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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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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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