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Romantic Wards Island Beach Engagement

However much we go gaga over real weddings around here, there’s totally something to be said about the perfect e-sesh: it should be personal, intimate, beautiful, and this couple did it oh-so right. Captured by Blynda Da Costa Photography, this darling duo‘s waterfront snuggle sesh is everything an engagement shoot should be and more. Get lost in the full gallery here!


From Blynda Da Costa PhotographyJamie and Chris wanted something personal. They are getting married at his parents property in beautiful Collingwood Ontario and they are filling their wedding with personal little details to share with their family and friends.

Early this past spring, when we talked about locations for their upcoming engagement shoot, I suggested this spot without really knowing how much the couple really enjoyed it there. They love to hop on the little Toronto ferry with a bunch of friends in summertime with a cooler, beach blankets and bathing suits to spend the day away from the city on the adorable beaches of the Toronto Islands. As coincidence would have it – the location was a great match and the perfect way to commemorate their engagement in the city they fell in love in and in a spot that was close to their hearts.

Toronto has easy access to a collection of little islands just a few minutes off the shore of downtown in Lake Ontario. They are not-so-hidden, but nonetheless quiet little gems in the city! The 10 minute ride on a quaint little ferry gets you to another little peaceful world surrounded by water without the hustle bustle of the city and sound of cars and buses flying by! Ward’s Island is a favorite spot for many Torontonians, but still retains the quiet charm of a private little island.

Photography: Blynda Da Costa Photography | Venue: Wards Island Beach | Brown booties: Michael Kors | Chris' shirt: Hugo Boss | Chris' shoes: Ted Baker | Chris' watch: Tissot | Jamie's Watch: Michael Kors | Jamie's hair: Blo - Shangri-La | Nude Heels: Nine West | Suit: Indochino | White Dress: Zara

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Romantic Summer Wedding at Nestleton Waters Inn

We first met this gorgeous couple when they got engaged a little while back (seriously, is this real!?), and now we’re lucky enough to see even more romance with their wedding right here, once again captured by Photographs By Caileigh. Their elegant affair was full of burgundy and blush beauty and these pics are truly a fairytale happily ever after if I do say so myself.

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From the Bride… It was love at first sight for me. The moment I saw Taylor I instantly fell in love with him. He is the funniest guy who has me laughing every single day. He makes life so vibrant, beautiful and fun. I know my life will be filled with non-stop laughs and fierce love because of him. I am beyond privileged to be his wife.

From Photographs By Caileigh… I feel so honoured to have been a part of Stephanie and Taylor’s wedding. My favourite part of their day was documenting their first look on the dock at Nestleton. It was such a special moment for the two of them to share, as they wrote and recited letters to each other after seeing the other for the first time on their wedding day.

Their wedding was a great time for all. The ceremony was short and sweet, and S & T’s “love bubble” was undeniable. Best of all, I don’t think a single guest missed out on the dance floor! Everybody was just so thrilled to be there to celebrate these two amazing people.

Photography: Photographs By Caileigh | Floral Design: Bella Donna | Wedding Dress: Michelle Roth | Makeup Artist: Lisa Krawchuk | Officiant: Pastor John Bishop (Victory Christian Community Centre) | Wedding Venue: Nestleton Waters Inn | Film Processing: Photovision Prints

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Blushing Blue Bridesmaid Inspiration

Filled with sweet blooms, the most charming basket-bedecked bicycle, and one of the cutest black tie-ready pooches I’ve ever seen, this is exactly how I envision spring in Toronto. Courtesy of the winning team of Phoebe Lo Events and Rhythm Photography, this Bridesmaid inspiration shoot is just brimming with loveliness, all in the gallery here!

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From Phoebe Lo EventsOur Blushing Blue Bridesmaid inspiration features a classic floor length Nouvelle Amsale chiffon dress paired with a delicate bouquet of ranunculus. Gracefully wisping through the marshes of Toogood Pond in north Toronto, a delightful showcase of a summer bridesmaid style is captured through traditional and contemporary elements.

Greeted by a corridor of freshly bloomed lilacs, our bridesmaid enjoys an elegant bicycle ride with a basket full of locally crafted goods inspired for fanciful keepsakes at any wedding celebration. A bunch of locally grown lavender playfully blossoms alongside a stack of literary classics. The papier ensemble basks with a vibrant bouquet of handmade flowers alongside an array of crafted stationery and thank you cards.

An ode to the beautiful Canadian creative culture peers through the basket and takes form of a national flag. Made by salvaged wooden planks sourced from local apple farm crates, these wooden design seconds as wedding centerpieces or a gift for guests and friends. A tastefully wrapped gift embellished with a vintage inspired emblem chariots the party of handheld luxuries and flourishes with a sweet parcel of artisan marshmallows.

Completing the vision are a set of dazzling metallic tattoos that redefine a traditional bridesmaid style with a charismatic contemporary spin. Our bridesmaid’s visit is also accompanied by the dashing bulldog, Chino, who will be making a charming appearance at any summer wedding affair.

Photography: Rhythm Photography | Concept Design: Blossom and Bloom | Event Planning and Coordination: Phoebe Lo Events | Model: Sally Leung | Dress: Amsale From Pearl Bridal House | Hair and Makeup: Vidi Vici | Chino the English Bulldog: Leash and Paws | Flower Bouquet: Hoopla Event Design and Styling | Thank You Cards: Bunny Bum Boxes | Paper Flowers: Lumiere Luxe | Custom Stamp and Stationery: Ferris Wheel Press | Lavender: Christel Lake Lavender | Wooden Flag: Halyard Flags | Artisan Marshmallows: I Love Puffy Love | Metallic Tattoos: Flashionistas | Vintage Bicycle: Harvester Bike Co. | Venue: Toogood Pond

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Colorful Ottawa Herb Garden Wedding

Bursting with brightly colored blooms all around, this garden wedding is sure to put a smile on your face! You’ll find whimsical touches in the potted plants and the sweetest dessert table we’ve ever seen, and there’s plenty more pretty to see thanks to wonderful work of Laura Kelly Photography in the full gallery right here!

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From Laura Kelly PhotographyIt rained for six days straight leading up to the wedding. Clearly someone was watching over Jamie and Chris as they prepared for their outdoor ceremony and tented reception at The Herb Garden. When the big day finally came… there was nothing but blue skies and warm sunshine.

This wedding will certainly be one of my favourites from the season!

Photography: Laura Kelly Photography | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Catering: AJ's Catering | Makeup: One Fine Beauty | Hair: Showpony Hair | Venue: The Herb Garden | Bridal Accessories: Sarah Walsh

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Destination Weddings with Escapes.ca + Win A Free Spa Day!

There are destination weddings, and then there are destination weddings planned with the help of Escapes.ca; a fab leisure travel company that knows a thing or two about saying “I do” in paradise. Think an amazing team of talented specialists + planners, top-notch customer service and an entire world of breathtaking locales perfect for you and yours.  Dream wedding in one, two, three?  Yes, indeed.

Destination weddings are awesome… that goes without saying.  But a destination wedding coordinated by the pros at Escapes.ca? An entirely new level of amazing.  That’s because Escapes.ca has been assisting Canadians with their travel and vacation plans since 2001, which means years of friendly + efficient customer service, all wrapped up in some serious know-how and fabulous pricing to boot.  Not to mention that the Destination Wedding Specialists at Escapes.ca are total pros at selecting a dream location for you and yours, from the alternative wellness treatments of the Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita in the Riviera Maya to the unique cultural experiences of the Nizuc Resort & Spa to the Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay in Mazatlán, known as one of the Top 20 spas in Mexico & Central America.

Whether you’re dreaming of a week-long excursion filled with Swedish massages at the Le Blanc Spa & Resort in Cancun (19 treatment rooms!) or basking in the luxury that is the Grand Velas in the Riviera Maya (four words: clay and ice room), Escapes.ca has a getaway that is just what you are looking for… for your wedding OR your honeymoon!  Imagine day after day of serious pampering with your nearest and dearest, followed by the wedding of your dreams in paradise.  It’s awesome.

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Ontario Anniversary Shoot in High Park

My hubby and I are closing in on our five year anniversary (how in the world did that happen so fast?!), so this sweet little anniversary shoot captured by Injoy Imagery of these two love birds (see their wedding herehas me itching plan just a session. Because celebrating love just might be my favorite thing ever, and there is a whole lot to celebrate here.


From Injoy ImageryNewlyweds, Claire and Bryan were married last summer and decided they wanted to celebrate their 1 year anniversary with a beautiful cherry blossom-filled spring photoshoot. So in love with each other and so in love with married life, it’s always so beautiful to see the excitement carry on even after the wedding.

Cherry blossom season being one of Claire’s most favorite times of the year, there was no better place than Toronto’s High Park. Claire being the crafty, Pinterest- savvy lady that she is, ensured all the lovely little details were taken care of. From a simple and elegant baby’s breath bouquet, to adorable Anthropologie mugs filled with pink peonies spelling L-O-V-E to their BHLDN vow booklets from their wedding day and my favorite, a picture of the two of the from when they were babies. That’s how long they’ve known each other and they still share this sweet, beautiful, romantic and playful love. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Photography: Injoy Imagery | Venue: High Park | Hair & Make-up: Blush Pretty