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Blushing Blue Bridesmaid Inspiration

Filled with sweet blooms, the most charming basket-bedecked bicycle, and one of the cutest black tie-ready pooches I’ve ever seen, this is exactly how I envision spring in Toronto. Courtesy of the winning team of Phoebe Lo Events and Rhythm Photography, this Bridesmaid inspiration shoot is just brimming with loveliness, all in the gallery here!

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From Phoebe Lo EventsOur Blushing Blue Bridesmaid inspiration features a classic floor length Nouvelle Amsale chiffon dress paired with a delicate bouquet of ranunculus. Gracefully wisping through the marshes of Toogood Pond in north Toronto, a delightful showcase of a summer bridesmaid style is captured through traditional and contemporary elements.

Greeted by a corridor of freshly bloomed lilacs, our bridesmaid enjoys an elegant bicycle ride with a basket full of locally crafted goods inspired for fanciful keepsakes at any wedding celebration. A bunch of locally grown lavender playfully blossoms alongside a stack of literary classics. The papier ensemble basks with a vibrant bouquet of handmade flowers alongside an array of crafted stationery and thank you cards.

An ode to the beautiful Canadian creative culture peers through the basket and takes form of a national flag. Made by salvaged wooden planks sourced from local apple farm crates, these wooden design seconds as wedding centerpieces or a gift for guests and friends. A tastefully wrapped gift embellished with a vintage inspired emblem chariots the party of handheld luxuries and flourishes with a sweet parcel of artisan marshmallows.

Completing the vision are a set of dazzling metallic tattoos that redefine a traditional bridesmaid style with a charismatic contemporary spin. Our bridesmaid’s visit is also accompanied by the dashing bulldog, Chino, who will be making a charming appearance at any summer wedding affair.

Photography: Rhythm Photography | Concept Design: Blossom and Bloom | Event Planning and Coordination: Phoebe Lo Events | Model: Sally Leung | Dress: Amsale From Pearl Bridal House | Hair and Makeup: Vidi Vici | Chino the English Bulldog: Leash and Paws | Flower Bouquet: Hoopla Event Design and Styling | Thank You Cards: Bunny Bum Boxes | Paper Flowers: Lumiere Luxe | Custom Stamp and Stationery: Ferris Wheel Press | Lavender: Christel Lake Lavender | Wooden Flag: Halyard Flags | Artisan Marshmallows: I Love Puffy Love | Metallic Tattoos: Flashionistas | Vintage Bicycle: Harvester Bike Co. | Venue: Toogood Pond

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Colorful Ottawa Herb Garden Wedding

Bursting with brightly colored blooms all around, this garden wedding is sure to put a smile on your face! You’ll find whimsical touches in the potted plants and the sweetest dessert table we’ve ever seen, and there’s plenty more pretty to see thanks to wonderful work of Laura Kelly Photography in the full gallery right here!

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Rustic

From Laura Kelly PhotographyIt rained for six days straight leading up to the wedding. Clearly someone was watching over Jamie and Chris as they prepared for their outdoor ceremony and tented reception at The Herb Garden. When the big day finally came… there was nothing but blue skies and warm sunshine.

This wedding will certainly be one of my favourites from the season!

Photography: Laura Kelly Photography | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Catering: AJ's Catering | Makeup: One Fine Beauty | Hair: Showpony Hair | Venue: The Herb Garden | Bridal Accessories: Sarah Walsh

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A Springtime Mont Tremblant Engagement Session

With this adorable springtime engagement session, held where this darling duo said “I love you” for the first time (at the Groom-to-be’s family condo in Mont Tremblant!), what was already a special place in both their hearts, suddenly came to be so much more. Melissa Johnson captured every sweet moment in the gallery here, and trust me: you won’t be able to stop swooning over these adorable blanket cuddles!


From The Bride…Adam and I met on a large and fun-filled group trip to New Orleans in May of 2012. We spent the week going to Jazzfest and taking in all that NOLA had to offer, but lost touch when we returned home to Ottawa. Spring turned into summer, and then into fall, when we bumped into each other at a local cajun-themed watering hole. Not wanting to lose contact again, Adam invited me over for dinner and, after a few more dates, we were both hooked.

Our first “I love you’s” were exchanged at Adam’s family ski retreat, in lovely Mont Tremblant. Since then, we have enjoyed spending time there all year round. The mountain is truly one of our favourite spots to be. So, after Adam proposed, it only seemed fitting that we include Mont Tremblant in our wedding preparations. I loved the idea of shooting our engagement session at various locations throughout the mountain, and our photographer Melissa Johnston was completely on board with my crazy idea!

Adam, Melissa, and I made the two hour drive up on a Friday afternoon, with rain looming, and started in Mont Tremblant village. We love strolling in the village with family or after a day of skiing or just to see all of the activity buzzing at the bottom of the ski hill. It doesn’t matter the season, there is always something to see and do. Next, we found a hidden forest just off the mountain for a few rustic lake-side shots. The last location we chose was the deck of the hill-side condo,our family’s home away from home. The rain managed to hold off until we had a few photos, and we could not have been happier to have shot our engagement session at place that means so much to us.

Photography: Melissa Johnston Photography | Engagement Shoot Venue: Mont Tremblant

Romantic Foothills Engagement Session

When it comes to relationships I’m a big believer in timing, and after reading this duo’s love story you’re sure to believe the same. For what began as a platonic encounter eventually grew into a lifelong love, and their story literally led them up a mountain for this stunning e-sesh. Sharing kisses amongst the rolling hills, Genevieve Renee Photographie captured their foothill romance in the gallery!

From the beautiful Bride-to-be… Chad and I first met many years ago… we were on a date – but each of us were with other people! Needless to say, both of those respective relationships didn’t work out, and we re-met soon after when our best friends began dating each other. Our meeting was friendly, but very much platonic; as I recall, Chad was so not my “type”.

Fast-forward a few years later, and our once-dating best friends were now engaged. As members of the wedding party, Chad and I reconnected in the months leading up to their wedding day. We chatted as friends, as we had many times in the past … but something was different. What, exactly, is hard to pinpoint. Neither of us had gone under any major transformation, but perhaps it was the subtle changes – increased maturity, open-mindedness, or simple timing (or Chad’s newly grown beard!) – that made all the difference. Whatever the reason, we looked at each other a little differently this time around, and it’s safe to say that they were both a little bit interested in the other.

Our friends’ wedding day came and went. After chatting nervously throughout the day, Chad and I shared our first (and second) dance that night at the reception. In the coming weeks we went out together a few times. And although I wasn’t 100% sure if our early hang-outs were as “more than friends” (except for the fact that Chad always paid), Chad’s intentions eventually became more clear and after a month, we were officially “together”.

Chad and I continued to get to know each other over the next 1+ year of dating. It was at times a stressful courtship, as we had both started graduate school that year, but we managed to support each other and make it through as we got to know each other better and fall in love. After a summer of dating long-distance, Chad proposed to me amidst a freak snow storm in September of 2014. He had formulated an elaborate plan, but “Snowtember” through a wrench into it, so he improvised by popping the question in a (snowy) park I had spent much time in as a child.

Chad and I have set our wedding date for July 18, 2015 in our home city of Calgary, Canada. We will wed in a 100 year-old church and celebrate our reception at an antique museum in the heart of the city.

A huge highlight of the wedding planning process has been working with our photographer, Genevieve Renee to create our engagements photo sessions. Engagement photos have always been important to me – as beautiful and special as wedding photos are, I’ve always valued the more normal, everyday tone of good engagement shots. Genevieve did an amazing job of capturing just that during our shoot. Chad and I gave some good thought to the location we wanted. We ended up going with the foothills of Southern Alberta, which was near and dear to me since I’ve grown up in the region and Chad has spent many days fly-fishing in the rivers. We love the area for its natural, understated beauty. The late spring evening light during our shoot was just perfect. Genevieve did a great job of working with two very inexperienced people in front of the camera and making us feel comfortable. She played well to our natural chemistry which we really feel shows in the photos. The result is a soft palette of light-hearted, relaxed moments.

Chad and I were conscious about what we wore on the day, and although I don’t wear flower crowns on a regular basis, the outfits we chose are reflective of our everyday style. My only regret is not bringing a pair of hiking boots to climb our way up the reasonably steep terrain! The climb was challenging at times (especially in a dress) but once we were up there, taking in the view, we all agreed that it was worth every step. And now we have the beautiful shots to remember the sight forever.

We’re so grateful for the way our engagement photos turned out. I love that we have this sweet and fleeting time in our lives captured on film forever. I hope we look back and revel at how young and carefree we are. I hope we can be reminded of this season in our lives where we look forward to our marriage and all that will with it in excitement, uncertainty and anticipation.

Chad and I can’t express our appreciation to Genevieve enough. We are so blessed by these photographs and our time with her. We can’t wait to spend July 18th with her and see what other “magic” she can extract from us!

Photography: Genevieve Renee Photographie | Dress: Aritzia | Flower Crown: Rhosyn Floral | Men's Shirt: JCrew | Men's Watch: Farm Fresh | Woman's Watch : Fossil

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There are destination weddings, and then there are destination weddings planned with the help of Escapes.ca; a fab leisure travel company that knows a thing or two about saying “I do” in paradise. Think an amazing team of talented specialists + planners, top-notch customer service and an entire world of breathtaking locales perfect for you and yours.  Dream wedding in one, two, three?  Yes, indeed.

Destination weddings are awesome… that goes without saying.  But a destination wedding coordinated by the pros at Escapes.ca? An entirely new level of amazing.  That’s because Escapes.ca has been assisting Canadians with their travel and vacation plans since 2001, which means years of friendly + efficient customer service, all wrapped up in some serious know-how and fabulous pricing to boot.  Not to mention that the Destination Wedding Specialists at Escapes.ca are total pros at selecting a dream location for you and yours, from the alternative wellness treatments of the Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita in the Riviera Maya to the unique cultural experiences of the Nizuc Resort & Spa to the Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay in Mazatlán, known as one of the Top 20 spas in Mexico & Central America.

Whether you’re dreaming of a week-long excursion filled with Swedish massages at the Le Blanc Spa & Resort in Cancun (19 treatment rooms!) or basking in the luxury that is the Grand Velas in the Riviera Maya (four words: clay and ice room), Escapes.ca has a getaway that is just what you are looking for… for your wedding OR your honeymoon!  Imagine day after day of serious pampering with your nearest and dearest, followed by the wedding of your dreams in paradise.  It’s awesome.

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