Posts Tagged ‘tea ceremony’

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




Angus Glen Golf Course

Wedding Planner:

Rebecca Chan Weddings + Events


Fete Boutique


The Love Supremes


Bobbette & Belle


Red Star Limo


Puzzle Creation


Fiona Man

Slo Mo Videobooth:

Event Circle



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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


jenny + alex





The Brighton Convention Centre


Hart House


Jeremy Citron


Alex’s mom!


Jackie with Grand Catering


The Brides’ Project – please support!


Vera Wang Black


Mischa Bradley


Necklace and bracelets were presents from Alex’s family


Pacific Florist


Sheraton Parkway North


Our talented friends, Sunchin Kim and Tiffany Chen






Maple sugar lollipops


Chaps Evening Gown


Kate Spade earrings

BUDGET:  $40,000


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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On June 29, 2013, I had the pleasure of photographing Anni and Henry’s glamour inspired wedding in the city! All of the details were chic and glamorous with the contrast of the vintage rustic restaurant in Liberty Village called Caffino Ristorante. The juxtaposition of everything elegant vs. everything urban antique was so inviting. Anni had full creative control of the details which together she and Henry crafted together. The dessert table featured everything pink, gold and pale yellow which Anni also styled and propped. The baroque styled cake by Nadia & Co was a grand statement piece, bringing the colours of the dessert table together. The surrounding decor of the restaurant helped tie in all of the colours and key pieces of the day. A mirrored brick wall set the back-drop for the dessert table and large pink peonies spotted in glass vases on the tables. Beautiful gold chairs accented all the inspiration cake colours and picture frames with flowered papers numbered the tables. An adorable mini paper brides dress draped off of Anni’s chair and a sweet little blue tie off of Henry’s. All in all, this wedding was a gorgeous mix of old and new, glam and rustic, formal yet candid. I had a blast photographing you both Anni and Henry and wish you all the best!


Please feel free to check out this wedding on Wedluxe’s blog: http://www.wedluxe.com/index.cfm?pagepath=Editor_s_Blog&id=6997&modeX=BlogID&modeXval=15898&BlogID=15898&action=showcomments&title=True-Love-True-Luxury-Anni–Henry

or if you were a guest, go to this link for photos of the day:


anni+henry1 anni+henry2 anni+henry3Vendors:

Photography: Olive Studio

Venue: Caffino Ristorante

Stationery: Bride & Groom (design) and Eagle Print (printing)

Gown: Vera Wang from Vera Wang Toronto

Bride’s Accessories: Vera Wang (sash), Chanel (hair accessory)

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik from Browns and

Christian Louboutin from Holt Renfrew

Jewellery: J. Crew (necklace and bracelet) and Kenneth Jay Lane (earrings)

Rings: Tiffany & Co.

Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG Max Azria

Bridesmaid Accessories: Bitter Sweet (earrings and necklaces)

Formal Wear: Tiger of Sweden (suit) J.Lindeberg (shirt),

Hugo Boss (daytime tie and shoes), Burberry (evening tie)

Hair and Makeup: Bridal Secretary

Floral: Kay & Young Flowers

Decor: Marlee Choo

Additional Rentals: Babylon Decor (Chiavari chairs)

Cake: Nadia & Co~

Sweet Table: Bobbette & Belle

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