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One Look at This Wedding and You’ll Want a Donut Bar, Too

After seeing Dru and Seeralan’s romantic-meets-rustic big day, I’m convinced every couple needs to follow in their footsteps and have a donut bar at their wedding. Why have just wedding cake when you can have wedding cake and donuts? But that’s not the only idea you should steal. This wedding is full of pretty inspiration — from the pastel color palette to the wild florals to the Bride’s lace wedding dress. Get inspired, courtesy of The Love Studio, in The Vault! MustWatch_swash-01

From Sara Baig DesignsThe inspiration for Dru and Seeralan’s reception design stemmed from Dru’s choice of a dusty pastel palette, her romantic, flowy lace dress and their poise and grace captured beautifully by Andreea from The Love Studio. They hosted an intimate soiree for their close family and friends at The Arcadian Loft. We loved the city vibe of the space, the exposed concrete ceilings, the oversized metal doors and the reclaimed brick accent wall. Dru and Seeralan selected a beautiful palette of serenity blue paired with hues of dusty pink and blush with antique gold accents setting the tone for a luxe rustic ambiance. The bouquets were designed with textural florals and cascading blush satin ribbons for the bridesmaids and serenity blue ribbon for the bride. We styled the groomsmen boutonnieres to match the chic blue checkered ties and their classic navy suits. The long harvest style tables welcomed the guests with green foliage garlands running the length of the tables, intertwined with mercury glass vintage vases with loose floral bouquets and a sea of candles. The mercury glass accents and driftwood details encapsulated the season bringing the outside in against the grandiose City Hall backdrop spanning the length of the room. We love it when all of the design details become a seamless vision from décor and florals to stationery and cake design. Our team collaborated with Jimmy from The Ferris Wheel Press to create soft, romantic floral inspired day of stationery printed on luxe shimmer paper. As well as The Rolling Pin, who created a rustic naked cake to feature our fresh floral arrangements. Our labour of love is styling, and we loved designing a beautiful display for a doughnut barscape. Doughnuts are one of the brides’ favourites, and we were thrilled to incorporate Dru and Seeralan’s pictures enjoying their favourite dessert. The doughnut bar details we enjoyed styling the most were the mini-doughnut paper cones made out of hand picked watercolour and gold striped paper, and the tower of doughnuts atop a luxe gold pedestal vase surrounded in rustic cascading greenery.

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Photography: The Love Studio | Cinematography: The Love Studio | Event Planning: Arora Wedding and Event Planning | Ceremony Venue: Church of the Incarnation | Reception Venue: Oliver And Bonacini | Hair + Makeup: Toronto Bridal Style | DJ: Nspire Sound | Cake + Doughnuts: The Rolling Pin | Ceremony Musician: Stefan Wasowicz | Day-Of Stationery: Ferris Wheel Press | Event Design, Floral Design + Decor: Sara Baig Designs | Photo Booth: The Selfie Spot

Peek Inside a Fashion Blogger’s Bridal Shower Brunch!

To say we’re obsessed with Steph of SS LIFE + STYLE is putting it lightly. She’s one of our favorite ladies in the blogosphere and today we’re lucky enough to peek inside her insanely pretty Toronto bridal shower. Inside the gallery from annawithlove you’ll find dreamy tablescapes, cascading florals, and a dessert bar worth drooling over. Want to get the look? Read on for Steph’s tips to create a photo-worthy bridal shower.

From SS LIFE + STYLE… Hosted by my mother Voula, we celebrated my bridal shower at my favorite restaurant in Toronto, Colette Grand Café, on a sunny spring morning in April. I couldn’t help myself but to get involved with planning my shower (even though it isn’t always customary to do so), but any excuse to plan something pretty with my favorite vendors and I am in! Blame it on the blogger in me, but creating and styling pretty vignettes is just pure happiness! Since our upcoming wedding will be all black and white, this was my time to have fun with feminine details and a rose palette.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted with mimosas – fitting for a bridal brunch! The light poured in to the windows of the pavilion on the gorgeous sunny morning, illuminating the room.

Each guest was seated at long harvest marble tables, laced with calligraphy place cards and customized menus to match the invitations created by Paper & Poste. The florist, Lisa Gray of Sweet Woodruff, created a gorgeous tablescape of candles, peonies, garden roses and foliage. I love that Lisa of Sweetwoodruff pulled inspiration for the décor from the invitations created by Paper & Poste – including my love for blooms, rose gold and grey. We took advantage of the beautiful bouffet wall unit inside the pavilion and incorporated it into the décor, styling my favorite photos of my fiancé Neal and I, printed in black and white to personalize the space. Lisa brought the shelf to life with gorgeous, elaborate arrangements in rose gold vases, which gave it such a lush feel.

Tips for Creating a Photo-Worthy Bridal Shower

Fresh Blooms | Flowers are a must! It makes any vignette that much more photogenic and adds natural beauty and fragrance. How to incorporate it: centerpieces, giveaways, cake topper, flower crowns, garlands – go wild! No one will ever say, “there were too many flowers” because there is no such thing! *Wink*

All in the details… | Paying attention to the little details like place cards, menu etc. can really personalize your event. Take up a calligraphy class with your bridesmaids and make a fun night out of creating your shower place cards, or find cute a printable online!

Just the Right Light | Choose a venue or space that has a lot of natural light and windows for your event. This will aid in better photography and make all of your décor and hard work look gorgeous!

Something SweetYour cake or sweet table can be used just as much as part of your décor, as it is to feed your guests! I have always loved naked cakes and macaron towers, but you can include any kind of sweets (maybe it’s homemade pies with cute toppers, or cake in a jar with glitter spoons etc.). I kept all of the sweets white to fit in with the décor and personally reflect my style, and requested my favorite flowers to decorate around them. They weren’t just something to eat; they were also pieces of art to look at!

From Sweet Woodruff… We wanted the look to be soft, sophisticated and feminine so we started with a simple and muted colour palette of white, blush and grey. We incorporated natural oatmeal and blush colored linens to complement the beautiful French Bistro setting.

For the tablescape we scattered delicate glass and rose gold bud vases filled with soft romantic spring flowers like lilac, peonies, roses and pieris down the table.

To complete the look we layered lush garden-inspired arrangements in the bookshelf as a focal point.

Guests enjoyed a delicious three-course brunch – a choice of quinoa pudding or salad for appetizer, followed by a choice of lemon ricotta pancakes, omelet or grilled turkey club on a pretzel bun. A sweet ending included fresh fruit and fine petite cakes. Following this was a delightful moment with the firecracker candle on the gorgeous “naked cake” created by The Wedding Cake Shoppe. We went with a carrot cake with cream cheese icing – my favorite, accompanied by delicious vanilla macaroons, plucked off the two towers on the sweet table made in-house by Colette.

In between foamy latte sips, mimosa clinks and brunch chatter – my mother, who invited my mother-in-law and myself up with her, so sweetly thanked everyone for coming and offered a bit of wisdom with a toast. My mother (also known as my “momager” – thank you, Kris Jenner) has been with me every step of the way in my wedding process, always making it enjoyable and helping me put together all the details. The shower was our day to just relax and soak it all in.

My groom-to-be, Neal, popped in at the end, with beautiful roses for both of our mothers and myself – a gentleman always! Sweet Woodruff also set up a beautiful “flower market” inspired station for guests to take away as gratitude, tied with a thank you note from myself, created by Paper & Poste. My love for blooms (especially Parisian flower markets) runs deep and I wanted to lace this through every detail of the shower, from the invites to the tablescape to the giveaways.

It meant so much to me to have all the women I love in one room, taking time out of their day to shower me. I felt truly grateful, especially to my sweet friend, Anna of annawithlove photography (who is 7 months pregnant at that!), for capturing the day for me in such a beautiful way.

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Photography: annawithlove | Floral Design: Sweet Woodruff | Dress: Mrs. Self-Portrait | Cake: The Wedding Cake Shoppe | Invitations: Paper & Poste | Makeup: Debbie Sioutis | Hair: Manny Dimi | Venue: Colette Grand Cafe | Blogger Bride: Stephanie Sterjovski | Macaron Towers: Colette Grand Cafe | Menus: Paper & Poste | Place Cards: Paper & Poste

See How This Groom Pulled Off the Ultimate Surprise Proposal

Grooms, take note — this is how you plan a proposal. Step one: involve amazing vendors like As You Wish Weddings and KJ And Co. to execute your vision. Step two: make it personal with meaningful details from your relationship. Step three: hire someone like Simply Lace Photography and Am Motion to capture the moment forever. Head to The Vault to see every second of this sweet proposal!

From As You Wish WeddingsCharles contacted us last Spring to help plan a beautiful surprise proposal for his love Ruby. Charles had rented out a space in the Corus Entertainment building in Toronto, situated on the city’s waterfront with views that overlook Lake Ontario. Charles wanted to put together something simple but meaningful as they are a low key couple who consider dinner at home over wine to be one of their favourite ways to spend time together. Collaborating with some of Toronto’s top vendors we put together a stunning setup complete with a custom balloon installation from Sugargirlee & Co, heart shaped cookies engraved with the couple’s names by Cakelaine, chocolate covered strawberries by Edible Arrangements and gorgeous gold sequin linens by KJ & Co. To create an atmosphere of romance, we lined the windows with lots of candles, and pictures of the couple and their beautiful son, Israel. Charles, cleverly disguising the proposal as a tour of the entertainment centre, lead Ruby into the room where she was equally shocked and amazed by what was happening. The talented Simply Lace Photography and AM Motions were there to capture the moment the bride-to-be said “Yes!”, followed by the happy couple celebrating with champagne and dancing to their favourite song, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”.

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Photography: Simply Lace Photography | Videography: Am Motion | Event Planning: As You Wish Weddings | Venue: Corus Entertainment Building | Balloon: Sugargirlee & Co | Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Edible Arrangements | Cookies: Cakelaine | Gold Sequins: KJ And Co.

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