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Blush & Blossoms Bridal Shower

Let’s talk about a talented group of friends and family for a minute, shall we?  The type of friends and family that throw their planner bestie a bridal shower that is literally overflowing with pretty.  Think soft, romantic hues, yummy treats (hello, mac ‘n’ cheese station) and a “Blush & Blossoms” theme that is all kinds of awesome.  See every fabulous moment captured by Heidi Lau Photography in the full gallery.

From the Bride… As event planning is my job, relinquishing control to my bridesmaids and mother to plan my shower was no easy feat. I had dreamt about planning my pink bridal shower just as much as I have dreamt about the wedding. My girls know how I do my events and they definitely took some pointers and included some of my signature details.

When I got the invitation, all I knew was that the shower was taglined “Blush & Blossoms.” When I walked in, the room was filled with blush details and the floral arrangements were breathtaking.

The shower was held at my parents’ home where they transformed the living room into an all pink dining room with blush linens, blush chiavari chairs and perfectly pink centerpieces featuring floating flowers. Each plate setting was adorned with a matching napkin, a decorative gold brooch and custom stationery.

Guests were greeted with my all-time favorite cocktail – Kir Royale – which were dressed up with floral straws and floral straw flags. The drink was nicknamed the “Flower Baum” as a play on my last name.

The guests were then invited to a beautiful buffet spread featuring mini canapes, a chips and dips display, baked salmon, baked mac & cheese and an array of desserts. The lunch was catered by Encore Food with Elegance and my impressive bridal party baked and styled all the desserts!

Midway through lunch, I was greeted by a surprise video message from my fiance, who presented me with the amazing floral crown I got to wear for the duration of the shower. I started to see where the Blossoms portion of the shower was coming into play.

Once guests were full, I was surprised by my dear friend and florist extraordinaire Becky from Blush & Bloom who was going to teach the group how to arrange florals. Oh, this was the perfect activity for a floral lover like myself. And of course, very in theme.

The class was a huge hit and after all was said and done, each guest left with a custom “Mel” cookie. They were delicious!

As someone who has planned 100 showers, this one was for the books. My mom and friends did the most excellent job and exceeded my shower dreams. Can’t believe the wedding is in May!

Photography: Heidi Lau Photography | Floral Design: Blush & Bloom | Stationery: Melissa Baum Events | Catering: Encore Food With Elegance | Chairs: Detailz Chair Couture | Linens And Brooches: Have A Seat | Venue: Private Residence

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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