I had the great pleasure of meeting Nick and Sophia just over a year ago, not as clients but as our new next door neighbours. My oldest son and I brought over freshly baked muffins and a new friendship was forged! Not long after meeting they told us they were getting married and before I knew it – I was hired to create their wedding stationery. We had so much fun working together that it hardly felt like work.
Sophia wanted a bird theme to the stationery with colours from nature since the wedding reception was on the family farm. We chose yellow, green and brown as the palette on a beautifully textured cream paper. They mailed out invitations, rsvp cards and maps to all of their guests – letting them know about a bus shuttle and child care being provided for children (YAY!)
Once we started working on their wedding day stationery, Sophia realised that the colour palette wasn’t going to work with the setting inside the tent as she wanted to use a deep purple. So – we decided to keep with the same colour palate for the Church program then just change the colour of the stationery for the reception while keeping the same look and feel! It worked brilliantly and created a wonderful transition from the church and apple orchard cocktail hour to the more formal tented wedding reception.
photos of invitations and thank you card by me.
We had gotten to know Nick and Sophia so well in the process, my family and I were invited to the wedding! Since I knew that Little Party Goers was going to be there, we brought our oldest son, who is 6, and he had a blast playing with the staff and other kids. That gave my husband and I the opportunity to relax and enjoy ourselves. What a great touch for all the parents!!!
Another good friend, industry colleague and client, Michael Coombs was their DJ and I was extremely excited to hear him spin. Let’s just say that he did not disappoint! Seriously the best DJ I’ve every experienced at a wedding or event.
A greek band called H Parea also played at the wedding and you can see from the photos at the bottom of this post that they had people up on their feet – or should I say up in the air! We felt a bit too out of our league to join the dance floor for the greek dancing but we definitely enjoyed watching.
The food was also amazing at this wedding – especially the hors d’ouevres - seriously delicious! All catering was by 10tation Event Catering.
Nick and Sophia’s wedding planner was Karina Lemke. We hadn’t worked together previously but got a chance to know each other during the planning process and she did an outstanding job! Typically I don’t get to go to the weddings that I work on so it was great to see a planner in action, keeping things on time and stress free.
Jamieson Dean photographed the wedding and I hadn’t met him before either but was very impressed with his photos from Nick and Sophia’s engagement shoot. The weddings photos were stunning and I’ve shown them below. Enjoy!
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In early December I had the pleasure of working with an extremely talented group on a photo shoot for a Gatsby inspired Holiday Party. The main reason for the shoot was to launch new bridal gowns by the talented Catherine Langlois, head pieces by fabulous David Dunkley and jewellery by The Loved One. The fabulous Malvina from Fabulous Occasions pulled everything and everyone together to create an unforgettably beautiful setting at The Estates of Sunnybrook. The day was captured by Krista Fox, who’s talent blows my mind every time I see her photos!
The pictures speak for themselves so take a look below to see the stunning work created by each and every one involved. Contact info is at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!!
I had so much fun created the look for these with the vintage champagne glass and stylized pine cone background!
Stunning cakes and cupcakes by Connie Cupcake – who I am in complete awe of! Love you Connie.
All of the florals were created by Danielle of D&D Floral design who I had the pleasure of meeting and working with on another shoot recently. I absolutely LOVE her work.
Susanne Cyr of Pretti Face did the hair and make-up on the models and they look GORGEOUS!!
It would be hard for me to pick a favourite dress, hat or accessory from this shoot – I LOVE everything I see and only wish I had an opportunity to wear these. Amazing work everyone and I look forward to working together again very, very soon!
Images: Krista Fox Photography
Cakes and cupcakes: Connie Cupcake
Produced: Fabulous Occasions
Invitations and Menus: Laura K Invitations
Flowers: D&D Floral Designs
Bridal Gowns: Catherine Langlois
Beaded dresses: Cabaret Vintage
Make-up and Hair: Pretti Face
Millinery: David Dunkley Fine Millinery
Jewellery: The Loved One
Venue: The Estates of Sunnybrook
This past Sunday December 8th, 2013, my husband Philippe and I attended a fantastic fundraising Gala held at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. The event was the brain child of my friend and colleague Cindy Johnson of Platinum Events Group who – together with Laura Atendido of Laura & Co Events– pulled off a spectacular event in just 3.5 weeks! They worked tirelessly to organize the event, sell tickets, find sponsors and donors for the silent auction and so much more! The event was a massive hit and raised over $30,000 – all of which will go directly to the Canadian Red Cross in support of the Typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Philippines).
So many people came out to support this event, and not just by buying tickets. The venue and food, provided by Oliver & Bonacini, was beyond spectacular and all the servers volunteered to be there. AMAZING! The floral arrangements were designed by Fuscia Designs, Rachel A Clingen and Nous Design Group and were stunning. Sweet tables were provided by Christina Wong of Truffles and Event Boutique. At the beginning of the evening I was ogling the desserts and then didn’t have room for any after dinner – maybe next time! Photographer Andreas Avdoulos and Ian Liwanag donated their time to capture the party (see their photos below)
I have to say that my favourite moment of the night was when Canadian Tenor, Christopher Dallo and Canadian Idol Finalist, Martha Joy sang The Prayer together. They had never sung together before and decided to “wing it”. Well it brought tears to my eyes gave me goose bumps and I know I’m not the only one who felt this way. I only wish I could hear it again…and again…and again!
I could go on and on about this amazing night, but will leave you with this thought….The Government of Canada will match the donations of individual Canadians until December 23, 2013. Please donate if you haven’t already!
Happy Holidays everyone.
The stunning hostesses Cindy Johnson and Laura Atendido
Laura Atendido, Christina Wong and Rachel A. Clingen
Tamara and Kevin from Fuscia Designs
Photos above by Ian Liwanag
Philippe and I ready to party!
The lovely Tara Fava and Lisa DeRose and Lisa Bugeja and Scott Bradley!
Sweet Table by Truffles.
The amazing O&B staff that volunteered their time.
Christopher Dallo and Martha Joy – you are amazing!
Photos above by Andreas Avdoulos
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I am very excited to be a part of The Business of Weddings Conference happening this November 10th in Toronto. Not only am I the design sponsor but I will be a guest panelist speaking on the topic of “Creating an authentic Brand Experience for your Customers”. The day will be filled with some amazing keynote speakers as well 2 panels featuring some of the top professionals in the Canadian Wedding Industry.
I am honoured to be working with Michael Coombs and Cynthia Martyn (the hosts) on this event and can’t wait to be a part of what I’m sure will be an amazing day for anyone in the wedding industry. So – whether you’ve been around for years or are new to the industry – you need to be there!
This is a one day event and tickets are $387.92 (including tax) - money well spent to learn and network. Buy your ticket now to make sure you get a seat. Don’t forget that this is something you can expense!
Liene Stevens, The Splendid Collective, New York
Sean Low, The Business of Being Creative, New York
Angela Desveaux, Founder+Publisher+Editor-In-Chief, WedLuxe Magazine
Marcy Blum, Celebrity Wedding Planner and Event Designer, Marcy Blum Associates
The Event will be held at:
Arcadian Court – An Oliver & Bonacini Venue
401 Bay Street, 8th Floor, Toronto