Style At The Drake One Fifty

The Drake Hotel’s Lexi Haslam styled this beautiful, contemporary-meets-classic, style shoot at the Drake One Fifty, a new restaurant and event space in the heart of Toronto’s financial district. I will let Lexi explain the inspiration behind the shoot.

The Drake Hotel has opened a new Toronto location in the Financial District called “Drake One Fifty.” As a Cultural Art Hub, Drake brings a unique space to the downtown core by offering the “urban couple” a trendy venue to host their reception. From the art deco floors to the cork ceilings, it already looks picture perfect without any additional decor.

This stylized photo shoot is contrast of looks from soft and subtle to bold and eclectic. You will see the couple’s transformation throughout the stylized shoot from a whimsical wedding ceremony to a 1920’s cocktail-style celebration: “PARTY TIME!” We wanted to emphasize the excitement of planning an intimate affair, and to remember that it is the “couple” that should have ALWAYS have the best time.

There are two settings in this photo shoot:

1) Traditional Setting: Intimate reveal before the ceremony  || LOOK: soft makeup and elegant hair

2. Non-Traditional Setting: Using the venue space as the newlyweds playground post ceremony || LOOK : Bold makeup, bodacious curls and gold headpieces (Twist on1920’s Prohibition Era).

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Styled, Coordinated and Directed by: Lexi Haslam instagram @Lexingtonto
Location and catering: Drake One Fifty
Flowers: Poppies
Photography by: Scarlet O’Neill
Makeup + Hair by: Fancy Face Inc:
First gown: Ferre Sposa:
Cocktail dress & Men’s suit by: Cabaret Vintage
Headpieces by Emidesh

Lovely Lily & Bryan

Last April, The Wedding Co., Civello Salon and Olive Studio gave one lucky couple the ultimate engagement package, a morning of pampering at the salon, and an engagement shoot by the talented April Maciborka of Olive Studio.

The lovely Lily and Bryan were the lucky recipients of the prize and here are the beautiful results.

We highly recommend you have your make-up artist and hairstylist follow you on your engagement shoot, not only will they keep you looking fresh the entire time, it’s a lot of fun, especially if its Gabo and Hassan from Civello.

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A Neighbourhood Engagement Shoot

Photographer, Ryan Van Der Hout of Luminous Weddings, spent almost an entire day with Eve and Felix shooting their engagement photos in Toronto’s cultural hood, Queen Street West. I’ll let Ryan explain.

“It was a food, art and fireworks spectacular. We stuck to the West Queen West area where the couple live. Eve and Felix love oysters and often shuck their own for friends and family at home, so we started at Oyster Boy, where they are regulars and they even let Eve shuck a couple. From there we went for a walk in Trinity Bellwoods  Park where they love to hang out. We walked along Queen Street to some of their favourite places including Dark Horse, Stephen Bulger Gallery / CameraJim Naughten’s Herero Women Marching in the MOCCA courtyard, and North of Brooklyn.

Once the sun started to set we headed to sunny side beach for some fireworks, sparklers and wine.
Eve and Felix’s wedding will be in Niagara in June 2015 with great wine and spectacular food.”

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An Elegant City Hall Affair

Maeve and Jay were married at City Hall a couple of weeks ago, I ask Maeve why they chose this Toronto landmark for their nuptials and I couldn’t have scripted a better answer.

“My parents were married at city hall in Ottawa over 30 years ago in a simple, intimate civil ceremony (followed by a big party!) and I always admired that, especially since I consider them the “dream team”. Neither Jay or I are religious, and didn’t want a big overblown ceremony (we are both Irish Italian so inviting all our family would mean close to 200 guests!) so we opted for a simple civic ceremony with our immediate family and best friends. Luckily the mayor didn’t crash it!!!

Maeve’s parents are also the owners of a wonderful restaurant in Toronto, Mildred Temple Kitchen. Unfortunately the restaurant was too small to accommodate all their guests, but fortunately, they were able to cater it. “Chef Leary and his team did a truly outstanding job, I couldn’t have even imagined that dreamy menu.”

Make sure you watch the slideshow at the end for more stunning photos by Toronto photographer Catherine Farquharson.

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Photography: Catherine Farquharson- Documentographer
Ceremony: City Hall
Reception: Burroughs Building 
Dress: Gibson Bespoke
Hair and make up: Ceilidh Costello (hair), Koleen Breccia (makeup)
Shoes: Nine West
Hair accessories: Headmistress 
Sun glasses: cheapies from Kensington market
Rings: Cynthia Findlay Antiques
Suit: Indochino
Band: The St Royals
Flowers: Fiori
Caterer: Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

Cake Topper Giveaway!

Straight Laser and The Wedding Co. are giving one of these amazing cake toppers away on insatgram!

For your chance to win all you have to do is:

1. Repost this photo to your instagram account
2. Hashtag #theweddingcoandstraightlaser
3. follow and tag @theweddingco and @straightlaser
4. Winner will be announced July 20th at 10am!
5. Winner must live in Canada

Good Luck! See you on instagram!

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