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Backyard Whimsy by Sugar Photo Studios

ALSO FILED UNDER > Swish Loves This!, Wedding Flowers, Wedding Photography, Wedding Stationery

Jade and Finn’s ‘intimate backyard wedding’ inspiration came from the growing trend, and want, for a beautiful and unique wedding but with a more approachable setting and feel. It is intended for the couples who truly want to celebrate their love with their nearest and dearest, in a setting emphasizes their love. To create this, the team chose a forested backyard scene to display the whimsical altar, cigar bar, beverage station, candy buffet and reception. For the décor, they chose vibrant and fun colours that go hand-in-hand with the fun and upbeat feel of the wedding! 

The wedding takes place in a 3 acre 'backyard' in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada's famous wine country, during our warmer months. Pinks, Oranges and purple accented by gold adorn the scenery. The drool-worthy menu is made up of cute-sy and yummy food items, complete with a rice krispie wedding cake! The bride and groom are dressed to compliment the style of wedding, upscale yet casual. 

As a small and intimate wedding photographer, this is truly a wedding of my dreams! It is jaw-dropping-ly beautiful, it is unique and it is definitely inspirational! It is a fun, intimate, backyard wedding with over the top inspirational details. Please enjoy the photographs; It has been so exciting helping to plan and photograph this wedding and I truly hope inspires some beautiful, heartfelt ‘backyard’ weddings.

Vendor love:
Photography: Sugar Photo Studios Cake: Sweet Celebrations Caterer: Candy by Katie Makeup: Maria Delduca Hair and Makeup Artistry Dress Designer: Alfred Sung Groom’s Attire: Caswell's Menswear Prop/Furniture Rentals: Anne and Co Event Designer Flowers, Prop/Furniture Rentals: The Pepperberry Co Stationary- Anista Designs

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Niagara Wedding, Niagara Wedding Photography, Candy by Katie, Intimate wedding, Cigar Bar, Backyard Wedding, Sugar Photo Studios, Whimsical, Sweets table, Small wedding

John + Hilary   Wine + Roses

ALSO FILED UNDER > Swish Loves This!, Wedding Color Inspiration, Wedding Décor

A Gatsby inspired wedding with vintage details graces the blog this morning... complete with a sweet love story! 

From the Photographer, Julie Nicole Photography: Hillary had a sophisticated, classic, elegant, vintage style that I just adored.  She had her two sisters as her bridesmaids and it was very sweet and special.  John is one of the funniest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and he kept Hilary and all of us laughing the whole day. It was a beautiful, fun, stress-free day full of love.

John and I met and became friends while attending The University. After college we both moved back home, John to San Diego and myself to the Bay Area. We rekindled our friendship a little while later and decided to give long distance a try. After 3 years of long distance I convinced John to move to the bay. John and I got married exactly 1 year to the day of our engagement. We were married in the chapel on our college campus. It was very special to us to go back to the place where it all began. 

Vendor Love:

Photographer:  Julie Nicole Photography Event Venue: Wine and Roses Ceremony Location: Morris Chapel Shoes: Badgley Mischka Musicians: Elegance Harp & Flute DJ: Elite Entertainment Floral Designer: Flowers by Gerry Dress Designer: Sue Wong Dress Store: Glamour Closet Dress Designer: Peter Langner Cake Designer: Something Sweet Bakery 

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Vintage Weddings, Purple, Vintage, Roses, Niagara Wedding Inspiration, Winery Weddings, Gatsby Wedding

From the Mountains

ALSO FILED UNDER > Goody Two Shoes, Wedding Color Inspiration, Wedding Décor, Wedding Flowers

 Pepper Nix Photography sent over this beautiful editorial...incredibly rich with colours and full of textures. Can you imagine the beauty that can be inspired by the mountains... and a fig!

From the designer: I knew we were going to be shooting outside in the mountains surrounded by thousands of gold trees.

I wanted to bring in some sort of element that would allow me to utilize the natural gold color palette of the aspen trees so I decided to work with reflective surfaces for my table tops. I selected a mirrored dining table and paired it with a matching sofa table from ZGallerie.

In addition, I selected a secondary color pallet inspired by a simple fig to offset the richness of the gold hues. The textures of this shoot are rich with nature-inspired elements that complimented the intricate patterns and textures of the place mats and flatware at each place setting of this regal dining table.

The paper suite stole my heart! Moira Design Studio produced a custom-made water-color per my request and I just can’t get over the beautiful gold calligraphy of the menus, name tags, and more. I wanted simple yet elegant and I am thrilled with how these delicate paper pieces tied in the overall theme of this shoot. Beautifully done, Moira Design Studio!

I couldn’t decide on just one cake for this shoot so my cake designer, Cake-A-Licious indulged me with three, individual cakes. Each a work of art. From the simplicity of the naked cake adorned with figs, to the sugar spun cake and an amazing metallic gold and white cake, who wouldn’t want to dive in and have a feast of yummy, sugary goodness?!

There’s a wide variety of texture throughout the fashion elements of this shoot also. The rich pattern on the brides dress works nicely with the soft and flowing chiffon of the maids. Each bouquet is bursting with various textures of blooms and berries that add to the richness of the season and compliments what the girls are wearing.

Enjoy your Tuesday friends and happy planning! 

Vendor love: Designer: Michelle Leo Events Photographer: Pepper Nix Venue: Camp Cloud CakesCake-A-Licious Caterer: Brown Brothers Catering Cinematography: Chris McClain Productions Jewelry & Veil or Hair Accessories: Alta Moda Bridal Dress Designer: Modern Trousseau Flowers: Blooms and Blossoms Stationery: Moira Design Studio Prop or Furniture Rentals: ZGallerie Vintage couches and chairs: Big Day Vintage Rental Bridesmaid Dresses: Lily & Iris Hair: Ashleigh Barlow & Taylor Packard Makeup: Kristen Packard


A City-Glam Creative

ALSO FILED UNDER > Wedding Cakes + Pastries, Wedding Color Inspiration, Wedding Flowers

A stunning location for a city-glam photo shoot, with plenty of classy details and sophisticated accents-thank you for inspiring us this afternoon Urban Safari Photography
The hotel has multiple locations that provide gorgeous photo opportunities: the grand stairwell as you enter the lobby, the cleanly + classically designed rooms themselves, and a breathtaking rooftop pool deck that features views of iconic downtown buildings.  'As a photographer, I enjoyed incorporating leading lines of the architecture into the photos. For the final images themselves, I wanted a crisp + vibrant feeling to the photos, and I love all the blues (from the pool itself to the blue hues in our groom's suit) that came out in this shoot.' -Ashley Kidder

From the hairstylist, Chelsea Lassaline: 'Emily and I had the opportunity to chat shortly before we began her hair. Through conversation, I got a feel for her personality. She's a very confident and genuine woman, and I loved that about her. She is so down-to-earth and relaxed. In the hair design I wanted to convey the simplicity of her complex being. The overall form of the updo was inspired by 50s swing. I really wanted to capture her natural beauty while delivering a modern twist of unique elegance.'

From the makeup artist, Nicole Ramirez: 'I found inspiration for the makeup in all of the details of the shoot. For instance, I chose the lip and cheek color to go with the floral color palette, and the eyeshadow colors were inspired by the headpiece and bracelet. I wanted the makeup to accent the natural beauty of the model and flow with the overall vibe of the shoot.'

Emma and Grace Bridal studio carries a lot of designers from other countries, such as Spain and Australia. They even have an in-house designer that makes dresses for the studio as well as custom pieces for brides. From the stylist, Maureen Mika: 'For the groom's suit, we went for a compelling "Mad Men" kind of look. A throw-back to 1960s New York style which was slick, erudite and discerning. We loved the demeanor that this suit brought out in the personality of our groom.'

From the floral design team, Kit Ruth + Emily Marchalonis: 'The florals we used were comprised of mostly garden flowers and romantic blooms. We used rannunculas, garden roses, spring blooms, tulips, viburnum and blooming jasmine. The color palette was a rich juxtaposition of deeply saturated colors of dark red paired with peach and dusty pink. We wanted to showcase the colors and the blooms individually and used a color palette that had more of an impression than a softer, muted palette would have.'

And the desserts... I shouldn't blog on an empty stomach! Amanda Cook crafted a two-tier round cake for the shoot. She created a blood orange chiffon cake with a bavarian cream filling that was accented by a citrus buttercream icing.  The Peteybird Ice Cream Sandwiches were all hand-made from scratch using only the finest, purest ingredients (definitely no additives or preservatives). Peteybird designed two flavors for our shoot:  a graham cracker cookie with Key lime ice cream filling and a brown sugar + carrot cookie with jalapeno-infused strawberry ice cream.

Vendor love:
Photographer: Urban Safari Photography Makeup: Pretty Bride Shop Florals + bronze décor: The Perfect Petal Styling: Style Down the Aisle Mismatched white chairs: Chairs with Character Decor Rentals: Vintage Rentals Denver Ice cream sandwiches: Peteybird Ice Cream Sandwiches Cake: Little Cookie Cakes Venue: Four Seasons Denver Dress + veil: Emma + Grace Bridal Dress designer: Kelly Faetanini Hair stylist: Chelsea Lassaline with MENTE Freelance Invitations + stationery: Lexisworks


KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Urban Wedding Photos, city, Traditional, Marsala, glamour

Jennie + Bastian with Hearts in their Eyes

ALSO FILED UNDER > Swish Loves This!, Wedding Décor, Wedding Planners + Designers

Their love story is enough to make you you weak in the knees. And when they speak of the quaint town where they met, climbed up a church steeple and first kissed in the moonlight... you wonder if this charming story was written for the screen. After living a few months apart from each other, Bastian in France and Jennie in Canada, he surprised her with a visit. On the day of their one year anniversary of meeting each other, he proposed. She said yes...they married... and they continue to live out their love story.

Celebrating their one year anniversary, Jennie and Bastian dressed in their wedding clothes and we created a memorable date for them. Choosing a location that not only looked but felt like Strausberg was going to be the key to making this shoot the swoony success it was. We knew the Hornbeam Pathway on the grounds of the Niagara Falls School of Horticulture would provide the perfect backdrop for this special couple -- perfectly lined trees, a formal parterre garden and a converted stone farm home housing the residences of the school made the choice a no-brainer.

Nataschia Wielink was able to photograph the whole scene as if plucked from Jennie and Bastian's very first date -- a lovely reminder the couple will cherish for a lifetime. Although it was frosty cold that evening, the florals from Fleurish Design Studio brought with them a warmth that was reminiscent of Jennie and Bastian's earlier days.

Each and every paper detail infused the session with romance and personality was created by Defining Moments Stationary. Amanda Cowley felt that styling with classic French details would help embrace Jennie & Bastian's story as a couple, and with the addition of cafe string lighting and bistro set, a picnic basket for two bursting with fresh cheeses, a crusty baguette and a bottle of local Niagara wine, the couple sat together and shared an evening under the stars with hearts in their eyes.

Wishing Jennie and Bastian many many years of love and happiness! 

Designer/Planner: Amanda Cowley Sweet Events Florist: Fleurish Design Studio Photographer: Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema Hair and Makeup: Allure Stationary: Defining Moments 

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Allure Hair and Makeup, Fleurish, Picnic, Creative, Parisian, Niagara Falls Botanical Gardens, Defining Moments Stationary, Styled Session

Vintage Hotels Show 2015

ALSO FILED UNDER > Swish Loves This!, Wedding Cakes + Pastries, Wedding Décor, Wedding Flowers, Wedding Photography, Wedding Planners + Designers, Wedding Stationery, Wedding Venues

It was the perfect winter afternoon for a drive into Niagara-on-the-lake for the annual Vintage Inns Wedding Show... a little romantic even! Beautiful florals, horse drawn carriage rides, wine and hors d'ouvres, and inspiration overload! Happy planning lovelies!

Vendors in order of appearance:
Vintage Hotels | Inviting Elegance | Simply Beautiful Decor | Bloom and Company | Savvy Sendables | JF Hannigan Photography | Defining Moments Stationary |  Candy by Katie | Gala Decor | Lush Florals | Sugar Photo Studios | Anne and Co. | Sweet Celebrations | Fleurish Design Studio | The Warehouse | Eva Derrick Photography | Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Vintage Hotels, Pillar and Post, Prince of Wales, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Vendors, Niagara Weddings, Queen's landing