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Spring Distillery District Wedding

This past spring I made my first trip to Toronto and quickly feel in love with the history and charm of the city’s Distillery District. So just imagine my delight when I found out this stylish duo opted for a celebration in that very same spot. It’s one part modern and one classic with a whole lot of love woven in between. Take a peek at JB Smith’s gorgeous snaps for yourself!

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From The Bride…Our wedding was more than a joining of two people, it was an opportunity for our two families to come together for the first time and meet one another! Many different cities and countries were represented, from NYC to Seattle, down to Texas, up to Cleveland and across the pond to the UK. Knowing that, we wanted our wedding to feel inviting, warm, friendly, celebratory, and given the timing, spring-like! We chose a gorgeous, intimate venue and coupled it with colorful, spring blooms and DIY décor to give it a personal feel. Take those elements and fill the space with 95 family members and friends and you get one heck of a wedding.

My incredible mom made the wedding cake, a groom’s cake that was inspired by the proposal, the bridesmaids’ dresses, flower girl dress and my veil. She is ridiculously talented. For my French Canadian family, we had a bi-lingual officiant that included some French in the ceremony and for everyone’s hungry tummies, “we had a make your own poutine bar” at midnight. To honor Geoff’s late mom, I pinned her cameo to my bouquet, as other Brooks women had done before me. To honor Geoff’s Scottish heritage, the boutonniere’s were inspired by Scottish heather and sprigs of a similar flower were included in my bouquet. We also had “Red, Red, Rose” read during our ceremony by the women closest to us. In previous Brooks weddings, Geoff’s granddad had read the poem.

Photography: JB Smith Photography | Floral Design: Blush & Bloom | Wedding Dress: Tara Keely | Ceremony Venue: Archeo | Reception: Archeo | DJ: Maximum Music DJ Service | Officiant: Marc Paquet-Decker | Hair & Make Up: Fancy Face

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Toronto Island Engagement Session

There are engagement sessions, and then there is this beauty of a shoot captured by Katya Leclerc, a stop-you-in-your-tracks session that is almost too pretty to believe.  Think an overflowing bouquet from Botany Floral Studio meets two serious cuties meets a Toronto Island backdrop that will take your breath away.  See it all in the full gallery.

From Katya Leclerc Photography… Sasha and Elvedin have known each other since high school. What started out as a friendship evolved into long-distance dating and, finally, when Sasha moved to Ontario from her native Saskatchewan four years ago, it turned into this romantic relationship they are so proud of.

Sasha and Elvedin are happiest when outdoors. With its sand beaches and beautiful sea-like view of Lake Ontario, the Toronto islands are one of their favorite place in the city. This made it a perfect place to capture their love in this engagement photo session. They admire each other like you would only dream of in fairytales. With their upcoming destination-wedding, the beach theme of this photo session is sure to be continued.

Photography: Katya Leclerc | Floral Design: Botany Floral Studio | Dresss: ASOS | Hairs And Make Up: Artz Of Fungki-hair | Suit: Massimo Dutti | Toronto: Centre Island

Parisian Bridal Shower Inspiration

There’s no arguing just how crazy cool bridal showers are (they are awesome), but add a little Parisian-inspired goodness to the day and that everyday bridal shower goes up a notch or two in pretty.  Think gorgeous details styled by Lisa Ho Studio, a paper flower wall (!) from Dragonfly Expression and a whole lot of beautiful florals from Ellyn Lilly.  See it all captured by Laura Clarke right here.

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From Lisa Ho Studio… I love how the coming together of friends and family for a bridal shower can help make the bride feel so special during such a busy time. Because of this, I really wanted to create an inspiration shoot centered around such a fun event focused on the bride. The inspiration for this bridal shower shoot came from Paris. I wanted to evoke a sense of romance, whimsy and indulgence, all while being very feminine. To create a sense of drama, the white hand-crafted floral backdrop was used. It’s a nod to the paper flowers found on the Chanel 2009 runway. The florals really set the stage as well. Various groupings of white and blush flowers flow through the tablescape and the branches and urns flanking the table help to bring a feeling of an outdoor Parisian garden. Indulgent foods like lemon twists, fruit tarts, croissants and quiches with beautiful sweets like bow-topped brownie cakes, macarons, sugar cookies and a four-tier cake all bring a taste of Paris. Of course, I had to incorporate a create-your-own mimosa bar to fit with the celebratory event. I also added a perfume bar that could act as a fun activity to do with the girls while also doubling as thank you gifts.

Photography: Laura Clarke Photography | Flowers: Ellyn Lilly | Cake & Desserts: Truffle Toronto | Cake Stand: RedLetter Store | Event Design & Stylist: Lisa Ho Studio | Paper Flower Backdrop: Dragonfly Expression | Pasteries: Bonjour Brioche | Perfume Bar: Ka Mil Yin