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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.


xx- april



flora+dave wedding

flora+dave wedding



DECOR + FLOWERS: Le Papillon Events

PHOTOBOOTH: Snapz Photobooth

LIMO: Aurora Stars Limo

DJ: Audiotainment

HAIR + MAKEUP: Bridal Secretary 



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









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

RENTALS: Chinese Traditional Dress from Market Village



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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Alice and Ram are the like-minded couple that I have blogged about before; travel enthusiasts, fun-loving, laid-back and wanting a party to celebrate their marriage with all their close family and friends. Since Ram is from Israel, the couple was hesitant about who might come. This network of family and friends however are clearly very close, as most of the guests were from Israel and abroad. The evening was so intimate and allowed guests to get as much talk-time as possible with each-other.

The wedding was held at the Inn at Cobble Beach surrounded by heaps and heaps of snow covered hills. It was a breath-taking sight with the lake just beyond and luckily the storm that came through that night came late so all the guests were already there and got to party the night away, awaking to a fresh dump of Canadian snow. Alice and Ram weren’t too hung up about the décor or details, and focused instead on making sure their wedding was laid-back, fun and personal. In keeping with Israeli tradition they opted out of a cake and favours….The day couldn’t have been more moody and romantic as the snow whizzed around the Inn and guests danced the night away.

I wish you both many more years of fun, laughter and travel.

xx- april

For links to the online gallery for more of the wedding, please go to: http://olivestudio.smugmug.com/Olive-Studio-Work/WeddingsEngagements/AlivceRam-Wedding/Reception

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Wedding Theme: Don’t really have one. Winter weekend getaway.

Wedding song: Come Away with Me, Norah Jones

Ceremony/Reception Location: The Inn at Cobble Beach

Bridal Gown: Paloma Blanca/Promises and Lace

Groom’s Tux: Ermenegildo Zenga

Music: Superfly Entertainment – Mitch Masters

Flowers: Memorable Designs

Stationary: Paperless Post and DIY


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On a perfect July afternoon, I had the pleasure of shooting Jackie and Adam’s gorgeous tented wedding at the Miller Lash House in Scarborough. The day couldn’t be more perfect. The morning started with ease as we got plenty of portraits and details of the couple in the Victorian styled house on the property. The intimate Badeken ceremony was short and sweet, and the wedding ceremony was held under the Chuppah outside on the sunny grounds. A cocktail hour followed on the side patio with a live jazz band and delicious appetizers were aplenty. Just before sundown we were escorted into the tent with golden rays shining down on the dance floor. The couple entered and got right into the Hora as the sunset shone perfectly on their faces. At night fall, the guests were dancing, cupcakes and grilled cheeses were passed around and the mother of the bride surprised Jackie with a fireworks celebration. We concluded the night of photography with some sparklers in hand and danced around the couple to create some love out of light.


xx- april

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