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What the Heck Does a Wedding Planner Do Anyway?


By: Tracey Manailescu

This article is not geared towards couples, this is written with you, the professional wedding planner in mind.

Couples in Canada spend an average of $30k on their wedding according to Weddingbells. When that kind of investment is on the line, couples need some guidance on how best to spend, plan and implement their ideas. It is your job as a wedding professional to educate them on what is necessary, what is not, where they can save, where they can best allocate their hard earned dollars.

This can’t happen unless you are letting them know what you do, why you do it, and how you can help them.

There are still so many couples that don’t see the relevance in having you a part of their wedding team.  What exactly are you doing to show them that having you on board is in their best interests? It’s easy to show pretty photos from past events and weddings on social media, a modern office space, and yes if you pay someone, you too can have a gorgeous website and beautiful business cards, but what about the nitty gritty?

How are you letting couples know what you are there for? Here are some ideas to help.

A Blog:  How often are you updating it? Show your expertise by discussing some challenges that you have had at weddings, and how you and your team overcame them such as the ceremony getting rained out, uninvited guests, unwelcome toasts, cake malfunctions, Officiate is lost, wrong florals were delivered, wardrobe malfunctions, cranky and over-tired ring bearers/flower girls, toilet flooding, food delays, makeup artist is missing in action, etc.

Social Media:

You need to be where your potential couples are.

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Be Willing to Share Some Helpful Tips: What are your most used items in your emergency kit? Have you come across any new wedding apps that you found were really great for guest RSVP tracking, seating charts or wedding websites? Share them on your business Facebook/Twitter page, or your blog. Do you have any advice for saving money? Best ways to allocate funds? What should not be skimped on under any circumstances? Tips for running a receiving line, helpful guidance for order and duration of speeches, new trends, pantones new colours for the year, etc.

Behind the Scenes Photos: Show yourself in action pinning on a boutonniere, cleaning chairs, stitching a bridesmaids strap, going over the timeline with  other vendors, putting out place cards, cuing the wedding party, etc.

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Photo of Janis from Brocade Events by PhatDogVisuals

Why Should a Couple Hire You, When They can Have a Friend or Family Member Step In? Let them know some reasons. Who will be running interference for them when lights need to be dimmed, when the limo driver is demanding his tip before he leaves, uncle “Ed’ is drunk and hitting on the bridesmaids, four couples arrive after dinner is served and are demanding to be fed, a wedding band is lost, the wedding cake gets ruined because some little peoples fingers got into it, the late night entertainment has not arrived, limo has a flat tire, Grandma can’t stand the Bride’s father and decides now is the perfect time to pick a fight, guests are swarming the couple at cake cutting time, vendors are lost and need directions (they have your #), timeline (catering) needs to be moved to accommodate photography running late, etc.

Sharing Accomplishments: Have you been recognized in your industry with an award, quoted in an article, had one of your couples wedding’s feature on a wedding blog or magazine, or interviewed on tv?

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Sharing Your Education, Credentials and Memberships to Associations: Have you taken courses, attended conferences, joined an Association, invested in yourself in some way to gain further knowledge?  We strongly believe in continuing education. Never, ever stop learning!

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Do you have any tips to add to this?  We would love to hear them in the comments below.


Planning a Military Wedding

Planning Military Weddings

by Danielle Andrews Sunkel

Planning a Military Wedding is not very different from planning a civilian wedding, though there are a few key elements to be aware of.

Wedding Invitations

As we know, wedding stationery sets the tone for the whole wedding, so it is important to address the invitations to wedding guests correctly.  Here is a handy guide we created.

For the invitations wording, the officer’s rank determines where the name is placed:

Officers in the army whose rank is Captain, or higher must have their title printed on the same line as their name.

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Anderson

Canadian Armed Forces

For Junior Officers:

Matthew Peter Anderson

First Lieutenant, Canadian Armed Forces

 When the bride is in the military, her name appears on one line, and her rank on the next:

 Cynthia Lynn Jones

Captain, Canadian Armed Forces

What to Wear

military groom and bride

If the groom or any of the male wedding party are active military, how they should dress is determined by their rank and the formality of the wedding.

Commissioned officers can wear their Dinner or Mess uniform for a Black Tie or Formal wedding.  Their Evening Dress uniform is appropriate for an Ultra-Formal or White tie wedding.

Non-commissioned officers should wear their Dress Blues or Army Greens whether the wedding is Formal or Informal.

Brides who are active in the military may choose to wear their military dress uniform or a wedding gown.

Any officers who are participating as honour attendants in the Sword or Saber Ceremony, must wear white gloves.

*Do NOT pin a boutonniere or corsage on an officer’s uniform, their military decoration is adornment enough.

Arch of Sabers/Swords Ceremony

The main element that differentiates a civilian wedding from a military wedding is the Arch of Swords Ceremony (for Air Force or Army) or the Arch of Sabers (for all other divisions of the armed forces.)  Following the pronouncement of the new couple, the honour attendants will line the centre aisle in pairs and touch the tips of their sabers/swords to create an arch for the couple to walk under.

A second arch may take place outside of the wedding ceremony, where if the bride is a civilian, the final pair of honour attendants will block the couple from passing and the second pair will tap the bride on her rear and say “Welcome to the Army (or appropriate division)”, before letting them pass.

Sword/Saber Cake Cutting

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At a military wedding, many couples choose to cut their wedding cake using the groom’s saber or sword.  Make sure the sword is cleaned before they cut the cake (not drawn directly out of the sword sheath) and then cleaned again after the cake cutting, before being re-sheathed.


So there you have it, not so scary is it?

From the Ground Up – WPIC Professional Development Event

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The Wedding Marquee at Nestleton Waters Inn

by Danielle Andrews Sunkel

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On September 27, WPIC’s Durham Regional Representative, Amy Stevenson, put together a fabulous Professional Development Event for her fellow alumni called, “From the Ground Up”, at the beautiful Nestleton Waters Inn.

All the lovely WPIC Alumni who attended the event!  (photo courtesy of Nestleton Waters Inn)

All the lovely WPIC Alumni who attended the event!
(photo courtesy of Nestleton Waters Inn)

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This event featured guest speaker, Claudia Kent, WPICC, the onsite Wedding Coordinator at Nestleton, educating our WPIC Alumni about coordinating tented weddings.

flowers and tea service

The beautiful flower arrangements were created by Bella Donna.

The event also featured a site tour of the beautiful Nestleton Waters Inn, their tent venue and a beautiful High Tea service.

Each guestroom is decorated differently, this is my favourite inspired by the owners' time in Zimbabwe.

Each guestroom is decorated differently, this is my favourite inspired by the owners’ time in Zimbabwe.

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Love that there is a permanent floor!

afternoon tea

Even Gluten Free for me and the owner!

Even Gluten Free for me and the owner!

It was a lovely day with the perfect mix of education, networking, beauty and treats! Great job Amy!

WPIC Regional Representative: Amy Stevenson
Venue: Nestleton Waters Inn
Flowers: Bella Donnas Flowers
Catering: Lemon Tree Fine Foods

Real Wedding- Rachelle and Lane’s Farm Wedding

Ashlie Metcalf

Ashlie Metcalf, WPICC of Harmony Wedding & Event Coordination shares her experience with us of planning the very special wedding of:

Lane Kruger & Rachelle Lawlor. Wedding date: July 26th, 2015


“I had the honor of standing in my best friend Lane’s wedding this past July. Not only was I asked to stand on HIS side but he and his fiancé also asked me to MC and help plan their wedding.

The planning started from Australia, where they were traveling for a year and living in a van. They rarely had Internet and the time change made it difficult for us talk on the phone. Lane and Rachelle had to book everything “blindly” as they could not view the venue in person or meet the vendors, so I acted as their eyes and ears. They ended up booking the beautiful Earth to Table Farm, a venue near Hamilton, ON.

Everything happened so quickly when they returned to Ontario. There were parties to be had, vendors to be paid, appointments, fittings, cake tastings, etc. Through it all Lane and Rachelle remained calm with a “roll with it” kind of attitude.

Considering how many “hats” I wore on the wedding day, it was very relaxed. My morning started with hair and make up at the Brides house, then off to the hotel to get my daughter, the flower girl ready, and then off to another hotel for photos with the Groom before setting off to the ceremony venue to make sure everything was perfect for the arrival of the Bride.

The ceremony was simple and sweet, I had a proud Mommy moment when I saw my daughter debuting as the flower girl. O.k, I’ll be honest, I was a blubbering fool. The environment was like a family reunion. Games, cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres entertained the guests while the wedding party had their photos taken.

The reception was home to food fresh from the farm, harvest tables, succulent centerpieces and homemade preserves from Labrador City (The Brides hometown). There was a 3 tiered, 3 flavored cake {I didn’t get a chance to sample) as well as a poutine station for the late night and the grooms one and only request- a 5 tier chocolate fountain with all of the fixings.

After the speeches were over it was time to enjoy the open bar, dancing and photo booth. The emotions poured on when the Father Daughter dance and Mother Son dances happened. I don’t know what it is, but when I see the look on the face of a parent dancing with their newlywed child it just evokes raw emotion and I am not ashamed to say I cry during these dances at almost every wedding!

The end of the night was bittersweet as this would be the last time I’d get to see the newlyweds before I moved to British Columbia. I moved from Ontario to BC 3 days after Lane and Rachelle said “I do.”

It was challenging at times to juggle planning my best friend’s wedding while he and his fiancé were travelling on the other side of the world, and I was in the middle of moving my family to the other side of the country, but we got it done, and if I had to do it all again, I would.”

~Ashlie Metcalf, Harmony Wedding & Event Coordination “Planning your Life’s Events in Perfect Harmony”

Kind words from the Groom:

“Myself and my wife were trying to plan our wedding in Ontario, Canada, while we were on the other side of the world. Ashlie’s services were invaluable as she helped us source our venue and screen the vendors, all of whom were fantastic. When we returned to Canada she helped us create and stick to a timeline, ensuring things were not missed or delayed. The event itself was flawless if there were any hiccups we as the couple never heard about them which is a testament to how well Ashile did her job. We would not hesitate to recommend Ashlie’s services to anyone planning an event or wedding.”

Kind words from the Mother of the Groom:

Dear Ashlie,

Your help with Lane and Rachelle’s recent wedding, at ‘Earth to Table Farm’ near Hamilton, was invaluable.  We couldn’t have done it without you!  Your calm presence, attention to detail and persistence with following up even the smallest concerns made the day go so smoothly.  Because my son and his fiancé were out of the country when they got engaged, it was up to you to do the groundwork for them.  Thanks so very much for all you did, from checking out the possible venues and caterers and DJ’s to investigating hotel availability for out of town guests during a very busy ‘PanAm’ games weekend.  Keeping the bride and groom on track was a big challenge for you too, I’m sure, as they were busy with their return to Canada after a year away, moving, etc.  You made everything easier for them and I know they were confident that you had things under control and they didn’t need to worry about anything.  You worked well with them, however, and made sure they were involved in all the decisions.  You gave them immense peace of mind -your excellent taste was not only to our benefit but really meshed with everything the couple wanted and needed.  Everything went so well on the wedding day and I know it was because of your conscientious overview and foresight – making sure you had everyone in the right places at the right time, making sure the minister, DJ, photographers, etc. were confirmed well ahead of time and that they got their payments… Lane and Rachelle could concentrate on getting themselves ready in a relaxed and enjoyable fashion and really cherish their wedding day.  And so could their moms !!

Thanks so much, again, Ashlie – I would highly recommend you as a wedding planner to anyone who asks.

Yours gratefully,

~Lori Harms









































Photography: Lushana Bale Photography | Venue and Catering: Earth to Table Farm |  Wedding Coordination:  Harmony Wedding and Events  |  Flowers:  I Fiori  |  Wedding Gown: Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld Canada  |  Bridesmaid Dresses: Karma Koma  |  Tuxes: Michael Kors from Colin’s formalwear  |  Cake:  Picture Perfect Cakes  |  DJ: Schwartzentruber Music  |  Photobooth: E-Photobooth  |  Videographer: Chloe Belle Creative  |  Hair and Makeup: Makeup Jedi

Pantone Releases it’s Wedding Colours for 2016


They are out!  We are so excited!!! Pantone has released the predicted hot colours for 2016 wedding season (whoot whoot!)

Here, are more detail on the top 10 from


1. Rose Quartz 13-1520 Percentage of designers who used this color: 22.55
“This really is a beautiful pink that will radiate well on the skin for women as well as men,” Eiseman said. “Women can always be helped along by cosmetics, but guys have to rely on the colors they’re wearing to sometimes make them look a little healthier.”


2. Peach Echo 16-1548 Percentage of designers who used this color: 19.87
“We know the oranges have been hanging in there even though historically orange is a color that comes and goes. Peach Echo is a very warm, friendly and accessible color,” Eiseman said.


3. Serenity 15-3919 Percentage of designers who used this color: 15.86
“As the name suggests, Serenity is a calming color that plays to the whole idea that we know we’re still living in turbulent times. Blues simply relay that feeling of relaxation,” Eiseman said.


4. Snorkel Blue 19-4049 Percentage of designers who used this color: 15.21
Eiseman said this shade is “meant to be a bit more fun, less serious than navy, and serve as one of the anchor colors for the spring palette.”


5. Buttercup 12-0752 Percentage of designers who used this color: 11.45
“Buttercup is all about sunlight, happiness and cheer — this one just speaks to give us a ray of sunshine, something to be hopeful about. It really energizes,” Eiseman said.


6. Limpet Shell 13-4810 Percentage of designers who used this color: 11.23
“Lovely and refreshing,” Limpet Shell is a blue that has a slightly green twinge, according to Eiseman. Given the number of news stories about climate change concerns, it’s not surprising that in recent seasons many people are instinctively reaching for cooler colors and blues, she added.


7. Lilac Gray 16-3905 Percentage of designers who used this color: 9.78
“There is a need for neutrals every season and this one has a hint of the purple family that is soft and subtle,” Eiseman said. “In light of the state of the economy, people are still mindful about the way they spend their money. If they invested in gray in recent seasons, as many people have, this is a color that is not going to say to them, ‘Oh, that’s so yesterday — I have to get rid of that.’”


8. Fiesta 17-1564 Percentage of designers who used this color: 8.99
“The south-of-the-border influence really plays heavily into this particular shade of red, which is more warm-based than a cha, cha, cha red. It’s very free-spirited,” Eiseman said.


9. Iced Coffee 15-1040 Percentage of designers who used this color: 8.92
“With a tan disposition, Iced Coffee has a warmth that combines well with everything else,” Eiseman said.


10. Green Flash 15-0146 Percentage of designers who used this color: 8.68
With a yellow undertone, this bright green would be well-accepted for spring or summer. “Urban design is very much at the forefront of people’s minds. It’s a fantastic color to combine with others and it may be the driver to buy something new,” she said.

is very much at the forefront of people’s minds. It’s a fantastic color to combine with others and it may be the driver to buy something new,” she said.


Which one is your favourite?

And the winner of the WPIC Office Design Challenge is…

Kaley Campbell, WPIC Office Manager Photo by Rohan Laylor of

Kaley Campbell, WPIC Office Manager

Photo by Rohan Laylor of

Thank you to everyone who participated in judging the WPIC Table Design Challenge. Between the WPIC Alumni boards, Facebook and here on the WPIC Blog, 87 people voted! It was a tight race, but Kaley’s design clearly beat Tracey’s and Danielle’s.

View the designs again and read the details of the competition here.

Honourable mentions to:

Tracey Manailescu, WPIC Cofounder Photo by Rohan Laylor of

Tracey Manailescu, WPIC Cofounder Photo by Rohan Laylor of

Danielle Andrews Sunkel, WPIC Co-Founder Photo by Rohan Laylor of

Danielle Andrews Sunkel, WPIC Co-Founder
Photo by Rohan Laylor of

WPIC Office Table Design Challenge

One Table, Three Looks

One Table, Three Looks

We decided to have some fun and have a ‘WPIC Office Tables Design Challenge”.

The rules were simple:

  1. Each person had to use the same chairs, table, glass and silverware.
  2. Each person was assigned a coloured chair flower to build their table design around.
  3. A budget of $150 to make that vision come to life.


The wonderful Rohan Laylor, of Phat Dog Visuals, agreed to let us take over his gorgeous studio in Toronto for our design challenge and he documented the whole day for us.  We had so much fun.

Now we need you to choose the winner of our challenge!

So here are the designs, we won’t reveal who is behind each one until a winner has been decided.  Check out the designs and tell us in the comments which table design is your favourite.

Table 1: Pink Flower

Chair Flower: CV Linens
Mosaic Vases: Homesense
Small Vases: Michaels
Florals: Costco
Servingware, Crystal and Silverware: Chairman Mills
Table Linen: The Linen Closet
Chairs: Detailz Couture
Photographer: Phat Dog Visuals

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Pink and Turquoise wedding table

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Pink and turquoise wedding table

Table 2: Ivory Flower

Chair Flower: CV Linens
Pillows and Napkins: Homesense
Crystal and Silverware: Chairman Mills
Props: Value Village
Florals: Michaels
Table Linen: The Linen Closet
Chairs: Detailz Couture
Photographer: Phat Dog Visuals

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black and gold vase on chair


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white chair flower

Table 3: Yellow Flower

Chair Flower: CV Linens
Florals: Costco
Silverware: Chairman Mills
Plates: Kitchen Stuff Plus
Napkins, Table Runner, Glassware: Homesense
Table Linen: The Linen Closet
Chairs: Detailz Couture
Photographer: Phat Dog Visuals

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blue and yellow tablescape

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blue and yellow wedding

blue and yellow table

We need you to choose the winner of our challenge!

Tell us in the comments which table design is your favourite.

This One’s For The Girls -Styled Shoot by Tracey M Events

Submitted to us by WPIC Co-founder, Tracey Manailescu, of Tracey M Events

This styled shoot was previously featured on The Wedding Opera

“This styled shoot was a collaboration of some truly remarkable and talented people. Our goal was to showcase Toronto weddings and all that they encompass.

 Downtown Toronto is a mixture of cultures, customs, food, fashion and decor.  It’s exciting, romantic and lively. We tried to show this in our styled shoot with friendships from different backgrounds, blending a touch of heritage in a modern and whimsical way, and adding personal touches throughout.

The colors are bold, yet dreamy, and the overall feel was accomplished by being warm and trendy at the same time.”


Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photo: Dave Abreu Photography

Photo: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography


Photography: Dave Abreu photography

Photography: Dave Abreu photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

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Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography


Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography


Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

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Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

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Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography

Concept, Design & Planner: Tracey M Events

Venue: Chelsea Hotel Toronto

Florals: DT Floral & Decor

Wedding Gown: Mori Lee from She’s So Beautiful

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: She’s So Beautiful

Paper Floral Wall: Dream Events in Paper

Chairs: Detailz Chair Couture

Cake and Desserts: Cake Glam

Cake Topper: Love Letters by Elite Designs

Hair & Makeup: Yellow Orange Salon & Spa

Videographer: Wedding Films Toronto

Linens: The Linen Closet

Stationery: Ferris Wheel Press

“Chino” the Dog Model: Leash & Paws

Block “Love” Letters: Ettridges Wedding Rentals

Models: Vivid, Michelle, Ingrid, Awa, Hannah, Ellen

The Importance of Wedding Keepsakes

Photo by Dave Abreu

Photo by Dave Abreu Photography

by Mary Pattison, of Love Letters by Elite Designs Co.

I’ve been married for over 20 years and while I’d choose the same wonderful man I would love a wedding “do over”. The elegance and thoughtfulness that is put into every detail of a wedding these days is absolutely breathtaking.  My favourite trend is the way that weddings today reflect the couple.

“Couples want to personalize everything…” Tracey Manailescu, Tracey M Events

Shopped A with chandeliere on leftApart from making it so much more enjoyable for everyone, the brilliance inherent in this trend is that after the big day there are things that a couple can take home as a keepsake.

It takes a lot of effort not just ‘zone out’ after 20+ years in any relationship. Although I’m not a tchotchke kinda girl I do find that it helps to have a few things on display that remind me of one of our happiest days together. For me it’s a funny candid photo of us on our wedding day that I keep on my bedroom dresser and a piece of driftwood from the beach where we got engaged that sits in our front garden as our love totem.

Fortunately couples today have many more elegant options for incorporating personalized elements into their wedding that can transition into their marriage afterwards. I now own a small business that makes Swarovski crystallized monograms for wedding décor and I recently spent a lot of time taking photos showing how these beautiful pieces can transition into home décor afterwards. While I was doing this to demonstrate the added value of our product it dawned on me that the greatest value of any keepsake in our lives is to provide a gentle reminder to celebrate each other long after the excitement of the wedding gives way to the comfort of every day – and you can’t put a price on that!


  1. A couple’s monogram adds a uniquely personal touch of elegance and Love Letters offers a choice of traditional script or more contemporary block fonts.
  2. Nothing sparkles like Swarovski crystals and Love Letters can be ordered in over 25 colours.
  3. Even a rustic wedding will benefit from a subtle touch of crystal for contrast.
  4. Love Letters add a beautiful and elegant touch to a couple’s home décor after the wedding day.
  5. Love Letters can custom design any word or saying and fully or partially crystallize it to match your budget.

Love your life.

XO, Mary


The custom WPIC Logo sign that Love Letters created with over 2,000 Swarovski crystals!

Mary Pattison owns Love Letters. What started as a simple cake topper business in 2012 has evolved into a gift and décor company capable of creating much larger pieces for dramatic backdrops, elegant curtain ties backs, freestanding table décor or floral embellishments and  every piece is still lovingly crafted in with the hope that these letters will be treasured and incorporated into a couple’s home as a reminder of this joyful time in their lives for years to come.

Rose and Gold Styled Wedding Shoot

It’s rare that vendors get featured in a styled shoot, so it is fun to see some working shots in the mix of these stylized photos.


The initial theme development of this soft rose and gold cake table stylized shoot is accredited to lead design coordinators of Events by Whim, Alisha Chadee and Michelle Brijlal. The increasingly popular trend of this color combination originally inspired this shoot. The style shoot was produced in a park setting at Ashbridge’s Bay in Toronto.


rose and gold wedding table outdoors

Three midsized floral arrangements and one larger show stopping arrangement with hydrangeas, blush and purple roses as the focus graced the table, as well as a stunning 3-tiered cake with handcrafted and hand-painted sugar flowers. Gold votives and pearls finished the look and completed the table.

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The gorgeous cake was provided by Sonia of Sinfully Sweet by Sonia J. Her attention to detail in designing this stunning cake was nothing short of sensational, as she managed to capture the softness, femininity and beauty of this delicate theme perfectly.


There were two different set ups in total. The first one featured a rose-coloured satin tablecloth with a blush pink lace overlay. The second included a white satin table cloth with two sequined blush table runners laid on top, and draped down the sides.



The floral arrangements were displayed on elevated brushed gold stands and placed on the table to complement the positioning of the cake, which was also placed on a gold cake stand. Design coordinators Alisha and Michelle used small mercury gold votives filled with pearls as tapered candle holders, and placed them between the flowers and cake to portray. The greenery in the floral display brought to mind a rose garden, while the gold and pearl accents created a dreamy, soft cake table.




Planning, Décor & Coordination: Whim Event Coordination and Design
Photography: Thomas Zitnansky
Cake: Sinfully Sweet by Sonia J
Floral Arrangements: Therese Guidolin Designs
Hair and Makeup: Sonia Kang Artistry
Location: Ashbridge’s Bay, Toronto