Natalie and Richard’s French countryside-inspired nuptials are the epitome of a romantic-meets-modern affair. Rainbow Chan Weddings’ focus on vibrant and fresh details – including cold lemonade and mint cucumber water refreshments – perfectly complemented the summery air of their ceremony at the breathtaking Spadina Museum. Blush, dusty rose, and raspberry red floral designs by Flower 597 accentuated the couple’s blue-forward palette. Sophisticated gold accents, glass-encased taper candles, and warm twinkling lights infused intentional elegance into the country brick reception venue. Languish in the inviting feel and contemporary romance of the full gallery, captured by the talented Whitney Heard Photography.
From Rainbow Chan Weddings… There is nothing sweeter than an outdoor wedding, full of sunshine, vibrant florals, and fresh wedding day designs. Natalie and Richard’s wedding offered the perfect mixture of romantic elegance and a French countryside theme. This event took place on August 24th 2019, and it was truly a day to remember – full of beauty, love, and celebration. Let’s take a closer look at Natalie and Richard’s beautiful outdoor wedding. As Toronto wedding planners, our team here at Rainbow Chan Weddings loves to partner with you to plan your special day. From every dream, desire, and detail, we work hard to create long lasting memories for every couple. It was a joy for our team of wedding planners to work with Natalie and Richard, as their style and vision was truly one of our favorites. Our bride Natalie began her day at 8am, surrounded by her bridesmaids, in a local Toronto Airbnb. With laughter and excitement filling the air, and a morning coffee in hand, they proceeded with hair and makeup. Once ready, Natalie and Richard shared an intimate moment with their first look, and a bridal party photo session soon commenced. Our lovely bride and groom met back in 2011, meeting each other through a summer accounting program at York University.
A few years later in 2017, Richard surprised his future bride by popping the question, and asking Natalie to marry him. There began a beautiful journey together. Their wedding ceremony took place at the Spadina Museum at 4:30pm. With their chosen theme of French countryside, mixed with a modern and clean design, this was an idyllic venue for such an occasion. They had cold lemonade and mint cucumber water as the perfect refreshments for a warm summer day. The Wellington Music group played throughout the ceremony and created the perfect romantic atmosphere as Natalie walked down the aisle to her soon-to-be husband. Their wedding colors were ivory, French blue, blush, and accents of dusty rose and raspberry reds. Natalie and Richard exchanged their vows under a tall, billowing oak tree, surrounded by their closest family and friends.
They gathered around the museum for family photos, having the perfect backdrop for a warm countryside feel – a grand ivory white building with sage green shutters, surrounded by flowers. The bridesmaids wore long, flowing dresses, in a soft French blue color. Natalie’s wedding gown was magnificent, as it flowed with tulle and accompanied a long and elegant veil. Their bouquets were full of soft greens, fresh whites, and highlighted were the bright raspberry red roses. From head to toe, Natalie was the epitome of beauty and grace on her special day. The cocktail hour and dinner reception were held at the Steamwhistle Brewery in downtown Toronto. Our team of Toronto wedding planners enjoyed every element of this wedding as the style and design came together beautifully in every detail. From the tall glass candleholders, to their creative seating chart, soft wooden chairs, country brick walls, and warm twinkling lights strung along the ceiling – every detail was planned and thought out with intention and purpose. As the night was filled with laughter, good food, and dancing, the atmosphere was full of love and celebration. Natalie and Richard’s wedding was sure to have left a lasting impression to all who attended, as it certainly did for our team here at Rainbow Chan Weddings. It truly was a joy to work with this couple, and we wish you both a lifetime of love, adventure, and happiness together.
How did you and Richard meet?
From the Bride, Natalie…Richard and I met in the summer of 2011 when we were both studying for our accounting designations. We had mutual friends so naturally our paths crossed and we got to know each other as we would chat during study sessions and stay late until the library would close…. We started officially dating shortly after our exams and the rest is history!
What is your proposal story?
Richard proposed after 6 years of dating at our house. He had been traveling for work recently and I wasn’t expecting him to be home at that time so I was very surprised to see him and even more surprised when he got down on a knee! We celebrated the rest of the weekend with a trip out of the city!
What was your inspiration for your wedding theme?
My wedding planning process happened over 2 years so I felt like my original theme and aesthetic definitely evolved. I started off wanting something very romantic/organic inspired by the beautiful weddings that take place in the European countryside or a lush California vineyard. At the same time I also love the simplicity of a modern wedding so I tried to merge some aspects of that into the theme with my choices in stationery and some of the decor.
How did you find your venue and vendors?
Working in the wedding industry I had a good idea of which vendors I wanted to work with based on social media and/or first hand experience working with them before on other couple’s weddings or styled shoots!
What was your favourite part of the wedding?
Overall, I loved that we didn’t try to cram too much into the day so I felt like the pace was quite relaxed. Some of the big highlights for me was the slow morning getting ready with my bridesmaids that also included a boudoir session with my photographer and exchanging our written vows to each other during the ceremony. I also just loved seeing all the details that I had been planning come together on the day of so moments like walking into the reception hall or seeing the ceremony set up felt surreal to me!
What advice would you have for other brides planning their wedding day?
My advice to other brides would be firstly – do your research and find vendors who you really connect with and understand what your vision is for your big day. At the end it will be your vendors that help you execute everything so you really need to have complete trust in them and also give them space to work their magic! Secondly, try your best to stay organized. There are a lot of aspects to think about for the big day so definitely consider hiring a wedding planner or a day of coordinator. One thing that really helped me is to keep a running list of all random thoughts/questions that would pop into my mind organized by the vendor so I had a list of questions to refer back to when it came time to sorting things out. Lastly, as everyone always says – definitely remember to take moments to step back and really soak in and enjoy your big day!
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Photographer: Whitney Heard Photography | Cinematographer: Derek Chan Films | Event Planning: Rainbow Chan Weddings | Cake: Flour and Flower Cake Design | Stationery: Ivory and Twine Co. | Ceremony Venue: Spadina Museum | Reception Venue: Steam Whistle Brewing Company | Catering: The Food Dudes | Makeup Artist: Makeup by Judy Lim | Hair Stylist: Unojo Bridal Hair | Calligraphy: Ivory and Twine | Band: Stacey Kay Band | Officiant: Enduring Promises | Ceremony Musicians: Wellington Music | Decor Rentals: Tufts & Toile | Florist and Décor: Flower 597 | Linens: Simply Beautiful Decor | Rentals: Event Rental Group