We’re capping off the week with a wedding held in the Nation’s capital at one of my favourite wedding venues, the Canadian Museum of Nature. Captured by Ashley Notley Photography, today’s wedding is utterly chic with a beautiful mix of soft blue/teal and white. Dahlia Event Production transformed the contemporary space into an elegant, yet glam event with centerpieces of white blooms in glass vases dressed as Chanel perfume bottles. Love!
Photographer: Ashley Notley Photography
Venue: Canadian Museum of Nature
Bride’s gown: McCaffrey Haute Couture
Bridesmaids dresses: Layseing Couturier
Groom and Groomsmen: Moore’s Clothing
Florist & Decor: Dahlia Event Production
Makeup: Amanda Hickman, Pro Makeup Group
Jessica Bosse, who’s work has been featured on our site before, recently rebranded to Daring Wanderer and today she shares with us a wedding of two architects who are immensely creative. Held at the Berkeley Fieldhouse, the couple were drawn to the rustic, yet industrial look of the space and felt it would be the perfect canvas for their intimate wedding. Coriander Girl created the floral arrangements of wild seasonal flowers, as the couple wanted a “garden-picked” look, inspired by the groom’s mother who loved to work in her garden. I utterly love the stationery pieces and seating board, which was created by the groom!
The ceremony- as it was the short, sweet and meaningful kind that we were aiming for. Since we didn’t rehearse any of it, there were a few surprises here and there but it was natural and hopefully all part of the charm. Another moment was a little karaoke bit we had late in the evening. It so happens that both my dad’s and the groom’s mom’s all-time favourite song is The Animal’s ‘House of the Rising Sun’ so we arranged for a small duet with them in lieu of father-daughter and mother-son dances. They got a kick out of belting out a nostalgic song with us and it created a small break in the dance party. Also, during the last slow song of the night, a bunch of close friends and family members wrapped their arms around each other and surrounded us while we danced. It was unexpected and sweet.
Welcome sign: we asked a close friend who is a graphic designer to design and create a chalkboard sign for us. It included all the events of the afternoon and evening, menu and a list of ceremony participants. It was a great way to get all the information in one obvious place and to also have a memorable piece to greet guests as they walked in from the street.
Table Seating Board (guest photo display): this was the groom’s pet project which he really enjoyed working on. He gathered photos sent in by guests which was requested on our invitation (and he also mined facebook), printed them and hung them off of his drafting table. We think it helped to make everyone feel super welcomed besides indicating assigned table numbers and doubling as a guestbook. It also turned out to be a pretty cool piece as a whole.
Guest favours: we tackled all the pickling in one day with some tremendous help from the groom’s mother, godmother and my dad. The five of us created an assembly line and pickled over 80 small jars of mixed mushrooms and small onions in vinegar and olive oil.
Ping pong: the groom and I and a lot of people we know like ping pong so we bought some MDF sheets, painted some white lines, threw it onto a slightly smaller table and clamped on a net. Twas instant fun for all ages.
Advice for future brides/grooms-to-be:
Don’t get caught up in following the rules or even breaking the rules. Start with yourselves and make choices whether traditional or non-traditional that are meaningful to you both, then try to show some love for and put some thought in to how you might include, delight or honour, your friends and family.
Let people do what they do best. We gave some ground rules and expressed our overall vision to vendors and those who were helping us, knowing that they were very capable in what they do and that they shared our vision. If there was something we absolutely needed to be a certain way, we did it ourselves.
Enjoy the planning process. You get to create something huge together that reflects your personalities, style, relationship and values… the planning is maybe measured in months while the wedding day in hours so yeah, try to enjoy it!
Photography: Jessica Bosse of Daring Wanderer
Invitation, table seating board/guestbook: Designed by Groom
Venue/Catering: Berkeley Events and Catering
Florist: Coriander Girl
Welcome sign: jaekae
Bride’s dress: Saja Wedding purchased at Sash and Bustle
Bride’s shoes and necklace: BHLDN
Bride’s hair: Rachel Wang (bride’s cousin)
Makeup: bride did her own
Bridesmaids’ dresses: BHLDN, Banana Republic
Groom’s suit & tie and groomsmen’s ties: Gotstyle
Groom’s shoes: Gravity pope
Rings: Anouk Jewelery
Cupcakes & cakes: Sara Allen (groom’s cousin), Julie Wang (bride’s aunt)
I’ve got another beautiful wedding to share with you this week and it’s sure to be one you’ll want to bookmark for later. Kim, the bride and owner of Coco and Bear Vintage, showcased some of her unique pieces to create a fully curated wedding. Mixed in with some modern details, the wedding with a palette of blush, grey and ivory started out with a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Dundurn Castle followed by a reception at the Glen Abbey Golf Club. Kim wore a gorgeous vintage styled wedding dress by Tara Keely, while Marko wore a modern suit with an open collar and a bowtie. Their goal was to combine a modern and vintage style together and as you’ll see in the images by Alyssa Alkema Photography, they achieved it.
The proposal: Marko and I got engaged on June 6th, 2013. He proposed over an intimate dinner at Oyster House & Grill in The Distillery District downtown Toronto. Unfortunately for Marko, this was not his first attempt at asking me. The previous weekend, we had jumped in the car and went up to Sudbury (my home town) for my eldest niece’s high school graduation. The first night we got there, we were sitting outside with my parents and enjoying an after dinner coffee when Marko asked if I’d like to go for a walk down to the water to see the stars. This particular spring was horrible for black flies and as soon as we started to make our way down the stairs towards the water, the flies just started to drive me nuts. They were in my hair and everywhere! Marko tried to ignore them and grabbed my hand and started saying some really nice stuff that I don’t remember because I was too busy swatting away the flies that were in my face. I quickly jumped up and took my hands from his and screamed “I can’t do this right now” and ran back up to the house. Little did I know, my husband was trying to propose and little did he know, I had no idea and was simply saying that I didn’t want to be out there with the bugs – he thought that I meant that I couldn’t say yes to his proposal. Oh boy… it was a long weekend and for some reason I couldn’t figure out why he wasn’t very happy with me. Luckily, he realized that I would never say no and tried again a few days later, when I happily said yes through tear filled eyes.
The significance of 12: We chose July 12th, 2014 as our wedding day. Marko and I have a bit of an obsession with the numbers 1 and 2. Marko is born on the 12th of the month and I am born on the 21st of the same month. We were engaged on the 6th day of the 6th month – which equals 12. My sister and his brother are both also born on a 21st and his mother shares a birthday on the 12th. My lucky number has always been 12. Needless to say, this number follows us everywhere we go!
Favorite parts of the day: 1) the intimate castle ceremony and the nature all around us, 2) my wedding dress *sigh*, 3) the florals at the ceremony and especially the table design at the reception, 4) the food! We couldn’t stop talking about it for days, 5) our junior bridesmaids and their floral headpieces, 6) and of course, marrying my best friend
Photography: Alyssa Alkema Photography
Wedding Dress: Tara Keely
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique L’Huillier
Dresses: Pearl Bridal
Reception Venue: Glen Abbey Golf Club
Ceremony Venue: Dundurn Castle
Stationery: Nice Package Design
Stationery: Love Vs Design
Stationery: Starboard Press
Decor: 30 One
Decor: I Do Flowers & Décor
Brides Handkerchief : Coco & Bear Vintage
Vintage Décor: Coco & Bear Vintage
Reception Chairs And Tables : Special Event Rentals
DJ: DJ Floh Back Productions
Ceremony Live Music: Silvani Music
Flowers + Vases: Blush & Bloom Florals
Grooms Shoes: Town Shoes
Socks: Happy Socks
Bowties: Tommy Hillfiger
Grooms Suit: Tom’s Place
Grooms Ring: Men’s Tungsten
Brides Rings: Cynthia Findlay Antiques
Junior Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Wedding Party Gifts: Just Cottons
Wedding Party Gifts: The Smilin Bride
Aimee and Jeremy’s wedding is nothing short of charming, filled with many DIY details that were hand-crafted with love. Held at the Hockley Valley Resort, the wedding ceremony backdrop included two vintage wooden doors covered in baby’s breath wreaths, complete with a chandelier, all of which were created by Aimee’s father. He even created and planed the succulent wood centerpieces for the reception tables. Bridesmaids wore soft pink tulle skirts paired with mint tanks, while the men wore pink shirts with blue trousers. The whole event captured by Karyn Louise Photography was a mix of modern and vintage details that was just so chic.
Photography: Karyn Louise Photography
Florals: Seasons Floral Studio
Make-up: Hayley Cotterill
Hair: Vince from Red Lemon Hair Salon in Georgetown
Cake: ‘Bake Sale’ in Etobicoke
DJ: Mervin from Elements of Sound
Dress and hair clip were from Beckers Bridal
Groom: Suit – Strellson from Simons / Shirt – Hugo Boss / Bowtie & Cufflinks: Harry Rosen
Venue & Catering: Hockley Valley Resort
Succulent Boxes, Antique Doors & Chandelier: Bride’s dad (Conrad Beaubien)
Additional Decor: Bride’s mom (Jane Beaubien) and sister (Julia Davis)
Bridesmaid Tulle Skirts: Space 46 Boutique
Bridesmaid Tops: Anthropologie
Groomsmen: Shirts & Pants – Banana Republic / Bowties: Handsome and Lace /
Flower Girl Dresses: Gap
Minister: Sandy Caldwell
Jewelry: Jared Brown Designs