Our Wedding

Hard to believe it’s already been 4 months since we said I-do. It’s so true what they say – the day goes by so quickly! It’s unreal. I tried to put to use all the words of wisdom we got leading up to the day, and I’m so thankful for those tidbits of knowledge. We had the most incredible day ever and were so happy to hear our guests say it was “the best wedding I’ve ever been to – hands down.” What a compliment!

We couldn’t have re-lived the day without our beautiful photos taken by Christine Reid. Everyone loved her. She knew how to jive with us and our guests and was such a pleasure to work with. Christine was wonderful at capturing important details, including our handmade decor, candid moments, and so much emotion and personality of all our guests.

I hope you are able to enjoy our day as much as we did, at least a little, through our photos.

I was determined to have our wedding outside as planned. I put all my thoughts, wishes and hopes out there into the universe and asked for no rain during the ceremony and photos. I said  “after 7pm the weather can do whatever it wants because we will be in the tent.” It did exactly that. At 3pm the skies cleared just in time for the pre-ceremony photos, the ceremony, and remained that way until part-way through the dinner service, at which point it poured rain on and off for the evening. We were lucky it wasn’t windy and our guests loved that it added to the atmosphere.

Tom and I poured our hearts into DIY’ing almost every detail we possibly could, not only to save on costs, but to ensure it reflected us as individuals and as a couple.  If it was wood or paper – we made it! Clearly we love a good challenge.

Photo credit | Maid of Honour

We both had the most incredible day and couldn’t believe how amazingly everything worked out. The entire week called for rain on the day of, with (very) warm temperatures. We learned afterwards that there were warnings for hail and a tornado!

Photo credit | Maid of Honour

If I could relive the day (minus the planning part), I would. Over and over again.

Tent + Rentals | Encore Tents
Washroom trailer | Harris Septic
Florals | Dahlia May Flower Farm (custom made boutonnieres + bouquet. DIY centre pieces, aisle chair decor + arbour decor)
Caterer | Farm Girl Food
Cake | Dufflet
Wedding dress | Handmade by the Bride’s sister
Bride’s make-up | Mix Beauty Lab
Groom’s bow-tie + Pocket square | The Belle and The Beau
Wedding Party Shoes | ALDO (Pinterest “Inspired by I Do” contest grand prize winner)
Bridesmaid dresses | Twobirds found at LoversLand bridal store in Toronto, ON
Bride’s rhinestone belt + clutch purse |
ALDO (Pinterest “Inspired by I Do” contest grand prize winner)
Music | DJ Paul Martin
Officiant | All Seasons Weddings
Coach Bus | Tripps Unlimited

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15 Pinterest Accounts For Wedding Inspiration

Long before getting engaged, I was planning my wedding on Pinterest. It’s, in my opinion, THE best online source for wedding planning and inspiration. It’s hard not to get lost in the beautiful photos of wedding dresses, décor, cake toppers…just about everything you could possibly need to plan yourself a beautiful wedding. And before you know it, a few hours have passed oodling over a bottomless page of wedding possibilities (you could have sworn it was just 30 minutes!).

So, whether you’re just day dreaming or he’s just popped the question, these wedding boards are sure to take your wedding planning to new levels.

 

MINT & MERLOT PAPER CO.



Fave board | Arches + Backdrops

 

ELIZABETH ANNE DESIGNS



Fave board | Stationary

 

WEDLUXE



Fave board | Cakes + Sweets

 

WED SOCIETY



Fave board | Chair Treatments

 

CHIC VINTAGE BRIDES



Fave board | Chic Vintage Bridal Accessories

 

THE LANE



Fave board | Ceremony Styling

 

FAB YOU BLISS



Fave board | Bridesmaids

 

BESPOKE BRIDE



Fave board | Bold Backdrops

 

WEDDING SPARROW



Fave board | Hair + Makeup

 

HEY WEDDING LADY



Fave board | Details To Adore

 

BULA BRIDE



Fave board | Creative Wedding Inspiration

 

GLAMOUR AND GRACE



Fave board | Escort Cards + Items

 

HELLO MAY



Fave board | The Hello May Bride

 

BAJAN WED


 
Fave board | Wedding Shoes-Heels

 

ROCK MY WEDDING



Fave board | Grooms

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DIY Wedding Flower Suppliers: Toronto

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In an attempt to keep costs manageable for our wedding, we will be DIY’ing our own wedding florals and décor. Now, the only reason I’ve decided to bravely put together my own wedding flowers (with the help of some very awesome people) is because Tom and I have chosen to go with an elegant, yet rustic garden themed wedding.

Our venue is the great outdoors with a tent for dinner, but because it’s already so lush, beautiful and whimsical, we don’t need to worry about perfectly well put together bouquets or arrangements.

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How-To: DIY Flower Arrangement

How-To: DIY Flower Arrangement. Three simple DIY steps on how to make beautiful centrepieces.

 

Prior to getting engaged, I knew I wanted a beautiful wedding with simple yet impactful details. I also knew I didn’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on such a celebration. I consider myself to be quite creative and I’m always looking for frugal options without sacrificing style and elegance.

I decided to use my creative energy to DIY as much as I can for Tom’s and mines wedding. One item I can’t justify splurging on, are flowers. They are beautiful and change the ambiance of a space instantly, but I’ve seen too many pretty florals get left behind or go to waste after weddings, enough so to deter me from spending a fortune on my own florals. So, I thought to educate myself on the art of floral arranging so that I could put together my own wedding florals and help me cut back on that cost.

I don’t quite remember how I found Manuella of Green Acres Floral Design, only that it was by chance through Instagram – and SO happy to have found her! After browsing through her Instagram feed and toured around on her blog, I discovered that she offers private workshops in addition to her group classes. So, I decided to join her one Saturday afternoon with my Aunt for some tea, treats, and a lesson on floral arrangements in the English garden style.

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2016 Wedluxe Wedding Show: La Dolce Vita

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This post is so incredibly tardy, but there was no way I wasn’t going to share it with you all. Too many beautiful things to share and gush about!

Right before the Christmas and New Year holidays, Tom and I put our wedding planning on hold. Seeing that we had gotten an incredible amount done in the first couple of months of our engagement, we were able to release all planning from our thoughts (and keeping wedding talk with family and friends to a minimum or non-existence) until after the holiday season.

Prior to the holidays, I knew that between January and April there would be endless wedding shows being held. Having been to one of the larger shows at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre years ago, I knew I didn’t want to have to go to too many of them, since they can be overwhelming.

When I learned out about the Wedluxe Wedding Show, I made up my mind that this was the show I couldn’t miss. Although the price tag can be a little deterring, I knew that, after reading about past Wedluxe shows, it would be well worth it. Being a DIY bride (and groom couple), I decided to splurge and attend with my sweetheart of a friend, Cece. I’m very, very happy I went (including Cece!).

This year’s Wedluxe show took place at The Carlu, in Toronto, ON. We were greeted in the lobby by towering trees that immediately took you away from the cold and rainy day we were having in Toronto, to a whimsical garden in Italy. Or so it seemed…it definitely built up the anticipation of waiting to step off the elevator into the show room and what could possibly be waiting…

 

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I think both Cece’s and my jaws dropped and I’m pretty sure our eyes popped out of our heads too like cartoon characters. It. Was. Spec-tacular. I’m still in awe. Not only because of how immaculate the décor was, but because the vendors are a specifically handpicked group who are the absolute elite of their industry and in a class of their own with incredible vision, taste, and definitely not lacking creativity that can’t be matched by any other wedding show you will attend.

We were greeted by very friendly Wedluxe hosts and given a complementary glass of sparkling lemonade, followed by endless complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by Oliver & Bonacini, complimentary Italian sodas, cotton candy in flavours such as chai tea, lattes and cappuccinos, alkaline boxed water, gourmet cupcakes and chocolates, gelato, and so much more! On top of all that, we received gift bags with a 24 carat gold face mask – we were spoiled.

 

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The show was a display of beautiful and enchanting décor ideas you wouldn’t usually consider or dream of. Although the cost of implementing these idea’s would break the bank, I’m sure if you’re determined and don’t mind getting a little DIY savvy(speaking though my inner adventurer and crafter here), you can get similar looks, for considerably less.

 

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It was a sugary feast for our eyes – oohing and ahhing over intricately designed cakes covered in breath taking details. How someone could eat these sugar sculptures of art is unimaginable to me.

 

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It was an unexpected pleasant experience. Vendors took the time to speak one-on-one with attendees and seemed genuinely happy and excited to be there. It was nice to have conversations with them rather than a few words exchanged and then mounds of loose papers jammed into my hands. It’s an event I would attend again.  Heck, I suggest attending just for the fun of it with friends for a day out, even if you’re not getting married!

 

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