I think I love this wedding. Actually, scratch that… I know I love this wedding. Because this is a wedding that isn’t just chock-full of beautiful details (it sooo is), but is brimming with those kind of touching moments that will make your heart sing. In other words, it’s a master class in vintage chicness with an awesome side of modern lovely, all set against a glamorous meets romantic setting. Bask in the lovely captured by Eyekahfoto right here in the full gallery.
From the Bride… Picking the venue was easy, we’re from Toronto but Niagara held a charm to the both of us. It’s a place where we used to escape and go on mini vacations during University when we couldn’t afford a trip down south. We came across Queenston Heights in the summer when we were showing my siblings where he proposed. We heard classical music playing Bach’s Cello Suites. We followed the staircase leading up to the park, which led us to the historical Brock’s Monument. There, we saw a wedding taking place and we knew that was the place.
On the days leading up to the big day, the weather reports kept fluctuating. The day before the wedding, there was non-stop downpour. Miguel and I were closely monitoring the hourly weather for Saturday and the forecast looked grim. Rain was promised at 70 percent and we were devastated. We had a rain plan, but it wasn’t as romantic as our outdoor ceremony. I tossed and turned that night and decided to start the day at 6AM since I was too worried and anxious. I pushed open the curtains and rain was beading down my window. It was gloomy and cloudy and so were my spirits. I said a little prayer and proceeded to do my prep. A couple of hours later, the room seemed much brighter and sure enough, the sun came out for the rest of the day! There was so much emotion that day, I felt so blessed and thankful.
My personal style has always been classy, elegant and modern – I like a large variety of styles and colors (I am a graphic designer after all), so I knew planning my wedding would be a challenge. Initially, I was torn between having a Great Gatsby or a nautical theme. After pinning for several months, my vision became clearer. I wanted a more soft, demure and romantic vibe. Right away I thought of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” To interpret such effect, I started playing around with neutral shades. My colors were derived from summer elements like the gold from the sun’s rays, soft shades of pink and peach from peonies, and beige from the sand. We also incorporated gold Chevron patterns throughout our décor to give a modern substance.
Photography: Eyekahfoto | Decor: Simply Beautiful Decor | Earrings & Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Florals: The Watering Can | Hotel: The Crowne Plaza | Wedding & Reception Venue: Queenston Heights Bistro | Wedding Dress Designer: Mori Lee
Is it bad that sometime I use the engagement sessions on SMP as a way to scout out killer outfits? It’s not? Ok, good. Take this couple for instance, I’m pretty sure I want everything this Bride-to-be is wearing, and her soon to be hubby doesn’t look so shabby either. But the best thing these two are wearing are the smiles in every single image captured by Wendy Alana, and you can see every stylish moment of the shoot here.
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From Wendy Alana Photography…Elissa and Nick showed up to their engagement session dressed to kill. They had multiple outfits, great attitudes and wanted to incorporate both urban buildings and the romantic dusk light that we have become known for. They also wanted to incorporate their deceased grandparents, honouring each one lost with a balloon. Italian in heritage, their families are extremely close.
We started their shoot in downtown Niagara on the lake, incorporating some buildings and the gazebo by the water. We then headed to Niagara Botanical gardens where Nick first proposed to Elissa, but first stopping at an abandoned field in between wineries for some beautiful golden hour photos. We can’t wait to capture their summer wedding in 2014!
Photography: Wendy Alana Photography | Dress: Balletts Bridal
This wedding is my happy place. And by “happy place” I mean a drop-dead gorgeous lesson in all things glamorous and pretty. Think glittery gold accents playing ever-so-nice with two seriously stunning newlyweds and one crazy awesome estate setting. It’s the epitome of a traditional shindig with the perfect dose of whimsy. See it all captured by Wendy Alana Photography in the full gallery.
From Wendy Alana Photography… Daniela and Franco’s Niagara wedding was all things glitter and gold. Their Italian heritage lent to the theme of the large wedding party, beautiful designers and delicious food. The wedding photos took place in the bride’s uncle’s 25,000 square foot mansion. The bridesmaid dresses were Hollywood vintage. The groomsmen looked dashing. Their banquet hall was New York style with platters of antipasto, oysters, sushi and every type of delicious cocktail you could imagine. The number 13 in Italian culture is considered an integer of luck. This number also represented symbolic occasions to the couple throughout their dating history.
Photography: Wendy Alana Photography | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary | Reception Venue: Club Roma | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Swarovski | Groom's Shoes: Tom Ford | Groom's Suit: Indochino | Men's Attire: Vera Wang | Bridesmaid's Purses: Michael Kors | Cake + Pastries: Criveller Cakes | Decor: Simply Beautiful Decor | Floral + Design: My Bouquet Floral Design | Groom's Shirt + Bowtie: Hugo Boss | Groom's Watch: Diesel Jeans | Live Band Trio: Mark Lalama | Veil: Allure Bridals
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