Jenn & Paul: Castle Garden Wedding at Casa Loma

Every bride wants to feel like a princess on her big day and what is more royalty-like than a wedding in the garden of a castle?! One of my favourite venues of the city, every chance I get to be back in the venue I love being back. From the gardens of Casa Loma, you get the perfect view overlooking the city while being surrounded by lots of greens and flowers... and a castle! 

Jenn and Paul's wedding was nothing short of spectacular. The bride first came to me with the most detailed excel spread sheets and mood boards any bride has ever sent! It was really so fun to work with her to build and design their special day. She was going back and fourth between New York City and Toronto during the planning process.

On the Big Day, Jenn wore a Anne Barge gown with the most stunning lace corset back with Paul in a handsome navy suit with custom lining. A Chinese wedding has to of course include the intimate tea ceremony in the morning followed by western ceremony inside the gardens of Casa Loma, in front of the fountain. As they kissed to seal their union, the fountains were turned back on in sync as they made their first walk down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs.! We really did luck out with some perfect fall weather. The cocktail hour included a live oyster station from Rodney's as well as 2 signature drinks, one for the bride and one for the groom. Afterwards, guests made their way into the glass tent for dinner and dancing. The tent was decorated with sheer ceiling drapery and beautiful chandeliers while still being able to see the castle but as the sun set, the stars were visible as guests enjoyed their 4-course dinner. 

Being a fall wedding, we incorporated navy, greys, deep reds and lots of greenery. The tables were a combination of round and long tables with the couple sitting at a long table surrounding by their friends and family. Flower 597 framed the couple with a breath-taking arbour and garland down their table with plenty of candles to set the ambiance. Throughout the evening, there was DJ Ahmed Grim and live guitarist, Drew Wright, to entertain the guests. 

The entire day went so smoothly and when the photographer, Scarlet O'Neil, sent back the pictures, I was so thrilled to go through them! Going through each of their photos, it was so great to see that their day was just as beautiful on film as it was in person but more importantly, I could see the love and the happiness in their expressions! 

Congratulations again to this amazing and bubbly couple; wishing you many more beautiful moments!

xo
Jess

Planning: Bisous Events
Photography: Scarlet O'Neil Photography
Florist: Flower 597
Video: One Heart Films
Venue: Casa Loma - Pavilion & Garden
Hair: Puzzle Creations
 

A Wedding Planner's Wedding!

I am officially married!

Some wedding planners get married before getting into the business but I did it the other way around. It definitely helped me in planning my big day and it was everything I could hope for!

There is a lot of pressure when it comes to planning your wedding day when you're in the industry but I knew from day 1 that this wedding wouldn't be about impressing everyone but instead be a reflection of us and we would stay true to the things that were important to us. This is how I see my clients' weddings and it was no difference for myself! I wanted to ensure both our families with the multiple languages were all comfortable and having fun. 

Here are the common questions everyone I know or meet including my current couples and all the wedding vendors ask:

1) How do you feel?

Well I basically feel the same. It's not bad like it sounds! I always felt like Joseph was my husband and I would spend forever with him. We already blended our families, lived together for years, travelled together, purchased our home together and raise our dog. I am so happy to call him my husband, it really feels natural. 

2) Was it crazy planning your wedding day while still planning all your client's weddings?

Yes and no. Yes because it was weird being on the other side of things. No because this is what I do for a living, all the logistics and vendor sourcing is normal. I do have a new found respect for brides! I did not expect to be so emotional on the day but oh did I shed some happy tears!

3) Would you do anything different looking back?

Some things happened like moving venues 1 month prior to but really, I wouldn't change anything! 

4) What was your favourite thing about your wedding? 

There are really too many things to name since I planned it from Day 1 but here are a couple high-lights:

  • My dog, Misu, was our flower pet and walked down the aisle with my sister!
  • The food. We're huge foodies and the food was phenomenal!
  • The weather. This is something you could never control and our wedding was inside but the weather really made everyone in a good mood especially since most of our guests travelled from outside Canada to be with us. This also allowed us to be able to walk around for our wedding day photos.
  • My dress. I don't know when I'll ever be able to feel so beautiful and glamorous again! My hair and make-up looked so lovely too.. and it looked that way even at the end of all the hours of dancing!
  • All our families travelling from far and wide to be with us. I don't know another day I could wrangle all these people from France to Florida to England together again.
  • Marrying my love, Joseph!

It was an amazing day with so much love... but I'm glad its back to normal about being back on the side I'm most comfortable with, behind the scenes!

Thank you to everyone that made our days everything we could wish for!

Planner: Bisous Events
Venue: The Great Hall
Photographer: Ally Ho / Evolylla Photography
Florals: Flower 597
Calligraphy/Stationery: Paula Lee Calligraphy
Dress: Ines Di Santo
Suit: 18 waits
Rentals: Plate Occasions & The Perfect Table
Make-up: Glow by Mimosa
Hair: Puzzle Creations
DJ: Docteur Mephisto
 

Sneak Peeks from Grace & Trevor's Stunning Fall Wedding!

My favourite season for so many reasons... fall! I am always so inspired by the changing colours but for this beautiful fall wedding, I was so inspired by the warm red of the bride's hair! I decided to get further inspiration from the venue, Old Mill, for its vintage feel so we combined ivory, copper, gold and a bunch of teal for Grace & Trevor's Big Day. We mixed and matched the metallics with rose gold cutlery, hammered copper chargers, gold frames and gold votives. The florist personally foraged for the turning leaves to incorporate in to the ultra-romantic floral design. Thank you to everyone that brought this wedding together!

Check out the images by Jacqueline James Photography so all the lovely photos.. definitely a favourite in 2017!