The elegant vibe and intimate setting of the Toronto Hunt Club really set the tone Patrycja and Evan’s magical big day; boasting gorgeous views of nature and Lake Ontario, this venue also provided a wonderfully romantic backdrop for all of the day’s special moments. Lucky for us, Revel Photography was on hand to capture all the stunning details, so get those pinning thumbs ready!

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The beautiful bride and her handsome groom posed for photos with a stunning view of Lake Ontario. The venue’s lush greenery was a breathtaking backdrop for their photos. The subtle peach and cranberry florals were a lovely contrast to the bridesmaids’ dusty lilac gowns.

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The lovebirds exchanged vows and promised ‘always & forever’ under the gorgeous gazebo decorated with tulle and flowers.

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Patrycja and Evan’s reception is the picture of elegance and class. The welcome table and simple seating chart with a mossy backdrop greeted guests as they walked into the bright, white dining room at the Toronto Hunt Club. The beautiful florals and greenery from Anixis Darling Floral Studio perfectly complemented the aesthetic of the invitations and signs. Square vases sat atop tree trunk slices for the centerpieces; the gold vases and cranberry florals were the perfect pops of colour to the all white table settings. Guests tore up the dance floor to beats by DJ Rich Sweet and enjoyed a beautiful white cake adorned with flowers from Eat My Crumbs. For favours, each family took home a succulent plant to let the love grow.

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Congratulations! You made it! You’ve waited, you’ve planned and now it’s finally here- the night before your wedding! Planning a wedding is hard work, so give yourself a pat on the back. There is very little left to be done other than get a good night’s sleep and wake up ready to have the best day ever! Now, your wedding day is a big deal, and you want everything to go smoothly, and on top of that, you want to look and feel great. As such, there are some activities you should avoid doing the night before your wedding.

  1. Drink heavily: Having a glass or two is fine, if you know you can handle it, but, if you’ve ever been hungover, you know that it’s not cute. Imagine how terrible you would feel being hungover on your wedding day. Alcohol makes you puffy, and bloated, so to avoid looking like you partied all night… we suggest not partying all night.
  2. Try new beauty products: This is a big one. Do not switch up your beauty routine the night before your wedding. Since you’re already a little on edge, adding any excuse for your skin to react poorly is a bad idea. If you do want to amp up your beauty routine for your big day, we suggest starting a minimum of four months before, that way if your skin reacts poorly, you have time to heal, re-adjust and find what works for you.
  3. Reach out (or respond) to old flames: This one might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised. Don’t text your ex the night before your wedding, and if they text you, ignore it.
  4. Re-think your whole theme: Trust us, your wedding is going to rock. Don’t decide at midnight the night before that you want to change your theme or make any other major changes to your plans. You’ll end up regretting it.
  5. Eat a whole bunch of sugar, carbs etc: Eating a lot of sugar and carbs can do weird things to our bodies – including making us bloated, irritable and nauseous – which is why you shouldn’t eat a ton of them the night before your wedding. Eat a good dinner and then have a light snack if you’re hungry later on. This is not the time for rich foods or anything you’ve never tried before!

BONUS: Don’t cut your bangs! Again, seems obvious, but you’d be surprised at the amount of horror stories involving brides who freak out and cut their hair! Your hair looks great. Don’t worry.

The night before your wedding is a time to chill! Don’t leave any planning to the last minute and make sure you get a good sleep so that you can look your best in the morning. Most importantly… enjoy every minute of it!

One of the hardest parts of planning a wedding is deciding who to invite, and who needs to be left off the guest list. Generally, if the wedding is more intimate, you might only receive a plus one if you are in a long-term relationship. Wondering what the protocol is for plus ones? Here are some frequently asked questions regarding this tricky situation.

Q: Can I bring a friend if I don’t have a significant other?

A: If your invitation says “Your name + Guest” you are typically free to bring whomever you would like. The bride and groom have budgeted for your guest’s plate. However, if your invitation says, “Your name + your S/O’s name” and you are no longer with that person, check with the couple to see if you’re still able to bring a guest, they might have only included them since you were in a relationship.

Q: Does my plus one bring a gift, or do I have to cover both of us?

A: Generally, there is one gift per couple, so your plus one does not need to provide their own gift. If your plus one is your significant other, split on the gift and get the bride and groom something bigger. If your plus one is just a friend who you invited because you needed a date, don’t expect them to pitch in for the gift unless they offer.

Q: Should I bring someone who knows the couple but wasn’t invited, or someone who doesn’t know the couple?

A: When the couple made their guest list, there was likely a master list of everyone they would have loved to invite but had to narrow down due to budget or space concerns. If your plus one is a friend of the couple and they are on good terms, bringing them shouldn’t be an issue. I would suggest checking with the couple to make sure there wasn’t a specific reason that friend was left off.

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Q: I wasn’t given a plus one, but I don’t want to go alone/recently started dating someone… Can I ask for one?

A: One of the hardest parts about planning a wedding is the guest list. Due to budget and space constraints, it is near impossible to invite everyone let alone give everyone a plus one. If you weren’t given a plus one, in general, do not ask for one. That being said, if you have recently moved in to significant other territory, let the couple know that if they have space, you would love to bring your S/O, but that there is no pressure for them to do so.

Q: I was given a plus one, who should I bring?

A: Well, the most obvious answer is your boyfriend/girlfriend, however, sometimes they can’t come or you’re living that solo dream. If that’s the case you can really bring whomever you want, but there are some things you should take into consideration. Is your guest outgoing, or will you need to stay by their side all night? Are they fun at parties, and can they handle their alcohol? If you’ve recently started dating them, do you want them in all your pictures from this wedding should the two of you break up? Is it better to go solo? Overall, make sure whoever you bring is going to reflect well on you!

Deciding which guests get a plus one is a daunting part of wedding planning, since most couples do not want to disappoint any one. Make sure you are always keeping the couple’s best interests in mind before you address the plus one issue.


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