You’ll definitely love this next wedding. Toronto is full of so many unique wedding venues and today we’re sharing one that is totally up my alley and likely one that the men will love to. Held at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District, BLoved Events transformed the space into a glamorous affair. The decor was inspired by Alison and Devin’s love of travel and was captured by Times & Paper.
Says the bride: Devin and I knew from the beginning that travel, and Toronto would be core to our wedding. We have had years of long distance dating, when I was doing my MBA in Boston, now he is at Queen’s for Medical School, and both of us we took separate trips to do development work in Africa. It was important to us our wedding took place in Toronto and grounded us in the city we call home. We had guests travelling in from around the world, and wanted to showcase the city. We also wanted it to be a celebration of diversity – Devin is from a West Indian background and I am Chinese. Toronto is the most diverse city in the world. The Ferementing Cellar in Distillery District was perfect for us.
Travel is a passion for both of us. We have each been to 50+ countries, and every continent of the world. Together we backpacked for over 4 months in South America, starting in Antarctica and finishing in the Galapagos Islands. It’s what bonds us, and experiencing the world together is our adventure.
Our theme was travel, and together with our wedding planner and our creative friends, came up with some great DIY ideas. Our invitations were designed by our friend Emily Stover, with a map of Toronto and icons of all of our favorite places from the University of Toronto where we both studied, to Kenginston / Little Italy where he lived, to the Skydome (which will always be the Skydome to us!) Our programs were designed by our groomsman Mike Wasilewski to look like Lonely Planet Travel books with advice on what to do in the Distillery District. Our appetizers covered a broad range of ethnicities, including steamed buns with duck and wasabi ice cream cones with salmon sashimi. Our name tags were luggage tags, which we strung up at the entrance to the venue. Each table was named after a city we had travelled to together – and the head table was of course, Toronto. Our table numbers were printed as postcards that showcased Devin’s photography. We wanted late night food that reflected Toronto – gourmet street meat it was!
More than anything, we wanted our family and friends to have fun at our wedding and for the day to be a reflection of us as a couple. We would like to think of ourselves as adventurous, fun loving and unique. Our ceremony was officiated by one of my best friends and we wrote our own vows. We served drinks before our ceremony, because why not. We had a West Indian tasa band play during cocktail hours, and the dancing started at 6pm! My tip for all brides is (a) get a wedding planner so you can enjoy your wedding day – it flies by so fast, and (b) break the rules, it’s far more fun that way!
Wedding Planner: BLoved Events
Photographer: Times & Paper
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Fermenting Cellar, Distillery District
Florist: Flowers by Emillie
DJ: DJ Illiment
Wedding Dress: Mikaella Bridal
Groom’s attire: Arthur
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Von Vonni
Groomsmen’s attire: Moores
Music: Indian Tassa Band -
Stationery – DIY by bride & groom’s friends
Today’s featured wedding captured by Vasia Photography is surely a floral lovers dream. Inspired by the bride’s love of flowers, Petite Pearl Events helped bring Anjali and Alex’s dreams to reality, surrounding guests with beautiful blooms throughout the wedding day. Says Vasia: “Anjali & Alex chose Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse for their destination wedding. Anjali’s Grandfather lived in Victoria and she remembered visiting him as a girl and all the beautiful flowers she always saw on the Island. The wedding was a fun colourful fusion of cultures, with thoughtful little details that payed tribute to Anjali’s Indian heritage.”
Photographer: Vasia Photography
Hair Stylist: Conscious Hair by Elena
Invitation Designer: Design by Dainty
Caterer: Food for Thought
Event Planner: Petite Pearl Events
Reception Venue: Sea Cider Farm and Cider House
Floral Designer: Verbena Floral Design Inc
Submitted via Two Bright Lights
Black and gold is pretty much a staple favourite of mine. For weddings it’s entirely glamorous and a notch up in the lux factor for a black-tie event. Min Choa of Infinity Luxury Linens & Décor used these colours as inspiration for the tablescape that graces the blog this morning. The scale of the centerpieces and the use of gold throughout makes for an opulent, yet chic look. Photography is by Modern Romance Weddings.
Says Min: Black and gold is a classic and timeless colour combination. For this style shoot, I wanted to create a table setting that is both unique and modern, fit for an elegant bride. My goal was to keep the floral design, desserts and stationary simple but classy. I used white to highlight our main colours of black and gold for a soft and elegant look.
For the table, I chose a gold table linen that has a very unique design with black napkins, gold charger plates, and gold glassware and flatware. I also brought in decorative accents such as a simply designed gold table number from Chapters and dahlia shaped gold candle holders from CB2 to complete the setting. By using gold on each piece complement the black centerpieces.
For florals, ‘Esu Floral’ created gorgeous arrangements with white orchids, white roses and white hydrangeas for a soft and feminine look using stylish black vases. For dessert, Chris from ‘Berliosca Cake Boutique’ created an elegant white cake adorn with white flower with a hint of black to match the cupcakes. To incorporate our theme, the cake was decorated with a delicate gold embellishment. I used a black floral lace linen for the cake table to draw all eyes to the gorgeous white cake.
For stationery, Jennifer from ‘Design By Dainty’ created a simple and modern table number, menus, place cards, and invitations, which complement the decor.
As a bonus, I added a dress shoes from BCBG and accessories from Swarovski that were perfect for this ‘Black and Gold’ themed style shoot. Special thanks go to Ruby from ‘Modern Romance Productions’ for these incredible photos and for capturing all the details.
Planning and Design – Infinity Luxury Linens & Décor
Photography – Modern Romance
Venue – Hart House Restaurant
Floral Design – Esu Floral
Cake Design – Berliosca Cake Boutique
Stationery – Design by Dainty
Linens – Infinity Luxury Linens & Decor
Tables and chairs – A-1 Party Rentals Inc.
Gold candle holders and black cake stand – CB2
Gold table number frame – Chapters
Shoes – BCBG
Accessories – Swarovski
Amy Cheshire Photography is sharing Graham & Nicole’s beautiful Ontario wedding that you’d never guess was completely DIY. The chalkboard signage throughout, the lovely wood backdrop for the ceremony and the bridesmaids in differing pastel dresses are just a few of the details that I love. Amy tells me that Nicole’s dad absolutely adores her, so when she mentioned she wanted her wedding altar to be made of old wood, he created a beautiful wood backdrop using wood from the deck of the family cottage.
Photography: Amy Cheshire Photography
Venue: Hockley Valley Resort
Florals: Flowers by Terry
Cake: Milk and Honey Custom Cakes
Make up: Hockley Valley Spa
Hair: Yubee Nakano from Studio 5
Dress: Allure Bridals from The Bridal Suite Wedding & Evening Fashions in Vaughan
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal