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Add Colour and Traditions

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A few weeks ago we published a beautiful charming and rustic wedding. There were horses, lakes and golden fields. It was breath taking-I gasped a little. It was the first part of a wedding celebration-need a refresher? Check this out. The second part-which is equally as beautiful was also sent to me by photographer Hilary Cam.  It's a completely different look and it's really quite amazing to see the difference the colour and Indian traditions make to this celebration! So gorgeous! 



Photographer:  Hilary Cam Photography Sydney//Rehearsal Dinner Venue:Bendooley Estate//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Fall Wedding, autumn, Music, Dance, Traditions, Indian, Colourful, Celebration

Luxury Bohemian

ALSO FILED UNDER > Swish Loves This!, Wedding Décor

Pumpkin spice lattes, evenings cool enough to wear a cozy sweater, butternut squash soup, Bon Iver on my playlist...it is almost fall-the prettiest time of year! This morning I'm paying tribute to a beautiful palette of colour submitted by way of Andie Freeman Photography
 From the photographer: When event designer, Jessie Patton, and I first started thinking about this inspiration shoot, we really wanted to incorporate elements that were unique. We knew that we wanted bohemian to be our main inspiration, but we wanted to incorporate luxury that is not normally seen in a bohemian wedding-this includes real crystal, gold overlays, and glitz and glam. The ceremony inspiration would take place in front of the chimney, and we brought in a beautiful mantle to act as the altar. Gold chiavari chairs lined the aisle and we had dried lavender bunches for pew markers. They release a lovely smell every time they were touched. 

The paper suite was hand made and calligraphied by an amazing calligraphy artist, Sherry Beauchamp. Our bride wore a beautiful floral halo in deep hues of green and purple and had a gorgeous one shouldered nude dress encrusted with silver sequins. 

To top it all off, on her feet, our bride wore the most amazing gold Sergio Rossi pumps that wrapped around her legs with lace detail. They came all the way from Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas! 

For our reception inspiration, we had farmhouse tables to reflect the rustic elements but adorned them with a lace runner, a gold candelabra dripping in crystals, gold chargers, white china rimmed in gold, crystal stemware, and to top it all off, real heirloom silverware that my mother-in-law brought all the way from Britain as my wedding gift. At the ends of the tables sat beautiful red velvet chairs. We wanted to really incorporate rich colors into the session, choosing burgundy as our main color with berries and then accenting with rosemary and other jewel toned flowers. 

We wanted to include a 'real couple' that could show true emotion and these two love each other so much. These two are wonderful together and so comfortable in front of the camera. Not to mention that she is a such a perfect bohemian bride with her Italian features and lovely, long brunette locks. They were a natural choice. 

Our cake was a naked cake adorned with rosemary and blackberries. Atop the cake sat a handmade Love cake topper in burnished gold. The cake sat on a gold cake plate dripping in crystals that matched the centerpiece candelabra. It all sat on a vintage truck beside a port bar with crystal port decanters. One actually belonged to my deceased father in law and is very important to our family. I feel that including heirloom items like the decanter and the silverware is so very important to personalizing a wedding. Around the cake, we had a sitting area that included an antique lime settee. 

Happy planning friends!

Vendor Love: Photographer:  Andie Freeman Photography//Dress Designer: Adrianna Papell Group//Equipment Rentals: Barron's Rental Center//Makeup Artist: Bombshell Creations//Cake Designer: Classic City Confections//Caterer:Delicacies by Amy//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Express//Dress Store: High Maintenance//Shoes:Sergio Rossi//Paper Props: Sweet E's Celebrations//Event Planner: Southern Sophistication Designs//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Colour of the Year, Fall Colour Palette, Styled Session, fall

Phillipa and Anurag

ALSO FILED UNDER > Swish Loves This!, Wedding Flowers, Wedding Venues

Horses, fallen autumn leaves and open fields... today we bring you a little inspiration for the couple planning a fall wedding. Enjoy the beautiful images were captured by Hilary Cam Photography.

'Photographing this wedding made me see with fresh eyes how precious our families are, the importance of far away friendships and reminded me that marriage is more than loving an individual, it is also accepting and embracing their family, friends and culture.

Philippa and Anurag met in Sydney, they now live in London but decided to have their destination wedding back in Australia at the magnificent Bendooley Estate in the Southern Highlands. This venue is overflowing with treasures, pockets of beautiful backdrops; lakes, vineyards, autumn leaves, rolling hills, golden fields and more stories then you could imagine. Philippa and Anurag’s wedding day was drenched with love, their love of music, travel, books and of course family and friends – many of their guests traveling across oceans to share in their day.

Their wedding took place over two days, the first began early on a frosty morning with mist blanketing Bendooley Estate while the girls prepared at the on-site cottage. At one point Philippa was nearly hysterical from excitement “I can’t believe today is finally here!”.

When Philippa walked down the aisle, we all witnessed a magical moment. Golden light glinting through the pine trees and autumn leaves falling around her. The ceremony was beautiful in so many ways, the location under the pines, the perfect weather after a cold week, the ceremony and the autumn colours. but I think the most memorable moment was when surprise guest, Abby Dobson, took to the microphone and sang “All you need is love” from The Beatles. All the guests joined in and became her backup singers erupting into song. Equally as beautiful was when Abby sang her hit “Even when I’m sleeping” – a favourite song of Anurag’s father, he just sat back and closed his eyes listening to the music overcome with emotion.

I don’t think words can really describe just how beautiful this wedding was, hopefully these photos do it justice and share a fraction of what we felt on the day.'

Vendor love: Photographer: Hilary Cam Photography Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville Hair and MakeUp: Simona Janek Hair and MakeUp Jewelery: Stephanie Browne Venue: Bendooley Estate Bouquets: Radha Deva of Paper Rose Isle and Reception’s Floral arrangements: Nati Bros Roses, Dural Suit: Paul Smith, London Robes: Ortupes Veil: Joyce Jackson Bespoke Wedding Veils Ceremony Music: Abby Dobson & Emily Harrison ( Abby Dobson is from the famous 90s Aussie band Leonardos Bride - "Even when I'm sleeping"was their hit song which was sung during the wedding )Video: I Heart Productions

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Vineyard Wedding, Horse farm, farm wedding, lakeside, autumn, destination wedding

Swish loves this! National Helicopters

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As much as we love to show you all the pretty weddings in Niagara, the Swish List wants to show you all the really great services that you can incorporate into your wedding plans. 


A few weeks ago we met Sheila from National Helicopters and she shared with me a little about what they do. They are offering breathtaking views of the falls in their aircraft...AND what they're doing a bit differently then everyone else is they've designed a route that includes a flight over the vineyards and some of our most beautiful wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake! What a great way to see all of Niagara's beauty!
National Helicopters is also available for charter flights-If you're visiting from Toronto for your rehearsal dinner, or you're proposing over dinner at one of the wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake, consider stepping it up a notch and flying in for the weekend!

For more information please contact Sheila, Base Manager at National Helicopters.
Phone: 905-641-2222
Toll-free: 1-800-491-3117

It looks like a gorgeous weekend to be out in Niagara planning your wedding... Enjoy!

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Niagara Falls, Niagara wedding, Wedding Transportation, Niagara Helicopters, Niagara Winery Route, Niagara-on-the-lake

3 venues 3 looks

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

Niagara is so versatile and whether you want rustic and romantic or sleek and modern, there's a venue and a design for you. Last spring, Swish lister, Amanda Cowley Sweet Events debuted on the Steven and Chris Show with a tour of 3 different venues with 3 different designs for your wedding. If you missed this little rendez-vous around Niagara's Wine country take a few minutes and check out the behind the scenes footage captured by Enns Visuals.

Vendor Love:
Flowers: Lush Florals Decor: Gala Decor Wedding and Event Design Stationary: Defining Moments Venues: Queen's Landing, Ravine, Stratus Film: Enns Visuals


KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > Rustic, Romantic, Wine Country Wedding, Niagara Weddings, Modern, winery wedding, Steven & Chris Show


ALSO FILED UNDER > Featured Vendor Profiles, Swish Loves This!, Wedding Photography

A little wedding advice for couples planning a wedding from our photographer friend, Eva Derrick... 
it's wonderful if you can customize your wedding and have things over the top pretty with lots of details, ambience and atmosphere. celebrating it with the people we love, the people we've known the longest and the people we hope will be in our lives for many years to come.  underneath it all, a wedding is really about one thing: commitment. 

committing yourself to the one you love and the one that you want your forever to be with. they may come with a small or large family, perhaps none at all. they may have a big group of friends, a few acquaintances, or just close co-workers. the constant that remains from wedding to wedding, is the commitment you are making to each other.

being that it is a extremely large part of the rest of your lives it only makes sense to have those assisting you with wedding, be it, your officiant, florist, photographer, decorator, or whomever be just as committed as you are to one another... so to speak.
i was inspired to write about commitment based on some recent events that surrounded my industry, in specific, wedding photography.  sadly, in 2015 alone, i have heard more and more stories from bride's and grooms, friends or colleagues of couples hiring someone that has left them before the wedding day, than in my entire 9 years of being in business. they took a deposit and vanished; sometimes they would get the odd email in the beginning but after some time it was the same, they were unreachable.  
most of these circumstances the vendor was a part time vendor, with a lot of other commitments from their "real job".  

it truly breaks my heart to hear of these situations happening, again and again. in any industry this is completely unacceptable, since weddings often, only happen once it feels extra wrong here. i take my job very seriously, i have a ton of fun doing it, but i am very serious about what i do and how i do business day to day. i think this is something that people often overlook.  we are suppose to be running a business, and it needs to be treated as such. and since we are offering a service, your clients deserve to be treated with trust and respect.  
as a wedding photographer you should feel honoured and privileged to be chosen to document such a special occasion. i always say to myself, "they picked me". i am not the only photographer my clients meet with, they probably look at a number of websites, send a dozen emails, and meet a handful of photographers, and they picked me. they respect that i make a living off my art form, and are allowing me into their circle to document the beginning of their new family. how can you take that for granted?

these stories got me thinking about commitment. having vendors that are just as committed to the industry, to their craft, to their full time business, to your relationship together and your wedding day is just as important as committing to anything.

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > wedding professionals, wedding vendor, niagara wedding vendors