Some of our favourite events we’ve had the pleasure of photographing in Toronto have been outdoor weddings. Seeing the transformation unfold is something truly special. Our couple, Sara and Daniel, did just that. Their ceremony and reception took place at Toronto’s Evergreen Brickworks; a venue that holds the potential to be transformed into someplace so romantic. Their wedding took from the natural beauty of its surroundings and added a bit of whimsy to bring the magic of a garden theme to life.
Sara and Daniel wanted their outdoor wedding to be as magical and whimsical as the day they were engaged (over-the-top type magic, picnicking under the Eiffel tower in Paris!) The feeling of fun and excitement is what they wanted to share with their guests at their wedding and they hired the team at Melissa Andre Events to help bring their vision to life.
Evergreen Brick Works; once a brick factory, was reformed into a tranquil city park with reflecting ponds and lush gardens for visitors to escape into. The old buildings have been restored and opened as an environmentally focused community and culture center. The moment Sara and Daniel toured the grounds, they knew that it was meant to be!
Sara and Daniel said their “I Dos” in the gardens overlooking a lily pad-filled pond in the park surrounding Brickworks. Their altar was marked by floating floral “air balloons” with lilac, soft pink and white flowers draped as the “balloon”. The simplicity of their altar allowed for their guests to look out at the park’s scenic views.
Their decor was like a forest fairy’s dream, complete with twinkling lights overhead like stars in a night sky. It absolutely looked like a lush enchanted garden. When you entered the reception room your eyes met towering, leafy tabletop trees and foliage chandeliers as alternating centerpieces making you feel like a bird flying through the trees. The natural textures and accents Sara and Daniel chose paired perfectly with the venue’s more rustic feel. Soft pink and white mixed bouquets in gold vases sat on the table tops giving off the sweet scent of a blooming floral garden. The mood was set by the combination of twinkling overhead lights and flickering candles on the tables among the greenery.
The tiny details of this wedding are what make it even more special and magical. Each guest was able to take home pieces of this magical, outdoor garden wedding and create their own little garden at home! They received a mini potted succulent with their escort card. When they arrived at their seat, waiting for them was a gold rimmed glass terrarium box filled with metallic pebbles, plants and blooms. Also at their place setting was an engraved cutting board with the couple’s initials in a heart. One of the most unique takeaways this couple gave to their guests was their menu cards. At each place setting was a menu card, but it wasn’t your ordinary piece of paper. The menu was printed on wildflower seed paper, which for those with a green thumb, could be taken home and planted to make a lovely garden in the coming years. This garden theme not only lasted the night, but with these thoughtful favours their wedding garden will bloom for years to come.
Congratulations Sara and Daniel! xo
Planning and Event Design: Melissa Andre Events
Wedding Cake and Sweet Table: Nadia & Co.
Catering: The Food Dudes
Gown: Jenny Packham from White Toronto
Invitations and Escort Cards: Paper & Poste
Ceremony Chairs: Chairman Mills
Reception Chairs: Contemporary Furniture Rentals