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Summer Engagement Shoot at Woodbine Beach

Engagement shoots get me all excited. Two people, newly engaged, starting off the wedding planning adventure and documenting it all with some special photos: what’s more precious than that? This beautiful beachside shoot, by Whitney Heard, put me in the most romantic of moods and as I dive into my own wedding planning to do list, I’ll be thinking of these lovebirds doing the same.

From Whitney HeardNewly engaged Jake and Paige took a breathtaking stroll near the water. Walking the beach in the summertime heat became the backdrop for this romantic shoot, with waves crashing against the rocks, the sea brushing up against the sand, there are many signs of passion. While walking down the beach, Paige and Jake held each other and looked out to the water, wondering what their bright future holds. A soft subtle palette of ivory, soft blue, gray and khaki, mixed with natural textures and delicate details compliments the theme of innocence and the beginning of their marriage. This intimate and sincere shoot captures the real essence of passion and excitement of a new future together.

Photography: Whitney Heard | Venue: Woodbine Beach

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Modern Yellow Toronto Wedding

Full of whimsical touches from start to finish (balloons and donuts, lemons and limes), this was one fun wedding. When a couple infuses their own spirit into every bit of their celebration like this one, it reminds me why I love weddings so much. A Brit & A Blonde captured every adorable moment and a smile will be plastered across my face for the rest of today as I squeeze every bit of joy out of this gallery.

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From A Brit & A BlondeKatherine and Andrew are a ton of fun. They met in University while studying law out East. They got married in beautiful downtown Toronto. Their ceremony was held at Trinity College Chapel at the University of Toronto, followed by cocktails and reception at The Royal Conservatory of Music. A most rad venue. The bride played many piano recitals there as a child. And the couple are both big fans of music.

The decor was modern, with hints of vintage and whimsical. Adore all those pops of yellow. Lemons played a big role in the decor – Kat & Andrew enlisted the help of their wedding party to scour Toronto for as many lemons as they could muster. They joked during the speeches that there are literally no lemons left in the city that weekend. Guests sat at long banquet tables, encouraging conversation and mingling while they feasted on dinner. Lisa from Sweet Woodruff did a great job marrying all the decor elements with an eclectic mix of floral arrangements made of ranunculus, anemones and dahlias, dispersed among mercury candles, bell jars and accents of lemons. Wine crates and even more lemons decorated the reception tables, while guests browsed a display of framed old family photos nearby. Guests were asked to sign the back of postcards – that were designed by the couple. Palettera created beautiful custom name cards and the lovely invitations. Rebecca Chan and her team helped bring all the vision and details that the couple had been working on to life. The reception set up was picture perfect.

The amount of DIY was astounding! With the help of friends and family – these guys got super crafty and it looked fab. The groom’s parents helped create the marquee lights. Which looked gorgeous all lit up during the reception. Guests found their seats by the super creative piano-key inspired escort card display hung on an old window frame created by Palettera. We loved this – such a nice touch since it the reception took place at the Royal Conservatory of Music.The rustic table numbers were constructed by the groom’s family. The Mr. & Mrs signs, the chalk board signage, the table decor – all done with love and smiles from the couple and their friends and family.

Photography: A Brit & A Blonde | Videographer: Stories Worth Sharing | Floral Design: Sweet Woodruff | Invitations: Palettera | Ceremony Venue: Trinity College Chapel | Reception Venue: Royal Conservatory Of Music | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Rings: Leif Benner | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBG | Catering: Daniel Et Daniel | Hair: Tyler Marr | DJ: DJ Floh Back Productions | Groom's Suit: Garrison Bespoke | Bride's Red Shoes : Aminah Abdul Jillil | Donuts: Paulette's Original | Makeup: Rhia Amio | Music: Royal String Quartet | Photo Booth: Black Diamond Photobooths | Wedding Dress Designer: Modern Trousseau | Wedding Month Of Planner: Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events

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Boho Chic Toronto Wedding at the Thompson Hotel

I officially love this Bride. Not only is her wedding to her super handsome Groom stylish as all get out and filled to the brim with personality, but she also proposed! How can you not love that? She’s a girl that knows what she wants, and from the looks of all the images from Celine Kim Photography she definitely got it. See even more here.

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From the Bride… Brock and I are not traditionalists by any means. In fact, I proposed to him (why should the boys have all the fun anyway?)! After we got engaged, what surprised me most was how quickly the wedding planning begins. We were asked about our wedding date the day we got engaged! It is so fun to let yourselves get swept up by everyone’s collective excitement and enthusiasm. The hardest part of wedding planning was definitely choosing the right location. I am from Montreal, Brock is from Toronto and we met in Kingston, Ontario so we knew friends and family would have to travel no matter where we chose. I began my searching in both Montreal and Toronto. I dreamed of an ultra modern wedding in an all-white loft or gallery but quickly found out that this was not the most economical decision. Being lovers of food, we looked into restaurants who held weddings but they did not feel right with our larger than expected guest list.

I had never considered a hotel for our wedding but The Thompson surprised us! The whole rustic country-wedding thing is so not us. We are both city kids and wanted to be an urban location. Nothing highlighted the beauty of the city quite like the view from The Thompson’s patio. I worried about the dark ballroom but we just could not resist having the city behind us as we exchanged our vows. I am so happy with our choice! It was so nice to have the food, drinks, linens, etc be handled by a team professionals and this allowed me to focus on the details of our day.

Another very important detail was that the hotel was dog friendly so Jackson, our dog, was allowed to be a part of our day and he acted as our ring bearer!! The Thompson did a great job, we have only received positive feedback from our guests and I ended up loving the romantic look of the dark ballroom and the contrast it provided from our bright ceremony. Brock and I decided to have a wedding to be able to celebrate our love with our friends and family. It was not only our day! Throughout the planning process, we thought deeply about our guests’ experience at our wedding. We considered the weddings we had attended and discussed what we really liked and disliked as guests. This informed several major decisions. A good example was our photo slideshow. My bridesmaid, MJ, made us an amazing slideshow and we wanted to share it with everyone but there were several photos and we knew that making everyone watch the whole thing during our reception would not be fun. Let’s be honest looking at your old baby pictures is not everyone’s idea of a good time. We were lucky to have a screening room included in our wedding rental at The Thompson and so we played the slideshow in a loop in that room all night. Aside from letting everyone enjoy the slideshow at their own pace this also offered an alternate environment to our guest where they could just sit and relax. It was fun to periodically enter the screening room and see different faces in there every time!

I loved every detail of our wedding but two of my favourites were our table names and having Polaroid cameras with our guestbook. For the table names, Brock and I decided to have names of locations in our favourite films and TV shows. We worked on the list of names for weeks, researching the correct names and considering what films and TV shows to include. It was such a personal touch and really reflected our love for pop culture. For our guestbook, I had envisioned everyone signing the book and nicely leaving a cute little Polaroid of themselves next to their note but I got something way better! Thanks to our open bar, our guestbook is one of the funniest things I have ever seen and I still laugh every time I look through it. Everyone had a blast with the Polaroid cameras and I am so happy I bought way too much film to enable any late night photo inspirations. The guestbook has become the most meaningful keepsake of our day.

Finally, the best part of the wedding day was actually taking pictures alone with Brock and our photographers. I had originally not wanted a reveal and hoped to wait to see Brock until I walk down the aisle. I am so happy Celine, our amazing photographer, suggested we consider a reveal. Our reveal was one of the sweetest moments ever and getting ample time to take photos afterwards was such a gift. The wedding day itself is so crazy, I was grateful for those peaceful moments alone with Brock even though they were in front of the camera. It allowed Brock and I to connect before our vows and let us really take in what we were about to embark on together. It also helps that our photography team was calm, fun and so easy to be around. Brock and I are still over the moon about the wedding. There were so many personal touches that made the day extra special. We still talk about it often and reflect on the many great moments but the best part is hearing how much our friends and family enjoyed themselves as we really did see it as their day too.

Photography: Celine Kim Photography | Florist: Coriander Girl | Wedding Dress: White Toronto | Stationery: Chicks N' Hens | Bride's Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Hair & Makeup: Marc Anthony Salon | Groom's Attire: Got Style | Ceremony & Reception: Thompson Hotel (Toronto) | Jessica's Rings: Love & Promise