I think 3 words that would best describe Arden and Tyler’s wedding would be chic, urban and fun! Both their ceremony and reception took place at the Shangri-la Hotel in downtown Toronto. Along with beautiful florals and decor Arden and Tyler also did an amazing job of tying in their wedding monogram into their big day in more tasteful ways then one. Each invitation set included a map of downtown Toronto as well as guest accommodations. There even was a next morning brunch invite which was designed to match and sized to go inside the lovely mini envelope glued within their silver pocket enclosure. Overall their wedding invitation package was sleek, shiny and classy.
Arden and Tyler’s wedding was photographed by Artage Pictures.
Kristina and Christopher’s wedding started at Saint Mary’s Church in North Toronto followed by an elegant reception at Casa Loma. Kristina started with choosing the “french toile” design for her invitations from our “off the rack” collection. She then added her very own custom choices. The whole stationery package was made up of creams, golds and sage tones. Kristina and Chris upgraded to shimmer cardstock and envelopes… with a sage belly band wrapping around each invitation set. Using the toile theme and Kristina’s colour palette we also designed various stationery pieces for their wedding day… my favourites were the mini flag style seating cards. Kristina and Chris’ wedding was timeless, fresh and tastefully planned.
Beautiful wedding photos by JB Smith Photography
Goat cheese and vegetable frittata
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Danielle French from South Pond Farms. This place is a real gem and ideal for the perfect wedding day…
MJ ~ What is the story behind South Pond Farms?
Danielle ~ South Pond is farm in the Kawartha Lakes, outside of Peterborough. It was first worked as a farm in the late 1800’s. It stopped being a working farm in the 1960’s and by the time I moved here from the city in 2006 as a place to bring up my four daughters the property was in disrepair. The barn was falling down, the house in ruins. One of my interests has always been in food. I wanted to have a business that would use the land so I started Farm Flavours – delivery farm fresh food to various people in Toronto on Friday’s using in part – the gardens I had developed on the property. The business was successful so installed a commercial kitchen and, from there, I ventured into restoring the barn as a place to have farm dinners. Once the barn was restored, I found that people wanted to have special celebrations there – weddings and special events. My daughters have worked with me and my partner Shawn in creating South Pond as a destination for art, culture, celebrations set against the backdrop of the beauty of the Oak Ridges Moraine and the area’s working farms.
MJ ~ I would assume the farm is more of a summer/fall place to be? Can you tell me what goes on all year long?
Danielle ~ I enjoy the property with my family – I have ski and hiking trails that I am able to finally find the time to use! But there is a lot of work that goes on to make the property the way that it is – wood piling, maintenance, garden work, repairs and of course, a series of capital improvements. Ideally we would like to host smaller culinary events which is why we’ve just launched our Culinary and Artistic Adventures programs that are for smaller groups interested in making something, learning something, getting away from their life for a day, and just enjoying the property the way that we do! Even in the winter, it is beautiful here and there is something to be enjoyed. In fact, Snow Day is coming up February 8th! It’s a day to enjoy the property in the winter!
MJ ~ Why should couples get married at South Pond Farms?
Danielle ~ South Pond appeals to couples who love the outdoors. People that appreciate nature and farm land, and who yearn for some simplicity in their lives. Inside the barn, all things become equal – economic, social boundaries I believe drop and guests just enjoy how a barn “speaks” to them. We do remind people that it is an outdoor experience. The barn while sheltered from the elements, is open to the outside
Behind the scenes, it takes some effort – in fact probably more than festivities in a banquet hall – to make the day seamless! The grounds need to be maintained, the flowers watered if rainfall has been limited, gardens weeded, barn floors swept and tables set up. I think people like having their ceremony overlooking the pond – if lucky the swan family who make the pond one of their residences, will land on the water while the ceremony is underway! Guests enjoy having a drink in the meadow, snacking on hot flat brads from the stone oven. I don’t ever get bored of this experience and I can imagine that guests who are here will savour it also.
MJ ~ I truly think food is key when it comes to the wedding reception. Can you tell me about what you guys have to offer?
Danielle ~ The food experience begins when guests sample our appetizers and flat breads from the stone oven. We source our food locally and whatever is fresh from the gardens, we serve. Snap peas and goat cheese dip, roasted tomatoes with fresh basil on flat breads, when guests enter the barn for dinner, we serve on vintage platters, family style: a platter or grilled meats, fresh vegetables with herbs, and usually some sort of fresh berry cobbler for dessert with Kawartha Dairy products!
MJ ~ Your Farm is beautiful…. can you share some of the highlights of your grounds?
Danielle ~ The Farm has a real natural beauty. All we’ve done here is to enhance it. We have added gardens with a wild flower feel and tall grasses that are indigenous to the area. We are even planting a cutting garden for floral arrangements this year. The pond is a real feature and some people may chose to have a reception in the clearing that we’ve created close to the edge. We keep trails groomed so that guests can walk around and visit with Millie the goat and friends or sit in the flower garden for a meditative break, or simply join the festivities around the stone oven later at a evening fire or watching the sun set in one of our Adirondack chairs. We try to create a peaceful setting despite the commotion of a wedding.
For more information about South Pond Farms please visit Danielle’s website at:
Inside the barn during our Art in the Fields Event (which will be running again this year June 29-July 3)
The outdoor stone oven
Tula the baby goat
Pond with swans
Christina and Corey had a great vision for their Cape Cod wedding and I think they did a wonderful job of making it all happen tastefully. Their wedding destination was set to be the main design theme for their invitations and stationery. We used a beautiful old fashioned map of Cape Cod as the main pattern mixed with a classic colour palette of purple, lilac, white and grey. These were carefully personalized to have a casual, fun and timeless look.
Christina and Corey’s wedding was photographed by Mark Davidson ~ mark-davidson.com
Taking place at the Distillery District, Jennifer and David’s wedding shined through with a super vintage flare. We made sure their invitations and wedding stationery were on cue with the look and feel of their big day. Using lots of rustic browns and caramel tones we kept their personal design simple using type as the main focus. An old-fashioned paper marking effect was used on all stationery in order to achieve a full vintage flow.
Jennifer and David’s spectacular photos were shot by Art Haus Foto
It’s been a great year for Carte Blanche. We’ve had the chance to work with many super hip couples with such tasteful flare! We are currently working on our best weddings of 2013. Please stay tuned for a slew of new blog stories starting this January!
Unconventional colours are always nice when it comes to holiday decor. This type of colour combo can create an original vibe for your festivities!
I always say colour is everything and when it comes to your wedding it’s important that your choices are done right. This year’s palette is really stunning giving the 2014 bride lots to choose from depending on her taste and vision. Weather you prefer more of a monocromatic colour palette, a two tone or three tone we can help point you in the right direction keeping your wedding colours tasteful and well suited with the style of your wedding. Below are beautiful examples that may inspire and help you finalize your very own wedding palette.
We’ve just added 5 new “off the rack” designs for the 2014 Bride. This collection has grown from 8 to now 30 designs providing lots of options for our pre-set designs. Each 4 piece set is $4 to $5. Our process has 5 easy steps… 1 choose a design online or in person, 2 choose one, two or three of your favourite colours from our pre-set colour palette, 3 choose from our top quality bright white or natural cream cardstock with matching envelopes, 4 send in your wording and we’ll take care of the rest, 5 pick up your invitations within 8-10 business days!
We also suggest customizing your “off the rack” invitations. Premium colour envelopes or custom liners can spruce up any of these designs. You can add wrap around belly bands, ribbons and custom seals. You might need map or accommodation cards, brunch or even a rehearsal dinner cards? You can also get matching return, reply and guest addresses printed onto your envelopes! Custom options are endless. You can turn any of the “off the rack” designs into your very own.
After 10 years of designing and producing wedding stationery, I have participated in many wedding shows. In fact these shows are what got me started and helped my business grow into what it is today. So I thought I’d would highlight the top shows for downtown Toronto.
The Wedluxe Wedding Show
If you’re looking for luxerious, orginial and savvy this is the show for you. Wedluxe is super chic and high end including some of the top vendors in Toronto. Amazing details and spectacular displays couresty of Wedluxe.
The Weddingco. Wedding Show
This show started at the ROM and then was hosted at the Carlu for years. Having been around for over 10 years you won’t be disappointed. Charming yet uber original details this team really brings a tasteful approach to the world of wedding shows.
The Civilized Bride Show
I would call this one more of a mini wedding show. I love this show cause its more quaint… it’s a party/wedding show for downtown brides. They serve hors d’oeuvres and drinks while you get aquinted with talented vendors from across the city.
Canada’s Bridal Show
If you’re looking for variety this show is for you. This is a massive show and covers absolutely everything you may need for your wedding day.
These vendors can assist with very unique wedding services. Personally I find weddings are often of a certain formula which become all very similar. Why not go for few new and unique finishing touches? These will make your big day stand out and bring more creative fun to your ceremony and or reception.
A candy bar is always a nice touch. You can match this fun table to the style and colours of your wedding reception. It makes a great display and super yummy late night treat.
Snapz Photo Booth
Snapz offers vintage photo booth rentals where you and your guests can capture super fun, pre or after dinner shots. Photo strips both you and your guests can keep as a great memory of your wedding day.
Little Party Goers
If your family and friends have lots of kids you might want to consider using “Little Party Goers” as a babysitting service on your big day. They are a mobile child care service located in Toronto. However they also service events throughout North America.
Barbara Kua Calligraphy
Calligraphy is always a great added touch when in comes to save the dates, invitations and even wedding day stationery. Barbara produces beautiful calligraphy… she can accommodate various styles and ink colours.
Timelines Research Co.
Probably something you’ve been meaning to do… get a family tree done or family history book as a couple. Something to offer your family as a thank you for all of their support during wedding planning and on your big day. A memory your whole family will cherish forever.