I’ve been looking forward to writing this post for over a year and a half now. That’s a long time. See Meg (that babe of a bride below) emailed me early in 2011 to tell me she was newly engaged. Actually scratch that. Meg wrote me a mini novel, which included not only the beginning visions she had for her wedding, and the whole back story of her and Eric’s relationship, but photos from her engagement which her now husband had strategically planned with a photographer while they were away on vacation in San Francisco (I know, adorable right?) Between her infectious joy and love for not only Eric but life, her excitement to finally be planning their big day, and the fact that Meg is good friends with Ashley, another HGE bride, I knew I’d love working with her. While Meg focused on the big details and making sure her and Eric’s big wedding remained nothing short of intimate and special, I was here along the way to help with little details and the little stressors that are unavoidable when you’re planning such a remarkable celebration.
Meg and Eric you two are the kind of people that in working together, you allowed me to fall in love with both my job and my own husband all over again, after just seeing you two and the way you look at one another. You ooze love and happiness from every ounce of your being and that is above all else, inspiring to someone like me. You welcomed me into your lives and trusted me to orchestrate such meaningful moments for you, your family and friends. I’m so thrilled you’ve started your forever together. And I’m so thrilled your wedding was one of the most awesomeness parties of all.
I mean really, check out the lovely photos from Young Hearts Photography. Ah-mazing.
I must mention that Meg has a love for Tiffany’s. A serious obsession might I add. So naturally her wedding was a classic, modern affair infused with subtle touches of Tiffany blue. And on the day of Meg and Eric’s wedding I was totally wishing I was actually a bridesmaid instead of a wedding coordinator. Because these pretty blue bags were all lined up that morning just begging to be opened by a few lucky recipients. Meg is such a thoughtful friend isn’t she?
Then this happened.
And of course the bride herself got a little blue box to open from her soon to be hubby.
Isn’t she stunning?
The guys were meanwhile over at Mankind getting groomed up. Such a rad spot for dudes!
And such a handsome group of guys!
A few bridal party shots before the ceremony started….
And some of the most stunning ceremony shots I’ve ever seen. Love this series.
Post-ceremony was all about bridal party shots and portraits around Toronto.
Oh, you guys!
Then after the bridal party trekked around for photos downtown Toronto, everyone headed over to Arcadian Court for cocktail hour. And of course I was able to do the big reveal of the finished room with the newlyweds. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the room reveal with my clients is my absolute favorite thing on a wedding day. And hugs. I totally love hugs from clients. Thank you Alex for capturing this awesome moment with Meg and Eric. It means so much.
And here’s what they saw themselves.
Arcadian Court is such an amazing space for large events.
The amazing Lisa of Sweet Woodruff did all of the florals and Ashley, a former HGE bride, did the gorgeous stationery. The tablescapes were simple and streamlined with subtle pops of Tiffany blue brought in through the votives and hand-painted wood table numbers. White frames sat in the center of each table with black and white copies of the couple’s engagement photos in each. Each table had a different photo and it was tons of fun checking out all of the cute pics. Meg and Eric wanted their engagement photos to look like the CLub Monaco campaign from a few years back.
The key to your seat – key shaped bottle openers double dutied as escort cards and favors.
And the prettiest cake for the newlyweds to cut into together.
There was also a candy and sweets table for guests to enjoy…
And puzzle pieces for guests to sign in instead of a guestbook.
The wedding invitations.
Sigh. True love, folks. That is true love right there.
And one last little details to end this post on. Meg and Eric’s wedding happened to fall on the same evening as Nuit Blanche. Which makes parking downtown (an already tricky endeavor in my mind) even trickier when all of the roads and underground parking ramps are closed to the public. But, and this is a big but, it couldn’t have been a more perfect evening to get some seriously delicious sparkler shots outside with what seemed like the entire city surrounding you. Essentially, Nuit Blanche is an all night, downtown art show. And at midnight the streets were literally packed with hundreds and hundreds of people who may have thought that Meg and Eric themselves was an exhibit.
And they lived happily ever after. Really though :)
Also, I have to give a huge thank you to my brother who was my assistant for the day. From Windex-ing photo frames for me, finding a spot to park my car for me and opening the church door before the processional, you were a huge help, Josh. I love you and am so thankful we were able to spend the day together. Thanks for being there for me.
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Photography: Alex Lee, Young Hearts Photography / Partial planning, styling and coordination: Hey Gorgeous Events / Flowers: Sweet Woodruff / Church: St. Mary’s Church / Venue: Arcadian Court / Catering: Oliver and Bonacini / Cake: The Sweet Co. / Cupcakes: I Do Wedding Cakes / Bride’s gown: Jenny Yoo, White Toronto / Bridesmaid’s gowns: Le Chateau / Earrings: The Bay / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Entertainment: Sole Power Productions / Videography: Wedit / Make up: Nikki Strachan / Bride’s sash: Amie Nicole Designs / Guy’s salon: Mankind Grooming Studio / Birdcage Veil and Gray Flower: Sussman’s Bridal Supplies (no website)