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Bailey and Tom had an intimate tented wedding celebration on Bailey’s family farm in Stouffville. They wanted the wedding to reflect who they are; fun and casual, so the family farm was a perfect fit. The farm kept it rustic and elegant and together with the couple’s family and friends, they were able to do everything themselves. Not only did this save money, but left an impression of the couple, their style, and their life ambitions together.

Everything was scheduled on site which made the day relaxed and all about the party! Guests were invited to camp out on the property and a cozy seating area dotted around a campfire circle waiting in anticipation for marshmallow roasting. The couple’s fun touches were the “Dance Floor Rules Sign” as well as two of their favourite drinks as Signature Drinks. Bailey’s family collects classic cars, so they incorporated some of the cars into the décor as well as the pictures. Bailey’s mom and aunt did the planter arrangements, and Bailey’s family friend Patty Yake did the head table decor, dessert and gift table as well as the flowers for the arch. Another friend named Patti Skelton was a huge support for the family from beginning to end and was in charge of purchasing decor, and the runner for last minute errands on the wedding day. All in all, the couple had a huge support system that they can’t thank enough!

Bailey loves horses, so she wanted to arrive in a horse and carriage as a surprise to everyone except her mom. All décor and details were collected, donated, or bought by the wedding party and parents of the bride and groom. Hay bales were covered with burlap as ceremony seating, and a fake flower arch was the focal point for the ceremony. I had never seen a fake flower arch but I was impressed at how real it looked. It is a brilliant idea to prepare if you plan on doing your own flowers ahead of time! The bridesmaids and moms helped make all the guest favour home-made jams and the set-up of the reception was a full family effort. Overall, the decor was simple and elegant with a country rustic flair.

Bailey included a portion of her mom’s dress in her dress, as well as a picture of her dad on her bouquet as he had passed away – even though her stepdad walked her down the aisle, she still had a piece of both her mom and dad with her. Tom first met Bailey in Toronto, so his cuff-links were a map of the city (which also happened to show Stouffville, the location of the wedding).

You could feel the love on this gorgeous wedding day, understanding that family and friendship means the world to Bailey and Tom. The afternoon ceremony was tearful and heartfelt as the couple pronounced their affectionate vows to each other. There wasn’t a dry eye in the field.

I couldn’t be more honoured to be there to capture the day. Bailey and Tom; you have something truly special. I hope you remind yourselves everyday of the love, friendship and admiration you had for one another the moment you said “I will”.

All the best to you both!

xx – april

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FROM THE BRIDE’S MOUTH

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE DETAIL?

“Our homemade jam favours, as the bridesmaids and moms made it together. It took an entire day of prepping the jars, making the actual jam, and tying on the burlap tops with the perfect bow.”

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT?

BAILEY: “After the ceremony was over, walking back up the aisle hand in hand with Tom to everyone clapping and cheering – it hit me that we were officially married and could now celebrate! Also the bridal party entrance to the reception – we all got to have a lot of fun with that and set the tone for the rest of the night. “

TOM: “First seeing Bailey as she arrived in the horse drawn carriage and walked down the aisle.”

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST DANCE SONG AND WHY?

“Our first dance was “10,000 Emerald Pools” by Borns. We both love this song and Borns, so the acoustic version of this song seemed like the perfect fit for our first dance. Also as sappy as it may sound, the lyrics capture the way we feel about each other – at the end of the day all we need is the other person.”

VENDORS

VENUE

Bailey’s family farm in Stouffville

OFFICIANT

Leslie Sedore

CEREMONY MUSICIANS

Walla Music

DJ

Bob Hawkins

HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE

Lionel’s Farm

FURNITURE/DECOR RENTALS

Affair Rentals

FLOWERS

Stouffville Florist

MAKEUP

Katie Assinck

HAIR

Rhonda Cox

DRESS

David’s Bridal

SHOES

Project Elegance

SUIT

Newman’s Menswear

BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE

Bill Levkoff

BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS

Bridesmaids: robe, champagne glass, embroidered maeup bag, Kate Spade Bracelet

Groomsmen: Cufflinks, bottle of liquor, tickets to Jays game

STATIONERY

Debbie LeBuffe

PIES

John Leadbetter

FAVOURS

Home-ade Jam

BUDGET

$20-30K

NUMBER OF GUESTS

125

SECOND SHOOTER

Lelania

 

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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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I met Celine when I was 3 years old at our local Nursery School and since then we have always kept in touch. We were never “besties” but we had fond shared memories and always enjoyed catching up on one another’s lives when had our annual run-ins.

After I started traveling, I didn’t see Celine for maybe 6 years until I returned home and joined my gym spin class and she was the instructor! We laughed and chatted for a long time after she destroyed me on the bike! Since then, we saw each other regularly either in our new Toronto hood or at the gym.

Torsten, a very tall and handsome German man frequented Celine’s Monday night spins. Soon enough I learned that he was her other half. After months and months of Monday night spins and after workout chats, Torsten hired me to photograph his condo which was up for sale. From there, our friendships blossomed and soon enough I had the true pleasure of being asked to photograph their wedding day! I was so excited for Celine!!! After many years of us talking about life and relationships – she was getting hitched to both of our surprise! She never thought of herself as the marrying or “do it in sequence” type and here she was – planning her wedding! We find ourselves laughing at life’s surprises and embracing the change.

Celine did an excellent job of making a casual lunch wedding. Firstly, the couple decided that having the wedding on a Sunday would set the pretense that this event would not be a huge dinner or party. They looked all over the city for a venue and to their surprise fell in love with the newly renovated Holcim Waterfront Estate in Mississauga. It feels like a lakeside retreat but it is only minutes from the city and from where Celine grew up. It was perfect for an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour. The couple added vintage touches around the grounds such as their welcome drink station. Wine barrels acted as table legs, holding “his” and “hers” flavoured lemonade. Crates were stacked alongside, showcasing photos of the couple. A gorgeous gold framed mirror finished off the whole look. Seating was also a lovely feature that sat around the pond and scattered in pretty groupings.

The ceremony was quite special as Celine and Torsten were merging two families and two cultures. Their friend was their officiant which made the ceremony that much more intimate. Other friends took turns doing readings and when Celine and Torsten went to sign their registry, they locked a bottle of champagne in a box. This box had two keys with each of their names on one. Each gave their key to a friend that they cherish and this friend would guard the key until Celine and Torsten would celebrate an anniversary.  These friends were not only the key keepers, but also represented guidance and support for each Celine and Torsten, when their marriage faces hardship. Another very sweet touch that was added was the flag ceremony. The couple had a Canadian and German flag sewn together. At the joining of their marriage, they each cut a side of the flag into a heart shape and met their scissors in the middle.

Celine, I am truly honoured that you chose me to be part of your small and intimate Sunday lunch wedding. The day had “YOU” written all over it; from the casual but elegant setting to the vintage details and unique ceremony procession. I am elated that you found the man who makes you happy, keeps you on your toes and keeps you real. Torsten, thank you for making my photos even more heart-felt with your crying spells! lol. You are a caring and charming man who has many friends that care deeply for you in return. That says a lot about your kind character.

I wish you both all the best in your future endeavours together. Whether it be more spontaneous travel weekends, new fitness goals or even a sweet mixed baby (I’m sorry I can’t help it Celine ;)) – I am excited to witness you doing it together.

xx – april

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VENDORS

CEREMONY + RECEPTION LOCATION

Holcim Waterfront Estate, Mississauga

WEDDING DAY COORDINATOR

Cheryl Eidt

OFFICIANT

Mike VanSlingerland

FURNITURE + PROP RENTAL

The Creative Occasion

 

 

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In just 4 months, Lilia and Andrew planned and executed their wedding at Steamwhistle in Toronto. A few months after getting engaged on Christmas morning 2014, the couple started looking for venues. They wanted the venue to be a reflection of them both – down to earth and casual, yet modern, elegant and romantic. They saw countless venues including countryside outdoor spots and wineries, but came across Steamwhistle as they had been there many times to sample beer before a Jay’s game. It also happened to be one of Andrew’s favourite beers so it seemed fitting as their first choice! When they had come to the decision they were quickly disappointed as the venue was fully booked for the next year on every Saturday! Since they had been together for 13 years, they didn’t want to wait a whole year before tying the knot. They had waited long enough! The Steamwhistle had one Friday opening on September 12th and so the couple put their name down to hold the spot. A week later, they realized that it was the same weekend that their friends were getting married and so disappointed, they took their names off the hold. 2 weeks later, the Steamwhistle called and told them that there was a cancellation for July 4th 2015! They looked at each-other and said “Is it possible to plan a wedding in 4 months?” And simultaneously they said “Of course!” The rest was history.

Andrew and Lilia had been to over 40 weddings in their time as a couple so they had a lot of inspiration from their family and friends to draw from. Lilia had a huge network of newly wed friends with recommended vendors and before she knew it, she had chosen them all based on referral and loved them! Lilia really speaks strongly of finding a personal connection with the vendors she chose. Once she was able to do that, she knew that she could trust in them to give her the result that she was looking for. Becky, from “Blush and Bloom” was the first vendor that made Lilia’s “heart melt”. She was able to articulate Lilia’s flower vision perfectly in real life. They were exactly what she had envisioned; whimsical, elegant and eclectic. Lilia had also asked for an arbour with greenery around it and some flowers on the corners, but when she saw the arbour on the day of the wedding, she was floored! The blooms were so beautiful and plentiful, sitting gorgeously along the entire side of the arch. It was above and beyond Lilia’s expectations.

Another detail that made Lilia awstruck was the stationery.  She had a vision in her mind of what she wanted, and with the help of a colleague of hers, she made those small details come to life from the personalized menus to the hashtag / candy bar tags to the invitations that were super unique. Another key factor in bringing the décor of the wedding together, was the decision to go with Farmhouse Chairs. They were well worth the extra investment and tied in the overall ambiance of the room.

With the help of wedding planner, Alexandra McNamara from Blush and Bowties, the day came together with the incredible vision that Lilia and Andrew had sought for. All in all, with a little help from your friends and putting trust in some key vendors, the day resulted in a gorgeous summer wedding in the city.

I really enjoyed getting to know you both and photographing your beautiful day. You can do whatever you put your mind to – and it can look as incredible as you make it!

Congrats to you both Lilia and Andrew!

xx- april

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VENDORS

RECEPTION LOCATION: Steamwhistle Brewing, Roundhouse 

CEREMONY LOCATION: Steamwhistle Brewing, Roundhouse patio 

OFFICIANT OR PRIEST: Alexa Gilmour – officiant

WEDDING PLANNER: Alex McNamarra from Blush & Bowties 

WEDDING STYLIST: Lilia!  Blush and Bowties executed day of

CAKE: The Wedding Cake Shoppe

CATERING: Food Dudes 

DRESS: Monique Lhuillier 

TUX: Andrew’s Formals –  Michael kors 

SHOES: Andrew’s Formals

ACCESSORIES: Kate Spade earrings and Kate Spade sparkly navy blue Shoes

FLOWERS: Blush & Bloom 

HOTEL: Delta Toronto – across from Steamwhistle

MUSIC: DJ Maren from Dialedn Dj

HAIR/MAKEUP: Hair – Dee Dahgher & makeup by Janine Holmes

FAVOURS: Soma chocolatier and a donation to the SPCA & Humane Society

BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE: Monique Lhuillier 

BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS:

Guys – Villeroy & Bosch Scotch Glass, Amazeballs for Scotch, Floor Play Socks,  Rental Tuxes.

Girls – Pearl necklaces, Flowered Robes, Special tea cup, personalized bracelet, hair and makeup

INVITATIONS: Rena Bronstein Designs 

CHAIRS: Contemporary Furniture rental – Farmhouse chair

RENTALS: Exclusive Rentals

SECOND SHOOTER: Kate O’Connor

DIY:  Signing table (we had old vintage radios, clocks etc that we used to decorate the signing table)

NUMBER OF GUESTS:175

Your favourite detail:

“Our invitations which tied into our menus, candy bar and reserved signs to the lotto ticket under the napkin to win the centerpieces to the beautiful florals by Blush and Bloom, they were extraordinary, especially the gorgeous arbour, it blew us away. “

 Your favourite moment:

“We can’t say that there is just one favourite moment, the entire day was so unbelievably special, the best day of our lives!  From both of us spending time with our guys and girls during the day leading up to the ceremony, to the ceremony where we finally got to see eachother, to the most amazing, heartfelt and hilarious speeches from our family and friends to the architecturally beautiful space at the Steamwhistle to the incredible dance party that had everyone on the dance floor until after the lights came on at 2am.  Every moment of the entire day was memorable and will forever be in our hearts and mind. “

Your first dance song:

 “Warm Love by Van Morrison.  Andrew and I love Van Morrison, it was so hard to choose between Crazy Love and Into the Mystic, but we settled on Warm Love as we love the lyrics and love dancing to this song together.  We played the instrumental version of  Crazy Love when Andrew walked down the aisle. Lilia walked down the aisle and played Into the Mystic for one of our slow songs at the wedding! So we managed to include all of them into our day. “

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Caitlin and Nick felt like instant friends when I met them. They greeted me with huge smiles and we chatted about life and weddings. They have an elegant yet modest air about them,  making you feel as though you just met a couple of movie stars. They are clearly both gorgeous and equally as smart and it was a pure pleasure photographing their wedding day – especially at one of my favourite Toronto venues.

Toronto Hunt Club is nestled on the bluffs of the Toronto/Scarborough border. The scene is nothing like a standard Toronto view. It feels as though you are looking out into the wide open ocean. The Victorian mansion, is full of textures and warmth and the sun blasts beautiful sun rays through the giant windows at sunset.

The ceremony site is on the grounds, and allows for an outdoor wedding. It is simply a gorgeous yet simple set-up. The back-drop speaks for itself.

The bridal suite is especially my favourite, as the light is always soft and bright and the colours and mirrors a perfect back-drop. Not only is the bridal suite gorgeous, but Caitlin’s bridal party was full of blonde STUNNERS. I felt as though they were all casted for the cover of a Vanity Fair. The boys looked dapper too – in their well-fitted blue suits with blush pink ties! Overall, the wedding party was easy on the eyes which made my job pretty easy!

Caitlin and Nick put a lot of heart and soul into their wedding and crafted many DIY’s. You really got a personal taste of who they are as a couple with many photographs dotted around the mansion. One of my favourite details was their “guest book.” They decided to create a message in the bottle guest book where they had 5 bottles representing their 1st, 5th, 10th, 25th and 50th year anniversaries. Each guest was to write a special message and leave it in the bottle of their choice. It is a unique and surprising experience for the couple for many years to come.

I had a really fabulous day photographing your wedding, Caitlin and Nick. Your family and friends were a true pleasure and I am always appreciative of a couple that “gets” photography. It is a hard balance – trying to schedule the limited time you really have on your wedding day – did you talk to every guest? did you enjoy each-other? did you get the photographs you really wanted? did you eat? did you drink? did you dance? did you sit back and watch the event unfold as an observer and truly appreciate that everyone there was there for you? I have never been married, but the more I watch people do it, the more I wonder where to prioritize my time. I love good photography and awesome night shots like we took some time to take – but I also understand that it takes time away from the “experience” with your loved ones.

Thank you for being good sports and getting some of those extra shots! I think they were worth it!

All the best to you both in your new chapter of life as man and wife.

xx- april

I asked Caitlin to describe her wedding and this is what she said:

“The day was absolutely perfect; it was everything that I had hoped for and more. The bridesmaids, maid of honor (my sister), my mom and I arrived at 9 am to begin decorating and to get our hair and makeup done. Before the wedding day, I spent many late nights around our family dining room table working on arts and crafts with my mom and sister by my side. We wanted the style of the wedding to be very warm and personable; we decorated the Hunt Club with as many photos of the two of us as possible. The wedding day was so beautiful; the sun was shining and saying our vows over looking the bluffs could not have been more romantic. There were many special surprises throughout the day, including my “something old” and “something blue” gift that was given to me by my mother; it was a blue gemstone ring that my father had given to her when I was born. Also, to help calm each other’s nerves, Nick and I exchanged notes before the ceremony that were hand delivered by our best man and maid of honor. We wanted our wedding to be as romantic as possible and we decorated the Hunt Club in blush pinks, pearls, lace and roses. We had our first dance on the lawn over looking the lake and danced to “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice, which was performed live acoustically by our musicians. You could feel the love the entire day from our family and friends; everyone had waited for this day to come and were so excited to share our most special moment with us. The speeches made by our friends and family made us laugh and cry, it was so touching to hear some of the most special people in our lives share stories about us individually and as a couple. Our MC, even made a Hamilton Tiger Cat jersey for my dad that read “Mr. McAlpine” and gave him the number “one” because “he was my first love.” (Nick used to play for the Hamilton Tiger Cats).”

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credits

RECEPTION LOCATION: The Toronto Hunt Club

CEREMONY LOCATION: The Toronto Hunt Club

OFFICIANT OR PRIEST: Mathew Whaskey

CAKE: Bobbette and Belle

CATERING: The Toronto Hunt Club

DRESS: Kenneth Winston (purchased at Becker’s Bridal in Toronto)

TUX: Groom and Groomsmen suits were custom made by The Dirty Inc.

SHOES: Caitlin – Badgley Mischka, Nick and all Groomsmen – Steve Madden

ACCESSORIES: Groomsmen socks and ties – The Tie Bar

Caitlin’s Hair Piece – Woodbride Bridal shoe Shop,

Caitlin’s bracelet – Becker’s Bridal

FLOWERS: Cool, Green and Shady

MUSIC: Live Music – Nathan Smith and Deniz Lim-Sersan (played during the ceremony, cocktail hour and first dance) , DJ – Veriation Music

HAIR/MAKEUP: Hair – Cat Morals, Makeup – Hilary Jenset

FAVOURS: Mel’s Cupcakes and Cakes (Melissa Miras)

BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE: Dessy Collection (bought at Jealous Bridesmaids in Toronto)

BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS: Silk Black Robes (used to get ready in, from Forever 21), also treated the girls to get their hair done

INVITATIONS: Empress Paper Crafts (also did the stationary for our seating chart, table numbers, hashtag sign, labels on bottles for guest book, etc.)

RENTALS: Linens – Around the Table

DIY: Card box (birdcage), Seating Chart (picture frames), Guest book (“Message in a Bottle”), picture frames

NUMBER OF GUESTS: 150

Your favourite detail: Sharing notes to each other before the ceremony to calm our nerves

Your favourite moment: Walking down the isle and making eye contact with Nick for the first time (finally!) …. As soon as it was over, all I wanted to do was walk down the isle over and over again!

Your first dance song: why? “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Bryce (the lyrics fit Nick and I perfectly)

 

 

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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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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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