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Pam and Robin | Doctors House Wedding

I have been so excited to blog this particular wedding. It was a super stunner! Pam and Robin were married at the Doctors House in Kleinburg. It is such a beautiful location and perfectly suited to their special day. 

Their theme was amazing as well. 'A Starry Night' ultra romantic. Pam and Robin are high school sweethearts. They met at a family party where she noticed him first. He invited her to Wonderland with his friends and won her over with his unique combination of charm and humour. I mean he danced and sang for her during the reception. Years later and with their own little family they committed to forever. 

You can see Pam and Robin's wedding featured in The Bridal Guide Canada Magazine 2018 Issue in Chapters & Indigo stores. 

Check out the beautiful video created by Kanue Productions HERE 

Venue: The Doctors House

Videographer: Kanue Productions

Cake: Love in Bloom Cakes

Decor and Florals: Euphoria Wedding Design

DJ: AI Entertainment

Audio: Platinum Entertainment

Photobooth: Wacky Pix

Makeup: kachiemua@gmail.com

Arynn Photography | Toronto Wedding Photographer

Sunset Pickering Park Family Session

Will you just look at this sweet family? They were so fun to photograph. Together we wandered around Alex Robertson Park in Pickering. Little Melanie was a little bundle of energy. And hilarious to boot. She chased the bubbles with reckless abandon and was fascinated by the bullrush fluffs. Plus check out her grumpy little face. 

I love photographing families because it freezes a moment in time that you can keep forever. Littles won't stay little forever but the images of her laughter and their love will. That is a beautiful thing. 

Arynn Photography | Toronto Wedding Photographer

Mat and Misun | Edward Gardens Engagement

Prepare yourself for the epic prettiness! Mat and Misun celebrated their upcoming wedding with a gorgeous and fun engagement session at Edward Gardens in Toronto. First of all Edward Gardens is such a stunning location. Second of all, Mat and Misun are absolute perfection.

When I walked up to them both in the parking lot before the session I noticed that Misun had two bouquets with her that her friend had made for her. Not just the bouquets, but floral headpieces and boutonnieres as well! It was beyond amazing. Now I don't know if you have noticed but it has rained a lot this summer. In fact the week of their session it rained as well. But that particular evening the sun was out in full force and we got a beautiful warm summer sunset that we've been missing so much lately. It all came together to showcase just how sweet and in love they are. 

Mat and Misun, I am so incredibly happy for you both and am borderline obsessed with your style. I can't wait for your August wedding. 

Arynn Photography | Toronto Wedding Photographer

Ken and Katrina | Magnetawan Cottage Engagement

Ken and Katrina seem so at home at the cottage in Burks Falls. So of course it was the only imaginable place for their engagement session. Plus summer evenings by the lake? There are very few better ways to spend an evening. Jumping in the cold water, canoeing, bonfires and cowboy boots! This was the best. I can not wait for their September wedding day. 

Arynn Photography | Toronto Wedding Photographer

How to Have an Eco Friendly Wedding

There is so much that goes into a wedding, so much planning, so much love and time that goes towards your special day. It is so amazing to see more and more couples embracing eco friendly practices throughout their wedding day. There is no reason why you can't have a fabulous wedding and also think about the Earth in the process. I've compiled a few ideas of things you can keep in mind for your wedding that will not only impress your guests, but cause you to tread a little lighter on Mother Earth while you say your I Do's.

Choose a Venue or caterer that uses local foods

Be honest with your venue or caterer about what your wishes are and search one out that uses local foods and beverages. Local food mean less has to be shipped, reducing your wedding's carbon footprint. Plus, local food means business for local farmers and businesses and can often be much more fresh. Foodies rejoice!

Don't be afraid to ask your venue about their policies about recycling and composting. Check if they compost any of the leftover food. Even if they don't currently utilize that option, your voice is a great tool to influence venues decisions going forward. 

Choose in season flowers or planted arrangements

Along the same lines as local food, fresh in season flowers are a great way to incorporate some Earth friendly practices into your wedding day. Choosing flowers that are in season means they will not have to be shipped from elsewhere which can often even save you some cash. Embracing what is in season makes your wedding beautiful and in tune with the season you chose to get married in. Ask your florist which flowers or plants they recommend. Don't forget to compost the dead flowers after the wedding, or dry them out to keep them. Another option is to choose to have more planted, growing arrangements at your wedding. Terrarium centrepieces, planted decor for the ceremony and little planted succulents for bridesmaid bouquets. The sky is the limit.

Talk to your wedding planner

Keep your wedding planner in the loop about your desire for an eco friendly wedding. They will be a great resource in helping you scope out vendors that align with those values and who are willing to work with you. In the end you can surround yourself with a team of vendors all working towards a badass wedding for you and a group high five to Mother Earth. 

Consider Eco friendly decor and details

Shop for decor at second hand stores, rummage sales or flea markets. Not only will you walk away with some truly unique pieces but you'll be using items already in existence instead of encouraging the production of new items. Take a good thorough journey through Etsy and support your local artisans for decor as well. Check to see if they can ship using recycle friendly packaging. After your wedding, you can resell your decor for another eco loving bride to use. Check out local artisans and support local businesses. The great thing about local businesses is the ability to speak to and get to know the people behind your wedding details. They can let you know what goes into the making of their product. 

Get your guests in on the fun

Give your guests a mason jar with their name on it to use for the drinks for the night. This will help eliminate garbage in the form of plastic cups. Search rummage sales and thrift stores for mason jars, no need to buy them new. Then your guests can bring them home and continue to use them after the wedding. Offer paper straws that can be composted. 

Talk to your stationer

There are a ton of options when it comes to your wedding invitations. Consider emailing your save the dates to save on paper. Discuss recycled paper options for the actual invitations. 

Additional Attire

Although not for everybody, and I would not begrudge anybody their dream gown, there are additional options for wedding dress shopping. Renting a wedding dress is an option, although alterations are difficult for rented dresses. You can find great and unique wedding dresses at consignment shops that can be altered to a masterpiece made just for you. Or if you desire to go the custom route, seek out dressmakers who have local fabrics to choose from. If you have no desire to save your wedding dress, sell it to another bride after the wedding so it can find a new life. 

Favour Options

Forgo the packaged favours and opt for something package free. There are a ton of package free favour options. Or if you do choose packaging go for something recyclable. A great idea for eco friendly favours are a packet of seeds in a biodegradable pouch. Just plant the seeds in their packet and watch them grow. Or choose to forget traditional favours all together and donate to a local eco charity.