Jenny & Yu Ching at The Manor

I had a lot of fun planning Jenny and Yu Ching's wedding and till this day I refer to them as my most epic couple yet. They wanted to make sure that the day was packed with surprises and fun activities for their guests and "boring" was definitely not on the itinerary. 

As the groom is a huge Maple Leafs fan, we made sure that while we were choosing all the instagram worthy details, hockey somehow had to be included. The couple had personalized Mr and Mrs. jerseys printed with his last name and gold spray painted pucks as holders for their escort cards. For their kissing game they had mini hockey nets which required their guests had to shoot and score for a kiss. Lastly, the most iconic hockey reference was their 2-sided Stanley cup wedding cake; yes you read that correctly, the cake was 2-sided.

They ended the night by having their first dance outside on the patio and surprised their guests with fireworks. It was definitely a night to remember.

Captured by: Eric Cheng Photography

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Daniela & Pieter private backyard wedding

Daniela and Pieter's love story is the perfect example that love always finds a way. Born and raised on opposite ends of the world with Daniela here in Toronto and Pieter from Australia; the two met while living in London, England. Daniela was working on a thesis paper and Pieter was working. While on the same bus one night, being the social butterfly that she is, Daniela decided to ask Pieter how his night was going and the rest was history.

Their intimate backyard wedding had a lot of personal touches. They had a stage built partially over the pool with a tent beautifully decorated with hanging Edison lights. Candles were lit to help compliment the string lights and created that perfect movie-like atmosphere. Daniela's mother even created some floating candle holders for the pool. (She really should get them patent). Guests mingled over live jazz music while they enjoyed a cocktail reception. 

The couple's love for travel was clear as guests flew in from all around the world. There were guests from London, Sydney, South Africa, New York, Boston etc. Daniela's two best friends even surprised the couple with a personal canoe paddle that they could take with them on all their future adventures. The paddle was then used as a guestbook where guests left their well wishes. And with that, everyone danced the night away under the stars. 

Captured by: Jonathan Liaw Photography

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Rachel & David at Estates of Sunnybrook

I still remember the day I picked up my phone from an unfamiliar number. On the other side was a polite gentleman who introduced himself as David. He wanted to ask me a few questions about wedding planning and for my honest opinion if it was possible to plan, design and execute a wedding in 4 months. At that moment, I knew I wanted to help Rachel and David plan the best day of their lives. Four months might be short for the average planning timeline but not impossible. 

Fast forward to August 5th, 2017. Rachel and David exchanged their vows at Rosedale United Church amongst those closes to them. They shared priceless moments with friends and family and even WOWed everyone with a choreographed first dance to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. Their intimate reception was held at the Mclean house at the Estates of Sunnybrook with a carefully selected guestlist of 71. The venue was beautifully decorated with fresh blooms and candles which made for their intimate wedding perfect.

Captured by: Alicia Campbell Photography

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Welcome Zola

Let’s face it, with wedding season in full force there is enough activities to look forward to and the last thing you, the soon to be Mr & Mrs want to worry about is creating a registry that literally takes more time for your guests to purchase the items than it does for you to create it.     

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I’d like to introduce you to Zola – an online wedding registry website that literally let’s you ask for anything and everything. I personally love this website because it doesn’t limit you to only items from that one store that you are registered to. Zola is totally customizable with photos and personal notes to your guests. They let you ask for more than just material items. Zola lets you ask for experiences like tours, classes, trips etc. as well as cash funds toward something like your honeymoon or down payment for a house. The best part about this registry is that you are in full control. You will be notified when an item is purchased, can opt for an exchange or credit and can choose when you want it shipped. This is especially useful if you are going away on your honeymoon or waiting to move into a new home, you can hold of on having the gifts sent till you settle in.

Now as much as this registry is perfect for you and your fiancé, the site is also user friendly for your guests. Guests have the option of group gifts because let’s be honest, usually the bigger and more expensive items are left off the list. The group gifting option let’s your guests contribute any amount they feel comfortable with and so you can get that expensive bar cart that you’ve been eyeing for a while even without it being 100% funded. Zola also offers free shipping with a price match guarantee.

For those of you who aren’t tech savvy you don’t have to worry. The Zola site is easy to navigate and they even have a starter guide section. The team has created different lists, which makes building your registry a breeze. They have lists such as the most popular items, essentials, last minute gifts (for those list minute shoppers) and even lists by price points. To be honest, their lists are so useful to help you figure out what you might need in different parts of your home and life.

There are so many benefits of using Zola that I could go on and on in this article but I figure it would be better for you to try it out yourself. Sign up through here to receive $50 towards your purchase. After all sharing is caring.

Happy Shopping!

Phuong & David at Terrace Banquet Hall

Working with Phuong and David to plan their wedding was a lot of fun as they were possibly the most laid back couple I've had so far. Open to ideas and suggestions made planning a breeze and the fact that Phuong has a very creative sister was a bonus. Everything from the gorgeous paper flower backdrop to the floral centrepieces was all handmade. Definitely any bride that needs some DIY tips should connect with her. 

Phuong and David exchanged personal vows amongst family and friends before heading off for photos. Their reception was filled with games and lots of dancing so if you were at their wedding you would have made sure to bring your favourite pair of dancing shoes. The bridal party finished off the night with a lip sync battle which opened up the dance floor for guests to show off their moves.

Congratulations again Phuong and David Phandanouvong, truly the real dancing King & Queen. 

Captured By: Andes Lo Photography

Kimberley & Stephen at Casa Loma

The moment Kimberley and Stephen told me that they were having their wedding at Casa Loma; I knew it would be a nothing but a real life fairytale. Working with Kim and Stephen was a breeze; they knew exactly what they wanted and what had to be done in order to execute their perfect wedding day. I always tell my couple "help me help you"; the more you tell me about how you envision your special day to be like the more information I have to help you execute. 

Although their wedding day was hit with a lot of rain, that did not affect the couple one bit as they exchanged personal vows inside the glass pavilion in the Casa Loma gardens. The ceremony was followed by a traditional tea ceremony amongst their immediate family and close relatives. Kim and Stephen later changed into their traditional Chinese attire and were welcomed back into the reception lead by lion dancers. Their wedding was a perfect example of the blending of two cultures.

Congratulations again Mr. & Mrs. Chatterton, all the best in your new chapter!

Captured by: Beautiful Life Studios