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

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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 | Decor: Joan Ivel Of The Brides Dream | Decor Elements: Wedding Star | Music: The Leith String Quartet | Venue: Private Residence

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Whimsical Toronto Wedding at The Storys Building

This adorable couple wanted an explosion of creativity for their big day, and oh my goodness did they get it. No lie, this gorgeous gallery from A Brit & A Blonde is literally bursting at the seams with steal-worhty style. With the help of Darling & Daisy and Kate Mackenzie Weddings, this darling duo whipped up a colorful, cheerful and uber charming day they probably will never stop smiling about. See more here.

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From A Brit & A BlondeThere’s nothing more exciting for a wedding team than a couple who dreams of an explosion of creativity for their big day. Every single part of this wedding was rad, stunning and perfect. There were so many details that are just to lovely for words. The couple brought together some of the best Toronto wedding vendors to create what the bride Aleks called her “Dream Team”. Mercedes from Darling & Daisy was the creative director pulling together a most gorgetastic and whimsical look and feel.

Aleksandra works in a library and is passionate about reading, which inspired such details as the book page backdrop and library card “seating chart.” Beet & Path designed personalized library cards which include the guests name, meal choice, and an itinerary on the flip side. Each guest retrieved his or hers in a vintage library card box. The room was adorned by candle light, lace, books and flowers. Blush and Bloom created, garlands, bouquets and an abundance of centerpieces featuring pink peonies, mums, a variety of roses, and greenery arranged with a lush yet organic flare. The vintage furniture added character and a sense of family comfort to the wedding.

A focal point of design was the ladder archway under which the vows took place, later transformed into an elaborate sweet display on the dance floor. The Wedding cake Shoppe baked the most delicious variety of cakes, pies, cookies, cupcakes, tarts and everything your sweet tooth could possibly crave. Darling and Daisy hand made a “Sweet Love” marquee sign, labels for each treat and styled the display incorporating a sequins table cloth, bar cart, 2 vintage desks and of course – tons of beautiful foliage.

We have literally never seen so many flowers – the reception set up was gorgeous and felt like a garden.

From The Bride…We wanted the day to be about us and our unique relationship; and we wanted to share that with our closest family and friends. We are very untraditional, we planned our wedding, then told our family and friends, and then did the “formal proposal” We instantly decided that we would not do anything that we didn’t feel comfortable with, especially the traditional aspects of weddings that didn’t have meaning to us. We decided that we would spend as much time as possible together, we woke up together, had breakfast together with family, and we saw each other as soon as we were ready. We walked down the aisle together too. We wanted to the whole day to be a reflection of us and our style; fun, casual and pretty, basically we wanted to host a great party.

Photography: A Brit & A Blonde | Wedding Planner: Kate Mackenzie Weddings | Floral Design: Blush And Bloom | Wedding Dress: Jacinda By Watters | Wedding Invitations: Paper & Poste | Makeup: Amy Janisse | Hair: Charisse Feliciano | Groom's Shoes: Sydney's | Groom's Suit: Sydney's | Officiant: Mary Jung Scott | Book Page Backdrops: Love By Lynzie | Bride's Ceremony Shoes: Charlotte Olympia | Bride's Dancing Shoes: Kate Spade | Cake & Desserts: The Wedding Cake Shoppe | Ceremony & Reception: The Storys Building | Event Stylist & Creative Director: Darling & Daisy | Getting Ready: Le Germain Toronto | Library Cards/Itinerary: Beet & Path | Luxe Linens: The Linen Closet | Prep Dress: Bicyclette Boutique | Robes, Hanger, Champagne Flutes, Table Numbers: BHLDN | Seamstress: Elizabeth At Labl Studio | Veil & Headband: Blair Nadeau

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Rustic Glam Ontario Wedding

If rustic decided to take it up a notch and try a little glamour on for size, this is the sort of chic celebration we’d get as a result. Fabulous Occasions added the perfect amount of style to an already gorgeous natural setting and When He Found Her captured every moment of a party that I wish I had been a guest at. Join in as I take notes on mastering this effortless look and pin pics right this way!

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From The Bride… Jordan’s parents bought the beautiful property in Creemore in 2011, and the moment I saw the property I knew one day I wanted to get married there. Luckily Jordan and his parents loved the idea too.

Even though we were getting married on a farm, we did not want the feel overly rustic. Everything came together so well. The hand made tables from Mode Decor, the ghost chairs, the DIY projects, and the small details made our event spectacular. The flowers from Mode Decor were absolutely perfect too!

All the details and hard labour really made our wedding very personal. I, along with the wedding party handmade the chalkboards, and one of my wonderful bridesmaids did all the lettering. Jordan, our parents and the groomsmen built the the two bars. To make the bars we used barn board from a woodshed we tore down on the property in preparation for the wedding. My mom made the table runners, and Jordan’s mom baked countless batches of cookies for the late night snack and favours. Many of the tables, for example the ceremony signing table, and accent props were found in the barn. It was great to be able to reuse so many authentic pieces.

As many brides do, I struggled deciding between two dresses. Looking back now, the decision seems like it should have been so easy. I absolutely loved my Jim Hjelm dress, it really fit the overall theme. The dress is ivory lace, with a champagne underlay which displays the lace so beautifully. The bridesmaids wore an ombre of grey dresses in completely different styles. We were really happy with how all the dressed came together as well. Jordan and all the guys looked absolutely great in their black suits too!

The looming storm during our outdoor ceremony was initially quite worrisome, but the gentle rumble of thunder and the appearance of the sun made the moment quite magical. Our ceremony was also extra special because Jordan’s Nan was our officiant and we each wrote our own vows.

Jordan and I both love food and wine, so these things were very important to us at the wedding. We couldn’t be happier with our decision to have Food Dudes cater our wedding. So many of our guests have told us that the food was the best wedding food, or best beef tenderloin they have ever had. To chose our wine for the wedding Jordan and I did a lot of research and tastings, and then hosted a wine tasting night to narrow the selections down to the final four which we served.

To end our amazing day, we had a band, The Reklaws play for the dance portion. The dance floor was always packed. Our guests, and Jordan and I did not want the band to stop.

Overall, our day was perfect for us! Jordan and I could have not asked for a better way to start our marriage.

Photography: When He Found Her | Wedding Gown: Jim Hjelm | Stationery: Minted | Catering: Food Dudes | Make-Up: Julia Church | Band: The Reklaws | Decor & Flowers: Mode Function | Full Planning: Fabulous Occasions | Ghost Chairs & Charger Plates: Chair-man Mills | Hair & Make-Up: Allana Mirza | Tent: Happenings Party Rental | Valet: Gatsby Valet | Venue: Private Farm | Video: Red Letter Day

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A Berry Hued 30th Birthday Bash

Thirty Years is a reason to celebrate. And I say go big. Ashley Lindzon Events clearly had the same philosophy when she set out to plan a berry hued bash for her big 3-0. With photography by Mango Studios, a whole lot of goodness happening with blooms by Fuscia Designs, and calligraphy on pomegranates (pomegranates!) by The Lettering Studio, this is just the kind of party we dream about.


As a wedding and party planner, I was excited at the opportunity of planning my own party to celebrate my 30th birthday.

I wanted to throw a feminine and flirty brunch for my friends and couldn’t resist adding some cute little details along the way. The colour palate chosen was all berry hues – navy, deep reds, bright pink, pale pink with rose gold accents.

My favorite details were the pomegranate place cards used at each place setting and the gorgeous bold red detailed birthday cake.

Photography: Mango Studios | Floral Design: Fuscia Designs | Cake: Nadia & Co | Stationary: Paper And Poste | Calligraphy: The Lettering Studio | Chairs: Detailz Chair Couture | Planning: Ashley Lindzon Events | Rentals: Event Rental Group | Venue: Brassaii

Bohemian Inspiration Shoot

The first Monday back after the holiday season is definitely in need of some pretty and this gorgeous bohemian inspired shoot is delivering on all fronts; from the lush blooms from Blush And Bowties to the fab decor from Weddingstar to the stunning Sagewood Farm locale.  Its official title is “Vagabond Romance,” but I’m just calling it awesome.  Click here for more.

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From Blush And Bowties… In the still of autumn, on a rural farm, a vagabond romance is astir . . .

There is something mysterious and atmospheric about an autumn day. The crimson leaves and crisp air engender a sense of romance and sensuosity unlike any other season. This allure was the soul of Blush & Bowties’ “Vagabond Romance” stylized wedding shoot, which was captured by Lauren Vandenbrook of LV Imagery.

Showcasing the free-spirited vagabondia lifestyle, accented with vintage- inspired decor by Weddingstar, the shoot took place at Sagewood Farm. Situated in the countryside north of Toronto, Ontario, the idyllic venue boasts an array of breathtaking landscapes. Mismatched chairs, boho blankets, eclectic tables, dinnerware and suitcases were all generously contributed by Style me Vintage and caravans by Sweet Vintage Caravan Co.

The models were the lovely actor Katie Odegaard and her real-life partner Greg Van Niekerk, who took on the roles of the vagabond lovers, Violette and Adrian. The bride for the day wore a 1970’s vintage gown from Violet Crown Vintage and jewellery by the talented artisan Katy Kingsley Lebel of Spark & Thistle. Makeup and hair were styled by the skilled Amy Harper.

An intimate tablescape set inside a canopy of perfectly unkempt fall foliage was decorated with Weddingstar’s candle holders, wood cases, placecard holders, and jars. The focal piece of the table was a vintage-inspired ornate box overflowing with dahlias, eucalyptus, sedum, and garden roses.

A naked cake from Custom Desserts by Michelle was the centrepiece of the harvest dessert table illuminated by the natural beauty of the surrounding crops. The cake was finished with wildflowers and Weddingstar’s delicate porcelain flowers. Apothecary jars set atop stacked antiqued book boxes were filled with fresh apples and an assortment of wild adornments.

The welcome display, tucked within a lush and wooded area on the farm, featured stunning pieces by Weddingstar including a cardholder letter box, vintage frame for placecards, wishing well suitcase, chalkboard mounted on faux wood, and whimsical birdcage.

As the sun set, wrapped in a patterned blanket, the couple cozied in for romantic moments by the honeymoon tent and vintage caravans.

Capturing the romance of a bohemian wedding set against the perfect autumn day was a dream come true, not to mention working with such a talented team of contributors. The free-spirited vagabondia lifestyle was very much alive in all of us throughout the day of the shoot. Perhaps it was the surrounding burnt orange crops, ethereal sky, or peaceful terrain, but there is a sense of magic captured in the shoot that exemplifies the romance and mystique of the season.

Photography: LV Imagery | Wedding Gown: Violet Crown Vintage | Cake: Custom Desserts By Michelle | Caravans: Sweet Vintage Caravan Co. | Decor: Weddingstar | Event And Floral Design: Blush And Bowties | Farm: Sagewood Farm | Furniture, Dinnerware And Suitcases: Style Me Vintage | Jewelery: Spark And Thistle | Makeup And Hair: Amy Harper Makeup | Models: Katie Odegaard And Greg Van Niekerk

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