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Last winter I found myself searching for winter wedding inspiration on Pinterest and I was surprised by the lack of snow-themed winter weddings. Every “winter” wedding was from Cali or Australia and it seemed to me as though the wedding industry had forgotten about the countries who actually experience a real winter. Surprisingly enough, people do get hitched in the snow! Where is the imagery? How do other couple’s get inspired?

Olive Studio has gone through some major changes in the last 6 months. I have expanded my studio, bringing on new first shooters, a wedding planner and offering my second passion as an additional service; decor styling. I created this winter inspiration as a lift off to introduce planning and decor styling as one of Olive Studio’s new services. With the help of a very talented team of vendors, here is our interpretation of a dark and romantic Canadiana winter wedding.

I couldn’t think of a more perfect setting for a Canadiana-themed wedding to take place than Linda and John’s dream farm called Holly Oaks. Linda is an avid horse enthusiast with a passion for horses and running a successful equestrian business. The property has maintained its 1857 farm roots but the couple has introduced a twist of modern and functionality operating as a very successful equestrian facility. Looking to expand, Linda would like to use the large property to host small functions and unions. With acres and acres of outdoor land opportunities; a huge stable, arena, and barn, the property hosts endless options for weddings. There are not only beautiful horses but also chickens, low line cattle and adorable Shropshire sheep.

When I think “Canadiana” I think of plaid, beards, hipsters, hipsters with beards, hunting, ice fishing, winter sports, woods, deer heads, the great outdoors, wood fires, cider, horse rides, snow, hay rides, blankets, evergreens, pies, cinnamon and shortbread cookies. Instead of focusing on a glamorous snow theme, I wanted the warmth and coziness of Canadian winters to be the over-all mood. After-all, with winter slumps comes generations of perfecting winter hibernation. We are the masters of indoor fires and cozying up in blankets for hours while the darkness sets in early. Why not use our long winters and celebrate something other than Christmas? Since Marsala was the colour of the season, the fairy tale of Red Riding Hood and the Wolf came to mind. It seemed to be fitting to create a dreamy woodland farm wedding in the snow.

With that fairy tale in mind, the table decor was based around my personal collection of brass candlestick holders and a fabulous plaid fabric I sourced. I made napkins out of the fabric and found a winter/deer theme plate at Anthropologie that was just perfect! Marsala, black, white, gold and contrasts of blue quickly became the colour scheme. Antique mixed with new seamlessly: silver goblets sat along-side glitzy gold + glass tumblers. Gorgeous gold-plated cutlery looked modern and as a final woodland touch, turkey feathers were placed in the centre of the gold plated bowls.

Leslie from Warehouse 84 provided even more brass candlestick holders and added quirky brass deer heads as decoration. Her beautiful antique chairs finished off the ends of the table as hay bales fit alongside as a rustic bench. Sheepskins lay atop the hay, adding another texture and making for comfy seating. Lastly, gorgeous deep coloured and textured fruits are scattered on the tabletop, inviting your eyes to dance from detail to detail.  Becky from Blush and Bloom, created a gorgeous whimsy of florals that posed in various brass containers of her own collection. Olive branch, garden roses, anemones, scabies, magnolia, spray roses, pivot berry, double tulips, carolina sapphire and asparagus fern decorated the table top creating a deep and luscious colour story. Asparagus fern was wrapped around the low hanging chandelier and centred over the long harvest table which was situated in the centre of the stable aisle. Horse heads poked in and out of the stall doors in curiosity creating an intimate environment mixing nature and glamour. Lastly, a bear rug anchored the table and posed under the grooms chair. The room was elegant, cozy, rustic, and of course romantic and you would never know it was the middle of January in Canada! The overall atmosphere was almost like a Medieval Royal Feast.

To continue with the theme, we set up a Spiked Cider Station in one of the empty horse stalls. Using hay bales, wooden planks and crates, we created a tabletop for the cider, decorating it with cut logs, garland and furs.  A huge chalkboard in an antique frame was used as the sign and farm tools laid about the scene. Fox taxidermy made their friendly appearance as well of course. In another stall, we created a vintage blanket station for guests to grab before they cozy up with their loved ones with a spiked cider in hand for a romantic and moody ceremony experience.

The ceremony set-up was simple and a little boho. In the centre of the huge horse arena, a tee-pee of circular patio lights was created. Using a 2×4 as a pole and many extension cords and staples, a perfect tee-pee was erected. An early evening ceremony sets the romantic tone. All the guests watch in the darkness which makes it feel as though they are witnessing the couple’s love privately. It is intimate, emotional and utterly romantic, especially when the guests are watching cuddled up in a blanket of their own.

Lastly, we set up a dessert station on one of Linda’s antique horse carts at the opposite end of the stable. A rustic chocolate cake iced imperfectly with asparagus fern was the feature dessert by Le Dolci. For the savoury types there was a delicious cheese platter of blocked aged cheeses adorned with honeycomb, olives, figs and walnuts. A stunning deer head watched over them both.

The ambiance was set and all that was needed, was some life. Gill Evans and Josh Mcaree from Lang Models, posed as our bride and groom. Anais Anette created a gorgeous boho inspired lace and silk gown just for our shoot. Canadian, native designer, Angela DeMontigny, selected some of her stunning fur pieces, jewellery and clothing and Audra Harris carefully curated the final look also using some staple menswear from The Bay and House of Vintage. To top off the look, Karima Sumar painted a sultry Marsala lip complimented with natural boho inspired hair. Flower crowns au’ natural and in silk were handcrafted by Blush and Bloom and Lady Hayes.

All in all, our team of creative vendors did a fantastic job of creating a moody, woodland winter wedding. It was romantic, off-the-beaten track and for me, very Canadian. I hope this inspires the winter wedding in you! Afterall, it is possible to create a beautiful wedding in a difficult climate. It may take some extra planning and care but even a real snowy winter CAN be beautiful!

xx- april

 

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credits

venue / holly oaks farm

floral + flower styling / blush and bloom

furniture + prop rentals / warehouse 84

photography / decor styling / art direction / olive studio

wedding gown / anais anette

native clothing + accessories + jewellery by designer / angela demontigny

select menswear / the bay + house of vintage toronto

wardrobe stylist / audra harris

hair + makeup / karima sumar

silk flower crown / lady hayes

cake / le dolci

cheese tower / cheese boutique

models / lang models / gillian evans + josh mcaree

special thanks to every horse owner at the barn for prepping the barn and their horses!

special thanks to photo and lighting assistants, David Wile, Scott Ramsay and Ally Chadwick

 This styled shoot was also featured on weddingchicks

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Rebecca Chan is a talented wedding planner and stylist located in Toronto. Her knack for effectively timing events and looking collected and calm is truly rare. It is of course her job description but somehow she finishes the end of her days with a huge smile on her face and not a look of defeat or exhaustion. That is a job not many people can pull off. She has an eye for detail and a modern and classically pretty style. I have worked with her many times over the past few years and on this special occasion she asked me to photograph her 30th Birthday tea party inspiration shoot. I was honoured to be selected.

This pretty-in-pink take on “tea” will surely inspire a party of your own. Delight Floral + Design created floral centre-pieces in beautiful silver pots, sticking to pink and white as the main colours and adding some green for a pop against the pink. Each place setting had mismatched antique teacups,  gold rimmed chargers and a laid-back cotton napkin. The table setting was set with coral taffeta, and embellished with tall glass candlesticks that were topped with flowers instead of candles.  Silver and gold acted as accents and neither over-powered the other. Each guest was gifted with a tin of Rebecca’s favorite tea from Sloane Tea and floral straws and vintage-inspired flutes from Weddingstar added a nice touch of whimsy.

A fun chalk backdrop dotted with flowers and patterned tape was used as a fun back-drop for the sweet table. Being a girl’s tea, Rebecca did not hesitate to hold back on sweets.  The cake and sweets were set atop a white vanity, complimented by antique plates, mirror trays and cake stands.  She created a gold and pink cotton candy tree as a show-stopping piece for the shoot, and ombre cotton candy bags were a hit with everyone. At the end of the tea the girls enjoyed some sweet grapefruit popsicles dotted with gold flakes from Sweet Sammies. Lets not forget, Casey, Rebecca’s little white pooch got to get involved with the girls too.

This is what Rebecca had to say about the look:

“For my 30th birthday, I put together a fresh styled shoot full of cute and girly details with a few of my closest girl friends and my puppy Casey. I created this shoot as an inspiration for both brides and bridesmaids looking for ideas for their upcoming wedding or bridal shower. Guests were invited with a beautiful invitation suite made by calligrapher, Olive Branch Co. We included more elegant calligraphy in the signage and name tags for a personal touch. My favorite part of the shoot was getting glammed up and taking some fun shots on the urban streets of Toronto with the balloon adorned with coral and gold tassels.”

Thank you Rebecca and team for a wonderful styled inspiration shoot!

xx – april

also featured on WeddingChicks

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VENDORS

 Coordinators + Stylists: Rebecca Chan Weddings + Events

Photography: Olive Studio

Cakes + Catering: Cakelaine

Favours + Details: Weddingstar

Fashion: Pastel Dress Party

Rentals: Southern Charm Vintage Rentals + Have a Seat

Flowers: Delight Floral + Design

Beauty: Puzzle Creations + Orly Kahn-Waldman

Paper Goods + Calligraphy: Olive Branch Co.

Balloons: SugarGirlee + Co.

Cotton Candy: Bucket + Whisk

Popsicles: Sweet Sammies Ice Cream Sandwich Co.

Favors + Details: Sloane Tea

Venue: Ritz-Carleton, Toronto

Dog: Casey the Pooch

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Jen and Dan’s wedding is imprinted in my mind. It was a DREAM. Not to mention the bride and groom had connectivity that made your heart melt. Every single detail about this wedding was thoughtfully planned and executed and all in 3 months! Yes people – it can be done! You do however need the right help and that couldn’t go any smoother than with wedding planner extraordinaire, Alexandra McNamara from Blush + Bowties. This relaxed elegance theme carried through the entire day and suited Jen and Dan quite perfectly.

Dan had worked in Africa for a safari company living in safari camp tents with Jen, so a wedding theme that encompassed both the outdoors and camp vibes suited the down-to-earth couple. Dan’s South African roots and love for safari and the outdoors meshed well with Jen’s simple, family oriented and laid-back personality. Luckily they found Sagewood Farms to host their unique celebration and allow guests to feel as though they could experience a huge part of Jen and Dan that was left in Africa.

Lesley Lebel is the owner and creator of Sagewood Farms. She has a gift for styling and collecting antiques and goodies from all around the world. Her eclectic vision and personal collection is what helped kick-start the vision for the wedding. Lesley’s collection ranges from vintage teacups and saucers, to vintage cutlery, old window panes, furniture and props. She created a honeymoon tent for the bride and groom and styled it to the nines with Canadiana decor that makes it feel like a cosy boutique cabin. This farm not only has Lesley’s creative input but it is set on acreage of land that will blow any photographers mind. Corn, mushroom and soy bean fields surround the farm and a treed tunnel stretches as far as the eye can see. Lesley also has a plethora of vintage vehicles to rent, a shaded ceremony space and outdoor bar that is connected to the barn. The sun sets over the fields and creates a magical orange glow for the dreamiest of photos to complete this vintage fairytale.

Jen and Dan emphasized that they wanted their guests to feel relaxed and special. They really wanted to express who they were as a couple and how they loved each other and promised to continue loving each other. The ceremony was dreamy and personal and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the field. An outdoor cocktail hour ensued, followed by a sunset entrance into the barn for dinner. Food was served and teary speeches began. The party started quickly and a surprise Hora was revealed to the couple from friends and family.

As night fell, Jen’s favourite band “Ride the Tiger” played the night away and people dispersed around the farm. Some sat quietly at the bon-fire roasting marshmallows, while others danced the night away and some took in the starry sky in a romantic moment. I would have to say that for barely knowing anyone – I felt like one of their guests and friends. This group of people were close and shared their love and energy with the people that surrounded them. I felt touched by the majesticness of the day and by the beautiful people these two love birds had connected to them in their lives. You can tell a lot about a person by their friends – and I feel certain that Jen and Dan will grow old in love together.

You can also view this wedding on one of my favourite wedding blogs : 100 Layer Cake.

xx – april

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VENDORS

Venue, Decor + Styling: Sagewood Farm, Port Perry, Ontario 
Bouquets & Boutonnieres: Blush + Bloom
Centerpieces: Blush & Bowties & Groom’s Mother Christine Achber
Hair & Makeup: Kim Timbol
Invitations: Paper & Poste
Cake: Le Dolci
Vintage Furniture & Décor: Style Me Vintage 
Bride’s Dress: Anais Anette ‘Beatrice’ from Vogue Sposa
Shoes: Cubanas
Earrings: Bride’s Friend’s from Swarovski
Wedding Rings: Matsu Jewellers
Groom’s Suit: Elliot Falovitch
Tie: Gotstyle
Cufflinks: Bride’s Dad
Maid of Honor’s Dress: BCBG

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On a beautiful July afternoon, I met Tracy and her fiance on the most gorgeous equestrian farm property I have ever been to. This was their wedding day elopement that was to be spent with the most important people and animals in their lives; Dave’s 2 teenage children, the couple’s great dane, Hank and Tracy’s horse Galliano. Together as a new family, Tracy and Dave exchanged vows under the farms gazebo. The owners of the farm, Holly Oaks, had graciously fulfilled Tracy’s wish to be married on the farm where she boards her cherished horse. The day couldn’t be more laid-back and simple.

Although Tracy and Dave wanted a small and intimate wedding, they still wanted the day to be meaningful and elegant. They took the opportunity to dress up and still look great while having fun on the farm. Tracy opted for a short strap-less wedding dress instead of a full gown, which was not only very comfortable, but also showed off her riding boots, which she switched into after the ceremony. The boys suited up in a grey tone which complimented the purple of the homemade lavender bouquets quite nicely. The facility has many beautiful and picturesque spots, and the couple didn’t have to do much to make the barn wedding-ready. The gazebo beside the outdoor arena was the perfect spot for the ceremony and they simply moved some hanging flower baskets and large flower urns from the farmhouse (which coincidentally happened to be planted with purple flowers) to add a pop of colour. Burlap covered hay bales for seats kept the farm theme consistent. After the ceremony, the family had some time to explore the back fields by tractor and even shoot some photos with Galliano and Hank. Holly Oaks has endless photo opportunities but it wasn’t long until the family headed off to their favourite restaurant Sotto Sotto back in Toronto to finish off their celebration.All in all, this no fuss, laid-back and intimate elopement is something more and more sought after. For Tracy and Dave it made sense. They didn’t need the details and the drama – they just wanted the people that they see every single day to be under one roof to hear their sentiment and promise to one another. All the best to you both,xx- aprilThe WeddingCo also published this wedding on their blog. For the blogpost go here: http://www.theweddingco.com/an-intimate-wedding-at-holly-oaks-farm/tracy+dave tracy+dave2VENDORS:CEREMONY LOCATION: Holly Oaks Farm, Lyndon, Ontario
DINNER LOCATION: Sotto Sotto
OFFICIANT OR PRIEST: Mark Hollywood
DRESS: J.Crew Bridal
SUIT: Hugo Boss
SHOES: Michael Kors & DiNiro Dressage Boots
ACCESSORIES: J Crew
FLOWERS: Weirs Lane Lavender and Apiary
HAIR: Brad Brown
MAKEUP: The Beauty Team
BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE: J.Crew Bridal / Hugo Boss
ANY OTHER DETAILS:
BUDGET: $7,000

NUMBER OF GUESTS: 8Q/A

Bride’s favourite detail:
“Holly Oaks is a beautiful dressage facility where I spend many special hours with my horse and friends.”

Bride’s favourite moment: “Dave tearing up while saying the vows”
How did the couple meet?
“We met through a mutual friend and after spending a couple of months drinking at our favourite pub together we realized we were not only good friends with a lot in common, but soul mates…and the rest is history!”

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Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of photographing Kate and Matt’s golf course wedding. The theme was rustic elegance inspired by the venue and where their family heritage was rooted; in France and the UK. Matt is a superintendent of a golf course, so it only seemed fitting that they choose one of the most gorgeous courses they knew, Wooden Sticks Golf Club.

One of the specialties of this course, is that there are cabins where the bridal party can get ready and sleep in the night of the wedding. It is almost like a more elegant camp and logistically it works well! Kate and Matt wanted their guests to feel as if they were on a journey to the outdoors yet still maintaining a luxury or feeling of elegance like that of a garden party.

The day was gorgeous. The sun was shining and the heat was perfect. Kate and Matt are so laid-back and always up for any suggestion. Their love for photography makes my job easy and much more fun because I know that they are always up for making beautiful photographs! When a couple loves doing this, I can extend my efforts that much more and take them out for sunset shots or even some night captures. We had great fun together and once everything was said and done, I feel like I gained two new friends.

Kate and Matt thought through every detail of their wedding day and it showed. The couple chose summery colours of berry, grey, cream and pops of lime green. Being the first day of summer, and to create the garden party feeling, they incorporated lots of flowers. Their inspiration came mostly from Pinterest. In particular, Kate came across a photo of an aisle lined with gorgeous stumps with vases of wild flowers on them and immediately Kate knew that aisle was for them. Their good friend is an arborist and was able to make the couple the beautiful stumps that lined the walkway. Kate describes “We also had many lengthy conversations with our florist Grace, about the exact vision for the flowers. We really don’t like the traditional singular vase, tall arrangements and because our wedding was slightly more casual, we knew it wouldn’t work. I found these beautiful vintage milk glass vases on Etsy and some photos of trios of vases on Pinterest so we decided to go with one milk glass vase, one mercury glass and one mason jar for the centerpieces filled with wild flowers, succulents and green moss.”

The bridal bouquet was inspired by Blake Lively’s bouquet (featured on the cover of Martha Stewart at the time) and incorporated roses, peonies and succulents for a more organic, earthy feel. Kate’s favourite flowers are calla lilies, so they used mini versions for the boutonnieres. The archway was again, inspired by a Pinterest photo. Needing to stick within a clear budget, Grace suggested branches and hydrangeas to create a beautiful yet affordable back-drop.

To continue the garden party theme, Kate and Matt thought games would be a fun addition to the cocktail hour. Their friends and family are big into games and regularly host game nights so it was fitting. They had a bean bag toss, Frisbees, bocce ball, Kerplunk and Connect Four (just some of their favourites!). An Arnold Palmer punch (lemonade and iced tea) was served during the cocktail hour which added to the golf theme and as Matt’s favourite.

Kate didn’t want to have a traditional guestbook because she knew they’d never look at it, so she found this fun one made of Jenga pieces on Etsy. The signing table also had photos of their parents and grandparents on their wedding days in honour of them. The LOVE scrabble sign was borrowed from Kate’s bridesmaid, Ashlee. Kate’s mom wrote the couple a poem but was not comfortable reading it in front of a large group of people so they chose to have it printed and displayed on the signing table for the guests to read at their convenience. Instead of escort cards (which usually just end up getting thrown out) Kate used a big picture frame and listed the table numbers. The couple plans to use the frame for photos of the wedding afterward.

Kate and Matt fully thought through the theme of their wedding and it carried seamlessly from beginning to end. There were many a DIY projects conceived by Kate but mostly executed by the artistic groom and some friends. Matt hand stenciled the directional signage – another Pinterest inspiration. The “Just Married” sign was a chalkboard (sourced from Creative Bag) with cans that they had spray painted attached with twine.

Kate and Matt both love camping and making s’mores and so with some more inspiration from Pinterest, had some friends help them hand-make each favour. The tag cleaverly said “Want s’more love?”

The couple’s friend Shawna is a graphic designer and volunteered to help create the invites as a wedding gift. Matt came up with the concept of adding twine to give them a rustic feel and it really set the tone for the day. Kate and Matt spent hours hand gluing all of the pieces together but they looked amazing!
During the reception if you wanted the couple to kiss, guests had to putt on a mini putting green. Again, following with the golf/games theme.
Matt’s family is notorious for their dessert recipes which were a tradition of his late grandmother. They wanted to share that with everyone so his aunts, stepmother and cousin made some of the family favourites – “lemon cheese”, short bread, Fredericton Specials and sucre a la crème (maple fudge). Since Matt’s family also loves candy, they thought it would be a nice touch to incorporate a candy bar.

All in all, this wedding was a fun, laid-back and a family-oriented day. I really got a sense of great admiration and connection towards each of Kate and Matt’s family members and that is always the best for taking candids! Kate and Matt; you were a dream to photograph and get to know through this whole process. I wish you and your families many more years of game playing, love and laughter.

xx- april

 

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VENDORS:

RECEPTION LOCATION:
Wooden Sticks Golf Club

CEREMONY LOCATION:
Wooden Sticks Golf Club

OFFICIANT OR PRIEST:
Brandy-Rose McIlmoyle
All Seasons Weddings

CAKE:
Simply Em’s

DRESS:
Sottero & Midgley from Becker’s Bridals

TUX:
S Cohen from Tom’s Place

SHOES:
Bride – Nine West
Groom – Winner’s

ACCESSORIES:
Groom’s tie, pocket square, belt, socks and cuff links all from Hudson’s Bay
Bride’s earrings and hair pin from Aldo Accessories
Bride’s pearl bracelet – borrowed from a friend
Bride’s great grandmother’s ring tied around bouquet
Veil from Etsy store BridalStar

FLOWERS:
Grace Lewicki Events & Weddings

HOTEL:
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Markham

MUSIC:
String trio – Wellington Music
DJ – Impact DJ

HAIR/MAKEUP:
Hair – Andrea Saccoccia
Make Up – Monica Kalra

FAVOURS:
DIY s’mores

BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE:
Bridesmaids – Jim Hjelm from Ritche Bridal
Groomsmen – S Cohen from Tom’s Place
Junior Bridesmaid – dress from The Children’s Place

BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS:
Bridesmaids – earrings from Swarovski & DIY bridesmaid survival kits
Groomsmen – money clips from Etsy shop With Love, H

INVITATIONS:
Shawna Yvonne Interactive
416-903-8065
Friend of the bride & groom

ANY OTHER DETAILS:
Ceremony/reception décor (stumps and cake stand) –
ACE Tree Care
Anthony Weinczok

Seamstress – Pearl Seto
Tailor – Magic Tailor

Jenga guestbook from Etsy store thepaperynook

CHAIRS: Chiavari

NUMBER OF GUESTS: 110

The couple’s favourite detail:
Centrepieces – “We wanted to do something along with the garden theme but outside of the traditional wedding flower box. We decided to go with three vases (one milk glass, one mercury glass and one mason jar) and the flowers were mixed wild flowers, peonies, roses and succulents. They looked absolutely gorgeous!”

Your favourite moment:
“All of the speeches were incredible but Matt’s dad gave a particularly touching speech and then presented us with the Davidson family heirloom silverware, which has now been passed down four generations. That was really special.”

Your first dance song: why?
“Northern Wind” by City & Colour. We both looooove City & Colour (Dallas Green lives in our neighbourhood!) and we wanted a unique song that really spoke to our feelings about each other, but wasn’t too cheesy.”

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Almost a year ago, I had the pleasure of photographing Maggie + Chris’ gorgeous family farm estate wedding and finally today I get to blog about it! Wedluxe has blogged about their stunning affair on yesterdays post and here it is: http://wedluxe.com/mag-chris/.

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I too however would like to post a little about the adorning couple and their day. Maggie and Chris are a smooching love bird duo who for the most part of their engagement session couldn’t keep their hands or lips off of each other! 😡 They are both equally eye catching and Chris seems to be the calming effect on the energized Persian beauty, Maggie. Originally Maggie tells me that she wanted to get married in a castle in France. After researching and understanding that the logistics of the planning were too much, they settled for Chris’ family farm in Bowmanville, Ontario. He had expressed that the location held a lot of sentimental value to him. In fact, the isle that they eventually walked down was a tree-lined black walnut isle planted by his grandfather 60 years prior. The history and the love that the farm exuded became a perfect backdrop to such a picture perfect day.

Maggie was very involved in the planning process of her wedding and carefully hand-picked each element. She had many DIY projects under-go and successfully incorporated them into an elegant vintage soiree amongst nature. The couple had a custom-built pergola made on location which would be the focal point of the ceremony. It sat in front of the pond and was wrapped in old wine twigs and decorated with fresh greenery. Hanging in the centre was a stunning chandelier that the couple sat under for their Persian ceremony. The Persian table on the floor in front of the pergola is called a Sofreh-ye Aghd and its elaborate styling was breathtaking. Sweets, spices, herbs and fruit were perfectly styled, each representative of something to take on in the couple’s life together. A mirror sat facing the couple to one side of the pergola representative of the couples fate. Persian ceremonies are stunning and each and every word and object represents something special in their new life together. It is a binding moment as a couple two families unite.

The farm sits on 63 acres so finding space for the gorgeous square tent for the reception and space for cocktails was not an issue. The cocktail area sat just in front of the pond and behind a split rail fence under staggered trees adorned with chandeliers. These chandeliers were not just hanging in the trees but also lit! They were definitely one of the top features of the decor especially as it got dark and candles lit from below, and chandeliers lit up the under-bellies of the trees. Wine barrels were in place of high top tables and one of the barrels was signed by their guests which is now used as a side table in their home. It is a constant reminder of their gorgeous wedding day and everyone that shared it with them. It is a great alternative to creating a sign in book that likely will not be looked at very often.

Once guests were finished with cocktails, they were able to find their table number hanging on an old farm door. Maggie made little luggage tags that hung on vintage bronze keys with twine. The key to the guests tables were then fastened to the door. On each table inside the tent was also a table number. The table numbers were hand-made and assembled. They were mini doors made out of a slab of wood, door numbers, vintage keyhole and crystal mini door knobs. On each guests place seating sat 50ml maple syrup bottles that were homemade from the farm from maple trees on their own property! Maggie and Chris had envisioned bigger bottles of syrup until they got a dose of reality when making their own syrup and realized that 50ml will do. 🙂 The inside of the tent was fully draped in white fabric with cafe lights shining from underneath. Another 5 crystal chandeliers hung from the ceiling.

Finally the cake sat on a vintage SWINGER sewing machine owned by the grooms grandmother.

All in all, the day was stunning, the weather was perfect and the guests had a magical time! Maggie and Chris you did such an amazing job sharing your esthetic, your love and your families traditions, hard work and love for each other. Thank you for having me document your wedding day!

xx- April

 

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VENDORS:

CAKE: Love & Sugar Bakeshop

CATERING & EVENT PLANNING: Marigolds & Onions

DRESS: Denniss Basso for Kleinfeld – from Kleinfeld in NYC

SHOES: Prada – bought from Holt Renfrew in Toronto

ACCESSORIES:

  • Monique Lhuillier belt
  • Bird cage from Kleinfeld
  • Jeweled Head piece from The Loved One in Toronto
  • Vintage Borrowed ring from Grooms great grandfather
  • Vintage borrowed watch from Brides great grandmother
  • Garter from Emily Riggs Bridal

FLOWERS: Elizabeth Munro Design

CEREMONY LOCATION: Family Farm in Bowmanville

RECEPTION LOCATION: Family Farm in Bowmanville

MUSIC: Bernadette Connors

HAIR/MAKEUP: Dylan Hanson

FAVOURS: Maple Syrup made at the family farm

INVITATIONS: Custom Made

ANY OTHER DETAILS: Mirror and Candelabra for Persian Ceremony from Import Temptations

CHAIRS: Chivari

RENTALS: Crystal Chandeliers by Crystal World

Tent draping, café lights and candles from J Company and Design

NUMBER OF GUESTS: 195

 

Bride’s favourite detail: “I loved most of my DIY’s. I would say my favourite detail if I had to chose was the table settings as a whole. I love my glass beaded charger plates, home made maple syrup favours, place cards, menus, flowers etc. all together. I also LOVED my cocktails in the trees with chandeliers.”

 

Bride’s favourite moment:

Can’t choose one. Top three:

  • Coming down the isle in a Horse & Carriage
  • Seeing the lit chandliers in the trees at night
  • Dancing the night away with friends

Couples first dance song: why?

I won’t give up – Jason Mraz.

This was our chosen song as the lyrics really resonate with our relationship. This song speaks to both of us not giving up on each other or our relationship and sticking through the good and the bad. We both feel that is what will help us succeed as a couple.

 

 

 

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On June 29, 2013, I had the pleasure of photographing Anni and Henry’s glamour inspired wedding in the city! All of the details were chic and glamorous with the contrast of the vintage rustic restaurant in Liberty Village called Caffino Ristorante. The juxtaposition of everything elegant vs. everything urban antique was so inviting. Anni had full creative control of the details which together she and Henry crafted together. The dessert table featured everything pink, gold and pale yellow which Anni also styled and propped. The baroque styled cake by Nadia & Co was a grand statement piece, bringing the colours of the dessert table together. The surrounding decor of the restaurant helped tie in all of the colours and key pieces of the day. A mirrored brick wall set the back-drop for the dessert table and large pink peonies spotted in glass vases on the tables. Beautiful gold chairs accented all the inspiration cake colours and picture frames with flowered papers numbered the tables. An adorable mini paper brides dress draped off of Anni’s chair and a sweet little blue tie off of Henry’s. All in all, this wedding was a gorgeous mix of old and new, glam and rustic, formal yet candid. I had a blast photographing you both Anni and Henry and wish you all the best!

xx-april

Please feel free to check out this wedding on Wedluxe’s blog: http://www.wedluxe.com/index.cfm?pagepath=Editor_s_Blog&id=6997&modeX=BlogID&modeXval=15898&BlogID=15898&action=showcomments&title=True-Love-True-Luxury-Anni–Henry

or if you were a guest, go to this link for photos of the day:

http://olivestudio.smugmug.com/Olive-Studio-Work/WeddingsEngagements/AnniHenry-Wedding/Anni-Henry-WeddingReception

anni+henry1 anni+henry2 anni+henry3Vendors:

Photography: Olive Studio

Venue: Caffino Ristorante

Stationery: Bride & Groom (design) and Eagle Print (printing)

Gown: Vera Wang from Vera Wang Toronto

Bride’s Accessories: Vera Wang (sash), Chanel (hair accessory)

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik from Browns and

Christian Louboutin from Holt Renfrew

Jewellery: J. Crew (necklace and bracelet) and Kenneth Jay Lane (earrings)

Rings: Tiffany & Co.

Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG Max Azria

Bridesmaid Accessories: Bitter Sweet (earrings and necklaces)

Formal Wear: Tiger of Sweden (suit) J.Lindeberg (shirt),

Hugo Boss (daytime tie and shoes), Burberry (evening tie)

Hair and Makeup: Bridal Secretary

Floral: Kay & Young Flowers

Decor: Marlee Choo

Additional Rentals: Babylon Decor (Chiavari chairs)

Cake: Nadia & Co~

Sweet Table: Bobbette & Belle

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