Three things to know about Alanna + Rob: She wore a champagne sequin wedding gown that she designed herself; they skipped wedding cake and opted for candied bacon on a stick; and the two of them met on a volunteer trip to Kolkata, India. Sound like a pretty cool couple, yes? Their wedding was intentionally designed to be simple, relaxed, elegant, and (most of all) fun. And from the looks of these photos from Christine Lim Photography, it sure was…
A bouquet to rival all bouquets: peonies, spray roses, ranunculus, jasmine, ivy berries, and variegated ivy.
And a majorly pin-worthy mani.
Alanna says, Our officiant/pastor took Rob aside before the ceremony to pray with him, and afterwards he said, “This is going to be the most incredible day. It’s going to go past in the blink of an eye. Breathe deep and try to go as slow as you can.” Kevin whispered the same thing to me during the ceremony. It was something so simple, but so powerful to be reminded of. It helped us center ourselves and be present, and definitely was a defining moment.
A group of the couple’s closest friends provided the ceremony music. So meaningful, and a cost saver too!
Cheers, Alanna and Rob!
Photographer: Christine Lim Photography / Day-Of Coordinator: Desiree Kotnala / Ceremony Venue & Catering: Knox College Chapel on the University of Toronto Campus / Reception Venue: Nyood Restaurant / Hair & Makeup: Bride / Manicurist: Rita Remark / Florist: Sweet Woodroof / Invitation Designer: Joanna & Justin Aitchenson / Bride’s Dress & Veil: Designed by bride and custom-made by Valerie Dovell / Shoes: J.Crew / Groom’s Suit & Shoes: Brooks Brothers
We don’t think we’ll ever get tired of seeing beachy engagement sessions. The airy lighting, the toes in the sand… All you really need is a couple of bicycles, a picnic lunch, and presto!—instant romance. Becca + Nate fell in love at the beach when they were first dating, which made this timeless setting all the more fitting. You can tell how at home they feel walking along the shore, with The Why We Love capturing their candid and honest moments together.
Love us a good black and white shot.
Their love story, told by Becca: Nate walked into my life on a Tuesday and changed my heart forever. I was 24 and in grad school, working part time at a coffee shop when he stopped in for a break from work and a double latte. I remember the draw, the attraction, the way his eyes glowed bright and blue as denim, and how my heartbeat changed that day and beat faster from then on.
Nate and I are both super shy and awkward around cameras so we really wanted the whole experience to be raw and natural—something our amazing photographers at The Why We Love are gifted at capturing. We met, then fell in love at the beach with our dog; so us all being together and taking pictures while having a picnic seemed like the way to go. It seemed like the closest thing to a normal day off for the three of us.
Photographer & Videographer: The Why We Love c/o The Wedding Artist Collective
Deconstructed elegance. That’s the theme that Joyce + Michael dreamed up for their wedding day, and we think that describes it quite perfectly! (Don’t you?) It’s full of all kinds of vintage details and elegant touches, set in a raw historic space. These two also made an effort to incorporate Egyptian and Balkan music to honor Joyce’s Egyptian roots and Michael’s Bulgarian background. Thanks Patricia Kantzos, for sharing the pretty photos with us…
Look at these twirling cuties! Such a sweet moment.
Experiencing major ring envy over here…
Joyce’s bouquet recipe: ranunculus, roses, eucalyptus, scabiosa pods, and anemones.
Joyce says, The whole venue was one big raw space, so we turned it in to a ceremony space, then cocktail space, then reception space all in one. It was pretty cool. We also displayed our parents’ and grandparents’ framed wedding photos around the venue and used props from the venue to decorate our space as we wanted.
Advice from the bride: Never feel pressure to do things a certain way. Follow your creative instincts and go with it. Others will appreciate your audacity and originality more than you would have expected.
Congrats you two!
Photographer: Patricia Kantzos / Venue: The Metropolitan Building / Hair: Diana from Salon Antonio / Makeup: Elizabeth Black / Florist: Melarosa / Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas / Cake, Catering, & Rentals: Abigail Kirsch / Bride’s Dress: Nicole Miller from Lovely Bride, NYC / Shoes: Rachel Simpson / Hair Jewels: Deco Jewels, NYC / Faux Fur Bolero: Zara / Groom’s Suit: Craig Robinson / Flower Girl Dresses: Etsy