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BRITTANY & ZACH HORTICULTURE BUILDING

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I almost pinched myself when I walked into the Horticulture Building at 9 am to check in on set-up. There were no words. Even with partial decor I knew every design detail we worked tirelessly on was about to live it's own life.  It's one thing when you're designing on paper- but to see it all come full circle, is truly special. 

We first met Brittany when we're invited to plan her surprise proposal by Laura Kelly Photography. I had never met the bride or groom until just shortly before the proposal, when I shouted from a bush "Zach- show me the goods". (aka the ring) before I walked him to where his unsuspecting fiance-to-be was waiting. And I didn't know it then- but we were in it for the long run. 

Almost two years later Brittany and Zach tied the knot at the Basilica Notre Dame with their reception at the Horticulture Building. Brittany chose her vendors well, investing in the best of what she loved and trusted them to take her wedding from what she envisioned to something which was more beautiful then she could have ever expected. 

It was an absolute honour to plan and work with such a talented team on behalf of Brittany & Zach. 

FROM THE BRIDE:

I can’t believe this is the subject of this email - i’m still a crying wreck today, I can’t believe how emotional I’ve been about all of this.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, from the very bottom of my heart, for everything you (and your team) did for us. Not just on Saturday but throughout the whole engagement. I’m still beyond overwhelmed at the perfection that was Saturday. Walking into that venue was a serious highlight for me.

Not only the set-up/vision (which i know included so many little touches from your own stash, which were truly breathtaking), but also the timeline, organization, and going to bat for me with the crazy people at the church - i cannot thank you enough!

I can seriously say that i look back on Saturday with zero regrets. There is not a single thing i would do differently. I honestly felt like I lived the Toast motto - i felt like the most special guest at my very own wedding reception! I let go of all of my anxiousness, nerves and stress and was able to just fully enjoy all of it!! I cannot thank you enough. Every single one of my family/bridal party who interacted with you and your team this weekend had glowing things to say. We could NOT have done it without you.

I’m so so proud of my wedding day - thank you so much, this is the best feeling!!

xox
B
— Brittany Dinardo
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Toast Events Horticulture Building Ottawa Wedding Planner
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Toast Events Horticulture Building Ottawa Wedding Planner
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Planning & Design: Toast Events 

Photography: Laura Kelly Weddings

Video: Matt & Kat Wedding Videography

Decorator & Florist: Wedecor

Makeup: Klava Zykova

Hair: Top Knot

Stationary & Invitations: La Fabere

Cake: Serendipity Cakes

Dress: Hayley Paige 

Jewelry: Sarah Walsh Bridal

 

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Minimalist + Monochrome European Wedding Inspiration

In a nutshell, these three words sum up the essence of everything I try to emulate within my work. And I'm particularly proud to share our latest feature on Ruffled

This creative collab started with a quick coffee at Starbucks with no other than Laura Kelly from Laura Kelly Photography. And as we sipped our latte's on a dreary February afternoon, Laura pitched her shoot idea about olives. Yes, the little seed, which was really an olive - began to sprout new ideas of how we wanted to take our shoots to the next level and that perhaps take us out of Ottawa for a mini creative retreat in Montreal. 

So we set ourselves some specific goals. I can't speak for Laura, but I can definitely say I promised myself that I would stick true to my own personal sense of style. Minimalist, Scandinavian, European, while pulling a few period pieces in like the gorgeous scale you'll see bellow. Needless to say the details came together effortlessly with a solid creative team backing the whole project. 

So enjoy my pretties, and I promise, you will see much more minimalism inspired design from me in the future ;)

xo

 

Toast Events, Laura Kelly Photography
Stor By Margot, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events
Toast Events, Laura Kelly Photography, Makin'it Lovely
Floralia, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events
Toast Events, Laura Kelly Photography
Sarah Walsh Bridal Jewelry, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events
Floralia, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events
Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events
Floralia, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events
Lafabere, Stor by Margot, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events
Stor By Margot, Lafabere, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events
Toast Events, Laura Kelly Photography, The Handmade Bride
Makin'it Lovely, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events, L'Hexagone
Floralia, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events
Makin'it Lovely, Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events, L'Hexagone
Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events, Floralia, Lafabere
Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events, Floralia, Lafabere
Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events, Floralia, Topknot, The Handmade Bride
Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events, Floralia
Toast Events, Laura Kelly, Makinit Lovely
Laura Kelly Photography, Toast Events, Floralia, Lafabere

Styling and Coordination: TOAST Events
Photography: Laura Kelly Photography 
Hair: Topknot 
Makeup: Klava Zykova 
Dress: The Handmade Bride 
Hairpiece: White Ribbon Accents
Earrings: Sarah Walsh Bridal Jewelry
Florals: Floralia 
Menswear: L'HEXAGONE
Rings: Stór by Margot 
Invitation Suite and Live Painting: LaFabère
Decor: Makin'It Lovely
Cake & Sweets: OSSO Sweet 
Videography: Up North Wedding Films
Models: Savanah and Kyle from Angie's Models 

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HOW TO INCORPORATE MINIMALIST WEDDING DECOR

Toast Events Minimalist Bride

I'm a Scandinavian minimalist at heart. The thought of clutter gives me anxiety which seems unnecessary. Don't get me wrong, I love an over packed antique shop and do enjoy other peoples organized clutter, but not in my designs. Coco Chanel once said " Once you've dressed, before leaving the house, look in the mirror and take off one thing". And on this premiss I've adopted certain personal rules which translate into my design philosophy. Quality over quantity. 

Minimalism isn't based on not having a stick of furniture in your house or living like your in an art gallery. Minimalism to me, means that all my possessions must have a purpose or some sort of significance behind them. For example, when I travel I will always buy a pair of shoes so that when I wear them I can relive those experiences. Sentimental right ?! 

So in design i'll often tell my clients to choose one "impact visual" that is meaningful to them, (which I call "the piece de resistance"), and then focus on adding a layer of complimentary details that will convey their personal style. And that's it folks! That my friends is my basic principle. 

To help you see what I'm talking about and to give you some idea's on how to incorporate this growing movement into your wedding design......i've had a little bit of fun on Pinterest. 

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A minimalist mindset is all about not succumbing to every day consumerism. The "need" vs. "want". And when it boils down to weddings, it's easy for any of us to go over-board. But it's also all about feeling free, making creative choices without the fuss. Exhibit A: The wedding dress. A simple toned down gown with a striking detail will most certainly be fit for the minimalist and modernist. 

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It's always been said "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". Naturally I beg to differ. I believe beauty is conveyed through the feeling of confidence, and with that comes radiance. Even though it's your wedding day, be true to yourself. Forget the acrylic nails and false eye lashes. Rather embrace your natural beauty with makeup that will enhance your features rather than sculpt your face. In a world full of Kardashian's, be a Diana. 

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A great way in making your dinero's work for you, is by re-using florals from your ceremony and incorporating them into your reception. This could be taking garlands from your ceremony arbour and placing them on your kings head table or adding the aisle candles to guest reception tables. 

 

One might ask, why can't I......have all my bridesmaids dress in white? And to that I say, YES!!!!! DO IT!!!! Not only is it monochromatic and pleasing to the eye, it also takes the pressure away from "all eyes" on the bride. Besides, everyone knows who you are, no need to stick out like a soar thumb, especially if your shy.  If your not keen on this color scheme think Polar bear white bridesmaids dresses or change up the color of your wedding dress to a gorgeous dove grey, nude or even blush.

 

Because minimalism takes a required effort to "reduce ones life" to live life more simply, we can assume this takes some hands-on creativity. In a wedding this might include D.I.Y packaged handmade soaps, water color invitations with hand-calligraphy or even a modest butter cream cake home baked. 

So there you have it. A few key ways to include the minimalist look into your wedding. This blog post could have easily been minimum 8 pages longer....but I had to cut it short. After all, I'm a minimalist ;)

 

 

*Please note all pictures included in this blog post are from Pinterest and are not from any wedding or style shoot Toast has curated. We applaud each creative mind behind these gorgeous images. 

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