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Marie Antoinette Inspiration Shoot

Say the name “Marie Antoinette” and immediately visions of opulent design and gorgeous gowns pop into your head.  It just happens.  So starting off the week with a Marie Antoinette-inspired shoot from the talented team of Paige Lewis EventsAnista Designs and Krista Fox (among many others) is a total no-brainer.  It’s breathtaking details meets pure elegance.  See it all here.

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From Paige Lewis Events… With a growing number of requests to produce French themed weddings, I wanted to respond by designing a shoot based on the French icon herself, Marie Antoinette. Although popular, brides and ladies alike will never get enough of Mrs. Antoinette and her timeless taste for opulence. With this in mind, I went to work on gathering an extensive team of amazing vendors to put together our own version and vision of this fabulous icon.

Everyone on board was excited to create in a mirage of pastels, pinks and golds and to bring back the timelessness tones that all of us love. Although we were all working in the same direction, it was fantastic to see the results of each vendor’s own personal Marie Antoinette touch. Our goal was to create the grand tablescape with all of the much loved details, a plethora of cakes, a vanity scene, a multitude of props, favours and details, and, of course, stunning bridals.

Keeping in mind the age and the tone of Marie Antoinette, the bride was to have two looks – one that brought out a royal, fancy side, and one that brought out a softer, sweeter side. Ines DiSanto gowns were necessary in achieving this look. The champagne and intricate beading of the Metis gown were perfect for the royal look, while Versailles’ soft white lace and fine details showcased our sweeter side. Tara Fava’s jewellery was perfect in that it extended to both looks with different pieces for each, while Blair Nadeau’s floral fascinator suited the Versailles dress exquisitely and really brought out the floral look we were going for. Samantha Wilson of Blush Pretty ensured a high bouffant royal look for our bride and then softened the effect by having light wisps and strands of hair fall for the second look. Vivian R. captured Marie Antoinette’s young and innocent complexion by keeping the makeup light and pretty, while working in the pink tones of the overall theme.

The location of the shoot could no have been better. The McLean House at the Estates of Sunnybrook boasted exceptional amounts of sunlight in a lovely white room, and presented a perfect white canvas for our pastel palette. Paige Lewis Events chose a lush combination of several rose varieties and hydrangeas in pastel tones, while adding in various hues of beige to replicate the colours of the time. Floral creations included several lavish arrangements, floral chandelier covers and floral chaise backs for extra details and luxury. Gold vases were used in addition to the intricately detailed china on the table, which also reflected the era’s golds and touches of muted turquoise. William Ashley China provided these place settings, as well oversized crystal champagne goblets, fit for any queen.

Placed delicately on the china were the menus, beautifully made and provided by Anista Designs. The menus showcased an entire course of desserts in true Marie Antoinette style, and featured soft pinks and mauves, as did the invitations; much like the historic stationery created for the actual engagement party of the young Dauphin and Dauphine in 1770.

As for the infamous cakes, Connie Cupcake did a spectacular job of creating three cakes for our shoot: one adorned with gold truffles and hand-crafted crown molding, one with beautiful pearls, gold claw feet and topped with a soft ostrich feather, and one beautifully high cake covered in sugar florals and pretty pinks. Connie also provided petite mini cake creations for each guest place setting, which completed the tablescape design.

Guest Favours were fabulous fascinators provided by Blair Nadeau, placed in pretty hat boxes with gift tags provided by Anista Designs. Last but not least, and in order to detail and finish the look as a whole, various props were supplied by Anne & Co., including french perfume bottles, vanity mirrors and our favourite: masquerade ball masks covered in lace.

With a fantastic group of ladies in a room and a multitude of gorgeous details, creativity is at its best, and our shoot was no exception. We decided to use the stunning lavender bridal suite at the venue to create a boudoir style setting for our lovely bride, whilst bringing in the various aspects of the shoot, including elements such as cakes, stationery, hat boxes, shoes and fascinators. This scene provided us with an entirely different look, while staying focused on our theme.

Photographer Krista Fox was phenomenal in capturing every look and detail of our work, and finished the project by providing breathtaking photos. From the sun-lit room to the lavender boudoir, the shoot was a fantastic display of all things French, pretty and girlie. We were thrilled with the results.

Photography: Krista Fox | Floral Design: Paige Lewis Events | Cakes: Connie Cupcake | Stationery: Anista Designs | Make Up: Vivian R. Makeup | Hair: Samantha Wilson Of Blush Pretty | Bridal Jewellery: Tara Fava Jewellery | China & Stemware: William Ashley China | Design, Styling & Production: Paige Lewis Events | Fascinators (Bridal & Favours): Blair Nadeau Millinery | Gowns: Ines DiSanto | Linens: Have A Seat | Props: Anne & Co.

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“Will You Be My Groomsman?” Party

We’ve seen our fair share of crazy cool (+ super gorgeous) “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” parties, but this is the very.first.time I’ve laid my eyes on the groomsmen equivalent.  And I love it.  It’s customized beer labels, yummy BBQ and a whole lot of fun times all organized and photographed by the talented bride-to-be (+ super fiancé), Natalie Chong Of Toast Event Design.  See every fab moment in the full gallery.

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From Natalie Chong of Toast Event Design… I am an interior designer and an event designer here in Toronto and I can never really take these opportunities for granted. It is a blessing and curse – trust me!

I found these downloadable prints online and thought that it was a great idea to have a simple but very literal way of asking our guys to be in our wedding. And why not ask them by throwing them a BBQ and having the message literally written on the beer.

Well, that is what we did exactly. Something they can keep, something I can take pictures of and something that, well, looks pretty!

I individually de-labelled, printed and wrapped five labels for each of the groomsmen (one couldn’t be there that day), and as the fiancé began to talk about a very “special brew – a home brew” and it peeked their interest. They thought that he literally made the beer himself! We actually picked his favorite beer – Newcastle Brown Ale.

He asked, they said yes (they didn’t really have the option, I altered the original file) , we snapped some pics, had a great BBQ and now we wait until the wedding in 2016!

Photography: Natalie Chong Of Toast Event Design | Stationery: Wedding Paper Chicks | Event Design : Natalie Chong Of Toast Event Design | Venue: Private Residence

English Garden Wedding in Toronto

Tucked away from the bustling cityscape of Toronto, you’ll find Graydon Hall Manor — or as I will now refer to it — the site of one of the loveliest garden weddings I’ve ever laid eyes on. The warm flagstone walls against the bride’s elegant dress and stunning rose and orchid bouquet will keep you reeling through the whole gallery of moments captured by Jessica Bossé Photography. So have at it, and cheerio!


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From Jessica Bossé Photography… This wedding is a photographers dream. So full of colour & beautifully matched decor which took place at Graydon Hall, a manor tucked away in north Toronto. It’s an oasis among high rises and highways and I am so honoured to have been able to capture this day for Kaylay & Alvin.

From the bride & groom:

How did you decide on your venue and location?
We wanted to have a (Victorian) english garden themed wedding. We only checked out three locations and Alvin loved Graydon Hall the most. It was perfect because we wanted a venue that was a one stop shop with a beautiful chapel just in case it rained. The combination of elegant, vintage decor and beautifully manicured grounds was exactly when we wanted.

Advice for future couples?
Focus on the elements that are really important to you then stick to how you want it to be. The rest of the not so important elements be a little flexible.

Favourite moment from the wedding?
Kaylay – My favourite moments were the butterfly release and my mom’s speech because it was so heartfelt. She never shows that side of her to me.

Alvin – My favourite moment was when I saw Kaylay in her dress for the first time. We lived together for years but we decided not to see each other from the night before until Kaylay walked down the aisle.

Photographer: Jessica Bossé Photography | Videography: Images Weddings | Cake: Labour of Love | Wedding Shoes: Enzo Angliolini | DJ: Michael Coombs | Officiant: Enduring Promises | Bridsmaids Dresses: Jasmine Bridal | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Graydon Hall Manor | Florals: Cool, Green and Shady | Groom's Tuxedo: Tuxedo Royale | Makeup: Blush Pretty | Wedding Grown: Jasmine Bridal

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