’s radiating love, this wedding is full of endless inspiration! Head to The Vault to see it all from Whitney Heard Photography!

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Elegant

From Whitney Heard PhotographyErin and Nicholas’s wedding was full of spring colours and soft light. The couple got ready at Erin’s mother’s stunning condo in Toronto. The bride had her girls with her to help get ready, which always kept a smile on her face. Each hairstyle was meticulously designed by Duyen Huynh, and wove in touches of florals to each girl’s hair. Erin wore a simple yet elegant ivory crown to compliment her loose up-do. Erin’s natural look was perfected by Cheryl Gushue, a top makeup artist in Toronto. Wearing jewel-embellished shoes, and with flowers in hand, the girls then went to James Gardens eagerly anticipating the first look.

James Garden is full of stunning flowers, willow trees, and glowing light. Nicholas sees Erin for the first time in private, with a short portrait session to follow. You can see how much they love one another by how comfortable they are in front of the camera together. The bridesmaids photos were taken next, followed by the groomsmen. Once the photographs were complete, the group got in their limo to start off to St. George’s Golf and Country Club.

The ceremony was short and sweet, with two tall trees, and large picture windows decorating the space. Cocktail hour started with a glass of champagne to celebrate the happy couple. As the guests mingled and chatted, the bridal party went back outside for a few more images, with the stunning St.George’s Golf Course as their backdrop! Throughout the day, both Erin and Nicholas were such a pleasure to work with, and the entire family was a joy to photograph!

Between the navy blue bridal party wardrobe, and the bright floral arrangements, this wedding holds so much inspiration for the playful spring bride.

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Photography: Whitney Heard Photography | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Makeup: Cheryl Gushue | Hair: Duyen Huynh | Venue: St.George's Golf And Country Club | First Look Venue: James Garden | Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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