• 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 Inspiration

    Pink Pastel Wedding Inspiration: Field of Dreams

    Every woman dreams about the perfect wedding and all the details that make it beautiful, personal and fun. Details like an ocean of tulle, a tea party surrounded by a room of pastel balloons, and fun elements like cotton candy trees are all fantastical, on-trend ideas that can be beautifully interpreted into the wedding of your dreams. 

    Pink Pastel Wedding Inspiration: Field of Dreams

    For this editorial, we selected the grandeur of the Estates of Sunnybrook’s McLean House for all of the picturesque spots it offers, like the manicured gardens and rolling fields that surround it.  Samantha Ong, of Samantha Ong Photography, highlights the bridal suite resplendent in shades of mauve and blush accents – the perfect backdrop to a tea party featuring a plethora of pastel balloons from Elle Balloons and sinful sweets from Patricia’s Cake Creations. Vintage consoles, like the ones from Glamorous Affairs, adds a luxe element for your sweet table that will definitely make your cake image worthy.

    We used the field and cherry blossom orchard behind the McLean House to create breathtaking and ethereal images featuring coloured smoke bombs.

    Fête Floral + Events took greenery and interpreted it into a woodland inspired tablescape of deep mossy greens accented with perennial favourites of blush cherry blossoms and garlands of spring blooms.  

    Pink Pastel Wedding Inspiration: Field of Dreams

    The boho trend of loose, airy blooms continues on but this year, a more refined approach emerges in popularity.  The focus is on using interesting botanical to create movement and visual depth; interesting blooms like hand painted air plant and magnolia will make your best day ever memorable and seriously leave you swooning.

    Photographer: Samantha Ong Photography
    Planning & Creative Direction: Swoon Events
    Floral & Art Direction: Fête Floral + Events
    Venue: The Estates of Sunnybrook
    Hair & Makeup: Schulz Beauty
    Dress Boutique: Felichia Bridal
    Dress Designer: Watters
    Balloons: Elle Balloons
    Headpiece & Earrings: The Loved One
    Cotton Candy: Candy Floss Land
    Cake & Sweets: Patricia’s Cake Creations
    Smoke Fx: Rocket Fireworks Canada
    Plates And Cutlery: Plate Occasions
    Shoes: Sophia Webster
    Ring: Anouk Jewelry

  • 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. 

  • Real Weddings

    A Joyful Palette of Colour at The Arlington Estate: Vanessa + Vito

    Vanessa and Vito planned a beautiful wedding that took place at The Toronto Hunt Club and celebrated at The Arlington Estate. Vanessa wanted a joyful palette of colour that included magenta, peach and coral with accents of blue.  

    We suggested a riotous palette of roses, dinner plate dahlias, lisianthus as well as a geo-inspired piece of art that served as their backdrop on their live candle wall, which now adorns their living room.  

    Guests were wowed as they entered the venue; greeted by the textures of the various types of centerpieces and decor, cohesively and elegantly held together by repeating the same floral and decor elements throughout the space.

    A Joyful Palette of Colour at The Arlington Estate: Vanessa + Vito

    Trusting your decorator’s expertise to create will pay off on the day – just be sure to prioritize your wishlist and keep an open mind to their creativity!

    Planner: Simply Perfect
    Photographer: Samantha Ong Photography
    Event Designer & Floral:  Fête Floral + Events
    Ceremony Venue:  Toronto Hunt Club
    Reception Venue:  The Arlington Estate

    Article written by Paulina Sazon from Fête Floral + Events. Fête Floral + Events is recommended by Toronto Life and featured in Wedluxe, Martha Stewart, Style Me Pretty and a host of others, Fête Floral + Events has made moments memorable by creating stylish events for the past 20 years.

    We love flowers.  We love love.  Together, we think that there is no match more heavenly.  From creating an orchard, inside, to designing a 2-day wedding complete with His & Her activation lounges, Fête finds the unique and translates that into a personal experience that your guests can enjoy.

    Our extensive inventory and partnerships for décor, props and tabletop accoutrements enables us to provide one stop event designing that is on trend, stylish and definitely swoon worthy. 

    Our clients tend to be busy professionals and come from various parts of the globe.  Whether in person or virtual, we have the capabilities to meet with you anywhere in the world, at any time.

  • 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

  • Wedding Trends

    Pantone Colour of The Year: I Got The Blues

    Paulina from Fête Floral + Events provides some tips on how to continue to have optimism through this turbulent time and beautifully incorporate the Pantone Colour of the Year

    It’s one of those shades that has so many tones; it’s melancholy yet boundless, confident, and it has hopeful optimism – it’s no wonder it’s the 2020 Colour of the Year.  It’s actually what we need right now in such a turbulent time.  We are all anticipating what comes next.

    Here’s some fun ideas on how to infuse the colour blue into your wedding palette.

    Flowers:  Blue hydrangea, tweedia, delphinium or anemones

    Décor:  For most couples, deep blue linens may be slightly too dark for all the tables at a reception, but adding a pop with blue napkins can tie in the colour with just the right amount.

    Cocktails:  Blue Alize or Curacao infused martinis or classic cocktails like the Blue Lagoon 

    Stationary:  The easiest way to infuse a little blue into your theme is through stationary.  

    Haberdashery:  The Groom deserves a moment to shine too!  A dramatic bow tie in a feathered, royal blue adds an unexpected twist to an otherwise classic suit.

    Photography: Avenue Photo

  • Editor's Letter

    Editor’s Letter: Spring/Summer 2020 Issue

    Whew.  With the days getting longer and the sun’s warmth shining down on us, I wanted to reach out (beyond my office window) and reconnect.  Summer approaches, and we’re looking forward to breathing deeply, reconnecting with our friends and family, and yes, finally getting married!

    While we must continue to be diligent and practise physical distancing (for now), I know many of you have had their plans upended and have anxiously shifted celebrations to a later date in the year.  You may have put off planning altogether, and I don’t think any of us blame you. These are extraordinary times and God willing, will be a distant memory.

    With that in mind, I wanted to take a moment of levity and take about some trends we’re seeing in décor and introduce you to some of my most trusted industry partners. Professionals from every part of Toronto’s spectrum of wedding suppliers. Together, we have assembled a bevvy of insider tips geared towards making your decision making and planning process seem effortless. There are some valuable offers too so be sure to read through!

    As I contemplate of the second half of the year, I can’t help but think how timely Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Classic Blue, is. It’s about calm, it’s about fortitude (Blue Steel!), and it’s about being optimistic.  

    On that tip, I’ve curated an editorial of ways you can infuse Classic Blue into your décor. It’s sort of a new neutral that pairs beautifully with everything from blush to violet. Hopefully, there’s something in this issue that inspires you to think of what can be this year.

    So like Ella Fitzgerald sings, 

    Blue days

    All of them gone

    Nothing but blue skies,

    From now on

    And how!

    Paulina Sazon

    Fête Floral + Events

    Photography by Samantha Ong Photography + Cinema