Dreamy Styled Shoot at Colborne Lodge, Toronto

We are in love with this styled shoot captured by Tania Dee. Captued at the Colborne Lodge in Toronto, the Lodge is a historic site. Toronto’s first Architect built the lodge for him and his wife. It’s a real interesting story. Small weddings and events are held here mostly in the summer and the grounds are beautiful! We love the editorial feel of these images and all of its visual eye candy! Absolutely dreamy!! Enchanted8363 Enchanted8376 enchantednew_8013 Newenchanted_8004 Enchanted8286 Enchanted8307 enchanted7991
enchanted8054 enchanted8063 Enchanted8124 Enchanted7784 enchanted7808 Enchanted7830 enchanted7900 Enchanted7758 enchanted7763 enchanted7640 enchanted7559 Enchanted7526 Enchanted_8359 enchanted7342 enchanted7364 Enchanted7372 Enchanted7466 enchanted_7610 Enchanted_7722 enchanted_7889 Enchanted_8048 enchanted_8072


Vendor Credits
Head Piece Designer: Marie Copps
Hair and Makeup: Brides Etc.
Wardrobe: Rent Frock Repeat
Florist: ThornFloral
Stylist: Rebecca Wengel
Photographer: Tania Dee


Romantic Styled Wedding Shoot from Edmonton, Alberta




Vendor Credits
Planner/designer – Rebecca Gravel of From The Heart Weddings and Celebrations
Photographer – Kerry Peterson from Take A Little Paws Photography
Studio – The Photographers Studio #2, Edmonton
MUA – Joline Lemke of Lily Grey Artistry, Edmonton
Hair – Joan Couling-August of Vikings Edge Hair Design, Edmonton
Fashion Sponsors – Maison Bridal Edmonton
Corset – Bree by Wtoo By Watters
Skirt – Almira by Wtoo By Watters
Earrings – Malis Henderson
Florals – Bryanna Kumpula of Bryanna Kumpula Design,
Cake – Maggie Kenyon of Little Cake Company St. Albert
Stationery – Anika Loewen of Wedding Designs by Anika 

Gorgeous Rainy Ottawa, Ontario Wedding

Paula + Johnny-44

They say that when it rains on your wedding day, it’s good luck. Well, what does it mean if you were already married? Double good luck?! I think so! The wedding between Paula and Johnny has a very special story.  They were technically already married, having had a very small civil ceremony at their home a few months earlier. Paula’s Mom was very ill and was battling cancer when Paula + Johnny decided to have a small ceremony at their home in Ottawa so that her mom could be a part of it. A few months later, after her mom had passed away, they had a beautiful wedding surrounded by their friends and family at the Strathmere Lodge.

It poured rain all weekend but it didn’t phase them one bit. The night before the wedding, Paula went to the store to buy umbrellas and rubber boots for the bridesmaids because she was determined to have their wedding pictures outside. They braved the rain all day and when Laura Barclay, their wedding photographer, suggested walking across a very saturated field to get to a nice area for photos, Paula gave Johnny a piggyback across the mud. What a phenomenal couple! Paula had also incorporated touches of star wars to the day for Johnny – he’s obsessed!

The day ended with a beautiful reception out of the rain at the stunning Strathmere Lodge. Paula’s Dad showed such strength when he gave the most heartfelt speech to the newlyweds. He talked about how the whole family learned what love is from their Mom, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the lodge.

It was a beautiful day, full of love, and showcased what a strong bond Johnny + Paula have together.  Congratulations to the lovely couple, and we know her mom was celebrating with her!  Enjoy the pictures!!!

Paula + Johnny-4 Paula + Johnny-5 Paula + Johnny-8 Paula + Johnny-11 Paula + Johnny-19 Paula + Johnny-20 Paula + Johnny-25 Paula + Johnny-30 Paula + Johnny-31 Paula + Johnny-34 Paula + Johnny-39 Paula + Johnny-40
Paula + Johnny-46 Paula + Johnny-47 Paula + Johnny-48 Paula + Johnny-49 Paula + Johnny-54 Paula + Johnny-63 Paula + Johnny-65 Paula + Johnny-69 Paula + Johnny-72 Paula + Johnny-75 Paula + Johnny-79 Paula + Johnny-81 Paula + Johnny-85 Paula + Johnny-92 Paula + Johnny-97 Paula + Johnny-103 Paula + Johnny-104

Photography Laura Barclay Photography
Wedding Venue: The Lodge at Strathmere
Wedding Dress: White Satin Bridal Couture, Ottawa (dress designer: Paloma Blanca)
Bridesmaids Attire: With Love Bridal Boutique, Ottawa (dress designer: Sorella Vita)
Groom’s/Groomsmen Attire: Tux’s from Tip Top Tailors; Ties, pocket squares, bowtie, tie clips: The Tie Bar; Star Wars socks: Stance
Florals: Rebel Petal, Ottawa
Stationary: Paperless Post
Officiant: Fr. Paul Shepherd, St. Patrick’s Parish
Wedding Coordinator at Strathmere: Linda Spikker
Catering: Strathmere House
Hair: Hair Expectations, Ottawa
Makeup: Brianna de Palezieux
Music: Quality Entertainment

Minted, Amazing Online Holiday Cards

This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links.

I’m such a huge fan of Minted and especially the Holiday Cards collection which is always stylish and elegant! These are some of the most amazing online holiday cards and with some absolutely gorgeous designs and options for 2017… you need to take a visit to their site!

Some of my favourtie designs include Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards and lined envelopes, and the fact that you can customize the look and feel of the cards, as well as choose from literally hundreds of designs, makes no two cards the same! Can we take a moment to address the letterpress holiday cards? Kinda the best thing ever! It’s elegant and you know you’ll receive so many compliments this season.

I love these top-voted Holiday card designs, as you can easily tell, and the 2017 collection is simply stunning. Wait till you see some of my favourite things from the 2017 collection. From original to easy all while respecting your budget this season, there is surely something for you from Minted!

Screen Shot 2017-10-13 at 8.47.59 AM

My favourite card option is the Ornament Holiday Cards.  This keepsake ornament card is actually the best thing ever. As much as I love holiday cards, my mantel is only so big. Adding the cards to the christmas tree is a nice way to add a little touch of love to their decor. I would love to get these from friends and family – such a nice touch to our decor… so i’m definitely going this route for our family card this year. Your order will include pre-cut luxe linen ribbons (10″ long) for you to tie to your ornaments. Add a custom backer to include more photos and a message.

The Ornament cards include the free recipient addressing option, which is actually an option on all minted cards, which saves time and gives a more polished feel! You can choose your paper stock as well as get creative with the layout, wording and colour options. It’s really so easy to do, and you don’t need a design degree to produce a really personalized and beautiful card.

Such a great idea and something everyone will love this season!


Added this year as a new service, Minted launched the Text Us Your Photo service. This new service is perfect for someone like me who is constantly on the go and chasing after little kids. Who has time to sit in front of the computer trying to decide the exact layout? Not me! Plus i’m sometimes horrible at making design decision.  Can’t someone just do it for me? The answer is yes!!! As soon as we get our holiday family photo captured, i’ll be texting my favourite image to Minted so that they can design the perfect Christmas Card for me!

Simply text Minted your favourite holiday photo, and your Minted stylist will text you back your photo styled in 5 holiday card designs – for FREE. As in $0! Totally amazing and another reason why Minted is one of the best out there!

How it work:

  1. Text your photo to 415-301-CARD(2273) and answer a few simple questions, all from your mobile phone. (yes, ALL from your phone… you can do this on your commute to work if you want!!!)
  2. Your Minted stylist will choose cards that are perfectly suited to your photo, and text you back 5 choices styled with your photo, greeting, and family name—all with the exquisite, unique design that Minted is known for.
  3. Your Minted stylist will choose cards that are perfectly suited to your photo, and text you back 5 choices styled with your photo, greeting, and family name—all with the exquisite, unique design that Minted is known for.

It’s that easy! 

Screen Shot 2017-10-13 at 9.02.21 AM

One thing that stands out the most about Minted is the fact that they are affordable. The thought of personalization can freak a few people out. They automatically think it’s going to be very expensive. You can purchase customized cards for as low as $1.30 each! Yes… only $1.30 which is so affordable, especially after your big wedding!! The card featured above is from the Tidings of Love collection and is just one of the many designs at that price point which makes goes to show that the cards are equally as beautiful no matter what budget you are working with!

These are just some of the reasons why Minted is such an amazing choice for your holiday cards this season. Visit Minted today and start creating your perfect card!

I received compensation in exchange for writing this post.

Yoho National Park, BC Engagement Session

We are so thrilled to share this breathtaking engagement session with you captured by the amazing Meghan Andrews Photography! Meghan tells us more about this beautiful shoot and how this American couple fell in love with our beautiful country!

Angel & Tim visited Canada for the first time from Texas, and they decided to have their engagement shoot here in the Rocky Mountains. I can see why they wanted to shoot here–BREATHTAKING is an understatement  for this part of the world! The couple finally decided on Yoho National Park in Field, BC.  

We started at the natural bridge which was hard to pull myself  away from there, as there’s so many fascinating offsets, small beaches and paths that you can explore all day long. After we finished up at the natural bridge, we had to do a few photos at Emerald Lake Lodge.  The ice is slowly starting to melt and you can start to see more turquoise clear water again which is just majestic. We did a few shots by the dock and on the boardwalk as well,  the staff had already laid out canoes as well which are fun to play with!

Angel & Tim are a super adorable couple and I’m sure they will have a fun wedding in Texas on April 28, 2018. Congrats you two!

engagement_photography_emerald_lake_yoho_park_bc_03 engagement_photography_emerald_lake_yoho_park_bc_04 engagement_photography_emerald_lake_yoho_park_bc_05 engagement_photography_emerald_lake_yoho_park_bc_06 engagement_photography_emerald_lake_yoho_park_bc_07 engagement_photography_emerald_lake_yoho_park_bc_08 engagement_photography_emerald_lake_yoho_park_bc_09 engagement_photography_emerald_lake_yoho_park_bc_10 engagement_photography_emerald_lake_yoho_park_bc_11 engagement_photography_emerald_lake_yoho_park_bc_12 engagement_photography_emerald_lake_yoho_park_bc_13 engagement_photography_emerald_lake_yoho_park_bc_14

engagement_photography_emerald_lake_yoho_park_bc_17 engagement_photography_emerald_lake_yoho_park_bc_18

McMaster University Engagement Session


It’s been such a cool summer, and finally the last few weeks have felt amazing! Sun all day, higher temperatures! Simply love it! And of course the fact that we are full fledged into wedding season makes me smile! Today we have a special treat for you, it’s a beautiful engagement session captured by Samantha Ong Photography.  The couple, Lauren and Chris, met during their first week at McMaster University. Chris was living on the same floor as Lauren’s best childhood friend. They end up going to many Frosh events together. But it was only until February, their first year away from school that they officially started dating. They’ve now been together for eight years!
But it was last October, Chris surprised Lauren with a clever scavenger hunt around their condo building which ended on their rooftop which had a spectacular view of the city of Toronto and a private dinner. The next morning, they flew to Florida for the most memorable vacation!

Lauren-Chris-Engagement-0010 Lauren-Chris-Engagement-0016 Lauren-Chris-Engagement-0024 Lauren-Chris-Engagement-0030

For their engagement session, Samantha Ong and the couple went back to where their relationship all began. McMaster University! It was so pretty and they were lucky to have some spring cherry blossoms for some romantic photos. Lauren-Chris-Engagement-0046-Edit Lauren-Chris-Engagement-0068 Lauren-Chris-Engagement-0110 Lauren-Chris-Engagement-0117 Lauren-Chris-Engagement-0121 Lauren-Chris-Engagement-0139

Simply beautiful! Thanks for reading!

Photography Credit: Samantha Ong Photography