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Modern Fall Wedding at Berkeley Field House

Hats off to this couple right here, planning their Toronto wedding from their new home in London. You can’t tell that they had that challenge from looking at their photos by A Brit & A Blonde though; each and every one is bursting with joy and if that’s any indication, these two are on one fun ride together. Check out all the love and laughs right this way and I bet a smile will be creeping across your face as well.

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From A Brit & A Blonde… Marieke & Mark are both from Toronto originally. But during their engagement they moved to jolly ol’ London, England. A massive hats off to them for planning a super sweet and lovely wedding from across the pond. No easy feat! And they did it all without a wedding planner. They enlisted the help of friends and family to help them with some rad DIY items – from the playful bunting throughout, the seating chart & dinner menu chalkboards – even the delicious granola that they gave out as guest favours – was all done by themselves and their awesome friends and family.

They chose the Berekely Field House, which is in the heart of downtown Toronto, but has that great mixture of urban and rustic. It has a stunning outdoor space, where they had their ceremony and cocktails. And then indoors for the reception and dancing the night away. If we can just take a quick moment to acknowledge the band that they had. This was by far and away the best and coolest band we have ever, ever, ever seen at a wedding, they were incredible. Marieke & Mark had been out one night while still living in Toronto and saw them play and adored their style and sound. It was such an incredible addition to a very awesome cocktail atmosphere.

The dessert spread was from one of Toronto’s most delicious cake and dessert shops: Bobbette & Belle. From the meringues to the cookies to the cakes, it was scrumptiously divine.

Photography: A Brit & A Blonde | Florist: Blossoms Rosedale | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Bride's Shoes: LK Bennett | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ritche | Caterer: Berkeley Events | Band: Hairy Holler | Groom's Suit: Hackett | Desserts: Bobbette & Belle | Reception/Ceremony Venue: Berkeley Field House

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Romantic Toronto Hunt Club Wedding

Weddings never fail to make me gush (obviously), but every so often I come across a day so special I can feel the love through the computer screen. This wedding from Meghan Andrews Photography is just such a fête. Romantic and timeless, yet personal and sweet - this gallery if gush-worthy to say the least.


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From The Bride…Our story began when a mutual friend introduced me to “the perfect guy” for me and boy was she right! Just over 3 years into our relationship Adam proposed to me at the top of a mountain overlooking Machu Picchu, after 5 amazing days of hiking through the Andes. Our friend has since retired with a perfect match making record!

It took us a little while to decide what wedding style would suit us best. With so many beautiful examples and inspirations out there, it was easy to get confused. Luckily, after scouting out many types of venues, we discovered The Toronto Hunt which immediately felt like the perfect place for us. We fell in love with the building’s classical elegance and absolutely breathtaking views of Lake Ontario; specifically the outdoor ceremony location, which is situated right on the Scarborough bluffs. The location was a perfect complement to our underlying theme “It’s a Shore thing”, which is a nod to Adam’s last name. From the moment we first walked through the archway, to the wrought iron altar with the lake behind us and the sun peeking through the trees, we knew this was where we had to get married. Not only was the venue beautiful but the food and service were amazing! The general manager wowed the crowd with his sabering technique and added a unique touch that got everyone in the mood to celebrate!

I really enjoyed putting together the special touches for our day, from sewing table runners, crafting up a storm for our birdcage inspired card box and other décor items, ordering custom made invitations with lace accents, to slowly collecting vintage side plates from family and antique shops to be used as table numbers. We had vintage chalkboards painted in pale orchid and ivory on which my mom handcrafted beautiful chalk-art messages like “Happily Ever After Begins Here”. I also wanted guests to understand the importance of certain details to us, so I included hand written notes and chalkboard messages throughout the venue asking them to blow bubbles as we walked down the aisle, enjoy our favourite cocktail (a spicy Caesar), or to put on a party hat and let loose (a Grant family tradition). Of course I also couldn’t resist hanging a handmade “Match Maker” sign on our friend’s chair!

Although we had many light-hearted elements peppered throughout the day, the most fun had to be the midnight buffet which was themed as “Shore’s Poutinerie”, a cheeky parody of my husband’s all-time favourite Poutinerie in Toronto. Our paper boxes were lined with red-checkered wax paper and featured his face on a custom logo. We also hired a Slo Mo video booth to entertain our guests and act as a hilarious keepsake!

We made sure to include many other special touches like the vows we wrote for one another and my “something blue” which was a butterfly brooch my grandma had given me when I was young, nestled into the stem of my bouquet which was also wrapped in lace from my mother’s wedding gown. We had personal notes to our parents embroidered on handkerchiefs for their happy tears, our parents’ wedding photos displayed by our guestbook, and had a lovely toast dedicated to Adam’s father who passed only a few short months before the wedding.

For a girl who never fantasized about her wedding day as a child, I certainly lucked out because our wedding day was an absolute fairy tale from start to finish. Adam and his groomsmen started off their day with brunch at a local hotspot and toasted their way through getting dressed. While the girls and I leisurely got ready upstairs in our silk robes, taking funny selfies along the way. I remember seeing Adam from the window and saying “I’m so ready to marry that guy!” I walked down the aisle with my father to “Here comes the sun” played by a solo guitarist as butterflies circled us all. My bridesmaids wore soft orchid, floor-length dresses and the men wore charcoal grey Vera Wang tuxes with polkadot pocket squares. We had stunning bouquets of soft white hydrangeas, garden and kiera roses, ranunculus and baby’s breath. The altar was swathed in a sheer and flowing white fabric; and the aisle was lined with small white hydrangea arrangements. The ceremony was personal and private; we had time to look around at all of our wonderful guests who surrounded us, as our friends read passages we selected. Adam and I walked back down the aisle together to “We’re here for a good time” by Trooper (played again on the guitar) as our family and friends blew bubbles and cheered.

Photography: Meghan Andrews Photography | Videography: Slo Mo Booth | Wedding Dress: Lazaro From L&J Bridal | Wedding Cake: Fabulous Cakes | Stationery: Paper Damsels | Reception Venue: Toronto Hunt Club | Shoes: Browns | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay From Jealous Bridesmaids | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang From Moore’s | Florist & Décor: Cool, Green & Shady | Wedding Jewelry: Quality Jewelers & Crème Couture

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Modern Toronto Wedding

Today calls for a dose of modern glamour, and this The Ritz-Carlton Toronto and Malaparte affair most certainly fits the bill. Heart Visuals never ceases to amaze, and this Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events affair is the latest beauty from their lens. It’s the ultimate pink and gold filled day brought to life, and you can see every gilded detail here!

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From Rebecca Chan Weddings & EventsI love weddings where the bride and groom take the time to care about the details. Connie and Carlo were no exception, and prepared lovely details from start to finish making for an amazing guest experience. The couple got married on a beautiful summer day in the heart of downtown Toronto, at the stylish Malaparte. Their ceremony was held outdoors on the tented terrace, followed by a reception indoors. The venue lent itself to breathtaking cityscape views with floor to ceiling windows, while Malaparte’s Italian inspired rooftop terrace and outdoor amphitheatre nodded to the groom’s roots.

Guests were greeted by a beautiful floral accented lantern, alongside a seating chart and traditional Italian treats from the groom’s family. At each place setting was a gold name card handwritten by the bride adorned by a single spray rose with a leaf. Matching gold cutlery accompanied the place setting, along with delicious macaron favours.

The decor was soft and romantic with hits of peach, pink and blush. Lisa from Sweet Woodruff did a great job in marrying the lush floral with the modern and chic space. The floral centerpieces were garden inspired and consisted of spray roses, ranunculus, Japanese anemones and fragrant garden roses (the bride’s favourite). The head table was an elegant mix of vintage candles and bouquets set in between loose greens. The real showstopper was the sweets table from Connie Cupcake. Guests delighted in a luscious cake with sugar blooms, gold dusted tiered cookies, jeweled jelly donuts, sweet cannolis, mini cheesecakes drizzled in chocolate accented with a sugar flourish and mini tiered cookies with gold detailing and edible diamonds. Yum! After a very beautiful ceremony and intimate dinner, their closest family and friends danced the night away.

From The Bride…Of the many memorable moments, one that comes to mind and makes us laugh when we look back, is when we surprised our guests with an unexpected choreographed dance to a mix of 3 very different songs – Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You (Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons), Best I Ever Had (Drake), All of Me (John Legend), all which served as our “first dance”. We aren’t dancers but wanted to amuse our family and friends, as this was something they would never expect from us. Keeping it a secret between just Carlo and I, and not ever being able to rehearse in our wedding attire made it all the more fun!

Photography: Heart Visuals | Wedding Planner: Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events | Flowers: Sweet Woodruff | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Dana McLaven Fine Jewelery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | DJ: DJ Floh Back Productions | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Officiant: All You Need Is Love | Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton Toronto | Balloons: Balloon Queen | Bride's Clutch And Earrings: BHLDN | Bride's Dress: KENNETH POOL | Bride's Necklace: Swarovski | Cake And Sweets: Connie Cupcake | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Malaparte | Film: Heart Visuals | Groom's Bow Tie: Dion | Groom's Bracelet: David Yurman | Groom's Tuxedo: Ike Behar | Groom's Tuxedo Shirt: Ermenegildo Zegna | Guestbook Illustration: Matthew Chow Of Page One Management | Macaron Favours: Delysees | Makeup And Hair: Jennifer Schulz Makeup + Hair | Photobooth: FunPix | Pianist: Alisa Gayle | Rentals (Cutlery And Plate): Chairman Mills

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Romantic Ontario Summer Wedding

Don’t tell my family and friends, but this wedding right here might as well be a sneak peek at my own upcoming nuptials. I love everything, from the bride’s gorgeous look to the beautiful ceremony signage. Oak & Myrrh worked their magic behind the lens and Maple Tree Films made me want to be friends with this adorable couple. Let’s dive right in and have a full pinning party with all of the pretty right here.

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From Oak & Myrrh Photography… Emily & Justin had a lovely, elegant, rustic wedding in the beautiful Tralee Wedding Facility. The wedding had a romantic feel, with deep emotion. Emily had her sisters stand with her, and Justin, his brothers. They added little pieces to the wedding to make the wedding more personalized: she designed and made the invitations, wore a bracelet given to her by her grandmother, jetted out of the ceremony in Justin’s dream car, both wore something blue, and Emily had a special cake made for her groom representing his favorite sports team – the Toronto Blue Jays!

Photography: Oak & Myrrh Photography | Videography: Maple Tree Films | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Cake: Quest For Cakes | Hair: Lindsay Dagenais | Wedding Venue: Tralee Wedding Facility | Floral: Final Touches Floral Design

Whimsical Kitchen Engagement Session

This just may be the most adorable – and delicious – engagement shoot I ever did see. Years ago and newly dating, this cute couple bonded over each of their family’s meatball recipes and this was the perfect inspiration for these photos, captured by Tara McMullen. Their love for one another is evident and if these pics are any clue to what their future holds, these two lovebirds will be happy and full.

From The Bride…Our Italian grandmother’s, our first date, our tradition of Sunday Sundaes and our love of staying in for cozy evenings at home, inspired our photoshoot. We both have come from Italian backgrounds where a good tomato sauce is the cornerstone of any good meal. Neither of us had the chance to meet each other’s grandmother, but we believe that they had their hand in us finding each other. We grew up miles apart, Stephen in Boston, Mass and myself in Mississauga, Ontario – but we quickly learned that we almost use the identical meatball and tomato sauce recipe. It was fate ! We met on eharmony in January 2012, I moved in with Stephen in July of 2012 and in June of 2013 he proposed. Stephen had just moved to Toronto from New York, for work, in December of 2011, thinking that Toronto was the arctic, Stephen wore Sorrel boots on our first date at a formal restaurant. I am still not sure how he got a second one. When he proposed the ring was tucked into one of these boots. That is why we did a few shots with me wearing his Sorrel boots. We really wanted to capture our home and the items that reflect who we are, this includes Stephen’s vintage toy collection, our homemade Star Wars quilt (made by Stephen’s mom) and my candy drawer. Our tradition of Sunday Sundaes started when I moved in, in July of 2012 – it became something to look forward to at the end of the weekend. It also let us highlight my love of candy and the candy drawer that Stephen stocks for me on a weekly basis ! Often times you can find us dancing in our living room or bedroom to jazz or Ray Lamontagne. Our intention was a personal photo shoot and I think we succeeded with this.

Photography: Tara McMullen | Venue: Private Residence | Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox Condo | Pink Skirt & Black Blouse: Club Monaco

Rustic, Elegant Ontario Barn Wedding

Tucked inside this gorgeous gallery from Catherine Mombourquette Photography are so many sweet details dreamt up by this adorable couple I couldn’t possibly list them all. It’s a day packed with pretty and so much personality - which basically means I’m in love with every single image.

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From The Bride…I was definitely one of those girls who imagined their wedding day since childhood. And when I met Spencer at the age of 16, I finally had a face to put on the groom. I always wanted to get married at my parents’ home in Minto Ontario and thankfully Spencer agreed. One of our most beloved past times is taking pictures on the road where my family has lived for the past 50 years. We spent much of our time there together, growing up and falling in love.

We wanted to incorporate as many of our favourite things as possible into our wedding. We drew inspiration from Pinterest, magazines, friends, family, and other weddings we have been a part of. We designed the wedding to have an elegant garden party feel with lots of local natural touches.

Our goal for our ceremony was to deliver a service to our guests that we would enjoy sitting through. We wrote our own vows, hired The Leith String Quartet to provide us with beautiful music, and as only children – had both our parents walk us down the aisle. Moments we’ll treasure forever.

Cocktail hour on the lawn following the ceremony was complete with hors d’oeuvres, a signature strawberry bellini, and self-serve drinks kept cold in a cast iron bathtub.

We chose a neutral, soft, and elegant pallet for our wedding; not necessarily committing to one color but a pallet of colours that embodied our vision. Our floral team at From The Potting Shed in Cambridge Ontario, did a tremendous job interpreting our request for freshly picked field flowers that were used in our bouquets, boutonnieres, and centrepieces. My talented cousin Dana designed and hand painted our invitations and programs.

I paired the timeless vintage feel of my Mori Lee lace wedding dress (purchased from Sophie’s Bridal in Kitchener Ontario) with the soft elegance of neutral chiffon bridesmaids dresses by Dessy – it was perfection. Spencer never thought about a traditional black suit and when he saw the navy design by Calvin Klein, he was hooked. He paired his choice with cognac accessories for the groomsmen.

Our reception was held at a private family-owned barn (Shenandoah Farms also in Minto, Ontario) and was unique blend of trendy and rustic. I had a hard time convincing my mother that a barn could be elegant but we quickly changed her mind. With subtle touches of glam derived from gold tablecloths, gold trimmed plates, crystal chandeliers, and as many vintage accents as we could handle, our wedding had a style of it’s own.

I was especially proud of the way we incorporated Spencer’s love of hunting into our reception with a moose-inspired DIY Bar menu and elegant antler place card holders from Wedding Star. We also fashioned our speech podium out of an old log we found in the field behind my parents home.

Other important touches included a photo table that honoured “those who taught us to love”, and a visual and written display introducing our wedding party to our guests. My darling Nana homemade our favours of jam and honey as an ode to my family’s early strawberry farming and beekeeping days.

Spencer and I both love a great beer so we ordered kegs of our favourite microbrew from Stonehammer Brewery in Guelph Ontario. We made our own wine and added handcrafted labels that our guests adored as we unabashedly embraced our crazy cat couple side and put our “fur babies” on display.

After a delicious meal by St. Jacob’s Catering, we entertained our guests with a live band that played in the hayloft of the barn. Thankfully we have talented friends with connections and we were able to work with the musicians for the perfect playlist. Our guests had a great time and everyone was on up the dance floor.

One of the most important wedding elements are the photo memories that remain. We have had a wonderful time re-living our wedding day with family and friends. From our engagement photos to the wedding day, Catherine Mombourquette Photography captured the perfect moments with a keen eye, professionalism, and impeccable style.

Spencer and I are very proud of our wedding celebration; we could not have imagined a more perfect day, as it truly was all that we dreamed. A unique reflection of us, a great party for our most favourite people, and most important – the day we became husband and wife.

Photography: Catherine Mombourquette Photography | Floral Design: From The Potting Shed | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Cake: Life's A Party | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Catering: St. Jacobs Catering | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Venue: Private Residence | Decor: Joan Ivel Of The Brides Dream | Decor Elements: Wedding Star | Music: The Leith String Quartet

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