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Romantic Engagement Session at Scarborough Bluffs

I am obsessed with each and every image captured by ARTIESE of this couples’ engagement session. Seriously. Each and every image. This gorgeous couple now has a collection of images so stunning they probably want to frame them all, and one that we can swoon over for as long as we’d like right here


From the Bride…My love story with Gabe started later than it should have. My BFF met Gabe in 2007 and announced to me she had found the man of my dreams. Unfortunately, she is a terrible salesperson and although she was quite persistent over the years, her attempts were wildly unsuccessful. Eventually, I found Gabe sitting in my very own living room – she invited him over for a friend’s birthday party. After meeting Gabe that evening, I reluctantly admitted to my BFF that she had been right all along. Maybe it was his big hearty laugh or his silly hat, but somehow I could see myself being really happy with him.

After a few months of BBMing and group outings, Gabe asked me to have dinner one evening. To be honest, I wasn’t even aware that it would be a date for just the two of us! Our first date lasted for 6 hours (good sign!) and at the end of it, Gabe put out THE QUESTION: “where is this going?” Obviously I was completely taken aback since this was only our FIRST date (crazy man!). In between giggling and hiding my face in my scarf, we eventually both agreed that we wanted a relationship that was lasting, serious and godly, with marriage in mind.

As our relationship progressed, so did our adventures. We both loved travelling and eating (Gabe more so than me). We had a great time exploring new lands, but we also had a hard time learning about each others differences. I learnt that Gabe is resistant to sleep, food, and warmth deprivation. Gabe learnt that Cari is a normal human being who always ends up sick and exhausted after a Gabe “vacation”. I learnt that Gabe is a simple man, with simple needs (ie: beer, fried chicken, and basketball). Gabe learnt a lot about cameras, and designer bags/shoes.

But it was Gabe’s differences that I learned to love and appreciate the most. Where I am weak, he is strong. I love how Gabe is so confident and calm about everything he does…including choosing me. Right from the get go Gabe has worn his heart on his sleeve for me and has had unwavering confidence in me. I’ve always been more cautious and anxious than I need to be, but Gabe’s complete openness and honesty always set me at ease. No matter what crazy (and sometimes mean) things I do or tell him, his love for me has never wavered.

Exactly 2 years after our first date, Gabe proposed to me at Evergreen Brickworks. This was Plan B. He accidentally leaked his Plan A to me months ago and I called him out on it. He was devastated, but not defeated. Well actually, I also had an inkling about Plan B, but this time I decided to be kinder and turned a blind eye. Gabe is the worst at keeping surprises (or anything) from me! Obviously I still said “YES!” (how can you resist that face?) and here we are now…getting ready to embark on our greatest adventure yet!

Photography: ARTIESE | Hair: Puzzle Creations

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Rustic Chic Farm Shoot at Cambium Farms

You know what I love? I love that there are no rules anymore. And that just because you have a barn wedding, doesn’t mean you have to fall into a certain style silo. This pretty post is proof. Captured by Injoy Imagery with gorgeous florals from Cedar & Stone and planned to perfection by As You Wish Weddings, this gallery is chock full of gorgeous ideas to take your barn wedding to the next level. 

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From As You Wish WeddingsFor this styled shoot, we were influenced by the dreamy, ethereal watercolor touches that have begun to appear in weddings as of late. With Spring in full bloom and Summer around the corner, a pink and gold watercolor-inspired color palette was the perfect blend of the two seasons.

The venue, Cambium Farms, is the home of a restored century old barn nestled in the picturesque hills of Caledon, Ontario. The barn was the ideal rustic setting to juxtapose against the glam elements that were infused through the gold flatware, sequin runner, and lush florals arranged in rose gold mercury glass by Caledon florist Cedar & Stone.

Our dessert table, designed by the talented ladies at Sweet Table, featured a backdrop of pink and gold-painted leaves intricately arranged on a vintage window pane, and a variety of sweet treats including candy apples, French macarons, and mini coconut dusted donuts.

With the light peeking through the beams of the barn throughout the day, highlighting the texture of the reclaimed wood harvest table and gorgeous blush and lace wedding gowns, Injoy Imagery beautifully captured every last detail with her soft, romantic photography.

Photography: Injoy Imagery | Floral Design: Cedar & Stone | Stationery: Ashly Bollert | Hair & Makeup: Blushing Belles | Mason Jar Chandelier: Lace And Lumber | Planning & Coordination: As You Wish Weddings | Sweet Table: Sweet Table | Venue: Cambium Farms | Vintage Rentals: Vintage Rentals | Wedding & Bridesmaids Dresses: Something Green Bridal Boutique

Romantic Vintage Inspired Wedding

Can we just talk about how seriously gorgeous this Anna Campbell wedding gown is for a moment, please?  Like, really take a moment to soak in its incredible beauty?  Because this isn’t just any gown… it’s a drop-dead gorgeous stunner that perfectly compliments the breathtaking bride and her amazing romantic meets vintage wedding.  See every fabulous DIY (!) moment captured by Joel Bedford right here.

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From the Bride… With a year of long-distance planning from Australia, and a lot of help from family, friends and vendors, we were able to pull off our perfect wedding day! As Peter’s family were travelling from Perth Australia, and mine from all over Canada, we wanted to make sure our day was filled with love, laughter, tasty food, and lots of dancing. I think we pulled it off!

Our theme for our wedding day was vintage, romantic elegance, with a soft colour palette of mint, peach and gold. Our ceremony and reception took place in the stunning Restaurant Des-Beaux Arts in the National Gallery of Canada. The venue is perfectly situated in downtown Ottawa and looks out onto the Ottawa river, Nepean Point and Parliament Hill. It was an ideal location to show off my home town to our out-of-town guests.

From start to finish our wedding day went off without a hitch. Our photographers, Joel & Justyna, were amazing!  They coordinated all sorts of shots, as we had no clue where to go in Ottawa. They also helped two very camera shy people become relaxed in front of the camera.

Our food caterer, Thyme and Again, were incredibly accommodating and made us feel well looked after. Their food was excellent and their wait staff were attentive. We had arranged to have Pavlova as our dessert (something for the Aussie’s). Not only did Bridget, the Catering Coordinator, provide us with a yummy dessert, she remembered me mentioning, in one of our meetings, that I love dark chocolate and added a truffle onto each plate. It was a small gesture that put a big smile on my face.

The wedding DJ, DJ Mellow Dee, was highly recommended by two friends. He did not disappoint. Days after our wedding guests were still talking about how amazing he was.

To keep our wedding budget down, we really wanted to try and do as much DIY stuff as possible and also get help from our talented family members. My brilliant cousin created our floral arrangements for our tables. For table numbers, we collected vintage themed postcards from all the different cities Peter and I have visited.

My brother is excellent with a camera and was our videographer for the day (only one of his many roles). He captured each special moment on film and two days after the wedding he had already edited and posted our video for all our friends and family to see. It also was something we could easily share with the family members who were unable to attend the wedding.

My graphic design savvy friends helped create the programs, place cards and wedding signage. I also found several free downloadable signs online and used Vistaprint for printing.

My brother-in-law’s family tap their own maple syrup, so they supplied us with eight gallons of syrup for our wedding favours. We never realized how much work goes into bottling maple syrup. The hard work paid off though, as they turned out beautifully! Also, the Australians were thrilled to take a bottle back home.

Peter gave me full creative freedom for our big day. He trusted my vision and put up with my crazy little details. The one and only stipulation he had was he wanted our wedding cake to be his family’s traditional fruit cake. My Mom took on that challenge and made this family favourite recipe. In case people didn’t want fruit cake, we had three additional smaller cakes (vanilla, chocolate and red velvet) from a local bakery. I then found the ‘Mr & Mrs’ cake topper on Etsy from Paper Treats.

We can’t say the lead up to the day wasn’t without any stress; two weeks before our wedding, we received the news that my mother might not make it to our wedding. She has been battling cancer for years and had recently taken a turn for the worse. With unbelievable support from family and friends, we made it through and so did she. One of our favourite wedding moments was seeing my mother on the dance floor dancing late into the night.

We are so very grateful for all the love and support we received from all those around us. We will cherish this day forever.

Photography: Joel Bedford | Florist: Elise Schmitz - Toast Events | Wedding Gown: Anna Campbell | Cakes: Artistic Cakes & Bride’s Mother | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Etsy (Renz Rags) | Make Up: Amanda Hickman From Pro Make-Up Group | Hair: Lori Dyck - Showpony | DJ: Dwight Grant (aka DJ Mellow Dee) | Tuxes: Moores (Vera Wang) | Celebrant: Patti Koeslag | Ceremony Musicians: Capital Strings | Decor Rental : Amy + Jen | Floral Arrangements: Elizabeth Munro | Flowergirl Dress: John Lewis | Reception Venue + Ceremony: National Gallery Of Canada