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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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Don’t Miss ReBash! + A Giveaway! + A Promotion!

Listen up, loves.  If you haven’t already made plans to attend ReBash on May 15th, I suggest you clear your calendars… ASAP.  Because ReBash isn’t just any old wedding showcase.  It’s six full hours of the hippest local, handmade, vintage and gently-used items, all perfect for your totally unique + totally awesome wedding.  I mean, Toronto’s Raddest Wedding Market?  THIS is a must-see.

All happening on Sunday, May 15th, 2016 from 11 am – 5 pm in the Glass Factory and the Lounge at 99 Sudbury St. in Toronto, ReBash’s twist on the regular wedding show concept is fresh, untraditional and everything you’ve EVER wanted.  Think an amazingly curated marketplace with 57 talented vendors, live music, workshops and tasty treats.  And don’t even get me started on the never-ending lineup of insanely gorgeous items you most definitely need to make your Big Day complete.  I’m talking everything from boho floral crowns and terrariums to marquee letters and lights to custom-made piñatas and jewelry to organic ice pops. (Yum.)  You’ll even be able to peruse a lineup of bespoke men’s accessories for that special man in your life.  Guys, this is going to be sooo much fun.

Whether you are in search of the perfect tiny designer cookies, modern hand lettering and calligraphy or that beautiful Parisienne hairpiece, ReBash is most definitely an event you can’t miss out on.  Tickets are available online HERE for $14+HST or at the door for $18 (inclusive, cash only).  Oh, and the first 50 guests to ReBash on May 15th will receive a Goodie Bag filled to the brim with awesome items you’ll really want to see.  Have a blast, loves.


What: ReBash is giving away TWO prizes to TWO lucky winners!  1) A $200 Burt’s Bees Gift Basket and 2) An entire Burt’s Bees Lip Collection and FIVE free classes at Barreworks in Toronto!

How: To enter, simply purchase your tickets online HERE! Good luck!


ReBash is offering Style Me Pretty readers $2 OFF the purchase of each online ticket with the discount code SMPREBASH . Tickets can be purchased HERE.

Photography: Jill Ballinger | Event Hosts: ReBash - Toronto's Raddest Wedding & Event Decor Market | Event Venue: 99 Sudbury | Raffle Sponsor: Burts Bees | Raffle Sponsor: Barreworks | Vendor: Frou Frou House | Vendor: Parisienne Luxe | Vendor: Field Day Design | Vendor: Big Ass Piñata | Vendor: Pulp Function | Vendor: Your Pal Al | Vendor: Love Lettering | Vendor: Snowdrop and Company | Vendor: inBloom Event Design