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Phillipa and Anurag

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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, destination wedding, autumn

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, winery wedding, Modern, Steven & Chris Show


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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 > niagara wedding vendors, wedding professionals, wedding vendor

Heather + Brian Industrial Glamour

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These wedding photos... get me all fired up about the start of wedding season! And I'm even hoping for a little rain-the photos in the rain turned out to be a few of the couple's favourites! 

From the photographer: Heather and Brian worked in insurance for the same big company but never actually ran into each other in the building, partly because Brian at the time worked as an outside Rep and didn't come into the office frequently. They met each other out at a company sponsored event, after which point became inseparable.

The bride got ready at the beautiful Wythe Hotel with amazing floor-to-ceiling windows of the Manhattan skyline, and an interior staircase leading to a private terrace. Surrounded by the toile wallpaper, and beautiful exposed beams, she was in love with the space and felt completely calm and at ease getting ready with her beautiful bridesmaids.

For the ceremony, Heather wore a gorgeous lace mermaid gown which she found at The Bridal Garden, a not-for-profit bridal boutique in New York City in which all proceeds benefit education for disadvantaged children. "It was awesome to know my purchase went to such a terrific cause! I bought it off the rack and it fit me almost perfectly!" says the bride.

"The rabbi read our vows of why we wanted to marry each other, the touching vows Brian wrote brought me to tears and my favorite part during the ceremony was when Brian reached over to wipe my tears away," says Heather. "I am Jewish and Brian Protestant, so we decided to fuse our backgrounds by incorporating an Irish 'hand-fasting' and a stomping of the glass, both beautiful traditions and incredibly sentimental."

Brian gifted Heather a locket with a picture inside of her mom and her. Her mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's a few years ago and was physically not able to attend the wedding and this was extremely difficult for the bride.

The couple fell in love with The Green Building for its effortlessly beautiful interior and the vintage flair. The Green Building was previously a brass foundry and has beautiful original brick walls, exposed beam ceilings, gold chandeliers, and even a back speakeasy room equipped with vintage decor and red velvet curtains. Their vendors helped create a warm and intimate setting. After the dinner, dancing, and cake we ended with a food truck by Wafels & Dinges which was a huge hit! Paying homage to the speakeasy theme, guests took home little bottles of whiskey.

Wedding tip of the week: Choose a wedding venue rich with character and a style that fits with your wedding vision.  This takes a little pressure of your self or the planner to have to bring things in to 'decorate'. 

Happy Planning! 

Vendor Love:
Photographer:  Zorz Studios//Calligrapher: Butler's Pantry Calligraphy//Dress Designer: Marchesa//Transportation:Supreme Valet Parking Inc.//Makeup Artist: Marlena Singh Makeup Artistry//Favors and Gifts: Pope Liquors//Hair Stylist: Pravana Hair Studio//Caterer: Purslane Catering//Location: Wythe Hotel//Floral Designer:Boos Floral Showcase//Equipment Rentals:Broadway Party Rentals//Bakery:CMNY Cakes//Linens and Coverings: For Your Party//Photo Booth Equipment:Good Times PB//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Hugo Boss//Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection//Cinema and Video: Kiss The Bride Films//Officiant:Michael Ehrlich//Shoes:Miu Miu//Event Planner: Parties N All LLC//Jewelry:Rent the Runway//DJ:Rhythm of the Night Entertainment//Groomsman Attire:The Black Tux//Dress Store: The Bridal Garden//Reception Venue: The Green Building//Cake Designer:Wafels and Dinges//Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas//

KEYWORDS IN THIS POST > city, glam, industrial wedding, nyc wedding, rustic

Backyard Whimsy by Sugar Photo Studios

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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, Whimsical, Sugar Photo Studios, Intimate wedding, Cigar Bar, Backyard Wedding, Small wedding, Sweets table