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My third year and counting as a vendor at the Drake Spring Wedding Show went without a hitch. The show was a little bit slower this year and I think that was due to the cold and windy weather, but I still met some lovely brides and grooms. I had the honour of being right next to Coriander Girl’s booth which complimented mine so perfectly. Our tables actually blended so well that people mistook us for one. My gift-giveaway 5×7 prints were all snatched up and my new water-colour paged album was a hit!

Many brides inquired about my props as rentals which is actually something I have been considering getting into on the side. If there was something you saw or a vibe you want for your own wedding, I am officially announcing that I am available to style your wedding or rent out some of my handmade pieces!

I will be starting a props and diy page on my blog all this year, so please stay tuned!

Thank you for all of the support and for those who came by to meet me!


For more photos of the wedding co. show by Rebecca Wood go to :http://www.theweddingco.com/toronto-wedding-shows/


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This weekend, please join me and a plethora of amazing vendors at the Spring Wedding Show this Saturday 26th from 10-5pm. $10 at the door. I will be giving away 5×7 landscape prints from my travel work. I would love to meet new brides and grooms and show you my new albums. This show is perfect for the diy couple, the artist, the down to earth duo wanting some inspiration in a small and no fuss venue. I hope to see you all there!




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When The Wedding Co asked me to join them for another year at the Drake Spring Show I had felt like it was just yesterday that I was there. Now its been 2 months since then, and it feels like a year ago was an eternity. But alas, the first day of spring was yesterday and I can hear birds chirping outside my office window. There is light at the end of the winter tunnel!

On April 26th, The Wedding Co is hosting the 4th annual Spring Wedding Show at the Drake Hotel. I will be there this year since I am not shooting that day which makes me happy to meet all of the new brides and grooms! The show is small, well curated and enables you to chat with vendors and yet still enjoy the day. I love how intimate it is which is why it is the only wedding show I currently do.

From 10am-4pm and $10 cash at the door you can come mingle with Toronto’s unique vendors that cater to weddings that are off-the-beaten track. I feel jittery for spring as I am sure you do too and it is a sure way to make you feel like spring is here!


Enter to Win a Spring Engagement Package!

Myself and Civello Hair Salon and The Wedding Co. are giving away the ultimate spring engagement package this year at the Drake Show. Go to http://www.theweddingco.com/toronto-wedding-shows/ to enter the Spring Engagement Giveaway!


The Wedding Co., Civello and Olive Studio  are giving away the ultimate spring engagement package including:

The Love Styled Package from Civello
Start your day at the Civello salon and let the Civello Bridal Team create the wedding look you’ve always dreamed of.

As the Bride-To-Be you’ll receive a customized Bridal Hairstyle, Bridal Makeup Application plus an Aveda Signature Manicure perfected for your engagement photo shoot.

As the Groom-To-Be you’ll receive a haircut and styling session, a brow maintenance and an Aveda Signature Manicure and Pedicure to get your ready for the big day!

Engagement Photo Session with Olive Studio
After you have been pampered at Civello, photographer April Maciborka will take you out on the town for an fun filled engagement session.

Session includes, 1 hour of photography in the GTA starting at Civello, all images on a DVD, lightly retouched, and one 8×10 print.

The Spring Wedding Show
The winning couple will also receive a pair of tickets to The Spring Wedding Show at the Drake Hotel, Saturday April 26th, 2014.

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The Wedding Co. held their 4th annual spring show at the Drake Hotel back in April. Since that time, I have been fully booked and shooting which in turn makes my blogging so far behind! It was a great turn out and finally I was able to attend! I managed to give away all of my 65 encaustic wax covered photo gifts and show off my new album. Thank you all for your support! Here is a peak at my booth. If you have received a wax square, you are eligible for 10% off of a wedding package.





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Another year has already passed and that means its time for the Wedding Co. Spring Show at the Drake Hotel! Olive Studio will have a booth on Saturday April 27th, 2013 and this time, I WILL be there! Come by to see new sample albums, inquire about packages or simply to just say hello. It is a small and unique wedding show so brides and especially grooms that are hesitant from the start: this is NOT a dizzying experience where you’re dying of thirst and your arm hurts from holding the heap of flyers vendors keep giving you and your jacket that you should have left in the car is making you hot flash wayyyy before your menopausal time!!!!!  It is actually quick and painless. Well worth the effort. And I’m even giving the first 80 guests a free GIFT personally made by me. I always assume most of my readers find out that I also shoot documentary, editorial and advertising work under my name: April Maciborka Photography. In actual fact, usually they have no idea. Sometimes, I like to mix the two genres just to diversify and confuse people. 😉 So this time around I am giving out encaustic wax covered travel photographs from my travels through Asia and Africa. They are home-made and just for you to either hang on a wall or put by your nightstand. If you don’t like it at all, then it can collect dust in the garage or feel free to give it to a crazy relative. Either way, I hope you take the chance to come by and see some really creative vendors and get some great options for your wedding!

xo – april


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A year ago, the Drake hosted a wedding show by the Wedding Co. I was excited to be invited to have a booth at the show, however I had to shoot a wedding that day. Luckily my lovely boyfriend and often-time shooting partner, manned my booth and pimped Olive Studio. The booth was a success! At first I thought it might only be due to my handsome boyfriend and a lot of wedding hungry women running around, but I then realized that it was only partially him but also because my portfolio has a similar vibe to the clients at the Drake. My weddings typically are small and unique and usually feature an artsy couple of some kind. Olive Studio was perfect for the Wedding Co show and the Drake complimented my esthetic. I have since booked 5 weddings from that show and this is one of them.

A talented, beautiful, artistic, and fearless woman named Georgina Reilly was to marry Mark O’Brien; a good-looking, charming wit from Newfoundland on January 6, 2013. Together, these favoured Canadian actors, (from Murdoch Mysteries and Republic of Doyle) would marry on a crisp winters night under the orange lights of the Drake Hotel in Toronto. In good company of family, friends, celeb hosts, actors, directors and the like, Georgina and Mark shared sweet and emotional personally written vows to each other. The reception ensued with an all-night cocktail theme. Comical speeches were told and a video featuring Mark’s early acting endeavors was a hit! To my surprise guest after guest broke out in break-dance and even one woman elegantly did the worm while wearing a dress! The night was a perfect mixture of romance, vintage, quirkiness, soul and old school music. It was surely a night to fondly remember and share with the most important people in their lives.

Thank you for the pleasure.

xo – april

To view more photos of the reception or purchase prints please go to: http://smu.gs/W64gu4


Wedding theme: vintage, soft pink and white

Number of guests: 170

Gown: Vera Wang White Collection at David’s Bridal        Groom: Hugo Boss from Harry Rosen

Bridesmaids Dresses: FCUK

DJ: DJ Dougie Boom

Makeup: Charlie James 

Hair: Renee Chan

Logo Design: they supply free templates – amazing! weddingchicks

Invitations: Kid Icarus

Huge thanks to etsy for the inspiration!



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Just this past Saturday, Olive Studio had the pleasure of being invited to participate in the Wedding Co. Spring Show at the Drake Hotel. Vendors from all over Toronto set up for this unique wedding show that spilled onto all floors of the Drake Hotel. What I liked especially, was that it wasn’t over the top. It didn’t have aisles and aisles of overwhelming booths for brides and grooms to literally feel dizzy before they even began the venture. It was simple, artistic and had a very candid and friendly approach. It molded quite perfectly to my style and approach to photography.

Unfortunately I had more than one important event to cater to that day which limited my whereabouts. I was to shoot a wedding at 11am. So, quite perfectly, I was able to set up my booth the way I wanted and hurry on out to photograph a wedding! My often mentioned boyfriend and fellow photographer, Dave, kindly manned my booth and talked to the wonderfully interested brides. My apologies to the people who expected to meet me but I’m sure you didn’t mind some male eye candy to talk to instead 😉

Olive Studio vendor booth at the Drake Hotel.

25 free gift giveaways were given out at the spring show. In each craft bag was a handmade encaustic wax covered photo on a birch panel. Each photo is different and was shot on my long travels through Africa, India and southeast Asia. These are gallery pieces, meant to be displayed on a wall, on a table or wherever. I hope you all enjoyed them!

One of those squares had a 25% off coupon for a coffee table album. If that lucky person would like to use it, please bring the coupon or wax square with you when you set up a meeting with me. As most of my followers know, I am not originally a wedding photographer and so I like to keep my two companies separate but always influencing the other. My style regardless of what subject matter I shoot is always the same. It is as real and candid as I can keep it in order to capture the essence of the emotions and mood of the people and the day.

Feel free to check out some of my travel work at www.aprilmaciborka.com

For those of you who inquired about my services or have any other questions, please feel free to email me at info@olivestudio.ca and set up a meeting at my home office.

A special thanks goes out to all those involved at the Wedding Co and especially Fiona, Catherine and Lindsay. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience!


although my presence at the spring show was limited, I was able to meet and research some of the other vendors at the Drake. Some of them especially caught my eye and here they are:

Hazlitt Vintage Rentals  

owned by delightful Selena Hazlitt was my neighbouring vendor. She has an aesthetic quite similar to mine which is obvious that we would appreciate each others work.  She has a plethora of rental pieces from ladders, to chalkboards, doors, frames, mirrors, quilts, cases, signs and even vintage keys. Her collection is like all the best of antiquing in one place! I can only imagine how amazing her house is. In my free time, antiquing is what I do! I just adore the hunt but admittingly sometimes, when you need something specific, its nice to know exactly where to get it. This is the place to get all of those visions for your wedding at once. If you don’t even have anything specific in mind, I’m sure the website will inspire you.

photo credit by hazlitt

Kid Icarus

was also a neighbouring vendor at the Drake. Michael and Bianca had a beautiful designed tiered table featuring well designed invitiations, stationary and papers. They describe themselves as having an indie contemporary craft which is so very precise. All of their items are  made throughout Canada featuring many products from their own designs and a handful from local artisans and designers in Toronto. Supporting locally is so important and I encourage any movement towards helping sustain our own people and their handicraft.

photo credit by Kid Incarus

the block

Rachel, the creator of this inventive and informative blog, “The Block” seems like such a sweet and genuine woman. I did not get to meet her but I have her handmade business card which I really like. I checked out her blog and to my sweet surprise, she blogs regularly about all the creative shops and local artisans that many Torontonians seem to miss out on. I am a semi-frequent shopper on Queen West and Ossington, as the old vintage shop area of Queen and Spadina has been completely gutted and replaced with franchise stores. I guess that dates me a bit because this has been the case for years and years. I love to find unique handmade clothing, or items for my home. It just seems like they are becoming harder to find. It scares me when I see Joe Fresh coming into Queen West and Bathurst. Stores like Buckler for men and Response for women are disappearing. Rachel, discovers some hidden gems and teaches us of local options to support and inevitably end up with something super unique. I love her approach to discovery and inspiration. Keep up the blogging!!!

xo – april

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