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March 30, 2015

WGLookBook: Atlantis Pavilions

Recently, we were lucky enough to hold the last LookBook photoshoot in the amazing Metropolitan Room at the Atlantis Pavilions in Toronto. This room features 30 foot floor-to-ceiling windows with amazing views of the Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario. If you have never visited, add this location to your must-see list!

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Our photographer for this shoot was the amazing Joti from Oottum fine Photography.  Joti and her assistant (and husband) Jay, are a dream to work with! They are an incredibly talented team, and we can’t wait to share all of  the gorgeous shots they captured for us!

As you know, our LookBook shoots are colour-themed, and this time we were styling a purple Sangeet. To give you a little lesson on Indian wedding traditions, a Sangeet is a celebration held for a bride before a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony. Purple has historically been associated with royalty, magic, mystery, and piety, so it’s the perfect colour to use for a Sangeet!

We were spoiled by Manish and his team from Dulhan Mandap who created a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind mandap design, which was created just for us! It  incorporated lush velvet fabrics in every shade of purple. Not a single detail was missed!


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Country Lane Floral Design created some beautiful pieces to enhance the entire look of the mandap. The floral ring around the lantern made for a beautiful focal point, and the floral garlands around the gold urns made for an inviting entrance to the mandap.

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Sacha, the talent behind All Glam Affair, did an amazing job getting our beautiful model Sonia camera ready. Sonia’s makeup incorporated hints of purple to tie into the overall look, and her hair was the perfect combination of elegance and glamour.
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What is an Indian wedding without the dazzling details? We were so excited when Jami from Jewel Flash Tatts came on board to create a unique tattoo design specifically for us! I had been eyeing these gold foil tattoos for so long, and this was the perfect opportunity to try them out. Jami created a henna inspired design that fit perfectly with the bridal look, and we hope to inspire brides to try it out for themselves!
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Sometimes I meet new vendors that I just can’t wait to work with, and Vibrance Designs was one of them. Puja and I met over Twitter, and I instantly fell in love with her hand illustrated designs. Her work is so in tune with the latest trends, and she takes the time to make every mark count. Thank you Puja for the stunning Invitation suite you made for us.
A project like this can’t come together without support from our entire team. Thank you ladies – especially to our interns who not only modeled outfits, but steamed and prepped them all for the shoot!
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March 22, 2010

Congratulations Grace and Ajay! – An Asian-Fusion Wedding in the GTA

Grace and Ajay met in school, fell in love, and on March 20th, the first day of Spring, celebrated their blooming love!

The night before the wedding, the bridal party stayed overnight onsite at the The Old Mill Inn and Spa. Bright and early, Maggie Ng arrived to do hair and makeup, while Boston Images took photos.

I arrived at the reception venue, the Oakville Conference Centre, bright and early, to verify setup (ivory damask table cloths with black chair covers), put out the votive candles we picked up at wholesale, and tuck Grace and Ajay’s personalized wedding favours (plantable seed cards) into the pocked-folded linen napkins at each place setting.

After ensuring that everything was set up at the reception venue, I arrived at The Old Mill with the ceremony flowers and personal flowers created by Jessica at Fleurish Design Studio. The men wore lime green cymbidium orchid boutonnieres, while the girls and Bride carried brightly-coloured, Spring-inspired bouquets wrapped in purple satin ribbon,  with the bride’s bouquet finished off in classic ivory satin.

At the Old Mill Chapel, Reverend Allan Logan married Grace and Ajay in a candlelit ceremony in the presence of a small group of their wedding guests. (This photo is from the Old Mill website. Unfortunately, with the low-lighting at the chapel, it was impossible for me to take any photos of the Ceremony with my little, hot pink, point-and-shoot camera, so I’ll have to wait until Boston Images work their photographic magic and send me some teasers!)


An organist, made available by the venue, played romantic renditions of processional classics while the Mothers of the Bride and Groom, and 5 groomsmen, made their way to the front of the chapel. They were followed by 5 bridesmaids in stunningly elegant knee-length, purple dresses.


Throughout the day, I had the opportunity to work alongside some fantastic vendors for this event, including Chris from Fresh Canadian Content , who was chosen to capture highlights of the day on video. Also, Zorka, Paul, Eva, and their associates, at the Oakville Conference Centre, where Grace and Ajay entertained over 400 guests for dinner and their culturally-infused wedding reception.


A unique Guestbook Alternative greeted wedding guests in the pre-function space: a scroll custom-created for Grace and Ajay while the two were in Hong Kong. At the “photo booth”, the couple put on wedding attire and their images were superimposed onto some creative backgrounds. (a more standard guestbook was also hand-created by the bride for those wishing to leave lengthier messages).


The couple sat at a sweetheart head table, behind their stunning wedding cake created by Zahra at Art House Desserts.


Though I knew that the event would be Indian-infused, I hadn’t given much thought to the incredible blending of Asian (Oriental and Indian) culture that would take place when 400+ guests came together in a single room. From the spectacular ethnic clothing to the food (with special Indian appetizers delivered by Avani Asian Indian Bistro in Mississauga), right down to the Bollywood dance performances put on by school-aged children (taught dance lessons by the groom’s mother), this wedding reception was one to remember! (All in tune to the fantastic musical stylings of Rav, DJ Double AA himself – one of the top South Asian DJ’s)

Lessons learned throughout this event:

1) Save A Wedding kits are useful to save more than just the wedding  - (two other weddings required the use of helpful items in my kit prior to the commencement of the actual wedding I was coordinating)

2) Reliable wedding party members are a wedding planner’s best friend (thank you to an amazing group of bridesmaids and groomsmen!)

3) Indian culture is absolutely fascinating – and their wedding attire is breathtaking!

4) Outgoing and personable MC’s are the key to a smoothly-flowing event (Thanks to a cousin of the bride and the sister of the groom, we kept this wedding reception running like clockwork, literally down to the MINUTE!)

5) Local, recreational dance groups are a fantastic option for performances at a wedding!

6) Personalized, plantable seed favors are a HUGE hit among guests! The bride and groom ordered theirs at Botanical PaperWorks

7) Regardless of any budget, candles are a MUST!

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Congratulations Grace and Ajay!!

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