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June 17, 2013

Winter Wedding :: Niagara On The Lake Courthouse

{ Wedding Threesome v.2.0 Winners }

In February of 2012, Rick Denham (of Rick Denham Photography), Jay Lupish (of Captivate Bridal Cinema) and Mary Bratko (of WeddingGirl.ca) got together and planned a contest.

A few months later, they picked a winner…. Rick affectionately dubbed them “LoJack” … and here’s how telling them went down:

W3 v.2.0 – Big Reveal! from Captivate Bridal on Vimeo.

 

{ Loretta + Jackson :: 02.09.13 }

 In February of 2013, the winners of the Wedding Threesome contest had a picture-perfect winter wedding day… and we were all lucky enough to be a part of it!

Groomsman Hockey Arena Rick Denham Photography 1

Groomsmen Wedding Morning Hockey Arena

Groomsmen Wedding Morning Hockey Arena 2

Prince of Wales Wedding Bridal Prep Photography

Winter Wedding Niagara On The Lake

 

Eggplant Purple Wine Grape inspired wedding invitation

Rick Denham Photography Bridal Prep Shot

Rick Denham Photography Wedding Prep Flower Girl Photo

Rick Denham Photography Wedding

Winter Wedding Bridal Bouquet Lush Flowers Design

Westminster United Church Wedding St. Catharines

DIY Here Comes Your Girl Ring Bearer Sign

Bride and groom wedding photography Rick Denham

 

Wedding Ceremony Photography Rick Denham St. Catharines

Winter Bride Wedding Photography

Winter Wedding NOTL Snow Bride

Niagara On The Lake Courthouse Wedding Reception

Wine Themed DIY Cork Wedding Escort Cards

Winter Wedding Flowers LUSH Designs NOTL Courthouse

Bridal Wedding Decor Backdrop White on White

 

{ LoJack’s Same Day Edit }

Thanks to the super-talented boys over at Captivate, this is what wedding guests got to watch during their dinner reception.

loretta+jackson :: 02.09.13 :: +accentuate film from Captivate Bridal on Vimeo.

Start to finish, Loretta and Jackson were absolutely amazing to work with. Their love for one another and zest for life shone through in every step of the Threesome contest and in every second of their wedding day.

Wishing these two nothing but the very best of everything. We love you!

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April 30, 2013

{ Kyla + James :: 04.27.13 :: Steamwhistle Brewery Wedding, Toronto }

…. and even after all these years, we still get goosebumps.

Goosebumps are exactly what we walked away with, in the wee morning hours this weekend as Kyla and James’ wedding guests danced the night away at the gorgeous Steamwhistle Brewery in Toronto.

Goosebumps are what we would get every time James looked at Kyla, and she would blush. They are so madly in love that the happiness, mutual respect, and admiration they have for one another can be felt just from sitting next to them. We had the distinct privilege of working alongside these two from when she said Yes to when they said “I Do”. From venue hunting all over Toronto to placing out each individual green bottle opener keychain wedding favours, every step of our journey with Kyla and James has been filled with love and laughter.

Here’s how all our hard work came together in what was, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful wedding days we could have ever hoped for.

Civello Toronto Wedding Photography Silverlight

Civello Toronto Wedding Hair Makeup

Toronto Hilton Wedding

Silverlight Photography Toronto Bridal Portrait

Morning Bridal Prep Photography Silverlight Toronto

Toronto Wedding Photography Silverlight Steve Rhodes

First Look Wedding Photography Silverlight Toronto

Grey Black Lime Green Wedding Party Toronto

Toronto Distillery District Wedding Photography Silverlight

Distillery District Toronto Wedding Ring Photo

Grey Black Lime Green Wedding Party

Gold Sparkly Bridal Wedding Shoes

Lime Green Orchid Bouquet Fleurish Designs

Distillery District Toronto Wedding Photography Silverlight

Black White Lime Green Wedding Party Bridesmaids

Steamwhistle Brewery Wedding Party Bus

 Steamwhistle Brewery Wedding Toronto

White Orchid Wedding Ceremony Toronto

Silverlight Wedding Photography Toronto

Steamwhistle Brewery Wedding Photography Toronto

Steamwhistle Brewery Wedding Toronto Silverlight Photography

Black Green Grey Steamwhistle Toronto Wedding Silverlight Photography

Green White Grey Wedding Cake Cupcakes Luvvly Cake Co

Elegant Simple White Tulip Lime Green Wedding Centrepiece

Liquid Entertainment Patryk Wasiak Steamwhistle Brewery Wedding Toronto

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day, a more lovely couple, or a more wonderful group of vendors. It takes a spectacular team of professionals to create picture-perfect beginnings to fairytale endings… and we’re sending out all our WG love to those we had on board with us this weekend.

Venue: Steamwhistle Brewery

Officiant:  White Orchid Weddings

Photography: Silverlight Photography

Catering: Marigolds and Onions

Floral Styling: Fleurish Design Studio

Cake + Cupcakes: the Luvvly Cake Co.

DJ: Liquid Entertainment

Venue Lighting: Pandor Productions

Hair and Makeup: Civello Salon on Queen

Wedding Dress: Dillon, Blue by Enzoani

Accommodations: Hilton Hotel on Richmond

Transportation: Steamwhistle Party Bus

Design, Planning, and Coordination: WeddingGirl.ca

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April 2, 2013

{ previously-loved :: Candle Vase Decor for sale :: Toronto }

{ Candlelit Wedding Aisle decor }

This past weekend a WG bride walked down a stunning aisle lined with tiered floating candles atop a bed of romantic mauve rose petals at the gorgeous Stone Mill Inn in St. Catharines.

We arranged the floating candles at various heights to create a dramatic glow along her aisle, across the beautiful vintage dresser she rented from Ruffles & Twine, and repurposed the decor in the venue’s alcoves directly behind the head table at the wedding reception.

To recreate a similar look for your wedding ceremony you can purchase her previously-loved decor in the Shops @ WG – Previously Loved Shop.

For additional details or to purchase your vases, make sure to Get In Touch! — and stay tuned for more wedding day photos, coming soon!

 

Candlelit wedding ceremony aisle decor

Ruffles and Twine Vintage Dresser Rental Niagara

Stone Mill Inn Wedding Ceremony

Wholesale Candle Wedding Decor Niagara

Wholesale Candle Wedding Decor Toronto

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March 18, 2013

Royal Blue + Gold Wedding | Port Credit, Mississauga

{ royal blue + gold “I Do’s” }

One of the most exciting things that we, as wedding planners, get to do, is see our meticulous plans come together in a picture-perfect wedding day. Here are some of the stunning details of a gorgeous royal blue and gold design we coordinated a couple of weeks ago…

mINK Creative Cheap Budget Toronto Wedding Photography

Something Blue Bridal Wedding Shoes Details

Blue Wedding Bridal Party Feather Bouquet

Creative Wedding Ring Shot Mink Creative

Waterside Inn Wedding Ceremony Blue petal aisle

The Flower Shop at WeddingGirl Blue petal aisle decor

Waterside Inn Wedding Ceremony Blue petal aisle 2

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Cheap Budget Toronto Wedding Photography mINK Creative

Mink Creative Toronto Budget Wedding Photography

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Mink Creative Toronto Wedding Photography 2

Sweetheart Head Table Decor With Grandeur

Toronto Budget Florist the Flower Shop at WeddingGirl.ca

Luvvly Cake Co Toronto Wedding Blue Gold

Blue Gold Wedding Centrepiece Decor

Mink Creative Toronto Wedding Photography 3

Mink Creative Toronto Wedding Photography

Blue Heart Shaped Rose Petal

{ a little LOVE } :: Vendor Credits

Photography: mINK Creative Photographic Studios

Venue: Waterside Inn, Port Credit

Officiant: Garry, White Orchid Weddings

Cake: The Luvvly Cake Co.

Flowers: the Flower Shop @ WG

Decor: Decor with Grandeur

DJ: Domenic Cortese

Stationary: Inviting Elegance

Feather Bouquet: Blue Petyl

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February 26, 2013

{ winter love } :: Chateau Le Jardin, Toronto

{ a snowy Happily Ever After }

Jessica and George got married on a snowy Saturday afternoon. This classic and timeless wedding was styled in eggplant + blush tones with romantic ivories and soft champagnes inspired by the Bride’s one-of-a-kind couture gown designed just for her on Slice Network’s Wedding Dress Wars. Even an unexpected morning snow storm couldn’t put a chill in this love story.

Winter Wedding Champagne Snow

 Wedding Dress Wars Couture Bridal Gown Toronto

 Couture Winter Wedding Dress Toronto

Couture Wedding Gown

Swarovski Wedding Bride Accessories

Gold Jimmy Choo Bridal Wedding Shoes

Taylor Jackson Toronto Wedding Photography

Taylor Jackson Toronto Wedding Photographer

 

Toronto Wedding Planner WeddingGirl.ca

 

Toronto Wedding Photographer Taylor Jackson

Pink Purple Ivory Wedding Bouquet

Couture Bridal Photography Taylor Jackson

 

Prophet Elias Church Mississauga Greek Orthodox Wedding Ceremony
Green Orthodox Winter Wedding Mississauga

 

Greek Orthodox Winter Wedding Mississauga

 

Winter Wedding Photography Toronto

 

Vintage Winter Wedding Bridal Party Bridesmaids

 

Couture Vintage Winter Wedding Bride

 

Couture Wedding Cake The Luvvly Cake Co Toronto

 

The Luvvly Cake Co. Couture Wedding Cake Toronto

 

Le Jardin Winter Wedding Eggplant Ivory Design

 

Greek Orthodox Wedding Reception

 

{ blog love }

Ceremony: Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, Mississauga

Reception: Chatea Le Jardin, Woodbridge

Photography: Taylor Jackson Photography

Cinematography: Elle & Be. Lifestyle and Wedding Cinematography

Bridal Gown: Ryan Joelson, Wedding Dress Wars on SLICE

Floral Styling: the Flower Shop @ WG

Reception Decor: Decor With Grandeur

Wedding Cake: The Luvvly Cake Co.

Event Design + Planning + Coordination: WeddingGirl.ca

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{Enchanted Forest Romance} :: wedding theme :: Queen’s Landing, Niagara On The Lake

{ Enchanted Forest Romance }

A couple of months ago we planned a stunning wedding for an amazing couple.

When I first met with them, they couldn’t decide on their theme. The groom had a vision, the bride’s vision differed a bit. They’d chosen a venue that oozes charm and romance but were stuck on whether to play up the icy cold of winter and snow or keep warm and romantic with an enchanted forest.

These were the two inspiration photos we worked from….

Branch Candle Hanging Votive Romantic Wedding Centerpiece

Blue Ice Winter Wedding Ceremony Tree Decor

It was very apparent that lighting would be a huge priority in this wedding design. The colours on the walls would dictate whether the guests felt warm or cold, distant or intimate. After a couple of weeks of back and forth design work, it came down to one question…. “Snow? or no snow?”

Judging by the incredible wedding day photos below, I’d say they made the right choice.

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Leigh-Ann + Josh - November 24, 2012 2

Vintage Bride Wedding Accessories

Enchanted Forest Wedding Flowers

Purple Blush White Cream Bridesmaid Bouquet

Wedding Details Photography

St Mark's Church NOTL Niagara On The Lake

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St. Mark's Church Wedding Niagara On The Lake

Romantic Church Ceremony Candles

Leigh-Ann + Josh - November 24, 2012 19

Eggplant Ivory Wedding Details

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Leigh-Ann + Josh - November 24, 2012 30

Branch Forest Wedding Centerpiece

Leigh-Ann + Josh - November 24, 2012 5

High End Wedding Favours

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{ Blog Love }

The love, talent, and hard work of many vendors went in to this beautiful Happily Ever After. To give credit where credit is due….

Ceremony: St. Mark’s Church, Niagara On The Lake

Reception: Queen’s Landing, Niagara On The Lake

Photography: Justyna Sokolowski

Bouquet Design: LUSH Florals

Centerpieces: My Bouquet

Church Decor: Decor With Grandeur

Reception Decor: Decor With Grandeur

Lighting: DJ Jarek Gora

Sweet Treats: The Frosted Cupcake

Late Night Ice Cream Buffet: Marble Slab Creamery

Design + Planning + Coordination: WeddingGirl.ca

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The Styled Bride Show 2013 :: Toronto

{ The Styled Bride Show, Toronto }

This weekend we attended en Ville Catering‘s Styled Bride Show at Toronto’s eco-fabulous Evergreen Brick Works. Not only is Brick Works one of the city’s trendiest + greenest + most eco-forward venues, it provides fabulously raw and contemporary space for a truly urban bride. Here’s a bit of the eye candy we indulged in, interspersed with some of the to-die-for yumminess of en Ville themselves.

Our visit the show began with some scrumptious eats from en Ville’s on-site food stations showcasing a pan-seared white fish as well as a seriously delicious vegan gnocchi.

en Ville Catering Toronto

en Ville Toronto vegan caterer

They not only catered to our savoury cravings, but also satisfied our sweet tooth with some gourmet cupcakes. Seriously….. who doesn’t LOVE edible glitter?!

Heart Cupcakes Glitter en Ville Catering Toronto

While our tastebuds took in the treats, our eyes fixated on the gorgeous stylings of Wildflowers & Company, who created various looks to satisfy every bride – from vintage glam to eco-chic with a bit of Asian-fusion in between!

Eco Rustic Wedding Centrepiece

Hanging Votive Wedding Decor

Orchid Wedding Decor

Pink white vintage wedding centerpiece

Wildflowers and Company Inc Toronto centrepiece

Just Temptations was on site with some of their sweet confections.

Just Temptations Wedding Cake Toronto 2

Just Temptations Wedding Cake Toronto

And Toronto’s own Lowon Pope Design  dressed both the busts and the models in gorgeous vintage-inspired bridal gowns.

Lowon Pope Design Vintage Bridal Gown

Lowon Pope Evergreen Brick Works Toronto

They say the devil is in the details…. but ask any wedding planner, and we’ll tell you….. it’s ALL in the details! Even down to the tuxedo-folded linen napkins atop Exclusive Affair Rentals‘ beautiful tableware, en Ville left no detail unnoticed.

Silver White wedding place setting

There was also some insanely beautiful stationary designed by Le Papier that perfectly complemented each table design, and every bride’s preference for everything from invitations to thank-you tags.

Wedding Menu place setting

And for those of you who haven’t yet set up your bridal registry….. make sure to check out Williams-Sonoma. These guys were from the Yorkdale location and their store is chock-full of all-things-domesticated that every newlywed need to stock up on.

Williams-Sonoma Wedding Registry Yorkdale

It was an afternoon of artisan eats, yummy treats, and some oh-so-lovely style. Make sure to check out the vendors’ individual websites for more details on what they do and feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions about what we’ve shared!

Winter cupcake love

Stay Stylish!

(and eat glittery cupcakes)

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February 21, 2013

Eat | Drink | Love :: why does wedding food usually suck?

{ Eat | Drink | Love }

eat drink love

 

“You’re a wedding planner? You must get to eat some amazing food!”

I hear this a lot.

Wedding planners will eat at more weddings in a year than the average person will ever attend over their entire lifetime.

Thing is, the food at these weddings is often the last thing we’ll gush about.

Why does wedding food usually suck?

To answer this question, we have decided to pair up with an incredible Chef | Critic | Lover of all things Food. After all, we may plan them…. but she’s the one that can answer the seriously food+beverage related questions that every bride has but few have the courage to ask.

This new collaboration is the result of hundreds of weddings planned, and even more complaints heard afterwards. When we ask our Brides and Grooms what they feel are the most important elements of their big day, Food + Alcohol are listed in every single response. Accounting for 50-65% of the overall wedding budget, we’d say these details are important to discuss.

Earlier this afternoon, we asked the friends of the WG profile on Facebook about their best and worst wedding food experiences. It didn’t take long before responses started flooding in – some commenting publicly, some sending private messages – but all had strong opinions and were eager to share them.

Fact of the matter is, we’ve all had AMAZING wedding food, and we’ve all had wedding food that’s left much to be desired.

You only get one shot to impress your friends and family with your wedding day meal. Eat Drink Love is about teaching you to make the wisest decisions when it comes to how you’ll feed your wedding guests.

Our vision is to empower brides with the information they need to make educated choices when it comes to their wedding venues, caterers, bar packages, and menus.

Sometimes the truth  may be harsh, but it needs to be shared. We’re setting out to share it.

Stay tuned for weekly blogs, video posts, real-world reviews, and real-life engagement. This feature isn’t about sugar-coating the truth, it’s about finding the best wedding food that Southern Ontario has to offer a bride, and sharing honest feedback on how you can best eat, drink, and love…. happily ever after.

 

Eat Drink Love Toronto WeddingGirl.ca Linda Mary

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February 19, 2013

En Ville catering presents – The Styled Bride show

{ the Styled Bride show }

Earlier this month we received an invitation from the lovely Sofia over at En Ville Catering to the Styled Bride Show happening this weekend at Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto.

Evergreen Brickworks Toronto

Here’s the scoop!

En Ville Catering Toronto

En Ville Styled Bride Show Toronto 2013

 

En Ville will be showcasing some of Toronto’s best local artisans in the wedding market in one of Toronto’s “greenest” wedding venues.  They’ll be featuring local food, wines, bridal designers, décor companies, artisan cakes, and a special presentation on wedding planning for newly engaged couples.

We’re assured, “This is not your average wedding show!” – We’re told it is much more intimate in nature and the best part? – free admission by RSVP.

All you need to do to reserve your spot? Email :: sofia@enville.com  – and if you spot us there, come say hello!

Evergreen Brickworks Toronto Map

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in LOVE with Marché :: Brookfield Place, Toronto

{ Marché Restaurant, Toronto }

Marche Toronto logo

My love for Marché at Brookfield Place in Toronto is nothing new. The talented Jennifer from mINK Creative joined me there for Corporate Diva Night last summer, and I’ve drank champagne and rubbed elbows with TV food stars and celebrity DJs at MUVBar. It was at Corporate Diva Night that I met the lovely Larysa, the sales and marketing architect behind all-things-Marché. We got along instantly and our passion and energy for our work abounded. I couldn’t have been more excited when I received an email from Larysa last week inviting my Valentine and I to join her for an Über-romantic menu of oysters, champagne, and chocolate fondue at MUVBar on Valentine’s Day.

Marche Toronto Brookfield Place MUVbar

Marche Toronto Brookfield Place Champagne Valentine's Day

Marche Toronto Brookfield Place MUVbar design

Marche Toronto

For those of you who have never been, Marché is a creative + interactive dining experience in the heart of downtown Toronto’s corporate finance district; a series of food stations to ensure every voracious appetite and culinary craving is satisfied. Not only do they offer awesome eat-in and event venue options in both their dining room and upscale indoor patio bar, Marché also caters off-site – delivering their delicious menu to weddings, rehearsal dinners, bachelor/bachelorette parties. You name it, they can do it! Their menu is constantly changing to reflect the season, health fads, and dining trends, with tried+tested+true comfort dishes available year-round (apparently the roast beef is to-die-for!)

Depending on your catering needs, their super-friendly staff can work with you to custom-design a menu specifically to your tastes, or can make suggestions on what they feel will be best-received by your group. Whether you’re looking for a light+fresh summer menu for a casual backyard engagement party, or a high-end, wine-paired foodie-experience for your rehearsal dinner, these guys can not only make it happen, but make it unforgettable.

If you haven’t already, make sure to LIKE Marché Toronto on Facebook to get updates on their ever-changing feature menus, events, and promotions. You can also submit your Marché-food-photography on Instagram, @MarcheToronto – we did!

{ @MarcheToronto }

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With Marché fresh regards, here’s hoping that your Valentine’s Day was as tasty as ours!

 

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