Sometimes, my job as editor here can be really hard. Like when awesome photographers, such as A Brit & A Blonde seen here, send submissions that are so full of amazing, jaw-dropping shots that I really don’t know how to narrow them down!
My cheeks are sore from smiling at all the pictures from this gorgeous modern wedding in Toronto, Ontario. This couple looks absolutely retro chic, fun, and completely unique. The combination of the retro hairstyle and make-up on the bride, along with the ultra-suave, clean shaven groom fitted with old-school glasses, a sharp tux and fantastic yellow socks, all juxtaposed to a modern city scene complete with graffiti, a trip on a public bus, and a warehouse-style venue… it all just looks so fun and colourful. I kinda wish I had been there!
If you love this wedding as much as I do, you’ll be excited to hear that A Brit & A Blonde are now on the Preferred Vendors List! Welcome on board guys!!
More from A Brit & A Blonde:
This wedding is the definition of city cool. We are talking bespoke tuxedo, ah-maze Caroline Herrera wedding dress, pops of yellow and an adorbs pup with a bow tie. I heart this wedding a lot. Jason & Yaryna are a super fun couple and have an impeccable design aesthetic. The groom is a graphic designer and well he looks pretty darn awesome in his bespoke tuxedo. Yaryna looked beyond amazing in a drop dead gorgeously perfect dress from Caroline Herrera. Her oh-so-bang on hair and that perfect red pout were the perfect accessories. Thanks to uber rad hair/makeup genius Lucky Bromhead (who also does makeup for MTV Canada). She even parked her sweet baby blue Vespa outside where we could not resist taking some snaps with the bride. The couple adore their big city of Toronto – so dressed to the nines, they opted to wait for the streetcar and take public transit to their wedding. We kinda dig them for that. The pops of yellow with the balloons, the bridesmaids shoes, the fun “yeah” sticks, the groom’s socks and even their beloved dog’s bowtie added that sense of “je ne sais quoi”. The Burroughes Building was where they held their ceremony and reception for about 90 guests. The exposed brick wall and industrial feel was the perfect choice for this city loving couple. Right in the heart of their city.
Photography: A Brit & A Blonde / Venue: The Burroughes Building, Toronto, Canada / Floral Design: King West Flowers / Catering and Cupcakes: The Food Dudes / Cookies: Clever Cookie / Lighting and Visual Effects: Aesthetec / Wedding Dress: Carolina Hererra / Bride’s Dancing Dress: Sarah Seven / Bride’s Shoes: Valentino / Bridesmaids’ Attire: J.Crew / Groom’s Attire: Bespoke Gian Paolo Mazzotta / Groom’s Shoes: Church’s / Hair: Alicia Allison from W. Salon / Makeup: Lucky Bromhead from Makeup By Lucky
I could not think of a better way to relaunch Satin & Snowflakes than by featuring one of photographer Anne-Marie Bouchard‘s beautiful weddings from this summer.
I specifically chose to share Lisa & Justin’s wedding in Perth, Ontario for this relaunch because it highlights so much of what Satin & Snowflakes loves: natural beauty, romance, elegance, natural light, dreamy flowers and timeless style. I couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear as I watched their story unfold through the pictures. There were so many beautiful moments that I had a very difficult time narrowing them down… in fact, I barely did. This is the longest wedding post published to date on S&S. Yes, it really is that gorgeous.
Congratulations Lisa & Justin, and to everyone reading this now: welcome back to Satin & Snowflakes! ♥
Lisa and Justin were one of those rare couples I book without meeting first. Lisa and I sent emails back and forth, emailing pictures and telling stories and decided we would be a great fit. Months later I finally got to meet Lisa in person with her Mom but wouldn’t get to meet Justin until the wedding day when he would be racing to set up their alter before rushing to ready himself for their ceremony.
I love Lisa and Justin’s story. They met on a hot summer afternoon. Justin was landscaping near Lisa’s house and when Lisa walked outside their was instant chemistry. He walked right up to her and asked her out but from what I understand, after one date the two just didn’t click. It wasn’t until a mutual friend set the two up on a blind date that they were reunited and this time sparks flew. Needless to say, this dear friend was one of Lisa’s bridesmaids at their beautiful Stewart Park wedding in Perth, Ontario. Again, like the first day they met, it was a hot summer day and Lisa glowed in her gorgeous Watters gown that pretty much looked like it was made for her. Justin couldn’t quite keep the tears at bay when he saw her walking down the aisle with her Dad, in fact, there were very few dry eyes in the park at that moment. Lisa’s mother played an integral role in helping the two sort out their wedding plans. Since they were planning all the way from Calgary, she dealt with details, built the alter, baked the cake, and was Lisa’s right hand the entire process. It’s a special thing seeing a bond between mother and daughter that tight.
Needless to say I was honoured to capture this day for these two special people. They are kind, so loved by their families and just so in love with each other. I know they’ll have a long, wonderful and happy marriage.
Photography: AMBphoto / Ceremony Site: Stewart Park, Perth, Ontario / Reception: Best Western Plus, Perth, Ontario / Wedding gown: Watters, purchased at Sonia’s Bridal, Calgary, Alberta / Brides’s shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaid Dresses: DahlNYC found on Etsy.com / Flowers: Kelly’s of Perth / Invitations, place cards and table numbers: Lamaworks found on Etsy.com / Cake: Bride’s Mother / DJ: Steve at 2 J’s Music Machine / Officiant: Kes Smith / Makeup by Krystal Viau (Friend of the bride) / Suits: Tip Top Tailors
I love this wedding! We featured Lindsay and Steven’s styled engagement session last week and wanted to share their equally beautiful wedding. I think that Lindsay and Steven really created an event with heart. They look like they are truly in love and have family that will support them as they grown their own. They say love is in the details, and did they ever put some tender love and care into cultivating a wedding with personality. And holy cow, are the outdoor shots gorgeous or what?! Beautiful work everyone, and congratulations Lindsay & Steven! From Anne-Marie Bouchard:
Sei la mia vita amore mio baciami!
When English words aren’t enough, say it in Italian! Right? Granted, my google search may not be accurate but I think I get the point across. Lindsay and Steven are love, loving and lovely, down-to-earth and fun and their wedding day was gorgeous – boiling hot! – and gorgeous. I don’t think they would’ve had it any other way. I met these two, two years ago! That’s how long they have been seeking out milk vases, dreaming of colour palettes and designing invitations. I’ve heard about wedding details here and there and imagined what it would all look like when it came together. I was blown away. It’s pretty fun to see a whole table of pies, cookies and biscotti baked by family members. Family is key for these two and they weren’t shy to talk about one day starting one of their own.
Needless to say, I’m very sad to see this day come to an end. Congratulations Lindsay and Steve. You two are amazing and I wish you all the love and happiness the whole wide world has to share.
Photographer: Anne-Marie Bouchard of AMBphoto / Day-of Wedding Coordinator: Sophia at My Events /
Wedding Invitations: Paper Studio / Hairstylists: Dana Storry (Pierino Scarfo Salon) & Kensey Young (freelance) / Makeup Artist: Taylor Byers / Caterer: Bytown Catering / Ceremony: St. Anthony of Padua / Reception: Glebe Community Centre / DJ: Deejay B (Brad Campbell) / Florist: Sparrow Floral / Wedding Cakes: Sophie Bifield Cake Company / Desert Table and Favours: Family / Bridemaids Gowns: Twobirds Bridesmaid from With Love Bridal Boutique / Wedding Gown: Cosmobella Collection from Demetrios Bridals from Simply Beautiful Bridal Boutique / Groom and groomsmens suits: Zara / Groomsmen’s ties: American Apparel
Everything about this beautiful backyard wedding is simply elegant. From the delicate neutral and refined chambray ensembles worn by the groom and his men to the dreamy breezeway entrance to the backyard reception. You are going to adore the sweet and lovely polished bouquets and the dainty diy table centerpieces.
You are especially going to swoon over the dreamy photographs captured by Nashville,Tennessee film photographer Ryan Bernal. Are you already swooning over the bridesmaid dresses above? Most of all this entire stylish affair was put together for 200 guests for less than $6,000. Read on to hear tid bits from the bride and of course see more from Ryan in the full wedding gallery.
How fabulous is Andrew and Hannah’s entrance sign? You could easily recreate this personalized rustic sign buy stenciling on burlap and framing it. We guesstimate the entire project, including the easel would run you about $45 depending on the price of your frame.
A stencil kit at Joann’s ($6.49) + magic stencil cream ($3.49) and we would estimate you would need a yard of burlap ($3). For the frame you could thrift a used frame and use gold spray paint ($6.46) for a similar effect and place it on an easel ($19). The paper flowers you see on the sign were also used on the cupcake tower below and you can easily make these yourself. Here is a you tube video with instructions and it seems to be fairly easy.
Andrew and Hannah were able to save a huge amount on having their wedding at their family’s home. We are certainly aware that all of you do not have huge backyard, but we recommend sharing with family and friends that you are interested in having a backyard wedding. Sometimes just spreading the word will do the trick. One of Hannah’s main tips is to ask for whatever you might need and if that happens to be a backyard, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
From the Bride:
If i can give any advice – its to not be afraid to ask for help. A lot of help! I had so many people involved down to the smalllest details and it relieved so much of the pressure from myself and it also involved everyone! I had people in Indianna collecting vintage plates from thrift stores for me while one of my friends in Georgia addressed the invitations…I utilized everyone!
We also love the mason jars that had a piece of raffia wrapped around it with a cute blank label to ensure ownership of the cup for the evening. The table decor was mismatched bottles and vases with loose flowers placed on a burlap table runner. Click here for a great tip, from another bride on how to acquire free bottles for your floral arrangements.
Simple is key…the simplicity of everything made it all the more lovely. I wanted people to feel as if they were at a backyard picnic, but with the feel and elegence of a wedding…and I think I was able to do just that.
Another great way to save money is having a taco bar, as opposed to a traditional fancy wedding menu. To jazz up the taco bar you could add gourmet items like duck confit and pickled red cabbage like Andrew and Hannah did. Having a limited bar will also reduce your budget. You could simply offer one type of wine or beer or a signature wedding cocktail.
A fantastic way to cut cost is to use Free Printables. If you did not know your can download a thumbprint tree guest book and vintage bicycle guest book for free over at our free wedding printables page.
Our Free Thumbprint Wedding Guest Books measures 11″ X 14″ and can be personalized with your names and wedding date. You can use smear-resistant dye ink.It is currently on sale at Joanne’s Fabric for $9.59.
Another money saver was the cupcake tower made by friends. Using the same book paper roses from the entrance sign along with burlap for a cohesive yet stylish look.
Featured on: The Wedding Chicks / Photographer: Ryan Bernal / Caterer: Rivermont Pizza / Dress Designer: BCBG / Flowers: Lynchburg Wholesale Floral Corporation – arranged by Bridesmaids / Groom’s Attire: Chambray tops / Shoe Designer: jcrew
Venue: Family home |Veil or Hair Accessories: The flowers in the bride’s hair were made from scraps of her wedding dress to match the gown | Jewelry: Vintage jewelry from my grandmothers | Coordinator: Friends and Family – A special thanks to Brooke Jones | Cake: Home-made cupcakes – Rachel Brewer | Makeup: Bridesmaid – Brittany Roth | Cinematography: Bethany Ufema
Besides all of the creamy, dreamy details (like the veil, gorgeous pink and blush-toned florals, and the five-tiered cake), when I originally saw this wedding on photographer Anne-Marie Bouchard’s blog in December, I couldn’t stop thinking about the ballroom where Karen and Dustin’s beautiful reception was located. I have never seen anything quite like it and wanted to know more. The French provincial decor is literally jaw-droppingly beautiful with its seemingly periwinkle blue walls with gold and cream accents. Of course, it is located in none other than the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.
Fondly known as the “Wedgwood” or “Oval” Room, the Adam Room was named after the British architect Robert Adam, who made this style of decoration famous in the late 18th century. The Adam Room can best be described as breathtaking. It truly stands alone in the luxurious beauty and design of its sculpted ceiling and oval shape, enhanced by a magnificent entrance platform. (excerpt found here)
As a funny little side note, even though I have seen this wedding on Anne-Marie’s blog a number of times now, I have just noticed that Karen is actually the daughter of my former boss, Tom. Congratulations on your lovely daughter’s wedding, Tom!
Karen’s incredible flowing veil, the bright pinks and soft blues that kept popping up throughout the day, the sweet feminine touches everywhere and the classic formal elegance these two loves exude. What a day, what a night. Congratulations Karen & Dustin! Thank you so so much for including us in your beautiful day.
Photographer: AMBphoto / Wedding Planner: Chic Wedding Planning & Design / Florals: Flowers Talk / Cake: Sophie Bifield Cake Company
Ceremonies are generally very under-decorated. Most of the decor budget goes towards the reception, but I personally think it is important to set the tone during the ceremony. The couple should always be the main focal point, but it is lovely to see some beauty wrapped around them as they are announced husband and wife for the first time.
Outdoor ceremonies are usually quite beautiful, but all the open space and beautiful scenery can dwarf the alter sometimes. Sarah & Chris’ ceremony is one of the most impressive alters that I have ever seen. The Vermont rolling hills in the background are breathtaking, but the alter stole the show. It was a perfect staging. Kathleen Landwehrle, the photographer, has more to say about the couple and the wedding itself:
Sarah and Chris had a relaxed playful day with a wedding party of athletic family and friends including Olympic mountain biker Lea Davison fresh back from London. The Trapp Family Lodge overlooks Vermont rolling hills and the town of Stowe. Sarah wore a beautiful lace gown with a long satin sash her bridesmaids helped wrap into a bow. Her bouquet was a wonderful accent with pinks and soft yellows. She spent most of the day relaxed in her bare feet. Chris and his groomsmen wore tan. Chris lined his jacket with a camouflage accent as a proud member of the Army National Guard. Prior to the ceremony the couple shared a first look and were able to tour the Trapps gardens and even meet the Scottish Highlander cows while taking wedding portraits.
The ceremony was held in the Wedding Meadow as the sun lowered towards the Worcester Mountain range. Following the ceremony was a cocktail hour tucked in a birch tree cove. The evening concluded with a soft lit tent reception. The ceiling of the tent was lined with colorful paper lanterns. Japanese words accented centerpieces guiding guests to their tables. The Trapps Lodge catered and the onsite gardens provided the floral decor.
Photographer: Kathleen Landwehrle / Venue: Trapp Family Lodge