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This Baby Shower Puts The Cutest Twist on the Phrase “Bun In The Oven”

We are all for showers. They usually come bearing sweets and day drinking; the recipe for a weekend well spent. August In Bloom and DeLight Floral + Design have that recipe down to a pastel science. One that includes adorable bun in the oven details. We’re talking cinnamon buns, hot cross bun macarons, even a bun pinata. But what we really can’t get past is the gourmet burgers on pastel waffle buns. Whhhaaaattt? Sign us up. See the full spread captured by Simply Lace Photography right here.

Sara Sull and Mallory Cheung of August In Bloom were over the moon to celebrate one of their own in style. Sara’s sister, Shannon Siu, has a baby on the way and we wanted to throw her an unforgettable shower to welcome a new addition to the family while still keeping it the intimate gathering she was hoping for.

We dreamt up a bun in the oven themed party for our special mommy-to-be and of course the perfect venue was the cutest bakeshop in town! Pretty pastel invitations were sent to Shannon’s closest family and friends who were instructed to knock on a bright pink door that could not be missed.

Darling artisanal items such as a hand-illustrated welcome sign and our special guest, the baby bun piñata, greeted guests upon arrival. Lush blooms of Shannon’s favorite flowers filled the tablescape and guests dined on vintage mismatched china in front of a whimsical botanical wall.

The menu featured gourmet hand pressed mini burgers with pink and lavender waffle buns. Macarons disguised as hot cross buns, a sweet berry cake, cupcakes and cinnamon buns filled the sweet table. Cotton candy treats were gifted to all the guests as a thank you favor to take home.

Shannon described the party as charming, fresh and sweet with delicate details. We were so honored to have the opportunity to shower this new mom with gifts, love and well wishes for the baby!

Photography : Simply Lace Photography | Event Planning & Design: August In Bloom | Florals: DeLight Floral + Design | Stationery: Maison Maquette | Venue: Sweet Philosophy | Baker: Sweet Philosophy | Burgers: Burger Pawty | Chairs: Luxe Rentals | Cotton Candy: Fancypufs | Partyware: Confetti & Bows | Piñata : Big Ass Piñata | Signage: Love Lettering | Tables: Splash of Charm | Tableware: The Perfect Table

A Wedding That Brings Gatsby Glamour Outdoors

We love a bride that takes wedding risks – and this lady right here did just that when she booked Kurtz Orchards as her wedding venue before ever setting her sight on it in person. And oh are we glad she grabbed it up when she did because it was host to one glam Gatsby-inspired soiree. Ooh La La Designs and KJ and Co. are key players in making our Monday mighty fine and with Andrew Mark and Raw Media capturing it all, this joy isn’t leaving anytime soon – see it all in our Vault this way!

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From the Bride… We can’t tell you how happy we are with our wedding! From the moment we got engaged we knew we wanted a unique outdoor location. When we stumbled upon Gracewood Estates (online) in the winter time we knew it would be perfect. With very few dates left and having never even visited the venue, we booked our date during the winter for the following year in summer of 2015. When we decided to visit the venue on Mother’s Day, not only was Gracewood Estates everything we hoped it would be and more, but picturing our wedding day and showing our families where we would be getting married the following year, made that Mother’s Day truly special for us.

While planning our wedding we knew that we wanted certain vintage and Gatsby-like elements, so we ended up hiring a wonderful New Orleans-inspired band (Patrick Tevlin Band) that really delighted our guests and got them to dance. The men wore tuxedos and the bridesmaids wore cream cocktail dresses to complement the overall gold and cream coloured theme. We really wanted the wedding day to be elegant, fun and light hearted. So we kept our ceremony short and breezy by having it outdoors in the orchard lined with pear trees. Getting married outdoors felt like something out of story book. A few of our favourite moments from the wedding day include spending time with my father on the porch before walking down the aisle. It’s a moment I’ll always cherish. Followed by walking down the aisle to the live instrumental version of a song we always dance to at home. Now every time we hear our wedding song it brings us back to our wedding day and we continue to dance. Waking up in the morning and going outside prior to arriving at the venue was also truly peaceful. It seemed like no one was on the streets nearby as the birds chirped and the sun came out.

Being able to incorporate certain details throughout the day also made everything even more special. I wore my grandmothers necklace for the ceremony and carried a handkerchief my mother gave me when I was younger. Vas gifted me beautiful blue earrings as my “something blue” and I gave him a Hugo Boss watch so that he may wear it and think of the special memories years from now. During the ceremony we also gave both of our mother’s a rose to signify how important they are to us. Throughout the cocktail hour and reception we displayed photos of relatives that could not be with us and I attached my grandmother’s vintage rose pin to my flowers as a way to keep her close to me.

We couldn’t have had such a beautiful day without the help of our wonderfully talented vendors. Our florist Kelly (Ooh La La Designs) was always so helpful and a true visionary when it came to designing the wedding and the overall concept we envisioned. She came up with ideas we hadn’t even thought of and brought everything to life. Our band was a joy to listen to during the cocktail hour as we strolled through the gardens and sat down to dinner. They really made us feel like we traveled back in time to a different era. The decor and the rentals that were used also contributed to making every little detail special and unique for us. Our guests enjoyed being able to use fans and parasols as they strolled through the property.

We are very happy that our photographers were able to capture all of this and more throughout the day, because without them we definitely would not have seen moments like our parent’s laughing and (finally) relaxing after the ceremony or dancing up a storm later on in the evening. We couldn’t have planned any part of the day without the wonderful help of our coordinator Laura Scott (Tula Events) who was with us every step of the day and made sure everything ran smoothly and on time. The lovely ladies at Gracewood Estates also ensured all of our needs were met and went above and beyond when it came time to work on all the details. Our wedding video was also something that meant a lot to us, being able to hear the vows and all the sights and sounds of the day is something that we’ll cherish forever.

One thing we recommend to all future brides and grooms is to not worry about the small stuff. Things happen on your wedding day that may not go according to plan, but in the end, no one else notices and those small things won’t matter. Years from now you’ll look back and laugh.

Our photographers took us away during the sunset and it not only made for some beautiful photos, but it gave us some time to enjoy the fact that we just got married. As we look back on our wedding day we can’t believe that it’s over and we’re thankful for everyone that was apart of it and made it so special.

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Photography: Andrew Mark Photography | Cinematography: Raw Media | Coordination: Tula Events - Laura Scott | Floral Design: Ooh La La Designs {floral & style studio} | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero - From New Bridal | Toronto | Cake: Willow Cakes and Pastry | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair + Makeup: BlushPretty | DJ: Maximum Music DJ Service | Groom's Attire: Andrews Formal | Groomsmen's Attire: Andrews Formals | Officiant: Enduring Promises | Ceremony Music: Niagara Region Musicians Association | Venue: Kurtz Orchards | Bridal Boutique: Maggie Sottero - From New Bridal | Toronto | Bride's Gold Shoes: Louis Et Cie | Bride's White Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Earrings: Swarowski | Linen Rentals + Chairs: Simply Beautiful Decor | Photo Booth: Hot Shotz Photobooth | Reception Music: Patrick Tevlin Music | Rentals: KJ And Co. | Transporation: Double Deck Tours

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Peek Inside a Fashion Blogger’s Bridal Shower Brunch!

To say we’re obsessed with Steph of SS LIFE + STYLE is putting it lightly. She’s one of our favorite ladies in the blogosphere and today we’re lucky enough to peek inside her insanely pretty Toronto bridal shower. Inside the gallery from annawithlove you’ll find dreamy tablescapes, cascading florals, and a dessert bar worth drooling over. Want to get the look? Read on for Steph’s tips to create a photo-worthy bridal shower.

From SS LIFE + STYLE… Hosted by my mother Voula, we celebrated my bridal shower at my favorite restaurant in Toronto, Colette Grand Café, on a sunny spring morning in April. I couldn’t help myself but to get involved with planning my shower (even though it isn’t always customary to do so), but any excuse to plan something pretty with my favorite vendors and I am in! Blame it on the blogger in me, but creating and styling pretty vignettes is just pure happiness! Since our upcoming wedding will be all black and white, this was my time to have fun with feminine details and a rose palette.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted with mimosas – fitting for a bridal brunch! The light poured in to the windows of the pavilion on the gorgeous sunny morning, illuminating the room.

Each guest was seated at long harvest marble tables, laced with calligraphy place cards and customized menus to match the invitations created by Paper & Poste. The florist, Lisa Gray of Sweet Woodruff, created a gorgeous tablescape of candles, peonies, garden roses and foliage. I love that Lisa of Sweetwoodruff pulled inspiration for the décor from the invitations created by Paper & Poste – including my love for blooms, rose gold and grey. We took advantage of the beautiful bouffet wall unit inside the pavilion and incorporated it into the décor, styling my favorite photos of my fiancé Neal and I, printed in black and white to personalize the space. Lisa brought the shelf to life with gorgeous, elaborate arrangements in rose gold vases, which gave it such a lush feel.

Tips for Creating a Photo-Worthy Bridal Shower

Fresh Blooms | Flowers are a must! It makes any vignette that much more photogenic and adds natural beauty and fragrance. How to incorporate it: centerpieces, giveaways, cake topper, flower crowns, garlands – go wild! No one will ever say, “there were too many flowers” because there is no such thing! *Wink*

All in the details… | Paying attention to the little details like place cards, menu etc. can really personalize your event. Take up a calligraphy class with your bridesmaids and make a fun night out of creating your shower place cards, or find cute a printable online!

Just the Right Light | Choose a venue or space that has a lot of natural light and windows for your event. This will aid in better photography and make all of your décor and hard work look gorgeous!

Something SweetYour cake or sweet table can be used just as much as part of your décor, as it is to feed your guests! I have always loved naked cakes and macaron towers, but you can include any kind of sweets (maybe it’s homemade pies with cute toppers, or cake in a jar with glitter spoons etc.). I kept all of the sweets white to fit in with the décor and personally reflect my style, and requested my favorite flowers to decorate around them. They weren’t just something to eat; they were also pieces of art to look at!

From Sweet Woodruff… We wanted the look to be soft, sophisticated and feminine so we started with a simple and muted colour palette of white, blush and grey. We incorporated natural oatmeal and blush colored linens to complement the beautiful French Bistro setting.

For the tablescape we scattered delicate glass and rose gold bud vases filled with soft romantic spring flowers like lilac, peonies, roses and pieris down the table.

To complete the look we layered lush garden-inspired arrangements in the bookshelf as a focal point.

Guests enjoyed a delicious three-course brunch – a choice of quinoa pudding or salad for appetizer, followed by a choice of lemon ricotta pancakes, omelet or grilled turkey club on a pretzel bun. A sweet ending included fresh fruit and fine petite cakes. Following this was a delightful moment with the firecracker candle on the gorgeous “naked cake” created by The Wedding Cake Shoppe. We went with a carrot cake with cream cheese icing – my favorite, accompanied by delicious vanilla macaroons, plucked off the two towers on the sweet table made in-house by Colette.

In between foamy latte sips, mimosa clinks and brunch chatter – my mother, who invited my mother-in-law and myself up with her, so sweetly thanked everyone for coming and offered a bit of wisdom with a toast. My mother (also known as my “momager” – thank you, Kris Jenner) has been with me every step of the way in my wedding process, always making it enjoyable and helping me put together all the details. The shower was our day to just relax and soak it all in.

My groom-to-be, Neal, popped in at the end, with beautiful roses for both of our mothers and myself – a gentleman always! Sweet Woodruff also set up a beautiful “flower market” inspired station for guests to take away as gratitude, tied with a thank you note from myself, created by Paper & Poste. My love for blooms (especially Parisian flower markets) runs deep and I wanted to lace this through every detail of the shower, from the invites to the tablescape to the giveaways.

It meant so much to me to have all the women I love in one room, taking time out of their day to shower me. I felt truly grateful, especially to my sweet friend, Anna of annawithlove photography (who is 7 months pregnant at that!), for capturing the day for me in such a beautiful way.

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Photography: annawithlove | Floral Design: Sweet Wood ruff | Dress: Mrs. Self-Portrait | Cake: The Wedding Cake Shoppe | Invitations: Paper & Poste | Makeup: Debbie Sioutis | Hair: Manny Dimi | Venue: Colette Grand Cafe | Blogger Bride: Stephanie Sterjovski | Macaron Towers: Colette Grand Cafe | Menus: Paper & Poste | Place Cards: Paper & Poste