"Fortunato in amore, fortunato nella vita. Siamo molto benedetti." (Translates to "fortunate in love, fortunate in life … we are very blessed!")
When the summer heat hits its peak, wise Italians escape the city and head to the country to join their loved ones for the mid-summer festival of Ferragosto on August 15. This was the inspiration for Janine + Roberto's Ferragosto wedding among the vineyards at Good Earth Food and Wine Co. in Niagara’s wine country.
The wedding ceremony was held in a verdant meadow under century old willow and sugar maple trees. Our nieces and nephews helped out in the religious service with a rousing responsorial psalm and handmade alleluia signs. The groom’s papa led the guests in reciting an Italian version of the Our Father – Il Padre Nostro. The ceremony ended with a prosecco toast: viva gli sposi! and we were deluged with handfuls of rice thrown from every direction.
As the sun was setting behind the orchard, guests strolled toward the winery bistro alongside the vineyard. The communal dinner table was waiting under the pergola, softly lit by sparkling crystal chandeliers and votives in a combination of mercury glass and custom hand-sewn vintage fabric sleeves in tones of muted mauve, pale lavender and mulled grape.
The last word goes to Janine + Roberto's five-year old nephew who whispered into the groom's ear: “Zio, can I tell you something?” “Yes, Ryan, what is it?” “This is the best wedding I’ve ever been to. It’s only the first wedding I’ve ever been to, but it’s the best!”
This wedding was perfectly captured byuber-talented wedding photographer Nataschia Wielink!
Event Photography: Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema / Private Photography: K Black and Co. / Wedding Venue: Good Earth Food and Wine Co. in Niagara, Ontario / Floral + Event Design: Mimosa Flower Studio / Menus + Programs: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Place Cards: DIY / Wedding Cake: Good Earth Food and Wine Co. / Music: Claudio Santaluce / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham via White Toronto / Bride’s Veil: Antique Belgian Lace / Bride’s Shoes: Sigerson Morrison / Bride’s Earrings: Laurent Gandini / Hair + Makeup: Jessica Jean Myers / Groom’s Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna via Holt Renfrew / Groom’s + Pageboys’ Ties: Pomp & Ceremony / Flower Girls’ Dresses: David’s Bridal / Pageboys’ Suits: J.Crew Crewcuts
This Niagara wedding is so full of pretty it nearly bursts with joy!!
Enjoy the rustic details and design of this Niagara winery wedding at Inn on the Twenty.
Cinema by Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema.
Florals & Event Design by Mimosa Flower Studio.
Wedding Venue is Inn on the Twenty.
Wedding Cake by Vineyard Sweets.
Linens & Chiavari Chairs by Simply Beautiful Decor.
Vintage Rentals by The Warehouse.
We’re excited to share the latest short film project by Mimosa Flower Studio ... they’re calling it The *Made with Love* Project!
From Mimosa Flower Studio ... “While we were dreaming this all up, we became focused on some specific words and phrases such as ... ‘local’, ‘heirloom’, ‘hand-made’, ‘authentic’, ‘community’, ‘nature’, ‘living in the moment’ ... we followed our heart and really let these words become our mantra to guide us through this project.”
“On most creative projects like this one, many, many hours are spent crafting a space to perfection so as to be pristinely captured for publication and then, quicker than it went up, it’s all torn down and packed away and everyone runs back to their busy lives! There’s something that just feels wrong about that ... so, this time around, we felt it was really important that those involved get to enjoy the fruits of our labour and share the joy of the moment! So, at the end of day with all of our hard work behind us, we invited a few friends to join us as we sat down for dinner + drinks!”
Lynn and Michael had been dating for over four years before getting married on an early summer’s eve in lovely Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country. For the proposal, Michael planned a “surprise” vacation to New York right before Christmas 2 years earlier. In their room at the Plaza Hotel, he got down on one knee and asked Lynn to marry him. She burst into tears right away and said yes!
View all the delicious pictures and the wonderful love story over on the WedLuxe Magazine blog.
Okay, we’ve got a bit of a different post for you this time ... all you wedding purists might want to hang on to your seats!
From the florist / designer: “When we first met with our bride, she told us that she didn’t want her wedding to *feel* like a wedding. She said she loved the store Anthropologie! We’re big Anthropologie fans and we decided to get involved a little bit more with the staging aspect of her wedding ... the fabrics, pillows and the antiques ... all the lovely, lovely details!”
See the full blog entry with tons of pictures on Mimosa Flower Studio’s blog!
Filed Under» Swish Loves This!,
Our good friend Nicolette and her band of merry food alchemists over at The Good Earth Food and Wine Co. recently launched their first ever cookbook and The Swish List was there to experience a taste of “The Good Book”.
This is The Good Earth’s first cookbook release ever! This self-published 84-page, spiral bound cookbook is full of mouthwatering colour photography and plenty of tips from The Good Earth food alchemists. The Good Book includes 32 tantalizing seasonal recipes from Chefs Patrick Engel, Isa DiIorio and Mike McColl. Each recipe has been “Earthling Approved”, tested for method, taste and final presentation.
On a side note, some of the ‘mood shots’ in the cookbook are the handiwork of talented Niagara wedding photographer (and Swish List Member!), Nataschia Wielink, who has also participated in a year-long documentary of the evolution of The Good Earth and whose images also grace the new Good Earth website and promotional materials!
If you weren’t able to make the launch party, Nataschia captured the images below so you can experience it vicariously!
Be one of the first foodies on your block to get a copy of “The Good Book”.
A vineyard wedding in Niagara is without question always a stunning affair and this Niagara winery wedding is exactly one of those beautiful celebrations that we can dream about all day long!
Featuring three of our Swish List recommended vendors, this was an especially exceptional wedding day. With photography by Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema, fabulous wedding flowers by Mimosa Flower Studio and hosted at the absolutely amazing Vineland Estates Winery … it’s filled to the brim with tantalizing touches.
Gorgeous green and blush palette, amazing winery setting, a seriously sweet couple … what’s not to love?!?!
We’re seriously loving this pretty purple Niagara-on-the-Lake winery wedding featuring work by a dream team of our Swish List Niagara wedding vendors!
This outdoor affair features true Niagara wedding style ... held at a local winery in charming Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, it’s filled to the brim with lovely little details!
From the whimsical lavender paper lanterns to the personalized chopsticks to the wedding cake inspired by Kandinsky (one of the couple’s favourite artists) every nuance of the day was a perfect reflection of the bride and groom.
Venue Coordinator: Danielle Sweet – Vintage Hotels
Wedding Flowers: Jennifer Elliotson – Mimosa Flower Studio
Wedding Cake Designer:Catherine O’Donnell – Willow Cakes and Pastries
Linens and Chiavari Chairs: Angelica – Simply Beautiful Décor
Photography by Tyler James.
The Swish List recently visited with the lovely and über talented Jennifer Elliotson, owner of Mimosa Flower Studio, Niagara’s award-winning boutique floral design studio specializing exclusively in flowers for weddings and events.
Where do you go for inspiration?
Fashion, social trends … my own imagination!
Give us three words that best describe your work/design style.
Evolving. Organic. Fresh.
Tell us more about your design ethos.
I feel a deep sense of respect for nature’s beauty and intelligent creation. That’s why we always handle our flowers with respect and integrity – allowing their inherent natural beauty to shine through in our designs! We will never use any artificial, unnatural or dyed product in our work. It’s our guiding principle to keep things as authentic as possible in terms of look, product selection and design style.
What is your specialty?
Aside from the design end of things, we are very good at getting to the heart of the client’s vision… to decipher the best way to express their personality through the flowers. We are artists who take pride in creating specifically for our clients ... to produce just exactly what it is that makes them gasp and say, “That’s it! That’s us!”.
What makes your work stand out from the crowd?
I’m extremely proud of that fact that our work is instantly recognizable and that we’re continually putting out designs that connect so deeply with our clients and their guests! We’ve been told that our finished pieces look almost as if we’d just plucked them out of some magical garden ... fully assembled and ready to go! I love that!!!
I believe it’s our combination of unique ingredients, a commitment to using only natural products, the visual artistry of our designers and attention to detail that really sets us apart.
What is the consultation/creative process with your clients?
I absolutely love bringing ideas to life! Typically, we start with a fabric swatch or maybe some pictures. Frequently clients will reference images from our blog or website. Once we’ve defined a ‘vision’ for the day, our clients generally give us creative freedom … that is when we do our best work!
What advice would you give to clients investigating your services?
If you’ve seen our work and really connect with what we do and what we’re about, then trust us to walk you through the process … don’t stress it! This should be fun! As a rule, we creative types do our best work when our clients trust us enough to let us do what we do best!
What scenario brings out the best in your work?
My favourite events are the ones that have a clear vision for design with a focus on the season. I love to source local flowers and products – that’s one of the great benefits of being located in such a rich agricultural territory like Niagara!
Have you been ‘Going Green’? How?
I like to think that we’ve always been ‘green’! We regularly compost plant material, recycle all paper and plastic, as well as re-use and/or return packaging materials to our suppliers. We source local product whenever possible to help cut down on transportation, shipping and packaging. We even source seasonal flowers and foliage from our own organic cutting gardens!
What are you most passionate about in life?
Beauty. I see beauty in nature. The centre of an orchid, the twist of a branch, the way a garden rose opens. So much natural, organic beauty surrounds us daily, but there’s so much ‘noise’ in the world we just don’t take enough notice of the details anymore!
Talk about trends for the season
I love to see people putting more emphasis and effort into the more thoughtful aspects of their wedding … rethinking tradition and coming up with their own ideas and interpretations. It’s also been nice to see the individual focus of recent years turning into a more generous outlook on the quality and atmosphere of the party as a gift to their guests for joining in the celebration!
What do you think is drawing increasing numbers of weddings to Niagara?
I think that people are drawn to Niagara because it feels like you’re in a different world and yet you haven’t traveled all that far from the city. It’s refreshing and soothing. I think that people really need a place like Niagara … a respite from the daily grind where you can savour the food and wine from the local farm and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you. It’s a bit of an escape, really. Easy to get to, but hard to leave!
We love working with really talented Niagara wedding photographers and we have a few them on our Swish Vendor List! Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding photographer Stephen Dominick is definitely on our ‘short list’ of favourites.
The Swish Factor ...
One of the coolest things about this Niagara on the Lake wedding (aside from the great pics!) is what we’re calling ‘The Swish Factor’. The five key wedding professionals that attended to Heather + Josh’s wedding are found right here on the Swish List!
Swish Vendors included the aforementioned Niagara-on-the-Lake wedding photographer Stephen Dominick, Niagara on the Lake wedding venue extraordinaire Queen’s Landing (one of the Vintage Hotels); Niagara wedding flowers by Mimosa Flower Studio; Linens and Chiavari chair rentals by Simply Beautiful Decor and their wedding cake was created by Willow Cakes and Pastries of Niagara-on-the-Lake ... phew!
Bride Heather is such a cutie ... so modelicious!
The grand entrance at Queen’s Landing ... a stunning Niagara on the Lake wedding venue.
Thank you so much to cutie bride Heather and her groom for letting us have a sneak peek of their fab Niagara on the Lake wedding celebration! And to Niagara wedding photographer Stephen Dominick for sharing his take on a day that was altogether gorgeous!
Swish List Member and Niagara wedding photographer Nataschia Wielink is the artist behind the lens on this one and she has managed to send us completely over the edge with these gorgeous photographs of Heather and Joseph’s outdoor Niagara wedding celebrations!
What’s really cool about this wedding is that there is not just one, but three of our fabulous Swish List Niagara wedding professionals featured! Hair and makeup provided by Storm Hair Group and the cheery flowers were designed by the uber talented Niagara wedding florist Jennifer Elliotson of Mimosa Flower Studio.
Next to Heather, Joseph’s Austin Mini (an original, vintage Mini) might be his greatest passion! The bridal party travelled in style all day ... in a vintage Mini caravan! It was a blast watching Heather pop out of the sunroof and joust her bouquet to the cheers of the guests as they ripped out of the church parking lot after their ceremony ...
Thanks to Heather + Joseph for sharing their day with us!
A beautiful Niagara wedding, shot by one of our favorite Swish List photogs, Stephen Dominick. How lovely!
Bethan + Adam were married in an afternoon wedding ceremony at Stamford United Church in Niagara Falls with cocktails and an evening reception following in Canada’s Prettiest Town, the lovely Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Swish List Photographer Nataschia Wielink sent us these photos of a great Niagara wedding she shot last weekend ... here’s the story in her words:
Family… is there anything closer to your heart? It was so evident that for Maris and Mike, family is treasured. Maris made plans to sleep at her grandma’s and get ready there the morning of the wedding. It’s the home that Maris’ Mom grew up in and a gorgeous location for pictures - beautiful sunlight spilling into every room. And Maris had a beautiful timeless and classic look - she made an absolutely stunning bride!
Things we loved about this Niagara wedding:
All of the details coordinated with the look and feel of the day. The bouquets matched the delicate look of the wedding gown. Designed by boutique Niagara wedding florist Mimosa Flower Studio, they were so full and looked almost as if the flowers might even have been gathered from the garden!
The red carpet that ran down the aisle that would lead Maris to her handsome groom. Mike was waiting at the front of the chapel in RCMP Full Dress Uniform.
A few giggles came from the crowd when Maris almost dropped the ring and very politely exclaimed “oopsie daisy”!
The chapel was filled with the sounds of a bag piper as the newly-weds signed the license.
Their day was rich with tradition, getting married at Ridley College, being one of them. A lunch to follow at the beautiful Queen’s Landing surrounded by the ones they love and care for most. I’m searching for a word or a phrase to describe the feeling of the day ... a genuine celebration of two very lovely people!
Thanks to Maris + Michael for sharing their day with us!
Filed Under» Wedding Color Inspiration,
Partly vineyard, partly forest, this palette is inspired by nature’s most down-to-earth hues. Woodland textures imbue this affair with with a natural, easygoing atmosphere.
Look and Feel: Earthy Eco Chic. Palette: Cream, Moss, Sage and Mocha.
Nothing brightens up a November Niagara wedding quite like these pink bridal bouquets created by the uber talented Jennifer at Mimosa Flower Studio. We love the dramatic colour palette of this wedding!
Kathy and Dave were married in the afternoon and invited their guests to a dinner reception at a local golf course and winery. In between the “I do” and dinner, pictures were taken in downtown St. Catharines and at Decew Falls.
Things we love about their wedding - the classic black bridesmaids dresses bought off the rack at RW&Co. (great find!), the feather in Kathy’s hair and the twirling little flower girl, Kate. So cute!
Dave and Kathy ... perfect for each other! Your wedding was so Swish ... thanks for letting us share in your day!
Photography by Nataschia Wielink (a Swish List featured Niagara wedding photographer). Flowers by Mimosa Flower Studio (a Swish List featured Niagara wedding florist) and Hair by Allure Hair and Makeup (also a Swish List featured Niagara wedding vendor!)