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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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June 13th was a gorgeous sunny and warm day. I had met Emily and Patrick almost a year prior and couldn’t wait to photograph their carefully planned wedding day. It was important to them to fuse the traditions of both families heritage. They showcased that by having both families participate in the Chinese Tea Ceremony, and by having a bilingual officiant during the wedding ceremony. “Family” was an important source of inspiration for the wedding day. Emily wore her grandmother’s 1959 wedding dress that was also worn by her mother. It is a special family heirloom that Emily wanted to carry on into a family tradition and she wore it gracefully. Her classical beauty pulled it off quite impressively. She also pulled off a gorgeous Chinese Tea Ceremony dress that she changed into for a traditional tea ceremony that included family from both sides. Emily’s family took joy in being included in the tradition and shared wonderful words of advice to Patrick and Emily. Patrick’s family mirrored that joy by showing their sweet tradition to a new and gracious family.

In order to save time to enjoy guests, Emily and Patrick opted for a “first look”. They chose to do this big reveal on the rooftop of the Hyatt Regency which has a spectacular view of the city and of course the CN Tower. The first look is more of a modern approach to scheduling weddings and has its advantages. The couple wanted their guests to enjoy an evening ceremony and cocktail sunset on the rooftop of Malaparte, so it only made sense that photo taking time would be earlier in the day. The couple arranged to have two large balloons for the photo session. They were a fun prop to shoot with, adding graphic interest in addition to adding a pop of red that carried throughout the day.

Personal touches from the couple were created for a greater guest experience. They made their own card box out of 4 8×10 frames and put it on a lazy Susan so that guests could spin the box to appreciate all the photos. They also sewed table runners out of lace to add a pop of colour to stand out against the white canvas of the venue. The table numbers featured the bride and groom at each of the ages on the table number (e.g., table one, age one) with a special piece of trivia on the back about the couple relating to that number (e.g., 1 = the number of dresses the bride tried on before finding the “one”). They also featured foam core board collages of family and friends down a long hall at the venue – as without their family and friends, they wouldn’t be who they are today.

Emily and Pat even had close friends make their favourite strawberry pies the morning of the wedding in a small condo. The assembly line of eager friends, shucked berries and rolled dough and successfully made enough pies for every guest to enjoy a slice. You could clearly see that Emily and Pat are cherished and loved by many people. They are as sweet as the pies their friends made and the love in the room that evening was palpable. Between their families heart-warming speeches and the couple’s sweet words to one another, I was smitten with them. As a newly single woman who strives to find true love; I had been touched by their devotion, loyalty and true admiration for each other. They have found their true love and I knew by watching them interact that they will cherish it forever.

It was a pleasure Emily and Patrick! I wish you a life full of adventure in growing old together.

xx- april

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VENDORS

RECEPTION LOCATION
Malaparte

CEREMONY LOCATION
Malaparte

WEDDING PLANNER

Rebecca Chan Weddings

OFFICIANT
Linda Wong

CAKE
Homemade strawberry pies by the bride and groom’s family and friends

CATERING
Oliver and Bonacini

DRESS
Vintage 1959 Wedding Gown Heirloom

TUX
Ed’s Fine Imports

SHOES
Nine West

ACCESSORIES
Hair piece – Bittersweet
Pearls – vintage, family heirloom

FLOWERS
Audrey’s Flower’s

HOTEL
Hyatt Regency Toronto

MUSIC
DJ Danny Floh Back

HAIR/MAKEUP
Teryl Crombie, Cosmetic Image

FAVOURS
Donation to the Canadian Red Cross

BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE
Ed’s Fine Imports
 
INVITATIONS
Wedding Paper Divas

PHOTOBOOTHS
Instant Studio

NUMBER OF GUESTS

120

Your favourite detail:  
“Our favourite detail was our wedding cake topper. We had a company in England called “Genefy Playground” create it. Each topper is custom made. This seemed like a great way to incorporate the groom’s love of Batman. “

Your favourite moment:
“For our first dance we had family and friends karaoke to Adam Sandler’s “I want to grow old with you”, a song featured in the movie “The Wedding Singer”. A friend of ours who works in the film industry spliced it all together, so our first dance was done to our family and friends singing (with a few hilarious out takes). As the guests watched the video it gave us a few private moments together to enjoy our first dance together. “

WEDDING LINKS

Family and friends are welcome to look through the couple’s wedding photos on these links:

CEREMONY/FAMILY:

https://olivestudio.smugmug.com/Olive-Studio-Work/WeddingsEngagements/Emily-Patrick/CeremonyFamily

TEA CEREMONY:

https://olivestudio.smugmug.com/Olive-Studio-Work/WeddingsEngagements/Emily-Patrick/Tea-Ceremony

RECEPTION:

https://olivestudio.smugmug.com/Olive-Studio-Work/WeddingsEngagements/Emily-Patrick/Reception

 

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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

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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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