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Fadi and Reema Get Married in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Photography by Paula Scalco Photography
Hair / Makeup by Monica MHG beauty

***This might be the perfect time to throw in that we are so proud of May for winning the Wedding Specialists of the Year Award for the UAE by the Luxury Travel Guide

A special thank you to WPIC alumni May Abu Jaber-Halasa of The Wedding Haven for this beautiful destination wedding submission that took place in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

*All Photography Eric Cheng*

There is just something so special about celebrating your wedding in a totally different country. It really is a unique experience – probably because you are also on holidays and ready to celebrate your love with your nearest and dearest relatives and friends while relaxing and having fun.

Photography by the talented Eric Cheng

Photography by the talented Eric Cheng

I met Fadi and Reem through my brother at my own destination wedding in Punta Cana almost two years ago, and I instantly fell in love with them! They are such warm, and kind souls with a sheer love of life and adventure! So when they approached me to help them plan their wedding in Mexico, I was beyond happy. And I can tell you that their wedding was without a doubt one of my favorite weddings. It was a mixture of fun, and pure romance.

Photography by the talented Eric Cheng

Photography by the talented Eric Cheng

These two lovebirds decided to have their destination wedding at the Gran Porto Real Resort and Spa in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The resort was simply gorgeous. It was architecturally reminiscent of Mexico’s finest haciendas. Set upon the longest stretch of beach amid hush verdant gardens in a truly enchanting atmosphere. Not to mention, the staff at the hotel went over and above to make sure everybody felt at home.

Photography by the talented Eric Cheng

Fadi and Reema had their wedding ceremony on the beach. The sound of the waves kissing the shoreline was a gentle reminder of all the small treasures that nature offers us every day. Reema opted to have white vintage wooden doors positioned at the aisle’s center opened for her grand entrance. Guests sat on the other side of the doors, waiting for her to arrive. The doors added a perfect vintage charm to the beach wedding decor! Brown sugar starfish marked Reema’s way as she entered through the doors escorted by her father.

Photography by the talented Eric Cheng

Photography by the talented Eric Cheng

Photography by the talented Eric Cheng

Photography by the talented Eric Cheng

Following the ceremony, guests were escorted to the Gran Royal Ballroom, which featured all of Reema’s DIY decor – yes, she had spend several months before the wedding crafting her wedding from centerpieces, to wedding favors. And boy did we fall in love.

Photography by the talented Eric Cheng

Photography by the talented Eric Cheng

Photography by the talented Eric Cheng

Photography by the talented Eric Cheng

Photography by the talented Eric Cheng

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Photography by the talented Eric Cheng

 

The Trend that is Shaking Up Wedding Flowers

Slow Flowers Canada | Local Flowers Ontario

Melanie Harrington | Dahlia May Flower Farm

by Christine March, WPICC, of Imprint Weddings

Working with your florist to plan and design your wedding day florals is a happy task for most brides. Amongst all the discussions surrounding designs, blooms, and colours, does the word sustainability enter the conversation? Do you stop to consider where the blooms are sourced? Are you comfortable bringing in blooms from thousands of miles away? Do you expect your florist to work with locally-grown flowers? Are you even aware that locally grown blooms are a choice?

In today’s post I hope to expand your floral world by bringing it closer to home.

Fun Fact: In Ontario alone there are more than 200 greenhouse growers who provide locally grown cut flowers year-round. Over 75 varieties are available right here in our backyard; everything from A (alliums) to Z (zinnias). It’s a huge industry and makes a significant contribution to our regional economy.

Nipping at their buds, however, is an emerging sector: farmer growers who are leading the trend to sustainably grown, local flowers.

Meet Sas Long. Sas is a farmer-florist in lovely, bucolic Prince Edward County. About seven years ago, Sas ditched life in the big city to pursue her dream of running a flower farm. Today that farm, FloraLora, is a leader in the farmer-florist movement. Sas sells her blooms from her own farm, farmers’ markets (including the Toronto Flower Market) and directly to retail florists seeking her high quality, sustainably grown blooms. Sas is a floral trailblazer who is disrupting the world of retail floristry. And she’s not alone. By my count there are over 50 farmer-florists across the country, and that number grows with each passing season.

Slow Flowers Canada | Farmer-Florists

Bouquet created by FloraLora | Photo Johnny CY Lam

Imports from South America and greenhouse-grown flowers play a vital role in sustaining a vibrant retail floral design industry. They ensure that brides (and all floral consumers) have access to a wide variety of stunning flowers, whatever the season.

But life is cyclical. And the cycle of sourcing beautiful blooms for weddings is looping back to where it all began: to local growers providing beautiful, seasonal flowers harvested fresh from the farm.

In speaking with florists and growers, I sense an industry that is ready for a fresh attitude. As designers and consumers learn to appreciate the superior value of locally grown flowers, the demand will continue to explode. And that’s good news for everyone.

eco-friendly wedding flowers | Slow Flowers Canada

Bouquet by Sweetpea’s

When you sit down with your florist don’t be afraid to ask where they source their floral products. And if you like the idea of working with local, seasonal blooms, say so. There are many reasons to support the farmer-growers, but I think the photo above says it all: local flowers are as beautiful – possibly more so – as anything flown in.

About Christine March:

Christine finds it inspiring that even though we live in a cynical, instant-gratification world there are still thousands of couples who every year, stand up in front of beloved family and friends and declare, “We love each other and want to spend the rest of our lives together.”

Her great affection for romance aside, she loves putting two people together on that one special day and ensuring it all runs perfectly.

As a certified wedding coordinator not only is she eminently qualified to plan your wedding, but by nature she is good at it and enjoys it. In addition to her qualifications and experience, she possesses a background in floral design, catering and business communication.

Love at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Thanks to WPIC co-founder and vice president, Tracey Manailescu for this styled shoot submission.

“Love at the Art Gallery” had stationery with a statement, beautiful attire, a gorgeous venue, vibrant and colourful florals, a stunning cake and those oh-so incredible models that really brought it!

Photo: Brightside Films

Photo: Brightside Films

“When Le Chateau approached us about using their new wedding boutique line for the shoot we were down right giddy. They sent beautiful dresses to us from their Montreal head office and we arranged a fitting at the Toronto Eaton Centre for the fitting for Jonathan. We were able to pick out everything we wanted including ties, boutonnières, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, shoes and pocket squares. That was seriously amazing!” says Manailescu.

Photo: Brightside Films

Photo: Brightside Films

Photo: Brightside Films

Photos: Brightside Films

Photo: Brightside Films

Photo: Brightside Films

Photo: Brightside Films

Photo: Brightside Films

Photos: Brightside Films

Photo: Brightside Films

Photo: Brightside Films

“What started out as a simple idea for a high-end photo shoot, turned into a challenging and time consuming project. That’s the way it goes sometimes though. Everyone involved in this shoot gave so much to make it work. Whether it was back injuries, falling cakes, taking over the florals (ay-yi-yi) running from store to store and staying up half of the night to put the arrangements together, difficulty getting items set-up in time, trekking from the parking lot to delivery, moving as an entire  group with security when anyone had to pee (LOL!) etc. Thank goodness for a sense of humour and wedding pros that could roll with the punches.
This shoot is honestly so much about the models and how they took it over.  Kaya, Milan and Jonathan; you really brought your A-game!
Cesar (& Laura) you worked tirelessly to create photo magic. It really hasn’t gone unnoticed. Milli, you have so much talent for hair and makeup as well as patience. Susan, you always do such beautiful work with your cakes, and Michelle your stationery is so beautiful, always! -Tracey Manailescu

Photo: Brightside Films

Photo: Brightside Films

Photos: Brightside Films

Photos: Brightside Films

Photo: Brightside Films

Photo: Brightside Films

Vendor Love:

Model- Kaya Osobka
Model- Milan Seki
Model- Jonathan Grandchamp
Photography: Brightside Films (Cesar Ghisilieri)
Stationery: RSVP by Whim
Attire & accessories: Le Chateau (Wedding Boutique)
Makeup & Hair: Thiso Makeup
Rentals (cutlery, chargers, linens, cruiser table): Chairman Mills

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