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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….”

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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

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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.

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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
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Nothing stands the test of time than an all white, classic wedding. This timeless look is carried through so effortlessly in today’s wedding coordinated by Jackie Penner Events and captured by Bassem Photography.

Says Jackie: This wedding was about a decade in the making. Lauren and Ben have been together since high school and could not be more suited for one another. Lauren is a PHD student who absolutely loves what she does. While her schedule is often completely hectic, Ben is her patient partner always there to support her in whatever she needs. Ben is a sweet, intelligent engineer with a surprising rocker side. At his own wedding, he jumped on the drums and played with the band while everyone watched in awe – he was AMAZING! Lauren and Ben’s relationship is based on a deep respect and support for one another. Their wedding day was a full of timeless elegant pieces brought together with personal touches.

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Photography: Bassem Photography
Band: Itchy N Scratchy Show Band, Burlington Ontario
Wedding Coordination: Jackie Penner Events
Cake: Bride’s Friend
Centerpieces: Friend of Family
Venue: Cambridge Mill, Cambridge Ontario

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Right on pointe with the latest gold obsession (love!), today’s feature is a vintage-inspired photoshoot pairs gold with blush pink & cream. Put together by a group of talented Toronto vendors, including event design by Events Your Way and photography by Samantha Ong Photography, you can’t help but love how romantic and flirty the elements are when put together…the floral hairpiece, oversized pink bouquet, lace table cover and of course the ruffles on the wedding cake. Enjoy!

Says Samantha (photographer): The vision was to create a romantic and rustic wedding shoot with a whimsical undertone. The beautiful colour palette incorporated blush pinks, whites and creams, and hints of gold; the perfect colours for the season! This style is ideal for the romantic, down to earth bride who loves flowers, ruffles, lace and everything pink!

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The Trillium Trails Banquet & Conference Centre is a Bavarian style lodge with impressive grounds showcasing lush hills, an adorable foot bridge over a pond, a stone foot path and plenty of blossoming trees. The grounds focal point is a deluxe white arbor that spans the ceremony space. We decorated the main alter space with a custom made paper garland that showcased white doilies, white ruffled cones, and pops of pink textured flowers.

The table was dressed with a medium weight lace overlay, with a pink tablecloth peering through the intricate lace pattern. The romantic, whimsical feel was carried through the place setting which included ruffled edge bone china plates and lightweight stainless steel cutlery. Wine and champagne glasses sparkled and added a touch of elegance to the rustic table.

Avoiding the single centerpiece design, we went with 3 pink-gold mirrored vases and 3 clear glass lantern vases showcasing a variety of soft, luscious flowers, and creating a casual cascading centerpiece. The table was anchored by a lovely floral table-number frame, and mini-frames with guest names for a personalized seating experience.

The stationary included a circular rose-print style menu card with charming font. The invitations were stunning with a white invitation card dressed up with a gold painted doily overlay, elegant font, and a blush pink envelope with a rose pattern peek-a-boo interior. The whimsical program cards featured a pictogram wedding party on a rustic cardstock. The ‘Just Married’ sign continued the floral theme and was a perfect touch of whimsy for wedding photographs.

The striking two-tier cake sat upon a magical ruffled edge cake stand. It featured a soft blush ruffle layer dusted with a hint of gold on the edges sitting beneath a white pearl beaded layer topped with a flower with delicate pink petals and a jewel-like gold center.

The white romantic wedding dress with beaded sweetheart neckline and a-line tulle skirt provided an effortlessly dreamy silhouette. The bride wore elegant drop pearl earrings, with a matching pearl necklace and double pearl bracelet, not to outshine the classic, singular stone engagement ring. The bride’s beauty was enhanced with soft natural blush lips, pink hue eye shadow, mascara and liner to enhance her eye shape, and an overall warm wedding glow. Her hair was styled down with loose, natural curls allowing bounce and movement.

The whimsical floral headpiece focused on mini pink roses to frame the bride’s lovely face. Her stunning bouquet featured peonies, roses and other soft florals creating a blush-peach-pink-rose palette. The greenery added interest and brought back the rustic outdoors feel to the bouquet wrapped up with white lace and pearl pins.

From beginning to end the ‘Blushing Bride’ wedding shoot focused on romantic, whimsical elements in a gorgeous rustic setting. The blush pink, white and gold wedding palette is a classic, beautiful scheme suitable for a bride who enjoys a romantic rustic atmosphere with delicate ruffle and lace touches.

Photography: Samantha Ong Photography
Event Planning: Events Your Way
Make-Up & Hair: Karen Kim Beauty
Jewelry: My Epiphany Co
Cake: Cakes By Shmi
Wedding Dress: The One Bridal
Invitations: Empress Paper Crafts
Floral Design: Midge Flower Designs

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