THE LOVE STORY OF STEPH + CONOR

Couples can plan their heart out when it comes to their wedding day. Down to every 15 minute interval – but you know what?! Life is unpredictable as heck! Much like who we fall in love with. You just gotta roll with it – And for this couple, that’s exactly what they did! (Spoiler alert: the groom was injured on their wedding day)

On February 17, 2018 – Steph + Conor weren’t going to let a little accident stand in the way of proclaiming their love for one another. A few weeks shy of their wedding date, the groom became injured while playing basketball – which resulted in a boot-like cast, crutches and at times, even a wheel chair.  Shot by talented Tamara Lockwood, Steph + Conor’s small, intimate wedding had a big, adorable story!

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AN AFTERNOON WITH PHOTOGRAPHER, CASS OVERHOLT

As an entrepreneur and small business owner under the age of 30 – it’s always a treat to meet another like-minded individual. Even more of a delight, when they work in a creative field.

I met Cassaundra Overholt (Cass, for short) recently and let me tell you – she’s just the sweetest! We clicked right away chatting about the growth of our newly launched business adventures, among other common interests.

On one Sunday off –  I tossed myself and a cute bouquet of flowers in my minivan to head out of the city for the afternoon.  Oh, and I dragged my boyfriend along too. We headed to Toronto’s east side neighbour – Hamilton! Aka. Hamont. It’s the area where Cassandra’s upcoming photography biz is currently based out of. We met her just outside of Gage Park, which was conveniently located right near few great spots to stop and take a few shots. Just kidding – Cass scouted the locations prior, because she’s passionate about photography and building her brand.

In addition, to exploring some gems of Hamilton’s  – I had the chance to chat with Cass and learn more about her passion for photography. Be sure to read more and check out our Q&A below

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FLORIST + BRIDESMAID

As a wedding florist, you get the chance to build the magical day so many little girls and boys dreamt about… Their wedding day!

If you’re like me –  you’ve had the lucky opportunity of getting picked as wedding florist + bridesmaid on the same wedding. Not once, but twice has this happened in my career.  It’s amazing, stressful and so so so heartwarming!  But since, we’re just a few days shy of an anniversary – I’ll chat about my oldest gal pal’s wedding day  at Hart House (October 2017).

Meet the Mr & Mrs! Aren’t they so adorably in love?! Talk about a match made in heaven!

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HARVEST MOON

Even as a wedding florist, weddings make me emotional! Often at set ups, while our couples are in the midst of their ceremony, the THORN crew are hiding out in the near by shadows. I have my crew to back me up in this – I am watching overwhelmed with emotion. I’m diligently listening to every word exchanged, every vow, and of course, that roar of applause by the guests as couples takes their first kiss as husband and wife. Every damn time, there’s tears of joy streaming down my face. 

Months and months of wedding planning, quote revisions, hand selecting each and every floral stem, pre-wedding site visits, all the meetings, e-mails and phone calls – they all came down to create this absolutely perfect and special  moment for two people unconditionally in love.  As their florist, getting to witness that moment of our client (even from the sidelines) is completely overwhelming.  Working on weddings just warms my heart!!

Shot by the talented Drew Austin, this wedding trailer is seriously good!  I just adore the song selected for this! Harvest Moon by Neil Young. YASSS – Dalia, you’re such a lovely, badass, bride babe! Muah!

VIDEOGRAPHER: Drew Austin, The Lovers Club Films | www.drewaustincreative.com | Instagram @theloversclubfilms + @drewaustin

VENUE: Toronto Event Centre | www.torontoeventcentre.com | Instagram @torontoeventcentre

 

STYLED WITH LOVE

THORN connected with Olivia of Liv Chic Events when working together at Drysdale Tree Farms last wedding season. I was delighted when her invitation made its way into our inbox, because I love creative collaborations with local vendors! And I especially love the winter rustic vibe of this styled shoot. The ever-so talented Emily (Emily Lauren Photographer) the nailed every detail!

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THE WEDDING CO SPRING MARKET

The Wedding Co. is a collaborative group of local wedding professionals, serving unique couples in Toronto, the GTA and southern Ontario. As a member of The Wedding Co.,  THORN floral excitedly took part in their 2018 Spring Market (February 25th, 2018). On what felt like the sunniest, warmest day of February – A crowd of 700+ mingled The Wychwood Barns to meet 65+  passionate wedding professionals.

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THE PHOTO BUS BOOTH

We can all admit, that bus is seriously cool – right?!?  The Photo Bus Booth  is a mobile photo booth operating out of a 1971 Volkswagen Bus.

The owner (Mitch Brown) and I had been chatting about collaborating this vintage ’71 bus, with some fresh, THORN floral styling for some time. Then one Spring-like day, it finally happened! A local, Toronto team was recruited and we were headed to the beautiful grounds of High Park. Our intention was to create floral packages to be paired with the photo bus to offer our unique clients!

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ANGUS GLEN WEDDING SHOW

THORN floral’s first ever wedding show was held on the gorgeous grounds of Angus Glen Golf Club, just north-east of Toronto. All shots were photographed by the talented Raluca of Lula King Photo & Film.

For our booth, I envisioned heavy greenery accents + warm sunset floral tones, against a muted striped table cloth. A target representation of THORN floral’s unique style.

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ENCHANTED GARDEN STYLED SHOOT

Another throwback to pre-opening days! Photographer Tania Dee (Verveine Studios), asked THORN floral to join the team on this Enchanted Garden editorial shoot. Held during sunset at Colbourne Lodge, which is located in one of my favourite green spaces in the city – High Park, Toronto.

Did you know Toronto’s first Architect build Colbourne Lodge for him and his wife in 1836? Talk about romance! As a west-end Toronto girl, I was all over this dreamy shoot! Colborne lodge is now a historical museum, and holds small weddings and events during warmer months.

This shoot was published on : Champagne Sweets Wedding Blog

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