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We are still on a Royal Wedding high since Saturday after anticipating this wedding of the year for the past few months.  We love everything about it, from the decor, dress design, accessories that the Duchess of Sussex chosen, and all the romantic moments between her and Duke of Sussex.  Here are a few takeaways that we’ve learned from the wedding and see in the wedding trends coming up:
 Be true to yourself – We love the Duchess’s authentic style and being true to herself.  From hair and makeup, to her wedding gown and accessories.  Don’t try to make yourself look like a different person, but a better version of you on your wedding day.  You don’t have to follow the wedding dress trends if it doesn’t work with your body type.  Pick a dress that makes you feel confident in.  Hire a good makeup artist that you feel comfortable with and know how to beautify you.   You want to look natural in your photos and not regretting having too much makeup years after.
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Create a focal point – Decor may be grander in scale at the Royal Wedding, but what you invested in will be shown in all your photos.  Invest in a focal point – whether it is the altar or the entryway where many photos will be taken.  Did you notice that there were using folding chairs for guests at the church? Maybe it’s something only professionals noticed.
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Do things with intention – This is what we love most about the wedding of HRH Duke and Duchess of Sussex.  Everything is done with intention.  The flowers that were chosen for the Duchess’s bouquet had such deep meanings behind it. The Duke of Sussex handpicked some of his the flowers from a Kensington Palace garden, which included forget-me-nots, one of Princess Diana’s favourite flowers.  Portion of the flowers used at the ceremony were turned into handtied bouquets and delivered to patients at St. Joseph Hospice.
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Veil or no veil
The veil of the Duchess had incorporated flowers from each of 53 commonwealth countries embroidered on it.  It added drama to her simplistic wedding gown.  Whether you are only wearing it for the ceremony only or the whole day, it will complete your bridal look.
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Children in the Bridal Party
We adored the beautiful children in the Royal wedding and were amazed how well they all behaved walking down the aisle together.  Wonder how much practice they had to perfect the processional where all eyes were on them.  Don’t stress too much about the children’s performance if you decided to include them in the bridal party.   Sometimes it is beyond your control and their parents’ control.  Just let them have their moments and try their best.
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When we say it is a fun wedding, it is definitely a fun one.  After planning and coordinating so many weddings, we have high expectations and set the bar high.  This cottage wedding took place at Stirling’s parents’ property, where he grew up in and spent many summer weekends there with Tina.  They spent a year preparing for this big day, from leveling the grounds, cutting down trees,  building their own bar and all the signages.  Everything little detail was made by the couple.  If you are to combine your last names after marriage, how do you decide whose last name goes first? Tina and Stirling left it with their guests to make a vote and we had tons of fun counting the ballots.  The night ended with dancing under the stars and making smores with the campfire.

 

Photos are beautifully captured by Jennifer Van Son

 

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Toronto is full of beautiful wedding venues to suit every bridal style, with so many options and some great hidden gems. Graydon Hall is the perfect example of a hidden gem, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city’s core and providing a serene location for a wedding. It’s convenient location, being central and close to major highways, and peaceful garden draw in many weddings throughout the year.

 

Olivia and Richard were looking for a venue with scenic spring views, and with great food. Both the bride and groom are foodies, and wanted to be sure their guests had the best food at their wedding. Graydon Hall is known for its catering, and that coupled with the romantic gardens made it the perfect venue for them.

They had a Spring wedding, and with the venue and food confidently selected, the design and decor were next on the priority list. Like most couples seeking design inspiration, Olivia and Richard took to Pinterest and Instagram to get a feel for what type of options they had. They wanted a romantic spring wedding with lots of natural touches.

For a colour scheme, they chose delicately light and pastel colours to compliment the spring fresh garden at Graydon Hall. Floral design, done by Hunt & Gather, showcased the natural element of spring with lush greenery and perfectly bloomed flowers. The bridal bouquets were grand, with plenty of substance that provided a full, natural look to the bridal party.

In the hall itself, the head table was lined with a variety of flowers and cascading with greenery to support the natural spring look. On guest tables, the florals dominated the centerpieces to reinforce that greenery, and to once again provide an outdoor feel to an indoor wedding. The floral arrangements were placed in a romantic fold vase that peaked out from beneath without overwhelming the piece.

Aside from the floral focused centerpieces, the guest tables had simple and bold table numbers on similar gold holders. The wedding favours, done by the Kitten and Bear, were placed at the tables.

The night before the wedding day, it rained in typical Spring fashion. Due to the wet grass, we were forced to bring the ceremony indoors. Luckily, Graydon Hall has a great indoor space for ceremonies in the Coach Room, which contains ample natural light and delicate outdoor paintings to reinforce the feeling of an outdoor ceremony indoors.

To add a personal touch to the most personal day, a bubble tea station was made available to guests at the end of the evening. Richard proposed to Olivia over bubble tea one night, and they wanted to incorporate that into their wedding day. The also had beautiful details added throughout their wedding. The placeholder cards were origami, and all of the name cards/table numbers were beautifully done in calligraphy.


The whole wedding was a reflection of the Spring, with luscious floral arrangements, delicate colour schemes and lots of natural sunlight to mark a new beginning into marriage for Olivia and Richard.

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