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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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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

Whimsical Spring Wedding at Berkeley Field House

I may have a new venue to add to my favorites list. Toronto’s Berkeley Field House continues to get me excited and this spring celebration captured by Rhythm Photography reminds me why I’m falling more and more in love with the chic, minimalist style – with a bit of whimsy for fun. The whole shindig was simply stunning, ending with one fab creation from I Do! Wedding Cakes that leaves me craving more!

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From the Bride… We wanted our day to be fun, laid back and personal. My gown was the Mabel from Vera Wang’s Spring 2015 collection. Simple light ivory silk crepe with a deep v-neck and back, and handmade fern-pattern lace cap sleeves. We fell in love with the Berkeley Fieldhouse as soon as we saw it, and didn’t look anywhere else. It had exactly the vibe we wanted, gorgeous high ceilings and a lofty industrial feel, contrasted with the beautiful courtyard and greenery outside. A little oasis in the city.

Our biggest focus was that it be intimate and that we had all the most important people in our lives there. We wanted it to feel like a nice cozy dinner party with incredible food and all of our favourite people, and then to have an amazing Motown dance party. Other than that, we went for simple, minimalistic décor, with a bit of a rustic touch. Our colour palette was white and mixed metallics and hints of green and peach.

Everything from the ceremony, through cocktail hour and dinner to the dance party was executed perfectly by the planners and staff there, we couldn’t be more grateful. Our day was all about good food, family and friends, letting loose and celebrating. The music we played throughout the day was from the 60s and 70s mostly, some 50s and some old school hip hop later in the dance party. We wanted everyone from our 2-year-old nieces to our grandmother on the dance floor, and they were!

Photography: Rhythm Photography | Floral Design: Sweetpea's | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: I Do! Wedding Cakes | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Shoes: Sophia Webster Lacey | Engagement Ring: Melissa Joy Manning | Wedding Bands: Made You Look | Makeup: Cait Mizzi | Hair: Samantha Stonehouse | DJ: Evolved Entertainment | Favors: Newfoundland Chocolate Company | Officiant: All You Need is Love | Wedding Venue: Berkeley Field House | Cufflinks: Lanvin | Pearl Bracelet and Earrings: Dannijo

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Modern Pink Wedding at Berkeley Church

Is a groom that actually embraces pink too good to be true? Not with this guy here, who not only allowed it to take center stage but even had some stylish ideas as well.  It may come as no surprise that this Bride and Groom are a couple of creatives and their talent shined bright at their fantastically fun fete full of color and whimsy. Mango Studios captured every bit and this gallery is a guaranteed smile-inducer.

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From the Bride… How do you have a wedding that incorporates a lot of pink, without making your fiancé want to run away screaming? How do you get custom Nike’s for the groom and all his groomsmen when they won’t even ship to Canada? Can I do a few DIY’s without stress crying, have personal pavlovas for dessert and get pumpkin ale delivered?

We had all these questions and more when my husband Steve and I started planning our wedding. But we quickly found out that coming up with the solutions was actually… a lot more fun than we expected!

Steve and I met in college and started dating in our third year back in 2008. We’ve experienced cross-continent dating, multiple job changes and some amazing vacations together. In 2011 we moved to The Beaches in Toronto together so we didn’t have to commute to work at our long-houred advertising jobs. Despite talking comfortably about marriage for years, it was still a big surprised when he proposed on the Beach of Cox Bay in Tofino, British Columbia in 2013.

To us, having a wedding wasn’t just about “from this day forward.” There are so many stories and memories and experiences that had gotten us to that day, so we wanted to celebrate that – the past, present and of course – the future. And this sort of became our theme.

We were able to really bring this idea to life thanks to the amazingly talented Jeremyville. He illustrated the front of our invitations which showed the journey that Steve and I have gone on leading us up to this exciting point in our relationship. As an art director, having a unique stationery set was very important to Steve. He completed the pieces with bold typography, some fun foil stamping and even a pink foil envelope (and believe it or not, this was HIS idea!)

The pinks in our stationery were used throughout all elements of our wedding. From the bridesmaids dresses, to the grooms shoes, to the flowers, the balloons and even the DIY tassels and party crackers that my mom and I worked endless weekends to complete.

One of the most important things for me was having a not-so cookie-cutter ceremony. We had a Unitarian Minister marry us, and I loved that we had the opportunity to work with her and create a ceremony that worked for us. In addition to writing our own vows, my mom read a story by Shaun Tan, which was all about the wild, crazy and sometimes difficult adventures people go on to get to their wedding day. It was the perfect way to express the up’s and down’s of life without having to say “in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer.”

To continue the journey theme, our table names were based on some of our favourite places in the world from the city of Surfers Paradise in Australia to a small Vietnamese restaurant in Hamilton, Ontario.

In terms of our vendors, we couldn’t have been more thrilled. I immediately fell in love with our florist Blush & Bloom and her amazing floral creations, and we knew we made the right decision with Mango Studios as soon as we finished our engagement shoot at the local skateboard park. They made us feel immediately comfortable and captured the real Karlie and Steve perfectly.

In the end, our wedding was more than we ever could have imagined. We danced, drank and loved the night away and we will never forget it for as long as we both shall live. See what I did there?

Photography: Mango Studios | Floral Design: Blush And Bloom | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay | Hotel: The Drake | Hotel: The Ivy at Verity | Wedding Venue: Berkeley Church | Balloons : Balloon Queen | Bridal Boutique: Ferre Sposa | Bridal Party’s Hair: Fuss Hair Studio | Bridal Party’s Makeup: Lisa Mandel | Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN | Doughnuts: Jelly Modern Doughnuts | Groom & Groomsmen Shoes: NikeiD | Groomsmen Attire: Moore’s | Groom’s Suit & Socks: Paul Smith (Hold Renfrew) | Invitation & Printed Pieces: The Hour is Here | Invitation Illustrator: Jeremyville | Printer: C.J. Graphics Inc

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Antique Summer Garden Wedding

Charming doesn’t even begin to describe this darling DIY wedding captured by Tied Photo & Film. The amount of thought behind each and every detail makes my heart feel full, and I am sure every guest at this wedding felt the same way. This gallery will warm up every little bit of your soul, and you can see it all here. 

From the bride.. We met in 1987— the year I was born. As babies, we played together. Growing up, I always thought Bryan was dreamy (after all he looked like Cory Matthews from the TGIF hit “Boy Meets World”). But Bryan was far more interested in hockey than he was me.

In January 2012 I was on Facebook “creeping” some people from Toronto that I had met traveling in Dublin, Ireland the previous summer. And just who were these fellow Facebookers friends with? Bryan. It’s such a small world. I “crept” Bryan and then told my mom that Bryan was still DREAMY! My mom vowed to never tell her friend (Bryan’s mom) what I had said. For those of you who know my mother, you know that keeping things quiet is not her strong suit. To her credit… we probably wouldn’t be here today if she hadn’t let that secret slip (…so thanks, Mom)! Bryan and I reconnected and in February we set a date to meet up! We agreed to meet at King subway station, to go for sushi in downtown Toronto. During dinner I texted my sister, saying: “I am going to marry Bryan Heartthrob.”

Fast forward to July 2013 when we planned a vacation to New York City. On July 30th our vacation to the big apple came to an end. We started our day at Port Authority where I spilled hot coffee all over myself and spent the next 9 hours in a cramped, hot car driving home to Toronto from New York. I had no idea what was in store for me…

When we FINALLY arrived home, I unlocked the front door and Bryan immediately covered my eyes! His hands were shaking and his palms were really sweaty! When I opened my eyes, Bryan dropped down on one knee and proposed to me in the living room of our very first home together (a special spot to propose). The house had been transformed — there was an elaborate dinner and a decadent dessert waiting for us (homemade by Bryan’s Mom and sister). There were candles, fresh flowers and a bottle of champagne. There was a Scrabble board that read “Claire Violet Will You Marry Me?” It was perfect. Absolutely perfect. I cried… and cried… and cried… but I said YES!

The Big Day… On August 3rd, 2014 we wrote and exchanged their own vows at the elegant Toronto Hunt Club in Toronto, Ontario. The ceremony was outdoors, right by the water, just as I had ALWAYS imagined! My best friend, Chance, played the violin. Chance played an original song written by my late father, Mark Brown, as I walked down the aisle –accompanied by my 90 year old grandfather. He wore a bow tie, and looked SO handsome! After the ceremony, a sommelier sabered a bottle of champagne — a huge hit!

My dress (Barbra Allin from Becker’s Bridal) had POLKA dots (dotted lace). Anyone who knows me well, knows I have always loved polka dots. The fabric of the dress was unique and special and everyone said it was SO ME. On my mother’s wedding to my father she ALSO wore a dotted lace dress! Like mother—like daughter!

We danced to “One Fine Day” by the Chiffons… It was a perfect day!

DIY & Details… 
-We wrote our own ceremony, which was performed by our family’s minister.
-We wrote our own vows (in blush and grey HIS & HER vow books, which we purchased from BHLN.
-I wore my mother-in-law’s bracelet.
-My aunt handmade all of the chalkboard signs.
-My sister (a floral designer) designed all of our bouquets and floral centre pieces (Sweetpeas made them).
-My grandfather made the frame for the Seating Chart (Please find the key to your seat).
-We spent the year collecting antique skeleton keys for the “Key to your Seat” seating chart.
-We cut out hearts from old Shakespearean plays and sheet music (to scatter like petals across lace table cloths).
-We collected black and white wedding photos of our loved ones, and put them in old frames and an old farm window (which we found at an antique market).
-We displayed the Grade 7 school photo with my Mom and Dad, and Bryan’s Mom and her twin sister.
-We borrowed our mother and grandmother’s lace table cloths and tea cups and saucers for the cruiser tables.
-We borrowed an old teapot from Bryan’s mother and ordered a “wild flower” flower display from to be spilling out of the teapot. This sat on the signing table.
-Our friend Chance played the violin during the ceremony and our friend Anjie played the guitar.
-My friend Nicole made the cake, and Bryan’s little sister made the cupcakes! We purchased the Vanilla Bean macarons from San Remo (an amazing bakery in our neighbourhood).

My favourite moments of the day…
I LOVED spending the day with my FAVOURITE ladies! We laughed, we drank champagne, we ate, we danced, and we were pampered.
I LOVED our first look photos and the time Bryan and I got to spend alone before the ceremony. He kept me SO calm, and gave me lots of kisses.
But if I HAD to choose just one moment…..I think I would choose when my proud grandfather walked me down the aisle, whispered “I love you” and gave me a kiss.

Photography: Tied Photo & Film | Videography: Tied Photo & Film | Flowers: Sweetpeas | Wedding Gown: Barbra Allin | Cake: Nicole McDonald | Stationery: Anista Designs | Ceremony Venue: Toronto Hunt Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Hair And Makeup: Blush Pretty | Groomsmen's Attire: H&M | Bridal Boutique: Becker’s Bridal | Gown Boutique: Becker's Bridal | Macarons: SanRemo | Music: Maximum DJ | Wedding Gown Designer: Barbra Allin

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Abby Capalbo

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