• Wedding Tips

    Staying in Style

    Determine your personal aesthetic using the ABC’s of Style.

    Adventurous – you have a passion for fashion and a lover of color and prints 
    Bond, as in James Bond – a taste for the finer things, including plush fabrics and luxurious details
    Classic – a preference for tradition with a conservative taste, but modern

    Know your limits, play within it: 

    There are so many fashion do’s and don’ts that it can be intimidating when trying to figure out what to wear to that special occasion. It’s ok if you generally gravitate towards neutrals like Black, Grey, and Navy.  In fact, classic doesn’t have to mean boring.  

    Instead, play with textile texture like velvet or brocade in those colors if you want something different, but still feels familiar. But if you are feeling a little more adventurous, perhaps look for a subtle print in a neutral color palette, i.e. grey and navy floral to add some more visual interest. For all the classic gents out there, jewel tones are your best friend.

    Size Matters:

    • Your height and build is important when it comes to choosing your tie or bow tie because proportion is key. If you have a long torso or just a tall individual, you will want to add a few extra inches to your tie so that it sits nicely at the belt line. Or if you are broad and larger in stature, you may want to consider a larger style bow tie instead of the traditional butterfly shape. This is the beauty of going custom – you can make the necessary adjustments and changes to fit your body type best. 
    • Take into consideration that there is much less real estate on a bow tie than there is on a tie so when it comes to choosing a fabric, be mindful of the print size. Smaller prints often work better for bow ties because you are able to see the finer details.  

    Know your limits, play within it: 

    • There are so many fashion do’s and don’ts that it can be intimidating when trying to figure out what to wear to that special occasion. It’s ok if you generally gravitate towards neutrals like Black, Grey, and Navy.  In fact, classic doesn’t have to mean boring.  
    • Instead, play with textile texture like velvet or brocade in those colors if you want something different, but still feels familiar. But if you are feeling a little more adventurous, perhaps look for a subtle print in a neutral color palette, i.e. grey and navy floral to add some more visual interest. For all the classic gents out there, jewel tones are your best friend.
    Staying in Style

    TYTAN is a men’s accessories company that specializes in bespoke and limited edition ties and bow ties, which are proudly designed and handcrafted in Toronto.  They work around their four pillars of design:

    HERITAGE – taking inspiration from the past, present & future.
    CURIOSITY – exploring with texture, shape & fabrication.
    REINVENTION – pushing our creative boundaries.
    CRAFTSMANSHIP – tailoring to perfection

    In addition, as part of their ongoing efforts to be more environmentally conscious and reducing waste, their Reclaimed Program encourages clients to upcycle gently loved items and textiles [such as special pieces from a loved one] to create a truly unique, one-of-a-kind custom piece, which is a beautiful way to start or carry on a family heirloom. 

    TYTAN has had the honor of accessorizing some amazing Canadian talent including; Paul Sun-Hyung Lee of Kim’s Convenience, Jacob Tierney of Letterkenny, Ronnie Rowe Jr. of Star Trek: Discovery/Black Cop, Kevin Hanchard of Orphan Black and Jake Gold,  manager of The Tragically Hip. They have also designed for Acura Canada, Ryerson University and the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.

    Their work has been featured in numerous publications including Toronto Life, Today’s Bride, and The Bridal Affair magazine.  At TYTAN, small details make for big impact.  

  • Wedding Tips

    Looking & Feeling Your Best

    Stephanie from BlushPretty shares her advice in finding the right vendors and looking the best on your wedding day

    Now, I might be a little bit biased, but I think the planning of your makeup and hair needs for your wedding day is the best part of your planning process. THE BEST! I mean, think about it – you have the perfect excuse to peruse beauty boards on Pinterest all day, to visit every Sephora within a reasonable radius for samples, and to get your makeup and hair done a few times before the actual wedding date itself. Fun … fun … and more fun!

    Choosing and working with an artistry team is also very fun, but to make it go smoother and easier it’s always a good idea to start of with a proper consultation before you schedule a trial run or book a wedding date. Consultations should be treated like a mini-date … a getting to know you kind of thing. Why? Because your artistry team will be spending a significant portion of your wedding day with you and your bridal party. They should fit right in with you guys and the vibe should feel comfortable and cozy and most importantly – trustworthy. You have to be able to trust your artistry team! Consultations can help you pinpoint whether a team is a yay or nay for you … especially before you start shelling out deposits and balances!

    But how does one do a consultation? What questions should you ask? Here’s a quick guide on the top 10 questions (and their sub-questions that relate to them) that you should ask before making the right decision:

    • What would you say your beauty style is, and what looks are you really strong at doing?
    • This is the type of style I’m looking for, are you comfortable with doing this look and also, do you think this look is doable for me? If not, what adjustments can be made?
    • Do you have any tips or suggestions for me to prepare me for the trial run and/or for the wedding day itself?
    • I’m concerned about these specific issues (e.g. foundation matching properly, allergies to products, etc.) – how do you correct or address this problem?
    • For a party of my size, how many artists will be present to provide services? What is the experience of your assistants?
    • How long will it take to complete my entire bridal party? What can we do to make sure we run on time?
    • What is your backup plan if you are unable to provide services on my wedding day because of an emergency?
    • Are you flexible with changing numbers of my bridal party or a change in services? What are my options for adding or cancelling services?
    • What do you need in terms of set-up and lighting at my home, hotel room or venue? What will you bring with you to complete services?Do you have any concerns or questions about the scope of mine and my bridal party’s beauty needs for the big day?

    Keep this list handy before you go in for your consultations. Take notes and compare the answers and decide which artistry team had the best answers that made you feel like you were in good hands. In addition, keep in mind how you felt just being in the presence of the booking agent, artists, or team leader. In the end, choosing the right team is about the team that provides you the best service, but also, gives you the best feeling in your gut!

    Looking & Feeling Your Best

    BlushPretty is Toronto’s premiere mobile artistry team and beauty bar. With a highly-skilled team of both makeup and hair artists, we offer a variety of services both in-studio and on-location. 

    Our bridal beauty services are offered throughout the Greater Toronto Area including Peel Region (Mississauga, Brampton), Halton Region (Burlington, Milton, Oakville), Niagara Region (Niagara on the Lake, St. Catharines), York Region (Richmond Hill, Markham, Aurora) and the Durham Region (Pickering, Oshawa).

    From makeup and hair to skincare, BlushPretty is the name on everyone’s perfectly painted lips. Consider our artistry team for your wedding day, next big event, or photoshoot.

  • Wedding Tips,  Wedding Trends

    Mixing it Up in 2020

    Alana from Swoon Events gives us the scoop on what’s up and coming in wedding trends this year

    Bolder use of colour and mixing textures. We are seeing brides moving away from traditional colour palettes and incorporating various shades of red, fuschia, even peaches and browns! Dried floral elements are also huge, like grass, dried flowers and leaves, which add texture and a more modern look to bouquets and centerpieces. Velvet linens in various colours are also a big hit right now. 

    Wedding gowns are incorporating texture as well. We’re seeing a lot of 3D applique like flowers, replacing more traditional lace. Sleeves are continuing to be a big hit, but this year, we are seeing big, voluminous sleeves in sheer fabrics. Dresses have become less form fitting and more free flowing, taking on vibes from the 70’s & 80’s, with feminime modernity added. 

    Nature is also at the core of many wedding trends. Fruit has been popular to decorate tablescapes or added into floral arrangements and centrepieces. Wildflowers, including dried elements as mentioned above, are bringing many weddings back to the roots of nature, as well as impressive botanical elements and structures.

    Swoon Events will bring your wedding to life! We help you plan, design and execute your perfect event. We are hopeless romantics who truly want the best for you, from finding the perfect vendors, coming up with unique and creative ideas, to styling and designing the perfect event – we are with you every step of the way to allow you to truly enjoy the planning process.

    There are many bonuses to working with Swoon Events, like access to our awesome inventory (think table numbers, money boxes, styling accessories, and so much more!) We truly care about each and every one of our clients, and want your day to be a true expression of you. We love elegant and thoughtful events, and helping our clients’ ensure even the smallest of detail is thought through and looked after. 

    Working with Swoon Events can also save you money. We have spent many years forming relationships with Toronto’s top vendors, many of whom offer our clients special pricing, discounts and bonuses. We get to know our clients wants and needs, so we can steer you in the right direction to ensure you get the most value out of your event. 

    Written by Alana from Swoon Events
    Photography by Samantha Ong Photography + Cinema

  • Wedding Entertainment,  Wedding Tips

    Style Your Soundtrack

    Brent Miller Live shares his advice on how to create a stylish soundtrack for a fun and authentic wedding experience for you and your guests

    Creating a stylish soundtrack of your favourite music is a super-fun way to elevate your experience, helping personalize your wedding day and make it authentically yours.

    Here are our Top 5 Styles that we hope inspire you too. Feel free to use them for your own day or mix & match just like you would for a custom bouquet arrangement.

    Jazzy Cool
    The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
    L.O.V.E. – Nat King Cole
    Save The Last Dance – Michael Buble
    It Had To Be You – Harry Connick Jr.
    Cant Take My Eyes Off Of You – Frankie Valli

    Rock Cocktails
    Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley
    Longest Time – Billy Joel
    Crocodile Rock – Elton John
    Ob La Di Ob La Da – The Beatles
    Dancin In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen

    Fizzy Pop
    Lover – Taylor Swift
    Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
    Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
    Sorry – Justin Bieber
    Treasure – Bruno Mars

    Country Chic
    Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker
    Ho, Hey – The Lumineers
    Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
    I Will Wait – Mumford and Sons
    Harvest Moon – Neil Young

    Motown Magic
    Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
    I Cant Help Myself – The Four Tops
    Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
    You Can’t Hurry Love – Diana Ross & The Supremes
    Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder

    Written by Brent Miller from Brent Miller LIVE. Brent Miller LIVE is a wedding & event focused music company led by husband & wife team Brent & Sarah Miller. 

    They feature an adaptable line-up of talented musicians that perform music for ceremonies, cocktails, dinners and dances. They are grateful to be partnered with and recommended by some of Toronto’s most fantastic event venues, wedding planners, vendor friends alike. 

    They are passionate about creating memorable moments by tailoring the musical experience to fit each individual party. Brent Miller LIVE has fully customizable packages offer your favourite instruments to mix up with your selected songs. 

  • Wedding Photography,  Wedding Tips

    Capturing Your Memories for a Lifetime

    Finding the right photographer and videographer for your wedding day can be a daunting task. The best photographers and videographers intend your memories to become family heirlooms and plan this by ensuring they capture all the special moments in a timeless yet feel-good kind of way. 

    Ensuring that your photographer and videographer understands your vision is important but you’ll also want to find someone that you mesh well with. Afterall, they’ll be spending the whole day with you! 

     They will also ensure to give you a one of a kind customer experience by helping you through the planning stages and right up to creating fine art keepsake pieces out of your memories. 

    Choose a studio that offers keepsake archival-grade print products to hold their colour and detail so that you can enjoy your memories for a lifetime.

    WEDDING TIP: Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event. A true professional will be prepared for every kind of contingency plan, whether it’s due to bad weather, illness, equipment failure or even data loss. Make sure you ask them about this, read lots of reviews and have a written contract.

    Samantha Ong Photography + Cinema is a Toronto based wedding and lifestyle photography and videography studio. Our style is romantic, whimsical and timeless. 

    We take the responsibility of documenting your special day very seriously as they want to capture it as beautiful as possible. Our goal is to capture your memories in a timeless way so you can look back and enjoy your wedding day for generations to come. 

    Our work recently has had the honour of being published in popular wedding blogs such as WedLuxe Magazine, Elegant Wedding Magazine, The Knot, Weddingbells, Today’s Bride, Bride Canada, The Wedding Co., and many more! They are also proudly the winner of Wedding Wire’s Couple’s Choice after receiving over 100 5-star reviews.

    We make it easy for couples to plan their wedding day by offering options for photography, videography and photo-booth in a combined package! We also have options for associates to cater to every budget. 

    To guarantee availability for your date, please contact us to discuss how we can work together to make your wedding day truly special and memorable!

    We love telling stories. We love capturing the beauty of the moment. We hope that you love our work as much as we loved creating it.

    Website: www.samanthaongphoto.com
    Facebook: @samanthaongphoto
    Instagram: @samanthaongphoto