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My dearest Elegant bride, Inspiration is everywhere. It is found in a beautiful garden, a vibrant shade of your favourite colour, the elaborate artwork of a beaded gown. With each new issue of Elegant Wedding magazine we look for new ways to showcase that inspiration as you prepare for the most special day of your life—your wedding day! When we first sat down to discuss our ideas, we brought inspiration from around the world to the table. We gathered photos and quotes, fashion show news and trend updates as we poured our creativity into a new vision of elegance. Toronto is a city with a unique flavour for elegance and style. Elegant Wedding magazine has always been synonymous with unparalleled style, sophistication and creativity. It explores elegant venues, floral displays and table settings. Each year wedding professionals present their finest work: wedding planners, dress designers, photographers, décor experts, and many more. As you look through the pages, I hope that you are as inspired as I was by their talent and great work. I wish you luck, love, and happiness in your own fairy tale. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your elegant wedding. Congratulations!

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PhotograPhy: SimPly Sweet PhotograPhy

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A wedding isn’t just any day, it’s the day; a day that some have been planning their whole life. One of the most exciting aspects of planning a wedding is gathering inspiration. What dress, shoes, venue, flowers and hair will be perfect for your special day? After saying “Yes” to the dress, a bride’s hair is easily the most important piece of the puzzle to ensure she feels beautiful, comfortable and most importantly, 100% like herself. So what happens when a bride’s hair is too thin to achieve her ideal style, or she doesn’t have the time to grow the length she needs? Great Lengths comes to the rescue.

A Beautiful Bridal Before and After | Using just two bundles of individually bonded extensions, Bride-to-be, Chelsea, added the enviable volume and length needed to achieve the style she wanted for her wedding day.

Available in over 60 different colours, Great Lengths hair extensions can be seamlessly matched to any shade to add volume, length or chemical-free colour to create a bride’s dream hair for her wedding day. Beautifully undetectable alongside natural hair, Great Lengths gives brides the freedom to style their hair exactly as they wish.

“I really wanted my hair to be fuller and longer so I’d able to achieve the dream hairstyle I wanted for my wedding day; and I wanted to be sure that hairstyle would last all day and all night. Due to the state of my natural hair, I was very nervous about achieving this.”

Before Great Lengths, Chelsea’s hair was very fine and thin. Because of this, her hair would not hold curls, even when styled at a professional salon. On her wedding day she wanted her hair to feel as effortless and beautiful as she had always hoped.

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“We discussed a number of things including the length I wanted, how thick I wanted my hair to be, and what colour I wanted. We talked about different options regarding colour to achieve a textured look and then Dee examined the shape and size of my head to determine how many bundles of hair to order. I wanted the colour to be a very dark brown, almost black, with some very subtle medium brown highlights, which Dee was able to incorporate with the extensions.”

Her bridal hairstyle was equally beautiful and romantic; long, flowing and curly with volume. She wore her hair half up, half down, with a lot of height in the front, and she couldn’t have been happier. “It is thanks to my Great Lengths extensions that my hair looked the best it has ever looked, on the most important day of my life. It was mainly because of my hair that I felt as beautiful and confident on my wedding day as I did.”

On the day of the application, Dee worked her magic with two bundles of 20” extensions in colour 1B. Before applying the extensions, Dee washed, cut, dried, and styled Chelsea’s hair. After the application, Dee again cut and styled Chelsea’s hair so the extensions and natural hair blended beautifully. Prior to her Great Lengths, Chelsea had never even worn clip-in extensions, so the process was completely new to her, and she was pleasantly surprised with the experience.

When asked if she would recommend Great Lengths to other Brides, Chelsea gave an enthusiastic “Yes!” “I would 100% recommend Great Lengths extensions for brides looking to achieve their dream hairstyle on their wedding day. I had such a good experience and I could not be happier that I decided to get them for my wedding day. I was expecting my hair to be longer and thicker after, but I was not expecting the entire process to be so smooth, and for the extensions to last as long and as well as they did.” Great Lengths’ large collection of shades and three different application methods (Hot Fusion, Ultrasonic Cold Fusion and GL Tapes) offer the versatility to address each bride’s unique hair needs. A wedding is a bride’s day to shine, and a hairstylist’s opportunity to help make that happen. A Great Lengths stylist can help you make your dream hair a reality on your big day. For more information on our application methods, available shades, and to find a stylist near you, visit greatlengthscanada.com.

“The application process was actually a lot faster than I thought! Dee was so quick and efficient that she was able to complete the entire application in just a few hours.”

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Jessica & Mario

HOW THEY MET | Mario and Jessica knew each other through mutual friends but never had the chance to connect. It wasn’t until one of Jessica’s friends posted a picture of her on Instagram that Mario finally made the move to message her and invite her to a party. (Welcome to the Instagram generation!) They finally met at the party and have been inseparable ever since. Exactly 18 months later, Mario got down on one knee and proposed to Jessica on a winery tour at Ravine Vineyard surrounded by candles, flower petals and their families.

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Flowers and Decor: Gatto Flowers | Photography & Videography: Everlasting Moments | Planning: Truly Yours Planning | Linens: Right Choice Linen | Rentals: Detailz Couture Event Rentals, R5 Decor | Decor: Dream Party Decor | Cake: Fine Cakes By Zehra Invitations & Stationery: So Pretty In Print | Dress: Powder Bride (Leah Da Gloria) | Hanging chandelier: Royal Orchid Florsit | Suit: 4Men United | Hair: Franca Loconte | Makeup: Make Up By Shannon Sansone | Ceremony Venue: St Margurite D’Youville Reception Venue: Universal Event Space | Catering: Peter and Pauls | Entertainment: Veriation Music, Frank Cimino Band, Elena Musician | Rentals, R5 Event Design | floor and letter decal: Event Graffiti

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THE CEREMONY | The ceremony was exactly what Jessica and Mario envisioned. They walked into a church filled with flowers. From the floral arch to the pews, each was decorated with roses and orchids from Gatto Flowers. Jessica recalls it being an absolute fairytale. A family friend sang, they had a live harpist play music and everything came together just as perfectly as they imagined.

THE RECEPTION | The goal of the reception was to showcase a floral garden. Flowers hung from the ceiling, five different types of centrepieces were created and a 22-foot-high backdrop loaded with candles and more flowers brought the grandeur to a whole new level. The contemporary yet romantic theme decorated by Gatto Flowers and R5 Event Design with all-white flowers, organic greenery and gold accents was the perfect touch to their night. With 700 guests dining and dancing, it truly was a night they will remember forever.

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THE DECOR | Jessica and Mario thought of every single detail: beautiful serpentine tables, gold cutlery, cherry blossom trees and so much more. Candles lit the room all night long and the flower garden never ended. From the entryway, into the hall, an organic flower garden was brought to life with all the little details completing the entire night.

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The Bride Says… “Once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale. Take your fairytale and make it beautiful. This is your special fairytale; make it anything you want and let it take your breath away.”

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Welcome your guests with a menu that is fit for a fairy tale wedding. With great pride and care, your catering team will prepare a meal to remember. The world of gastronomy is one that will entice and delight you and your guests. With great care and attention to detail, let the experts prepare a spread bursting with flavour. Using seasonal food items they will optimize on the highest quality, brightest colours and consequently the finest presentation. From canapĂŠs to food stations every element of the food and drink will contribute to the overall feel of your event. You can opt for personalized dishes or interesting food stations. Drink stations are also very popular as they introduce a new kind of fun-factor to the cocktail hour. Incorporate your own style, you can design colourful drinks to match your theme or include a station where specialty drinks are named after your bridesmaids. This is a great place to put your signature style to the catering aspect of your event. catering:

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Your guests are welcomed by a bright, stunning foyer with soaring 30-foot, hand-gilded ceilings, a gorgeous floor-to-ceiling fireplace and walkout to courtyards, Chateau Le Jardin’s professional service and exquisite cuisine have turned dreams into reality for over 35 years.

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HOW THEY MET Jake and Shannon grew up in the same small town, without realizing they lived just around the corner from each other—they went to different schools and had different friends. One night in 2011, Shannon got out of her comfort zone and hung out with a new group of people where Jake happened to be. They got along immediately and felt a natural chemistry. That night, it took him a while to follow up with a text message, but Shannon tracked him down eventually and the rest is history.

THE CEREMONY

Shannon & Jake

August 31, 2018

Although the outdoor ceremony took place in front of a large group of family and friends, both the bride and groom wanted it to feel intimate. At the time, they were nervous to write their own vows, but in the end they couldn’t have imagined it any other way. The ceremony reflected their personalities and had plenty of laughter and happy tears. Jessica Douglas Photography captured every heartfelt moment.

Photography:

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Planning, Linens & Decor: Kerr Events & Design Day-of-Coordination & Venue: Belcroft Estate Videography: Ripeful Heart Wedding Films | Flowers: Country Lane Floral Design | Rentals: Higgins Events | Calligraphy: Dear North Designs Officiant: Carol O’Kane | Cake: Cakeity Cakes Stationery: Simple Wishes | Bridesmaid Dresses: Helen’s Bridal Makeup & Hair: Fancy Face Inc. | Rings & Jewellery: Twain Designs Dress: The Gown Newmarket (Essence of Australia) Alterations & Veil: Tanis Emmett Wedding Style | Catering: Wildwood Catering Entertainment: Gabor from ‘Keep Them Dancing’

Photography: Jessica Douglas Photography | JessicaDouglasPhotography.com

THE RECEPTION | Jake and Shannon’s favourite part of the day was the reception. It quickly turned into a comfortable space that perfectly fulfilled their vision. Long white linens and greenery draped every table, alongside gold cutlery and marble name cards. Listening to their loved ones talk about their love was amazing. Everyone had the best time dancing and celebrating all night long. THE DECOR | Without a doubt, the couple wanted an elevated barn wedding theme for their decor. Instead of aiming for country rustic, they decided on modern rustic by incorporating light, airy, ethereal details such as white florals and plenty of greenery. Twinkling lights hung overhead, tables featured geometric votives and the cake was half naked, half metallic.

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JESSICA DOUGLAS PHOTOGRAPHY | 905-336-6782 | “My true passion in photography started in Grade 11 when I was introduced to film photography by a high school teacher. From there, my craft, passion and experience doubled as I attended Fanshawe College and completed the 2 year diploma course on the deans list. After college, I was hired by a Toronto-based photography studio where I began photographing weddings of all cultures and traditions. I loved every moment of it and decided to break off on my own to take charge of my own career. With a background in business, I not only am able to do this full time, but I am able to provide my clients with an exceptional experience and produce stunning imagery that they will be proud of.� JessicaDouglasPhotography.com


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Stephanie & Ryan

May 25, 2019 HOW THEY MET Ryan and Stephanie met in 2011 while working part-time at a Tommy Hilfiger outlet store during their second year of university. They connected instantly and always looked forward to working the same shifts together. Stephanie even picked up additional shifts on days she knew he’d be working, or purposely moved shifts around so that they could work together. Over the course of a few months, their friendship solidified, and after a year of getting to know one another, Ryan asked Stephanie out on their first date. They’ve been in separable ever since. From traveling to new countries and trying new foods. Both have pushed each other to be the best version of themselves and work hard to build the best possible future together.

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PhotograPhy: Motion D PhotograPhy | Dress: essence of australia | suit: 4MenuniteD | MakeuP & hair: schulz Beauty & hairyavong | venue: ParaDise Banquet hall | viDeograPhy: qt filMs | flowers: floral werx | cake: cakes By fazia

THE CEREMONY | As bride Stephanie recalls, “Our ceremony was the highlight of our lives.” The space was filled with positive energy from close family and friends, and when the time came for her to walk down the aisle, it was as if the world stopped spinning and she was exactly where she needed to be. To everyone’s surprise, especially Stephanie’s, as Ryan began to read his vows, he paused and began to fight back tears (he’s never been the emotional type). Nonetheless, the crowd cheered him on with support to continue and Stephanie’s father even yelled out, “You’re my hero!” It was a special moment made all the more special with Ryan finishing off his vows by speaking to Stephanie in Spanish.

THE RECEPTION | With Ryan’s background being Chinese/Laos and Stephanie’s being El Salvador, together they had a multicultural reception with guests from around the world. They had live samba dancers perform, (a big hit amongst everyone in attendance) as well as a premium open bar to start the party. Their wedding night was also the same night the Toronto Raptors made history by winning the NBA championship, so one can only imagine the energy that filled the space.

The bride says…

Enjoy the process! If you’re not enjoying the process, you’re doing it wrong. I know this is easier said than done, but whatever you think has gone wrong, just take a deep breath and push through because this day is too important to be fixated on the minor mistakes. At the end of the day, you are marrying the love of your life and you already won!

Motion D Photography | Weddings are magical and we have a great team to capture those moments on camera! We focus on capturing real moments that tell real stories. Our wedding photography is not only creative- it’s documentary. Inspiration plays a major role in photography and our inspiration is the love between you and your partner! MotionDPhotography.com


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A WEDDING IN

A CARIBBEAN PARADISE

Iberostar offers planning services for an island wedding combining relaxation and culture Weddings at the Iberostar Selection Varadero Hotel Its wealth of culture, beauty and fabulous atmosphere make Cuba one of the most popular wedding destinations. Saying “I do� on the shores of the Caribbean Sea is an option at the Iberostar Selection Varadero, which boasts long-standing experience in planning and hosting weddings. The hotel has a team of professionals responsible for organizing and taking care of every detail so that nothing is missing on such an important day. It also offers wedding packages in Varadero with special services for the bride and groom and their guests.

Iberostar Hotels & Resorts also has wedding services available in a number of other Cities or Beachfront hotels in Cuba, perfect to celebrate your wedding. For more information contact bodas@iberostar.tur.cu. Visit iberostar.com to discover all the Iberostar hotels.

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Designed for those seeking the most exclusive amenities in superb seafront settings. Impeccable, personalized service throughout this very special time. They know that your wedding day is one of the most special and important occasions of your life, which is why they are delighted to offer you the chance to celebrate it in Cuba - a unique and truly memorable destination. Getting married on this Caribbean island is the perfect solution for any couple seeking a paradisaical destination and a wedding setting that combines stunning, unspoilt nature and culture. The country boasts spectacular beaches that are quite simply out of this world, as well as a unique culture and history. All this, together with its tropical climate, guarantees a wedding celebration in a festive atmosphere filled with joy and happiness.

To make life easy for the happy couples, Iberostar’s wedding packages include services such as an expert wedding planner, and decoration of the ceremony venue. Catering for the reception will include the gastronomy served at its specialty restaurants, offering international options as well as regional ingredients, in line with Iberostar’s commitment to the use of locally-sourced produce. There are also a number of additional services on offer, such as a wedding video and professional photography, or professional hairdressing and makeup, and naturally, a room boasting breathtaking views for the newlyweds.

At Iberostar Selection Varadero they believe your wedding should be breathtaking and unforgettable. It’s all about you and your special day. ... Only the best wedding experts will be at your services to ensure they create the wedding of your dreams.


Glittering Glaciers

LAVENDER T H E M E

This theme was inspired by the spectacular beauty of the fallen snow and glittering glaciers from nature. The team wanted to create a wedding, filled with cool colours but still gives people a soothing and welcoming feeling. The colour scheme consisted of ice blue, silver and greyed jade.

stationary:

The Polka Dot Paper Shop ThePolkaDotPaperShop.com 416-844-9056

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Elegant tables are interwoven with the art of fine dining and table decor. Your imagination sets the pace for the ambiance of your dreams. The art of table settings is an essential ingredient. Create an enchanting tablescape that is functional for those seated at each table.

GLITTERING GLAM

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Photography: LaMemoir Photography | Event Planning: L’amour Weddings | Flowers: Hanako Floral Studio | Decor: Glamourous Affairs Inc. | Rentals: Plate Occasions | Venue: Mint Room Studios Invitations: The Polka Dot Paper Shop | Cake: Rencontre Bakery | Hair & Makeup: YS Makeup Studio | Dress & Jewellery: Camellia Wedding Gown | Rental: Chairman Mills: Chair Rental: Vibe Rentals

Stunning table setting


Through all of the elements that need to be addressed – font, colour, pattern, size, and, most of all, text – invitations become more than just a piece of paper in an envelope. From hand-written calligraphy, ribbons, custom emblems and rhinestones, every detail of the invitation counts.

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While cakes have been served at weddings for decades, in recent years the cupcake has made a gradual appearance and become an increasingly popular selection at these celebrations. It has truly become the modern cake of choice.

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HOW THEY MET

GeorGina & Thane

Thane and Georgina’s love story unknowingly began when Georgina became friends with Thanes’ sister, Felicia. At the time, Felicia bugged the two to get together by going on a “blind date” but neither was having it. Some time had passed and by fate, Thane and Georgina ran into each other at a festival. They started talking and just like that, Thane asked Georgina out by offering to take her for a ride on his motorcycle. She said “yes” and the rest is history.

June 22, 2019

flowers, rentals & decor:

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THE CEREMONY | The Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, where

Thane and Georgina have both frequented many times before, is where the ceremony took place. Plenty of natural light shone in from the windows spotlighting the plethora of cherry blossoms and roses lining the aisle. When Georgina saw it for the first time, her breath was taken away. The moment she walked side by side with her mother and father down the aisle, eyes glued to her soon-to-be husband, was one of the most amazing moments of her life. They said “I do” on June 22, 2019, which also happens to be Georgina’s parent’s wedding anniversary as well as the day after Thane’s birthday.

flowers, rentals & decor:

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Creations By Gitta | Creationsbygitta.ca THE RECEPTION Complete shock and awe is the best way to describe Georgina and Thane’s reaction to their gorgeous reception designed by Creations by Gitta. An otherwise simple, square room was transformed into a magical fairytale. Georgina recalls walking in with her mother and both being in tears. “I felt like I was living my dream,” she says. “She managed to make my vision a reality.” With a receiving line of 480 guests, the couple admits they fully lived up to the notion of a “Big Fat Greek Wedding.” An outstanding surf’n’turf dinner was enjoyed by all alongside an oyster bar (the bride’s favourite) and five different late night food stations. While traditional dancing and plate smashing kept the party going all night with entertainment from a Greek DJ.

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honour table decor & flowers:

Photography: Purple Tree Photography | Flowers, Lines, Rentals and Decor: Creations by Gitta | Wedding Planner: Day of Wedding Planner Anna Lacivita Designs Dress: Krystal Designs from Superior Bridal | Makeup & Hair: Make up by JenEvoy, Hair by Yadge L from STYLU | Suit: Spiro from SH Custom Tailors Venue: Paramount by Peter and Pauls | Entertainment: S4 Entertainment | Cake: Bobbette & Belle | Invitations & Stationery: Paper by Magdalene Kan


THE DECOR | The decor was everything Georgina imagined and more. Gitta and her team did an outstanding job of filling the space with cherry blossom trees, tall rose centrepieces and chandeliers. Since it was important for the bride to be surrounded by the bridal party, an elevated platform was put into place to support the head table which truly stood out in

the centre of the room. Hanging overhead was an incredible floral canopy lit by more chandeliers. Immediate family sat directly in front of the bride and groom with more fairytale-inspired decor that featured fresh floral runners draping onto the floor. In the middle of it all was a vinyl dance floor displaying the couple’s initials.

flowers, rentals & decor: Creations By Gitta | Creationsbygitta.ca

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HOW THEY MET

MADDIE & BRETT

August 2, 2019

THE CEREMONY | With a large group of friends on Brett’s side and Maddie’s entourage of siblings, the bridal party was one for the books: 15 bridesmaids and groomsmen. Each and every one was pampered to perfection thanks to Styling Your Beauty and Angela Xuereb. To kick off the ceremony, Maddie and her father surprised guests by pulling up to the aisle in a red MGB convertible, which carried special significance as it was purchased by her father back in his high school days. Both of her parents walked her down the aisle, as did Brett’s, where they later read personalized vows to one another. As an ode to Maddie’s late grandmother, two planters holding her favourite flowers were placed at the front of the aisle, so that she could be there in spirit.

Maddie, who grew up in the Kitchener-Waterloo area as the oldest of seven kids (five sisters and one brother), was always extremely sports-driven. She attended the University of Notre Dame on a track and field scholarship and competed on the Canadian National Track and Field Team at a number of international competitions in the heptathlon. In 2007, Wayne Gretzky drafted Brett to the NHL with the Phoenix Coyotes (now Arizona Coyotes). He played in the AHL and NHL for five years and expected to play for many years to come. Devastatingly, in the summer of 2012 he suffered from cardiac arrest while playing hockey with friends. After being in a coma for three days, Brett was told he could no longer play hockey professionally. Despite it all, Brett kept a positive mindset and ended up enrolling at the University of Waterloo where he studied business and coached the school’s hockey team. It was at that time that Maddie and Brett met one another at a charity event in Kitchener-Waterloo for KidsAbility. They met over cupcakes, he asked her which flavour was best and their relationship blossomed from there. Four and half years later, they shared more cupcakes on their wedding day.

photography:

Brandon Taylor

www.brandontaylor.ca

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The bride says…

“Early on in the planning process, make sure to sit down together to agree on what both of you want, your must-haves and nice to haves, to ensure you are on the same page. Our main goal was to make sure that the day really felt like ‘us’. Personal touches were so important and what helped make our day unique and special to us.

BRANDON TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY | 226-600-0044 | “Hi, I’m Brandon.an emotional story teller based in Cambridge Ontario but available Worldwide. I truly believe everyone was put on this planet with a gift and photography is mine. I want you to choose me because my work speaks to you, because you’re a happy crazy-in-love kinda person and that’s how you want to remember your day ! I want you to be just as excited about me capturing your day as I am to be there! My goal is to capture your love how we all see it. That being said, go look around and ask any questions you have!” BrandonTaylor.ca

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Brandon talyor | Dress: Kenneth Winston from Mona Richie Bridal | Make up: Angela Xuereb Hair & Make up Artistry | Hair: Styling Your Beauty | Venue: Roseville Estate | Entertainment: Ceremony & Cocktail hour: Tiana Barfoot | Entertainment Reception: Robbie & Matthew Band | Day of Wedding Planner: Special Events & Flowers | Flowers, Linens, Rentals & Decor: Special Events & Flowers | Cake: Q’s Cakes & Café | Invitations & Stationery: Minted

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Makeup: Angela Xuereb Hair & Make up Artistry | AngelaXuereb.com | Hair: Styling Your Beauty | StylingYourBeauty.com THE RECEPTION |Since Brett and Maddie both enjoy hiking and biking outdoors, they wanted to keep an outdoor vibe going at their reception. Bringing that to life was plenty of greenery and pastel flowers, white draping and candles. As fans of live music, the newlyweds also had two friends perform throughout the night. Alongside the stand of cupcakes, Maddie’s mother, Pam, surprised everyone with a late night ice cream truck at 11 p.m. The oh-so fitting cherry on top of it all was the newlyweds getting the chance to serve their guests from behind the counter. The direction Maddie and Brett took

to showcase their love of the outdoors was to combine pink and white flowers with an abundance of greenery. From the floral arbour to the floral swing, the overall goal was to incorporate their laid back, sporty personalities into the design with a light colour palette and personal touches throughout. Friends joined in on the occasion from all over North America, so a weekend of activities was planned to continue the celebration for everyone who travelled near and far. Brandon Taylor captured every exquisite detail of the day from start to finish.

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HOW THEY MET

Karla & Marc-anthony

Karla and Marc-Anthony met in Montreal at a nightclub called Muzique. Karla was a student at McGill University at the time and Marc-Anthony was visiting Montreal from Ottawa with some friends for the weekend. It was love at first sight. The two hit it off with their fun-loving personalities and bonded over their passion for food, wine and travel. To celebrate eight years as a couple, and having lived in three different cities together, they got married on June 22, 2019 in front of 175 family and friends.

June 22, 2019

pHOTOgrapHY:

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THE CEREMONY | With both families hailing from out of town, Karla and Marc-Anthony wanted to provide them with a unique local experience representative of their lives in the city. For that reason, they chose St. Mary’s Church for its rich history plus the fact that it resides in their neighbourhood. Once the ceremony was complete, the wedding party took off to areas frequently visited by the newlyweds, such as Victoria Memorial Square and the hidden alleyways of King Street West, for their beautiful photos captured by The Eastcore. THE RECEPTION | When selecting a venue, Karla and Marc-Anthony placed importance on a modern concept that would allow guests to feel like they were enjoying a night out on the town. When they considered the beautiful glass atrium and exposed brick walls of Ricarda’s as the spot to host their reception, they knew it was the one. Having dined at the restaurant several times before, exquisite gastronomy and professional service was a guarantee. The couple’s love and passion was clearly evident throughout the night. PHOTOgRaPHY:

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Dress: Jealous Bridesmaids | Suit: Suit Supply | Bride Makeup & Hair: Toronto Beauty Group Groom Hair: Garrisons by the Park Barbershop | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Cathedral Reception Venue & Catering: Ricarda’s Toronto Restaurant and Atrium Entertainment: Solepower | Flowers: Carisma Florist | Linens & Rentals: Gervais Rentals Invitations & Stationery: Vistaprint

The bride says…

“Enjoy every second of your special day. Be present in the moment because it truly does fly by.”

THE DECOR | Keeping with the modern, downtown vibe of the venue, the decor was elevated, simplistic and timeless. Gold geometric lanterns, votives and picture frames were used to decorate the family-style tables, alongside Italian ruscus, peonies, spray roses, garden roses and ranunculus.

The Eastcore is by Matt & Jamieson, with over 30 years of experience and multiple international photo awards between them. Specializing in wedding photojournalism, it’s the details, interactions, and moments that become the expression and essence of telling the story of a wedding day. More real moments and less forced poses. TheEastcore.com | (437) 886-6488


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Photography: Julian & Kelly

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HOW THEY MET

ANGELA & MICHAEL

July 27, 2019

Michael met Angela in 2015 while she was working at Nino D’Aversa Bakery. He and his family had gone in for pizza, and as soon as Angela saw him, she made sure to serve him. She was drawn to his charm, while he was drawn to her smile and kindness. After that night, Michael made a point of frequently visiting the bakery for espressos‌and to spend time with Angela. One day, he came for a coffee, and ended up leaving with her number. Fittingly enough, many of their dates afterwards involved coffee and pizza.

Flowers:

Imperial Flower Shop ImperialFlowerShop.ca 1-877-791-0692

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bridal bouquets: Imperial Flower Shop ImperialFlowerShop.ca

Photography: Julian & Kelly

THE CEREMONY

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, where Angela attended growing up, is where the ceremony took place. They were surrounded by family and friends, and comforted by the beautiful words of Father Ronny Grayda. Alessandra Trimmeliti accompanied the ceremony with vocals, while close friends of the bride and groom participated in readings.

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Photography: Julian & Kelly | Flowers: Petals by Imperial Flower Shop | Dress: Blossom by Christopher Paunil from Kleinfeld | Suit: Hugo Boss from Harry Rosen | Makeup & Hair: Fancy Face Bride Spray Tan: Healthy Glow | Bride Jewelry: Artemis Boutique | Reception Venue: Paramount Event Space by Peter and Pauls | Entertainment: S4 Entertainment, Bongo and B, Samantha the MC Ceremony Music: Alesandra Trimmeliti | Wedding Planner: Anna LaCivita | Videography & Photo Booth: The Image Commission |Linens: Have a Seat Inc. Rentals: Have a Seat Inc. / Details Couture Event Rentals | Decor: Have a Seat Inc. | Cake: Sandra’s Sweet Creations | Invitations & Stationery: Elena’s Little Shoppe

The bride says…

“Enjoy the day. You’ve planned, worked hard, saved for this moment, do not let it pass you by. Let all your worries go and be truly present in every moment of the day. Having someone else be in charge of all the important contact info (like a coordinator or responsible friend) truly helped with this. It all goes by too quickly, so make sure you both stop and take some time to enjoy each other, your family and friends on this day you worked so hard for. Everything else always falls into place!”

THE DECOR| With the help of Imperial Flower Shop, the reception was transformed into a beautiful fusion of elegance and romance. White draping and gorgeous florals filled the space, set the mood, but most importantly, brought the bride’s vision to life. Angela’s bouquet consisted of white peonies, garden roses, ranunculus and spray roses, while bridesmaid bouquet’s included an array of white floral and greenery. A semi-circle of tables was arranged around the bride and groom for the head table, while the rest of the room was decorated with high-low centrepieces, accents of taupe and gold, and plenty of candlelight to create the romantic, modern theme Angela was hoping for. Julian & Kelly Photography captured the entire day perfectly.

flowers: Imperial Flower Shop | ImperialFlowerShop.ca


Regal Romance

GOLD T H E M E

Hidden away in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside, surrounded by 100 acres of historic parkland and Grade II listed gardens, you’ll find Hedsor House. An award-winning country house, this magnificent wedding venue boasts a rich history and an abundance of romance. With its exquisite interiors and decadent architecture, it was the perfect backdrop for our Regal Romance styled shoot. Set in the elegant oak-panelled Ballroom, the concept behind the shoot was inspired by the recent Royal Wedding in May. We wanted to create an editorial that was the epitome of extravagance, giving a traditional wedding style a hint of opulence and grandeur

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Regal Romance Balloons added to the dĂŠcor, with a luxury stand-up display featuring an array of soft blue, cream and blush hues that complimented the setting flawlessly. The stationery by Leeming Brothers was given an extra sprinkling of magic with gilded engraving and a raised engraved monogram with two RRs, to reflect the Regal Romance of the shoot.

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Venue: Hedsor House | Planning, Co-ordinating: Love Lydia Weddings & & Styling | Photographer : Stuart Wood Photo | Videographer: John Nassari | Lighting: Glo Design & Event Production | Hair & MUA: Botias | Florals: Paula Rooney Floral Designer | Gowns: Ruth Milliam | | Gowns: Ritva Westenius | Jewellery: Ortaea’ - Knightsbridge Diamond House | Cake: Maya Dahlia’ - Wedding Cakes | Shoes: Aruna Seth | Glassware: Whitehouse Crockery’ – luxury crockery, glassware | | Furniture: Great Hire, luxury furniture | | Linens: Over The Top Fine Linen Rentals | Stationery: Leeming Brothers | Luxury Balloons: Balloonista


LUXE COLLECTION BRIDAL MELISSA WILLIAMS

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Wedding Gowns and Veils: Luxe Collection Bridal by Melissa Williams | Photography: Nadeen White Photography | Venue: Hudson’s Bay Queen St | Model: Tenae Atkinson


HOW tHeY Met

AmAndA & RobeRt

August 10, 2019

Robert and Amanda met through mutual friends over 20 years ago. Since both were dating other people at the time, they started out just as friends. Years had passed and the two found themselves reconnected through a different group of friends. Ten years after their first meeting, they finally started dating. While Amanda was in the process of studying for a major career transition that required her full attention, she unfortunately ended things with Robert. Over the next few years, they continuously bumped into each other with the feelings still there. Three more years passed by and Amanda’s career was established, however her love life was non-existant. She built up the courage to reach out to Robert and see if he wanted to meet at a new oyster restaurant (Robert loves them) and fortunately he agreed. The feelings between them were mutual, and with both of their careers in order, the timing was perfect. Within three months, Robert asked Amanda to marry him to which she happily said “yes!”

event planning

& design:

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The bride says…

“This is an important day that, for most of us, will only ever happen once. So take the time to research the different wedding themes and styles, so that you can find one that matches your personal style. Pick something that you and your fiancé will love, and something that makes you smile. It’s YOUR wedding, not your parents or your sisters. Just try and be mindful of any special needs your guests may have so that everyone can be comfortable and enjoy.”

THE CEREMONY & RECEPTION The Saints Peter and Paul Parish, where Amanda attended throughout her youth, was where she and Robert held

the ceremony. There to officiate it was a close family friend of Robert’s, making the occasion special for both of them. Having always loved the classic, old world grandeur of Chateau Le Jardin (not to mention high-quality food), the couple had no trouble selecting it as the venue to host their reception planned by Express Yourself Weddings & Events.

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event planning & decor: express yourself weddings | venue: le jardin | photography: Trenton of Beautiful Life Studios | dress: essence of australia | flower: Indra Tan of Plush Flowers lines, rental & decor: S2 Event Design | cake: Irene Celebrity Cakes | invitations: By Design Invitations | entertainment: DJ Emporium, Chantal Dube & Tatjana and Julijana Seketa | video: Piper Studios THE DECOR| The idea behind the decor for the reception was to re-create a dreamy, classic and romantic ambience that felt straight out of a storybook. Bringing that vision to life with planning and decoration was Express Yourself Weddings & Events. Plenty of clear and crystal candelabras were placed on tables, alongside a combination of tall and short centrepieces using soft, muted pinks, blush and champagne throughout. event planning

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HOW THEY MET

AllyssA & PAdhrAic

May 3, 2019

photography: purple tree photography

Allyssa and Padhraic met in April of 2012 at P.J. O’Brien’s pub in Toronto. Padhraic (also known as Paddy) was out celebrating with his Irish football team and Allyssa happened to be out with her mother and sister for a drink. When Allyssa went to the bar, she and Paddy starting chatting and really hit it off. They exchanged numbers but only connected a few months later in August. On their first date, when Paddy came to pick her up, they began talking and couldn’t stop. The connection was instantaneous.

Makeup artist:

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planning: lexington & co. | photography: purple pree Photography | venue, linens & catering: broadview hotel | dress: Kleinfeld | Suit: Suit Supply | Makeup Artist & hair: allyssa helm beauty & co., angela xuereb, shannon petrolito, presley foskett, jessica wolfert, alysse morrison | flowers: hilary adele floral design | rentals: event rental group, glamourous affairs | cake & sweets: fine cakes by zehra

THE CEREMONY | Allyssa and Paddy’s intimate celebration was made perfect with simple, yet chic decor. They said “I do” under a trendy triangle arch decorated with pampas grass; their officiant Jeff Maeck kept it light and heartfelt; and their 18-month-old niece couldn’t contain her excitement and laughter the entire time truly making their day. As the lead professional makeup artist behind Allyssa Helm Beauty & Co., Allyssa looked positively radiant. Her glam squad (Angela Xuereb Hair & Makeup Artistry, Shannon Petrolito, Presley Foskett, Jessica Wolfert and Alysse Morrison), also ensured the entire bridal party was stunning.

THE RECEPTION & DECOR | The goal of the reception was to keep everything laid-back and cocktail style. Tall bar tables and stools were dispersed throughout the venue so guests could easily maneuver their way around and mingle. To bring some Californian flair to the setting, a gorgeous pampas grass floral installation was hung from the ceiling alongside other small arrangements containing king protea with mixed metal decor. Everyone enjoyed the fun, party atmosphere where plenty of Irish dancing took place.

Makeup artist: Allyssa Helm Beauty & Co. AllyssaHelm.com

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THE CEREMONY

Jena & Domenic

July 28, 2018

High school sweethearts Jena and Domenic wanted a classic and timeless theme for their spectacular wedding decorated by Creations by Gitta Event Design & Floral Decor. Muted pastel hues inspired every floral element to take on hints of blush, mauve, cream and taupe. In doing so, amnesia, quicksand and ragazza roses filled the space alongside hydrangea and greenery

flowers, linens, rentals & decor:

Creations By Gitta Creationsbygitta.ca 416-665-7947

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THE RECEPTION

The head table was the show stopper of the evening, with mirror sweet heart table decor aligned with a lush floral blanket cascading on both ends. Above was a custom-made, suspended cherry blossom wreath (approximately 20 feet in diameter) accented by hanging chandeliers. Behind was a soft delicate drape that kept the windows slightly exposed to overlook the beautiful golf and country club view.

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Photography: Krista Fox Photography | Wedding Planner: Renata De Thomasis | Dress: Eve of Milady | Suit: Garrison Bespoke | Makeup & Hair: Makeup - Nadine Natour Reception Venue: Copper Creek | DJ: Veriation Music | Live Singer: Roberta Battaglia | Cake: La Casa Dolce | Invitations & Stationery: Paper Damsels | Rentals: Detailz Couture Event Rentals


The bride wore a stunning gown from Eve of Milady

The bride says…

“Gitta and Julie from Creations by Gitta were so wonderful and generous. They really cared about what we wanted and surpassed our expectations and truly blew us away and our guests too! They have a careful, attentive eye and make sure that no detail is forgotten.”

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HOW THEY MET Lauren and Edison’s love story is one we’ve heard many times. They were set up by friends for a blind date. They had never met before but their friends felt that they had so much in common. They knew that they would be a good match. After their first date they knew they wanted to see each other again. The rest is history.

Lauren & edison

June 8, 2019

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THE CEREMONY | The ceremony was a simple and elegant affair. They went to city hall where they exchanged vows surrounded by close friends and family.

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Flowers, Linens, Rentals & Decor: OMG Events | Photography: Mango Studios | Dress: Pronovias | Venue: The Club at Bond Head Entertainment: Digital X Entertainment | Stationary: So Trendy Sationary | Macron Cake: The Macaron Box HE RECEPTION | Lauren and Edison chose to celebrate their wedding reception at a beautiful gold club. The stunning clubhouse with it’s vaulted ceilings, stone accents and warm cherry wood was the perfect venue for their celebration. The stunning views of the course set the backdrop for their beautiful wedding.

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THE DECOR | The lush landscape of the golf club set the tone for their wedding theme. With the help of OMG Events they chose a very soft and romantic theme. White and green flowers were used throughout the venue and head table. The white and gold chairs added to the opulence of the venue. Each guest received macaroon gift box. Something sweet to remember their special day.

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HOW THEY MET

NadiNe & Gary

Nadine and Gary met through a mutual friend. They used to live on the same street. They started chatting online for years before they met in person. The connection was instantaneous.

Photography: Livi Shaw Photography

OctOber 11, 2019

wedding planner: Full Planning and Design Lisa K Events lisakevents.com 416-801-8785

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Photography: Livi Shaw Photography | Wedding Planner: Full Planning and Design Lisa K Events | Dress: Maggie Sottero - Ladonna | Suit: Kenneth Cole - Reaction | Makeup: Genyfel Acuna - Enhanced by Genyfel | Hair: Done by | Bride (Nadine Lawrence) | Ceremony Location & Venue: The Doctor’s House | Entertainment: Bass Beats | Flowers & Decor: Luxel Decor Custom Charcuterie boards: Kendall Rustic Design | Wedding Cake & Grooms Cake: Kissed By Sugar

THE CEREMONY Nadine and Gary wanted everything to be held in one location. They had their ceremony and reception at The Doctor’s House, which was the perfect venue. The chapel was decorated with greenery on the pews and beautiful floral arrangements at the front of the chapel. Guests blew bubbles as they exited. It was a very special moment for both of them. THE RECEPTION AND DECOR When it came to the planning and decor of the wedding Nadine relied on the guidance of Lisa K Events to help plan

the perfect wedding. Their dream was to have a wedding full of fall colours. As an added touch each guest was given a package that Nadine had put together. Jars of homemade jam and chocolates added that extra sweet touch. Rustic elements like a custom charcuterie board added to the rustic fall feel of the wedding. Gary brought an element of fun by having Led ice cubes that lite up on each table-being a techy guy he felt this was a little representation of him. Everyone enjoyed the evening as it was filled with amazing food, laughter and most importantly celebrating the love of this beautiful couple.

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HOW THEY MET Brad’s brother, Ryan, set up Sam and Brad on a blind date. Although they already knew each other from high school, Sam played hard to get. A few years later, Ryan ran into Sam and convinced her to go on a double date with his brother once more, only this time accompanied by he and his then-girlfriend (now wife). It didn’t take Sam long to realize that they were indeed a great match.

Brad & Samantha

July 27, 2019

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Photography: Christine Lim


Photography: Christine Lim | Planning: THL Events | Day-of Wedding Planner: Anastasia Fragoulis | Jewellery: Samantha McAdams Jewellery | Videography: Jack Peros Flowers: Blush & Bloom | Rentals: Detailz Couture Event Rentals Cake: Danielle Ellis Cakes | Invitations & Stationery: All That’s Lovely Dress: The Modern Bride | Suit: Burrows Oakville | Makeup & Hair: The Beauty Team Ceremony Venue: St. Andrew Church Oakville | Entertainment: Epiq Vision DJ

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THE CEREMONY

St. Andrew Church, where Sam grew up attending, was where the ceremony took place in Oakville. The bride arrived in style in her grandfather’s 1961 Thunderbird with her mother, sister and Nonno. As an ode to the song that her parent’s got married to years before, Sam selected Pachelbel’s Canon to walk down the aisle. Brad and Sam filled the church with their family and friends who had witnessed their relationship grow over the last eight years. After sealing it with a kiss, the newlyweds walked out to one of their favorite songs, “My Girl” by The Temptations.

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THE RECEPTION

With the couple now living in Toronto, they wanted to have their reception in a boutique-style hotel downtown. After seeing the art deco design and vintage ambience of the Grand Banking Hall at One King West, they chose it for their wedding. The overall atmosphere was warm and inviting, and Brad’s speech brought down the house with plenty of laughter and happy tears. Christine Lim captured the entire day perfectly.


THE DECOR

The palette chosen for the overall decor scheme was periwinkle and gold, complemented by bursts of colour from the wildflower-inspired bouquets. Pillar candles of varying heights were placed on each table alongside sparkly gold table numbers to set the mood. For a sentimental touch, photos of the couple and their parent’s weddings were on display on the vintage banking counters. One of the couple’s favourite pieces was the custom photo booth backdrop created to make guests look like they were sitting on the moon.

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ROMANCE T H E M E

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Photography: Photography: Simply Sweet Photography | Flowers: Peonies Fine Flowers | Decor & Design - Infinity Event Design | Cakes: Cora’s Cake Shop Hair & Head Piece - Faye Smith Makeup & Hair | Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman | Gown: Bisou Bridal | Calligraphy - Rintzylee Designs


Romantic Interlude Design your fairy tale wedding using a soft colour palette. A base of whites and creams intermingled with soft pinks creates a setting fit for a princess. This creative ambiance is dreamy and enchanting. With clusters of beautiful blooms to embellish your space, they decorate everything from the head table to the wedding cake. Highlight your romantic theme with a sparkly bouquet adorned with crystal brooches and pretty flowers.

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Photography: | Flowers: Peonies Fine Flowers | Decor & Design - Infinity Event Design | Cakes: Cora’s Cake Shop Hair & Head Piece - Faye Smith Makeup & Hair | Makeup: Jasmine Hoffman | Gown: Bisou Bridal | Calligraphy - Rintzylee Designs

BOHEMIAN VIBE

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Today, bouquets are constructed of rare and exotic flowers. They are elaborate and imaginative creations. Flowers can be bold and colourful or they can be part of an all-white theme. Since beautiful blooms come in several different shapes, styles, and sizes, you can select the one that best suits your dress style and your theme. A cascading bouquet with a distinctive array of flowers spilling downward is always a class act. Ask your specialist to create a bouquet that defines your personality and style.

Photography:Â Anna Holcombe Photography

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RUSTIC T H E M E

Something Blue

Here’s how to combine an earthy wedding theme with your

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Photography: Anna Holcombe Photography | Planning & Design: Design A Dream Events | Flowers: Design Perfection | Rentals: Party Suppliers & Rentals | Decor: DP etc| Lighting: Wilmington Uplighting Cake: Creative Cake Design by Tammy Hodge | Invitations & Stationery: Alexis Scott Designs | Calligraphy: Designs by K | Dresses: Coastal Knot Bridal Boutique, Camille’s of Wilmington Jewellery: Melissa Tyson Designs | Hair: Silverceiling | Videography: Little Lovely Blushes | Venue: Wrightsville Manor


BOHO T H E M E

Bohemian Vibe

Feeling a boho vibe that’s earthy, romantic and a little bit eclectic? Here’s a beautiful style shoot that will pair perfectly with your free flowing waves and airy gown.

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BOHEMIAN VIBE

Add pampas grass for your wedding day decor - from your wedding bouquet, ceremony aisle, or wedding altar arch backdrop .

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PhotograPhy: SimPly Sweet PhotograPhy|Venue: airSide SPaceS|Styling & FloralS: deborah lee deSignS|hair: clara leung deSignS make uP: JaSmine hoFFman|gown: biSou bridal/Vera wang|JewelS: Powder blue biJoux | Furniture: reVamP Furniture | Stationery/calligraPhy: ayla Pena


Canada’s Elite Wedding Specialists

BEAUTY All Dolled Up By Charisse & Co. AllDolledUpbyCharisse.ca 416-829-0228 See Ad on Page: 112 Allyssa Helm Beauty & Co. AllyssaHelm.com 416-509-8187 See Ad on Page: 113

Linen Chest 1-800-363-3832 LinenChest.com See Ad on Page: 17

CAKES & SWEETS

AngelaXuereb.com 647-239-1046 See real wedding on page: 130

La Rose Bakery LaRoseBakery.com 905-875-0303 See Ad on Page: 113

Great Lengths Canada GreatLengthsCanada.com 1-800-461-9302 See Ad on Page:Inside Front Cover

Succulent Chocolates and Sweets 416-882-1535 SucculentChocolates.com See Ad on Page: 44

Angela Xuereb Hair & Make Up Artistry

Styling Your Beauty StylingYourBeauty.com 416-525-3544 See Ad on Page: 112

BRIDAL Lidia’s Brides LidiasBrides.com 519-843-8800 See Ad on Page: 41

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BRIDAL REGISTRY

CATERING L-Eat Catering 416.631.9226 LeatCatering.com See Ad on Page: 106

DECOR

Luxe Collection Bridal Melissa Williams LuxeCollectionBridal.com 647-608-1655 See Ad on Page: 107

La Tavola Event Decor 416-706-4869 LaTavolaDecor.com See Ad on Page: 52

Sharleez Bridal SharleezBridal.com 905-239-9950 See Ad on Page: 43

OMG Events OhMyGoshEvents.com 905-960-2886 See Ad on Page: 96

Valencienne Bridal Valencienne.com 416-781-6885 See Ad on Page: 45

R5 Event Design 647-559-3828 r5e.ca See Ad on Page: 113


EVENT PLANNERS Express Yourself Weddings 416-617-9334 ExpressYourselfWeddings.com See Ad on Page: 98

A Good Day AGoodDayInc.com 647-966-7385 See Ad on Page: 112

Glorious Events GloriousEvents.ca 647-808-0375 See style shoot on page: 101

The Polka Dot Paper Shop 416-844-9056 ThePolkaDotPaperShop.com See Ad on Page: 106

Kyree’s Kreations KyreesKreations.com 416-892-6176 See Ad on Page: 97

Upscale Floral Boutique

LIMOUSINES /RENTALS

Le Papillon Events LePapillonEvents.com 416-919-6498 See Ad on Page: 105

A Celebrity Limousine Service ACelebrityLimousine.com

Lisa K Events LisaKEvents.com 416-801-8785 See Ad on Page: 113

GTA Exotics GTAExotics.ca

FLORISTS

wersbyimperial@gmail.com | www.imperialflowershop.ca | 1877-791-0692 |

INVITATIONS

416-410-2226 See Ad on Page: 98

905-815-1300 See Ad on Page: 104

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Creations by Gitta Event Design & Floral Décor CreationsbyGitta.ca 416-665-7947 See Ad on Page: 9

Beyond Infiniti Photography BeyondInfinitiPhotography.com 416-277-8753 See style shoot on page: 101

Eternity Blossoms EternityBlossoms.com 416-841-8883 See style shoot on page: 101

Brandon Taylor Photography BrandonTaylor.ca 226-600-0044 See Ad on Page: 105

Gatto Flowers GattoFlowers.ca 905-670-0636 See Ad on Page: 14

Jessica Douglas Photography

Imperial Flower Shop ImperialFlowershop.ca 1-877-791-0692 See Ad on Page: 99

Motion D. Photography MotionDPhotography.com 416-358-9738 See Ad on Page: 96

OMG Events OhMyGoshEvents.com 905-960-2886 See Ad on Page: 96

The Eastcore TheEastCore.com 437-886-6488 See Ad on Page: 107

Pop Up Flower Shop Inc PopUpFlowerShopInc.com 416-830-2138 See Ad on Page: 112

JessicaDouglasPhotography.com

905-336-6782 See Ad on Page: 13

@imperialflowershop

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RECEPTIONS Château Le Jardin LeJardin.com 905-851-2200 See Ad on Page: 39 Château Le Parc ChateauLeParc.com 905-597-7990 See Ad on Page: 99 Crystal Grand Banquet Hall CrystalGrand.ca 905-277-2800 See Ad on Page: 37 Ivy Lane Estate IvyLaneEstate.ca 647-880-5916 See Ad on Page: 104 Mattawa River Resort & Restaurant MattawaRiverResort.com 705-744-5020 See Ad on Page: 53 Mississauga Convention Centre MississaugaConvention.com 905-564-1920 See Ad on Page: 40

SPECIALTY Gone Sailing GoneSailingAdventures.com 416-240-0202 See Ad on Page: 97

TRAVEL Destination Weddings & Honeymoons by Helena 416-419-7786 EventsByHelena.com See Ad on Page: 2-3

TUXEDO Ed’s Fine Imports 905-489-0809 EdsFineImports.com See Ad on Page: Inside Back Cover

Canada’s Elite Wedding Specialists

Old Mill Toronto OldMillToronto.com 416-236-2641 See Ad on Page: 5 One King West Hotel & Residence OneKingWest.com 416-548-8200 See Ad on Page: 1 Sheraton Hamilton Hotel SheratonHamilton.com 905-317-4505 ext 2075

The Ritz-Carlton

Hotel Company L.L.C RitzCarlton.com 416-585-2500 See Ad on Page: 15

The Venetian TheVenetian.ca 905-660-1110 See Ad on Page: 42

Windsor Arms Hotel WindsorArmsHotel.com 416-934-6023 See Ad on Page: 55

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