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Carla and Russel are laid-back, fun-loving and quirky. The later I stayed into the wedding, the more I learned that this group of friends and family are incredibly FUN!!!! They might come across quiet and unsuspecting but really that is not the case at all! 😉

Since the couple got engaged at the Toronto Zoo, it seemed only fitting to incorporate their mutual love for animals. They made a donation to the Zoo in lieu of favours and included a gold animal with animal fact on each dinner table.

My first pleasant surprise was the reception entrance. The bridal party and couple entered with the fierceness of a wrestlers WWF challenge. AND – did I mention they had a wrestlers belt? This certainly set the tone for a party…and it just got started there.

“The Love Supremes” performed to impress that night and EVERYONE danced the night away! I find that many weddings music either makes or breaks the party and a band almost always is a guarantee to keep people moving and encouraged to be involved. Mostly, I think this is true because they play covers which every age group can enjoy. Secondly, they set the tone with their high energy. This party certainly was high energy.

I forgot to mention that before the dancing even began, a slew of karaoke wonders happened. The “kissing game” involved guests coming up to sing and WOW! There are certainly some musical talents in this crowd! The couple also played the traditional shoe game but added a quirky twist by holding up giant cutouts of their faces instead of shoes.

All in all, the day and night was a blast. Carla and Russel are a pleasure to be around and you could tell that was the case by how much their friends and family got into the wedding festivities. You could really feel the love this day and I think that you can see that in these photographs.

All the best to you two. I certainly walked away that night feeling like I should approach life with as much fun and gusto as the two of you.

xx – april

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VENDORS

Reception:

Angus Glen Golf Course

Wedding Planner:

Rebecca Chan Weddings + Events

Decor/Flowers:

Fete Boutique

Band:

The Love Supremes

Cake:

Bobbette & Belle

Transportation:

Red Star Limo

Hair:

Puzzle Creation

Makeup:

Fiona Man

Slo Mo Videobooth:

Event Circle

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Jenny and Alex are a delightful power couple. They are go-getter A-types with sweet dispositions. They met while both studying in Med school and Jenny  describes Alex as “that smarter, charming upperclassman.” Wow! What a compliment! The thing is, Alex really seems to be just that! And the two-some are fun-loving, outgoing and easy to talk to! I really enjoyed getting to know them and their family and friends.

Jenny and Alex wanted their wedding to revolve around Chinese culture, their family and friends; and they did that successfully! The day was traditional and simple with a western ceremony first at Hart House, followed by a tea ceremony and then a Chinese reception. The day was perfect. Not only was the weather gorgeous but the lucky couple had many friends and family to help with making the cake, arranging the center-pieces, setting up the venue, and playing music at the ceremony.

I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. I am sure there will be many and you will do them best together! Thank you for having me capture your beautiful day!

xx- april

 

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VENDORS

RECEPTION LOCATION

The Brighton Convention Centre

CEREMONY LOCATION

Hart House

OFFICIANT OR PRIEST

Jeremy Citron

CAKE

Alex’s mom!

CATERING

Jackie with Grand Catering

DRESS

The Brides’ Project – please support!

TUX

Vera Wang Black

SHOES

Mischa Bradley

ACCESSORIES

Necklace and bracelets were presents from Alex’s family

FLOWERS

Pacific Florist

HOTEL

Sheraton Parkway North

MUSIC

Our talented friends, Sunchin Kim and Tiffany Chen

HAIR

  Alysse/FancyFace

MAKEUP

Orly

FAVOURS

Maple sugar lollipops

BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE

Chaps Evening Gown

BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS

Kate Spade earrings

BUDGET:  $40,000

NUMBER OF GUESTS:  210

Your favourite detail

I got to wear the Chinese dress that Alex’s mother got married in!

Your favourite moment

“Absolutely the first dance. For the first time that day, I was able to close my eyes, take a deep breath and just soak in the moment.”

Your first dance song

Ray LaMontagne – You are the best thing

Second Shooter

Scott Ramsay

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May 2 couldn’t have been a nicer day. A spring wedding can be sometimes nerve-wracking as any Torontonian knows our springs aren’t very predictable. It turns out this day was perfect however and Christine and Bryan were getting hitched! It was the first Saturday of May and the Gardiner Expressway was closed. I was fearful of a mad traffic jam so I took the subway and ended up arriving at the Trump an hour before my start time. I couldn’t believe the luck of the day. 22 degrees, sun, a breakfast wrap and coffee and not a worry in the world about arriving on time. AHHH. A sigh of relief.

My day of work started with ample details at the Trump Hotel. It is one of my favourite hotel locations because of their service. The staff are beyond hospitable and have helped in a rainy jam one too many times. No to mention, the textures and colours of the bar behind the front desk are just dreamy. Most hotels in this city have revamped their look to a more modern and clinical feeling which is never fun for finding textures and colour for photography. Since Christine was getting ready at the hotel I knew that the colourful backdrops would suit the Berkeley textures and eclectic whimsy. We got gorgeous getting ready shots and headed to St.Paul’s Basilica for the ceremony.  The bride walked into the church to “Yellow” by Coldplay being played on cello and violin. It was a short and sweet ceremony, which allowed for plenty of time for the bridal party to take many pictures at Todmorden Mills and Berkeley Field House, and we even stopped by a nearby railroad to snap some couple photos.

The reception was a tremendous celebration with free-flowing alcohol, great food, touching speeches, a never empty dance floor, and most importantly so much love and happiness in the room. Christine and Bryan’s family and friends are warm and welcoming people and by the end of the night, I felt at home with them. What a lovely day to compliment a lovely couple. I know you both will do amazing things in your life together.

 

xx- april

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VENDORS


LOCATIONS

VENUE: Berkeley Fieldhouse 
CEREMONY LOCATION: St. Paul’s Basilica 
OFFICIANT OR PRIEST:  Father Frank McDevitt
HOTEL:Trump Hotel Toronto 

ATTIRE

DRESS:Cher by Watters from Felichia Bridal
TUX:Michael Kors rented from Freeman Formals
BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE: After Six from Saratinas Bridal Boutique 
SHOES:BCBG 
ACCESSORIES:BHLDN 
WEDDING BANDS: Twain Designs 

FOOD
CAKE: Andy’s Wedding Cakes 
CATERING:Berkeley Events 


DECOR

FLOWERS:Art of Celebrations 

ENTERTAINMENT

MUSIC:Duo Fiore (Ceremony)
 Indie Wedding DJ (Reception) 

BEAUTY

HAIR/MAKEUP:Hair by Paulina Gorecki
 Makeup by Gina Frantzis 

STATIONARY

INVITATIONS:Wedding Paper Divas 

GIFTS
BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS:Bread & Circus Fine Jewelry  

DIY

    "Reception stationary was obtained using free wedding templates online and printing them at MACH II Press in Toronto."

    "Flea markets, yard sales and second hand stores were visited for the year and a half leading up to the wedding to obtain décor items that 
fit the vintage inspired theme to be used for the receiving table and other décor for the reception – among our favourite pieces found- vintage 
tiered cake trays, small vintage vessels, a candelabra and antique books. A vintage Underwood typewriter was borrowed from one of the bridesmaids and
 became a focal point on the receiving table." 

NUMBER OF GUESTS: 130



Written by the Bride:

"The flowers and décor at our reception were my favourite details. The centerpieces consisted of an eclectic design of different jars, bottles, antique vessels colored 
in gold and brown with mixed flower heads/fillers/foliage. The head table was adorned with garland made of foliage and mixed flowers matching the centerpieces. The 
flowers were so gorgeous and romantic – fit our theme perfectly and really created the ambiance that we wanted." 

"My favourite moment was saying “I do!” in front of our closest family and friends at St. Paul’s Basilica"  

"We chose "You’re the One" – The Black Keys as our first song because its simple and a touching love song, by one of our favourite rock duos"


What was the most important factor when deciding on a wedding photographer?


"Finding someone that could document our love and the emotions of the day (experienced by us, our family and our guests) in a raw and natural way and with a shooting 
style that worked with our wedding theme and vision – we had a vintage/whimsical inspired wedding. Someone that would be able to piece together a story and 
document it by capturing the day as it happens. We also wanted a photographer that we got along with and who wasn’t afraid to take 
charge and “rein in the bridal party” when necessary (which turned out to be the case on our wedding day!)." 

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June 13th was a gorgeous sunny and warm day. I had met Emily and Patrick almost a year prior and couldn’t wait to photograph their carefully planned wedding day. It was important to them to fuse the traditions of both families heritage. They showcased that by having both families participate in the Chinese Tea Ceremony, and by having a bilingual officiant during the wedding ceremony. “Family” was an important source of inspiration for the wedding day. Emily wore her grandmother’s 1959 wedding dress that was also worn by her mother. It is a special family heirloom that Emily wanted to carry on into a family tradition and she wore it gracefully. Her classical beauty pulled it off quite impressively. She also pulled off a gorgeous Chinese Tea Ceremony dress that she changed into for a traditional tea ceremony that included family from both sides. Emily’s family took joy in being included in the tradition and shared wonderful words of advice to Patrick and Emily. Patrick’s family mirrored that joy by showing their sweet tradition to a new and gracious family.

In order to save time to enjoy guests, Emily and Patrick opted for a “first look”. They chose to do this big reveal on the rooftop of the Hyatt Regency which has a spectacular view of the city and of course the CN Tower. The first look is more of a modern approach to scheduling weddings and has its advantages. The couple wanted their guests to enjoy an evening ceremony and cocktail sunset on the rooftop of Malaparte, so it only made sense that photo taking time would be earlier in the day. The couple arranged to have two large balloons for the photo session. They were a fun prop to shoot with, adding graphic interest in addition to adding a pop of red that carried throughout the day.

Personal touches from the couple were created for a greater guest experience. They made their own card box out of 4 8×10 frames and put it on a lazy Susan so that guests could spin the box to appreciate all the photos. They also sewed table runners out of lace to add a pop of colour to stand out against the white canvas of the venue. The table numbers featured the bride and groom at each of the ages on the table number (e.g., table one, age one) with a special piece of trivia on the back about the couple relating to that number (e.g., 1 = the number of dresses the bride tried on before finding the “one”). They also featured foam core board collages of family and friends down a long hall at the venue – as without their family and friends, they wouldn’t be who they are today.

Emily and Pat even had close friends make their favourite strawberry pies the morning of the wedding in a small condo. The assembly line of eager friends, shucked berries and rolled dough and successfully made enough pies for every guest to enjoy a slice. You could clearly see that Emily and Pat are cherished and loved by many people. They are as sweet as the pies their friends made and the love in the room that evening was palpable. Between their families heart-warming speeches and the couple’s sweet words to one another, I was smitten with them. As a newly single woman who strives to find true love; I had been touched by their devotion, loyalty and true admiration for each other. They have found their true love and I knew by watching them interact that they will cherish it forever.

It was a pleasure Emily and Patrick! I wish you a life full of adventure in growing old together.

xx- april

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VENDORS

RECEPTION LOCATION
Malaparte

CEREMONY LOCATION
Malaparte

WEDDING PLANNER

Rebecca Chan Weddings

OFFICIANT
Linda Wong

CAKE
Homemade strawberry pies by the bride and groom’s family and friends

CATERING
Oliver and Bonacini

DRESS
Vintage 1959 Wedding Gown Heirloom

TUX
Ed’s Fine Imports

SHOES
Nine West

ACCESSORIES
Hair piece – Bittersweet
Pearls – vintage, family heirloom

FLOWERS
Audrey’s Flower’s

HOTEL
Hyatt Regency Toronto

MUSIC
DJ Danny Floh Back

HAIR/MAKEUP
Teryl Crombie, Cosmetic Image

FAVOURS
Donation to the Canadian Red Cross

BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE
Ed’s Fine Imports
 
INVITATIONS
Wedding Paper Divas

PHOTOBOOTHS
Instant Studio

NUMBER OF GUESTS

120

Your favourite detail:  
“Our favourite detail was our wedding cake topper. We had a company in England called “Genefy Playground” create it. Each topper is custom made. This seemed like a great way to incorporate the groom’s love of Batman. “

Your favourite moment:
“For our first dance we had family and friends karaoke to Adam Sandler’s “I want to grow old with you”, a song featured in the movie “The Wedding Singer”. A friend of ours who works in the film industry spliced it all together, so our first dance was done to our family and friends singing (with a few hilarious out takes). As the guests watched the video it gave us a few private moments together to enjoy our first dance together. “

WEDDING LINKS

Family and friends are welcome to look through the couple’s wedding photos on these links:

CEREMONY/FAMILY:

https://olivestudio.smugmug.com/Olive-Studio-Work/WeddingsEngagements/Emily-Patrick/CeremonyFamily

TEA CEREMONY:

https://olivestudio.smugmug.com/Olive-Studio-Work/WeddingsEngagements/Emily-Patrick/Tea-Ceremony

RECEPTION:

https://olivestudio.smugmug.com/Olive-Studio-Work/WeddingsEngagements/Emily-Patrick/Reception

 

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Janice and Mark said their personally written vows to each other at 2nd Floor Events in Toronto one gorgeous fall afternoon. The ceremony and reception took place all in the event space in a casual and laid-back atmosphere. The space is modern and reflected the couple’s taste of an environment that naturally persuades people to mingle and drink without a stuffy or too formal of a setting. Janice and Mark decided on focusing on good food stations and good drinks so that their many friends and family members could enjoy the interactions of each other much more easily than in a sit down dinner affair. These types of weddings are becoming much more popular as they are cost effective, casual and put the emphasis on mingling and partying as opposed to having to incorporate the traditional events of what most people expect to see at a wedding.

Many couple’s ask me how they should plan their wedding day schedule and as much as I can guide them on timing for photography – I always remind them that they can do whatever they want! Many people end up focusing on making everyone else happy and sometimes, I think they should rein it in. What is your goal? What is the most important factor for you as a couple to experience on your wedding day? Sometimes, photography is not a focus. Sometimes, dinner is also not a focus…or speeches, or even dancing. Decide on what your number #1 goal is and go with it! After all the planning and saving, it is ultimately a memory you want to cherish and not regret you did differently.

Janice and Mark were able to isolate their must have’s and went with it. Photography was important but their friends and family and interacting with each of them was more of an end goal – so we decided that I would capture the entire wedding in a docu-journalistic way. We still did some family shots and a few couple shots but the focus was on candids. I approached this wedding as any other wedding but I personally had a goal to photograph each and every guest in a cool way and I think I achieved that. I wanted to give Janice and Mark a series of images that documented what happened, who was there and of course keep it fun and beautiful. I didn’t need to distract them from their guests or take them away for hours. As long as the photographer and couple are on the same page, everyone will understand what kind of end goal they have and I can get the shots that my client expects. As a client looking for a photographer, you should never feel shy to tell the photographer what kind of photos you love the most or expect to see. If you don’t like details that is an important thing to communicate. The photographer should still photograph them, but they know where to spend their time wisely.

So, for the future bride or groom who is currently overwhelmed by the must have’s or the must do’s – rein it in. What is important to you? Do you have too many friends that you want in your bridal party? Have you started inviting all of Italy to your wedding day because they met you once upon a time? Have you cut down the speech times to 2 minutes per person and don’t know when you can start dancing?

Rein it in. You don’t have to follow any rules. Your wedding day should be as fun and laid-back as you want it to be.

xx- april

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On a perfect day in July, I had the pleasure of photographing Alice + Greg’s intimate wedding at the Doctor’s House in Kleinburg. These two couldn’t be any sweeter if they tried. They have that kind of connection that makes you feel like a nosy voyeur if you look at them for even a slight second. They laugh and giggle and share these glances that only they understand the meaning of. It makes your heart melt but not too much that you feel like they should take it inside. lol. They actually have the ability to spread their love around them, like the warmth of a babies giggle that goes directly to your soul. They made my job of capturing love, admiration and friendship a really easy one…. I also think Greg practices the moves of Prince Charming which helped 😉

These two love birds decided on a private first look outside of Glendon College Campus. It was of course, a teary eyed one full of kisses and laughter as Alice waved her hands in attempt to clear her water-welled eyes.  Greg and Alice danced through the afternoon photos like pros and got right into the Chinese tea ceremony at the Doctor’s House. The back gondola was a perfect location for the ceremony so that guests could partake in the service and also choose to mingle in the outdoor cocktail hour. Alice and Greg wanted their guests to feel as if they were on a country escape from the city, and that it did feel like. The weather was perfect, the couple in love and family and friends relished in every moment of it! The day was a success!

All the very best to you both Alice and Greg, what a pleasure.

xx – april

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VENDORS:

RECEPTION LOCATION: The Doctor’s House
CEREMONY LOCATION:  St Eugene De Mazenod
CAKE:  A Cake Odyssey 
DRESS:  Pronovias   (white dress), Darizi (Chinese traditional red dress)
ACCESSORIES:  Mindham Fine Jewellery  
FLOWERS:   Verdi Florist 
HAIR/MAKEUP:  Hair  Makeup:  mobilemakeovers.ca
FAVOURS:  Amy Lu
BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE:  BM’s dresses:   fashioncrimes 
  GM: Freeman Formalwear

NUMBER OF GUESTS: 150

DIY quoted from Alice:
“Greg created our invitations with the help of a friend. We incorporated coral into our floral arrangements and bouquets for consistency. They provided a lively pop of colour against the grey/silver attire of our bridal party.

We worked with Hanna from Verdi Florist, who gave us a few inspired ideas about the layout for the head table and having unique centerpieces for each table. It took several trips to Winners and Marshalls to snatch up all the mercury glass vases, along with several other items that got incorporated into our guest sign in table. We had these two mint coloured watering cans that were particularly charming, even more so once they were filled up with fresh flowers.  

We used our own wine crate to cradle wines that we had bought specifically to celebrate our future anniversaries. Guests signed these instead of a guest book”

Alice’s favourite detail:  Having 2 dresses, but my bracelet and earrings from Mindham Fine Jewellery was a very close second.

Their favourite moment:   Too many! The moments leading up to our First Look, greeting my new father-in-law upon exiting the church, the hilarious speeches from the Best Man and MOH and nephews dancing up a storm.

Your first dance song: Peter Gabriel – The Book of Love

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This summer I had the pleasure of getting to know Flora and Dave. They hired me years before their wedding date and so we have had some time to get to know one another. They wanted a wedding that would bring both of their cultures and family heritage together and that is certainly what they successfully did!

Flora and Dave began the morning with tons of time to get ready and play the traditional Chinese door games. Once Dave successfully got into the house they began the day with a traditional tea ceremony which was led by Flora’s grandmother. The morning was not rushed at all and together with Flora’s family and the groomsmen they stopped for a Chinese lunch at the house.

The reception and ceremony would take place at King Valley Golf Club and Flora and Dave changed into their western clothes once they arrived. Guests started trickling onto the outdoor patio which looks out onto the golf course. Rain was threatening the outdoor ceremony but once Flora walked down the aisle, the sun peered through the clouds and the rest of the day was perfect.

The ceremony had some of Dave’s Jewish traditions with the Chuppah and breaking of the glass, however the Rabbi officiated a Humanist ceremony. It was personal and sweet and Dave almost broke Flora’s foot instead of the glass 😉 – almost. jk Dave!

There were a few other traditions that followed into the reception but the one that is the most memorable in my opinion, is the Horah of course. Everyone got involved and danced the night away!

Both Flora and Dave’s families seemed to connect very well. They each had emotional speeches that helped me understand what kind of crazy glue these two families used as connectivity to one another. It was a special day and I am happy to be a part of it. Here I will share some of it with you.

Enjoy!

xx- april

 

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VENDORS

DECOR + FLOWERS: Le Papillon Events

PHOTOBOOTH: Snapz Photobooth

LIMO: Aurora Stars Limo

DJ: Audiotainment

HAIR + MAKEUP: Bridal Secretary 

WEDDING CAKE: Artsy Baker

RECEPTION LOCATION: King Valley Golf Club

CEREMONY LOCATION: King Valley Golf Club

OFFICIANT OR PRIEST: Rabbi Eva Goldfinger

CATERING: King Valley Golf Club

DRESS: Best for Bride

TUX: Tuxedo Royale

SHOES: Custom Made

ACCESSORIES: Necklace and Earrings from Swarovski

Gold Bangles from H & F Jewellery

FLOWERS: Le Papillon Events

HOTEL: Hilton Suites Markham

MUSIC: Audiotainment

HAIR/MAKEUP: Bridal Secretary

FAVOURS: DIY

CENTERPIECES: DIY

PLACE CARDS: DIY

MONEY BOX: DIY

SEATING CHART: DIY

CEREMONY PROGRAMS: DIY

CAKE STAND: DIY

BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE: Custom made

INVITATIONS: Printed from exclusively weddings; hand-made with portfolios from papergarden

RENTALS: Chinese Traditional Dress from Market Village

BUDGET: $40K

NUMBER OF GUESTS: 127

Favourite detail: The Mr. and Mrs. Handmade sign on the sweetheart table.

Favourite moment: The first dance because we took accelerated lessons, totaling only 2 hrs and it was a success.

Your first dance song: Backstreet Boys – The Best I Can; Backstreet Boys the groom’s favourite band and once upon a time, he thought he looked like Brian.

 

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