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When I had my first Skype appointment with Nicole and Kevin, I knew right away that they were part of my tribe, and their style lined up so beautifully with my own. I was thrilled when they let me know that we were planning soulmates, and the fun began! I love fusion weddings and this one is very close to my heart. This Indian-Korean-Canadian bash was such fun to plan, and full of so many personal touches that really made the wedding feel like the fusing of two cultures and two souls.
When finding the right venue, Nicole wanted tons of natural light and beautiful grounds, and so Rattlesnake Point Golf Club was a match made in heaven for us, especially as Kevin is a huge golf enthusiast. The team at Rattlesnake made us feel very welcome and were very accommodating to ensure that we had the perfect menu to suit all tastes.
We worked with quite a dream team to put together this wedding design – Princess Decor provided the decor and floral, and Vintage Glam Events provided the vintage touches. Nicole’s dream was an elegant reception with muted ivory and champagne tones. Greenery and lush florals featured prominently in this event design, as well as soft ivory drapery for the head table. We paired this with warm tapered candle light, gold geometric pieces, and gold-rimmed glass charger plates. Our own team at RSVP by Whim designed the invitations and day of stationery. Simply Lace Photography artfully captured all of the fine details in this post!
I really loved how fun the family and bridal parties were – there were so many funny moments and jokes throughout the night. The performances were stellar – including the remix of Punjabi MC and Gangnam Style that the bride and groom performed during their entrance, as well as all of the family and bridal party dances! What a talented bunch! It didn’t hurt that everyone looked fabulous, especially our beautiful bride with a change of outfit for the reception. Another very compelling detail for me, an admitted food-over, was the addition of a late night churro bar!
This wedding was a highlight for me and I could not have done it without the incredible team of vendors that came together to make magic happen. A huge thanks to our amazing team – I can’t wait to work with you all again!
Wedding Planning, Styling & Design: Whim Event Planning & Design
Photography: Simply Lace Photography
Videography: Beautiful Life Studios
Decor & Floral: Princess Decor
Vintage Rentals: Vintage Glam Events
Church: St Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Rattlesnake Point Golf Club
Wedding Cake: Fruitilicious Creations
AV & DJ: Alley Entertainment
Bride’s Gown: Becker’s Bridal Toronto
Bride’s Makeup & Hair: MUAH Beauty
Bridal Party Makeup & Hair: Beauty by Sacha
Stationery: RSVP by Whim
Transportation: Badder Bus
Chair Rentals: Made with Love Decor
Late Night Churro Bar: El Habanero Churrobar
Whim Event Planning and Design is a team of Toronto wedding planners and day of coordinators, specializing in modern romantic weddings for fun, sweet couples. Get in touch with us today to start planning your dream day!
Problem: You want a beautiful space in Toronto that has old world charm, classic neutral interior design, and green space. Solution:
The Estates of Sunnybrook Wedding Venues!
If you are looking for a beautiful manor venue in Toronto, I encourage you to consider the Estates of Sunnybrook wedding spaces! The Estates of Sunnybrook boasts three historical venues, outdoor ceremony space and beautiful landscaped grounds for wedding photos. Sweet additional bonus – free parking! The venue can comfortably accommodate anywhere from 20-150 guests, so the space is perfect for rehearsals, too! The three spaces are called the Vaughan Estate, the Coach House and the McLean House. The Estates of Sunnybrook has an appropriate space for any event, from a formal ballroom to an intimate retreat. Check out these lovely photos of the venue, captured by Olive Photography!
The catering team at the Estates of Sunnybrook have experience creating culinary experiences to suit the pickiest of palettes, and the presentation acts as an extension of the decor. Check out their upcoming 2018 open house to sample the delicious fare and meet their exclusive in-house vendors! If you are looking for a classically stylish and intimate venue, the Estates of Sunnybrook is the wedding venue of your dreams. We guarantee that you and your guests will enjoy every moment of your wedding and you will leave with memories to last a lifetime!
I met Stephanie and Rohan in a Starbucks near Square One the day after New Years in 2016. It was a chilly day, and I was excited to meet with them because of how they described their wedding vision. Meeting with these two was lovely – their vision of a cozy cottagey winter wedding resonated with me, and within a couple of weeks we got started.
Stephanie and Rohan hired a planner to help them with logistics and details, as they live in Vancouver and travel back and forth to Toronto to visit family. So we started by finding two venues to host both days of their wedding – a traditional Indo-Trinidadian Hindu ceremony followed by a light reception, and the next day, a Western-style chapel ceremony and reception. After searching through a ton of venues, we happened upon Vishnu Mandir in Richmond Hill, which was a hit with its abundance of natural lighting and large open space in the sanctuary area.
Jessica Rose Photography captured these lovely images from their Hindu ceremony at Vishnu Mandir. As you can see, Stephanie’s style favoured lovely natural lighting, winter greenery and a beautiful open concept mandap. This style was effortlessly captured by the talented Nafeesa of Princess Decor, who thoroughly enjoyed creating this very out-of-box mandap look for our happy couple. Stephanie herself evoked effortless classic beauty and style in her custom made red velvet lengha. Romantic winter wedding
On day two of the wedding, our sweet couple shared a lovely first look and then bridal party photos in the Hamilton area. Their bridal party looked incredible, dressed to the 9s, and were a fun bunch to hang out with!
Afterwards, we all headed over to Ancaster Mill’s beautiful Miller’s Chapel, decorated with fragrant winter greens and romantic candle light. Afterwards, guests enjoyed a lovely cocktail hour, with live music on sax by Florin Clonta, and headed into the Fallsview Room for dinner and dancing.
I loved the little details, like the garland centerpieces, which were the perfect accent in the wood and stone filled Fallsview Room. I also loved the stationery designs that Michelle put together, including the labels for the delicious homemade hot sauce favours, prepared by the groom’s mom! The night even held a few surprises – like a world class musical performance that the groom had tailored specifically for his new bride!Romantic winter wedding
Stephanie and Rohan were a pleasure to work with – we shared many laughs over our plentiful Skype calls, and we enjoyed some fabulous meals together, too! I sincerely miss working with this lovely couple, but I’m so happy to look fondly back on the weekend! A huge thank you to the myriad of vendors that worked together seamlessly to bring this lovely fusion wedding together!
Venue: Vishnu Mandir (Hindu Ceremony)
Venue: Ancaster Mill (Chapel & Reception)
Photography: Jessica Rose Photography
Planning & Stationery: Whim Event Planning & Design
Decor & Floral: Princess Decor
Sound & DJ: Alley Entertainment
Entertainment: Florin Clonta
Bride’s Accessories: The Borrowed Collection
Bride’s Gown: Truvelle Bridal
Videography: Chris Di Staulo
Hair & Bridal Setting (Hindu Ceremony): Beauty by Sacha
Hair & Makeup (Ancaster Mill): Debbie Sioutis
If you and your SO are fans of cozying up to a nice glass of red by the fire, then a winery wedding is the perfect choice for you. And, well, even if you don’t fancy a glass of chardonnay every now and then… it might still be your ideal venue. Wineries in Ontario are absolutely stunning in every way, and offer an exceptional backdrop for your nuptials. Whether it’s your dream to get married in a vineyard or in the quaint accommodations of a historic winery, there’s one place in Ontario that we can guarantee you’ll find it all: Niagara. Just outside of the GTA is brimming with stunning Niagara wineries with exquisite wines and more importantly, beautiful wedding venues. If you’re interested in tying the knot at one of the elegant wineries Niagara has to offer and aren’t quite sure where to begin, worry not. Take a look at some of our favorite Niagara wineries—we guarantee you’ll find something you love!
Beautiful Niagara Wineries for Your Wedding
Located in St. Catherines, Hernder Estate Wines is the perfect option for any type of wedding. Their outdoor facilities are gorgeous, with a quaint little bridge for photos, and a gazebo just begging to be strewn with flowers. They have indoor facilities if you fancy a winter wedding, with two different rooms that seat from 140 to 300 guests. The barn-like structure of this venue gives us some serious rustic vibes, making it perfect for a rustic chic event.
Just outside of St. Catherines is where you’ll find this stunning winery. Well-suited for a more intimate affair, this quaint venue is ideal for someone looking for a cozy place to say I do. The stunning view of their vineyard that seems to go on forever is incomparable, and makes for a gorgeous outdoor backdrop.
If you venture a little further out of St. Catherines towards Beamsville, you’ll stumble upon Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery. Since it sits right at the gateway to Niagara, you’ll find incredible views of the Niagara Escarpment, Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario when you visit this venue. What’s most unique about this location is their incredible charming coach house, where you can entertain just under 50 guests for a sit-down dinner. This makes it the perfect spot to have the intimate wedding you’ve always dreamed of.
This Niagara-on-the-lake winery’s ambiance is surprisingly modern, while still maintaining the peaceful and elegant atmosphere of the surrounding area. They have a number of stylish rooms you can host you guests in, their most notable being the Press Alley Industrial Chic. Here, Stratus Winery can become the setting for your reception, with 50 to 100 of your closest loved ones seated at a harvest table among the oak fermenters and stainless steel tanks. Could your winery experience get any more authentic?
If you’re looking for a winery with a grand Victorian mansion, you’ve found the place. If you’re planning a winter wedding, you can take advantage of their stunning stained glass windows and cozy fireplaces in the Great Hall. In the summer, couples have a wrap-around verandah and an acre and a half of gardens to take gorgeous photos that’ll last a lifetime. With something to offer year-round, you’ll find that the Reif Estate Winery is the embodiment of the term ‘quaint.’
An absolutely regal venue, Chateau Des Charmes is a stunning winery that absolutely begs to host the most luxurious of winery weddings. As is the Bosc Family Wines weren’t delicious enough, their grounds are swoon-worthy. With both indoor and outdoor accommodations, this is the ideal choice for those that want to forego the cozy and quaint vibe associated with most wineries, and opt for something a little more grand.
These are just a few of our favorite Niagara wineries, and we hope you found something you like too! Did we forget to mention your favorite Niagara winery? Leave us a comment and let us know!
Hiya everyone! I thought I’d do a quick update on what we’ve been working on for the past few months.
Aleya & Allan’s Romantic Fall Wedding
Fall was an exciting time for us! As we wrapped up the last of our weddings – hello Aleya and Allan! – we had corporate events and a few networking gigs lined up, too!
Our last wedding of 2016 was a lovely affair. Our sweet couple, Aleya and Allan, tied the knot at York Mills Gallery, and it was a fab fall fete! Our friends at Fete Floral Boutique helped us design a lovely, modern event, complete with lush floral and sumptuous linen.
We had a fantastic time working with Aleya and Allan, and sincerely miss the planning process with this organized, laid back couple! We’ll post a full recap soon, too! This wedding was adorable and delicious, and we know you’ll ‘fall’ in love with all of the autumn-details, too!
Wine & Unwind
Our networking event, Wine & Unwind, was a fantastic success! It was the first time we hosted a networking event for industry peers and we learned a whole lot. As wedding and event planners, we typically work behind the scenes on event days to keep everything chugging along. After a long (and wonderful) wedding season, wanted to reconnect with all of the fabulous vendors we always promise to catch up with but never get a chance. Wedding vendors are like ships passing in the night on wedding days – we barely see each other on event days and then have to move on to the next one!
Wine and Unwind was a collaborative effort with some fabulous friendors! Our pals at the Hilton Mississauga-Meadowvale hosted this lovely event for us, offering yummy cocktails and delicious food stations and passed appetizers. This event was a great opportunity for fellow event planners and event professionals to tour the newly renovated Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale meeting spaces and facilities, and the friendly staff provided tours all night long.
The lovely Nafeesa from Princess Decor offered up her decor and floral services, and Paisley Peterson Photography captured the details for us. Our friends at Brent Miller Live kept the crowd amped with fun live music, and worked with Ryan from Alley Entertainment, who DJ’d between sets, and provided the lighting and AV for the night as well.
Another very cool feature came from Pop-Up VR, who created an amazing VR display for guests to check out. Since the idea of the event was centred around relaxing and unwinding from a hectic wedding season, the team put together a relaxation virtual reality experience that was a hit with everyone! They also put together a fabulous event recap video, also in VR! Be sure to use your mouse to scroll around the screen to get the full image! Check it out here!
All in all, this was an awesome event to put together and we loved every second of networking with our peers and giving them a chance to check out the Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale! We are definitely planning on doing a few more of these networking events, so stay tuned for more!
Super Hero Party
We love corporate parties. They are so much fun to design and plan, and we get to use colour schemes, concepts and textures that we ordinarily wouldn’t have the option to with weddings. So naturally when the Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale approached us to design their partner appreciation event, with a super hero theme, we had a lot of fun with it! We envisioned an adult version of a traditional superhero themed party, with super-power cocktails, sumptuous black and gold spot linens from Chair Decor, and fun actors from The Hero Headquarters playing the part of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman! We created fun comic book catch phrases to pair with Princess Decor‘s fluffy floral centrepieces, and fun signage to complement the food stations and bars. Check out the pretty details captured by Paisley Peterson Photography below!
Whim Event Planning and Design is a team of Toronto wedding planners specializing in modern romantic weddings for fun, sweet couples. Get in touch with us today to start planning your dream day!
And we’re back with another edition of Wedding Venues in the GTA! This time we’ll be tackling rustic wedding venues in the GTA, for all of you who are aiming for that shabby-chic vibe on your big day. These venues aren’t just suited for casual affairs (although they’re perfect for those, too), they can also be glammed up for for a glitzy event with an added rustic edge. Rustic glam weddings have been on the rise in popularity, and we aren’t mad it it. From naked cakes, lace dresses, to venues strewn with fairy lights, we can’t get enough of this trend. Living in the big city can make it tough to find the perfect venue that’s a mixture between rustic and chic, but you don’t have to worry since the Whimlets are here to help. We’re super excited to share some of our favorite rustic wedding venues around the city with you, so let’s jump right into it!
RUSTIC WEDDING VENUES IN THE GTA
Ward’s Island Clubhouse
Steps from the Ward’s Island Ferry docks, you can find this adorable clubhouse on the Toronto Island. It may be a bit of a treck, but it’s totally worth it— you can get that beach house vibe without venturing too far from the city. In addition to its charming aesthetic, the location of this rustic wedding venue offers a great opportunity for stunning photos against Toronto’s skyline. Whether you choose string fairy lights from the stunning cathedral ceiling and go all out with decor or leave the setting in its natural beauty, you can’t go wrong with Ward’s Island Clubhouse.
You probably won’t believe us when we say you can have cocktails in a tree house and a stroll along a creek, followed by a gathering in a natural garden in the heart of downtown Toronto, but at Berkley Fieldhouse, you can have it all. Located in the centre of our bustling city, this venue is an ideal option for those that want the feel of a country carriage house, without having to actually go into the country. With quaint accents like antique chandeliers, wood walls, and french doors that lead to a garden patio, it’s tough to beat the charm of this rustic wedding venue. rustic wedding venues in the GTA
Black Creek Pioneer Village
This name might ring a bell— and yes, it’s the place you went on your seventh grade field trip to. But we promise we aren’t insane to suggest you have your wedding here! You might be surprised at how adorable the facilities are. With different options, both indoor and outdoor, of where to have your ceremony and reception, Blackcreek Pioneer Village gives you a ton a freedom when deciding what your big day will look like. Whether you choose to get married at Town Hall and celebrate in the Grand Pavilion, this village offers its 19th century charm wherever you go. rustic wedding venues in the GTA
There’s no better way to achieve that rustic vibe than getting married in a barn. You may question how you’ll prepare a barn for a chic wedding, but it’s simple when you choose Cambium Farms. An architectural masterpiece with exposed beams, braces, posts, and rafters, the intricate craftsmanship on display here doesn’t require draping or sheaths to be covered up. You can use the barn’s original form along with a few delicate embellishments to create a perfect setting for your big day. rustic wedding venues in the GTA
Pathways on Pleasure Valley
Located just 45 minutes outside Toronto, this is the perfect rustic wedding venue for couples who want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy their day in a tranquil location. Described as a “hidden gem” on their website, Pathways on Pleasure Valley is just that. You can choose to hold your event at their picnic area underneath a heavenly canopy, or inside their quaint lodge. If you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing venue to get married, then look no further. rustic wedding venues in the GTA
Artscape Wychwood Barns
A wonderfully unique venue in midtown Toronto, this is another option that offers the charm of a rustic barn without leaving the city. With soaring ceilings, a full-length skylight, and incredibly detailed architecture, it’ll be tough to find a more stunning rustic wedding venue in Toronto. The Covered Street Barn can accommodate up to 450 guests in the theatre, and up to 600 in the reception area. However, if you’re planning on a slightly small affair, the barn can be partitioned into smaller spaces for a more intimate feel. rustic wedding venues in the GTA
These are just a few of our favorite rustic wedding venues around the GTA, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more. Toronto is crawling with rustic-chic venues that might be perfect for your big day, so if you didn’t fall in love with any of the ones on our list, don’t get discouraged! Have we left out any rustic wedding venues you think should have an honourable mention? Leave us a comment below and let us know!
The 2017 Spring and Fall bridal runways were full of plunging necklines, ruffled skirts, and stylish toppers to help brides beat the cold in a fabulous way. Designers didn’t hold back when it came to creating some of the most jaw dropping 2017 wedding dresses for the season, and we loved every moment of it. Although not all of the avant-garde runways styles will be popular with 2017 brides, there were definitely some wearable styles that we’re sure will make their way into bridal shops near you.
If you’re looking for a little 2017 wedding dress inspo for your upcoming nuptials, then look no further. We’ve covered all the highlights and included all the styles you’ll be likely to see in bridal boutiques this year!
2017 WEDDING DRESS TRENDS
Surprised by this trend? We aren’t. Modern and sexy brides looking to bare a little skin won’t have to look too hard to find their perfect gown this year. Many 2017 wedding gowns feature a decolletage-baring neckline, and we aren’t mad at it! Showing a little cleavage as you walk down the aisle is anything but taboo nowadays- and it looks uber fab, if we do say so ourselves.
This trend was so popular on the runway, you’ll be able to to find almost any silhouette in an off-the-shoulder style. This is a great option if you’re looking for a dress that’ll allow you to show off a little skin, without the revealing cleavage of a plunging neckline. Display your bare decolletage with an off-the-shoulder-gown, or choose to accessorize with an eye-catching statement necklace!
Ruffled skirts have been quite popular with brides the past few years, but tiered skirts are reaching an entirely new level on 2017 wedding dresses. Cascading ruffles can be seen on boho chic gowns to the most formal of ball gowns. No matter what look you’re going for, you can be sure that there’s a ruffled dress for you!
Let’s be real- long sleeved wedding gowns have been in style since Kate Middleton walked down the aisle in 2011. Whether you’re a conservative bride who would rather cover up, or just someone who likes the look of a sleeved gown, you’ll be glad to know that long sleeved wedding dresses won’t be going out of style anytime soon. However, the sleeves you’ll be seeing on 2017 wedding gowns are a little different. Designers like Isabella Armstrong and Rita Vinieris have taken inspiration from boho-chic trends off the ready-to-wear runway, and opted for billowy bishop sleeves on their gowns. Mildly reminiscent of the sleeves you probably saw on your mother’s gown, this is a modern take on the dated trend.
3D floral details and large oversized bows were prevalent on this year’s runway. We anticipate that 2017 wedding dresses will be all about the details! Whether you’re searching for a gown with small floral embellishments or a large oversized bow on the back of your dress for an added surprise, you’ll be ecstatic to hear that designers like Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta have got you covered!
Drawing inspiration from the music festival style that’s ravaged teens and young adults, we’ve seen a few delicate crop top 2017 wedding dress designs. You might be surprised to see how classy some of these pieces are, although some of them are suited for a younger, more playful bride.
Good news for brides who are planning a winter wedding! We know exactly why winter wedding are awesome, but there’s one reason why they aren’t- brides are often left out in the cold if they aren’t fans of the limited options they have to choose from for stylish coverups. Luckily, more toppers were a big hit this year with designers creating fab bomber jackets, capelets, boleros and ponchos to compliment your gown perfectly.
Pantone couldn’t choose just one color of the year for 2017, and designers didn’t either. Taking full advantage of the Pantone’s choices of Rose Quartz and Serenity, there were more hints of color on the bridal runway than we’re used to seeing. Both of these colors are extremely wearable for brides, and perfect for those who want to veer off the path of tradition just a little. Rose Quartz is a light blush tone, while Serenity if more of a cool baby blue. You can find dresses in these shades from major designers like Romona Keveza, Monique Lhuillier, and Hayley Paige, to name a few.
Large statement earrings are bound to be one of the most trendy accessories for 2017 bridal looks. A ton of models have been spotted on the runway wearing oversized earrings to compliment their ravishing gowns, and we are absolutely obsessed with this trend. If you’re a super glam bride looking to amp up the glitz factor of your bridal look, then look no further!
Have we left out any of your favorite 2017 wedding dresses or trends? Leave us a comment below and let us know which ones are your fave!
Claire & Ryan’s Wedding Recap
The Jewel Event Centre, a lovely wedding reception venue in Woodbridge, was home to Claire & Ryan’s wedding this past July. The Whimlets had the pleasure of assisting with the coordination and execution of this beautiful and family-filled celebration. Take a peek at the photos below, from the fine folks at Red Planet Studios.
The simply elegant wedding ceremony was held at Merciful Redeemer Catholic Church in Mississauga, a bright and lovely church with little need for added decor.
The day started off sunny and beautiful, and though a few showers didn’t change the joyous mood of the bridal party. We loved the energy this group had, all smiles and ready to party!
After the bridal party shots in Mississauga, it was time to party! Over at the Jewel Event Centre, all of the vendors were working away, finishing up the final details so the reception could get started. The Whimlets especially appreciated the lovely food displays and personalized service provided by The Jewel staff.
All in all, we had a blast assisting Claire and Ryan with their big day. We wish this fabulous couple nothing but the best for a long, happy marriage and we can’t see what they get up to next! A huge thank you to the many vendors who helped make this wedding a huge success!
Day of Coordination/Month Of Coordination: Whim Event Planning & Design
Photography: Red Planet Studios
Videography: Blue Daizy Films
Church: Merciful Redeemer Catholic Church
Reception Venue: The Jewel Event Centre
Entertainment: The Dreamboats
Florist: International Florist
Decor: Ti Amo Decorating Service
DJ/MC: Digital Entertainment Group
Cake: Sprinkles N More
Transportation: Allure Limo
It’s all about the details for us here at Whim, which is why we felt the need dedicate an entire post to cute wedding day manicures. As we’ve mentioned before, it’s super important to pamper yourself in the days leading up to your wedding; you’ve spent a ton of time, money, and effort planning your big day, so we’re strong believers that you should look and feel your best! We are definitely fans of a little nail art, and have seen some super cute wedding day manicures that we’d thought we’d share with you guys. Keep on reading if you’d like to see some of our favorite wedding day manicures!
CUTE WEDDING DAY MANICURES
Have we left out any super cute wedding day manicures that you’ve seen recently? Leave us a comment and let us know!
By Tarisha Beniprashad
A ton of couples are opting to add cutesy personal touches to their wedding decor by adding handwritten (or not) signs around their ceremony and reception venues, and we are absolutely obsessed with this trend. Whether it’s a quote that near and dear to your heart, some fun dance floor rules for your guests, or a luxe welcome sign, you can’t go wrong with making the addition of a few signs to your decor. If you’d like to see some incredibly cute wedding signs that you never knew you needed, just keep on reading!
CUTE WEDDING SIGNS YOU NEED IN YOUR DECOR
These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cute signs that you can include in your wedding decor. We hope that our little selection gives you a little inspiration for your own signage! Have you seen any super cute wedding signs lately? Leave us a comment below and let us know, we’d love to hear from you!