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A Stylish, Modern Wedding In Toronto

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Torontonians Renata De Thomasis and Aundrae Rollins met when they were teenagers. “Aundrae was on my dad’s soccer team and became best friends with my brother,” Renata explains. “He was always at our house and he eventually moved in with us.” Although they were childhood friends, the two drifted apart and didn’t reconnect until a New Year’s Eve party in 2004.

As a wedding makeup artist, Renata had seen her fair share of celebrations, so when it came to planning her own party she looked to unique places for inspiration. “We loved Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2014 collection with its warm golds, rich reds, black and a stained-glass-window blue,” Renata says. The couple, together with their event planner and designer Melissa Andre of Melissa Andre Events dreamed up a list of ideas to bring this colour palette to life.

“For my bouquet I went to Blush & Bloom and asked for a creation with red flowers,” Renata shares. “I absolutely loved it when I saw it—it was like walking around with a piece of art.” Ruby red shoes and black bridesmaid dresses also emphasized her motif. “For the decor, we left that up to Melissa and her team to help design, and we couldn’t have asked for anything more ‘us’ than what we got,” Renata confirms.

The wedding day began with a ceremony at The Spoke Club, located in downtown Toronto. The walk down the aisle was a special moment between the couple, not only because they were seeing each other for the first time, but also because they had placed a bet over whether Aundrae would cry. Dressed in a stunning Jenny Packham gown and cloaked in a custom-made cape from Valencienne, Renata knew the instant she locked eyes with Aundrae that he was about to melt. “I will say proudly I lost the bet,” Aundrae laughs. “I had so many emotions that day—excited, anxious and over-joyed about the whole moment of seeing her. When I saw her turn the corner with her parents, I was floored. To me, she couldn’t have been more perfect.”

For their reception, the couple selected Toronto’s Berkeley Church. “We chose that particular venue because of its character,” Renata says. “For the decorations, we added some modern elements and lots of florals. I loved seeing it all—it felt like we were in a very old European cathedral.” Upon arrival guests were greeted with rows and rows of tables topped in a custom blue-and-white-patterned decal, black-and- white lampshades wrapped in garlands and roses, and gold-and-black dinnerware topped with an ultra-luxe treat: Christian Lacroix notebooks for guests to take home. The pièce de resistance was the beautiful head table decked in candles, a lush floral arch and a five-tiered wedding cake.

To officially open the main reception room, guests watched from the mezzanine of the church as Renata and Aundrae took their first twirl as Mr. & Mrs. to “I Found My Everything” by Mary J. Blige. “We felt like we were alone, dancing on a stage,” Renata recalls. “It felt like our moment—and it was amazing to have our closest friends and family watching us.”

Renata De Thomasis and Aundrae Rollins, May 17, 2014, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Boyfriend/Girlfriend.

Vendors
Ceremony location: Portland Room at The Spoke Club
Reception location: The Berkeley Church
Bridal gown: Jenny Packham from Powder Bride with a cape from Valencienne
Bridesmaids dresses: White by Vera Wang from David’s Bridal and Badgley Mischka from Holt Renfrew
Groom’s tux: J.P. Tilford, Samuelsohn and Tom Ford from Harry Rosen
Groomsmen attire: Coppley from Harry Rosen
Cake: Nadia & Co.
Ice cream sandwiches: Sweet Sammies
Doughnuts: Glory Hole Doughnuts
Favours: Melissa Andre Events
Wedding planner: Melissa Andre Events
Music: Michael Coombs
Bride makeup: Renata De Thomasis
Bridesmaids makeup: Janine Holmes and Patrick Rahme
Hair: Tony Phaam from Jie Prive, Nicole Graftner and Nina Puccio
Bouquets: Blush & Bloom
Floral decor: Melissa Andre Events
Stationery: Paper & Poste
Wedding invites: Momental Designs
Rentals: Chair-man Mills and Contemporary Furniture Rentals
Wallpaper: Melissa Andre Events
Photo booth: SmileBooth by Mango Studios
Ceremony violinist: Tino Pop

A Dreamy Destination Wedding In Corsica

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With family and friends scattered around the world, Jaime Holland and Carl Pocock always knew that an intimate destination wedding somewhere in the Mediterranean was in the cards for them. “We had been to Corsica together a few years before we got engaged and fell in love with it,” Jaime admits. “The island offers a perfect combo of outdoor activities, incredible history and gorgeous landscapes. We knew our friends and family would love the island as much as we did.”

To assist them with their French fete the couple enlisted the help of wedding planner La Fabrique à Rêves, based in Paris and Marseille. “We booked Hotel Palazzu in Pigna based off of photos and videos we saw from them,” Jaime explains. “Although it was great to see the place digitally, words cannot express how excited and overwhelmed we were to see it for the first time in person. It was even more beautiful than we ever imagined.” The hotel, an 18th-century family-owned mansion with lush and secluded gardens, was the perfect setting for their romantic escape. Jaime and Carl’s wedding ceremony took place at Cantina a Moresca, an ancient threshing circle site formerly used to separate grain. “It offered a truly magnificent view and surreal backdrop,” Jaime recalls. “To look out at the most amazing views—eagles were literally soaring overhead—and to see the man of your dreams surrounded by your closest friends and family was pretty incredible.”

As a personal detail, Jaime and Carl included a tribute to each other, followed by their vows, which were celebrated with tossed lavender confetti and champagne. “We had the reception in the back garden of the Hotel Palazzu,” Jaime says. Not wanting to take away from the beauty of the natural landscape, the couple kept the decor minimal, choosing soft pink and green accents. “My vision came to life with the set-up, done by a handful of talented friends along with our planners Èlodie and Delphine from La Fabrique à Rêves.”

As an interior designer, Jaime was obsessed with the little details: she designed all the day-of stationery and even drafted floor plans to ensure her vision would easily transform into reality. Dinner proved to be nothing short of magical with a single long table covered in linen and topped with green garlands, flowers in shades of pink and candles. Each guest’s place was marked with a card handwritten in calligraphy. “With the stone wall backdrop and to-die-for sunset, it couldn’t have been any more beautiful,” Jaime reminisces.

In keeping with the romantic atmosphere, the couple hired a local band, Buskers, to play in the background. “We discovered them on our first trip to Corsica a few years back,” Jaime explains. “We had such a pleasant experience that we had asked for their names. Two years later, when we were getting married, we miraculously tracked them down in Paris via Facebook. We were over the moon when they accepted our proposal to play at our wedding—their music set the mood and fit the scenery perfectly.”

Dinner and dancing carried on until two in the morning, when the bus arrived to take guests back to their accommodations. “It was a beautiful and warm night in Pigna. We enjoyed an incredible meal with our guests followed by an outstanding dance party, with tunes procured and mixed on an iPod Carl had spent a year preparing,” Jaime discloses. “Carl and I spent the night at Hotel Palazzu, only to wake up and find that everything had been cleaned up and put away, as if it was all a beautiful dream.”

Jaime Holland and Carl Pocock, July 17, 2014, Corsica, France. 

Photography courtesy of Shannon Yau Photography.

Vendors
Ceremony location: Cantina A Moresca
Reception location: Hotel Palazzu
Bridal gown: Elizabeth Fillmore
Groom’s tux: Hugo Boss
Caterer: Chef Michael Nordico at Restaurant Palazzu
Wedding planners: Elodie Decaix-Nicolas and Delphine Barallier at La Fabrique à Rêves
Music: Buskers
Hair and makeup: Britt Nijs and Andy Cheyne
Flowers: Caitlin Melling
Stationery: Designed by bride and printed at Jukebox

A Modern Scottish Wedding In Hamilton, Ontario

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Scottish and Newfoundland traditions merged at Lisa Hannam and David Finnerty’s grand celebration. The two started the day off with a heartwarming ceremony in the lobby of Liuna Station. The groom sported a kilt and the bride walked down the aisle with a Chanel bag in hand. “It was one of our favourite parts of the entire wedding day,” Lisa shares. “Dave said you could hear a hush the minute we entered the room. The ceremony was light, short and fun. As we stood in front of our guests, we knew they were having a good time already, laughing and clapping.”

Lisa says she and David let the colour scheme of their venue dictate the decor for their day. Flowers were rich red, bright orange, muted purple, soft mint and yellow accented with silver and velvet brocade linens to go with the 1920s feel of the space. “I think the bold arrangements with the unique stands really gave the reception a warm, welcome feeling,” Lisa says.

The couple’s wedding also had an underlying Scottish theme. “Dave is Scottish, and so are many of the things he loves. His favourite Scottish artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, inspired many details, from the cakes to the favours; there were touches of his famous roses everywhere on our special day,” Lisa says.

Because Lisa’s family hails from Newfoundland a few east coast traditions were included in the celebration as well. “Screeching-in Dave and his family to be ‘honorary’ Newfies was one of the best moments of the evening,” Lisa laughs. “We had them do everything from eating a piece of Newfie steak (bologna) to answering a Newfie vocab quiz — it was a great standout for my background and family.”

Lisa Hannam and David Finnerty, April 12, 2014, Hamilton, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Jean-Marc Robin at Ikonica.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception location: Liuna Station
Bridal gown: Paule Ka
Cake: White Cakery Co.
Stationery: Joanna Kam
Groom’s attire: Burnett & Struth
Favours: Marie McMillan Guy and Henry Gibbons Guy
Music: DJ Emporium
Hair: Ivanka Grgic
Makeup: Sheri Stroh for Plutino Group
Flowers: La Jardinere

How To Squeeze In Some Wedding Planning During The Holidays

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December and January are usually reserved for nesting, taking a much needed-vacation and catching up with friends and family. And while wedding planning might not be top of mind for most brides, there are some advantages to doing some brainstorming (and shopping) over the festive season. From taking engagement photos to buying bridesmaid dresses, here are five examples of how you can knock off some wedding to-dos during the Christmas break.

A Rustic, Elegant Wedding In Northern Ontario

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It took five years and a trip to Africa to bring senior entertainment reporter at CTV’s eTalk Danielle McGimsie and MuchMusic creative director Randall Graham together. “We worked in the same building right under each other’s noses,” Danielle explains. “We both went to Africa on a separate work assignment and that’s where we officially met. Randall says, ‘We were 62 steps apart but had to go to the other side of the planet to find one another,’ I love it when he says that.”

For their special day, the two whisked guests up north to their cottage for a rustic, elegant celebration. “We wanted the decor to reflect the environment so we went with white, green and gold for our colour palette,” Danielle says. Channeling his creative side, Randall hand-made the place card holders using wood from their property. For a romantic touch, he hung gold lanterns in trees around the entire area. In keeping with their rustic theme, the two opted to dress their tables with burlap and hydrangea-filled centrepieces.

Following a beautiful ceremony, with the lake as their backdrop, the two ushered guests to a tent for a delicious sit-down dinner. “We worked with Don Potter of Muskoka Catering, whose specialty and focus is using local ingredients,” the two share. “We both agree that Don really outdid himself; several of our guests said our wedding featured some of the best food they had ever tasted.”

In lieu of clinking glasses, the couple asked friends and family to say a poem if they wanted them to kiss. “A lot of our friends work in TV and are very creative people so the poems were amazing,” Danielle recounts. “Our favourite was the heartfelt poem from our friends about our love story and how we met in Africa.”

As wedding favours the two dished out an array of goodies including cake pops, maple syrup from Parry Sound and Dawson’s Hot Sauce. Ending the evening on a bang, Danielle and Randall asked everyone to gather on their back deck for fireworks. “The sky lit up and it was spectacular,” Danielle remembers. “We danced and laughed and lip-synced the night away until the wee hours of the morning.”

Danielle McGimsie and Randall Graham, July 30, 2014, Parry Sound, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Todd Fraser.

Vendors
Bridal gown:
Pnina Tornai from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay
Groom’s tux: Strellson from Hudson’s Bay
Cake pops: The Little Bakery That Can
Caterer: Muskoka Catering
Favours: Bradley’s Maple Syrup (705-732-6903) and Dawson’s Hot Sauce
Wedding planners: Northern Paradise Events
Hair and makeup: Voula Zisis
Flowers: Pardon My Garden
Stationery: Evermine
Wedding bands: Maison Birks

 

The Best Honeymoon Hotels In Hawaii

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Hawaii is a mecca for tourists seeking sun, surf and a relaxed atmosphere. The island chain also offers something for every type of honeymooner. From hiking volcanoes to kicking back on some of the world’s most stunning beaches, there’s no shortage of amazing things to do in this tropical paradise. When it comes to accommodations, the options are just as diverse. In particular, Hawaii prides itself on its wealth of beautiful hotels offering prime beachfront access and incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. Here, we narrow down six of the best hotels in Hawaii for honeymoons.

Hawaii For Foodies

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For a tiny island chain isolated in the middle of the Pacific, Hawaii has an astounding food scene. With a focus on readily available fresh seafood and tropical fruit, Hawaiian cuisine fuses traditional American fare with Asian flavours. From street eats to high-end cuisine, there’s an infinite number of delicious cafes and restaurants serving up “ono grinds” (the Hawaiian term for delicious food) that you’ll still be craving on the plane ride home. Here, we’ll introduce you to five of our favourite places to chow down in paradise.

6 Must-Have Hawaiian Honeymoon Experiences

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Whether you’re a sun-worshipper or an adrenaline junkie, there are so many wonderful things to do in Hawaii. Catching waves, hiking to hidden waterfalls and taking in the view from some of the world’s most beautiful beaches are just a few of the noteworthy things you can do on a Hawaiian vacation. To help you narrow down your activity list, here are six honeymoon experiences worth adding to your itinerary.

How To Plan A Destination Wedding in Hawaii

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For years Hawaii has been a destination wedding hot spot for west coast Canadians, Australians and Americans–and it’s easy to see why. Beautiful beaches, lush greenery and year-round delightful weather are major incentives. Here’s a rundown on everything you need to know to get married in Hawaii from cost to licensing fees.

The best time to go: Off-season typically occurs from mid-April to early June and September to mid-December. If you’re looking to cut back on costs and enjoy less crowded islands then this is the best time to visit. However, the weather is the driest during April to October, so if you’re looking to tie the knot outdoors and want to avoid rain, then booking between those months is your best bet. Try and avoid June and July, when it’s peak season and prices tend to increase because of family vacations.

The flight: There are frequent flights from Vancouver to Hawaii through Air Canada and West Jet. If you live in Toronto or are coming in from Eastern Canada, direct flights are now available to Honolulu via Air Canada. Direct flights from Toronto are roughly 10 hours while the journey from Vancouver is about six hours.

Legal paperwork: Getting married in Hawaii as a Canadian is easy. To obtain a valid marriage license in Hawaii you’ll need a Canadian passport and will be required to complete the official application, which can be downloaded at Hawaii Health Department Building. Both parties must be present when you apply in person. The fee is $65. More information regarding the necessary legal paperwork to be wed in Hawaii can be found here.

The budget: Like anywhere else in the world, tying the knot in Hawaii can range anywhere from $5,000 to $100,000+. It all depends on the type of party you plan on having, how many guests are invited, venue choice, etc.

The venue: The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort tops our list as one of the most romantic venues at which to say “I do”. There are four major function spaces–the two lawns, the terrace and the main studio–with the lawns being the more popular option since they can easily accommodate more than 200 guests. An in-house event design team and on-site photographer are also available to make planning a breeze. Also, with four infinity pools, and a 15-acre beachfront, snapping beautiful wedding photos is a cinch!

 

 

A Romantic Summer Wedding in Toronto, Ontario

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It was a summer camp in Huntsville, Ontario that brought Lauren Michaels and Ryan Cohen together. “We started dating at 15 and have been together ever since!” Lauren explains.

As a PR manager at NKPR, Lauren has organized and attended her fair share of parties. Naturally, when the time came to host her own wedding, she knew exactly what she wanted and how to plan it. Inspired by French romance, Lauren and Ryan incorporated a dreamy palette of gold, cream and blush into their wedding day. “The reception had an eclectic, romantic feel with lots of candles everywhere as well as varying floral arrangements in vintage-styled vases,” Lauren describes. “We created a fairytale atmosphere by draping tiny strands of lights around our chuppah and behind the table.”

Walking down the aisle to “Tuolumne” by Eddie Vedder (from the soundtrack of Into the Wild–Ryan’s favourite movie), Lauren wore a stunning strapless Danielle Caprese gown from Kleinfeld. “I purchased the dress unexpectedly on a trip to New York with my mom,” Lauren shares. “We went for the ‘Kleinfeld’ experience (both being huge fans of the show Say Yes To The Dress) and found ourselves walking out with a dress. It is the perfect shade of blush/champagne–I instantly fell in love.”

A gourmet sit-down dinner at the Ritz-Carlton was followed by a deliciously stocked candy bar and entertaining band. “We absolutely loved them” Lauren exclaims. “They were incredible and kept us on our feet until 2 a.m. They event brought my brother on stage to perform with them, which was an amazing moment.”

Lauren Michaels and Ryan Cohen, June 29, 2014, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of T.H. Jackson Huang from Ikonica.

Vendors
Bridal gown: Danielle Caprese from Kleinfeld
Ceremony and reception location: The Ritz-Carlton
Cake: For The Love Of Cake
Music: The Universal Boogie Band from Magen Boys Entertainment
Wedding planner: Lianne Adelson from The Event Boutique
Groom’s tux: Brunello Cucinelli from Harry Rosen
Favours: Flip flops by Charlie Paige
DJ: Eric Bouaziz
Hair: Bruna Mata
Makeup: Maureen Greenstein
Flowers: Stemz
Stationery: Paper Ideas
Socks: Yo Sox

10 Questions Every Couple Should Ask Their Cake Designer Before Booking

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Photo by Yvonne Duivenvoorden. Styling by Catherine Doherty. Cakes by Patricia’s Cake Creations and Opulent Cake Company. First published in Weddingbells‘ Spring & Summer 2015 issue.

You’ve picked a date, booked the venue, found the dress and now comes the fun part: choosing the cake. Thanks to Pinterest, finding the right cake design has become a whole lot easier. Finding the right vendor to create your dream confection can be a bit trickier. To help you navigate the waters, we’ve drummed up a list of 10 questions you should ask every cake designer before officially booking them.

1. ARE THEY LICENSED?
Before you fall in love with your cake designer, you need to ensure that they are properly equipped with the right documents. Most wedding venues require a fully-licensed cake designer to bring in a wedding cake, so before you make the decision to hire someone, be sure to ask for some identification so you don’t run into this speed bump down the road.

2. WHAT KIND OF CAKES DO THEY SPECIALIZE IN?
Like art, some bakers will only specialize in certain mediums. In cake terms, this could mean buttercream versus fondant. Before you book an appointment, do some research on your potential cake makers. Check out his or her website and social media accounts — this should give you an idea of personal style and area of expertise. If they’re not web-savvy, ask to see photos in person. Make sure you are hiring a cake designer whose specialty matches your wedding style.

3. WHAT’S THE STARTING PRICE?
Not all wedding cakes are priced the same. Some creations may be more labour-intensive. So, before you book, ensure that you ask your cake designer what the starting cost is per slice.

4. WILL THEY REPLICATE A CAKE?
You’ve seen a photo and now you want that exact cake. Ask your baker if they will create an exact replica. Most times, they’ll take your picture as inspiration and modify it according to your prices, needs and their stylistic ability. Unless it’s a cake from their portfolio or something more classic, you’ll find many cake designers would be reluctant to create an exact replica.

5. DO THEY OFFER TASTINGS?
The inside of the cake should match the beauty of the outside. Don’t be afraid to ask for samples or a cake tasting before booking. If your cake designer doesn’t offer cake tastings before bookings, then ask if they’ll be at bridal shows–which is where you can traditionally sample the goods.

6. ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL FEES?
Cake toppers, delivery, cake stands and other embellishments are not typically added into the original quote. Ask in advance about any additional fees so that there are no surprises when the invoice comes in.

7. WHAT HAPPENS IF THE CAKE IS DAMAGED IN TRANSIT?
Accidents happen, especially when you’re transporting gigantic tiers of delicate cake. Don’t be afraid to ask what your cake designer’s policies are when it comes to damage. Do they have a refund policy? Or, do they have a back-up plan in case something goes awry?

8. WHAT KIND OF FLAVOURS AND FILLINGS DO THEY WORK WITH?
Brides these days are becoming more elaborate with their filling choices–which is great! But, before you commit to a flavour, you’ll want to know if your cake designer can actually make that flavour. If they haven’t but are willing to work with new flavours, you’ll definitely want to make sure you have a tasting beforehand.

9. WHO WILL MAKE THE WEDDING CAKE?
This might sound like a silly question, however when it comes to bigger bakeries, you’ll often find that they have a whole team in place. If you’re looking for a specific designer to create your cake make sure you are meeting with the right person.

10. ARE THEY WILLING TO WORK WITH YOUR FLORIST TO ADD FRESH FLOWERS TO THE CAKE?
If you’re looking to scale back on the budget, fresh flowers in lieu of sugar flowers are the way to go. But, before you make that decision, ask if your cake designer will work with your florist or fresh flowers. Some cake designers are opposed to adding fresh flowers to their cake designs, while others are not. Asking in advance will give your cake designer ample time to create a cake with other elements in mind.

 

Wedding Budgets: Where To Splurge And Where To Save

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We’re huge supporters of DIY endeavours, but some things are better left to the experts. Put your money into the things you need most to host a great party then cut costs by adding some charming handmade accents into your celebration. Consider this your guide to wedding budgeting:

Splurge On Food
Unless you’re a professional chef, this is one area you don’t want to tackle on your own, and it’s definitely not an area to scrimp on. Aside from the actual ceremony itself, your guests will judge the success of the event on how good the food is. The best way to keep a guest happy—especially during a long ceremony and reception—is definitely through his or her stomach.

Splurge On Photography
A friend or a family member with a digital camera is nice, but a professional photographer is usually your best bet to ensure that your day is captured flawlessly from beginning to end. Thoroughly review all potential photographers’ portfolios and spend some extra cash on a pro whose style and personality matches your own.

Splurge On Hair And Makeup
Chances are you’ll want to look as beautiful as you possibly can on your big day. This is when you don’t want to rely on a friend—unless you really trust them—to do your hair and makeup. The professionals know what they’re doing and can work their magic to ensure you look glowy and pretty throughout the whole day.

Save On Invitations
Sometimes it isn’t necessary to get the whole stationery package (i.e. thank-you cards, RSVP cards, etc.). You may want to consider ordering invites and getting your own thank you cards or using a website for save-the-dates. Companies such as Minted and Michaels also have some great, affordable templates for creating your own customized wedding stationery.

Save On Cake
It’s not necessary to have a grand seven-tiered wedding cake, even if you are feeding a crowd of 250. You can still get a beautiful cake, but keep the design sweet and simple to lower the cost. Or, opt for slab cakes and have a dummy cake for appearance sake.

Save On Favours
Not everyone at your wedding must receive a wedding favour—you can keep the budget down by allotting one favour per family/couple. Also, you can double up and serve mini-cakes as your confection and bonbonnière.

DIY Lollipop Wedding Favours You Can Make In Just A Few Simple Steps

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Photography by Adrian Armstrong. First published in Weddingbells‘ Spring & Summer 2015 edition.

For a unique and sweet wedding favour, impress your guests by making these beautiful DIY lollipops from scratch. They don’t require need a ton of ingredients and, better yet, they’re really easy to create. To help us with this project, we turned to the pros Nadia & Co. for Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts who provided step-by-step instructions. Read on to discover how to make these lovely lollies at home. With flaked gold and floral adornments, your guests will think you spent a bundle on these beautiful treats.

Bonus: If you’re in Toronto, Bonnie Gordon offers weekend crash courses on creating a variety of impressive sweets.

A Natural, Coral and Green Wedding in Woodbridge, Ontario

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If you asked Karen Leung and Kevin Sizto how they met, they’ll tell you that they technically connected online. “One day in grad school a classmate of mine started chatting about her best friend and how amazing he was,” Karen recalls. “One thing led to another, MSN contacts were shared, and voila! The rest is history.”

For her wedding day colours, Karen chose shades of coral and green to match her bridesmaids’ dresses and to mimic the feel of a simple yet rustic ambiance. “We wanted our wedding to really embody the natural elements,” says Karen.

In keeping with their natural scheme, the pair picked The Country Club in Woodbridge, a lush golf course, for their ceremony and reception location. Gorgeous floral arrangements — from the aisle bouquets which clung to the end of each chair at the ceremony to mason jar centrepieces — enhanced the couple’s rustic atmosphere. “We were so overwhelmed by the arrangements our florists did,” Karen gushes. “The sheer amount of flowers was really quite shocking! We told her to just run with whatever idea she had and we loved what she did.”

Following dinner, Kevin and Karen surprised family and friends with a late night dessert treat: an ice cream truck. “We had the truck drive up to the door and serve our guests ice cream and popsicles,” the two share. “We even had a chance to hop into the truck and serve guests ourselves — it was so much fun!”

Karen Leung and Kevin Sizto, July 5, 2014, Woodbridge, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Heidi Lau Photography.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception location: 
The Country Club
Bridal gown: Casablanca from Felichia Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Henkaa
Groom’s tux: Tuxedo Royale
Cake: Dolled Up Cupcakes
Caterer: Grand Catering
Favours: Butter Avenue
Music: Ryan Ramcharran
Hair: Suzie Kim
Makeup: Fiona Man
Stationery: Vistaprint

 

 

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