Monday, December 10, 2018

spectacular florals of 2018

We're not even halfway through the year in review series folks, but here's PART THREE! So many of you have been telling me that you're basically living for these bright and colourful posts during the chilly Winter days of December. That makes me incredibly grateful to hear.

In the wake of everything being icy and white, this post is bound to bring some pep to your step because it's...FLORALS!! This year the floral roundup is not just my favourite bouquets, because 2018 has seriously delivered the most incredible florals in more ways than ever before, including gigantic floral installations, elaborate tablescapes, and ceremony arches that still take my breath away. 

To all the florists who make these beautiful photos possible, I solute you! Let's kick off with this bouquet by The Design Co. Florals, perched in a ridiculously gorge copper urn that just happened to be hanging out in the Andaz Suite at Meghan & Shaun's wedding prep:



Katherine from Pollen Nation Floral Studio speaks directly to my soul with this colourful and lush arch from Kate & Mitch's wedding at Evermore:


Kristen holds this Design Co. bouquet like nobody's business:


And just look what was waiting for her in the reception at The Westin Twenty-Two...


The sunshine and the dresses and those beautiful happy faces -- I love this photo! Made even better with these Pollen Nation bouquets:


Winter bouquets are tough to nail perfectly, but this one by Stoneblossom from Whitney's city hall wedding is very elegant:


Katherine outdid herself with this doorway installation at Mill Street Brewpub for Sarah & Alex's wedding:


Suuuuper closeup shot of Sarah's autumn bouquet by Acanthus Floral & Botanicals in Almonte. These details are my favourite!


You already saw her bouquet but...what's the harm in a second look:


Didn't know a bouquet could match a pair of shoes so well!


Another perfect ceremony arch by Pollen Nation at Evermore for Kaylie & Pearson!! Somehow she still manages to show me flowers I've never seen before... 


Oh, and did I mention the florals continued into their Evermore reception with this beautiful welcome table embellished by Makin'It Lovely... 


I can't get enough of this icy blue bridesmaids look, which pairs perfectly with a pop of pink and orange. Maeghan's Aunt is a florist at Untamed Arrangements and made all of these florals for her! 


Whoever can name this pretty bloom gets a gold star because it's a new fave after working on Kelsey & Ian's wedding with florals by Hunt and Gather:


Green and white as far as the eye can see at Katie & Dan's wedding. All of the florals are by Autumn's Fine Flowers -- love how they pair with the gold and blush dresses for the girls:


And in stark contrast, this next wedding by The Design Co. is all about that warm and vibrant feel, which glows in the candlelight of the Horticulture Building at Jaymee & Graham's wedding:


Have you ever seen a bouquet that screams *spring* more than this one? My first opportunity of the season to work with Pollen Nation and as you know, not my last:


It's pretty spectacular when vines climb up the walls everywhere you look. This attention to detail just *has* to be Stacey from The Design Co.


Literally floored by the florals at Catherine & Phil's wedding. To the ladies at L'Orangerie -- you are just divine! 


A closer look from the morning:





These little guys never get enough credit...


A colour palette to swoon over:


Michelle's bouquet by LSP Designs got a bit of extra love with this heirloom necklace:


More bouquets with tiny blue berries in 2019, please:


Essentially a mini bouquet on the cake? This beauty by The Girl With The Most Cake was made even more lovely by blooms from Pollen Nation:


It's not everyday that a bouquet in black and white can hold it's own... 


Oh hi. Just your everyday head table floral instal:


If I were going to name a flower of 2018, it would be this guy. He made an appearance in 2 styled shoots and 4 real weddings this year!


Icy blue and greenery heaven from this Toronto wedding by Coquette Studios!




Unique bouts for Zach and his boys by Wedecor:


Which translated beautifully into bouquets for the girls...


As well as elegant chairs and table decor at the Horticulture Building wedding reception:



I'm hoping this golden trend will continue into 2019 and that we see more modern bouquets like this baby by Pollen Nation!


I know that this is a bouquet shot, but their beautiful smiles still steal the show... 


You saw the bouquet version, here's the barrel lookalike...




The bouquet doesn't always have to be at the forefront of the frame to steal the show...


But it doesn't hurt:


An elegant jungle suspended from the ceiling -- it takes many hands and creative minds to make this happen, and I adore the entire team:


Same venue, but with a totally different look and feel!! 


Sarah & Matthew -- you guys pulled together the most elegant Fall look! The bouquet, the tie, the navy suit, and the sunshine in your hair... each colour more beautiful than the last. 


The goal for this post was simple: to highlight the incredible work performed by floral stylists everywhere, and breathe a little life into your Monday afternoon. I hope that has been achieved! xo


NEXT UP: dogs, cats, and... babies?! 
It's happening friends. And it's a goodie. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

uniquely gorgeous details from 2018

I've been promising a few new posts in my year in review series, and you're in luck! This one is a collection of some of the more unique details that popped up during the 2018 wedding season, from heirloom jewellery to custom seating charts. 

Get ready for an endless supply of the photos that make my detail-oriented heart very happy... And does it get any better than real roses in the ice cubes? Pretty sure not...  



This unique set of rings wasn't the only thing in Jaymee & Graham's wedding that was inspo-worthy -- look at that seating chart!! 



Two pairs of equally adorable shoes for Celina...



This detail can basically make me cry on command... Zach is reading a card from Brittany in this photo, that she designed using a photo of the surprise proposal, with lyrics from the song that would play during their first dance later that evening. Obsessed. 



Cake Whisperer always delivers, but this shot from a styled shoot with TOAST Events in Montreal is a fave:



Just another beautiful invitation, you might think... But when it came to Brittany's wedding at The Horticulture Building, no detail would be spared. Her invitation designer, LaFabère, hand sketched this version of the Notre Dame Basilica where the ceremony would take place. Add the tiny hand-stitched flag with their last names and now it's just perfection.

It's the little things, people. 



This set of Open Fire rings is everything...



A full length alphabetized seating chart? Yes please. Also by LaFabère



I posted this photo on Instagram because these were probably the *tiniest* wedding details from the whole season... The date of their wedding on the bands, and their first date on the engagement ring. Lovely!!



When it comes to collecting details for the bridal prep portion of the wedding day, it's always good to think about how the same material can be used twice. 

For example, this bouquet ribbon was also used in shooting the invitation:



In Kaylie's case, I'm obsessing over the inclusion of these loose blooms to use for photographing the invitation. Thanks Pollen Nation for hooking me up with these beauties:



Another unique use for florals -- love this addition to a fairly simple but beautifully minimal wedding cake by Kiki's Creations



A details post isn't complete unless it features my boo, Sarah Walsh Bridal. She pulled out all the stops when creating this custom gold crown for a styled shoot. 

It was featured in Grey Likes Weddings this year -- a huge accomplishment for our team and a very prestigious blog in the wedding world! 



I don't even have words for the amount of time it must have taken to craft this ombré coffee-filter ceremony backdrop! Absolutely stunning!



Whitney wouldn't suit a traditional ring... She had to have something that was totally unique, and equally as stunning. I love the mismatched metals:



The Girl With The Most Cake -- you outdid yourself with this one... Also, special thanks to The Design Co. for outfitting this mirrored glass table to perfection!



Amanda's wedding shoes were some of my faves from the Summer. And THENNN I found out that they were plain Michael Kors shoes with a broach attachment added to fancy-up the toes! I'm smitten. 



Who has a vintage gold scale on their sweets table? Must be a TOAST Events bride... 



Ever wonder who you should address your invitation to for the details set? Mary Clare chose to use her daughter's name for the invitation -- such an endearing little detail! 



Oh yeah, and remember that time Chelsea didn't wear shoes, but instead a pair of lacey destination wedding "slippers"?



A custom pair of SWB's for Miss Kaylie:



Looking for a unique place setting idea? A pearl-toned shell on each plate with a handwritten name, it doesn't get much sweeter:



Can we get more custom drink sticks in 2019, please? I'm obsessed. 



I was lucky enough to bear witness to the creation of this pair of custom Sarah Walsh earrings. Since then, they've been worn by various brides all over the world, and sit pretty on Sarah's homepage...



I was so thrilled to shoot this collab with Dulce Couture and Wild Ivy Events and I think this copper cake was my favourite part...



How does the invitation magically match the centrepiece? Helps when you're working with Pollen Nation, Makin'It Lovely, and LaFabère... dream team!! 




Aaaand anytime there's a chair that matches the invitation suite, I'm pretty stoked: 



This was my first time seeing this new pink Veuve! New fave for sure, and a MUST have for prep:



I prefer my cakes to have razor sharp chocolate shavings and edible gold...



Kristen, in a moment of pure genius, included the custom wax stamper in her collection of details! I loved using it for a ring shot featuring their initials:



Definitely my most colourful wedding of the season, and the only wedding to feature words on the bridal shoes! I thought these navy flats were adorable:



There's a first time for everything, including using sunglasses to style an invitation shot. Perfect for this destination wedding in Cabo:



And lastly, this pair of embellished heels by Sarah Walsh Bridal and invitation suite with ripped edges by The Little North Co. 

This was part of a creative project with so many amazing vendors; one I'll be excited to share in the new year. It has so many beautiful details, this is just the tip of the iceberg! I love the idea of ending this post with a glimpse of what's to come in 2019... 



If you didn't get a chance to see part one of the year in review series, my favourite dress and veil moments from the year, head over there now! 

And here's what's coming next: spectacular florals!!