Toronto Lovefest: Vintage Botanical

Take a look at this stunning inspiration shoot by some of Toronto’s finest wedding suppliers!

The Concept:  Share a couples personal history and their deep adoration for Toronto through the details of their wedding celebration.

The Theme:  Inspiration images, favourite colours and a strong desire to highlight our beloved city, culminated in a vintage botanical theme, in shades of burnt coral, earthy greens, creams and a touch of black.  A simple aesthetic which honours the bride’s late grandmother, an avid gardener and beekeeper.  Storied pieces were paired with modern geometric shapes to bring the past and the present together in a timeless conversation.

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The Story:  Libby & Art met a few years ago at the merch booth at Massey Hall after a Bahamas show.  Both music lovers and avid concert goers, it was love at first record purchase.  It was clear in sharing their story that music would play a role.  An oversized print with the word “musica” was made to hang behind the bride as she walked down the aisle (the image originally taken on the couples trip to Italy).  The hidden and secret greenscapes of the city were echoed in the standards handmade by our wedding planner and florist.  Geometric shapes filled with cascading greenery, contrast and compliment simultaneously.  Libby & Art love a good cocktail and can be seen cuddled up at the bar at many of toronto’s finest watering holes.  So it was only natural they invite their favourite bartender to create and serve a signature cocktail at their wedding… yet another way to bring their story into their celebration.  We brought a record player to the schoolhouse for the couples first dance.  Arthur played the record they’d purchased when they first met, Bahamas, “lost in the light”.

Sourcing and collaborating with Toronto’s top artists, designers, creators and makers of weddings was essential in our effort to showcase the local talent available for modern Toronto couples.  Here is a list of our Wedding Creatives:

Venue:  Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (toronto’s first free school)
Sweet Woodruff:  florals, styling & decor
Love The Design:  brass candlesticks, linen, silver goblets, vintage silver trophies
trish & co:  custom charcuterie table styling & custom serving boards
Hawk Eyes:  silverware, bent plywood school chairs, silver serving tray, ice bucket, tiered dessert stand, etc
White Toronto:  Rivini Gown
Gotstyle Menswear: Grooms Suit
Paper & Poste: invitation suite
Post Calligraphy:  geometric place cards, escort cards.  hand calligraphed.
Pomp & Ceremony:  groom’s tie
Anne Sportun:  wedding bands, engagement ring, Maid of Honour ring
Bobbette & Belle:  buttercream cake & cupcakes with sugar flowers
Christine Chanter Botanicals:  perfume & vintage perfume bottles
Magwood:  vintage bride & bridesmaid earrings, vintage white fox “Eaton’s” coat for bride
Ivy Lam:  beauty (hair/makeup)
Laura Olsen:  wedding planner & stylist
Rebecca Wood:  shoot concept, design & photography
Aaron Beaudoin, Mixologist

Inspired By Narnia

It isn’t often we feature inspiration shoots, but when we saw this Inspired By Narnia shoot, we just couldn’t resist.

I will let the artists explain the reasoning why they chose the Narnia theme.

Our memories from childhood are funny things. A movie or story, so important in childhood, can at once be forgotten as an adult and yet somehow, still inspire. The influence can be direct, from images and others ideas or arouse a reinterpretation of old memories.

The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of books by C.S. Lewis, seems like a strange place to begin a themed shoot for a wedding. But for each of us, Narnia was the perfect starting off point to embrace the mystery and wonder the Pevensie family found and create something ethereal and decadent.

Captured by photographer Reid Lambshead of When He Found Her, the pictures are a stunning use of natural light and repurposed spaces. His style is approachable and arresting.

The table scape designed by Laura Olsen Events was the beginning of the story on this shoot. The details in the place setting hint at Narnia with miniature Ice Queen crowns, lions and wardrobes being placed on top of the beautiful china, provided by Vintage China Hire. All complimented by the handmade cherry blossom tree for the centerpiece and surrounded by birdcages and candles.

The landscape and magic of the woods was captured perfectly by Botany Floral Studio. They created table settings featuring moss, eucalyptus and white roses in wood log vases, recreating a secret forest transported into the converted Berkeley Church and Field House.

Sugarbelle Cakes ran with the rich colours used in the florals and created literal interpretations of the novels with figs, gorgeous Turkish delight and hot chocolate. The cakes embraced current trends of watercolor ombre and hints of gold.

The brides styling all came together on the day of the shoot with rings from Barry’s Jewellers and Headpieces from Headmistress. The bridal gown, from MRS. Bridal Boutique, was a nod to the era the books were written in and perfect pairing of textures between the pearls, lace and vintage fur. Two Birds Bridesmaid Canada provided the dress for our junior bridesmaid. GotStyle Menswear kept the groom looking like a stylish woodsman.

Ashley Readings Hair and Makeup created an accessible and wearable look for contemporary brides. The brides effortless up-do and elegant makeup kept the focus on the bride herself and beauty around her. Note: text provided by artist.

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Photographer: When He Found Her
Planning and Styling: Laura Olsen Events
Venue: Berkeley Church Field House
Cakes and sweets: Sugarbelle Cakes
Florals: Botany Floral Studio
China Rentals: Vintage China Hire
Invitations: Have and Hold Design
Hair and Makeup: Ashley Readings Hair and Makeup
Bride’s Dress: MRS. Bridal Boutique
Bride’s Headwear: Headmistress
Bride’s Ring: Barry’s Jewellers
Groom’s Attire: GotStyle Menswear
Jr. Bridesmaid Dress: Two Birds Bridesmaid

A Whimsical Wedding With A Vintage Touch

Happy Hoilidays!

During this holiday week The Wedding Co. will be featuring some of our favourite wedding from 2011.

Next week we will have new features and more information about The Wedding Co. Show January 13-15 so stay tuned.

At the Thompson Landry Gallery in Toronto’s historical Distillery District, Amy and Kumbo were surrounded by friends and family as they exchanged vows beneath strings of paper flowers at their September wedding. A reception followed at Archeo, a local restaurant boasting a similarly industrial-chic feel.

The couple chose inBloom Event Design to create an overall look that consisted of warm and vibrant colours, beautiful vintage details, chalkboards, aqua mason jars and Moroccan tea lights. It all made for a stunning representation of this beautiful couple, whose fun and playful outlook on life is truly inspiring.

Photography By: Gillian Williamson of Ikonica
Event Decor: inBloom Event Design
Flowers By: Rosebuds and Blossoms.
Menus By: inBloom Event Design
Cupcakes By: Natalie Ott
Amy’s Gown: Sottero & Midgley
Kumbo’s Vest and Shirt: Stars