Must say, November has been a month just full of inspiration. My inbox just keeps flowing and today’s feature is one that I impatiently waited to share with you. Captured by Debra Eby Photography, Alexis and Michael bring the season of fall back with an organic feel, from the wooden boxed florals in fall colors, potted mums lining the ceremony aisle and gold sprayed fall ornaments scattered throughout. Enjoy!

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wedding dress reveal to friends

From Debra (the photographer): I loved that the bride had a “reveal” for all her close girlfriends. They gathered on the front lawn of her parent’s home anticipating her loveliness. Seeing their reactions was such a special moment of the day. Tears, happiness, oohhhs and ahhhs, started the day in celebratory fashion.

wedding dress reveal for friends

first look outdoor park autumn

first look outdoor park autumn

What was your favorite moment from your wedding day?
Doing an intimate pre-ceremony reveal with my husband in highpark. This is the park my family and I went to every Sunday and it was so special to have our photo’s and this moment at this location. I also did a reveal with all 12 of my best girlfriends. The reaction on their faces was priceless and made me feel so special.

first look outdoor park autumn

first look outdoor park autumn

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-green bouquet bride vibrant orange pink bridesmaids

black bridesmaid dress orange bouquet

lace wrapped brooch bouquet

lace wrapped brooch bouquet

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steam whistle brewery toronto wedding

steam whistle brewery toronto wedding

-fall potted flowers orange pink yellow ceremony decor

-little wagon flower girl

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The actual ceremony and reception was held in a brewery in the heart of the city. This was no ordinary brewery, it was a beautiful old converted brick and beam train station in the heart of downtown Toronto that produced a local product – perfect fit for Mike and I. Because this was a fairly raw space, I was tasked with dreaming up a theme that would make it come to life. I didn’t wait to stick to a strict theme so I decided on vintage glamour since that would let me get away with pairing random finds together, inserting a little sparkle and not have to be matchy-matchy. Luckily my mom and I love hunting for a good deal whether it be at a garage sale, salvage yard or converting an unsuspecting object into something unique. We would go out several weekends collecting old vintage crystal vases from every goodwill store in the city and filling them with pillar candles not one the same. I wanted the venue to be exploding with candles and I think that really added to the glamorous, warm feel of the space. I ended up finding these great old oak kitchen cabinet doors at a salvage place, painting the inside with chalkboard paint and chaining them together for our seating chart. I get my craftiness from my grandmother who created my card box from scratch out of a plain old cardboard box, paint and some old belts. Almost every decor item was DIY including the flower arrangements to the spray painted gourds.

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gerbera daisies colorful fall centerpiece orange

dark wooden chairs white linens colorful centerpieces

gold framed chalkboard signs menu cocktails

wooden square boxes centerpiece florals chalkboard numbers

-gerbera red orange yellow centerpiece

gerbera red orange yellow centerpiece

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Processional: Northern Wind, City in Colour
Recessional: Call It What You Want – Foster The People
First Dance: Our Song, Elton John

Advice for future brides/grooms-to-be?
My advice to other bride and grooms are two-fold: 1) try to enjoy all the planning and creative flare you can put into this day because it’s over before you know it so might as well enjoy the journey too and 2) no one but you really remembers the details so focus on what’s important to you and only you. There are no “rules”so try not to get wrapped up in all the wedding traditions that aren’t meaningful to you

Photography: Debra Eby Photography
Venue: Steam Whistle Brewing
Hair Stylist: Megumi Amanuma
Makeup Artist: Samantha Palladina
Caterer: Eatertainment
Dress Store: Amanda Lina’s Sposa Boutique
Dress Designer: Casablanca
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Rego Bespoke Clothiers
Entertainment: Allison Villa Silks
Photo Booth Equipment: Kiss My Booth

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Categories: Ontario, Real Weddings12 Comments


Love seeing my couple featured on your gorgeous blog! They were so wonderful to work with, so much inspiration and love that day. xo

Debra Eby on November 29, 2012

awesome photos! congratulations Michael, you have a beautiful bride and the two of you look so happy and in love!!

marilyn and adrian farnworth on November 30, 2012

i love her dress! such a beautiful wedding and love debra’s work as always.

jenn on November 30, 2012

There are so many great things about this wedding. First, I love the pre-ceremony reveal and getting the reaction of the couple. Second, I love the family tree with the newlyweds being the center. Such a cute idea! Lastly, I love how the flowers down the isle add a beautiful pop of color against the black and grey of the brewery. Beautiful wedding!!

Tailored Engagements on November 30, 2012

What great photographs. Alexis you look absolutely beautiful! Ed and I send you and Mike all best wishes.

Mariilyn Godfrey on November 30, 2012

Thank you so much for sharing the wedding pictures. They are absolutely beautiful and so are the happy couple. I have looked at them three times already. Betty

Betty Ward on November 30, 2012

Beautiful pictures. All the best to a beautiful couple.

Betty Ward on November 30, 2012

Love the back of that dress!

Jessica on December 02, 2012

Congratulations to Michael and Lex! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures with us. All the best!

Anne and Jim Ball on December 02, 2012

Amazing Photos! Love Steam Whistle Brewery venue for weddings, great unique venue in Toronto. Perfect fall day setting!

Toronto Wedding DJ on January 06, 2013

Absolutely love you dress and shoes! Who is the designer of you shoes?

Crystal on May 26, 2013

I would love to know who I can contact to possibly do a wedding at Steam Whistle myself! This wedding was absolutely what me and my fiancée have been looking for.

Mike on January 02, 2014

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