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Elegant Toronto Wedding Inspired by Dolce & Gabbana

Elegant Weddings

We love seeing weddings that are a long time in the making, and Renata and Aundrae went on their first date in 2005. Nearly a decade later, the couple exchanged vows in Toronto with the help of Boyfriend/Girlfriend, Melissa Andre Events, and Blush & Bloom, choosing a wedding theme inspired by Dolce & Gabbana’s spring/summer 2014 campaign. I dare you to find a more fashionable couple!

elegant Toronto wedding inspired by Dolce & Gabbana - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

From the bride, Renata: From day 1 we knew we didn’t want anything typical so when we met with our wedding planner, she presented the most perfect inspiration: Dolce & Gabbana spring/summer 2014 campaign and we were instantly sold! The rich golds, warm reds, blacks and hint of blue when combined, made something so dreamy!

red Gucci wedding shoes - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

chic groom looks - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

protea bouquet with ribbons - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

chic bridal look - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

Warm. Romantic. Inviting. Rich textures. Fashion forward. Our wedding reminded me of a modern Spanish cathedral – it took place in a church (built in the 1800’s) so that speaks for itself. Melissa & her team modernized it with the gorgeous Christian Lacroix wallpaper as the table top and modern elements throughout. One of our favorite elements we added was the custom drawn caricature – we both love soccer and have played for almost all our lives, so having both of us drawn in our wedding attire, wearing soccer cleats, was an obvious choice.

elegant Toronto wedding inspired by Dolce & Gabbana - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

wedding ceremony - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

elegant Toronto wedding inspired by Dolce & Gabbana - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

elegant Toronto wedding inspired by Dolce & Gabbana - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

For the ceremony, we had an arch made up of rucus foliage as well as hanging amaranthus. My bouquet was very important to me – I really wanted something I had never seen before and so different. My friend Becky is beyond talented – I sent her an image of the protea flowers and I knew I had to have it. How it turned out was better than I imagined! Our floral arrangements at the reception were a mix of garden roses, peonies and anomones.

elegant tablescape - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

glam wedding reception - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

elegant Toronto wedding inspired by Dolce & Gabbana - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

unique guestbook - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

lamp centerpiece with flower accents - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

elegant Toronto wedding inspired by Dolce & Gabbana - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My advice for couples planning their wedding is to stay calm and try not to get caught up in it. I found the process can easily get stressful and frustrating – especially costs and budgets. Pick whatever is most important to you, and eliminate things you could live without. In the end, as long as you get married, the rest will fall into place.

elegant Toronto wedding inspired by Dolce & Gabbana - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

gold and black reception table - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

tablescape receptions - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

elegant wedding cake - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

wedding reception donuts - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

elegant Toronto wedding inspired by Dolce & Gabbana - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana

champagne toast - photo by Boyfriend Girlfriend http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-toronto-wedding-inspired-by-dolce-and-gabbana


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Video by Images Weddings:

Wedding Music:
First Dance: “I Found My Everything,” Mary J Blige
Music was a huge thing for us! We both love music and different genres, and knew that music is the one thing to get people going! For our ceremony, we had a single violinist so it was so romantic and beautiful and we wanted him to play Ave Maria as it means so much to us. The cocktail was inspired by Frank Sinatra with a mix of soul, Motown and jazz.

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Boyfriend/Girlfriend

Event Design and Reception Flowers:

Melissa Andre Events

Bouquets:

Blush & Bloom

Ceremony Venue:

The Spoke Club

Reception Venue:

The Berkeley Church

Wedding Dress:

Jenny Packham

Bridal Store:

Powder

Wedding Shoes:

Gucci

Wedding Veil and Cape:

Valencienne

Accessories:

Tara Fava

Hair:

Tony Phaam of Jie Salon

Makeup:

RDT Events + Beauty

Maid of Honor Dress:

Monique Lhuillier

Bridesmaid Dresses:

Vera Wang

Groom's Dark Tuxedo:

Coppley

Grooms' White Tuxedo:

Tom Ford via Harry Rosen

Groomsmen Attire:

Coppley

Catering:

Berkeley Church

Wedding Cake and Macarons:

Nadia & Co.

Ice Cream Sandwiches:

Sweet Sammies

Donuts:

Glory Hole Doughnuts

Ceremony Violinist:

Tino Pop

DJ:

Michael Coombs

White Pierre Chairs:

Contemporary Furniture Rentals

Wedding Invitations:

Kristy Rice Designs

Paper Goods:

Paper + Poste

Videography:

Images Film

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Candy Colored Wedding Inspiration in Charlotte

Wedding Design

Few wedding themes conjure up the idea of a fun time better than “candy colored,” and that’s exactly what we got with The Big Fake Wedding’s second trip to Charlotte, North Carolina. Bright pinks and purples, watercolor accents, and a sweetheart table surrounded by a greenery pergola to add a secret garden effect are just a few of the details that make this event a favorite!

candy colored wedding inspiration in Charlotte - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

candy colored wedding inspiration in Charlotte - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

pink watercolor escort cards - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

secret garden sweetheart table - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

candy colored wedding inspiration in Charlotte - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

candy colored wedding inspiration in Charlotte - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

elegant tall centerpiece - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

candy colored wedding inspiration in Charlotte - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

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anemone cake detail - photo by Emily Millay Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte


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candy colored wedding inspiration in Charlotte - photo by Bronwyn Duffield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

candy colored wedding inspiration in Charlotte - photo by Bronwyn Duffield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

candy colored wedding inspiration in Charlotte - photo by Bronwyn Duffield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

candy colored wedding inspiration in Charlotte - photo by Bronwyn Duffield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

candy colored wedding inspiration in Charlotte - photo by Bronwyn Duffield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

candy colored wedding inspiration in Charlotte - photo by Bronwyn Duffield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

candy colored wedding inspiration in Charlotte - photo by Bronwyn Duffield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

hanging floral chandelier - photo by Bronwyn Duffield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

candy colored wedding inspiration in Charlotte - photo by Bronwyn Duffield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

candy colored wedding inspiration in Charlotte - photo by Bronwyn Duffield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

purple wedding cake - photo by Bronwyn Duffield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

candy colored wedding inspiration in Charlotte - photo by Bronwyn Duffield Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte


BRONWYNGALLERY
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candy colored wedding inspiration in Charlotte - photo by Alexa's Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

pretty corsage for a bridesmaid - photo by Alexa's Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

candy colored wedding inspiration in Charlotte - photo by Alexa's Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

candy colored wedding inspiration in Charlotte - photo by Alexa's Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

candy colored wedding inspiration in Charlotte - photo by Alexa's Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

hot air balloon centerpiece - photo by Alexa's Photography http://ruffledblog.com/candy-colored-wedding-inspiration-in-charlotte

ALEXGALLERY

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candycolored-wedding

Inspiration board credits, left to right, top to bottom: Natalie E., Floret Flower Farm, Leanne Marshall, Griottes, Emilio Pucci, Martha Stewart, Allie Hine, Hayley Bidez; Board curated by Ashley Buzzy Lettering & Press

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Bronwyn Duffield Photography, Alexa’s Photography, Emily Millay Photography

Day-Of Coordination:

K Dream Effects (An Event Planning Company)

Floral + Event Design: Ceremony Back Drop + Tables 1 and 4:

Shay Brown Events

Floral + Event Design: Head Table + Tables 3 and 6:

Blossom Artistry

Floral + Event Design: Registration Table + Personal Flowers:

Sophisticated Florals by Stephanie

Floral + Event Design: Lounge + Tables 2, 5, 7:

River Kiss Weddings

Venue:

Levine Museum of the New South

Wedding Dress:

Classic Bride & Formals

Bridesmaid Dresses:

Brideside

Jewelry:

Chloe + Isabel by Karrie C

Flower Crowns:

Maiden Flower Crowns

Hair and Makeup:

Viva La Glam Hair + Makeup Artistry

Health and Lifestyle:

Healthyou

Groomsmen Attire:

J.Hilburn Men’s Clothier

Cocktail Hour Catering:

Roots Farm Food

Catering:

Delectables by Holly, La tea da’s Catering & Events, Plate Perfect Catering by FS Food Group

Wedding Cake:

Five Star Bakeshop

Candy Bar:

Candy Girl Confections

Cupcake Bar:

Iced Cupcakes

Ceremony Music:

Musically Yours

Band:

Charleston Groove Factory via OtherBrother Entertainment

Rentals:

Classic Party Rentals

Vintage Dishes + China:

The Whimsical Rose

Wedding Vow Art Canvas:

The Standard Canvas

Paper Goods: Invitations (Fuschia Floral) + Seed Packet Favors:

Megmichelle

Paper Goods: Invitations (Pink and Black Suite):

Amanda Day Rose Paperie

Paper Goods: Invitations (Purple and Blue Suite):

Ashley Bush Calligraphy & Lettering

Paper Goods: Menus + Catering Cards:

MAD Design Studio

Signage:

Estudio RoJo

Photo Booth:

Electric Photo Booth

Registry:

Belk, Inc

Interactive Guestbook:

Thirty Day Dash

National Travel Vendor:

Bliss by Luxury Concierge Travel

National Sparkling Wine Sponsor:

Ferrari

Media Partners:

MyWedding, Weddings Unveiled Magazine, Southern Bride & Groom Magazine

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Fun and Colorful Wedding in Savannah

Whimsical Weddings

Of all the things we love, weddings that are as much of a party as they are a celebration of love is right up at the top of the list. The Schultzes, Willow Event Design, and Joey McDermott put together some of their best work for Lindy and Jason’s wedding, which included incredible bursts of color and confetti at every turn for one heck of a beautiful day!

whimsical and colorful wedding in Savannah - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

From the bride, Lindy: Creating from my heart, and celebrating love is at the heart of my core and what I love about being an artist and designer. Our wedding was a rare opportunity for me to bring our love to life and to give Jason, along with our friends and family, the gift of an experience to celebrate that love. We also wanted to invite our friends and family into our world here in Savannah and share with them pieces of the life we’ve built together. We wanted to celebrate our love, and the love of our family and friends. I always said – if there was a world created from our love, our wedding day would be a glimpse into what that world would look like – and that’s what we based every single decision on. We wanted the day to be fun and lighthearted.

whimsical and colorful wedding in Savannah - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

birdcage veils - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

wedding paper goods - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

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colorful bright bouquet - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah
Wedding bouquet: My bouquet included pink, white, and yellow ranunculus, hot pink and white anemones, billy balls, fuchsia peonies, blue delphenium, white feverfew, white scabiosa, and dark purple lisianthus.

bridesmaid bouquets - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

bright bridesmaid dresses - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

whimsical and colorful wedding in Savannah - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

whimsical and colorful wedding in Savannah - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

We aren’t afraid of color and knew that it would play a big part in the look of our wedding. We chose white and grey as our core colors, with fuchsia, yellow, coral, kelly green, bright blue, and purple as our accent colors. We also mixed in silver and gold accents. We kept the décor simple for the ceremony, letting the beauty of Savannah shine. We set up the chairs to create a close knit semi-circle, and adorned the back rows with fabric streamers. We had a welcome table set up so guests could congregate, get a cool glass of water when they arrived, and be welcomed by us through a welcome sign/message. We also had large white balloons with fabric streamers around the square.

colorful ribbon chair backs - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

wedding ceremony - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

wedding ceremony - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

confetti recessionals - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

The confetti girls lined the aisle with multi-colored confetti for me to walk down and our guests showered us with confetti as we walked back down the aisle as husband and wife. They wore adorable, custom-designed dresses from Vesper Clothier who was wonderful to work with. After that, guests had two “to-go” drinks to choose from to have in hand as they walked to Ships of the Sea for the reception (thanks to Savannah’s brilliant open container law!). We also had pedi-cabs waiting for guests after the ceremony so they could get a ride from the square to Ships of the Sea. We wanted to continue with our colorful, fun and whimsical reception world full of love with the and this is really where it came to life.

grooms bow tie - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

whimsical and colorful wedding in Savannah - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

whimsical and colorful wedding in Savannah - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

The reception featured long, family style tables with a mix of glass, milk glass, and mason jars holding a mix of bright, colorful, and whimsical flowers. Gracing the tables, along with the mix of flowers, were peaches and bunches of cotton – a nod to our love of the South – along with some paper flowers. Each table had a grey and white table runner – a mix of stripes and polka dots – so each table was a little different. Each guest had their name card waiting for them with a little bundle of love, including a thank you note and the menu for the evening.

peach wedding decor - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

whimsical reception decor - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

paper flower ceiling - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

The biggest labor of love was the paper flower installation that hung over the dance floor. This was a creation straight from my heart and I couldn’t have made it happen without the help of Jason, my father, my mother, sister and a group of loving friends who help me create the 200 flowers that hung from it. I had a vision for this and I can’t thank everyone enough for helping it come to life. We wanted an explosion of color to hang above us as we celebrated the night away and it was magical!

whimsical and colorful wedding in Savannah - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

orange wedding accents - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

banner flag table number - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Your wedding day is just that – yours. The two of you. We knew early on that we had a unique vision to celebrate our love and that was what guided each decision we made. We infused our story, personalities, and things we love in every detail of our day. We truly wanted our wedding day to be a glimpse into our love, the life we’ve built together, and the life we want to lead as a married couple. Our best piece of advice beyond that would be to enjoy and savor your engagement, the week leading up to the big day, and your wedding day as much as possible. Ask for help. In some cases, just because you can do it all doesn’t mean you should. We were truly blown away by the generosity of our friends and family. Having their help, incorporating their talents, and having them be such an integral part of making our wedding day happen made it that much more special to us. So many details are woven with family traditions and would not have been possible with the help of our family and friends. We would also advise couples to carefully select the partners and vendors you work with. You are placing so much trust in them to help pull off a day that means so much to you. Communication is key and trusting them to do their part is a huge leap of faith. Listen to your gut, and don’t be convinced you “need” this or that to make your day complete – the world of wedding planning can be extremely overwhelming and remembering that this day is about your marriage and starting your life together as husband and wife is key. As fun and beautiful as all the pretty little details are, there is nothing more important than the fact that the day is the beginning of your marriage.

confetti themed weddings - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

whimsical and colorful wedding in Savannah - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

embroidery hoop backdrops - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah

whimsical and colorful wedding in Savannah - photo by The Schultzes http://ruffledblog.com/whimsical-and-colorful-wedding-in-savannah


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Mirrors,” Justin Timberlake (piano version)
Bride’s Processional: “Somebody to Love,” Queen (piano version)
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Father/Daughter Dance: “Sweet Caroline,” Neil Diamond
Mother/Son Dance: “Just the Way You Are,” Billy Joel

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

The Schultzes

Event Planning:

East Taylor Creative

Floral Design:

Willow Event Design

Ceremony Venue:

Chatham Square

Reception Venue:

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

Wedding Dress:

Maggie Sottero

Bridal Shop:

Bijou Bridal

Wedding Veil:

Bride's mother's veil altered by Jaclyn Jordan NYC

Wedding Shoes, Purse, Reception Necklace:

Kate Spade

Hair:

Hannah Minkowitz of Towne Salon

Makeup:

Emily from Dollface by Jules

Bridesmaid Dresses:

Dessy Group, Eliza J from Nordstrom, Kanali K

Confetti Girl Dresses:

Vesper Clothing

Groom's Suit:

J.Crew

Groom's Bow Tie:

Down South Tie Co.

Groomsmen Attire:

Macy's, J. Parker Ltd., The Tie Bar

Caterer:

Zunzi's

Ice Cream Cart:

Leopold's

Donuts:

Baker's Pride

Cupcakes:

Back in the Day Bakery, Mabel's Cupcake Emporium

DJ:

James from All About You Entertainment

Rentals:

Amazing Event Rentals

Guestbook:

CLB Creative

Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods:

East Taylor Creative

Transportation:

Old Town Trolley

Videography:

Two Cents Photo + Film

Photos by:

The Schultzes

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