Real Wedding: Mandi and Juliano's Kate Spade Inspired Wedding

I met Mandi and Juliano about 6 months out in their wedding planning journey. When Mandi described her wedding style - black and white, gold, vintage glam I had star eyes. I responded with “So, Kate Spade style?” and Mandi beamed. They had some vendors booked, but were struggling with decisions, design and time. I created a custom planning package to cover the remainder of their planning needs (Yes! Don’t be afraid to ask for something that feels more suited to where you are in the process.)

Mandi has an incredible sense of style and design, which shines in one of her favourite things- Cosplay. The outfits she designs are something else. She chose this stunning light blush gown and spent hours shopping for and eventually making the perfect bird cage veil for the day.

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The design for the event room was centred on playing up the vintage and stripes, but keeping an elegant feel. Mandi and Juliano opted for a matte white satin linen paired with a bold black and white striped table runner. The chargers added a pop of gold and ensured the tables didn’t feel “too white”.

We did two styles of centrepieces on the tables - one with a vintage taper trio and the others with tall gold centres brimming with hydrangeas. This way there was a little extra wiggle in the budget for black chiavari chairs and a custom striped dance floor.

Juliano designed all the day of stationary to fit the theme and the team at High Tea Bakery made the prettiest Kate Spade inspired cake!

I especially love when couples find ways to honour their family traditions or special cultural items. Mandi had spent a number of years as a Ukrainian dancer so it was really important that they had a troupe perform during dinner. Juliano is originally from Brazil and his parents travelled to Winnipeg for the wedding. It was important to them to incorporate the tradition of cutting the grooms tie and selling it off to the guests. Juliano’s Dad also wowed us all with his first speech in English!i

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These two also had a love of Disney - they got engaged in Disney and vacation there regularly, so it wasn’t a surprise to hear that their first dance song was from Disney Pixar’s movie “Up”.

You can’t go wrong when you infuse your wedding with your personality and personal style and I think that this wedding really nailed it.

I’d love it if you took a peek at the gallery to see more about this day beautifully captured by Chantelle Dione Photography.

Vendors: Planned Perfectly, Dream Day Decorators, Simply Perfect Decor, Petals by S & A, Helene’s Bridal, EPH Apparel, High Tea Bakery, EventLight and Rossdale Dance School

Enchanted Garden Wedding Inspiration

I am not going to lie, I struggle with blogging. A lot. Which is weird, as anyone who has known me for a long time, know that I have actually had travel articles published, won writing awards in school and honestly thought that somewhere down the road I would have some sort of writing career. Fast forward twenty years and here we are. Blog struggles. I usually start the blog piece and then quickly put it off and push it so far to the side that I only feel a little guilty about not finishing it. Plus there is the unanswered question - does anyone actually read this?

This shoot took a lot to come together, it was a struggle. It almost felt cursed. We had models drop out, dress shops change their mind, a suit that didn’t materialize. It was so stressful, but the end product feels magical. Maybe it’s because we did put so much work into making it happen? I couldn’t have done with without the support and work of Casey Nolin Photography - not just for the gorgeous photos but for the late night texts and her unwavering positivity that this would come together. There may have also been wine?

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The idea for this shoot started with the idea for this table. I was dreaming of a table that felt like it was on the forest floor - moss, succulents, ferns and a real wild energy. I think when I described it to Gloria at Beyond Flowers, the florist that collaborated, I said “I want it to look like the Earth is swallowing the table”. I layered a moss runner with real moss, succulents, antlers and these really incredible local flowers that Beyond Flowers sourced. It fit into the beautiful venue, La Lune so perfectly with Dianne’s greenery dripping chandeliers and fairy lights. The chargers had a lily pad feel to them which I instantly loved and the mercury tea lights felt like floating flowers on the table. This table is still hands down one of my favourite pieces.

When it came to the dress Anna Lang Bridal came to the rescue. Originally we had a different idea for the dress but Casey and I fell in love with the whimsical feel of this ballgown that had appliqué flower petals attached. Oh and can we take a moment to admire the bouquet of my dreams from Beyond Flowers??

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Our amazing hair and make up team from Made Beauty Co. (Velangeline and Charlene) gave Jensen a fresh, glowing look and hair that embraced her natural curl. Charlene actually pulled out an old school crimper to finish the look. Our groom model, Ari, is a stylist at Waltz on in Barber Shop so he took care of his own styling.

This shoot makes me miss summer. The beautiful golden light, lush flowers and shades of green. I really am a summer baby at heart. I’d love to hear what you have to say about our inspiration shoot.

Credits to our all star group of vendors: Anna Lang Bridal, Beyond Flowers, Casey Nolin Photography, C&T Rentals, Dream Day Decorators, La Lune Event Venue, Made Beauty Co., The Vintage Nest for making my enchanted forest inspiration come true.


Real Wedding: Jocelyn & Stephane

I have been trying to get this wedding up on the blog before the official end of our eternal winter.   I figured that regardless of how beautiful this day was, you might cry if I showed this off when it was finally spring.  We are all dreaming of warm days, bright sun and the beauty of summer weddings, but take a moment to love this day as much as I did.  

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It was so hard to choose images from this gallery to show - though I will say this is one of my many favourites.  If you're not familiar with Charmaine Mallari Photography I suggest you head over to her site immediately - well, ok, after you hang out here first.  She has an incredible gift at capturing emotion in a day.  This day was full of it.

I first met Jocelyn and Stephane on their venue search in early 2017.  Thanks to a referral from Charmaine we met again months later and they booked a Partial Planning Package to help what was jokingly referred to on the day of as "Stephane's Dream Wedding". Planning with Jocelyn and Stephane was like hanging out with close friends - it was fun, and full of laughter .  They always asked how I was, how my family was and were honestly interested in my answers.  One of the things I loved about them, and after meeting their friends and family day of I found everyone felt the same, was they are so genuine, kind hearted and have so much love for the people in their lives.  They really are incredible people to get to know.  

The two had booked Niakwa Country Club for their reception and had a clear idea of what they wanted, they just weren't sure how to get there.  They wanted a warm feel to the reception, but with a classic and elegant feel.  We selected a neutral palette of champagne and ivory tones and used uplighting from the crew at EventLight to minimize the effects of the dark wood on the walls.  Stephane was also very excited about having a live piano player (Ferro Montanino) for their cocktail reception because it reminded him of one of his favourite places - The Palm Lounge.  Niakwa Country Club was a lovely venue to work with and  delivered a well executed event with great food and one of the prettiest charcuterie displays I've seen. 

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Now let's give a shout out to the wedding party!  I have spent time with a lot of wedding parties in my career and this was one of the best.  Especially the groomsmen.  They had such a strong bond that was evident throughout the day with their surprises for Stephane, their roasts and jokes and their heartfelt words.  Looking at photos you'd never guess that Jocelyn and Stephane got married on one of the coldest days of the year.  It was seriously -45 degrees celsius.  Not one word of complaint from any of them - just lots of laughter and smiles.

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I literally could go on and on all day about what a perfect day it was, how much I love these two and their friends and family or how beautiful Charmaine's photos are, but you should see it for yourself.  Click here to visit Jocelyn and Stephane's Gallery.  Trust me, if I could put more photos in I would!