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Happy Monday.  Did you know that today is known as Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year?   The cold weather in Toronto is definitely not helping with this winter depression after all the holiday celebrations and spending.  Why not get yourself motivated and start planning your next vacation? We wrote about the Islands of Azores last time and check out our part 2 with what the island has to offer…..

The next day was full of adventure. The local guides set us up with a morning of whale watching followed by biking through Futurism. For any adrenaline junkie, this day was a perfect mix of adventure and views. The ocean can be rough, so if whale watching isn’t for you, the Azores has plenty of activities you might enjoy like: hiking, parasailing, surfing, and canyoning.

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Ponta Delgada is the main city on the island, and is named after the long pointed shape of the city. The architecture has European influences everywhere you look, which makes walking around the city a fun treat. We had some time to walk around on the trip.

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São Miguel is an island full of natural beauty. There are so many view points that made great photo ops, it’s hard to keep track of them all!

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The island is full of beaches to enjoy during the summer. There were even people swimming throughout our trip, and surfing along the coast. All coast front is public property.

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In addition to the beautiful scenery and architecture, there are a few notable locations.

The Tea Shop – Ribeira Grande/Porto Formoso

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And of course, the waterfall at nordeste! (My personal favourite spot on the island.)

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Hope this brightens up your Blue Monday 🙂

bda

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December is the most popular month of the year to get engaged.  According to an article on WeddingWire, six out of ten most popular days happen in December.   If you just got engaged, I’m sure you will be both excited and overwhelmed.  Don’t worry,  we got you covered.  Like last year, we have a list of upcoming wedding shows and open houses to help you start planning your big day.  You can check out our previous post on some wedding show tips. The wedding shows are a one-stop-shop where you can meet all the vendors at one place, however, but it can be a lot of information to digest at one time.  There are also lots of venue open houses coming up where you can see how the venue is setup for weddings and meeting their preferred vendors, which is a bit more catered and targeted.    We will also be partnering with up eventsource.ca to cover the open houses at some of the open houses.  Follow our Instagram and Eventsource account for latest updates.

Let’s start with the list of wedding shows coming up:

  • Canada’s Bridal Show – January 5, 6, 7, 2017 at Metro Convention Centre.  This is one of the biggest shows and targeted to a wider audience of various wedding budget. Admission is $20.00
  • Deer Creek Wedding Show – January 7, 2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Free admission, but best to pre-register.
  • The Wedluxe Wedding Show – January 14, 2018 at 9:00am to 5:00pm at The Carlu.  This is the most luxurious wedding show in Canada and you will get to see the top wedding vendors at this show.  They have a different theme every year and be sure to take lots of photos.  You’ll be blown away by the show with lots of ideas and inspirations.  Admission is $75.00 per person, but if you get your tickets before January 7th, you’ll get 20% off for early bird pricing ($60.00 per person).  Here are some photos of the show from last year, captured by Fungke Images.

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  • The Lavish Dulhan’s Bridal Affair – January 7, 2018 10:00am to 6:00pm  at The Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex.  This is Toronto’s only luxury South Asian Wedding Show with fine vendors exhibiting there.  Admission is $25.00
  • Modern Bride Wedding Show – January 21, 2018 at The International Centre from 12:00pm to 6:00pm.  Admission is $10.00
  • The Wedding Co Market – February 25, 2018 at Wynchwood Barn from 10:00am to 5:00pm.  One of the chicest wedding show in the form of a marketplace where couples get to meet passionate vendors with great services. Early Bird Special $15 (Regular price $20 starting January 15th).  $30 (inclusive) cash only at the door.

Venue Open Houses

  • http://district28.ca/District 28 Events – Thursday, January 18, 2018 5:30-9:00pm Free admission.  RSVPat  district28.ca/openhouse

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Photo by Joee Wong

  • The Globe and Mail Centre – one of the newest and hottest venue in Toronto with a panoramic city and lake view.  Sunday, January 21, 2018 10:00am – 2:00pm.  Free admission.  RSVP here+

 

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  • Graydon Hall Manor – Saturday, February 3, 2018.  Email concierge@graydonhall.com to secure an appointment
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  • Eagles Nest Golf Club – Sunday, February 4, 2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm  Registration required. Please visit their website.

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  • The Doctor’s House – Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm. Call 416-234-808 to RSVP
  • Angus Glen Golf & Country Club – Thursday, February 22, 2018.  Start and end time to be confirmed.
  • The Old Mill Inn – Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 4:30pm – 8:00pm

Stay tuned for more updates on upcoming shows and venue open houses.

Happy Planning!

 

 

bda

In November, we were invited by Azores Airlines to visit the beautiful island of São Miguel. Devoted To You spent a few days travelling around the island and taking in all of the natural beauty. Here’s a recap of our visit on the island!

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São Miguel is the biggest island of the Azores, which is an archipelago made up of nine islands. The Azores is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, between North America and Europe, and is part of Portugal.

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Azores Airlines Trip+

Due to its position in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, São Miguel has an interesting climate that ultimately leaves it beautifully green all year. São Miguel is actually known as the green island, which becomes obvious as soon as you land and see nothing but healthy plant life covering the island. It is the perfect location for engagement photoshoot, elopement and honeymoon.  There are a lot to do and so much to experience on the island, from hiking, biking to water activities like sailing.

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I took the red eye direct from Toronto Pearson International, and it’s surprising how close the Azores really are. The flight was only 5.5 hours! There is a time zone change of 4 hours (depending on daylight savings time), so even though our flight left around 9pm Toronto time, we arrived around 7am local time. We were able to rest up a bit at the Azor Hotel before heading out to site see for the day.

The Azor hotel is new to the island. It opened about a year ago.

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We stayed at the Azor Hotel for the duration of our trip. It’s conveniently located close to restaurants and has a small casino for entertainment. It’s also close the Ponta Delgada airport and right at the Ponta Delgada Harbour. The views from the rooms were of the harbour.

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Destination Wedding Azor hotel+

We enjoyed breakfast there each morning, which was a buffet with fresh fruit, crepes, omelettes and local Azorean cheese and bread. We also had dinner there, and they had options for all taste buds (including vegetarians!) A favourite of our group was the lemon dessert – a must try while you’re there!

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After resting up, we had lunch at a local restaurant in Ponta Delgada. Azoreans eat a lot of fish, and have plenty of variety.

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After lunch, we went site seeing to different areas on the east side of the island. Ribeira Chã is a rocky beach that would make a great photo op.

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In the summer, there’s also a natural pool in the ocean, close to Vila Franca, that would make a great day trip. There are ferries that run all day to the swimming spot, and locals say the water is warm and calm, as it’s protected from the harsher waves.

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To end the site seeing portion of the day, we visited Terra Nostra in Furnas. Terra Nostra is a preserved park with natural hot spring fed pools and a villa. Terra Nostra would make a perfect photo shoot location, as the colours of the surroundings are stark but vast, and the gardens are great backdrops.

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Azores Destination Wedding Locations+

Terra Nostra Park is located in the town of Furnas, which is home to the hot springs. The hot springs are used for many things on the island, including energy and food. They also feed into the Furnas Spa, which we got to walk through next.

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After site seeing for the day, we enjoyed dinner at a restaurant in Ponta Delgada called Cais Da Sardinha. Cais Da Sardinha is built on the harbour and has views of the water front.

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Azores Cais da Sardinhas+

Azores Cais da Sardinhas+

All photos captured by Rhythm Photography

Stay tuned to our adventure part 2!

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