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Essences – Forest Fruits

This past week. I’ve noticed that the mornings are getting cooler.. (Any excuse to purchase a new coat)
This latest edition of Essences brings you rich, dark colours for those cooler months coming up if you’re planning on matching your wedding colours to the season.


~ Red rose wedding dress ~ Deep red bouquet ~ Berry covered wedding cakes ~ Fruity centrepiece ~ Ruby wedding invitations ~ Purple and red table decoration ~ Ruby bridesmaids ~

Pretty Pins – Wednesday 17th September 2014

This week brings another edition of Pretty Pins – Where during my heavy pinning, I’ve been on the look out for my favourite pins for things such as wedding décor, floral inspiration groom styling and the like.

This week I bring you alternative and quirky centrepieces for your reception tables!


~ Fairground centrepiece ~ Taxidermy centrepiece ~ Paper pin-wheels ~ Autumn pumpkins ~
~ Geometric paper shapes ~ Hot air balloon ~

A Glittering Outdoor Autumnal Wedding – Kristen & Derek


This week is all about my favourite season – Autumn. Later on in the week we have a beautiful Essences board full of earth tones, but today I get to share with you Kristen and Derek’s beautiful outdoor wedding that took place at The Kings Contrivance in Columbia, Maryland, full of lovely golden and brown tones from Sarah Culver Photography.


Our relationship has endured a lot of long-distance time in the almost 8 years that we have been together. Our relationship started out with Derek in Baltimore and me and Virginia and, most recently, we went through two years of me living in Toronto while Derek was still in Baltimore. Toronto was actually the backdrop for our engagement. I was preparing to attend the University of Toronto for graduate school, and needed to find an apartment. Derek travelled with me to Toronto to help me search for an apartment and proposed to me the first night we were there. He had this elaborate plan to go to the top of the CN Tower to propose, but I ruined it because I was exhausted after travelling all day and just wanted to get a bite to eat and head back to the hotel. So our proposal happened on the side of the street as we were walking back to our hotel after dinner and drinks! It was totally unexpected (as we still weren’t sure at that point if we were both going to move to Toronto) and was absolutely symbolic of the fact that he will always be there, no matter where I have to travel for either school or a job. He has always been supportive of me, and this was an amazing way for him to show it.


Derek and I hand picked everything about our wedding, so I’d say that all of the details represented us as a couple. The inspiration for our wedding came from our love of all things Autumn, while also staying light and airy. Derek and I always feel the most alive during the fall months, so of course we wanted to capture that for our wedding day. I also have an insatiable love for glitter and sparkle, so we threw touches of that throughout our decor without over-powering the rustic feel we were going for. It was also very important to us that we kept our wedding “all in the family”, per se. We are lucky that we know a ton of talented people, so we were able to have a close friend marry us (who also gave us matching love note tattoos shortly after we got engaged), as well as have friends film our day and provide services such as hair and makeup for the girls and barbering for the guys. And honestly, all throughout planning, we just wanted to have an awesome party for all of our friends and family. It was more important to have amazing music, food, and cake than it was for me to have some once-in-a-lifetime dress or expensive heels. We wanted the day to be about sharing our love with everyone that has always embraced us and supported us. 


However, the most straightforward detail of our wedding that represented us as a couple had to be our cake topper. Our baker, Charm City Cakes, made us into little figurines based on our own personalities. Derek’s figurine was in a hockey jersey, which is a nod to his love of sports, and my figurine had my cat Piper peeking out from under my dress. It was a perfect depiction of us.

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The Wedding Of A Jeweller And A Tattooist – Emily & Kyle


 Today I get to bring you this gorgeous wedding photographed by New York’s Joyeuse Photography that took place in Washington. Emily & Kyle even got one of their friends ordained so they could have a more person ceremony.


Being a jeweller, Emily made their own wedding rings – “My business partner made my engagement ring and I wanted to make a really special and unique, but still simple wedding band to fit to the shape. I probably made 8 models before I came up with “the one”. My husband just wanted a plain half round gold band, but being as I am a jeweller I just couldn’t bear doing at least something a little interesting to it. So for his band I forged it out with one of his father’s old hammers. The beat up face of the old steel lent a cool stone-like texture to the gold.


We’re both in artistic trades (I’m a Jeweller and he’s a tattoo artist) so we wanted to make as much stuff as possible. He printed our invitations from a linoleum block that he designed and hand cut. I made home made canned jams as our favours (blueberry apple, plum cardamom, pear ginger, strawberry rhubarb, and apple butter). I also sewed all my bridesmaid dresses and we made all our decorations. 

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