• Romantic-Bridal-Photography
    Real Engagements

    Bridal Boudoir Photography: Max + Simona

    By Astoria Studios:

    Max and Simona are stylish young loving hearts, beautiful internally and externally. 

    It was a memorable Korean wedding photoshoot with walks on the roof of high-rise buildings, bridal boudoir photography, and indescribable emotions. We definitely liked how Max and Simona mixed oriental luxurious wedding style with the bridal spirit of adventurism.

    We will remember for a long time Simona’s idea to capture boudoir wedding photos in a bath. She was so feminine, sensual, and memorable. I won’t lie, I loved the idea of shooting bridal boudoir photography during the bride’s preparation as soon as she mentioned it. Boudoir wedding photos were her little dream, which we must share to inspire you.

    When Max asked us to shoot some wedding photos on the rooftop, I realized – this is “our” couple. So contrasting, unique, but at the same time very harmonious.

    Full of drive and true emotions, this Korean wedding photoshoot did not allow us to forget that bridal photography is an art, and a wedding photographer is a creator.

    Bridal Boudoir Photography: Max + Simona
    Bridal Boudoir Photography: Max + Simona
    Bridal Boudoir Photography: Max + Simona

    Photographer: Astora Studio

  • Wedding Inspiration

    Mid-Century Modern Styled Shoot

    Rakayle (Rock) Brown and Jocelyn Gant re-united in early 2017 after Rock posted a promotion for his personal training services. Despite attending the same middle and high schools, Rock and Jocelyn had never spoken to each other… ever. The gym was an opportunity for them to finally get to know one another. After spending time together training, a spark grew between them that was like no other.

    A year after making their relationship official, Rock proposed to Jocelyn in front of their families on Christmas Day of 2019. The couple married in Birmingham, AL on November 21, 2020 with their closest family and friends to celebrate their union. Rock and Jocelyn still work out together every day. They are still very much in love and live in Birmingham with their Shih Tzu puppy, Chance.

    A group of curated vendors came together to re-imagine Jocelyn and Rock’s wedding day with this mid-century modern inspired shoot at the new Glass House venue in Skyline, Alabama. Jocelyn smoldered with glamorous vintage looks from Birch on Main and Twiggy-inspired eye makeup from Colleen Gagnon. Sunburst hair details from The Stylist Abroad and vintage curls from Hair by LaTasha brought the looks together with our theme. New Mood’s eclectic flower arrangements brought the color story to life, while PropHouse Birmingham’s stunning mid-century furniture set the stage. Mullins Special Occasions also provided linens and tableware. Salt + Paperie made fun, geometric invitations. Emily Hawkins made a delicious and artful lemon-raspberry cake to match the bright design. White Rabbit Studios captured all the light with impressive film photography. This shoot was the debut for Stellar Events, a new horizon for the company, which was reflected in the bright color scheme, unique florals, and custom-built sunburst prop and colored panels.

    Mid-Century Modern Styled Shoot
    Mid-Century Modern Styled Shoot
    Mid-Century Modern Styled Shoot
    Mid-Century Modern Styled Shoot
    Mid-Century Modern Styled Shoot
    Mid-Century Modern Styled Shoot
    Mid-Century Modern Styled Shoot
    Mid-Century Modern Styled Shoot
    Mid-Century Modern Styled Shoot

    Design and Decor: PropHouse Birmingham
    Equipment Rentals: Mullins Special Occasions
    Dress Store: Ivory and Birch
    Beauty: Colleen Gagnon Makeup Artist
    Hair Stylist: Hair by LaTasha
    Hair Stylist: The Stylist Abroad
    Invitation Designer: Salt + Paperie
    Culinary: Pizzelle’s Confections
    Cake Designer: Emily Hawkins
    Floral Designer: New Mood
    Event Venue: The Glass House
    Event Planner: Stellar Events, LLC
    Photographer: White Rabbit Studios

  • Real Engagements

    Romantic Engagement Downtown Gruene Texas: Andrea + Joshua

    What happens when a couple tells you that they don’t like rustic and you take them to the most rustic place you can think of — Downtown Gruene, Texas? They trust you and you make magic! Andrea and Joshua specifically told their photographers (Carhart Photography) that they do not like a rustic vibe. But because they trusted them so much as their photographers, they didn’t hesitate when they suggested Downtown Gruene and all the beautiful shots in front of Gruene Mansion Inn.

    Romantic Engagement Downtown Gruene Texas: Andrea + Joshua
    Romantic Engagement Downtown Gruene Texas: Andrea + Joshua
    Romantic Engagement Downtown Gruene Texas: Andrea + Joshua

    Photographer: Carhart Photography
    Photo Location: Gruene Mansion Inn

    Submitted via Two Bright Lights

  • Magazine Issues

    Issue: Spring/Summer 2020

    Issue: Spring/Summer 2020

    Well Wedded Magazine is a FREE wedding planning magazine that has the essentials of what bride and grooms need to plan their wedding day.

    Well Wedded Magazine was created by a team of the best wedding vendors in Toronto, Canada to give you the latest advice and tips for planning your wedding in 2020. Includes latest stylish wedding trends, wedding style inspiration and ideas, expert beauty tips, how to navigate the new wedding era, and beautiful real wedding photographs and stories.

    Bridal magazines can assist even the busiest bride in making her wedding day go smoothly. We make it easy for you to have the best stress-free wedding day. Also includes exclusive wedding offers too!

    Click the above link to download your free copy!

    Our Spring/Summer wedding vendor contributors are:

    Photography: Samantha from Samantha Ong Photography
    Florals: Paulina from Fete Flowers
    Planning: Alana from Swoon Events
    Live Entertainment: Brent from Brent Miller Live
    Hair & Makeup: Stephanie from Blush Pretty
    Groom Attire: Justin from TYTAN Ties.

  • Wedding Inspiration

    Clouds of Tulle

    Samantha Ong Photography + Cinema and The Merrier Co put together a beautiful the wedding inspiration for this styled shoot was a marvellous and energetic pastel purple paradise. They utilised lovely florals and vaporous tulle in different shades of pink and purple on a twofold hover circle to make a breezy and delicate look. Delight Floral + Design made a dazzling ceremony arbour that became the main element of the shoot. It was ethereal and light, like a dreamy heaven of tulle.

    The styled shoot was light yet fun-loving, from the invitation suite to the sweet treat thoughts. Don’t you love the different shades of purple with white, peach, light pinks and gold?

    A fabulous tablescape was set up utilizing different shades of purple and pink, just as the novel looking pearlized plates and gold flatware from Nayos to raise the degree of class, yet keeping its present day. To work with the theme of a fantasistical wedding, they opted to go high with the tablescape.

    Clouds of Tulle

    With most of the wedding functions currently occurring outside because of COVID-19, Laura Jayne Bridal created a unique headpiece to wear with sentimental tulle streamers. This perfect wedding look would make some head turns and we can consider this a COVID-19 piece with most weddings taking place outdoors. Such a great idea!

    Photography + Co-Design: Samantha Ong Photography + Cinema
    Planning + Co-Design: The Merrier Co.
    Venue: Deer Creek Golf Club & Banquet Facility
    Floral: DeLight Floral + Design
    Makeup & Hair: Vivian Wu Makeup Artist
    Bridal Dress: Valencienne Bridal
    Groom Suits: Wingmen Suits
    Jewellery & Hair Accessories: Laura Jayne Bridal
    Ring: Kate Danielle Jewellery
    Cake: Joni & Cake
    Invitations, Menu Cards, Place Cards & Acrylic Seating Chart: A Good Day Inc.
    Tableware: Nayos
    Rentals: Peachwood Event Rentals
    Furniture: Detailz Couture
    Candles: Vallari Decor

  • Real Weddings

    An Intimate Wedding in Niagara

    A once in a lifetime wedding experience with a live quartet through Ceremony, Dinner and Dance at the historic Queens Landing. Written by Brent Miller Live

    John and Sydney’s wedding at the romantic Queens Landing Hotel in Niagara on the Lake was an absolute blast with many charming moments through their ceremony, dinner and dance.

    An Intimate Wedding in Niagara

    It was an incredible reception beginning with a first dance performance of ALL OF ME to begin the party.  Through the dance we played a mix of Rock and Motown classics  that created a soft intimate magic that really captured the honest feeling of the evening.

    “Brent and his band performed at our wedding this past April. From first meeting with him, we felt that Brent was truly interested in making sure that his performances made our wedding the party that we wanted it to be. Brent was very professional right from the beginning, thorough with details and very quick to respond to any questions we had. He played a variety of music and made our first and last dance of the night truly memorable. We have continued to receive many compliments on the bands performance and his ability to change up the music to meet everyone’s tastes. Choosing Brent Miller Live was the easiest and best decision we made out of the entire wedding planning process. We cant recommend Brent, Sarah, and his entire group strongly enough!”

    John & Sydney

  • Real Weddings

    Susan & Edgar’s Romantic Affair at Estates of Sunnybrook

    Combining Jewish traditions and romantic elements for a fun and memorable wedding at The Estates of Sunnybrook in Toronto. Written by Samantha Ong Photography

    Susan and Edgar met three years ago and just clicked. They just so happened to be at the same place in their lives and had similar values. They love to run together and then spend the night at home gazing up at the stars. They were both ready to make a long life commitment and share a life with someone. Just last year, they purchased and renovated a house together. 

    Susan and Edgar had a beautiful lunch wedding at the  with a traditional ceremony. Although Edgar is from Colombia, it was very important to Susan to carry out the traditions of her Jewish culture. Edgar is proud to be part of her heritage and take on the customs that go back thousands of years. 

    “Totally worth it! Samantha is so professional. She made us feel very comfortable. We hardly noticed them at our wedding snapping away. The pictures turned out amazing. It was hard to choose the ones for our album.” 

    Susan & Edgar
    Susan & Edgar’s Romantic Affair at Estates of Sunnybrook

    Susan and Edgar had a beautiful and elegant lunch reception that was elegant, light and pretty. The ballroom at the main ballroom of the Vaughan Estate was decorated in shades of blush, dusty blue and white and it felt so romantic. Although it was supposed to rain for most of the day, Samantha and her team made the most the weather and were still able to capture lots of portraits outdoors in the beautiful gardens.

    I love photographing weddings because of the special traditions and how these celebrations involves many of their family and friends to take part in supporting such a happy occassion!

    Photography: Samantha Ong Photography
    Venue: Estates of Sunnybrook
    Planner: Swoon Events
    Florist: Fête Floral + Events
    Make-Up Artist: Toronto Beauty Group
    Bridal Boutique: Felichia Bridal
    Bridal Dress Designer: Martina Liana
    Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle
    Groom Attire: Garrison Bespoke
    Cake Designer: Patricia’s Cake Creations

  • 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
    CHINESE NEW YEAR

    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