Details - Bridal Magazine, February 2022 Issue #2

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ISSN 2564-0801


Bridal Magazine

Issue 2 - February 2022

Cover Credits Venue


Decor and Set Up




Hair Extensions


Live Music (Violinist)

Music & AV

Live Streaming


Millcroft Inn & Spa @millcroftinnandspa Aniket Sananse Weddings @aniketsananseweddings Joani Wedding Decor @joaniweddingdecor Elegant Bouquets @elegantbouquets The Royal Bridal Boutique @theroyalbridalboutique 4Men United @4menunited Kinkistry Hair Extensions @kinkistry SK Confectionery @skconfectionery Milen Petzelt @milenps Red Tones Studio Productions @redtonesstudioproductions Dream Streams Designs By Melissa @designsbymelissacb

See more of Marvin and Thaeann’s wedding on page 6-9


From the Professionals

Letter from the Editor – PG 2

Styled Shoots - Inspiration

Wedding Planning Timeline Checklist – PG 16-18

Modern Emerald and Mustard – PG 20-23

Q & A with Emily Paints Events – PG 38-39

Edgy in the Vineyard – PG 68-71

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Ring, Sfara Designs – PG 19 Q & A with Ontario Wedding Venues – PG 24-33

Beauty Regimen with Beauty by Stacey – PG 46-47

Buying vs Renting Linens, Latkat Linens – PG 56-59

Top 5 Questions about Florals, Hailly Lucas – PG 64-67 Renting Decor, Boutique Linen Rentals – PG 68-71 Must Have Photos, Fedora Media – PG 72-73

Changing the Lens – PG 48-49 Beachy Boho – PG 62-63 Vintage Farm– PG 74-77 Gothic Lilacs – PG 84-87 Earthy Boho – PG 90-93 Real Weddings

Emergency Kit Must Haves – PG 77

Marg & Leo – PG 2-5

Everything about Wedding Cakes, Fancy That Cake - PG 96-101

Chris & Dario – PG 34-37

10 Things About Alterations, Bree McQueen – PG 78-79 5 Reasons to do an Engagement Session – PG 94-95 Vendor Spotlight

Sammy Cakes – PG 10-11

Marvin & Thaeann – PG 6-9

Candice & Anson – PG 12-15

Lindsay & Dennis – PG 40-43 Drew & Andrea – PG 52-55

Althea & Quincy – PG 60-61

Village Venue Bronte – PG 44-45

Rosaline & Stephen – PG 80-82

Sweet Avenue Cakery – PG 50-51

Nina & Henry – PG 102-106

Cater Me Please– PG 88-89

FEBRUARY 2022 PUBLISHED BY Details – Bridal Magazine

Details – Bridal Magazine will be published two times yearly. This is the 2nd issue of the magazine Amanda McIntyre – Chief Editor and Publisher

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Letter from the Editor

Congratulations on your engagement!

I am so happy for you’s and to be a part of your planning journey! I hope you find our articles to be a helpful tool and our pages full of inspiration. Dive in and have fun!



Marg and Leo

Photography Odd Socks Photomedia @oddsocksphoto

Venue Women’s Art Association of Canada @womensartofcan

Officiant Mark Stenabaugh


Real Wedding



Marvin and Thaeann


Real Wedding


Photography Aniket Sananse Weddings @aniketsananseweddings

Florals Elegant Bouquets @elegantbouquet

Decor and Set up Joani Wedding Decor @joaniweddingdecor

Suits 4Men United @4menunited

Venue Millcroft Inn & Spa @millcroftinnandspa

Live Violinist - Milen Petzelt @milenps


Dress The Royal Bridal Boutique @theroyalbridalboutique

Music & AV - Red Tones Studio Productions @redtonesstudioproductions

Hair Extensions Kinkistry Hair Extensions @kinkistry Baker - SK Confectionery @skconfectionery Live Streaming Dream Streams

Stationery - Designs By Melissa @designsbymelissacb


10 Vendor Spotlight

Sammy Cakes Samantha Friesner Owner and Cake Artist Serving Toronto & GTA

“Eat. Sleep. Create. Repeat… has pretty much been my motto since I could remember but even more-so now that I discovered my latest creative outlet, decorating cakes, in 2009!

​In my little boutique cake shop, located in the GTA, we design, create and construct beautiful creations for all special occasions, but more specifically, weddings and showers.

As a twenty-something year old girly-girl (whoops... thirty now!) with an interest in all things beautiful, I’ve really found a sense of peace and self-discovery in my work. I should take that back… it’s not ‘work’ when I truly enjoy each and every moment of it.

Something that started as a small interest has turned into something so grand and I have my family, friends and, of course, my many returning clients to thank for this.

The best part of this- making people smile. It’s simply the most humbling feeling. The gratitude I feel when I make a client happy over something so small (or perhaps 5 tiers tall) is the best feeling of all.” @_sammycakes

Photograph by Erica Jane Photography

Photographs on opposite page Top Left by Blynda DaCosta Photography @blyndadacostaphoto Top Right by Brandon Scott Photography @brandonscottphoto Bottom Left by Everlasting Moments @everlastingmoments Bottom Right Photography By Azra @photographybyazra


Candice and Anson


Real Wedding


Photography Fedora Media @fedora_media

Venue Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie @clunydistillery


Baker Daan Go Cake Lab @daangocakelab

Officiant Corrie Sakaluk @weddingswithcorrie

Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist Jessika D Makeup Stylist @jessikadeemakeup


the Ultimate Wedding Timeline Checklist The typical engagement is 12-14 months but every couple’s timeframe is different.

Note: some tasks may not be necessary based on your budget or wedding requirements

12 months from the BIG Day

8 Months from the BIG Day

O Determine your Budget

O Make a Gift Registry

O Hire a Wedding Planner

O Meet with Potential Florists

O Make a Guest List

O Decide Formality and Overall Theme O Select the Venue O Select a Caterer

O Send out Save the Dates

11 Months from the BIG Day O Start Thinking of the Overall Decor Design

O Hire Vendors that Book up Quickly (i.e Photographer)

10 months from the BIG Day O Start Shopping for your Wedding Dress O Create your Wedding Website O Take Engagement Photos

O Start Looking at Invitations

9 months from the BIG Day O Buy your Wedding Dress


O Select Bridesmaid Dresses

7 months from the BIG Day

O Hire the Ceremony Musicians

O Order Rental Items such as Specialty Chairs, Linens, Drapery, Lounge Furniture, Dance Floors etc.

O Hire an Officiant

O Book Hotel Room Block for Guests 6 months from the BIG Day

O Hire a DJ and Lights Technician

O Explore Wedding-day Hair and Make up Styles O Choose Cake Style and Schedule Tastings O Order Stationery and hire a Calligrapher O Book Rehearsal Dinner Venue

5 months from the BIG Day

O Book Transportation for Newly-Weds

O Book Transportation for Guests - if needed O Book the Honeymoon

O Buy or Rent the Grooms Tuxedo O Begin Premarital Counseling

4 months from the BIG Day

1 Month from the BIG Day

O Have your Final Tasting with the Caterer

O Assemble Gift Bags

O Select Groomsmen Attire and Schedule Fittings

O Create a Seating Chart

O Buy Wedding Bands

O Book Hair and Make-up Trial

3 Months from the BIG Day

O Create or Plan your Menu

O Brainstorm Guest Favours and Gift Bags O Book a Photobooth Rental O Write your Vows

O Select Ceremony Readings

O Meet with the Officiant and Invite him or her to the O Rehearsal Dinner

O Start Crafting DIY Items if you Haven’t Already Started 2 months from the BIG Day

O Send the Wedding Invitations with RSVPs due 1 O Month Before the Wedding

O Send out Rehearsal Dinner Invitations O First Dress Fitting

O Pick up your Marriage License O Buy Wedding Party Gifts

O Do a Floral Mock up with your Florist

O Give the Song Selections to your Ceremony Musician O Buy all Small Items (cake stand, cake knife, guest

O Pay your Vendors in Full O Order or Make your Escort/Place Setting Cards O Have a Final Venue Walk Thru

O Prepare Tip Envelopes for your Delegate to Distribute

O Make sure you have Proper Undergarments for your Dress O Order Wedding Programs

O Confirm Honeymoon Reservations O Pick up the Wedding Rings

O Confirm Final Details with all Vendors

O Create a Wedding Day Timeline and Send to your Vendors, O Officiant and Wedding Party

2 Weeks from the BIG Day

O Chase any RSVP stragglers and deliver final head count to O venue and cater

O Update Registries

O Begin Breaking in Wedding Shoes O Send Playlist to Reception DJ

O Make Arrangements for the Caring of Pets and Plants while on Honeymoon

O Delegate Someone to Return Tuxes and Other Rentals O Send Directions to Wedding Day Limo Driver

book, card box, ring bearer accessories, hanger for dress, garter)

O Decide on your Something Old, New, Borrowed & Blue


Final Week before the BIG Day

The Morning of the BIG Day

O Refresh your Hair Colour

O Stay off your Feet as Much as Possible

O Manicure/Pedicure

O Drink MORE Water and Make Sure to Stay Hydrated

O Getting your Eyebrows Done O Get a Massage

O Final Dress Fitting (a bridesmaid should come so they know how to bustle your dress)

O Eat Breakfast

O Throughout the day

O Take your Dress out of the Bag Early on and Have Someone Steam it if Needed

O Pack your Bags for the Honeymoon

O Lay out all Items that you want your Photographer to

O Clean your Engagement Ring

O Exchange Notes with your Partner

O Wedding Festivities and Take it all in

O Say Thank you to Everyone Around you

O Complete any Edible Crafting

O Clear your Work Load so you can Focus on O Practice your Vows Out Loud O Write your Partner a Note

O Give Photographer and Videographer your O Image/Video Requests

O Prepare a Wedding Day Emergency Kit Day before the BIG Day

O Eat a Healthy Meal

O Pack a Clutch or Small Bag of Personal Items O Drink Water

O Get a Goodnights Sleep

O Put any Boxes, Suitcases, Bags, Emergency Kits etc. in the Car

O Attend Wedding Rehearsal


Capture (rings, invitations etc.)

O Give Wedding Rings and Marriage License to Best Man O Relax, Smile and Soak in Every Moment After the BIG Day

O Ensure Tuxes and Rentals have been Returned

O Get Wedding Dress to Preservationist or Cleaners

O Order Thank you Cards (include a wedding photo)

Choosing Your Perfect Wedding Rings with Danielle Sfara of Sfara Designs

You’ve said I DO, started on the planning and now it’s time to find the perfect wedding rings.

This topic deserves some special attention because this is the grand emblem of promise and devotion when you exchange vows with your forever person.

This is where you and your partner put on your favorite background music, make a tea or coffee (or pour a glass of Amarone) and start searching for styles you like. This is also when so many questions surface. Should the wedding ring match the engagement ring? Should it match my partners wedding ring? Should the colors be the same?

How long before the wedding should we buy them?

And we all know that while one of you is deciding on the prettiness, the other is silently wondering if a list of “things to sell” needs to be prepared in order to afford those rings. Let me share some insight with you. Insight that will ease your mind, get you both excited about wedding ring shopping, and give your wallet some delightful relief.

Let’s begin with budget and style. There are many opinions on how much one should spend on a wedding ring. Here’s my opinion. Because there are countless ways to help make your perfect rings budget friendly, have an open mind when searching and begin with selecting the style you each individually love most. You got it, unless it’s important for the rings to be identical, allow them to be as beautifully individual as the partner who’ll soon flaunt it. More symbolic than wearing matching rings, is the significance they bear.

Now style is a big one because this will also determine how long before the wedding you should have your rings ordered, and how to best design them within your budget. Let’s get the easier question answered. Whether your rings are simple or intricate and detailed, expect a timeline of 3 to 6 weeks – longer if special sourcing or designing is required. Before we get to style, I’ll point out that working with a knowledgeable Jeweller will be a great asset to you throughout this process. You’ll experience an elevated level of service you won’t soon forget and you’ll establish a relationship that goes beyond design purchase and service.

A Jeweller will be meticulous with the “should have” list for your rings that you may not consider if you’re shopping online or decide on the quick and easy choice. And, in addition to helping design rings you’ll cherish for many years to come much like an old family photo, your jeweller will prioritize fit, comfort, quality, and that very special “between me and you” personalization on your wedding rings. Deciding which rings are the most perfect ones to speak your promise of love with, can be as much a task as choosing between which of the three five-star resorts you’re considering, has the more turquoise beach.

You’ve taken a chance on love, you’re marrying someone you’re excited to share a future with, let the rings be a reflection of that. There you have it, it’s not as difficult as it seems. Especially if you have the help of a fantastic Jeweller. Connect with Sfara Designs @sfaradesigns

Photograph by Tia Loryssa Photography @tialoryssaphotography


Styled Shoot



Photobooth Picture Us KW @pictureus_kw

Photography and Videography Fedora Media @fedora_media Venue Storehouse 408 @storehouse408


Concept, Coordination and Decor Event by Julaine @eventsbyjulaine Florist Hailly Lucas Floral Design @haillylucasfloraldesign

Gown Queen Davis Bridal @queendavisofficial

Suit Collins Formal Wear @collinsclothiers

Jewelry Sfara Designs @sfaradesigns

Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist Applied Elegance @applied.elegance Baker Fancy That Cake @fancythat


Q & A with Ontario Wedding Venues We reached out to Venue’s across Ontario to ask what made their space unique! While we didn’t receive a response back from every venue, we have included 36 for this issue and hope to feature different venues in our next issues!

Hessenland Inn & Schatz Winery

Country Vegas Elopements

Address: 72981 Bluewater Hwy, Zurich ON, N0M 2T0 Website: Years in Business: 37 Hall Capacity(s): 175

Address: 518 Alberton Road, Alberton, ON, L0R 1A0 Website: Years in Business: 2 Hall Capacity(s): 10

We are an inclusive venue that welcomes every person that walks through our doors with open arms and hearts. Our professional team and full-service packages will ensure no detail is overlooked & make every moment a stress-free, fun and memorable experience.

We offer your choice from two wonderful ceremony locations. One is located on the west end of our property, on the edge of scenic farm field. Our stunning barn beam arbour is the perfect backdrop for you and your partner to exchange your vows with friends and family.

What makes you unique? Located along the shores of Lake Huron, nestled between Bayfield & Grand Bend, Hessenland offers a unique combination of history, innovation, and European elegance. Original exposed stone walls in our reception space pairs perfectly with over 40 acres of gardens & vineyard for you and your guests to enjoy the famous Huron County sunsets.

We are not just a wedding venue- we are a destination, here to provide you and your guests an immersive experience of all that Hessenland & Huron County has to offer. With 20 guest rooms, in-house catering, bar service, wedding planning services, access to our gardens and vineyards, and our newest addition- Schatz Winery; we are here to ensure every detail has been taken care of and that you and your guests feel supported and cared for. Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: Our full service packages begin at $107.95


What makes you unique? Country Vegas Elopements is designed for couples that want to skip the big guest list, the investment that goes with it, the months of planning, and all the stress of putting together the perfect wedding day! We take care of all of the details. The venue, the officiating, the photography, decor, the music, the food, the cake, the refreshments and all the little details to bring it together.

Our unique indoor space fuses rustic country, industrial, and 1960s style décor. Your host Donny Lovering is a Humanist Wedding Officiant and will deliver a fun-loving secular style ceremony. Heck, at Country Vegas you can even have ‘The King of Rock and Roll’ marry you up!

Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: Our pricing ranges from $295 up to $1895 for a 10 person, allinclusive elopement experience Photograph by Sadia Martin Media

Willow Creek Barn Events Address:12005 Argyle Street, Ailsa Craig (North Middlesex), ON, N0M 1A0 Website: Years in Business: 4 Hall Capacity(s): 140 seated, 180 non fixed seating What makes you unique? Our beautiful 24 acres includes a century-old barn, flowing creek, spring-fed pond, and dozens of young & old willow trees. Our rustic-country atmosphere gives a natural appeal to the indoor and outdoor spaces. There are no two weddings ever alike at Willow Creek; couples are welcome to bring their ideas of dream vendors and decorations to life. With competitive rates, Willow Creek sees budgets of all sizes. As a family-owned and operated business, Willow Creek treats their clients like friends and family.

Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: $5100 + hst for a mandatory weekend rental (Friday 12pm til Sunday 12pm). This includes washrooms, basic tables & chairs, wedding planning & day-of coordination, and cleaning services. Additional costs above the base rate include vendors (i.e., catering, photography/ videography, flowers, etc.) & bartending services ($400 for 2 bartenders, however these employees also clean & maintain the grounds on the day of. Please note: liquor license, PAL license & all liquor and cups/straws/etc. are to be supplied by the client. Photograph by Painting with Light Photography

Pine Valley Chalet Address: 1600 River Rd E, Kitchener, ON, N2A 4K8 Website: Years in Business: 11 Hall Capacity(s): 125

What makes you unique? Our unique log style venue that boasts rustic vices from the exposed beams & vaulted ceilings to our licensed wrap around deck.

There is no other venue like ours within the surrounding area. We specialize in offering customizable packages to all couples to make the wedding of their dreams come to life!

La Petite Chapelle Address: 153 Blandford Street, Innerkip, ON, N0J 1M0 Website: Years in Business: 2 Hall Capacity(s): 150 seated, 164 cocktail

What makes you unique? La Petite Chapelle is a modern venue, inside a historic church. We offer space for both your ceremony Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: Couples can contact us directly for pricing, we have a wide variety of pricing options

Photograph by Dylan Sandra Photography

Storehouse 408 Address: 408 Queen St., Cambridge, ON, N2A 4K8 Website: Years in Business: 2 Hall Capacity(s): 160 Seated, 180 Cocktail

What makes you unique? Clients love our modern-industrial aesthetic and our large, 2,600 square foot open-air courtyard with natural gas fireplace. We also have alarge overhead door that can be open throughout the event. Finally, client love how we offer a simple blank canvas that needs little additional decor. And our gold chairs are something our clients love!

Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: The average full service wedding including ceremony, cocktail hour, 3course meal, & late night option is approx., based on consumption bar is $195.00 p/p ( + applicable taxes & service fee)

Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: It all depends on the date, but for a high-season Saturday with catering and open bar, clients can expect to pay about $17,000 (exclusive of taxes and fees) for a full day with all-inclusive catering (cocktail food, full dinner and late-night menu), open bar and all included furniture/rentals.

Guilia Moltisanti Photography

Ariana Del Mundo Photography


Brantview Events Pavilion Address: 225 Howell Road, Saint George, ON, N0E 1N0 Website: Years in Business: 200 year old farm, 6 years for weddings Hall Capacity(s): 140

What makes you unique? Our events pavilion is located on the highest point of our property that overlooks our apple orchard. Our ceremony space is located in the heart of our orchard, surrounded by orchard on all four sides. Itis a beautiful space, with a rustic barn beam pavilion. We are also home to Howell Road Cider Co, a small batch, hard cider company, many couples like to include a cider toast following the ceremony! Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: Our venue rental for a full day event is $7000.00 + HST, ceremony white chairs, galvanized steel chairs, harvest tables, bridal suite, two accessible restrooms, ceremony, cocktail hour, reception space, parking and complementary accessible golf cart ride included.

The Arlington Hotel & Dominion Telegraph Event Centre Address: 106 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M5 Website: Years in Business: 5 Hall Capacity(s): 130 Seated, 150 Cocktail

What makes you unique? Your magical day begins and ends amid our stunning riverfront backdrop. Located on the banks of the Grand River, the Arlington Hotel and our historic Dominion Telegraph Event Centre offer elegant, Instagram-worthy spaces and themed hotel rooms for your memorable day. Oh, and our Chef-driven menus are delicious. Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: Our Tied Knot Package is $150 per person, all inclusive (cocktail reception, dinner, late-night table, open bar). The venue rental on a Saturday is $2500 and the ceremony fee is $750. So, for a 100 guest wedding on a Saturday, with ceremony and reception at our venue, it would be approximately $18,250.

Photograph by Kendra Ruth Photography

Art Gallery of Hamilton Address: 123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8 Website: Years in Business: 15 Hall Capacity(s): 25-200

What makes you unique? The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion at the Art Gallery of Hamilton features a 20 foot ceiling and windows which overlook the licensed Irving Zucker Sculpture Garden. Our wedding consultants work with an in house chef and bar team to create an unforgettable experience. We only host one wedding per day so you and your guests receive our complete attention. Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: Between $15 000 - $20 000 inclusive


Photograph by Rob Anzit

Dyment’s Glen Drummond Farm Address: 416 Fallsview Road East, Dundas, ON, L9H 5E2 Website: Years in Business: The farm was established in 1887 Hall Capacity(s): 225

What makes you unique? We are an authentic farm venue perched on a cliff! Say I doon the Niagara escarpment overlooking the Dundas Valley, followed by a magical reception with a courtyard bonfire, dancing under the stars and a late night poutine truck! Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: Couples can contact us directly for pricing

Cranberry Creek Address: 78 Lynedoch Rd, Delhi, ON, N4B 2W4 Website: Years in Business: 4 Hall Capacity(s): 150

What makes you unique? Cranberry Creek Gardens is a picturesque event venue in the small hamlet of Lynedoch. Surrounded by farmland in southern Ontario, our historic white chapel, rustic barn and lush gardens are the perfect backdrop for any special event. We offer onsite accommodations and both full service and DIY event options to ensure your day is exactly what you dreamed of. Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: We offer various packages including elopements, ceremonies, brunch weddings and receptions. Our pricing and packages start at $950-$18,000 depending on the style of event you select. Upgrades and guests can be added for a fee.

Photograph by Dani Jager Photography

The Stone Mill Ballroom Address: 271 Merritt Street, St. Catharines, ON, L2T 1K1 Website: Years in Business: 10+ Hall Capacity(s): 240

What makes you unique? Our building is a 180 year old fully restored Paper Mill. Onsite we have a Boutique Inn, Salon, Spa, Florist, Restaurant and high end Clothing store perfect for the grooms custom suit!

Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: approximately $17,000

Coral Creek Farms Address: 600 Concession 5 Rd, Fisherville, ON, N0A 1G0 Website: Years in Business: 1 Hall Capacity(s): 50 Inside, 150-200 outside

What makes you unique? Our farm is nestled on 115 acres of land, which is accompanied by a vast amount of wooded area. Ideal for woodland rustic weddings and events!

On site we have a fully renovated barn suitable for a smaller capacity crowd of up to 50 guests or perfect for catering preparations. Our surrounding farmland can accommodate tents that hold up to 150-200 guests. It is the perfect location where elegance meets rustic, while still remaining to have the relaxed charm of a backyard wedding!

Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: Costs starting from 3,000 to rent the entire site for the day (does not include tent).

Photograph by Jo Boucher Photography

Amici’s Banquet and Conference Centre Address: 2740 Merrittville Highway, Fonthill, ON, L0S 1E5 Website: Years in Business: 14 Hall Capacity(s): 350

What makes you unique? Amici’s Banquet Centre offers a complete package to our brides which includes everything from an on-site wedding with officiant, Martini and hordevours cocktail hour, 6 course customizable individual plated meal, unlimited premium alcohol open bar with Niagara VQA wine, espresso and lattes, DJ service with Dynamic Entertainment and a Premium Décor Package which includes backdrop, head table decor, linens, centerpieces, Chiavari chairs and more! Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: Couples can contact us directly for pricing.

Photograph by David Haskell


St. Joseph’s Banquet & Conference Centre Address: 300 River Oaks Blvd East, Oakville, ON, L6H 5T1 Website: Years in Business: 8 Hall Capacity(s): 450

What makes you unique? Our clients become part of our family & we ensure their desires become reality. Our personal approach to all weddings ensures no details will be missed, and everyone attending the event will be impressed. Our bright, contemporary hall with large floor to ceiling windows ensures maximum awe from our guests & unforgettable food offerings - makes St. Joseph’s Banquet & Conference Center the place to celebrate your love. Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: $15 000 (includes 8hr open bar, décor, food)

Milton Banquet & Conference Centre Address: 3090 Steeles Ave W., Milton, ON, L9T 2V3 Website: Years in Business: 40 Hall Capacity(s): 500 Indoors, 1500 Outdoors

What makes you unique? We offer EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN ONE LOCATION -Situated on 36 acres of picturesque parkland, running creek with wooden bridge, gazebo and many photography props and photo stations for the ultimate wedding photos imaginable. In addition to the manicured gardens is the courtyard patio and rustic forest, both are perfect for an outdoor Wedding Ceremony. Our open fields are the desired location for outdoor Receptions and Barbeques. Alternatively, or for those seeking indoors… our venue offers 4 unique and elegant reception rooms to host 50-400 guests. In addition, our All-Inclusive wedding packages include full VIP service with hi-quality food menus, complete with Open Bar packages, full selection of the finest linens and décor to complete your event. Lastly, for their convenience our Ultimate Upgrade Package includes 5 vendor services such as; Photography, DJ, Upgraded Lights, Sound and Visual, Wedding Cake and Décor Package, at a 40% discount! As l said…. EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN ONE LOCATION!

Photograph by Foto Reflection

EWG - Eglington West Gallery Address: 2301 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M6M 3Z9 Website: Years in Business: 2 Hall Capacity(s): 350 and 250 What makes you unique? We are a turnkey rustic venue

Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: approximately $17,000 - $20,000

The Avenue Banquet Hall Address: 1600 Steeles Ave. West, Vaughan, ON, L4K 4M2 Website: Years in Business: 20 Hall Capacity(s): 350

What makes you unique? The Avenue Banquet Hall is a single event venue located in Vaughan, which allows for absolute privacy for you and your guests. It boasts a beautiful grand foyer, a separate ceremony room, and a grand ballroom. Known for our delicious in-house catering which offers international cuisine, Kosher catering, and the ability to provide Halal. We offer all-inclusive and customized menu packages to suit your specific needs. Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: Couples can contact us directly for pricing.


Graydon Hall Manor Address: 185 Graydon Hall Drive, Toronto, ON, M3A 3B1 Website: Years in Business: 21 Hall Capacity(s): 180 Great Hall, 240 Outdoor Terrace

What makes you unique? Graydon Hall Manor was built in 1936 and thoughtfully restored in 2000 as a boutique reception facility designed to retain its original warmth and beauty. Our private, sophisticated settings allow us to host, cater, and tailor events for any occasion. From modest to lavish, our airy formal gardens, 160 foot-long stone terrace, flowing fountains, and gracious Great Hall lend an elegance to any event. Our attentive staff works directly with you, delivering highly personalized service with an uncompromising eye to detail; from establishing an itinerary, designing couture cocktails and custom menus, to perfectly tailored floor plans.

The Florist’s Loft Address: 1092 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON, M4J 1M5 Website: Years in Business: 2 Hall Capacity(s): 80

What makes you unique? Every part of the walls and ceilings is an art form. Truly magnificent in its earthy feel, the installations themselves then get filled with fresh-cut flowers incorporating life and rejuvenation as you walk through and relish the scenery around you.

Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: $2450 for 50 people and $3350 for 80 people

Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: $200pp from November-April or $220 from May-October

Photograph by Will Reid

The Symes Address: 150 Symes Road, Toronto, ON, M6N 0B1 Website: Years in Business: 3 Hall Capacity(s): 250 and 350

What makes you unique? The Symes is a very unique venue, with a Chic original Art deco architecture. It is a blank canvas with lots of personality. What makes The Symes even more unique is its service and event execution. Making every event special is our main goal. Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: An average wedding at the Symes costs between $250 and $300 per person + HST. This average calculation includes food, bar, rentals, staffing room rental, landmark fee and security. This does not include decor or AV.

Photograph by Carlos Bolivar of Boli Weddings

YMG - York Mills Gallery Address: 1885 Leslie St., Toronto, ON, M3B 2M3 Website: Years in Business: 6 Hall Capacity(s): 550 and 175

What makes you unique? Turnkey industrial-rustic venue in Midtown Toronto

Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: $16, 000 - $20,000

Photograph by KatanStudios


Caesar’s Centre Address: 8841 George Bolton Pkwy, Bolton, ON, L7E 2X8 Website: Years in Business: 20+ Hall Capacity(s): 220 and 75

What makes you unique? Caesar’s Centre is a boutique style that allows clients the option of minimizing their decor. Our venue looks beautiful on its own due to the marble style flooring throughout and the accent wall in our main hall. As a family run business, the care we put into each event is unmatched. Our executive chef uses her skills and passion to curate innovative menus for our clientele to make it a memorable experience for their guests.

Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: $12,000 total or $120 per person

Ivy Ridge Weddings & Events Address: 7511 9th Line Thorton, ON, L0L 2N0 Website: Years in Business: 1 Hall Capacity(s): 210

What makes you unique? Originally slated for demolition in the Bradford area this century old bank barn was given a new life on a farm in Ivy, Ontario. The barn was carefully dismantled piece by piece with a vision in mind to be reconstructed to its original beauty with modern day amenities. With a large wrap around porch and impeccable landscaping and gardens situated into a wooded area this wedding venue provides more than just a rustic feel. With endless photo opportunities along with amazing food and beverage services Ivy Ridge provides a very elegant and turn key experience for you and your guests. Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: A Saturday wedding at Ivy Ridge, we typically tell our clients to expect a minimum budget of $34,500 + HST. This includes exclusive use of property, ceremony & venue rental, food and standard beverage for 120 people, all rentals, set up/ tear down and gratuities. Please note that we are a seasonal venue (May-Oct) Photograph by Elizabeth in Love Photography

SV Country Events Address: 27909 Hwy 48, Sutton West, ON, L0E 1R0 Website: Years in Business: 4+ Hall Capacity(s): 120

What makes you unique? We give 3 days access to the property from Thursday to Saturday. we also allow outside licensed catering company to host and serve Dinner. the biggest advantage of this is you can choose the package with basic rental only and bring all you vendors! Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: We have DIY packages which start from $5250.00. We also have all-inclusive package starting from $22k.


The Wilds at Cedar Valley Golf Course Address: 8410 11th Line, Thornton, ON, L0L 2N2 Website: Years in Business: 21 as a Golf Course, 6 Hosting Weddings Hall Capacity(s): 100

What makes you unique? The Wilds at Cedar Valley Golf Course offers a beautiful natural setting for your wedding day. As you drive down the country road towards the Wilds you are transported to a beautiful location nestled in the woods, surrounded by mature trees, ponds and wildlife. It is hard to believe you are just outside the busy city line. Summers are resplendent in green with a beautifully manicured golf course and wooded areas with steams, ponds and picturesque locations for photos. The Fall offers a magnificent display of colour for those once in a lifetime pictures. Our screened, timber construction pavilion, located among mature trees overlooking a pond, is the perfect naturally beautiful backdrop for your special day. The pavilion can accommodate up to 100 people and features 24 foot ceiling sand views of the fountain. Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: $8,500 - $11,000 depending on bar

Aquatopia Conservatory

Bleeks and Bergamot

Address: 2710 March Road, Carp, ON, K0A 1L0 Website: Years in Business: 10 Hall Capacity(s): 150

Address: 8230 Bleeks Road, Ottawa, ON, K0A 1B0 Website: Years in Business: Since September 2020 Hall Capacity(s): 130 Seated, 150-160 Cocktail

Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: $32,000

Host bar- meaning couples supply all alcoholic beverages of their choosing to fully tailor the bar experience to theirs and their friends and family’s tastes. Our contracted professional bar team serves for the duration of the events. Couples can sell their beverages to their guests, to recoup some of their wedding costs if they are on a tighter budget, or they can simply provide all guests with an open bar all night long, while still at a very affordable price point.

What makes you unique? A Tropical Destination Wedding Venue in Ottawa. Celebrate your wedding day in a tropical splendor, but without the expensive airfare. Recite your vows surrounded by vibrant foliage, while your photographer captures you at your best, bathed in natural light. Indulge in a mouth-watering gourmet menu prepared by our skilled culinary team, then dance the night away under a glass ceiling in full view of the night sky, surrounded by tumbling waterfalls and lush green foliage.

What makes you unique? Our riverside property is truly serene, private and stunning for first looks or golden hour shots. Access to the property for engagement shoots in the 18 months leading up to your wedding is included! Couples get their choice of ALL vendors including Catering.

Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: $5,500.00 + hst for exclusive day use and includes bartending services. Photograph by Allie Liko Photography

Century Weddings and Events Address: 1981 Century Road West, North Gower, ON, K0A 2T0 Website: Years in Business: 7 Hall Capacity(s): 300

What makes you unique? Our spacious ceremony site with gorgeous views surrounded by the quiet country living.

Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: $15,000

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm Address: 2452 York’s Corners Road, Edwards, ON, K0A 1V0 Website: Years in Business: 28 Hall Capacity(s): 300 the The Maples Hall, 160 in The Southlawn Tent

What makes you unique? We are a working farm that raises all sorts of animals right here in the city of Ottawa! Here at Stanley’s we work with our couple’s to create a unique personalized experience. Instead of standardized price lists or packages, we offer the flexibility to customize every detail. From the menus &dishware, to the linens & décor, to the tables, chairs & specialty services. Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: $20,000

Photograph by Ashley Notley


Stonefields Estate Address: 1985 9th Line Beckwith, Carleton Place, ON, K7C 3P2 Website: Years in Business: 11 Hall Capacity(s): 220

What makes you unique? On your wedding day, the entire 120 acre estate belongs to you. Get ready onsite in our heritage farmhouse and pub. Say your vows in our elegant ceremony house or hold an outdoor wedding under a canopy of trees. Dine in our turn-of-the-century barn, sip cocktails on the verandah, then unwind in our overnight accommodation. Our team will coordinate every detail, from the moment you arrive until your last guest leaves. All you need to do is soak up the atmosphere, and create some memories. Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: $119.00 – 169.00 per person – Contact us for specific pricing

Strathmere Address: 1980 Phelan Road W., North Gower, ON, K0A 2T0 Website: Years in Business: 42 Hall Capacity(s): 15-180

What makes you unique? 3 unique venues - an 1860s stone farmhouse, a 160-yearold barn and a Garden House with 3 sides of windows that open to the fresh country air. Each venue sits within its own10-acres on the 200-acre farm, so that every couple has exclusivity, privacy and beautiful photo opportunities. Menus that use fresh ingredients grown right on the farm, 33 overnight guest rooms and mani’s, pedi’s, wedding day make-up, chocolate-covered berries and bubbly before the celebrations. These are just some of the reasons why couples have chosen Strathmere for their wedding day for over 40 years. Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: Prices range from $10,000 on a Sunday for a Cocktail Style Reception, to $25,000 on a Saturday with a full dinner reception

Photograph by Stephanie Mason Photography

The Herb Garden Address: 3840 Old Almonte Rd., Ottawa, ON, K0A 1A0 Website: Years in Business: 20+ Hall Capacity(s): Just over 100

What makes you unique? The Herb Garden specializes in providing a rustic and romantic garden setting for celebrating outdoor weddings. We offer exquisite outdoor locations for photos and ceremonies. Historic original cedar log barns for receptions. On site nature trails and a labyrinth to explore. Our greenhouses are filled with aromatic culinary and medicinal herbs.

If you would like to see your venue featured, please email us at for more details.

Approximate Cost for a 100 person wedding at your venue: Our fee for a Friday to Sunday rental is $6,000. Our catering team works with each couple to design a special menu within their budget (ranging $45-$120 pp).


Photograph by Anita Peeples Photography

Photograph by Anita Peeples Photography

Photography Jesse Jonas www.JesseJonas @jessejonasphoto

Venue Art Gallery of Hamilton @at_theagh Design Shaw Events @shaw_events


Chris and Dario We are Chris & Dario, a pair of "odd socks" - a creative couple based in Toronto with a passion for creating colourful content for all humans! With 6+ years of experience in wedding and portrait photography, videography, styling, editing and marketing, we combine our skills to bring you the best! We're all about creating an experience that is fun, and capturing authentic moments with a laid back approach. Whether you’re tying the knot as you run away with your lover, or you are planning a huge wedding celebration; whether you need a headshot or a family photo, as your photographers and videographers, we want to create magical moments that will stay with you forever! Owners of Odd Socks Photomedia @oddsocksphoto

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Photography Chelle from Fox Photography @

Officiant The Marrying Lady @ Florwers & Crowns Heavy Petal Flower Shop @heavypetalflowershop Puppy Grooming Fluffy Tails @fluffytailsto Bracelets Fossil


Q & A


Emily Bransfield of Emily Paints Events Tell us about live painting So live wedding painting isn’t actually a new

thing, back before cameras were around having paintings done of important events was the standard. I think of it as a very romantic ‘blast from the past’.

During a live wedding painting, I arrive to the venue and set up my easel and supplies, and

when the moment selected for the painting

happens I record a number of videos and take photos to use so that I can pick the perfect moment to use for painting the newlyweds.

Guests get to watch a blank canvas come to life as the night unfolds, and the newlyweds get

to have artwork that celebrates their wedding day to be enjoyed everyday in their home.

When and how did you start wedding painting? I started my business in 2018, and I painted my first wedding in March 2019. In 2018 before I

officially began, many of my friends started to get engaged and I was brainstorming ideas of

what to gift them. I then thought, hey! I could paint a photo from their wedding, then I rolled off that and thought -- hmm, what if I could

paint it AT the wedding. I then discovered the

whole concept already existed so I decided to pursue it!


What do you love about wedding painting? I love the excitement. It is such

a thrill to create something that you are immersed in and

experiencing, and it completely

changes the painting dynamic. You are part of a couple’s most love filled day - you can feel it in the air, and it translates into the painting.

Photograph by Chasing Moments Photo Co

Why is live wedding painting such a unique feature and why would you recommend it? It’s such a unique feature because there’s nothing

comparable. A photo or video do not evoke the same

emotions as a painting. It’s immediately enjoyed, it’s a form of subtle entertainment, it’s artwork that will live on your

wall and be seen daily and bring your right back to the exact moment. It is also different in the sense that I’m capturing the newlyweds and their love, but it’s as seen through my eyes as an artist who experienced it.

What size option do you have and what is the turn around time? I offer a number of different sizes, starting at 20x24” and going up to 30x40”. From the date of the wedding turn

around time is approximately 4 to 12 weeks. There is such

a wide range of time because I touch up the paintings in my studio in the order in which the weddings happened and

Photograph by Kelly Taylor

during wedding seasons it can be quite busy!

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’ve been an artist since I was just a tot, I always had a

passion for creating and it was continually encouraged by my family growing up. When I began to paint approximately 6

years ago I fell in love, and am always trying to improve my skills for the next event. I love a strong latte, getting crafty

with my son, and quiet nights in with my husband (and yes! I did paint my own wedding!).

Connect with Emily Paints Events @emilypaintsevents

Photograph by Liam Good


Lindsay and Dennis

Dennis and I met when introduced by a mutual friend and we’ve been inseperable ever since. We were lucky to have that “when you know, you know” moment very early on.

Our wonderful family, friends and vendors ensured our wedding day lived up to our main goal: FUN - and we wouldn’t have changed a thing!


Photography Fedora Media @fedora_media

Venue Roseville Estate @rosevilleestate

Decorator, Florist and Coordinator Special Events & Flowers @specialeventsandflowers

Make-up Artist Mood Beauty Bridal @moodbeautybridal

Officiant Brenda Nurse All Seasons Weddings @allseasonsweddings

Suits Stars & Strauss @stars-strauss Gowns Taylor’s Bridal Boutique @taylorsbridalboutique Hair Stylist Nicoleta’s Styling Studio @nicoletastyling

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Village Venue Bronte Where Contemporary Meets Quaint

Nestled in the village streets of Bronte just footsteps away from its intimate harbour is a unique space to host your next event.

Perfect for meetings, weddings and special events. No matter the occasion, they will execute your event beyond your expectations @villagevenuebronte

Something that started as a small interest has turned into something so grand and I have my family, friends and, of course, my many returning clients to thank for this.

The best part of this- making people smile. It’s simply the most humbling feeling. The gratitude I feel when I make a client happy over something so small (or perhaps 5 tiers tall) is the best feeling of all.” @_sammycakes

Photograph by Erica Jane Photography Photographs on opposite page Top Left by JLP Studio


Beauty Regimen to have your skin glowing on your big day Stacey Sztricsko of Beauty by Stacey Medi Spa One of the most asked questions I get is how can a bride prep her skin before her big day so she can look and feel her best! This is such an important step to make sure your makeup sits flawlessly on your skin! I typically urge brides to start working on their skin at least 1 year prior to their wedding day! Seek out a professional!!

Please avoid any DIY pinterest remedies recipes are for food, not skincare.

Keep in mind, makeup can only sit as nicely as the skin underneath. So if you have dry, flaky skin, texture, large pores, or fine lines and wrinkles, they will still be visible under the makeup and may not blend out as nicely. If you are experiencing dry, textured skin, hyperpigmentation, or acne, I highly recommend a series of chemical peels.

If you are experiencing acne scars, severe hyperpigmentation, or fine lines and wrinkles, I recommend a series of microneedling treatments. LED therapy, microdermabrasion, laser, or enzyme treatments are also fantastic options to treat and target any skin concerns! The amount of treatments needed will vary person to person depending on skin type, age, and severity of skin concerns. This is why starting anywhere from 6 months to 1 year prior to the wedding is important as it gives your medical aesthetician ample time to address everything so you are GLOWING on your wedding day! Your skin cannot, and will not, be an overnight fix. So be patient and be consistent!


Book a skincare consultation with your aesthetician so they can come up with a custom plan targeted to your specific needs and concerns as it will be different for everyone! Skincare is not a one size fits all.

Let’s talk about products! I highly recommend switching from drug store products to medical grade. The main differences being medical grade has a higher concentration of active ingredients, they have a smaller molecular size meaning it can penetrate deeper into the skin, they have unique delivery systems, and have over all better targeted ingredients that show real results.

My favourite regimen for brides is:

Morning: 1. Brightening Cleanser 2. Hyaluronic Acid: This ingredient is super hydrating and is a humectant which means it will lock in moisture. 3. Vitamin C: This will boost your collagen production, protect against free radicals, and brighten your complexion. 4. Anti Aging focused Moisturizer 5. SPF: The sun is responsible for 90% of our aging, so wearing SPF everyday even in the winter to protect against loss of elasticity and firmness is important. It will also protect against hyperpigmentation.

Night Time: 1. NEVER SLEEP WITH MAKEUP ON. At night we double cleanse. Cleanse 1 can be an oil cleanser to remove your makeup. Then cleanse 2 is a targeted cleanser depending on skin type. 2. Hyaluronic Acid. 3. Peptide Serum (botox in a bottle. Peptides are amazing for fine lines and wrinkles) 4. Retinol: Retinol is amazing for EVERYTHING! Acne, acne scars, large pores, oil production, dead skin, and fine lines and wrinkles! The holy grail of skincare! This ingredient is quite active and spicy to start slow! You will only need this a few times a week! 5. Moisturizer or Facial Oil Remember to exfoliate twice a week. We want to encourage your cell turnover. This will leave your skin looking less dull and textured and will also help with product absorption! A combination of both professional treatments and a good home medical grade skincare regime can make all the difference! Consistency is key!

Stacey Sztricsko Medical Aesthetician and Business Owner Beauty by Stacey Medi Spa @beautybystaceymedispa

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Changing the Lens Workshop An intentional community engaged in

conversation around anti-oppression in the wedding industry

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Photography Honey & Lux @honeyandlux

Florals The Saol Project @thesaolproject

Decor and Styling ECG Wedding and Events @ecgweddingevents

Dress Balletts Bridal @Jacquelinebridals from @balletts_bridal

Venue The Saol Project @thesaolproject

Hair Stylist Autumn Artistry Makeup and Hair @autumnartistrymakeupandhair

Videography Merrily Married @merrilymarriedmedia

Tux Collins Clothiers @collins_formalwear @collinsclothiers


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Sweet Avenue Cakery Maria Weglinski Owner and Cake Artist Serving GTA, Hamilton and Niagara

“I have always played with art and different art forms, but cake artistry and sugar work have a special place in my heart. Drawing on the inspiration from the little details that go into Client’s wedding day - colours, florals, invite design - as well as the personal stories and anecdotes the couples share about each other, I create one of a kind sweet pieces sure to be an eyecatching statement at the reception. I love blurring the lines between food and art and it is important to me that the decadence of the flavours being served is en par with the visual statement the cake makes.” @sweetavenuecakery

Photograph by Erica Jane Photography Photographs on opposite page by JLP Studio @jlpstudio_


Drew and Andrea


Photography Jessica Lynn Films @jessicalfilms Venue La Petite Chapelle @lapetitechapelleevents

Coordinator Plan It Right Events @planitrightevents

Hair Stylist Hair by Sarah @beautifulyouhairbysarah Makeup Artist Emily Franze @makeupbyemfranze

Florist La Petite Fleur @lapetitefleurcnd

Decor Lakeshore Event Rentals @lakeshoreevent Caterer Tina’s Catering

DJ Maximum Music DJ Service

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Linens Buying vs Renting Latkat Linens At least half of wedding venues offer basic linens as part of their packages but this means that there are definitely some DIY style venues that leave all that up to the couple.

Here are some questions to ask yourself to help determine whether you should buy or rent your wedding linens.

Does your venue offer linens as part of their package? If the answer is yes, and they offer linens in a colour, fabric type and style that will match your theme, we say go for it! This will be one less task to take care of and you will know that the venue will take care of getting the linens, placing on the table, ensuring they are pressed and then laundering afterwards. It will definitely take some stress away during the planning process and day of set up!

Otherwise, venues often suggest vendors with whom they are confident and trust to deliver quality products. To find out who they recommend, ask them for their list of preferred vendors. TIP: if bringing in your own linens, always inquire about whether the linens will be set by the staff and/or if there will be additional fees for the set-up service.

Will you ever use dozens of table cloths and linen napkins in the future? Unless you are one of 7 children and all have similar décor tastes or plan on having frequent large gatherings after the big day, we would guess your answer is no. Linens take up a lot of space with only 4-8 full size linens fitting in a large 68 L tote bin. Not only do they take up a lot of space, you should also think about the logistics of transporting your linens without causing them to wrinkle.


Connect with Latkat Linens @latkat linens

Photography Tia Loryssa Photography @tialoryssaphotography Venue Sugo on Surrey @sugoguelph

Planning Forever & Fancy Coordination Services @foreverandfancy Florist The Saol Project @thesaolproject

Linens and Table Top Decor Latkat Linens @latkatlinens

Stationery Liz Kotsamanes Designs @lizkotsamanesdesigns Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist PearlGirl Makeup @pearlgirlmakeup

Gown Bree McQueen Bridal Seamstress @breemcqueenbridal Suit Collins Clothiers @collinsclothiers

Favours The Olive Experience @theoliveexperienceinc Baker Decadently Yours @decadentlyyours

Videography Cast And Crewe Photography @castandcrewe Signs Kind Sign Co. @kindsignco

Harpist and Model Denise Fung, Harpist @denisefungmusic

Are you extremely specific on colour or material? While some smaller rental companies stick with the standard polyester linens in white, ivory and black, there are lots of larger linen rental companies that stock a wide variety of colours and material types. If you can’t find a company that rents the exact colour you are looking for, then purchasing may be your best option. Keep in mind though that every computer and phone screen may show the linen colours slightly different and your perfect colour match may arrive a little off. We always encourage couples to view rental linen collections in person. Also, keep in mind that lighting plays an important role on the final look. In the morning sun, linens will look different than in a dimly lit room with candles. Your vendor will be more than happy to assist you in making these choices - discuss your options with them.

Do you have time to press and launder all the linens? With all the pre-wedding events and festivities, you and your fiancé are going to be quite busy. You will want to make sure things are taken care of ahead of time so that you can relax and enjoy your wedding day with your new spouse. Linens that are floor length on a standard 5ft round table are 120” diameter and linens that are floor length on a standard 8ft rectangle table are 90” x 156”. Both of these linens are larger than the average ping pong table and much larger than any ironing board you will find at your local Walmart. Some of these linens market themselves as wrinkle resistant but know that most still will wrinkle and require ironing or steaming. Lastly, keep in mind the type of material the table cloth is made of when choosing your iron setting. Having the temperature setting too low will mean additional HOURS worth of ironing but having it too hot can melt the fibers and damage the linen you just spent $25+

on. Even if you puchase new, the linens will still require a refresh before use. Will you have that time before your big event? After the big day, you will want to relax and begin your honeymoon. If you rented the linens, you or your venue will merely toss the linens in the bag and a company will take care of laundering and pressing them for the next event. If you purchased all your own, then you will have to take the linens home and wash them. At least 40% of the linens will have pasta sauce or red wine on them which means that you will need to pretreat the stains prior to washing. In addition to stubborn food stains are candle wax, ink and gum which are particulary difficult to remove without damaging the fabric. Be sure to keep this in mind when tabulating purchase prices for linens online. While you may be able to wash all the napkins in one load, the average residential washing machine can only fit 3-5 of the standard floor length linens at one time which means that you will be doing at least 4 loads. Comparatively, industrial washing machines can manage loads up to 100 pounds, which is about 50 tablecloths compared to residential machines. Furthermore, an industrial press (aka, iron) is 120 inches wide. That round tablecloth is fed through the rollers arriving wrinkle-free at your event. Oh, and don’t forget about those 200 napkins you need to wash and press in addition to the tablecloths! Photographs by Rachel Sloat Photography @rachelsloatphotography

and Katie Crane Photography @katiecranephotography


Will you be selling the linens online after the event? While this is a great intention, if your linens are not a common colour like white, ivory, black or blush, you could be trying to sell them for a long time with or without any luck. Sequin linens tend to resell faster but have a much higher initial purchase price. Another important point to keep in mind is that trends are constantly changing. The majority of vendors book a year in advance, so you may not be able to sell your products during the same season since the linens have already been reserved. There is a possibility that the kind of fabric and color of the linens you have chosen may not be what clients are looking for the following year.

What is your budget? Most rental companies price their daily rentals at approximately $10-16ea for standard polyester linens and $35-45 ea. for premium linens like sequin and lace. Unless purchasing used from another bride, companies like CV Linens and Tablecloth Factory sell their standard linens for Photography Melissa Photography & Design @melissaphotographyanddesign Venue Crieff Hills @crieffhills

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Planning & Coordinaton New Berlin Weddings @newberlinweddings

Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist Amy Lynn Sorensen Stationery Red Bicycle Paper Co. @redbicyclepaperco

$10-15 each but keep in mind these are priced in US dollars and is more accurately $12-18ea. CAD. Plus, you will have to pay shipping to Canada which is roughly $80-320 CAD depending on how fast you need them and then there will be up to $90 in duties or brokerage fees due upon receipt. This means that super cheap linen you found online goes up to about $26-52 ea. just for a basic polyester linen. Premium Linens like sequin tend to start at $75 and go up based on quality. And these prices do not include the additional costs and efforts of pressing and laundering.

The disruptions resulting from Covid have made this a very challenging time for shipping. You should expect delays! Give yourself plenty of time - PLENTY of time - if you decide to buy! All in all, we definitely lean towards renting linens as the options are expansive and prices are relatively low. Good luck and have fun wedding planning!!

Florals Hiway Flowers @hiwayflowers

Decor Latkat Linens @latkatlinens

Vintage Car Beer Tap The Wheeled Brew @thewheeledbrew

Gowns Balletts Bridal @balletts_bridal

Suits Collins Clothiers @collinsclothiers

Hair Accessories Baker Cake Lovers Unite @cakeloversunite

Tell us a little about yourself Latkat linens is a family-owned business that was established in 1989. Milla Katic, founder and lead designer, along with her team, has created countless beautiful events and memories for her clients. In the last three decades, the linen collection has expanded to include fabrics ranging from intricate lace to plush velvet in a rainbow of colors. Aside from expanding her linen collection, she has also invested in unique tablescape collections, such as colorful chargers to crystal candelabras.

Explore the many options offered at or follow on Instagram or Facebook for inspirational ideas. Connect with Latkat Linens @latkatlinens

Photography Junilo & Lindsay Ugo @ugophotograph

Venue Art Gallery of Hamilton @at_theagh

Concept, Planning & Co-Event Design A. Rose Inspirations @aroseinspirations Floral & Co-Event Design Sue Gallo Designs @suegallodesigns Linens and Tableware Latkat Linens @latkatlinens Furniture Rentals Special Event Rentals @special_event_rentals

Stationery Invitations By Amanda @invitationsbyamanda Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist Styled by Shinae @styledbyshinea

Gown, Shoes and Accessories Feather & Pearl @featherandpearlbeautifulthings

Formal Wear, Shoes and Accessories King & Bay @mykingandbay Rings Stor Jewelry Co. @storbymargot

Baker Sweet Celebrations @sweet_celebrations_ Videography Sadie Martin Media @sadiemartinmedia

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Photography Fedora Media @fedora_media Videography Mystery Man Photo

Venue The Windemere Manor @windermeremanor

Decorator Simply White Wedding Décor @simplywhite_decorator

Ring Designer Peoples Jewellers @peoplesjewellers Baker Seed Confections @seedconfections Bridesmaid Dresses Bud Gowan

Suits Collins Formal Wear @collins_formalwear

Hair Stylist Adex Salon

Makeup Artist Ashley V Makeup @ashleyvmakeup

Caribbean Steel Drums Ken Lewis

Limo Grandeur Limousine


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Photography Kristin Sinclair Photography @kristinsinclairphotography

Decor and Styling K & G Event Rentals @kg.eventrentals Florals Raes of Love @raes_of_love

Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist Lubu Makeup @lubumakeup

Baker Sugar and Love Bakery @sugarandlovebakery Grazing Boards Dine & Style Fine Catering @dineandstylecatering

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Couples Have About Florals with Hailly Lucas of Hailly Lucas Floral Design


How much do flowers cost? There isn’t a simple answer to this question. Based on my experience, I’d say a bit more than the average client thinks they do. There are many factors that go into the costs of flowers. Here are some of the common contributing factors. • Flower varieties: some simply cost more than others • Design style: if you are looking for a wedding with a lot of flowers it will cost more • Arrangement sizes: larger ones will cost more because they use more product • Vendors: some vendors that work on a larger scale tend to have a minimum and don’t take on smaller orders There are calculators out there that tell you how much you should be spending on flowers based on your overall wedding budget. It all comes down to what you think is important. I express to my clients that flowers can really transform a space and be an amazing mood setter.

Also worth noting is that simple designs don’t necessarily mean cheap. An example of this would be table garlands. It is correct to assume that greens cost less than flowers, however, in order to make greens look full, you have to use quite a bit of them which increases costs. Overall, if flowers are important to you, you will likely have a bigger budget for them and vice versa. If you are a client on a budget, check out question 5 for tips.


Connect with Hailly Lucas Floral Design @haillylucasfloraldesign

Photograph by Luminous Photography @luminous_weddings


Where should I start when it comes to flowers/When should I book my florist? There are a couple of approaches you can take to booking your wedding flowers. • Start with some research about what you like and what vendors you like. Collect images using tools like Pinterest and Google Images to see what’s out there and develop your aesthetic. Once you have a clearer vision of your aesthetic, colour palette and the different floral pieces needed; bring your inspiration to a floral designer and start the quoting process. To find a designer you can use Google, Wedding Wire, wedding forums or even social media platforms. • If you need help narrowing down your vision, contact a floral designer whose work you like. They can guide you and will think of things you might not have considered. Let them do what they do best in helping to create a cohesive vision.

If you are in the latter category be sure to be mindful of designer’s time. This is an art form in which a lot of designers bring their own perspective and expertise to your creations. Some designers might require a retainer fee before diving into the consultation process. Trust that they are worth that investment because of their experience. Some might take a deposit after an agreed upon estimate; it is important to be open and courteous with the vendors you are chatting with. Don’t leave booking your flowers to the last minute. I recommend booking a florist at least 12 months prior to your wedding and no later than 8 months. The roll over effect from the pandemic is still high with a large volume of new couples. Booking in advance can be the difference between working with your 1st vs your 4th choice florist with dates getting booked up quickly.


Can we use local/seasonal flowers? A well-rounded florist should have connections to provide you with both local and imported product. Here are some of the benefits to working with a local farm and a large wholesale importer.

I spoke to Janette from Four Boys Flower Farm to see what she had to say about sourcing from local growers. “A bouquet of seasonal flowers is usually fresher, prettier and more striking … quality depends on the season and where the flowers come from.”

Product also varies from grower to grower, you might get different varieties, colours and blooms from each grower. “Growing flowers on a small-scale farm is hard work, but worth it. When we harvest, we think of you. When I see our florists’ photos of the weddings, I remember harvesting those same flowers, watching the butterflies flit from one to the next or racing to bring everything in before it rains. We know that by trusting your florist, you’re ultimately trusting us—and we’re so grateful. We love what we do: growing

Photographs by Jessica Piekny Photography


organically, contributing to our local ecosystem, and seeing these beautiful, precious blooms shine on your special day.” says Janette. By allowing your designer to use what is freshest and in season, you will get some gorgeous blooms that are not available through larger wholesalers and therefore not often seen in mainstream Pinterest inspiration pictures. This is often a nice surprise for clients. An added benefit when sourcing flowers from local farms is supporting small-scale flower farmers in your area and reducing the environmental impact that comes with importing flowers.

On the wholesale importer side of things, most can bring in flowers from around the world. The amazing thing about this is the large variety of product options available, almost endless. “Being a large wholesaler, we import flowers from all over the world. Our buyers work through emails/skype/ zoom because of different time zones to secure product. We get product from Ecuador, Columbia, Holland, Africa, Israel, Peru, Italy, Thailand, and the U.S to name a few.” said one of our wholesalers. “The cold chain must be in place to make sure that the product does not get too warm or cold in its travels to ensure we get the best product when it arrives.” Wholesalers also work with local growers to bring in local product which sometimes make them a one-stop-shop.

There are pros and cons everywhere in this industry, especially when working with perishables such as flowers. It’s important to keep in mind is that there are great options for florists who can ensure that you are getting amazing product and even better designs. Here are some seasonal flower lists I was provided with, from local farmer Janetter from Four Boys Flower Farm, which can help guide your design: • In spring - Peonies, Apple blossoms, blowsy double Tulips, Forget-me-nots, Spirea, scented Stock, Ranunculus and Anemones, Agrostemma, Poppies, and blush Lilacs if you’re especially lucky. • In mid-summer – Sweet peas, ruffly Lisianthus, Cosmos, Zinnias, Astilbe, Larkspur, Lily-of-the-valley, China asters, Foxglove, Scabiosa and Gomphrena—they’re two of Janette’s personal favourites from Four Boy Flower Farm. • In fall – Dahlias, textural blooms, rust tones, bronze foliage, berries, seedpods and dried blooms, Japanese Anemone, Celosia, grasses and Eucalyptus. Large scale wholesale importer: Although most flowers are now available all year round there are always flowers you think of seasonally. • In Spring - Daffodils, Hyacinth, Lily of the Valley, Crocus, Muscari, Tulips, Peonies. • In summer - Peonies, Dahlias, Lisianthus, Ranunculus, Sweet peas. • In fall - Chrysanthemums, Cattails, fall foliage, Sunflowers, Dahlias, wheat/ straw flowers, Carthemus. • In winter - winter greens, Amaryllis, rosehips, Skimmia berries, Freesia.


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When should I use silk/faux flowers instead of fresh flowers? There are a few reasons I would recommend using silk flowers over fresh ones. • Flower allergies • Unique colour schemes where fresh flowers don’t come in certain colours • Large scale installations such as a ceiling installation or very full, lush archways • Needing flowers that are not in season • You want them to last forever


What should I prioritize if I am on a tight to mid-range budget? If this is you, here are a few questions you should ask yourself to guide you. • What is most important to you on your big day? • What will be in showcased in photos the most? • What will set the right atmosphere/overall guest experience?

Answer the questions that mean the most to you and start brainstorming from there. I personally start with what will be photographed the most, since those will be everlasting memories. Other designers might have other recommendations as well.

There are ways to get around being limited, for example you can use larger pieces in a few key areas. This is often more impactful than smaller touches spread everywhere. An example of this is florals on an arch for the ceremony versus small bundles of greenery on every pew marker. The arch has a greater impact for both ceremony pictures and guest experience as all eyes will focus on those features during the ceremony. You can also think about re-using items from the ceremony in the reception such as the head table, centerpieces and more. It’s always helpful to know what you are comfortable spending on florals. If your budget is strict, that is information to share early on so that your designer can make suggestions that fit within in it. When in doubt ask your designer how you can use your budget to its fullest potential whilst creating the biggest impact. Page 56 & 57

Photographs by Tia Kristina Photography @tiakristinaphotography



Buying vs Renting Jessica Sanchez of Boutique Linen Rentals So you are on the fence on whether you should buy your décor or rent it…While yes, we are a little biased on this subject, let me tell you why you should be renting most of your décor instead of buying it.

When designing your décor, you will need multiple items (linens, vases, candle holders, furniture, etc.) to pull the look together. Let’s say you are planning a wedding for 150 people. This means you will have about 18 guest tables. Each table needs at least a tablecloth, napkins, chair covers (maybe), sashes (maybe), centerpiece and table number so that means at least 18 of these items or 150 items for individual items like the napkins and chair cover. This is something to keep in mind when reading the reasons why you should rent instead of buy below: Renting your Wedding Decor will Save you time Buying: What does buying look like? Countless hours doing your research online, visiting multiple stores to gather enough quantity to cover your wedding, numerous visits to Michael’s to take advantage of their daily coupon and various trips to every thrift store in your area looking for matching items…phew, I am out of breath just thinking about it!

Now you might think your done there but nope! What about the hours you will spend ironing new linens to take the creases out? Or removing price tag stickers and barcode stickers from new items? Or washing each individual piece of tableware and glassware for your guests. Please don’t think that you can take the items out of the packaging and they will be ready to go! These tasks are time consuming on one item, now imagine doing it for 20 tables! Renting: doing your research online & finding that one vendor with inventory to cover your wedding. Linens arrive pressed, vases arrive clean and your time is not spent on these time consuming tasks.


Connect with Boutique Linen Rentals @boutiquelinenrentals

You don’t have to store items for months or years leading up to your wedding day Buying: So you purchased your décor items, no what? Where will you store it? I will give you a heads up: wedding décor will take over your home and in some cases, your parents garage too. Some pieces can be bulky, centerpieces are multiples and take up lots of space, you get the picture. And chances are this isn’t just for a couple of weeks, but 8+ months or longer that this stuff will take over your personal space. Renting: No need to store the items as the vendor can deliver to your venue and pick up from there as well.

Renting is environmentally friendly! Buying: When you purchase NEW items, harmful emissions may be released into the atmosphere from the production of the items (depending on what you are purchasing of course), packaging is used and wasted, fumes from the transportation from the factory to the store to your home to your venue, etc. If you are purchasing USED items, then forget the above as you are helping the environment by reusing already produced items and extending their lifespan. Renting: By renting items you are encouraging reusing of items. New products are not being made just for your use, therefore harmful emissions are not released into the atmosphere. You know these items will also be reused by other couples time and time again therefore the items have a longer lifespan. We offer packages to make things even easier! Buying: You are spending time designing & planning décor items that will work well together in each area you want to decorate (head table, welcome table, guest tables, cocktail area, etc.)

Renting: We have packages that are already designed with their décor items that work well together and complement each other to create a cohesive look saving you time and money and not to mention that they help you not overlook some areas. Renting saves you so much more money then buying Depending on the item, you might find the rental price to be half of the full cost of the item or less!


AND MORE REASONS TO RENT YOUR WEDDING DECOR VS. BUYING IT · Matching décor without spending hours to find matching décor going place to place · You don’t have to clean it after the event (saving you so much time!) · You don’t have to sell it after your wedding – which we all know means time consuming, no shows, price haggling (just an overall pain) · You have to set it up and tear down, and deliver it to the venue (large vehicle may be required) · Ordering online: could be dramatically different than what you are seeing, especially color wise · Reduce stress from hunting all of these different pieces down at different places. · Experience from a rental vendor who is here to help you through your decision and design process. · Quality of material is no-risk since you can see it and feel it prior to purchasing online from places who might charge you return shipping.

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Photography and Co-Host Danielle Adrienne Photography @danielleadriennephotography

Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist Beyoutiful Brides @beyoutifulbrides

Venue Queenston Mile Vineyard @queenstonmile

Jackets Something Borrowed Something New

Co-Hosted Brittany Massey Photography @brittanymasseyphotography

Florals From Eden & Co. @fromeden_co

Dress and Accessories Feather & Pearl @featherandpearlbeautifulthings

Baker Sopra Cake Co. @sopracakeco

Decor Boutique Linen Rentals @boutiquelinenrentals

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Must Have photos with Trent Sluiter of Fedora Media If you are wondering how to express what important moments you would like captured by your photographer, you are not alone! Many couples come to us stressed about how to express what is most important to them, and how we capture the most important moments. It’s a hard thing to put into words. Isn’t that always the case with the most important things? Well once you have read this, it will not feel like a chore! Start with Family It’s easy to get caught up in what you see online, the kiss, the sunset portraits, the perfect photoshoot, but when you really think about it, it’s the photos the public doesn’t see that are the most important. The great moments of you sharing your day with the people that matter most are what you will look at and smile at for years to come. Think about the family combinations that you would like in the formal portraits and make sure the photographer has that list! The more information we have, the better. If there is a very special grandparent coming from far away or if someone has mobility issues, make sure to note that with your photographer before the day so that we not only capture them but accommodate their needs. This will ensure that no one is missed, or uncomfortable waiting for their photo while the photographer is doing the other combinations, not knowing the situation.

Work with your Photographer Beforehand Before you even put pen to paper, making your own checklist, check with your photographer. They have experience and they might even have a list of family combinations they normally do or a checklist you can choose from. If not, they can still work with you and help narrow down what is important and help you budget your time appropriately to not feel rushed or stressed


Connect with Fedora Media @fedora_media

Make time for you I can’t stress enough how important it is to budget time to capture photos of the two of you alone. Especially with the shortened weddings during COVID, it’s important to find the time to relax, have some fun and enjoy intimate photos together. It’s a hard thing to think about for some couples, the urge to be entertaining your guests the whole time can be overwhelming. It’s not uncommon to feel guilty about being off on your own while guests are at the reception during cocktail hour. Just remember, we recommend at least 45 minutes for your private photo shoot. I call it the “wow, we are married” time. What better way to refocus the day on the two of you? It will show in the photos and make them the must-have photos you want! Let the Action Happen If there is one thing I learned as a photographer, it’s that the best moments in a wedding are usually the unexpected. Perfectly planned weddings won’t be what you remember when you look back at your beautiful photos. It’s the ring bearer that went rogue and ran away or the flash storm that happens during the outdoor ceremony that really tells your story. There is no such thing as a “perfect wedding”. It’s the memories you and your guest make throughout your day, and the stories you share from your wedding that make your day perfect


Styled Shoot The joy of antiquing comes not only from a great find, but also from that moment when you figure out how to put new life into an old piece.

Much like the traditional way of weddings and whats happening with todays modern elopements.


Photography Brad Quarrington Photography @bradqphotos

Coordination and Catering Turn of Events and Catering @turnofeventsandcatering

Jewelry Sol e Mar @shop.solemar

Decor Cookstown Antique Market @cookstownantiquemarket

Venue Glass Manor @theglassmanor

Gown Maggie Sottero from Helens Bridal @helensbridal

Cutlery Claudia and Co. @claudiacoevents

Baker Cake Creations by Michelle @cakecreationsbym

Videography Patrick G Films @patrickgfilms

Florist Opulence Wedding Design @opulenceweddingdesign

Linens and Napkins Chair Decor Etc. @chairdecor

Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist BBBeauty Boutique @bbbeautybtq


Modern day B+G share an interest for antiquing and all things old fashioned. What makes this wedding unique is that they incorporated their own antiques and heirlooms they collected together over the years from the same antique market to use as their own wedding decor.

The Glass Manor venue IS part of the Cookstown Antique Market which makes it the perfect backdrop for their elopement. Vintage, combined with more modern choices for a take that is fresh, yet full of the charm and history from the past.

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Emergency Kit Must Haves for Your Wedding Day O Brush and Comb O Blotting Papers

O White Chalk (if something is spilled on the wedding dress and won’t wash out, you can usually cover it with white chalk)

O Eye Drops

O Tweezers

O Deodorant and Baby Powder O Face Mist O Floss

O Hair Spray

O Handkerchief and Travel Size Kleenex O Hand Cream O Lip Balm

O Make up (the same items that were used to create the bride’s look) and Make up Remover O Compact Mirror

O Mints and Mouth Wash

O Nail File, the brides nail colour and Clear Nail Polish O Perfume

O Sunscreen and Bug Spray O Q-Tips

O Tampons or Pads

O Razor (someone may have missed a spot and can also be used to remove pilling on clothing) O Tide-to-Go

O Toothbrush and Tooth Paste O Bobby Pins and hair elastics O Earring Backs

O Advil and Allery Medication O Tums

O Band aids and Blister Treatment O Energy Bar or Granola Bar O Mini First Aid Kit O Water Bottle

O Fashion Tape

O Flats and or Flip Flops O Lint Roller

O Mini Sewing Kit and Safety Pins O Super Glue

O Static Guard O Cash

O Lighter

O Phone Charger

O Hand Sanitizer or antibacterial wipes




You Should Know About Dress Alterations


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Bree McQueen Bridal Seamstress Book your seamstress as soon as you order your dress. Or sooner if you have someone you really want to work with. All we need is your wedding date to reserve you a space. When choosing a seamstress or tailor for your gown, look for references or reviews from other brides. Just because someone offers general alterations doesn’t mean they’re comfortable or qualified to alter wedding gowns. You should be able to see samples of their work and make sure they’re insured for your gown while it’s in their possession. The average time for your first appointment should be 8-12 weeks ahead of your date. Typically, 2-4 fittings will be required, and you should plan to have your final fitting or gown pick up appointment 1-2 weeks ahead of your date. The cost of alterations can vary a lot! It all depends on the details of your gown (like lace, beading, ruffles etc) and how it was constructed. The sale price of your gown is irrelevant to the cost of altering it. Usually, someone well-versed in bridal wear can give you a rough cost estimation if you have some photos of yourself in the dress and an idea what alterations need to be completed. If you’re looking for a firm quote it’s best to book an in person consultation when possible.

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Good foundation garments are key and are as important to bring to every fitting as bringing your shoes! Your seamstress should be able to make suggestions on what type of undergarments will be best for your gown. Sometimes building bust support right into the dress is an option for dresses that can’t accommodate off the rack bras or corsets.

If you’re planning on making custom changes or additions to your dress, consider ordering lace or fabrics straight from the manufacturer so they match perfectly. This can be done through the dress shop and at the same time of ordering your gown if possible *not all manufacturers offer this* You can also order extra fabrics for accessories or added matching details. Like a matching pocket square, flower girl sash, or a veil custom made with matching lace appliques.

Either before or after your wedding, your dress should never be stored in plastic. Only in a breathable cloth garment bag, in a cool dry area and away from sunlight. 99% of the time a gown can be altered to fit. Nothing is impossible, but some dresses require a little more magic than others.

Bringing one trusted friend to your final appointment is all you need. Too many cooks in the kitchen as they say can be distracting for both the client and the seamstress, but bringing someone to the final fitting can be helpful. The seamstress can walk them through getting you into your gown correctly and explaining how to bustle the train.


Bree McQueen Bridal Alterations @breemcqueenbridal


Rosaline and Stephen


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Photography Fedora Media @fedora_media Venue Ancaster Mill @ancaster_mill

Florist Blackberry Stone Floral Design Studio @blackberrystone_florals Officiant Courtney Sweet


Submissions We welcome REAL Wedding and Styled Shoot submissions year round for our issues! Be sure to send high resolution images to for consideration in our future issues! We are always looking to showcase those wedding inspiration DETAILS!

Photograph by Amanda Lee-Anne Photography @amandaleeannephotography


Styled Shoot The intention behind this styled shoot was to have fun with what would usually be a light and airy aesthetic with soft and supple lilac blooms, and turn it into a feminine gothic look, showing the versatility of lilacs. Even though these are spring blooms, we don’t need to be bound by spring colours! Our goal was to also try to keep as many elements as sustainable and earth-conscious as possible. Our Bride and Maid of Honour, Maeve and Brigh, were outfitted in rental dresses from Fitzroy Rentals, another conscious decision on our part to highlight that not all wedding dresses need to be white, and that it is very acceptable to turn to rentals for wedding attire, whether it is for the wedding party or as guests.

Amy of L.A Beauty Bar focused on their natural features, using cruelty-free and ethical makeup brands.

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Photography Olive Studio @olivestudiocanada

Venue Farmhill Weddings @farmhillweddings

Concept, Florist and Co-Stylist Porcelain and Vine @porcelainandvine

Planner and Co-Stylist WLA Events @wla_events

Hair Stylist Blank Canvas Hair & Art Studio @blankcanvashairandartstudio

Accessories The Loved One @thelovedone

Tableware Table Tales @tabletales

Dress Rentals Fitzroy Rentals @fitzroyrentals

Calligraphy Artist Vintage’28 Calligraphy @vintage28callirgaphy

Furniture Rentals and Accent Pieces Pretty Wild Events @prettywildeventdecor

Makeup Artist L.A. Beauty Bar @l.abeautybar

Ring FTJ Co @ftjco

Baker Heck Yes! @heckyescake

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Susan of Bergamot Floral Design was the mastermind behind the use of these beautiful blooms. We wanted to focus on seasonal florals, and having access to rural farmland, Susan foraged most of the lilacs in this shoot. We created a gorgeous lilac-covered arbour at the head of the table in front of black velvet drapes. Lilac blooms spilled out over the table setting in their antique vases, accented with brass and gold candleholders with black tapered candles.

We’ve shot at Farmhill Weddings in Peterborough before, and we absolutely love the rolling hills, tall grass, and rustic charm. We used the in-house wood tables and chairs paired with vintage accent pieces including the lace overlay from Pretty Wild Events. For a modern touch, we used black matte stone plates and charges from Table Tales, along with their black and gold gem flatware, black wine and tumbler halo glasses, and their vibrant velvet merlot napkins to tie it altogether. Each place setting had a handwritten white-on-black menu by Vintage’28 Calligraphy.


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Cater Me Please Kiera Grinyer Owner and Operator Serving GTA, Golden Horseshoe, Niagara Regions and more

Cater Me Please is a multiple, award-winning catering company based out of Burlington, but services most of southern Ontario. Cater Me Please is a mobile travelling Caterer who has the ability to cook on and off site. Experience not only the best in meal preparation, but the absolute best in customer service and satisfaction. Their staff is ready to serve you, no matter the request. They also cater to their customers who are in need of Vegan, Gluten-Free, dairy free options, and more. They make it their mission to ensure that every catered event, is absolutely above and beyond your expectations. They make sure that you enjoy top quality service by understanding that their best recommendation – is a beyond satisfied customer. Cater Me Please also offers other add-on services which include: bar services, event planning, decor, donut walls, candy tables, and more! @catermeplease

Photographs by Amanda Lee-Anne Photography @amandaleeannephotography

Photographs on opposite page by Lisa Rivard Photography @lisarivardphotography

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Photography Alexa Studio @alexa.studios

Venue Storehouse408 @storehouse408

Planning and Design CK & Co. @ckandcoevents Florist Calluna & Co. @calluna_and_co

Stationery and Signage Wild Muse Weddings @wild.muse.weddings Baker Bliss Creations

Dress Valentina Bridals @valentinagowns

Hair Stylist Jacqueline Pheonix @jacquelinephoenix.hmua

Makeup Artist Ashley Geddes Makeup Artistry @ashleygeddesmakeup Jewelry LuxeZen @luxe.zen Model Jillian Wang @jillianwang14 Neon Sign Part Luxe @partluxe_

Ribbon The Maple Den @themapleden

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You Should do an Engagement Photo Session PRACTISE While your photographer will capture candid moments throughout your big day, they will ultimately still do some posed shots. Your engagement session will get you more comfortable in front of the camera. TEST DRIVE An engagement session is the perfect way for you to get to know your photographer and for them to get to know you’s! You get to go for a test drive before the big day and make certain that it’s the photographer and their editing style that you want to have capture your wedding day moments. SO MANY USES Engagement photos are perfect to use for an engagement anncouncement, save the dates, personalized favours and more! Some couples have their guests sign the matte board frame of a chosen photo instead of a guest book at their reception or display their favourite shots on an easel as added decor. FUN An engagement session is a fun time for you two to enjoy and celebrate as a couple. And I guarantee there will be lots of kisses! GLAM TIME It’s the perfect opportunity to get your hair and makeup done and see how it looks on camera. It may help you decide between those inspiration updo’s you have on your pinterest board. Allow your photographer to capture that moment in time to cherish forever, plus... who doesn’t love awesome pictures of yourself and your partner!

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Photographs by Fedora Media www.FedoraMedia @fedora_media

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You Need to Know About Wedding Cakes

Wedding cakes take on different shapes, sizes and flavours all around the world, but what we consider a traditional wedding cake was invented in the 18th century by a chef in London, England named Thomas Rich. It was said to take inspiration after the steeples of St. Bride’s Church.

History: In Ancient Rome, a scone-like wheat or barley cake was broken over the bride’s head for luck and fertility and the couple would eat a few crumbs of that cake together as their first act as a unified married couple, according to Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies. Its three tiers, were to be eaten in the following sequence – the bottom to be served during the ceremony, the middle to be served after the ceremony and the top was to be frozen and saved for the christening of their first child. While we have drifted away from part of this tradition, it is still fairly common to save the top tier, or at least a slice of it, for their first wedding anniversary. This tradition symbolizes good luck and prosperity for the couple. If you plan on freezing a portion of your cake to enjoy on your first wedding anniversary, here are some tips:

1. Wrap the cake in plastic cling wrap and then place inside a Ziploc bag. If in doubt, use extra plastic wrap and do not let your freezer defrost. 2. Avoid cutting the top tier as it’s easier to keep from spoiling. 3. Dense cake like chocolate cake will preserve best when freezing long term where as ones with fresh fruit will spoil faster. As long as you have taken the appropriate steps, freezing a cake is still safe to eat a year later. But if the thought of eating an old cake gives you the heebie-jeebies, you and your partner can have a small cake made up for your anniversary to enjoy.


Photograph by Kayleigh Photography @photographybykayleigh

Let’s Ice That cake! There are endless possibilities and combinations for cake flavours! Some bakers list their available cake batter and filling options and couples are free to mix it up however their taste buds direct them. Other bakers list batter and filling combinations they offer because they are tried and true recipes. Tip from Kellie, Fancy that Cake “the worst advice I’ve read is to get a styrofoam cake and then some cutting cakes for the kitchen to serve. This actually does not save any money. You’re paying twice for cake then! It takes just as much time & effort to decorate a display cake as it does an all-real cake. So, there isn’t a huge price break on the display cake. Then you are paying for cutting cakes on top of that! In the end, it will cost more than if you’d just had the display cake make of real cake.”

While the inside of the cake is what matters most to your stomach, it is definitely important to think about the outside of the cake! It’s a great idea to gather inspiration images of your dream cake and consult with your baker to figure out which type of icing will be best for the look you are wanting to achieve.

Photograph by Ariana Del Mundo Photography @_arianaandalex


There are 4 main types of icing and knowing the pros and cons of each will help decide which is best for your vision. Butter Cream Icing is a recipe that consists of icing sugar, butter and milk or cream. It is a tasty way to finish off more casual cakes but keep in mind that any bumps or nudges may damage the exterior finish of the cake. It is stable on display for approximately 6 hours at room temperature but keep in mind that warmer temperatures can cause the icing to “melt”. Out of all the icing options, butter cream tends to be the most affordable option. Fondant is a recipe that consists of liquid glucose or corn syrup, icing sugar and egg whites. It provides a flawless finish and never sets completely hard. It is crucial for certain designs and can achieve details that just cannot be obtained with buttercream. In regards to stability, fondant can be on display for 6-10 hours, even outdoors in warm weather and is durable. While absolutely gorgeous, this option tends to be a bit more expensive and it is common for guests to remove the fondant icing and just enjoy the cake.

Royal Icing is very similar to fondant and is a recipe of icing sugar and egg whites. It tends to set extremely hard and works wonderfully to create detailed piping. It will stay firm for long periods of time and withstand long periods of travel or warm temperatures. Royal icing can achieve a pure white colour that you would never obtain with butter cream. Ganache is made by mixing chocolate and hot cream together to make a delicious fudgelike icing. Ganache has slightly better stability then butter cream in hotter temperatures but can still be temperamental. It provides a smooth texture although not as smooth as fondant but certainly better then butter cream.


Photograph by Ariana Del Mundo Photography @_arianaandalex

Cutting the Cake One of the first questions, your baker will probably ask you is how many people will you be serving. This will help them decide what size each tier should be to feed all your guests. Tip from Kellie, Fancy that Cake “Something I always discuss with my couples is size/amount of servings. If cake is being served later in the evening instead of for dessert, aim for about 60% of your guest count as far as size goes. Not everybody will have cake later in the evening”. For round cakes, the approximate servings per size is as follows: 4in round = 8 servings 6in round = 14 servings 8in round = 24 servings 10in round = 38 servings 12in round = 56 servings 14in round = 78 servings 16in round = 100 servings

For square cakes, the approximate servings per size is as follows: 4in square = 12 servings 6in square = 18 servings 8in square = 32 servings 10in square = 50 servings 12in square = 72 servings 14in square = 98 servings 16in square = 128 servings

If your tiers are 7 inches or taller in height each, regardless of whether it is round or square, double the servings as each piece would be cut in half. Photograph by Ariana Del Mundo Photography @_arianaandalex


Decorating Your Cake and Cake Table It makes such an incredible statement when the cake adds to the wedding décor. Consider what goes on the cake such as real flowers, gum paste or sugar flowers and cake toppers. Typically, your florist will have to supply the real florals to be “installed” on site and the stems wrapped in plastic wrap to avoid being stuck directly into the cake. Tip from Kellie, Fancy that Cake “I’m the cake designer, so of course I think the cake should be the focal point of the reception! But seriously, give as much love to the cake table as you do the rest of the room. Don’t just put a table in the back corner, throw a tablecloth on it and call it a day. Add some florals, or add some décor pieces that you’ve included elsewhere in the room. And put the cake table where people will see it!”

Lastly, it is also safe to say that what a wedding cake is, has become flexible. Rather than that three-tier traditional cake, couples have chosen to feature a single tier or up to seven-layer masterpieces. Others have towers made of donuts, macarons and profiteroles or display completely different types of desserts such as cheesecake or cupcakes. Even pies and pizza towers have made the list of traditional wedding cake substitutions. Choose what you and your partner feel is a representation of you’s and what you love! Connect with Kellie Barclay Owner – Fancy That Cake @fancythatcake


Photograph by Fedora Media @fedora_media

All cakes and desserts in this article are by Fancy That Cake


Nina and Henry


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Photography Gaetz Photography @gaetzphoto Venue Cluny Bistro @clunydistillery

Coordination Ebony x Ivory Events @helloebonyxivory Planning VOW & Co @vowandco

Florals June Bloom Events @junebloomevents



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