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Elegant Summer Chateau Wedding

These Amsale bridesmaid dresses might be my favorites ever, and trust me, I’ve seen my fair share. Their gorgeous color and flowing fabric works perfectly for this elegant chateau wedding orchestrated by Lynn Lee Fine Weddings & Events. Add in the beautiful bouquets and these maids were lucky ladies. Anne-Marie Bouchard captured it all and I’m left wishing I could wear this look at every future affair.

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From Lynn Lee Fine Weddings & Events… Genevieve & Erik were very clear on their priorities for their wedding day from the very start. They wanted to create a fun, relaxed weekend for their family and friends, many of whom had not met prior and numerous travelling some distance in order to attend the nuptials.

The design for the day was created by Lynn Lee Fine Weddings & Events with Genevieve and Erik and their fabulous classic, good taste serving as inspiration. A family friend’s large brass collection became the unifying element around which the other details were developed. The grandeur of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier was the perfect backdrop for this elegant affair and guests enjoyed the many amenities available within that property.

Genevieve and her bridesmaids readied at Genevieve’s family’s home in the city while Erik and his groomsmen dressed at the hotel. Prior to departing for the ceremony, the groomsmen were presented with personalized German beer steins, a wonderful nod to Erik’s family’s German heritage.

The mid-afternoon ceremony at St. Theresa Catholic Church went off without a hitch and Genevieve looked stunning in her Monique L’huillier gown and the bridemaids in their Amsale dresses in a beautiful soft blush tone. Genevieve and Erik were whisked away for a few private moments, followed by formal photos in the same vintage Ford in which Genevieve and her father arrived an hour earlier.

After the ceremony, guests assembled in the Drawing Room foyer at the Chateau Laurier where they enjoyed a cocktail and delicious appetizers to wet their appetite for dinner. Upon entering the Adam Room for dinner, Genevieve and Erik greeted their guests through a receiving line. This was an important element of the day for the married couple since chatting with each guest, individually, was a priority.

In the ballroom, guests were seated at long tables lit by dozens of candlesticks set in brass holders of various, lovely designs. Lynn Lee, Genevieve and Erik very much wanted to create the warmth and feel of a large family dinner where conversation and wine flowed freely and this was certainly achieved. Dinner began with a welcoming toast by the father of the bride with subsequent speeches to follow as guests enjoyed their custom five-course meal that included a filet mignon main course and mousse dessert featuring Quebec maple syrup.

After dinner, Genevieve and Erik cut the beautiful cake created by Catherine’s Cakery which was the central focus of a styled dessert table atop an antique sideboard rented from Any & Jen Decor. Genevieve and Erik wowed guests with their first dance which had been developed through dance lessons that the couple enjoyed leading up to their wedding day. MDRN Photobooth offered a secondary fun activity for guests during the dance. During the latter part of the evening, late night snacks were served which included a smoked meat sandwich carving station, Erik’s special request for the reception.

Photography: Anne-Marie Bouchard | Floral Design: Full Bloom Floral Design | Cake: Catherine's Cakery | Stationery: We Do Printing | Reception Venue: Fairmont Chateau Laurier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | MakeUp: Ottawa Makeup Artists | Hair: Jennifer Heaney & Juliana Gjikopulli | DJ: Pro Entertainment Group | Groom's Attire: Baumler Tuxedo | Beer Steins: King Works | Brides Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaid Dress Shop: With Love Bridal Boutique | Church: St. Theresa Catholic Church | Groom's Bowtie: The Tie Bar | Ladies Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Limousine Rentals: Millennium Limousines | Musicians: Cadenza Strings | Photobooth: MDRN Photobooth Company | Planner/designer: Lynn Lee Fine Weddings & Events | Rentals: Coral Sparks | Rentals: Amy & Jen | Rentals: Partytime Rentals | Rentals: Pieces Of Love Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Groovy Linens | Shoes Brides: Manolo Blahnik | Shoes Groom: Cole Haan | Soloist: Rachel Dillman | Vintage Car Rental: Les Envolees Blanches | Wedding Dress Shop: The White Dress

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Romantic Winter Wedding

This, my friends, is the perfect winter wedding; a fabulous combo of rich red and purple hues, the crazy gorgeous stylings of Spotlight Event Planning & Design and layers upon layers of snowy goodness.  Add in the always wonderful backdrop of Vancouver and some lush blooms crafted by Blooming Aisle Floral Design and, voila.  Winter wonderland in one, two, three.  See it all captured by Elle&R right here. 

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From Spotlight Event Planning & Design…. Right from the beginning, Sheena and Ben had a beautiful vision of a winter “Mountain Vista” wedding. They wanted their day to have fresh snow, warm fireplaces, a cozy log cabin, and be tied together with a fabulous touch of vintage elegance. Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, BC was able to provide the perfect setting for this December wedding. Although Sheena is originally from Vancouver, they both now live in the UK, and planned their entire wedding from abroad with the help of their wedding planner, Paige Petriw of Spotlight Event Planning & Design.

To reflect their personalities, the day needed to be timeless, unique and fun. They’re both young at heart, playful and classy all at the same time. Needless to say, they love adventure and winter getaways. All these characteristics were used to personalize every detail of their wedding day.

One of the first elements they wanted to incorporate were roasted s’mores. None of their family and friends from the UK had ever had them because, believe it or not, they don’t have s’mores in the UK. Real gas fire pits out on the patio were used for these, along with tree stumps for seating hand-carved by the Grouse Mountain lumberjacks.

Sheena and Ben chose a stag head as a running theme within the wedding design to bring in the mountain vista feel they were going for. To really bring this to life, they hung a faux taxidermy stag head over the fireplace in the Timber Room at Grouse Mountain. It was truly the perfect touch for the space.

To bring in the vintage atmosphere, they rented some beautiful antique furniture, including a settee, two chairs and a coffee table, for around the fireplace. They had a photo album of all their adventures together on the coffee table as well for guests to browse through while sitting by the fire.

They also wanted to incorporate an ice sculpture fitting perfectly with their winter theme. To take it one step further, they opted to make it a luge to add something unique to the party. Of course, the ice sculpture was carved into a stag head, and the luge was a party hit.

Their guest favours were pashminas and scarves to keep all their guests warm in the cold winter night, especially when outside on the patio roasting up s’mores.

Their wedding cake was actually made of cheese. They already had so many sweets with the candy buffet and s’mores, they opted for stacked speciality cheeses for their cake instead. Garnished with figs and grapes, and served later in the evening with an assortment of crackers and breads, it was truly a unique touch.

They decided to configure the room with one long dining table for their 40 guests. With crystal-draped candelabras and floral arrangements of burgundy and green as the centrepieces, the table was stunning. Silver charger plates, custom menus and mini jars of M&M’s embellished each place setting, with the pashmina and scarf favours adorning each chair with the guests’ names to mark their seat. White fabric swags draped the ceiling to soften the room, and twinkle lights strung from end to end to make the whole space romantic.

The love and laughter throughout the day is what resonated the most. A beautiful day of beautiful emotions for two beautiful people!

Photography: Elle&R | Wedding Planner: Spotlight Event Planning & Design | Florist: Blooming Aisle Floral Design | Ceremony Venue: The Observatory, Grouse Mountain | Reception Venue: The Timber Room, Grouse Mountain | Makeup: Makeup by Larissa | Hair: A Salon | Accommodation: The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver | Cake (Cheese): Benton Brothers Fine Cheese | Candy Jars: Bootah Jardin | Decor Rentals: All Occasions Chic Rentals | Decor Rentals: Upright Decor Rentals and Event Design | Decor Rentals: Art of the Party | Ice Sculpture: Ice Decor | Marriage Commissioner: Sherry Vermiere | Photobooth: Hoopla Photobooth Rental | Reception Musician: Adam Woodall | Transportation: Time Limo | Vintage Furniture: Spruce Vintage Rentals

Modern Fall Wedding at Berkeley Field House

Hats off to this couple right here, planning their Toronto wedding from their new home in London. You can’t tell that they had that challenge from looking at their photos by A Brit & A Blonde though; each and every one is bursting with joy and if that’s any indication, these two are on one fun ride together. Check out all the love and laughs right this way and I bet a smile will be creeping across your face as well.

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From A Brit & A Blonde… Marieke & Mark are both from Toronto originally. But during their engagement they moved to jolly ol’ London, England. A massive hats off to them for planning a super sweet and lovely wedding from across the pond. No easy feat! And they did it all without a wedding planner. They enlisted the help of friends and family to help them with some rad DIY items – from the playful bunting throughout, the seating chart & dinner menu chalkboards – even the delicious granola that they gave out as guest favours – was all done by themselves and their awesome friends and family.

They chose the Berekely Field House, which is in the heart of downtown Toronto, but has that great mixture of urban and rustic. It has a stunning outdoor space, where they had their ceremony and cocktails. And then indoors for the reception and dancing the night away. If we can just take a quick moment to acknowledge the band that they had. This was by far and away the best and coolest band we have ever, ever, ever seen at a wedding, they were incredible. Marieke & Mark had been out one night while still living in Toronto and saw them play and adored their style and sound. It was such an incredible addition to a very awesome cocktail atmosphere.

The dessert spread was from one of Toronto’s most delicious cake and dessert shops: Bobbette & Belle. From the meringues to the cookies to the cakes, it was scrumptiously divine.

Photography: A Brit & A Blonde | Florist: Blossoms Rosedale | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Bride's Shoes: LK Bennett | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ritche | Caterer: Berkeley Events | Band: Hairy Holler | Groom's Suit: Hackett | Desserts: Bobbette & Belle | Reception/Ceremony Venue: Berkeley Field House

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