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French Inspired Engagement Session at Colette Grand Cafe

Considering this dapper Groom-to-be dropped to one knee in front of the ever-romantic Eiffel Tower to propose to his lovely lady, an engagement shoot at an adorable French cafe is perfectly fitting. Julia Park captured every sweet glance and sip, ending with some fun with their pup in the park. See it all this way!

From Julia Park Photography… Victoria and Stephen got engaged in Paris, so I think the choice of this French cafe in Toronto was the most perfect one for their engagement session.

From the Bride-to-be…We met at university. We both worked in the same department, but had never really spoken to each other. I was a frosh leader and we had an event at a Blue Jays game. My friend brought along Stephen and that was when we first talked. I now know that Stephen had asked my friend to introduce him to me, which was why he came! I really liked how it was so easy to talk to him and how comfortable it felt to hang out with him. He seemed genuine, kind and had this contagious laugh!

On our 5 year anniversary we went to Europe. I had done most of the planning and Stephen’s only contribution was the visit to the Eiffel Tower. I didn’t think much of it and just thought he was really excited to see the Eiffel Tower! But that’s where he proposed, right in front of it! We are so excited to tie the knot next year and celebrate with all our loved ones among us!

Photography: Julia Park Photography | Hair And Makeup: Aglow By Joan | Venue: Colette Grand Café | Film Lab: Caribou Film Lab

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Modern Industrial Inspiration Shoot

Nestled in a restored glass factoryAs You Wish Weddings crafted this glamorous affair filled with texture. Complete with Ooh La La Designs sculptural air plants, architectural balloons, and a pendant installation, every detail redefines city chic. It’s modern made magical thanks to the lens of Simply Lace Photography. See it all in the gallery!

From As You Wish Weddings… Nestled in the heart of downtown Toronto lies 99 Sudbury, home to a restored Glass Factory turned versatile event space. With its exposed brickwalls, cubed glass windows, hardwood floors and loftvibe, 99 Sudbury was an ideal setting for this modern industrial inspiration shoot. We chose to style the gorgeous farmhouse table with clear vogue chairs to achieve a blend of warmth and elegance together with a refined city chic feel. A lot of texture and layers were added to the tablescape to create visual interest, using a combination of sculptural air plants and lush florals in mixed-metallic vessels. String lights draped behind the table set the tone of romance and celebration. To compliment the modern theme, geometric accents were weaved throughout the décor, including a stunning art deco ceremony backdrop, architectural balloons, and a hanging diamond pendant installation over the dessert table. We were enamored by the selection of dresses our bride wore from the Blush by Hayley Paige collection, featuring graphic lace, sparkly geometric cut outs, and sleek, unexpected touches of contemporary glamour. Behind the scenes glimpse into the day was filmed by Love Stories Films as a way to showcase the preparation and styling that brought our vision to life.

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Photography: Simply Lace Photography | Cinematography: Love Stories Films | Floral Design: Ooh La La Designs | Wedding Dress: Something Green Bridal Boutique | Cake: Cakelaine | Stationery: Darling Juniper Paperie | Jewelry: Stella & Dot By Leslie Small | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rent Frock Repeat | Makeup: Rachel Hilton | Hair: A&J Beauty | Venue: 99 Sudbury | Balloons: Sugargirlee & Co. | Coordination, Planning And Styling: As You Wish Weddings | Cotton Candy: Fancy Pufs | Linen Rentals: Simply Beautiful Decor | Plates And Flatware: Plate Occasions | Tables And Chairs: Detailz Chair Couture

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Romantic Wards Island Beach Engagement

However much we go gaga over real weddings around here, there’s totally something to be said about the perfect e-sesh: it should be personal, intimate, beautiful, and this couple did it oh-so right. Captured by Blynda Da Costa Photography, this darling duo‘s waterfront snuggle sesh is everything an engagement shoot should be and more. Get lost in the full gallery here!


From Blynda Da Costa PhotographyJamie and Chris wanted something personal. They are getting married at his parents property in beautiful Collingwood Ontario and they are filling their wedding with personal little details to share with their family and friends.

Early this past spring, when we talked about locations for their upcoming engagement shoot, I suggested this spot without really knowing how much the couple really enjoyed it there. They love to hop on the little Toronto ferry with a bunch of friends in summertime with a cooler, beach blankets and bathing suits to spend the day away from the city on the adorable beaches of the Toronto Islands. As coincidence would have it – the location was a great match and the perfect way to commemorate their engagement in the city they fell in love in and in a spot that was close to their hearts.

Toronto has easy access to a collection of little islands just a few minutes off the shore of downtown in Lake Ontario. They are not-so-hidden, but nonetheless quiet little gems in the city! The 10 minute ride on a quaint little ferry gets you to another little peaceful world surrounded by water without the hustle bustle of the city and sound of cars and buses flying by! Ward’s Island is a favorite spot for many Torontonians, but still retains the quiet charm of a private little island.

Photography: Blynda Da Costa Photography | Venue: Wards Island Beach | Brown booties: Michael Kors | Chris' shirt: Hugo Boss | Chris' shoes: Ted Baker | Chris' watch: Tissot | Jamie's Watch: Michael Kors | Jamie's hair: Blo - Shangri-La | Nude Heels: Nine West | Suit: Indochino | White Dress: Zara

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