The theme for Vanessa and AJ’s wedding was romantic forest and we were impressed with how it was incorporated into every part of their special day. The groom’s deep green jacket was rich and vibrant, the bridesmaid’s dresses were softer shades of green and the reception was a kind of indoor forest wonderland.
The day came together as beautifully as the autumn-inspired theme. The bride’s beautiful dress had cascading layers of soft tulle and was adorned with delicate beading. Her long veil had flowers embroidered into it and she added feminine jewelry to complete her bridal look.
Vanessa carried a classic bouquet of white blooms wrapped in lace from her mother’s wedding dress. She attached memory charms of her grandparents to the lace in a sentimental touch. The groom also had a small guitar attached to his boutonniere in honor of his father, who had passed away.
Even the pet dog was excited about what was going on. Our furry friend wearing a bow tie looked like he wanted to join the bridal party, but sadly he wasn’t invited to the church wedding.
All eyes were on the bride when she entered the church on the arm of her proud father. AJ looked emotional as his bride reached the altar and the minister started the moving sermon. The pretty church with arched stained glass windows was filled with joyous applause as the lovely duo became man and wife.
Of course, the bridal party and couple photos had to be in a Kortright Conservation forest. The fall leaves were covering all the trees and the ground in bright yellow and orange hues. The sun was setting and the light was filtering through the trees, giving us a romantic and mysterious look to some of the couple portraits. It’s clear to see Vanessa and AJ are in love and we love seeing newlyweds living in the moment and enjoying the photoshoot with their best friends and family watching on.
Tall naked tree branches draped in fine crystals made lovely accent pieces for the couple’s sweetheart dinner table. There was also a backdrop of gold leaves and the whole room was styled with a lot of gold decor and luxury touches, including signage, linens and tableware.
In a nod to the season, the gold and white wedding cake was decorated with tiny pumpkins and leaves and surrounded by candles. Your Toronto wedding photographer is all about the gold trend and enjoyed photographing all the details.
The wedding guests at Royalton Hospitality had a grand old time dining, enjoying fine wine and signature cocktails, dancing and listening to the speeches. Everyone loved it when the couple took to the dance floor and danced to a romantic tune. The bride danced with her father for the next song and a lot more dancing continued throughout the night.
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Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
The theme I was going for was “romantic forest”. Photo shoot was done at kortright centre for conservation.
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
I did DIY decor for the ceremony. I used simple white lanterns and pumpkins, with white and gold leaves on all of the pews.
I am not a huge fan of flowers, so I wanted “Autumn Look” to be look throughout the whole day/night.
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
The bridal bouquet was a blend of various white flowers, including roses, and calla lilies. It was wrapped in fabric from my mother’s wedding dress, and finished with photos of both of my grandmothers who have passed away.
The bridesmaids bouquets had a blend of white roses, orchids, waxflower and hints of cotton.
Groom’s boutonniere was a calla lily, and a white rose. A small guitar was added to the boutonniere in honour of the AJ’s father who passed away.
Groomsmen / family members had calla lily boutonnieres. These decorations were great wedding ideas.
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
My personal favourite part of the day was the bridal party entrances into the venue. We did a wrestling entrance song for every pair.
We personalized the day with our signature drink, called “The Flaming Roah” a play on our last name, while paying tribute to our favourite show (The Simpsons).
Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
AJ was certain he wanted a dark green suit jacket, and wanted everything custom made. Looked great with the Autumn theme.
I figured the only day I could wear a dress this big and grand would be my wedding day, so I went for it! It was great when we did the wedding day first look.
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
We met when we were about 18/19 years old and were friends before we started dating.
AJ proposed to me on February 14, 2018 (the day before our 7 year anniversary). I hate Valentine’s Day engagements, but my grandmother got engaged on February 14, so AJ wanted to keep that tradition.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
Walking down the aisle with all eyes and cameras on you was a must have shot list. It is an out of body experience. We were also excited for the reception at the Royalton Hospitality.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. There will be problems on your wedding day (it is inevitable). There is nothing you can do in that moment, so roll with it and still enjoy your day!