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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.


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

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Romantic, Elegant Royal Canadian Yacht Club Wedding

With pretty blue hues, the stunning Royal Canadian Yacht Club setting the scene, and styling by BLoved Events this romantic soiree won me over from the moment I laid eyes on on all the pretty images from  Jeremy C + Nathaniel D Of Jeremy Clay Photography. It’s a gallery simply overflowing with lovely, and you can see it all here

Yacht Club

From BLoved Events…Kristina and Andrew got married on a gorgeous balmy late summer/fall day at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club on Toronto Island, flanked by the Toronto skyline in the background, they said their vows in front of their family and friends.

Kristina had a great vision for her wedding; she wanted a romantic elegant wedding with touches of vintage to resonate. Their wedding florals focused on classic all white and ivory variety and a slight hint of vintage elegance put together perfectly by Coquette Studios. Inside the yacht club for their dinner reception, the blue walls of the main ballroom were complimented with pewter silver linens, vintage vessels and a mix of mercury bud vases. It was elegant and sophisticated, exactly as Kristina had envisioned.

Kristina and Andrew also wanted to bring personal touches to their wedding. Each guest table was named after a street where they had previously lived, and Kristina herself designed all the stationary items. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple opted for a cake made up of layers of cheese rounds! Their guests enjoyed the cheese after dinner reception paired with fruits and crackers. Kristina and Andrew danced the night away with their guests to the music of Fusion Events Orchestra of Fusion Events, a fun way to cap off the night and an amazing day just as they wanted.

Photography: Jeremy C + Nathaniel D Of Jeremy Clay Photography | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Stationery: DIY By Bride | Ceremony Venue: Royal Canadian Yacht Club | Reception Venue: Royal Canadian Yacht Club | Ceremony, Cocktail And Reception Music: Fusion Events | Chair Rental: Detailz Chair Couture | Custom Hangers: Etsy | Day-of Coordinator & Styling: BLoved Events | Florals: Coquette Studios | Table Linens: Around The Table | Vintage Vessel Rentals: Vintage Vignettes

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Royal Canadian Yacht Club

Romantic French Inspired Wedding

Gather up a world of gorgeous details and pair them with a romantic rainy day in Toronto and this is what you get: a fabulous French-inspired affair with too much pretty to list.  Think lush florals from Sweet Woodruff, a fab BHLDN gown and a whole lot of yumminess from Rahier Patisserie (croquembouche, anyone?).  See it all captured by Lavish & Light Photography right here.


From the Bride… The night before our wedding, both of our families stayed at the same hotel. We knew we’d be most comfortable if we saw each other before the ceremony, so Tim’s parents rented a suite and throughout the day everyone dropped in to get ready there together. It was very relaxed and a lot of fun.

On a planning form from our photographer we wrote that our rainy day plan was to hope for the best, so we were a little worried when the forecast for our wedding day changed to rain. We bought a cute umbrella and planned to make do.

On the day of the wedding rain poured continuously. Despite the grey skies, the small downtown church where the ceremony was held was bright and cheerful inside. The church decoration was simple. Two large arrangements of dusty pink, blush and buttery yellow flowers with luscious greenery adorned the alter. Pink and grey chiyogami hearts made by my mother were hung on alternating pews.

My favourite moment was right after our kiss when the piano player began playing the most upbeat version of “Here Comes the Sun” and we walked together down the aisle. It took a while for the sun to oblige, but as we were taking the first family photos under an awning in the church courtyard, we realized the rain had stopped!

My family set up a beautiful tea reception in the church hall, so that we could spend time with older relatives who could not join us for dinner. Guests mingled and snacked on croissants and fresh fruit as photos were taken in the garden a few metres away.

The dinner reception was at Le Select, an authentic French bistro located in downtown Toronto. It’s a gorgeous space with parquet floors, high ceilings and vintage French gallery posters on the walls. The first time we ate there we knew it would be perfect; we didn’t consider any place else. We wanted food that everyone would enjoy. Guests had a choice of duck confit, steak frites or mushroom fricassee. After dessert, there was croquembouche.

We didn’t intend to have a themed wedding, but we were influenced by the natural beauty of the church garden and the Parisian style of the restaurant. The end result was casual French elegance.

The colour palette was soft muted tones of pink and yellow with hints of grey, gold and plum. Blush pink is one of my favourite colours. Yellow was chosen because yellow roses are the favourite flower of a beloved older aunt who absolutely adores yellow roses because yellow roses are for friendship. They mean a lot to me, because my aunt loves them so much. We weren’t sure if she would be able to fly here for the wedding, but she made it. Other family members had floral bracelets, but Sweet Woodruff made an old fashioned yellow rose corsage just for her.

As festivities at the restaurant wound down, we ventured around the corner for a ping-pong afterparty at Spin. My dad turned out to be the star player!

Photography: Lavish & Light Photography | Flowers: Sweet Woodruff | Stationery: Smitton On Paper | Ceremony: St. George The Martyr | Reception: Le Select Bistro | Favors: Harney And Son’s Wedding Tea | Groom's Suit: Harry Rosen | Bridal Gown: BHLDN | Bride's Headpiece: Twigs & Honey | Bride's Jewelry: Made You Look | Croquembouche And Pastries: Rahier Patisserie | Fruit Trays: Say It With Fruit | Hair & Make-Up: Jessica Jean Myers

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