I’m finally back from hiatus and totally smitten with today’s feature. Mango Studios shares with us a beautiful styled shoot that is just full of light.
Says Mango Studios: Living and shooting in Toronto, we’ve been craving the warm summer weather that is taking longer than expected to arrive. So we decided to bring that warm summer feeling indoors with this creative photo shoot.
Photography: Mango Studios
Floral Designer: Blush And Bloom Flower Studio
Hair Stylist: Bridal Beauty by Ivy Lam
Reception Venue: Estates of Sunnybrook
Dress Designer: Thien Le
Heirlooms and extras: Vintage China Hire
Model: Camille from Elmer Olsen Models
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Ending off the week with a lovely wedding held at Le Grande Lodge in Mont Tremblant captured by the ever talented Joel Bedford. I adore the floral details on the reception tables and the lovely stationery throughout.
Says the bride: The wedding for us was a chance to really celebrate everything we have accomplished over the last ten years and to recognize all the family & friends that have supported us along the way. We have two kids, a house, a business, and very busy lives — this was a chance to take a moment out of the grind and create a huge memory for our families. It was important to us that all our guests had a lot of fun over the weekend and that “our day” be something memorable for them, too. Love in its many depths and shapes was a big inspiration, decor that would inspire our guests to participate and celebrate (like the confetti and the portrait game), and Spring flowers were the main elements in shaping the day.
Favourite Wedding Moments:
- Walking down that aisle and seeing everybody I love all at once smiling up at me is a landmark in my memory now. I was unprepared for how overwhelming that moment is (despite many of my friends telling me about it before!)
- All of the extra time I got to spend with my best friends. All of us are so busy and so having this wedding as an excuse to be together was so much fun.
- All of the speeches — I have never gone from laughing to crying to laughing etc. so much in such a short span of time. I am forever touched by everything that was said and done. It helps that my best friend is also a stand-up comedian and was a most excellent emcee.
- Dancing until 4:00 a.m. — it was a goal of mine that after dinner I would dance all night. And dance all night we DID. Our DJ was not only great in playing the Ultimate Playlist that we had created, but also played everyone’s requests almost immediately, and was SO nice. We could not have been happier with them! The R.E.M. dance-off, Counting Crows “Mr.Jones” singalong, or the 6 dancefloor survivors that group hug danced to ACDC in slow-motion at 4 a.m…. MEMORY GOLD.
- We chose a venue that allowed us to have a big BBQ & party the night before the wedding (everyone got to break the ice and meet each other) and everyone stayed at the hotel. Since so many of our guests were travelling from overseas, we really wanted the opportunity to see them more and having them all under one roof for two days allowed this to happen. Also, with so many of us with kids, this allowed for my daughter and son to see their friends more, too.
Advice for future brides/grooms-to-be?
You can not over plan. I was made fun of for my binder and google docs (I had supplies lists, timelines, photo call lists, etc. etc. ) and this provided a huge sense of calm on the day.
No matter how planned you are, be very open to change and go with it. Originally we would have had our wedding outside, but the weather wasn’t conducive to comfort for our guests and for us, comfort was more important than the view of the lake! Also, we chose a venue that would be beautiful inside or outside.
Welcome support and delegate tasks. I had the Dream Team when it came to bridesmaids, they are all individually remarkable and talented and I put my trust in them to help me in many areas of the wedding. I had the *minor* panic attack on the morning of the wedding and they were all there to take over and send me packing.
If you’re DIY-ing your decor, get it all done about 6-8 weeks before the wedding. There were a lot of late nights sewing circles and strips of fabric but getting it done early was a huge weight lifted early on. Get ready for the insanity to hit about 4 weeks before the wedding.
Book your honeymoon two days after the wedding to give you time to tie up the loose ends. And definitely book a honeymoon. You’re going to be really tired and excited and it was wonderful to spend a week on a beach processing everything that happened. I can not imagine having to go back to real life right after!
Finally, spend the money on a good photographer. If you’re spending that much money on a day, having it recorded properly and beautifully is essential. The wedding is such a whirlwind it’s hard to soak in all the details — having someone that you trust to do just this is really important. We also requested that all our guests put their cameras away during the ceremony so that they could be totally present for the event (and that their lovely faces would not be hidden by their phones). It was really nice for me to steal glances of the crowd and see everyone’s eyes filled with tears (and happiness)!
Take a few minutes to be married without anyone else around — we barely spoke to each other over the weekend we were so busy, but having an hour (doing the couples photos) was a really nice break from the insanity back at the hotel.
Lighting/Music: Martial Hebert Productions
Dessert Table: Rustique Kitchen
Wedding Invites: Woolberry Press
Hair: James Patrick & Joel From Studio MW
Make Up: Dominique WhiteGrooms Suit: Hugo Boss
Dress: Kitty Chen Via Luxe Bridal Boutique
Decor Rental: Amy + Jen
Photography: Joel Bedford
Reception Venue: Le Grande Lodge
Happy Canada Day! Can’t think of a better way of celebrating than to share an engagement session held in beautiful downtown Hamilton. Captured by Edison Photography, you can tell these two were loads of fun and it’s what all e-sessions should be: relaxed, candid and happy.
Says Krista (photographer): I loved this session because everything it had such meaning in it. I had suggested a couple of beautiful nature locations to the couple – but they came back with downtown Hamilton. “This is us” they replied. The bike – not just a pretty prop, but part of their engagement story. And not just part of their engagement story – part an analogy of their relationship and how they make it run smoothly. Pete and Jen are about intentional living – and this shows in every choice they made. Even Jen’s choice of outfits – a dress that was a second hand find because they choose to live simply to have more to invest in others. Her colourful necklace and then her green bracelet is from a fair trade organization empowering women in Africa (www.IAmJustOne.ca). And those pink converse. They are her traveling shoes. They have traveled the world with Jen and are part of her story. Pete suggested she clean them up at least – to which she answered “these have dirt from Iceland and the Nevada desert and New Orleans and Ireland and….”
Says the bride (Jennifer): “Peter and I both love Hamilton. We love the gritty beauty of its alley ways. We love the serenity of the harbour front trails and Cootes Paradise. We love biking up (and down!) the ‘mountain’. Hamilton is home and where we first met. We love the people of Hamilton. The dancing guy. The friendly, approachable people who you meet downtown. The quirky folk who band together to try to make things better and the artists who share their hearts every month on James St N. (at the art crawl). We fit right in. We join right in. Often we walk the streets of our city with full hearts as we wander and explore seeing what changes have happened. It’s fitting that the most perfect engagement surprise ever to be orchestrated (I may be biased) happened right at the park where we spent so many afternoons.
It was a “goodbye to winter” bike ride organized by a group of friends on April 1. Even though it was a bit brisk outside still, all of us were all revelling in the freedom of being on our bikes again on Canon St. after such a harsh winter. We made our way down to Bayfront Park and had a little rest at the gazebo. It turns out it was more than just a great ride with perfect weather and a bunch of great company! While the sun set over the Hamilton harbour, Pete pulled a guitar from nowhere and began to sing a surprise serenade of “bicycle built for two.” I was a bit confused. What’s going on? Is this a joke? Is this a music video shoot? As I turned around, I saw that his dad was there playing Viola, and my folks were there too! He had arranged the whole thing! As he got down on one knee to ask me to marry him, he presented an enormous box – with a huge bicycle bell in it. He asked, I answered – YES! Then, my dad wheeled out a two-seater bicycle that Pete and I had seen at an antique shop months before – all fixed up for us to ride! The bicycle bells rang out in celebration and with the cry of “we’re getting married!” in the air we travelled off down the path. It was so, so beautiful. In reality though, it was a bit bumpy. It took a while to figure out the stops and starts and for us to sync up. As in many things, communication is key. But we figured it out. Together. Now we are setting off on our journey and are so happy! We can’t wait to celebrate with all of our friends and family!!”
Photography: Edison Photography
A group of talented Ontario vendors collaborated to create a stellar wedding photoshoot in the hopes of inspiring brides to infuse colour into their weddings and showcase some summer bridal fashion. Photography is by Samantha Clarke Photography.
Says Samantha (photographer): We dreamt up this spring styled shoot concept after spending a cold winter in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa. An all-female team managed to bring the spring vision to life and provide a glimpse of the spring and summer wedding season to the luxurious Colonel Suite at the Westin. Winter was longer and colder than usual so we were delighted to turn the Westin into an enchanted springtime destination! Mahlet, Rolake, and I visited Dominique’s boutique, and she helped us find the perfect gowns to pull it off. Samantha M., Fallon, and Clarissa from Starfish Weddings provided impeccable creative direction and decor. From the Suite, the view of Canada’s Parliament buildings’ and Ottawa’s downtown core set the scene. With an incredible beauty team, both Assana and Natalie gave our model, Alexandra, a soft and romantic beauty look for spring. Beautiful accessories from Posh Veils and Shar Oke tied the whole look together. All in all, everything worked out quite beautifully and gave us a short moment to dream of spring!
Photographer: Samantha Clarke Photography
Event Planner: STARFISH Creative Events
Hair Stylist: Assana McDonald
Event Designer: Details Ottawa
Dress Store: Dominique Levesque Bridal
Floral Designer: Flowers Talk Inc.
Cake Designer: The Cake Whisperer
Invitation Designer: The Paper Studio
Reception Venue: The Westin Ottawa
Equipment Rentals: LouLou Lounge Rentals
Personal Stylist:Mahlet Seifu
Makeup Artist: Natalie Peachy
Equipment Rentals: Petite Event Co.
Veils and headpieces: Posh Veils
Model: Alexandra Forteau
Other: Rolake Adeniran
Jewelry: Shar Oke
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