Paris Wedding: Styled Elopement

Is there a more romantic city than the City of Love itself, Paris? We certainly don’t think so! We love Paris weddings, so when photographer Katie Mitchell sent us this darling Paris styled shoot, it’s safe to say we were instantly smitten.

Here’s what creative director Vanessa of Vanessa & Caroline – Créatrices de Mariages had to say about the shoot:

Where better to have an intimate wedding than in a glamorous and chic Parisian Palace? With a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower, the Plaza Athénée is THE place to have a small wedding with “le charme à la française. 

We wanted to inspire couples looking to have a smaller wedding or elopement by showcasing Paris’s best vendors who know how to enhance every little detail to create a unique and special day. 

The magnificent Monique L’huillier gown from Metal Flaque was the perfect fit to this “haute couture” hotel and the groom’s classy tuxedo from tailor Scabal was the ideal match. 

The vows were exchanged privately in the Plaza Athénée’s famous interior courtyard, safe from prying eyes. The luminous Organza ballroom is exquisitely set next to the interior courtyard to host a small dinner reception. The centrepieces with pink and green hues from Akiko Usami made for a wonderful contrast together with the gold and white hues of the ballroom.

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|Want more? Here is the video from Vanessa & Caroline – Créatrices de Mariages Paris Video Shoot:




Organisation and Artistic Direction : Vanessa & Caroline – Créatrices de Mariages 

Venue: Plaza Athénée 

Photography: Katie Mitchell Photography 

Video: Studio Artifice 

Dress: Metal Flaque – Monique L’huillier

Shoes: Delphine Javaux

Jewellery: Messika 

Hair: Ciara Costenoble Coiffure

Make Up: Charles Gillman 

Manicure: Pierre-Arnaud Manucure Privé

Suit, bow tie, cufflinks: Scabal

Flowers: Akiko Usami 

Stationery: Mister M Studio

Cake (St Honoré): La Pâtisserie des Rêves

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Nicole and Adam’s Philadelphia Magic Gardens Wedding

When Nicole and Adam realized they couldn’t afford the wedding they wanted and invite everyone they knew, they came to the conclusion that an intimate wedding was the only way to go. While it was difficult to cut out so many people that they loved, limiting the guest list to 45 of their closest family and friends, was the only way to get the kind of personalized and awesome wedding they were looking for – one full of good food, good drink, lots of special details, two amazing venues, and plenty of time to spend with their guests. Both the bride and groom agree they wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!

Special thanks to Adachi Pimentel for sending over all the photos so we could share them with you today!

Philadelphia Magic Gardens wedding

Nicole, 34 & Adam, 37

Philadelphia, PA

Wedding Date: November 15, 2014

Number of Guests: 45

Wedding Cost: I’m not totally sure! We made the (financially irresponsible, I’m sure) decision to avoid sticker shock and sort of close our eyes to this. If I had to guess, I’d say about $18,000.

Wedding Ceremony Location: Philadelphia Magic Gardens

Wedding Reception Location: Supper Restaurant

grey wedding invitations

Magic Gardens chandelier

bridal party holding bouquets behind their backs

groom boutonniere

black and white bridal portrait

groom portrait at the Magic Gardens

bride and groom portrait

Why did you have an intimate wedding? 

For a lot of reasons! Our journey towards an intimate wedding began when we realized that we couldn’t afford to have the kind of wedding we wanted (awesome locations, special details, amazing food and drink, one that felt like us – not a cookie cutter reception hall affair) if we invited everyone that we know and love. As we started to explore options that would allow us to have the kind of wedding we wanted we realized “Oh! We should have chosen a small wedding all along!” You always hear people say “we didn’t even get to eat at our own wedding” or “take a minute to step away from the craziness and enjoy the day”. That’s crazy! We wanted to enjoy all our guests, eat all our food, and relish every single minute. Inviting 45 people instead of 100 or 200 allowed us to do that. It felt like we were hosting an awesome party, not like a crazy chore. We enjoyed every second of our amazing day.

black and white bride portrait

bride with bridesmaids

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding? 

Just the obvious one, I guess, which is that inviting 45 people instead of 145 means there are 100 people who you love who you don’t get to share your day with.

groom portrait

groomsmen portrait

wedding party portrait

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list? 

Of course! You don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, ever. But I think at the same time, once we realized why we wanted an intimate wedding, we were also able to see why and how we needed to pare down our guest list. No matter how many people you invite to a wedding – 10 or 100 or 500 – you have to cut the list somewhere. Once you accept that, it becomes easier to pare the list down. You’ll disappoint people no matter the size of the wedding, so you might as well get the type of wedding you really want!

bride portrait

groom portrait

bride and groom portrait at the Magic Gardens

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Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them? 

Not really. I think that people understood our vision for the day (small, intimate, personal, special) and they understood that to achieve that, we’d have to keep the guest list small. I also think it was helpful that our venues had a limited capacity, so we really couldn’t have too many more people than we invited, even if we wanted to.

wedding ceremony sign

magic gardens wedding ceremony

groom waiting at the altar

What were the highlights of the ceremony? 

We wrote the entire ceremony from scratch and it was totally and completely us. Besides the obvious highlight of getting married, the highlight was that this was our ceremony. It was so personal. One of our best friends married us and our parents read our chosen readings, and that was so special too. There were no strangers at our wedding. These were the people who mean the absolute most to us in the world. Getting to vow to love each other forever in front of the people who love us most was an experience we’ll never forget.

magic gardens wedding ceremony

magic gardens wedding ceremony

bridesmaids at wedding ceremony

magic gardens wedding ceremony

bride and groom first kiss

What were the highlights of the reception? 

The food! I’m only partially kidding. The food and drink were incredible, but the real highlight was being in a room with our closest family and best friends all at the same time. I can’t imagine that we’ll ever have all those people in one room at the same time again and we relished every second of it. It felt like we were having a really fancy party at our house, which is exactly what we wanted. It felt so special but was also laid back, intimate, and personal. It was perfect.

seating chart

paper airplane place card

paper airplane wedding favors

table setting

wedding flowers

wedding cheese plate

restaurant wedding reception

bride and groom at reception

restaurant wedding reception

orange wedding cake

bride and groom cutting the cake

wedding cake slices

bride and groom first dance

bride and groom hugging on the dance floor

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding? 

I remember every second of my wedding, which is something that I don’t think every bride can say. I enjoyed every moment too. I never felt rushed or busy or like there were too many people to greet while all I wanted to do was drink champagne with my husband. I also never felt stressed in the planning process once we decided to have a small wedding! It was all so manageable! The cherry on top is that we were able to plan the exact wedding we wanted within our budget by choosing an intimate experience.

bride and groom outside of restaurant

bride and groom crossing the street

bride and groom in front of bus

bride and groom embracing

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding? 

Do it! It’s so worth it. I think if your real struggle is with who not to invite, confront the issue head on.  Explain to the people you can’t invite – especially family – why you’re choosing an intimate wedding and I suspect you’ll find that they respect your decision. Don’t let the pressures from family and friends (and worse, society) to have a huge wedding change your feelings. It’s so worth it to be able to relax through your planning process and enjoy your wedding day to the fullest.

bride and groom walking down the street


Venues: Philadelphia Magic Gardens, Supper Restaurant

Photographer: Adachi Pimentel Photography

Food: Supper Restaurant

Cake: Global Dish Caterers

Flowers: PURE Florist

Hair and Makeup: Parlour Salon

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10 Cake Toppers We Love

cake toppers we love If you’re looking for ways to add some personality and uniqueness to your wedding cake, then a topper is all you need. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite Etsy cake toppers for you to transform your cake.

This gorgeous birch topper by BetterOffWedRustics, will certainly let your guests know how you feel.


Bring some romantic mystery into your decor with this silhouette cake topper by TheCeremony.


Who needs a fancy car when you can cycle off into the sunset? This cake topper with a bike silhouette by SilhouetteWeddings is beyond adorable.

Say it with glitter with this sparkly Mr and Mrs topper by ChicagoFactory.


This Love You More cake topper by ThePinkOwlDesigns is ideal for a black and white theme.


This custom birch topper by BetterOffWedRustics will make for a lovely keepsake too.


Add this pearl and rhinestone topper by HotPinkHannah into your decor for some extra sparkle.


Love quotes are such a lovely decor idea. This laser cut cake topper by LAVISHLASER will certainly add to the mood.


Bring out your inner cupid with this arrow cake topper made by LeRusticChic.


A simple buttercream cake is easily elevated by this glitter love topper by EmilySteffen.


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Intimate Weddings at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory


Does the thought of getting married amidst tropical plants, waterfalls and butterflies sound dreamy? The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory in Cambridge, ON, brings the beauty of a tropical wedding indoors. No matter how snowy, rainy or window outdoors, you and your guests will be immersed in a 75 degree tropical paradise.

cambridge butterfly museum

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory offers a customizable wedding, allowing you to choose from a variety of packages.  A ceremony package includes a live butterfly release and exclusive use of the conservatory. For the reception, you have use of the galleries, dining room, bridal suite and front foyer. You can choose from a four course dinner, buffet, cocktail or brunch reception -and you can customize the menu. To make planning a breeze, a wedding coordinator is on hand to help you with the planning of the day.



You can find more information on having your wedding at the magical Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory here.

Photo one and three: Foster VisualsPhoto two: Catherine Mombourquette

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DIY Wedding Favors: Rice Krispies Treat Hearts

DIY Wedding Favors: Rice Krispie Treat Hearts

Is there a living soul who doesn’t love Rice Krispies Treats? Although they might be a bit too plain to serve on their own at a wedding, a heart shaped cookie cutter and some chocolate will transform them into wedding-worthy treats! Give them as favors, or add them to your dessert table.

rice krispie treat hearts

You will need:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 250g or 1 package (about 40 regular) marshmallows or 5 cups miniature
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • Melted chocolate wafers or chips (we used Belgium wafers in strawberry and vanilla)

Gather your ingredients to make Rice Krispie Treats.

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Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.

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Stir in vanilla. Stir in Rice Krispies cereal until well coated.

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Using a lightly buttered spatula, press into a buttered 3.5 L pan.

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Turn pan over onto a cutting board. Mixture should release easily from pan.

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Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to make Rice Krispies Hearts.

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Melt pink chocolate wafers using a double boiler.

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Dip half of Rice Krispies Heart into chocolate. Give it a tap to remove excess chocolate .

rice krispies treats hearts

Place chocolate covered hearts onto a waxed paper lined baking sheet.

rice krispies treats hearts

Melt white chocolate wafers using a double boiler.

rice krispies treats hearts

Drizzle white chocolate over dipped portion of Rice Krispies Heart.

rice krispies treats hearts

And there you have your gorgeous Rice Krispies Treat Hearts!

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