Indian Fusion Wedding by Mathias Fast Photography

This pretty Indian fusion wedding from Vancouver Canada is so full of pastel loveliness we’re floating around in wedding heaven. With florals to-die-for, glittering chandeliers and an elegant venue fit for a princess, there isn’t really any pretty stone left unturned. Beautifully snapped by Mathias Fast Photography it’s a cultural beauty that brings east and west together in one gorgeous event!

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Photographer: Mathias Fast Photography / Event Venue: Hotel at Terminal City Club / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Pretty Vancouver Island Wedding by Vivid Photography

I had the privilege of visiting Vancouver Island many years ago and it is one of the most picturesque spots you’ll find. So naturally this gorgeous affair snagged at my heart-strings immediately. Stylish, sophisticated and with west coach beach flair, this pretty Vancouver wedding brought guests together all the way from Ireland and beyond. Vivid Photography captured all the beauty of the beachfront celebration and every last detail of this destination affair. It’s a beautiful fresh burst of Canadian style you’ll want to drink right in!

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FROM THE BRIDE ANDREA: 

How Did The Two of You Meet?

Des and I met in Ireland while I was travelling abroad! He is from a small village called Enniskerry in County Wicklow, Ireland. My sister married a man from the same village (followed by her best friend marrying Des’s best friend after visiting Ireland and my best friend meeting Des’s good friend at our wedding who are now in a serious relationship and she has moved to Ireland to be with him!) Needless to say, there is definitely a connection between ladies from Saskatchewan and men from Enniskerry! It must be something in the water.
 

Why Vancouver Island for your Destination Wedding?

After the proposal we spent 6 months travelling the world together and then returned to Canada where we live now. As a prairie girl, I have always adored the west coast of Canada and my mom and step-father have retired on Vancouver Island so we decided it would be a fabulous place to have our wedding. We lived in Victoria for 6 months and discovered Tigh-Na-Mara resort in Parksville at this time which we fell in love with.
 

What was your Wedding Vision?

Our vision for the wedding was an outdoor ceremony that incorporated west-coast rustic elegance. Because of our common love for the outdoors and adventure, we wanted to bring the outdoors in and Tigh-Na-Mara definitely was the place for this, not to mention the name itself is in Irish Gaelic meaning “house by the sea.” It seemed like fate.
 

Tell Us About Your Day. . 

The day itself was amazing. I had 6 bridesmaids and Des had 5 groomsmen (4 of which were from Ireland). We had nearly 40 guests come from Ireland and the other 60 were from all over Canada and the USA. Our flower-girls and ring-bearer were all from Ireland as well. They all wore match ivory dresses and head bands and our ring-bearer’s suit was rented from Moore’s to perfectly match the groomsmen. 
 

Wedding Style & Colour Palette 

Our colour scheme was bright yellow (my favourite colour) and colours from the surroundings at Tigh-Na-Mara – including tan (sand), greens and white. The bridesmaids wore bright yellow sweetheart, strapless short dresses which they ordered online from J-crew with tan heels and the men wore black suits with bright yellow vests and ties which matched the shade of the ladies’ dresses. I got my wedding gown in Ireland from a little local store. It was the “Dakota” dress by Enzaoni which I had altered to have a deeper sweetheart.  
 
I gave the girls matching sand-dollar necklaces with their initials and a coin-pearl with coin-pearl earrings. I found these on “Etsy” which is a great website for wedding gifts! My bouquet was filled with bright yellows and oranges with roses, orchids and calla-lilies. The groomsmen wore the same yellow orchids in their boutonnieres and I surprised Des with a passion-flower for his, as this is his favourite special flower.  The girls had white orchids with beautiful long green grasses as their bouquets. There were also sprays of yellow orchids framing the gazebo at the ceremony. 
 

The Ceremony

The ceremony took place late morning and we were lucky to have pleasant sunny weather as it had been lashing rain all week! The girls and I got ready in the “Grotto Spa” at Tigh-Na-Mara where we had our makeup and hair done as well as a glass of bubbly and breakfast. Meanwhile, the men went swimming in the ocean and Des saved a Canadian goose from the mouth of a dog – a great way to start his wedding day as a believer in good karma!
 
Suzanne Hedges was our wedding coordinator and did and absolutely amazing job. She picked all of us girls up in a golf cart and we made our way down to the ceremony sight that was surrounded by arbutus trees, log cabins and overlooked the sea. The tide was out that day so it was even more beautiful with the sand stretching on for miles! My wonderful step-dad and uncle (who was also our masters of ceremony) ushered everyone in and gave each person bubbles to blow after the ceremony. For the reserved seats I made small signs out of cart paper, white marker and placed them in pine cones, incorporating the natural elements of the setting. We also made the wedding programs ourselves using tan cart paper, twigs and yellow ribbon.
 
My gorgeous mom and wonderful Dad walked me down the isle as we had traditional live Irish music play. We had a fiddler who we saw play down in Victoria several times, a guitarist and an Uillean pipe player (a traditional Irish instrument which is my favourite instrument of all). Among others, they played a Celtic version of Pachabel’s canon. It was a very emotional and exciting day and I couldn’t have been happier to see Des standing smiling at the end of the aisle.
 
After saying our vows, having his sister do a traditional Irish blessing, having my sister speak words of marriage wisdom and getting bright pink lipstick all over Des’s face after our “I-do” kiss, we signed the registry where I had made a vase using the bark of a birch tree from my Dad’s backyard and a vase. I engraved Des and my initials in a heart and we placed wild flowers we collected in it. Everyone blew bubbles as we made our way back up the isle where we shared champagne and gorgeous appetizers  (made at Tigh-Na-Mara) which people enjoyed on the grass at the ceremony location. 
 

The Beach Photo Shoot

We did the photo shoot on the beach at Tigh-Na-Mara. For the beach photo shoot, I gave my bridesmaids red, yellow and pink polka-dot “wellies” (rubber boots) to wear which I brought from Ireland. The men wore bare feet for this. After the first shoot, Des and I (and his awesome best man, Barry) did another one which was a little drive away from the ceremony sight. It was full of giant pieces of driftwood and unique stone and I loved the creativity Vivid used with their photos! 

Decor & DIY Details

The petal and kettle helped with our decorations and we also incorporated a lot of DIY’s. They made us a wishing tree using natural curly sticks which was a lovely way for people to send their best words and wishes. They provided bright yellow sashes on the chairs to match the same yellow of bridesmaids dresses. We incorporated burlap and lace table runners on top of white linens and we made table names ourselves using mason jars, sand, burlap and lace, small chalk board squares from Michael’s which we stuck in the sand and then photos of the two of us from our travels around the world to name our tables. 
 
I have a true love for beach combing so we incorporated lots of driftwood and sand dollars and small yellow starfish which I found myself and got from a shop on the island. I also made (with the help of my family) napkin wraps out of baby sand dollars and hemp…very simple and beautiful! The centerpieces were gorgeous up-lit yellow orchids in jelly bubbles which varied between tall and short vases on each table. 

 

Wedding Cake

Our cake was a one tier, very dense chocolate biscuit cake (traditional to Ireland) covered in thick beautiful bright yellow icing and pearly white drops. It was placed on a tree stump that the Coastal Cake Company made at our request to incorporate the rustic element and the cake was topped with simple white orchids. We also had yellow, white and brown cake pops with sand dollar decals on them each with different flavours including: white chocolate raspberry, passion fruit vanilla and chocolate. 

 

The Reception

Our reception was so much fun. We started early with appetizers and drinks in front of the stone fireplace. We had seafood martinis (a collection of crab and other seafood served in martini glasses) as well as potato martinis to bring in the west coast feel by providing fresh seafood.
 
We had a kids craft table set up with colouring books, craft paper and hats to create. We had a buffet dinner, lots of touching speeches and a slideshow. Our music was amazing for the night. The same musicians played in the evening–incorporating traditional Irish and Canadian songs while they led dances. We followed this with a DJ and had a midnight snack of vegetarian pizza, wings and veggies and dip. 
 
The party went on all night as we danced the night away (our first song being Etta James’, “At Last” which Des and I first danced to in Ireland at a “silent” disco). The gang then made their way to the beach for a bonfire as we retired to our honeymoon suite overlooking the ocean. It was a truly magical day!
 

 

Photographer: Vivid Photography /Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Tigh-Na-Mara Resort / Flowers & Decor: Petal & Kettle: Parksville Florist & Tea Co / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Romantic Vintage Wedding by Lyndsay London Photography

You know I could get lost in this wedding for days – the pretty romantic theming, the softest pastel palette of pinks and mauves, the breathtaking blooms and all the gorgeous vintage details. Then there’s the exquisite bride in (not one) but two stunning wedding gowns and headpiece to-die-for, her sweet maids in gorgeous vintage fur stoles, and a candy buffet that is nothing short of perfection {insert huge sigh!}. Yes, dear friends this swoon-worthy Vancouver wedding has got it’s romantic vintage style ‘just right’ and I’m sure we’ll be wedding drunk from consuming all it’s mesmerizing pictures by Lyndsay London all day long!

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From the photographer: Maggie & Haydex met during their undergrad at UBC. They did the same degree so shared many of the same classes. They had been good friends for 4 years before they started dating. Haydex’s original plan was to propose to Maggie on a romantic getaway to the Sunshine Coast. However Maggie found out about the ring before they went on their trip. At the end, he proposed in her bedroom and she said yes!

 

Photographer: Lyndsay London Photography/ Ceremony & Reception: Vancouver Women’s Club at Hycroft Manor /Bridal gown: Pronovias /Bridal Party Attire: JCrew / Groom’s Tux: Tailor made in Hong Kong / Flowers: Precious Pear Floral Design / Wedding Cake: Cakeaters /Caterer: Emelles / Favours: Handmade by the Bride / Wedding Planners: The Bride Music /Make-up: Charrisse Mae /Hair: Victoria Ho / Invitations: Designed by Bride & Groom / Submitted via href=”http://www.twobrightlights.com” target=”_blank”>Two Bright Lights

Ontario Farm Engagement Session by Litrato Studio

Welcome to another fab week at LWB my lovely country bumpkins. It’s time to take your seats, cos this might be the best farm engagement session EVER. Snapped to perfection by Litrato Studio, this boot-scootin e session at Riverdale Farm in Ontario Canada is full of sweet rustic charm, baskets of fresh farm eggs, and an engaged couple completely in love, who happen to be the real deal. Now that’s a combo sure to put a smile on your country-lovin dial!

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From the photographer: Finally spring is here and we’re so excited to go out and shoot. We loved the idea to shoot on a Farm. Luckily we found one! The shoot was held on Riverdale Farm, in the heart of downtown Cabbagetown Toronto. It represents a rural farm in Ontario. We were so blessed because the weather was perfect. Not too hot, not too cold, and everything was bright and sunny. It was so delightful to feel the spring breeze once we were on the farm. Flowers were blooming on the side walk, the grass was so fresh and the children had a fabulous time watching the animals.We then went looking for details to enhance the shoot –  like rustic farm items (e.g. pale and sprinkling can, eggs, baskets etc). We brought some tulips and purple spring flowers to add colors and a spring feel and to complete it all, our real lovely engaged couple Jessica and Ron. Finally, to perfect our Southern country theme, Jessica wore her southern country boots.

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Photographer: Litrato Studio / Floral Designer:  St Clair Flowers / Makeup Artist:  Nikkie Gatto / Personal Stylist:  Litrato Studio / Location:  Riverdale Farm /Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 Looking for more country goodness? Try these pretty posts on for size…

Rustic Bridal Portrait by Sofia Katherine Photography

Morning All!  I thought I would start this week with a little taste of gorgeous rustic bridal inspiration. This bridal portrait session by Sofia Katherine Photography in Alberta Canada, is serenely beautiful with its warm tones, weathered backdrop and soft romantic vibe. This would be a wonderful style of photo session for the rustic or country chic bride, don’t you think?

Photography: Sofia Katherine Photography / Dress Designer: Laura George / Submitted via Two Bright Lights
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sweet Hot Chocolate Engagement Session

Nothing is as sweet and delicious as your true love . . . except maybe for a cup of hot chocolate? Or then again, maybe your favourite sweets?  Hmm. . . can’t decide? Best thing to do is enjoy all of them together. Just like this gorgeous engagement session from Litrato Studio in Canada.

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Edward shares with us the sweet delicious details: When it’s snowing outside what do you love most to do? A cup of hot coffee and choco, and a warm cuddle from the one you love. Brandon and Amanda were just too happy for the indoor shot, away from the winter Toronto breeze. It was when we were strolling downtown Toronto and a cake displayed by the window caught our attention, it was the lemon cake. That’s how the concept of this shoot started.

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Photography & Stylist: Litrato Studio / Hair Stylist:  Denise Tuason / Reception Venue:  Gladstone Hotel / Cake Designer:  Katie’s Cake / Personal Stylist:  Litrato Studio / Decorations:  Lazy Caterpillar, Simply Nesting via Etsy / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Modern Ontario Purple Banquet Hall Wedding by C’est Chic Photography

Here is another pretty wedding from Ontario Canada which proves purple is still a popular colour of choice when it comes to modern brides. Captured by C’est Chic! Photography and designed by The Creative Bride it’s smoothly blends an outdoor garden ceremony with an elegant indoor wedding banquet. I love the bride’s ruffled gown, the stylish pops of purple and the soft white drapings framing the banquet hall which are no less than stunning. The drapes give the whole indoor reception the magical look of an outdoor marquee with the convenience of staying indoors. The perfect choice for a sizzling hot Summer’s day or when the weather is unpredictable.Modern Bride with Purple ShoesPurple WeddingFlowergirl Dressing the BrideModern WeddingModern Outdoor Wedding CeremonyBlonde Bride Behind Her VeilOntario Modern Outdoor WeddingPurple White Wedding CandyPurple Modern WeddingRustic Wedding Bride Groom Railway LinesOntario WeddingPurple Wedding Cake with White FlowersPurple White Wedding ReceptionPurple Wedding Fantasy Photo BoothBride Purple ShoesModern Ontario Wedding

From the Photographer: The bride and groom have been together since they were teenagers when they worked together at Tim Hortons! Totally high school sweethearts! Purple is her favourite colour and this wedding had purple details in style! From the shoes, to the cake and the candy bar! The decor was beautifully designed by the awesome Kim and Robin form “The Creative Bride’ (decorating, planning and details).

Photography: Ce’st Chic / Hair Stylist:  Frank Anthony Salon / Event Designer:  The Creative Bride / Reception Venue:  Three Bridges / Cake Designer:  Cakes by Christie / Submitted via Two Bright Lights