View Posts By:




“Will You Be My Groomsman?” Party

We’ve seen our fair share of crazy cool (+ super gorgeous) “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” parties, but this is the very.first.time I’ve laid my eyes on the groomsmen equivalent.  And I love it.  It’s customized beer labels, yummy BBQ and a whole lot of fun times all organized and photographed by the talented bride-to-be (+ super fiancé), Natalie Chong Of Toast Event Design.  See every fab moment in the full gallery.


From Natalie Chong of Toast Event Design… I am an interior designer and an event designer here in Toronto and I can never really take these opportunities for granted. It is a blessing and curse – trust me!

I found these downloadable prints online and thought that it was a great idea to have a simple but very literal way of asking our guys to be in our wedding. And why not ask them by throwing them a BBQ and having the message literally written on the beer.

Well, that is what we did exactly. Something they can keep, something I can take pictures of and something that, well, looks pretty!

I individually de-labelled, printed and wrapped five labels for each of the groomsmen (one couldn’t be there that day), and as the fiancé began to talk about a very “special brew – a home brew” and it peeked their interest. They thought that he literally made the beer himself! We actually picked his favorite beer – Newcastle Brown Ale.

He asked, they said yes (they didn’t really have the option, I altered the original file) , we snapped some pics, had a great BBQ and now we wait until the wedding in 2016!

Photography: Natalie Chong Of Toast Event Design | Stationery: Wedding Paper Chicks | Event Design : Natalie Chong Of Toast Event Design | Venue: Private Residence

You'll love these vendors in Canada

Love Madly Wedding Films + Pho...
View Portfolio
Royal Canadian Yacht Club
View Portfolio
Platinum Floral Designs
View Portfolio
Verbena Floral Design
View Portfolio
All Dolled Up Makeup & Hair St...
View Portfolio
Travel and Event With Style
View Portfolio
English Garden Wedding in Toronto

Tucked away from the bustling cityscape of Toronto, you’ll find Graydon Hall Manor — or as I will now refer to it — the site of one of the loveliest garden weddings I’ve ever laid eyes on. The warm flagstone walls against the bride’s elegant dress and stunning rose and orchid bouquet will keep you reeling through the whole gallery of moments captured by Jessica Bossé Photography. So have at it, and cheerio!


From Jessica Bossé Photography… This wedding is a photographers dream. So full of colour & beautifully matched decor which took place at Graydon Hall, a manor tucked away in north Toronto. It’s an oasis among high rises and highways and I am so honoured to have been able to capture this day for Kaylay & Alvin.

From the bride & groom:

How did you decide on your venue and location?
We wanted to have a (Victorian) english garden themed wedding. We only checked out three locations and Alvin loved Graydon Hall the most. It was perfect because we wanted a venue that was a one stop shop with a beautiful chapel just in case it rained. The combination of elegant, vintage decor and beautifully manicured grounds was exactly when we wanted.

Advice for future couples?
Focus on the elements that are really important to you then stick to how you want it to be. The rest of the not so important elements be a little flexible.

Favourite moment from the wedding?
Kaylay – My favourite moments were the butterfly release and my mom’s speech because it was so heartfelt. She never shows that side of her to me.

Alvin – My favourite moment was when I saw Kaylay in her dress for the first time. We lived together for years but we decided not to see each other from the night before until Kaylay walked down the aisle.

Photographer: Jessica Bossé Photography | Videography: Images Weddings | Cake: Labour of Love | Wedding Shoes: Enzo Angliolini | DJ: Michael Coombs | Officiant: Enduring Promises | Bridsmaids Dresses: Jasmine Bridal | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Graydon Hall Manor | Florals: Cool, Green and Shady | Groom's Tuxedo: Tuxedo Royale | Makeup: Blush Pretty | Wedding Grown: Jasmine Bridal

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here

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