A Romantic Day Caught By Olive Photography

Toronto wedding photography studio, Olive Photography, captured Laura and Zach’s romantic, dream like wedding set among the green rows of grapes at the Ravine Vineyard Estates Winery.

Meet the couple…

Q: Tell us a bit about your love story?

A: We were originally introduced through friends during University. With both of us at different schools and living in different cities and with no physical introduction, we continued on our separate paths. It wasn’t until July 4th, 2010 on a random Sunday, that we decided to meet up in Toronto on a whim. For those that know us, this was out of character for both of us! We then spent the day exploring the city, opening up to each other about our lives, the difficulties we’ve overcome, hardships we’ve endured but perhaps most importantly, where we wanted to go in life. We joked, we laughed and we continued to just let it all happen! After an incredible 8 hour walk through the city, we sealed it with a kiss and have been best friends and soul mates since.

Q: What were your favourite wedding moments?

A: It is almost impossible to narrow down a favourite moment, the entire day was magical! From the moment we woke up to the time we fell asleep, the day was perfect.

Q: Any advice for engaged couples planning their wedding?

A: Enjoy the planning process, stay organized and stay on top of things! By doing this, you will be able to relax and enjoy the weeks leading up to the wedding. Don’t forget to think about the guests in your planning, the small things go a long way! Most importantly, it’s your wedding, so throw an extraordinary party to celebrate your love with family and friends!

Q: Any final thoughts about the day you’d like to share?

A: The day won’t go by quickly if you are relaxed and ready to enjoy!

 

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Dress designer: Mori Lee
Suit: Daniel Hechter
Flowers: Fleurish Design Studio
Hair & Makeup: Preen Blow Dry
Cake: Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery, & Fleurish Design Studio
Tent: Niagara Tent & Events
DJ: Animal Audio – Patrick Mallan

Dynamic Duo

This dynamic duo, Christina D’Antonio and Carlos Fachada, took their love of Batman and comic books and designed the perfect day!

I asked Christina and Carlos a few questions about their day and here’s what they had to say.

Q. What inspired the superhero theme?

A. Christina: Carlos absolutely loves comic books and especially super heroes (if you didn’t notice Batman is his man). I’ve never met anyone who is that passionate and dedicated to something. I absolutely love Carlos and wanted a wedding theme that was fun, unique, and a true reflection of us, so it turned out to be comic-inspired. And plus Carlos was super excited and willing to help out with everything, something a bit rare for grooms!

A. Carlos: Because I love Batman.

Q. What was your most memorable moment?

A. Christina: Just as I was about to walk down the aisle (we were outside) it started to rain ever so lightly. My mom panicked and said, “oh no it’s going to rain!”. I was so excited and thrilled to be walking down the aisle to marry Carlos I said, “never mind about the rain mom, we’re doing this!”. That’s one of the best parts about Carlos and I, we can overcome anything together. It turned out to be a very light passing shower, so we stayed dry for the most part.

A. Carlos: Seeing my beautiful bride for the first time.

Q. Who created the super hero paper products, trivia cards?

A. Christina: Carlos created and printed everything, using basic Paint skills and a huge knowledge of comics.

Hope you enjoy these beautiful photos by Corina V. Photography!

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Photography: Corina V. Photography
Wedding Gown: WTOO from Felichia Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Nine West
Make Up Artist: Alex Jaques
Hair: Gina Ricci
Bride’s Jewellery: Necklace and Bracelet by Tiffany & Co., Earrings by Swarovski
Veil: Sussman’s Bridal Supplies
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie
Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss
Groomsmens’ Attire: Their Own
Florist: Coriander Girl
Invitations: Justin Kwan
Donut Tower: San Remo Bakery
DJ: Impact DJ
Ceremony & Reception Location: Piper’s Heath Golf Club, Milton

Advice From A Hairstylist

Toronto hairstylist, Nicole Graftner, helped us with our Flower Market creative shoot we did in the summer. We had so much fun with Nicole, and she did such a great job I asked her to give us some tips on how to choose a hairstyle that will make brides feel beautiful and last until their first, and last dance!

1.Advice- I encourage brides to feel like themselves, comfortable, on their day.. not a replica of a magazine shoot. Some looks are great in theory and can look great in Vogue, but not on a bride.

2. The Hair- unless extensions are used, some styles are not easily replicated with short or fine hair. Up may be the way to go for the bride who wants texture. If its going up I only need the curl to hold for as long as it takes me to pin it.. hairspray takes care of the rest.

3. The Story- High neck? Open back? Romantic? Sleek and tailored? A period style? The bride is the star, the dress the ultimate accessory and the hair should compliment and complete the “story”. Tiara, flower crown, fascinator? The style should work in harmony. During the trial I can help brides make the right choices to create a beautiful story.

4. A Plan B-  Hair down on a humid, rainy day in July…perhaps not the best idea. I’ll always do the preferred style but will also have a “plan B” that we discuss during the trial, for example, a half up or a loose bun, just in case the bride’s hair doesn’t hold curl well.  Remember it HAS to last well into the night. Hot tools and spray can work wonders, but I always tell brides there are 2 things I can’t fight…Mother Nature and the nature of their own hair. Hair pinned up even slightly gives those brides with hair that doesn’t hold a curl more control and their style more staying power.

5) Face Shape-I take the time to find out what features the bride is self-conscious
of, maybe a round, wide face. There are ways to draw the eyes away from those features such as side swept bangs. It’s my job to minimize or camouflage those features they feel uncomfortable with.

 

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Get in touch with Nicole at ngraftner [at] gmail.com

A Fresh Approach To Planning!

Shopping for the right vendors for your wedding has never been easier! We are excited to announce we will be launching a newly designed, Wedding Co. website, in October!

The Wedding Co. is your link to Toronto’s independent wedding vendors. Whether you are you planning an intimate evening at a local restaurant, a formal affair at one of the spectacular venues in the city, or a barn wedding in the country, we can help!

Our mobile friendly, clean and simple design, will allow you to shop for your wedding by category, the Toronto neighbourhood or Ontario region you live in, or by current location.

We will also keep you up to date on all the upcoming The Wedding Co. events including The Wedding Co. Market on February 22nd at the Artscape Wychwood Barns.

We are looking forward to sharing this Fresh Approach To Planning! 

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Wedding By Design

Toronto wedding photographer, Rebecca Wood, was the perfect choice to photograph Haley & Logan’s March wedding. Her architecturally compsed photos are a reflection of the art deco venue the couple chose for their wedding.

From Rebecca:

Haley & Logan chose The Design Exchange, also known as DX, Canada’s only museum dedicated to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage for their wedding venue. DX is housed in the original Toronto Stock Exchange building, adding another layer of Toronto heritage to the mix.

Luckily for us the exhibition, This Is Not a Toy (guest curated by Pharrell Williams), was on display at the time of their wedding and provided for incredibly playful images echoing the fun, laid back nature of our couple.
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Photography: Rebecca Wood
Event Planning: Melissa Baum
Bride’s Gown: Ulla Maija
Desserts: Truffle Cake & Pastry
Beauty: Jackie Gideon
Floral Design: Fuscia Designs
Band: The St. Royals
Catering: The Food Dudes