May 28, 2019

3 years since #whishwedding + toronto vendors i love!

I can't believe it! Three years ago today Pete and I got married, and I may be biased but it was the best day ever! #whishwedding was everything I'd dreamed it would be and more :) It's tough doing blog posts and round ups because I feel like I have hundreds of pictures that I love and want to share.

We lucked out with such a gorgeous day, it was perfectly sunny in every day and hot! Considering it's 10 degrees and rainy in Toronto today, it makes me realize even more how lucky we were to get the day we had (especially since a lot of our wedding was outdoors)

I loved wedding planning. I am just a natural planner type who thrives off of bringing people together, especially when it involves flowers, colours and confetti. I loved planning our wedding so much that afterwards I started doing day of coordinating in Toronto. I've planned over ten weddings in the past three years since ours and have learned a lot. Although it's something I am taking a break from right now (it's too much in addition to my full time job and now the bebe!) I am still very much in love with and excited about weddings.

I am sure they will continue to be part of my life in some capacity and I may continue doing some weddings in the future too! One thing I learned while planning is that these days with social media, it can be tough to find vendors because there are just SO many out there, it's overwhelming. Toronto is a booming wedding city with so many talented people, there are a lot I know and even more that I don't. 

I've really wanted to do a round up of some of my favourite Toronto wedding vendors for a while now. Some are ones we used, and others are ones I just adore, or have learned about since we got married. Check out the links below to learn more resources if you're planning a wedding in Toronto (the best city ever)

vendors we used + loved:
Venue: Caffino
Flowers - Blush + Bloom 
Wedding Dress - Sash + Bustle
Jules' Shoes - ASOS
Pete's Suit - Surmesur
Menus - Minted
Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal
Groomsmen Get Ups - Zara Man
Flower Girl + Ring Bearer Get Ups - H&M

// flower vendors :

blush + bloom // I am sure it's very clear how much I love flowers and how many we had at our wedding. Becky and the team literally made my dreams come true! Normally florists will do a mock up of your bouquets etc but we decide to made it a surprise, and let's just say that I cried when they got delivered to the hotel room. Flowers make me so happy and I still cannot get over how perfect our wedding day blooms were thanks to the best in the biz! I cannot say enough about Becky and her team. I am forever their #1 hype girl.
  • periwinkle flowers // Jess is awesome! We have done a bunch of weddings together now and my brides are always so happy with the end result. She is just so calm and chill to work with and always does a great job.
  • primose + willow // Cecilia and I have been following each other on insta for a few years now and I've loved watching her grow her floral brand - she creates beautiful bouquets and I love her vibe.
  • hilary adele - Hilary and I have worked together at a few jobs before and have also done a few weddings together! This firecracker will crush your wedding day set up and make sure everything is looking lovely and put together.
  • wildwood floristry - Hilary is so darn sweet. We've done a few weddings together now and I love what she creates and how much she cares for her clients. Def would recommend!

wedding planners //
  • lexington + co // Lexi is a friend of mine and someone I admire so much. She is a beautiful soul inside and out and has so much positive energy. She is definitely one of the best, most consistent planners in Toronto as far as I am concerned and she constantly blows me away. I love bumping into her in our hood but even more so love seeing the incredible events and weddings she plans on the regular.
  • love by lynzie // I've been a fan of Lynzie's for years and a few years ago we met and hit it off as we are both happy, fun-lovin' confetti queens. Lynzie and her team are definitely known around the city as really fun, colourful and exciting planners! Their weddings are always so full of life and character and I am constantly in awe of what they bring to life.
  • blush + bowties // These folks I don't know personally but from what I've seen at wedding shows and online, I really love what they're doing and think they are worth checking out!

print // 
  • minted // I've been a huge fan of minted for years now and their stuff is so beautiful. We partnered together on our save the dates, thank you's and menus (photo below) and they have so many incredible designers hosted on the site, so you're sure to find one you love that matches you theme.
  • zazzle // A great/inexpensive option for table settings, menu's, save the dates, etc
  • social print audio // My favourite spot to get prints done (got a lot of wedding shots printed here) they also do cute thank you cards and such that you could use!
  • parabo press // Another great and easy to use site for prints, calendars, greeting cards etc. I've always been so happy with my orders from here too!

// other cool places/vendors for wedding-type things + inspo:
  • balloonery // I didn't have this contact when we got married, but Shawn and his wife are awesome and I use them allllll the time for work events. Very affordable, reliable and a great selection of balloons. Highly recommend.
  • the paper place // Love this shop (right across from bellwoods) and got some of my nice pens, washii tapes, and little decor pieces from here. Great selection and variety!
  • majestic chair boutique // If you're looking to rent classic chivari chairs, Majestic is awesome and a lot cheaper than chairman mills. Check em' out
  • robbie + matthew  // If you're looking for an amazing, talented, cute af musical duo for your wedding then Robbie and Matthew are your guys. Awesome covers and vibe and they are pros when it comes to the wedding scene.
  • bobette + belle // Since wedding cakes can be legit a ridiculous amount, I always suggest just ordering a classic cake and jazzing it up yourself with toppers, flowers etc. Most people don't even eat the cake these days but if you want one just to have something, this is a perfect, affordable choice

// wedding dress shops

sash + bustle // I cannot say enough about Sash + Bustle! Owned by two wonderful sisters, and do they ever make it a great experience. It was recommended to me by a few people and it's a much more intimate experience than a lot of other places. It felt really nice to be there with my Mom and bridesbabes trying on dresses. They had an incredible selection of dresses and I fell in love with this one. I had a really really lovely experience there and think every Toronto pride should check it out.
  • loversland // A really cool boho boutique on Ossington. They have great accessories and such too! They don't have a huge selection, and it's not the most inclusive as far as body types go, but they've got some beautiful pieces and it's a really cool space worth checking out
  • felichia bridal // I had a great experience here and actually almost got my dress! The gals there were so friendly and helpful and there was a great selection of dresses
  • becker's // One of the oldest dress shops in Toronto and the first place I went to try on gowns. My Mom and many other people I know got their dresses here!

photographers //

jessica silva photography // We could not be happier with the outcome of our wedding photos. Jess is not only an amazing photographer but a good friend of ours. Her and her husband Jose are legit a dream team and did an incredible job. They made everyone feel so good and comfortable and you honestly didn't even realize they were there. We have SO many photos that we absolutely love and are so grateful we got to have our pals shoot our day. Jess will not disappoint! Absolutely crushes it.

  • hilary spencer // Hilary and I met years ago at BlogPodium and have always followed each other on social. I love her photos and think she does an amazing job, she is very lovely and you should def check her out.
  • jess imrie // Jess is so talented. We've been following each other on insta for a while now and I love seeing what she's up to. Tons of experience with weddings of all types and always has beautiful outcomes
  • jennifer see studios // I met Jen years ago (I don't even remember how at this point) but I love her style of photography. Very moody and intimate and just gorgeous. I love seeing what she's shooting and she's just a beautiful soul inside and to
  • mango studios // Mango is filled with some of the best in the biz. I worked there for a very brief period a few years ago, but could see first hand just how good these guys were! So many incredible, talented photographers who definitely know their sh*t.

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