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mod pastel wedding inspiration

One of the coolest things about working in a creative industry is the wellspring of collaboration possibilities. I also find it thrilling how you never know when or where your next idea might be born. Back in May, I participated in The Wedding Co. Spring Event at the Gladstone Hotel. I was serendipitously placed right next to the women of Distinct Occasions. Throughout the day, during quieter moments, we chatted about all things weddings and talked about different ideas we'd had for editorial shoots over the years. When Gina, one of Distinct Occasions' planners, suggested the idea of a dreamy, mod, pastel farewell to Mad Men (our beloved show whose series finale would air that same month) I was all over it. By the end of the day, simply by talking to other exhibitors at the show, Gina had pulled together a dream team of industry professionals. It was an absolute pleasure to work with all of these talented folks.

This shoot is featured on The Wedding Co. Blog today! Scroll down or click through to view more.


Photographer: Dallas Curow Photography  //  Producer/Creative Director: Distinct Occasions – Gina Humilde  //  Floral Design & Styling: Benny & Viv Designs  //  Make Up Artist: Eryn Shannon  //  Hair Stylist: Cabello by Carolina  //  Jewelry & Model Stylist: The Loved One  //  Bride’s Dress: Catherine Langlois  //  Bridesmaids Dresses: Cabaret Vintage   //  Cakes: Le Dolci  //  Tableware: Plate Occasions  //  Chairs: Contemporary Furniture Rentals Inc.  //  Linen: Around the Table //   Specialty Linen  //  Backdrop: Dance Floor Decor Backdrop  //  Design & Stationary: Designs by Liselle  //  Venue: 2nd Floor Events  //  Models: Shannon, Iuliana and Helena/Orange Model Management

cambium farms open house 2015

Cambium Farms, one of the newest and most exciting venues in Southern Ontario, recently held an Open House to showcase their beautiful facilities. This event was attended by brides and grooms who have upcoming weddings at Cambium Farms and is designed to be a source of ideas and inspiration as they plan their celebrations. The venue's many spaces are set up as they would be on a wedding day to help couples and their guests visualize the décor and planning possibilities open to them. Guests walk through the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception areas and are able to view the work of some of Cambium Farms' preferred vendors along the way.

The creative and logistical geniuses behind this event were Jennifer and Jenna (below) of The Event Room. They worked alongside the Cambium Farms team to dream up the design and styling vision and to round up a group of vendors who would be sure make the event truly spectacular.


Venue: Cambium Farms  //  Event planning and styling: The Event Room  //  Photography: Dallas Curow Photography  //  Floral design: Cedar & Stone  //  Furniture rentals: Vintage Rentals and Chair-man Mills  //  Paper goods: Elemenopee Design  //  Cakes: Crumb & Berry  //  Balloons: Sugargirlee & Co.  //  Chargers, goblets and bar cart: Plate Occasions  //  Lighting design: Cayuga Creative and Technical Services  //  Catering: Cabral Catering and Daniel et Daniel  //  Photobooth: Digital Dreams

reimagined winter wedding in toronto

This has been my first winter in Toronto, and it's been a chilly one, so I was very enthusiastic about teaming up with some fellow wedding industry professionals to create a styled winter wedding that we would shoot indoors! During our initial brainstorming session, we talked about how we wanted to do a winter shoot that felt light and dreamy instead of heavy and dark. So instead of wrapping our bride in blankets and trekking into the snow, we decided to set our sights on a sunlit indoor space and create a styled celebration that felt like a warm haven on a cold day.

Here's our planner/stylist The Event Room to tell you more about our concept:

The inspiration for this shoot came to us after a heavy snowfall blanketed the city of Toronto, Canada — a once bustling city was transformed into a dreamlike snow globe, something truly magical to behold. We sought to capture the look and feel of freshly fallen snow, crisp winter skies with a softened urban/industrial vibe. 

Our vision for this styled shoot was a modern, reimagined winter wedding, light and soft, ultra-feminine with a masculine edge, the perfect affair for a stylish metropolitan couple. We incorporated a soft colour palette of snowy whites and icy blues, soft lines and layered textures. The main design elements featured a white on white sweetheart table setting, with lush and creamy florals, faux fur rugs and cozy pillows on Louis ghost chairs. Gold touches, pale blue chargers, crystal quartz prisms and fluffy cotton added warmth and depth to the delicate tablescape. The invitation suite and paper goods created by Paula Lee were modern, dreamy, soft, and like a snowflake, completely unique as they were artfully created by hand with beautiful white calligraphy on vellum. The dessert table followed suit, with macarons, a simple watercolour cake on white pedestals, and in the background a glowing neon heart sign. 

We fell in love with the idea of working with local Toronto vendors to create a unique local vibe. Uniting with graphic designer Elemenopee Design, we worked to make Toronto front and centre, with the backdrop of the shoot being a one-of-a-kind map of the City, with a heart spotlighting the venue, Artscape Youngplace. For our beautiful bride, we imagined two looks, an elegant white gown for daytime and a light-as-air black number for when the sun sets and the neon lights are aglow. 

The floral design was created by Karen of Cedar & Stone Floral Studio.

The elegant calligraphy was done by Paula Lee. I loved the white on vellum look.

This gorgeous white dress was provided by LoversLand, a super cool new boutique on Toronto's Ossington strip.

This awesome multi-frame map of Toronto was made by Elemenopee Design. See if you can spot the heart that marks the location of our shoot.

The cake and macarons were provided by the talented folks at Le Dolci.

As I mentioned, when we were imagining our winter wedding concept, we loved the idea of the bride changing into a dark gown for the evening portion of her day. This knockout number and chic accessories were provided by Clementine's Luxury Resale, a lovely new shop in Rosedale.

Thanks to friends at SOOP SOOP for lending us this pretty neon heart.

Thank you so much to all who contributed to this shoot!


Venue: Artscape Youngplace  //  Planning and styling: The Event Room  //  Photography and makeup: Dallas Curow  //  Floral design: Cedar & Stone Floral Studio  // Calligrapher: Paula Lee  //  Model: Anastasia/Orange Models  //  Bride's dress (white, Nicole Miller) provided by LoversLand  //  Bride's dress (black, Theyskens' Theory), shoes and gold necklacke provided by Clementine's Luxury Resale  //  Bakery: Le Dolci  //  Graphic design: Elemenopee Design  //   Rings: Brazen Design  // Crystal earrings: Kate Spade  //  Gold earrings and bracelet: Joe Fresh