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Real Weddings 2013: a Distillery District wedding with karaoke, temporary tattoos and a pickle bar

Real Weddings 2013: Reid and Lindsay

Location: Balzac’s in the Distillery District | Guests: 85 | Date: April 13, 2013 | Budget: $28,000

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Real Weddings 2013: a sweet DIY wedding at Steam Whistle Brewery

Real Weddings 2013: Kirstine and Adam
Location: Steam Whistle Brewery | Guests: 89 | Date: November 12, 2012

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Real Weddings 2013: an intimate wedding in a Distillery District art gallery

Real Weddings 2013: Ashley and Anthony
Location: Arta Gallery in the Distillery District | Guests: 102 | Date: September 22, 2012

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Real Weddings 2013: a carnival-themed wedding on a farm in Schomberg

Real Weddings 2013: Joline and Markus

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Location: Puck’s Farm in Schomberg, Ontario | Guests: 200 | Date: September 15, 2012 | Budget: $28,000

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Real Weddings 2013: a chic wedding at Canoe with a few Korean touches

Real Weddings 2013: Suzi and Glenn
Location: Metropolitan United Church and Canoe | Guests: 120 | Date:  October 20, 2012

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Real Weddings 2013: a pink-infused party at the Gardiner Museum

Real Weddings 2013: Lindsay and Tim

Location: Trinity Chapel and the Gardiner Museum | Guests: 96 | Date: June 8, 2013

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Wedding Guide: 34 of Toronto’s best wedding venues

Wedding Guide: Venues

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Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St. W. (at McCaul St.), 416-979-6634
For a truly magnificent celebration, Frank Gehry’s transformed AGO offers an awe-inspiring event space. On the third floor of the south tower, the 7,200-square-foot Baillie Court affords panoramic city views on one end and overlooks the gallery’s iconic spiral staircase on the other. Designed in modern glass and Douglas fir, the room can be divided as needed and seats up to 300. Executive chef Anne Yarymowich works with couples on customized menus, and a small army of professional event staff ensures the experience is as effortless as it is unique. Baillie Court rental includes a one-year membership to the AGO for the newlyweds. The Walker Court is available to rent outside of gallery hours in conjunction with a reception in Baillie Court.


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Wedding Guide: the best wedding photographers in Toronto

Wedding Guide: Photography

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Boyfriend/Girlfriend
416-841-9125
Partners Vanessa Heins and Jess Baumung use their doubles act to get multiple perspectives on the client’s big day, producing stylish, candid images backed up by Heins’s experience in editorial photography and Baumung’s background in live-music shots. They only do 20 weddings a year, so book early. From $3,500. By appointment.


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Wedding Guide: the best bridal florists in Toronto

Wedding Guide: Flowers

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Bloom the Flower Company
1009 Yonge St. (at Crescent Rd.), 416-324-9900
Event planner–cum–floral designer Paul Girling set out to bring inspiring flower design to Rosedale. The shop is famous for its jaw-dropping window arrangements, which feature unconventional elements like green roses, proteas, kiwi branches, asparagus and brussels sprouts. Bouquets start at $35, but average $150 for brides and $80 for bridesmaids. Centrepieces are $75–$600 plus delivery and set-up. Full service available. Closed Sunday.


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Wedding Guide: 10 top spots to get wedding invitations in Toronto

Wedding Guide: Invitations

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Carte Blanche Design
35 Collahie St. (at Gladstone Ave.), 416-885-5399
Customized invitations allow the bride and groom to show off their personal style, but graphic designer M. J. Fontaine also has prototypes on hand to get the creative juices flowing. She specializes in creating
a specific look to be used throughout the special day. For an art deco wedding, she created a period monogram and all the printed materials (including seating board and gift tags). She also does thermal engraving. From $7 per custom invitation set. By appointment.


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Wedding Guide: the best Toronto wedding planners

Wedding Guide 2013: Event Planners

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Bliss
60 Sumach St. (at Queen St. E.), 416-323-3353
Wedding coordinator Tara O’Grady is known for her unflaggingly good taste. Bliss’s staff of four consult from their downtown studio, pulling off six-tent high-society extravaganzas, small out-of-town gatherings in Niagara-on-the-Lake and chic urban restaurant weddings at places like Canoe. Clients’ budgets range from $50,000 to $250,000. Wedding day service from $2,500. Full service from $5,000. By appointment.


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Wedding Guide: the best places to buy wedding cakes in Toronto

Where to Find It: Cakes

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Bakerbots Baking
416-901-3500
Trained as a visual artist as well as a baker, Rosanne Pezzelli loves to experiment with non-traditional shapes and sculptural forms (a cake that looks like a geisha, for example). Her sense of whimsy is evident in a simple cream-coloured three-tier with a handful of pastel macarons tumbling down the side. A stunning white cake with a sugar bow edged in black showcases beautiful restraint. Each cake—made with eggs, milk, butter and Belgian chocolate—features at least two layers, with possible fillings including chocolate-hazelnut buttercream or cream cheese frosting. Cakes from $1,000. By appointment.


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Wedding Guide: the best catering companies in Toronto

Where to Find It: Caterers

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À la Carte Kitchen
2 Thorncliffe Park Dr. (at Overlea Blvd.), Unit 43, 416-971-4068
Founders Simon Kattar (a chef) and Brian King (a sales and events professional) count royalty and other VIPs among their clients; they move effortlessly from large-scale events (at Roy Thomson Hall, the ROM and the Ontario Science Centre) to more intimate settings. The kitchen’s roster of chefs might start a meal with a chilled foie gras–fig jam appetizer with sauternes gelées and frisée-almond salad. Kattar strives to include local, organic ingredients, and has been pursuing his Lebanese roots with Middle Eastern–French cuisine, as in speckled trout with bulgur and green onion salad. Cocktail menu from $17.50 per person. Sit-down and buffet dinner $30–$60 per person (with a maximum of 2,000), plus wait staff and chef’s charges. No charge for tasting if event is booked. By appointment.


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Wedding Guide: the best stores for wedding dresses in Toronto

Where to Find It: Dresses

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Becker’s Bridal
387 Danforth Ave. (at Chester Ave.), 416-463-6601
A family business since 1944, this Danforth boutique is reliable, safe and considerate—the same qualities as a good marriage. Friends and family of the bride can settle into oversized club chairs and watch as the lucky lady tries on jewel-trimmed, beaded and lace styles from international labels like Pronovias from Barcelona, Sottero and Midgley from Australia and Cymbeline from France ($800–$5,000, plus alterations). Look for dresses by Barbra Allin Couture, the in-house line known for customizable gowns in contemporary silhouettes (tea length, empire waist). Some Swarovski crystal–encrusted combs and clips ($70–$250) can be turned into brooches after the big day.


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Wedding Guide: gorgeous hair and makeup ideas for brides-to-be

Weddings 2013: bridal beauty As soon as you’ve said yes to the dress, it’s time to start thinking about the hairstyle, makeup and accessories to go with it. To help, we assembled four beauty looks with four very different inspirations: Old Hollywood starlet, ballerina, flower child and ‘60s retro.

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