Decked in white and pastel colours, Sonia and Neill’s wedding is casual, yet elegant. Held at the Berkeley Church in Toronto (love this venue!), you’ll love the multiple floral arrangements which add such an impact against the all-white backdrop and the perfect complement to the venue. Photography is by Lushana Bale Photography
Sonia and Neill’s stylish Berkeley Church wedding was the perfect way to start off wedding season! Their wedding was a perfect mix of casual elegance and beautiful moments of genuine emotion. We started the day off at the Westin Harbour Castle where the guys and girls were getting ready with rooms overlooking the Toronto waterfront. We then headed off to their ceremony at the Berkeley’s mezzanine level, which was beautifully decorated with flower arrangements by Coquette Studios, and a classical quartet provided live music. The reception was held in the gorgeous main ballroom of the converted old church with romantic lights strung along the ceiling and decor from Southern Charm Rentals. I loved the pretty pastel florals, unique vintage touches and the adorable sweets table featuring an impressive croquembouche tower. There were so many great moments to capture throughout the day, but my favorite must have been when Sonia surprised Neill with special video messages from his family in the UK who couldn’t be there, then sang him a song accompanied by guitar with her maid of honour!
Photography: Lushana Bale Photography | Venue: Berkeley Church | Flowers: Coquette Studios | Hair and Make Up: Tuta Sithi | Bride’s Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal Boutique | Bride’s Shoes: Enzo Angiolini | Bride’s Earings: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jealous Bridesmaids by Bill Levkoff | Groom’s Attire: Freeman Formalwear | Ceremony Quartet: The Margaritas | Cake and Croquembouche tower: Dessert Trends | Decor: Southern Charm Rentals | Calligraphy: Love Lettering | DJ: Ian Liwang
Ryan Van Der Hout of Luminous Weddings starts off our week with Amanda and Donnie’s unique engagement session inspired by the romance of fragrance ads. The couple were dressed in all black formalwear which juxtaposed perfectly against the rustic scenery.
Says Amanda: “Donnie and I met 7 years ago through mutual friends and we have been inseparable ever since. We share the same goals, values, and love of great food and wine. A month before our 6 year anniversary Donnie caught me off guard by planning a last-minute getaway to a romantic vintage hotel in Caledon, Ontario. While I was blissfully enjoying the countryside, I had no idea he had planned an unforgettable proposal with a beautiful custom -designed engagement ring.
We knew right away that we wanted to do a unique engagement session with a timeless and classic feel. I am a sucker for all things romance, and felt inspired by dreamy fragrance advertisements. Donnie and I absolutely love to dress up, and felt that black formalwear would look perfect when juxtaposed with the scenic woods and fields of the Kortright Centre for Conservation. Ryan Van Der Hout of Luminous Weddings encouraged us to bring our vision to life, and we couldn’t be happier with how the photos turned out.”
Photography: Luminous Weddings
For those of you looking to plan your own bridal showers, you might want to take some notes after this one styled by Orange Trunk. Kalie (the bride-to-be) and her closest friends were treated to a selection of jewelry from Stella & Dot consultant, Whitney Weir, followed by a photoshoot. Vintage inspired decor included a food table and mimosa bar along with lovely floral arrangements, lovely custom stationery from LoveSky Designs and a beautiful cake. The entire event was captured by Gingersnap Photography so the girls could remember the day forever.
Heather of Orange Trunk shares the details:
This bridal shower was a pleasure to design. Meeting with Whitney, the Stella and Dot stylist, really helped bring it all together. The bride was beyond happy to allow me to turn it into a styled shoot as well! I wanted this bridal shower to be a sophisticated pretty with a vintage feel. I brought every Amber piece I had! We styled the food table and mimosa bar with the focal point being the Amber glass wares. From stacked cake pedestals and champagne glasses and juice pitchers, and even dessert plates…it was perfect! We mixed in a few floral print China dessert plates and some wood platters for cheese and fruit. The naked cake was a hit! We finished the top with florals that Kami left for us to use. I was very happy with it!
My favorite part of the day was hearing the bride and her bridesmaids giggle and laugh. With the help of these amazing vendors, everything was so pretty and made styling the day a breeze!
Hair & Makeup: Katie Kerr & Arina | Dresses: Adorn Boutique | Stella & Dot Stylist: Whitney Weir | Photography: Gingersnap Photography | Flowers: Make My Day Flowers | Stationery: LoveSky Designs | Rentals & Styling: Orange Trunk | Food & cake provided by Bride & Orange Trunk | Orange Trunk assistant: Claire Graham
Kristen and Troy’s wedding captured by K North Photography is so sweet, literally! Kristen absolutely loves candy so it was essential that it be part of their wedding theme, aside from the palette of green, yellow and gray. Held at the unique Arcadian Loft in the Hudson’s Bay Company in downtown Toronto with city views, guests were treated to sugar-coated doghnut holes as seating charts, signature pineapple mojitos, a candy-covered cake and one of the biggest candy bars I’ve ever blogged about.
Says Karri: “What a treat of a wedding day! or rather, what a wedding day-ful of treats. Kristin & Troy really took every opportunity to make their day everything that they imagined it could be: a window-lined room overlooking the very centre of the city, a sumptuous meal by Oliver & Bonacini, an offering of sugar-coated doughnut holes to greet and seat their guests, signature pineapple mojitos, chandeliers and giant lanterns, personalized stationary to mark each stage of the day, lively yellow-green bouquets and table dressings, a candy-beaded cake crafted by the sister-of-the-bride—and finally, the finale: a candy-tastic buffet to rival Willy Wonka. Kristin’s infatuation with candy is truly no joke.
I really enjoyed the day’s mixture of fun and formal. We had an easy time overtaking the roof terrace of city hall for portraits–I love the many candids captured by my new second shooter, the very talented John Lawson. Precious mother/father glances at their freshly dressed daughter-bride are worth mentioning–as is the first look on the 70’s architechtural wonder of a staircase gracing the lobby of the Arcadian Loft, a shiny disco showpiece indeed.
It seems taking images of people taking images is the new black. Whatever brings on a smile, I dedicate my lens in that direction.
Wishing many many years of sweetness and ease to the very fine couple. xo”
Photography: K North Photography | Bridal Gown: Becker’s Bridal | Bridesmaid dresses: J Crew | Groom Attire: custom from Hazelton Lanes | Groomsmen Attire: Tuxedo Royale at Yorkdale | Hair: Lisa McAuliffe at The Alcorn Salon | Make-up: Joy David-Tilberg | Florist: Cool Green and Shady | Cake: Bride’s sister Robyn Mills | Candy Bar: DIY with the help of bride’s mom (Bulk Barn and donuts from Paulette’s) | Signage & Wedding Invitations: Kid Icarus | DJ: Rich Sweet, DJ Floh Back Productions | Officiant: Jeremy Citron, All You Need is Love