Bigger isn’t always better. And that will absolutely be the case once we are back to “normal”. We intrinsically foresee smaller intimate celebrations taking the lead and the insurgence of more experiential weddings becoming popular. And we are here for it! And because of that are offering new services to accommodate these changing times. Our new Elopement and Micro Wedding Planning Packages give clients the benefit of all the bells and whistles of our Full Service Planning & Design on a smaller and more intimate scale. The perfect opportunity to offer personalize luxury to your more inner circle. From design and budgeting, to virtual streaming and privacy management, we are excited at the opportunity to plan creative and innovative new ways of celebrating love.

Thinking about hosting an Elopement or Micro Wedding but aren’t sure which one is for you? Here’s a little check list to figure it out!

Am I an Elopement Bride or a Micro Wedding Bride?

Elopement Bride:

· You want to get married, period!

· Want the celebration to be exclusive to you and your fiancé, and your witnesses (5 people max)

· Privacy is of the utmost importance

· A unique location is top of the list

· You love keeping a secret

· The objective is to be stress free (hello, hiring a planner!) but still special

· Traditional wedding elements aren’t a priority

· Spending a ton on a wedding isn’t exciting to you

· You’re ready to mute others opinions to focus on your own

· A great photographer is definitely important to you

Mirco Wedding Bride:

· You want to get married, but still want some fabulous elements

· You want a middle ground between elopement and traditionally sized weddings (30 people max)

· You’re into making memories with your closets confidents

· Making each guest feel special is top priority

· Spending intimate time with each guest is important

· There are still some traditional wedding elements (i.e first dance, speeches) that are important to you

· You still want some opinions from your family on the celebration details

· Sharing food and drinks together is an important part of your wedding vision

· You love the small details

· You want to shift the financial spend from a large guest count, to a more luxury experience for a small group

· You value the importance of a well-rounded event, and a professional’s eye on the experience

Let us know which type of bride YOU are! And let’s chat about how we can curate the most perfect tiny celebration for your big day.

What a crazy world we are living in! Things are rapidly changing daily, and for those in the midst of planning their weddings that can feel incredibly unnerving. Now is the time to learn on your wedding planner and your team of creative professionals to help guide you through, and help maintain some sense of calm and dare I say, excitement? We are constantly in communication with our clients to help them make difficult decisions and remain optimistic and focus driven for their big day.

Here are our Top 5 Tips for continuing to plan your wedding during COVID-19.

1. Open Communication

Your wedding planner is your best friend during these times of uncertainty and decision making. Keeping a fluid conversation open about options, feelings, and concerns will only allow you a forum for success and narrow the opportunities for miscommunication or lack of information. Be as time sensitive with your responses and decisions as possible, and never be afraid to ask questions.

2. Staying Calm

Easier said than done. But staying calm will only help your cause, and your heart. Keeping your head on straight will allow you to listen more objectively, absorb your options with clarity, and make decisions with a clear train of thought. Decisions made out of fear or anger will only cause more stress for not only yourself, but your team of professionals as well. If everyone takes an approach from grace and respect, there is so much more potential for success. Remember: you WILL get married. You WILL celebrate. And it WILL be even more epic than you ever imagined.

3. The 60 Day Decision

We are highly advising our clients to make decisions for their wedding around the 60 day mark. This is a great amount of time to still be able to inform your guests, make decisions, sign new contracts with your vendors, and avoid any final balance payments or purchased products. If you can't make a decision that far out, ensuring that all of your decisions are made before the one month mark is essential.

4. The Plan B

For those whose weddings are far enough away (August, September, etc.), now is the time to consider a Plan B. This is definitely not to induce panic, but to simply have a plan. Those with a plan will have a lot easier time transitioning than if you wake up one day with no plan and a needed postponement. There is no harm in having your wedding planner poll vendors for new availability, gather postponement policies, and simply have a great back up plan in place for whenever (or if ever!) you need to pull the trigger.

5. Wedding Websites

Now more than ever a wedding website is a fantastic tool for keeping your guests informed. Not only can it be a great tool for informing guests of date changes, detail revisions, etc., but for those weddings not affected by COVID-19 it is simply a great place to collect and host information. Hotel details, travel information, wedding day details, etc. We believe that there will be a shift in the way information is communicated to wedding guests moving forward, and forever more! People want to be more informed about where they are going, what they are doing, who will be there, and options they have. So detail it up! Provide as much information as you can so your guests feel in control and excited to attend your special day. Some of our favourite wedding websites are hosted at Wix, The Knot, Appy Couple, and Minted.

Morgan and Adam's wedding was a stunning celebration at the beautiful Magna Golf Course in Aurora, Ontario. It was truly a dream come true to plan and design such a stunning celebration for a couple whose love for each other was palpable! The team we pulled together was absolutely top notch and the celebration went off without a hitch.

Here's a sneak peek into the day and all the elements that made the day incredibly special.

THE CEREMONY took place in a stunning courtyard surrounded by manicured hedges and a spectacular view of the golf course. The ceremony itself was designed in the round, so guests felt included and a part of the whole experience. In the centre of the guest chairs, Rachel A. Clingen created a stunning 4 piece custom floral and foliage asymmetrical archway. Tons of whimsical greenery and branches were accented by little pops of delicate blooms in ivory and a soft blush colour. Moss covered the bases of the pillars to give an enchanted garden aesthetic to a rather “functional” element. Also, the bride’s father officiated the ceremony. A legal officiant stood in place in the centre of the ceremony to start, and swapped placed with Morgan’s father as soon as he had walked her down the aisle. Guests were all so surprised and so touched. It made the ceremony oh so personal. To top it off, the groom asked his father to be his best man. Cue the waterworks.

THE RECEPTION décor featured long rectangular tables that sprawled down two stone patios, covered in white tents with gorgeous pebble grey draping. Wooden beaded chandeliers hung from the ceiling to accent the Restoration Hardware inspired wooden Louis chairs that guests sat upon. The table linens were an oatmeal colours natural linen fiber and were topped with sheer ivory chiffon runners. Rachel A. Clingen designed gorgeous tablescape of florals that ran down the centre of the tables in varying shapes and sizes. Crystal vases were filled with botanical inspired blooms including garden roses, ranunculus, stock, hydrangea, and little pops of blue tweedia. The blue accents were inspired by the gorgeous blue Finezza charger plates at each place setting. On top of the chargers sat white mis-matched lace accent plates, and custom ivory menus to match the stationery suite. White gauze napkins were paired with white and gold flatware and cut crystal stemware. Every detail was thought of so thoroughly.

THE HEAD TABLE had a spectacular feature: a 12ft crescent floor installation that was designed to look like a garden sprung up in front of the bride and groom. Tall whimsical blooms (including white stock and delphiniums) were accented by roses and trailing greenery. The fireplace behind the head table echoed the whimsical garden sentiment as did the hanging rough iron chandeliers above.

THE CAKE was a stunning three tiered cake designed by Christina from Truffle Cake & Pastry .The cake had a beautiful cluster of sugar flowers in blush, dusty blue and taupe on the top tier along with a couple of sugar berries and some soft grey greenery! There was a small cluster between the top tier and second tier as well! The fondant is mostly white but has a touch of watercolour blue/grey/taupe/blush on the tiers, along with small wafer paper flowers and touches of beading. At the bottom of the second tier and working down the third tier are bands of fondant/gumpaste to add another kind of texture to the cake! This design definitely has a soft and whimsical feel to it!

Check out some more beautiful photos shot by Will Reid Photography in the gallery below.


Photographer: Will Reid Photography

Wedding Planner/Designer: Shealyn Angus Weddings & Events

Venue Magna Golf Club

Videographer: Outside In

Flowers/Florist: Rachel A. Clingen Wedding & Event Design

Invitations: Paper & Poste

Hair/Makeup: Ashley Readings

DJ: Danny Floh Back

Cake: Truffle Cake and Pastry

Furniture: Detailz.Inc

Table Top: Plate Occasions

Linens: Linen Closet

AV: Lighting: Platinum Entertainment Solutions

Draping: Eventure Designs Inc.

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