Jenna & Ali – One King West Wedding

We love shooting weddings at One King West, LOVE IT! It’s an awesome spot, right downtown, with beautiful architecture and history, as well as the city as your backdrop, what could be better.

Ali is Canadian, he and Jenna met through friends in Boston in med school, and now live in Boston. But were super excited to host their wedding in Toronto.

They love traveling. Went to south east Asia before the wedding. And love enjoying adventures together. Common friends. 

After some pampering, and some getting ready photos, Jenna and Ali had their first look, what a beautiful moment, so full of smiles and love. Their One King West photos were short and sweet, they could not wait to get to spend more time with their family and friends. There was so much room surrounding them during their ceremony, which included a Sofreh.

During the reception, of course a lot of dancing an fun ensued. Starting with the couple’s first dance, and beautiful speeches, the evening was off to a great start. The dance floor was opened by the bride’s maids and the groom doing the wedding knife dance. It’s such a fun tradition of the couple or groom trying to get the knife so they couple can cut their wedding cake.

The room was full of Canadians, and lot of Bostonians who were here to have an awesome time. It was a super fun crowd who were ready to party. The dance floor filled up so quickly with the bride and groom surrounded by all of the close guests. What a better way to celebrate your marriage.

Jenna & Ali, Adam and Anna had an awesome time with you. Congratulations, to many more years of fun and adventures.

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Vineyard Bride Feature – Vineland Estates Spring Wedding

I am super excited about Sarah & Dean’s beautiful Vineland Estates wedding being featured on Vineyard Bride. It’s truly such an honour. We love shooting in Vineland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, how can you not, it’s such a perfect setting being surrounded by such a pretty landscape…and wine…lots of wine. ;o)

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Here is a bit from Sarah, the Bride:

We met back in England at university, Dean was dating my friend at the time which is how we were introduced (yes girl code – we asked her permission before we started dating). We didn’t get together until after University. That quickly escalated into moving in together and then moving across the world to Canada together!

Dean booked a trip to San Fran which took me completely by surprise. He booked the time off work for me through a friend/colleague and planned everything – flight, hotel, entertainment….everything (VERY unusual for him). It’s my favorite city. He TRIED to propose at the top of Twin Peaks, but it didn’t work out due to a busload of tourists disembarking at our spot. He ended up proposing over a morning coffee in the hotel (MUCH more my taste than a public scene anyway!). 

We wanted something very informal, low key and relaxing – while being mindful many of our guests had travelled a great distance and we wanted them to have an event to remember too. We had very nearly gone the city hall route, but decided this was more of a celebration our families could be involved with. With that said, we kept the concepts of being budget friendly, very relaxed and simplicity at the forefront of all our choices as that was both of our focus on the type of day we wanted.  We picked the time of year for our guests (didn’t want to freeze them in winter or blast them with heat in summer). The colour choice was yellow (to reflect the spring season) and navy (purely because I love navy and yellow together!). 

There were 2 points in the ceremony we were in complete giggles, along with our guests. That sums up everything we had wanted – relaxed, informal and fun. The ceremony was simple, with one reading (by my brother). We held it indoors as it was a very biting and windy day, but the full windows overlooking the vineyards meant the light was streaming in. 

We had no first dance, just dinner and speeches. The food was excellent, and after the meal our guests mingled and delved into the sweets at the side. We chose the evening menu to be a reflection of our Canadian lives (locally sourced menu selections, a Canadian cheese plate) and had some of our favorite British candy at the sweet bar to reflect our British side. It was really important and special to us with such a diverse group of people together (our UK and Canada lives that had been entirely separate up until this day) that people mixed and got a chance to meet and really chat to one another after hearing so many stories and tales. We made evening playlists ourselves for music entertainment and just let people relax and chat. 

I worked with Shelley at Wine Country Floral. I gave her a very vague and brief overview of what we were looking for, and she managed (somehow!) to turn that into some really beautiful bouquets which were perfect. We went for white and yellow flowers with a navy ribbon to tie in with the colour scheme, and used a blend of tulips, crespedia, babies breath and freesia. The boutonnieres were freesia and crespedia.

VENDORS : Photographer – Avenue Photo  | Venue – Vineland Estates Winery  |  Florist – Wine Country Floral |  Hair and Makeup –  Maria Delduca Hair and Makeup |  The Wedding Company of Niagara  |  Dress – Ferre Sposa  |  Shoes – Pink Paradox London  |  Grooms Suit: Suit Supply  |  Grooms shoes – Clarks  |  Ties –  Scott Alla |  Rings – Blue Nile  |  Favours – Kate Aspen  |  Bridesmaid Dresses – Monsoon

Keswick Flower Shop – Grand Opening

I am so excited that I got to capture Room to Bloom new brick and mortar store. Erin, the owner and super talented designer is the mastermind behind all of the floral design, the events [yup, floral crown making workshops], and the curator of all of the local, beautiful gifts and treasures she carries in her shop [including some art prints designed by ME!]. Not only that, but Erin and her awesome husband are an Avenue Photo couple. It has been so awesome following her and her family on this journey.

Since today [Saturday June 10] is Room to Bloom’s official Grand Opening, and since I can’t be there because I am photographing another incredible couple, I so encourage you to take a beautiful weekend drive up to Keswick and support this incredible talent and warm hearted person.

Erin, I am so proud of you, you know when I visited you I had so stop myself from buying EVERYTHING in your store. I am certain your grand opening celebration will be nothing short of a success! Here’s to you and to many more years of creating beautiful floral designs!

Address:
Room to Bloom
236 Dovedale Dr
L4P 4C3 Keswick, Ontario

And just so all of you can get to know Erin and her vision a bit more…here is a bit from Erin.

How long have you been a florist and how did you get into floral design?

After university I worked in an office for a number of years and about 6 months before my own wedding, I decided I just couldn’t do it anymore! So I quit my job and enrolled in floral design school. I am fortunate enough to have an Aunt who has been a florist for 30+ years and she took me under her wing and showed me the ropes.  I started off as an apprentice at a couple of different shops and was eventually offered a management roll where I really got to learn the nitty gritty about the flower business.  I have been a florist for about 7 years now and I have never been more passionate about my career choice than I am now!

What is Room to Bloom?

Room to Bloom evolved from an idea scribbled on a beer coaster into a modern flower shop filled with unusual plants, cut flowers and really interesting gift ideas. To me there is nothing more exciting than filling the store with locally grown flowers and house plants and hand-made goods, and seeing the reaction on our customers’ faces when they find something truly unique.  We love working with customers and brides who share our passion for all things botanical!

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What are your favourite wedding trends right now?

I am all about the greenery- the more foliage the better! I am also loving that some tropical flowers and foliage are making a reappearance. 

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What makes a good/proper bouquet/arrangement?

A really great bouquet/arrangement will have an interesting colour palette, a focal point and the right amount of texture.  I love to experiment with different colour and flower combinations, but you can’t go wrong with the classic green and white – definitely a personal favourite.

What should a couple planning a wedding look for in a florist?

It’s important that you feel a creative connection with the florist you choose for your wedding day. You can share all of your ideas and photos with someone but if your tastes aren’t in line it will definitely show in the final product. Your flowers will be in almost all of your wedding photos and will have a huge impact on the look you are trying to achieve. Budgets are important so choosing a florist that will respect that and work within your means is key!

What advice would you give to a couple when choosing their wedding flowers?

Go with your gut and choose flowers that reflect your personal taste as a couple. Trends are fleeting but taste is forever. You want to look back at your wedding photos 20 years from now and still be in love with the blooms that you chose to carry on the most important day of your life. 

When a couple visits you, should they come with ideas/inspiration photos/colour palette?

Absolutely! If you have a general idea of the look you’re trying to achieve a professional florist can help you with the fine tuning. It is very difficult to work with a bride who hasn’t put any thought into their flowers or decor.  Some florists curse Pinterest, but I think it is an amazing tool when working with couples to plan their wedding flowers. No one florist’s portfolio has enough content to show a bride all of their options.

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Favourite flower?

This week I would have to say my favourite flower is the protea. King, Queen, Pink Ice, Pin Cushion…I will take it in any variety I can get! That being said, it’s not realistic for a florist to narrow it down to just one flower.  As the seasons change so do the flowers and we fall in love all over again. Spring is here so bring on the peonies!

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