Gzhel Porcelain Inspiration

September 19, 2014

The word Gzhel is known throughout Europe and beyond, and comes only from a picturesque village by the same name, roughly 30 miles southeast of Moscow. This beautiful style shoot was inspired by Margarita  grandmothers set of china. The characteristic white-and-blue patterned tableware has been made in the same village for over two hundred years. Each porcelain piece is made with the highest attention to detail, by people who devote their whole lives and careers to accentuate the art of Gzhel porcelain.

Creative Director/ Florals/ Decor - Event Designer Margarita Oudalova for OUDALOVA Events & Design | Photography  Melanie Rebane Photography | Gowns & Accessories by Ferre Sposa Bridal Boutique | Linens & Napkins and Napkin details by : Have A Seat | Stationary and Seating Numbers by: Wappel Designs | | Makeup and Hair by Katerina Rapoport | Helix Candles and Luminaries |  Cake Design and pastery by: Sweet Regards by Daniela |Haute Tails Couture Designer: Alexandra Nechadim | Custom Textiles/ Runner : Benedetta Covanti | Venue: Graydon Hall Manor | Cinematography by Naz Films


September 16, 2014

Producer, Concept Creator and Stylist: Elyna Kudish at Unity Weddings | Elyna  pulled her  inspiration from the red flower in the Beauty and the Beast story, and worked a theme around that colour. “I wanted to create a regal fairy tale wedding table, imagining that the village beauty walked into a forsaken castle and brought a dark prince out of the shadows. Since the story involves a beauty and a beast, she wanted to make sure the table had elements that were both very feminine (such as the fluffy linens and the big flowers on the cake), as well as masculine and edgy (like the big chairs, the large cutlery, and the flat table top)

Producer, Concept Creator and Stylist: Elyna Kudish at Unity Weddings | Photography by: Bessie & Coco Photography | Flowers by: Alain Simon Fleurs 
 | Hair by Magaly & Skye for: Avanti Le Spa 
 | Makeup by Sherri for:  Avanti Le Spa  | Jewellery by: Delilah Bridal  | 
Gown available at: Les Noces Couture | 
Shabby chic armchair: Joe’s Prop House | 
Pascha chairs & pillows, chargers, plates & coronation cutlery: Luxe Rentals | 
Mini cakes by: Sweet Couture |  Venue: Club Mount Stephen | Headpiece by: Malis-Henderson | Gown : Romeo & Chantilly
tuxedo available at : Romeo & Chantilly

Happily Ever After

September 15, 2014

Michal and Sayjelle-Ann – August 12, 2012

Michal and Sayjelle-Ann met back in June 2005 at Pearson Intl Airport where they both worked at the time. Introduced by a mutual friend their love story took off soon after when Michal worked up the courage to ask Sayjelle-Ann out on a date to the movies. It was casual at first but soon became more serious and eventually they became college sweethearts Michal recalls. After three years of dating; Michal flew to Trinidad & Tobago (where Sayjelle-Ann is from originally) to ask her family for their blessing for her hand in marriage. Knowing he had a princess on his hands; Michal knew he had to make the engagement one that would be like a fairytale. I took her to my native country Poland for a month to tour after she graduated university. She knew I was going to do it there so there wasn’t too much pressure on me and I was happy for that. Close to the end of our trip I took her to Krakow to tour the city. There on a white horse and carriage in front of the Wewel Castle I got down on one knee and asked her “if his princess would make him the happiest man on earth and be his queen?” She said “yes” and we flew back ready to start planning the next chapter in our lives.

Fast forward for years later and the couple enlisted award winning event firm Bliss Events to plan out their special day. We wanted a sophisticated, elegant but laid back feel to our wedding. I wanted to feel like a princess but I also wanted the day to be fun and entertaining almost like a big end of summer party. Before I was engaged I had heard about The Sunnybrook Estates and saw the Mclean House and just fell in love with it. It was elegant and timeless and a unique venue. I had to make it my venue. I also loved that I could have an outdoor summer wedding and the gardens there just fit perfectly with my vision. For the décor we worked very closely with Lesley Humphrey at Bliss and Tanya Scagnol at FOS Décor to create what I call “romantic elegance”. We used light pink hues, blush and white with dark grey for our color pallet.

On August 12, 2012 Michal and Sayjelle-Ann exchanged vows in front of handful of their closest friends and family. Following the ceremony guests made their way around the gardens for cocktail hour while Steel Pan Drum Players played music from the Caribbean. For the Reception guests dined on a three course meal to the tunes provided by Maximum DJ’s. To keep things creative they cut the wedding cake with a four foot long sword a request Michal made since he had a love for swords and wanted to incorporate it on the big day. We also did something we thought was unorthodox but we had games at our wedding. It was something we have never seen or done at any wedding we had ever been too. They were adult style games if you can imagine. It was one of the funniest parts of the evening. While some guests partied the night away on the dance floor other guests could be found on the terrace playing all sorts of games and with prizes of course.

At the end of the day we looked back and just smiled at each other. We did it! After seven years together; with all the ups and downs we had faced we were now married. It was truly a beautiful day; you could feel the love from everyone around us. I had gotten my fairytale wedding and ready to start my “happily ever after”.

Photography By: Chameleon Photography