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Romantic Manitoba Summer Garden Wedding

Imagine taking a stroll in the forest and stumbling upon the most chic and elegant garden wedding. Well, look no further because we just found exactly that. With timeless images from Josh Dookhie Photography, a yank on your heart strings video by Michael J. Scott Productions and of course, the stunning bride dressed in Watters & groom in Eph Apparel, you won’t want to miss a single moment here

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From Divine Weddings & EventsA late summer garden wedding – Kristina and Ryan envisioned a day of romance and elegance. They chose Cielo’s Garden as their ceremony and reception venue – with it’s outdoor ceremony space, winding whimsical paths, and clear top tent, Cielo’s gave Kristina and Ryan the perfect backdrop for their special day.

Kristina loved the wooden tables and chairs from the venue, so we built on those deep rich colors and added blush and deep red tons to further enhance the look. Whimsical bouquets were designed, and the same style of florals were used on the wedding arbor and centerpieces. Mercury glass was used to bring in some elegance and sparkle as well. A stunning chair swag was used on the backs of the bride and groom’s chairs – made of roses and Italian ruscus. The stationery was designed in blush with a garden motif – the couple opted for an over sized menu and matching seating chart in ornate ivory frames. The classic chandeliers finished off the elegance and glowed against the clear top tent.

Instead of a guest book, guests filled in pre-printed cards to add a bit of fun and personality. The wedding cake was designed with the elegant garden feel in mind and was hand painted with garden flowers.

Guests enjoyed scrumptious food stations of sushi, oysters, salads, smoked brisket, and a gourmet mashed potato and pulled pork station.

The woodsy grounds at Cielo’s lent to some amazing images – the perfect combination of romance and elegance.

Photography: Josh Dookhie Photography | Videography: Michael J. Scott Productions | Floral Design: Little Flower Shop | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Jenna Rae Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Le Chateau | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Hush Clothing & Accessories | Catering: Urban Prairie Cuisine | Hair & Makeup: Vamp Industries | DJ: Preemow Productions | Groomsmen's Attire: Eph Apparel | Officiant: Marriages By Colleen Olafson | Transportation: Ambassador Limo | Venue: Cielo's Garden | Invitations & Stationery: Karta House | Photo Booth: Bijou Photo Booths | Portrait Location: Aspire Studios | Wedding Coordination: Divine Weddings & Events

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Modern Pink Wedding at Berkeley Church

Is a groom that actually embraces pink too good to be true? Not with this guy here, who not only allowed it to take center stage but even had some stylish ideas as well.  It may come as no surprise that this Bride and Groom are a couple of creatives and their talent shined bright at their fantastically fun fete full of color and whimsy. Mango Studios captured every bit and this gallery is a guaranteed smile-inducer.

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From the Bride… How do you have a wedding that incorporates a lot of pink, without making your fiancé want to run away screaming? How do you get custom Nike’s for the groom and all his groomsmen when they won’t even ship to Canada? Can I do a few DIY’s without stress crying, have personal pavlovas for dessert and get pumpkin ale delivered?

We had all these questions and more when my husband Steve and I started planning our wedding. But we quickly found out that coming up with the solutions was actually… a lot more fun than we expected!

Steve and I met in college and started dating in our third year back in 2008. We’ve experienced cross-continent dating, multiple job changes and some amazing vacations together. In 2011 we moved to The Beaches in Toronto together so we didn’t have to commute to work at our long-houred advertising jobs. Despite talking comfortably about marriage for years, it was still a big surprised when he proposed on the Beach of Cox Bay in Tofino, British Columbia in 2013.

To us, having a wedding wasn’t just about “from this day forward.” There are so many stories and memories and experiences that had gotten us to that day, so we wanted to celebrate that – the past, present and of course – the future. And this sort of became our theme.

We were able to really bring this idea to life thanks to the amazingly talented Jeremyville. He illustrated the front of our invitations which showed the journey that Steve and I have gone on leading us up to this exciting point in our relationship. As an art director, having a unique stationery set was very important to Steve. He completed the pieces with bold typography, some fun foil stamping and even a pink foil envelope (and believe it or not, this was HIS idea!)

The pinks in our stationery were used throughout all elements of our wedding. From the bridesmaids dresses, to the grooms shoes, to the flowers, the balloons and even the DIY tassels and party crackers that my mom and I worked endless weekends to complete.

One of the most important things for me was having a not-so cookie-cutter ceremony. We had a Unitarian Minister marry us, and I loved that we had the opportunity to work with her and create a ceremony that worked for us. In addition to writing our own vows, my mom read a story by Shaun Tan, which was all about the wild, crazy and sometimes difficult adventures people go on to get to their wedding day. It was the perfect way to express the up’s and down’s of life without having to say “in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer.”

To continue the journey theme, our table names were based on some of our favourite places in the world from the city of Surfers Paradise in Australia to a small Vietnamese restaurant in Hamilton, Ontario.

In terms of our vendors, we couldn’t have been more thrilled. I immediately fell in love with our florist Blush & Bloom and her amazing floral creations, and we knew we made the right decision with Mango Studios as soon as we finished our engagement shoot at the local skateboard park. They made us feel immediately comfortable and captured the real Karlie and Steve perfectly.

In the end, our wedding was more than we ever could have imagined. We danced, drank and loved the night away and we will never forget it for as long as we both shall live. See what I did there?

Photography: Mango Studios | Floral Design: Blush And Bloom | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay | Hotel: The Drake | Hotel: The Ivy at Verity | Wedding Venue: Berkeley Church | Balloons : Balloon Queen | Bridal Boutique: Ferre Sposa | Bridal Party’s Hair: Fuss Hair Studio | Bridal Party’s Makeup: Lisa Mandel | Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN | Doughnuts: Jelly Modern Doughnuts | Groom & Groomsmen Shoes: NikeiD | Groomsmen Attire: Moore’s | Groom’s Suit & Socks: Paul Smith (Hold Renfrew) | Invitation & Printed Pieces: The Hour is Here | Invitation Illustrator: Jeremyville | Printer: C.J. Graphics Inc

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Romantic Spring Garden Wedding

Setting your wedding date is surely significant, especially when said date happens to be the same as your grandparents anniversary (seriously, how sweet is that). So, it’s no surprise that this Cecil Green Park affair is brimming with lots of love and classical romance. From the photographs of family members on display to the first look where it all began, Christie Graham has it all here!

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From the beautiful Bride… We also got married on my grandparents’ wedding anniversary, which was very special for us. That was one of the most important things to me, when planning the wedding.

The aesthetic we wanted to create was romantic and classic, with natural tones and textures. We fell in love with Cecil Green heritage house. It’s beautiful grounds, elegant interior and gorgeous views of the Strait of Georgia made it the perfect venue for us. (We are also both bibliophiles and loved the library and books on display everywhere!) The gardens were the most beautiful place for an outdoor ceremony, as they fit perfectly with our romantic theme and still felt relaxed and natural. Our decor centred around white, blush and peach flowers, (including my favourite, peonies), votive candles, framed prints by Rifle Paper Co., and photographs of our grandparents’ wedding days.

My favourite moment was our first look, which took place at the park where Aaron proposed (a favourite spot of ours in Kits, close to our place). It was a so great because we were able to really enjoy the moment, just the two of us, before we got married. Aaron’s favourite moment was when he first saw me appear at the top of the stairs at the ceremony and he got a sort of rush of excitement!

Photography: Christie Graham Photography | Flowers: Celsia | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Sweet Thea | Invitations: Lucky Penny Paperie | Ceremony Venue: Cecil Green Park | Reception Venue: Cecil Green Park | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCrew | Makeup: Emily Pedlow For Denise Elliott Makeup | Grooms Attire: JCrew | Birch Arch: Spread Love Events | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Foe And Dear | Day Of Coordinator: Lovely Event Co. | Escort Cards: Southern Calligraphy | Sailboat Card Holder: BHLDN | Signs: Southern Calligraphy | Table Numbers, Framed Floral Prints: Rifle Paper Co. | Votives: West Elm | Wedding Dress Boutique: Bisou Bridal

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Elegant Spring Wedding at the Vancouver Club

When your venue already has a classic style, I always vote to embrace it wholeheartedly. The Vancouver Club is prime example and this Bride took the Club’s charm and ran with it.  Her mother collected 140+ silver pieces to accent the rich decor and all that was left to add was love. Sachin Khona captured all the beauty organized by Filosophi Events and this gallery is my new favorite way to start the day.

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From the Bride… Colin and I met while working as summer students in Ottawa. We knew pretty much right away that we were meant for each other and would get married one day. Five years and a move across the country later, and Colin proposed to me. I plan a lot of events in my professional life, and am super type-A organized, so I wasn’t too stressed about the planning process. My Mom is also an event planner extraordinaire, so I had an amazing sidekick working with me. My parents and I are members of the Vancouver Club, so having the wedding there was a no brainer – not only is the venue gorgeous, but the food is amazing, the bartender is one of the best in the city, and the team behind the venue is beyond experienced. We booked the venue within five days of getting engaged and it was one of the best decisions we made in the planning process.

With the venue booked, it really set the tone for the rest of the wedding. Both Colin and I are old school, traditional people. We wanted to a classic wedding, that was really all about the guest experience. For us, our wedding was about our nearest and dearest joining us to celebrate the marriage, so having great food, great booze and great music was a priority.

We kept the décor pretty, but simple. I don’t have an eye for décor at all, so my Mom took over and had an amazing vision. She decided she wanted a ton of flowers, candles and sparkle, but instead of vases we’d use antique silver teapots, creamers, sugar bowls, etc. While she had a pretty good antique silver collection, we needed over 100 pieces, and so began her epic, BC wide thrift store hunt for silver. By the end of the 10 month buying spree, she had over 140 beautiful pieces, knew the location of every Salvation Army and thrift store in the area, and had single-handedly driven up the price of used silver. Her hunt was well worth it though, as the final effect was beautiful and complimented the heritage building perfectly.

Aside from the venue, my other best decision was hiring a day-of wedding coordinator. Erin Bishop of Filosophi was amazing – she had helpful hints throughout the planning process and on the day, despite my type-A personality, I didn’t look at my phone or watch once. She took care of everything, and more than delivered. Hands down she was the best spent money of my budget, and I could not recommend enough the value of hiring a coordinator.

The day itself went perfectly. Colin and I both got ready with our immediate family upstairs at the Club. We kept it low-key and fun, and our amazing photographer Sachin Khona, captured the mood perfectly. The ceremony was short and sweet – only 10 minutes! – so we got to the fun quickly. Cocktail hour was a great moment to catch-up with our guests, the speeches over dinner were hilarious, and the dance party was amazing. The dance floor filled up within 10 seconds of the band starting, and did not empty out until the band (reluctantly) left the stage many hours later. It truly was a celebration – Colin and I felt such love from the room, and were so glad that our friends and family from around the country and the world could join us.

Photography: Sachin Khona | Videography: Story Box Movies | Florist: Celsia Florist | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Cake: Cupcakes | Hair And Makeup: Trevor Sand | Officiant: Joan Miller | Wedding Venue: Vancouver Club | Music: Side One | Wedding Planning: Filosophi Events

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Alberta Farm Wedding with Color + Whimsy

Weddings are a celebration of two families coming together, but when this lovely Bride and her tightly-knit family tragically lost a brother during the planning process, she knew she had to honor him in some way, and how she did gives me goosebumps. From one of his shirts, she cut out a heart (from where his heart would be), and had it sewn into her wedding dress covering her own heart and keeping him close on his special day. See all of the sweet details, photographed by Jacqueline Elizabeth Photography, and share in this wonderful couple’s well-deserved joy.

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From Jacqueline Elizabeth Photography… Brie comes from an amazing family. Her Mom recently won Wal-mart’s Mom of The Year, just to give you an idea. Her family adopted 4 kids from the Dominican Republic, and they are always helping others whether it’s helping a village (literally!), or raising money for charity. Brie takes after her Mom quite a bit. She is the most incredible step-mom a kid could ask for, with the biggest heart. Making beautiful handmade costumes, baking incredible cakes, building blanket forts, and teaching Lexi everything a little girl should know. She completed Nathans little family, and they make each other a better person.

After New Year’s Brie came to town to go dress shopping, and we hung out and discussed wedding plans. What was supposed to be one of the happiest times in her life took a halt that Monday, when her brother Damian was killed in a tragic car accident. I cannot fathom what their family went through knowing how close they were, but I can honestly say at Brie & Nathan’s wedding it felt like he was there with us. A heart cut out of one of his shirts (where his heart would be), and sewn inside her dress covering her heart to make sure he was close to her. I felt lucky to have been there, to witness the love, and two amazing families coming together. Everyone camped out that weekend, laughing, and sharing stories. And did I mention everyone was welcome to bring their pups, and we had brunch? It doesn’t get much better than that! Brie made the decor herself, putting her crafting to good use.

From the beautiful Bride… Nathan and I were married in a friend’s backyard on an amazing blue sky day in early September.  It was a bit of a gamble, because the fall weather can be so unpredictable in Alberta, but we really lucked out.  We ended up getting the first snow of the season the next day!

Planning the wedding ended up being much more challenging that I had anticipated.  Two days after I found my wedding dress, my younger brother was killed in a car accident.  I can’t even begin to describe what it felt like to plan my wedding knowing that he wouldn’t be there.  It was really overwhelming when we finally started trying to get things moving again, but my husband was incredibly supportive and together we came up with some amazing ways to honour my brother on our wedding day.  His best friends were our ushers, we saved him a seat for him in the front row with my family, and I had a heart cut from one of his old dress shirts and sewn into my wedding dress.  All the little things we did made it feel like he was there with us throughout the day.   

Nathan and I wanted to have a really laid back feel to the entire day.  We chose to have a morning wedding followed by the most delicious brunch.  Everything was in one location and many of our guests camped on site for the entire weekend.  We were a little worried about how our daytime dance party would turn out, but thanks to our fantastic DJ, a few mimosas, and all of the super enthusiastic kiddos who attended, it was big hit.  

Our ceremony was short, sweet and full to the top with love and laughter.  Christal Earle, a very dear family friend and all around amazing lady, flew all the way from the Dominican Republic to marry us.  I’m the very lucky step-mama to Nathan’s daughter Lexie and we wanted to make sure that we included her in our ceremony, since we were coming together as a family, not just a couple.  I had separate vows just for Lexie that I read to her before Nathan and I read our vows to each other.    

The decor was extremely DIY.  Nearly everything was handmade, from the arch at our ceremony site to 1500 tissue paper tassels that were used to decorate our tent.  Our amazing family and friends were the only reason our wedding was even remotely possible.  They put countless hours into helping me make decorations, setting everything up and making sure that everything ran smoothly.  My one big piece of advice to any bride would be to ask for help when you need it so you don’t burn yourself out.  I don’t know what I would have done without our small army of helpers and all of their hot glue guns.    

There were some things that didn’t go quite the way I had planned but on the day it didn’t seem to matter and even now, I wouldn’t change a thing.  The day was 100% true to who we are as a couple and we had so much fun!

Photography: Jacqueline Elizabeth Photography | Floral Design: La Petite Jaune Fleur | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Shoes: Jeffery Campbell | Catering: Cilantro & Chive | Makeup: Shenise Boser | Hair: Danielle Chiasson Of Crop Hair Boutique | DJ: Juiced Audio | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Private Farm