Lesson of the day: if you happen to own an adorable dog named “Newton” and you also happen to know how to throw a crazy gorgeous wedding, I will desperately want to be your best friend. And I mean desperately. Because when I laid my eyes on these amazing images by Bloom Photography and read the bride’s beautiful description, I instantly began dreaming of shopping trips and happy hours with my new besties. Bride and groom crush? Quite possibly. Join the fan club in the full gallery. They (and their wedding) are awesome.
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From the Bride… Chad and I met over six years ago when we were both in school and working part time at a local fitness club. Throughout our six plus years together we have traveled to 10 different countries, moved three times and fallen in love with a little Yorkshire Terrier named Newton. Chad proposed at his parents’ home in Vancouver, British Columbia – he popped the question by engraving ‘will you marry me’ on a heart-shaped dog-tag, attached to a bow-tie around Newton’s neck. I immediately said ‘Yes!’ and we began to plan our big day!
Chad was a groom who wanted to be thoroughly involved in the process. Due to his hectic work schedule, I would narrow our options to my top two or three choices, and then together we would arrive at the best selection. We wanted a wedding which was quintessentially ‘us’… modern and sophisticated, yet simple and relaxed.
We wanted to highlight our love for travel, our adoration for ‘Newton,’ provide a fabulous meal for our guests and throw a great party to celebrate our love for each other and rejoice with our family and friends.
The Hacienda provided the perfect Mediterranean-inspired backdrop and we brought in personalized elements – our 3D heart shaped guestbook to resemble the dog tag Chad used to propose, Chad’s love for golf was highlighted with his ‘mini-putt kissing game,’ our love for dogs in the OSPCA donation thank-you cards, our signature drink ‘The Newton,’ my love for anything and everything sparkly shone with the black sequin bridesmaid dresses, our simple- contemporary monogramed invitations – we had the ‘e&c’ engraved in our wedding bands.
Wedding Photography: Jenn Huynh from Bloom Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Louis Roman Catholic Parish in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada | Reception Venue: Hacienda Sarria in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada | Floral Design: Pink Poppi | Catering: Wildcraft Wherever | Ceremony Music: Amarone String Quartet | DJ: Merv Keys | Transportation: Brentwood Livery | Wedding Invitations + Stationery: OOXX | Guestbook: DIY by the Bride | Gift Card Printing: MOO | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal via Ferre Sposa | Bride’s Earrings + Hair Band: J.Crew | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Ralph Lauren | Bridesmaids’ Robes: La Vie En Rose | Sun Glasses: Ray-Ban via Port Moody Optometry | Groom’s Attire: Freemans Formal Wear | Groomsmen Socks: Paul Smith | Dog Robe + Tuxedo Collar: Three Dog Bakery | Hair: Trish DaSilva | Makeup: Joanne Hofer from Paz Spa
Sometimes all you have to do is sit back, close your eyes and let the details of your wedding fall into place – right there in your imagination. Which is exactly what this beautiful Kitchener bride decided to do… and the day she envisioned? An uber-romantic, classically elegant, cream colored affair with her amazing, ever-so-dashing groom. And with the help of some oh-so-talented vendors and her dream lace gown (the first and last she tried on), she was able enjoy the best day of her life with the man she loves. See all of the pretty captured by Geehae Jeong right here.
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From the Bride… It all started with the dress. I always knew my wedding dress would be lace. I just love the romantic look and feel of lace — it captures a timeless style. I looked at countless pictures of beautiful gowns, but there was only one that took my breath away. It was the first dress I tried on, and my search was over. With my dress as inspiration, the rest all fell into place. I wanted to keep the romantic yet timeless style throughout our wedding while keeping things clean and simple. It really wasn’t complicated once I knew my style. I could close my eyes and see cream-colored hydrangeas and peonies. I saw my bridesmaids walking down the aisle and dancing the night away in soft yet flirty dresses. The image of Omar standing in a crisp black suite gave me butterflies. With these images in mind, I slowly gathered the material and pieces that would make our wedding a reality. It didn’t hurt either when my mom gave me the clutch she used when she married my dad for me to use, and it fit right in with my dress and jewelry.
The day of the wedding went by so fast. I did my best to soak in each and every moment. Eating breakfast with my family, getting my hair done with my girls, to the moment of our first look — it was all overwhelming. It was a warm sunny day and the light filled the windows of our venue beautifully. Omar and I were married at the Waterloo Region Museum, which created an elegant backdrop for our wedding. It was the perfect mix of past and present with water mills, a steam engine train and barns just outside of a modern, light-filled museum. Before the ceremony, I got to see for the first time the beautiful decorations my friends so graciously offered to put together. The hydrangea and branch centerpieces looked simple yet elegant. The red velvet cupcakes my good friend Marianne lovingly made for us looked picture-perfect. The place cards my maid of honor, Hazel, created looked professionally made. We had a short and simple Muslim ceremony followed by a short cocktail hour where the guests got to enjoy the grounds of the museum. The rest of the night included great food and dancing, but most importantly amazing company.
Just thinking about our wedding day and looking at these lovely photos bring the biggest smile to my face. I wasn’t prepared for the amount of love I would feel on that day, and there were many moments where tears of joy did my talking for me. It’s still a surreal feeling to be married to this wonderful man who I’ve known for more than half of my life. We loved nothing more than sharing our love and celebrating with our closest family and friends.
Wedding Photography: Geehae Jeong / Wedding Venue: Waterloo Region Museum in Kitchener, Ontario / Floral Design: Village Flowers and Gifts in Wellesley / Cupcakes: DIY by Marianne Haffner, A Friend of the Bride / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals via Sophie’s Gown Shoppe / Hair: Pino Salon / Makeup: DIY by the Bride / Groom’s Attire: Harry Rosen / Rings: The Jewel Case
This lovely couple created their own piece of Europe in Kitchener Waterloo with a picturesque wedding at Hacienda Sarria. I adore the clean images by A Simple Photograph which truly capture the sincerity of the day and vibrant hues of the Les Fleurs Floral Boutique floral arrangements. The happy smiles on this couple are contagious and will leave you flipping through the entire gallery for more.
From the Bride… May 20, 2012, was a beautiful hot and sunny day for a wedding. After travelling throughout Europe together, the Hacienda Sarria was the perfect wedding location for us. It is like a little piece of Europe in Kitchener Waterloo. It made for a nice intimate wedding with close family and friends, which was the most important thing for us. The Spanish guitarist was amazing and really fit the setting — he helped everyone feel like they really were in Europe. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Wedding Photography: Erin Samuell of A Simple Photograph / Wedding Venue: Hacienda Sarria in Kitchener, Ontario / Floral Design: Les Fleurs Floral Boutique / Catering: Niche Catering / Wedding Cake: The Cake Box / Spanish Guitarist: Juneyt / Band: Mike Erb / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bride’s Shoes: Le Chateau
I LOVE Jenn Stark. I REALLY love when Jenn Stark sends weddings of gorgeous couples on their big day in amazing venues. That’s when all of the wedding stars align to provide us with a seriously stunning celebration to gush over, and well, let’s just say those pretty little stars aligned. When that happens you can bet your bottom dollar the full gallery of images will be all a buzz…so ladies and gentlemen – start your gushing!
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From the bride… Having an amazing menu was at the top of our list for our dream wedding day. Verses was the first and only stop we made in our hunt for the perfect venue. Once we walked up the stairs and through the solid wood doors into this unique fine dining restaurant, we knew it was a perfect fit. Once a former Church, Verses has been converted into a modern restaurant. The original stain glass windows, vaulted ceilings, warm wood architectural details and statement red high backed dining chairs added such impact we knew we needed to keep the rest of our décor simple.
We are very lucky to have such talented friends and family who helped us with every detail. From our delicious lactose-free red velvet cake made by Christine DenOuden, to the custom-designed, hand-pressed invitations, including touches of red and charcoal gray, made by Kristin Kotack. Our favourite part of the décor had to be the beautiful flowers. One of our best friends co-owns Petals, and with full artistic freedom, Erin created such beautiful floral arrangements incorporating white rose, white chrysanthemums, grey brasilia berries, and forsythia. Erin also added planted succulents in small white vases to each table. “The succulents have a great grey-blue to them that went so well with your theme. That is also why I suggested the Brasilia berries. As they mature they turn a pretty soft grey that contrasted nicely with the fresh white chrysanthemums and roses,” Erin said.
Our wedding day was truly perfect. The food was beyond amazing … our guests are still raving about how delicious everything was. The memories of our wedding day will never be forgotten thanks to our talented photographers Jenn and Dave Stark. They were so much fun to work with and did an outstanding job capturing every moment!
Wedding Photography: Jenn Stark Photographers / Wedding Venue + Catering: Verses Restaurant in Kitchener, Ontario / Floral Design: Erin Perri of Petals / Wedding Cake: Christine DenOuden (A Friend) / Wedding Invitations: Kristin Kotack (A Friend) / Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West / Bridesmaid’s Dress: Blue by Enzoani / Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein