Pink + Red Watercolor Wedding
January 4, 2016
GlamorousLuxury VenueSummer Weddings
If you're one of the newly engaged stumbling upon this place of pretty, let me officially extend a big, warm welcome! Around here, real weddings are kind of our jam and this watercolor beauty photographed by When He Found Her is the perfect example. From the seating chart to the table numbers to the adorable couple themselves, it's all the makings of a SMP wedding, and you can find lots more in THE VAULT.
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From The Bride... Jordan and I met at work. The first thing he asked me when we went for our initial ‘get to know you’ coffee was, “so Eileen, you married? You got kids?” Jordan proposed while we were vacationing in Greece, which coincided with our dating anniversary. On that day, we went to dinner, then we decided to watch the famed sunset in Oia, Santorini. We found a private spot by walking atop a stone wall, next to a secluded little church. Jordan ended up proposing at sunset, at a spot overlooking the Aegean Sea.

For the wedding, we wanted an outdoor venue, where our guests could feel like they were on vacation, if only for half a day. We also liked being by the water and we also wanted to avoid the big-box-style wedding hall. We found our ideal venue in Holcim Waterfront Estate, in Mississauga, Ontario. It’s a restored, 1930s mansion overlooking Lake Ontario. We were able to rent the entire grounds for the day, giving us and our guests privacy, and an opportunity to freely roam and visit the lake.

Our wedding theme when planning the style elements was an idyllic, intimate evening spent among the roses in Christian Dior’s garden. For our photography, we chose Reid Lambshead of When He Found Her. We loved his aesthetic and the rich quality in his film photography. We loved how he was able to capture the emotions permeating the day. Consistent with our garden theme, we wanted to bring the outdoors inside. Our centrepiece featured cascading, ombre florals in mercury glass, atop wooden risers and surrounded with mercury votives. Our colours were jewel tones in various shades of red, blush and white with a bit of foliage. I love all kinds of roses, such as garden roses, cabbage roses and spray roses; and similar to a French garden—a little bit undone.

My dress was by Vera Wang. The dress is meant to evoke a cascading waterfall, with no visible seams, it's made with silk, tulle and organza. I wanted shoes I could wear again, and not ‘bridal shoes’.

I let my bridesmaids choose their own dresses. I wanted them to wear something they felt comfortable and beautiful in. My only criteria were: shades of blush, no jersey and no satin. One of my bridesmaids even borrowed her dress from a friend! For a bit of an edge, my bridesmaids wore statement jewelry from J. Crew. My necklace was a last minute decision, from BCBG, and my headpiece was by Jenny Packham (Tesoro II headband). We all wore gold temporary tattoos by Lulu DK.

Jordan decided to go with a bespoke midnight blue tux from Toronto suit makers Garrison Bespoke. Similar to the ladies, Jordan asked his groomsmen to choose their own suits, provided they were black or navy blue.

We did our save the dates online, via Paperless Post. Our wedding invitations were custom made by a wonderfully talented watercolour artist and stationer, Gemma Milly, who is based in the UK. She painted our venue on our invitations, which was a nice personal touch. Guests were asked to RSVP online at a wedding website that I created. The other items were created by me. I hand painted and calligraphed the name cards, and created the board that they were pinned to.

We gave our guests little glass bottles of maple syrup. This was very personal to us as they came directly from the maple syrup farm that Jordan’s grandma grew up on, in Quebec, Canada. It's still family-run to this day.

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