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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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Romantic Boho Wedding on Vancouver Island

Barefeet and overflowing breathtaking bouquets can only mean one thing: we have a boho beauty on our hands right here. This summer wedding, captured by Christie Graham, has me embracing a more relaxed outlook for my own upcoming nuptials and Paul Behm’s film just reinforces that belief even more. Settle into your Monday in a much better mood with these pics right here.

From Christie Graham PhotographySurrounded by close friends and family, Jason and Mish recited heartfelt vows in the Groom’s grandparent’s backyard on Vancouver Island in late September. They couldn’t have imagined a more personal place to get married. Hand-crafted wooden benches, the perfect flower arch and countless other details were designed and built by the Bride and Groom in preparation for their summer wedding. Two dogs (one belonging to the couple, the other belonging to a friend) sporting fresh floral collars preceded the Bride down the aisle.

The Bride’s carefree, barefooted boho look (so gorgeous!) and the maids’ mismatching braided updos and dresses complemented the stylish menswear – crisp navy velvet jackets, cream chinos and bow ties – perfectly.

Gold, blush, navy, cream and wooden elements came together flawlessly, decorating the reception venue to perfection. Thoughtful signage, beautiful photo memories, unique furniture vignettes, vintage books, frill balloons, an intricate handmade head table backdrop and cream candles added a sense of romance and intimacy to the space.

Photography: Christie Graham Photography | Videography: Paul Behm | Floral Design: West Coast Classic Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Watters | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Reception Venue: Fairwinds Golf Club | Makeup: Tori Dixon And Paige Stewart | Hair: Persona Hair Salon | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Balloons: Confetti And Co (and A Few DIY By The Bride) | Blue Ring: The Mahogany Attic | Bowtie: Mrs Bowtie | Bridal Boutique: Bisou Bridal | Paper Goods: Zing Paperie And Design | Seating Chart: Bespoke Rentals

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Sunset Vancouver Beach Engagement Session

Sunset really is the most beautiful time of day, as evidenced by this engagement session captured by the talented Vasia Han. With the picturesque Iona Beach in Vancouver as the backdrop and the beautiful Bride-to-be clutching a stunning bouquet of anemones from The Flower Factory, everything about these photos are pure magic, and you can dip your toes in the full gallery right here!

From Vasia HanTeresa and Jerro’s lovely engagement session shot entirely on film. Beautiful soft pastel tones, golden sunset light and a bouquet of flowers came together perfectly against the backdrop of Vancouver’s Iona Beach, a location that is close to the hearts of the Bride and Groom-to-be.

Photography: Vasia Han | Bracelet: Sarah Mulder | Blue Dress: Lulu's | Bouquet: The Flower Factory | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Location: Iona Beach Regional Park | Makeup And Hair : Charrisse Mae Makeup Artistry

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