Timeless Elegance – Anabela & Geoff

This is a real treat… the cutest couple imaginable, handmade details galore, a stunning flower crown, balloons, sparklers and smiles all round! Together, this creative couple run their own accessories and print shop in Toronto, hence all the stunning little details! Anabela also has her own beautiful blog, Field guided, which is well worth a look.

The lady behind the lens is the wonderful Celine Kim of Celine Kim Photography Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful wedding. I’m sure you’ll agree she has captured every moment perfectly and with such finesse.

After a four year engagement and initial intimidation from the thought of all the planning, this couple finally took the plunge and their day looked a lot like this…




























DATE: 15 September 2012


THE PROPOSAL: Whilst at home in the apartment we shared, I caught Geoff smiling to himself. “What is it?” I asked. He refused to say anything, but after ten minutes of laughter and my continuous pleas, he admitted that he had been planning to ask me to marry him for months, but didn’t have a ring for me. It was a low-key, hilarious proposal, and it was perfect!


THE VENUE: The ceremony was held in a church on the University of Toronto campus. We have both been connected to the university for over 10 years, and the older parts of the campus are among some of my favorite spots in the whole city. It meant a lot to me to be married there. The dinner and reception were held in a restaurant that belongs to one of my father’s oldest friends, located close enough to where a lot of our friends live that they could take cabs or even the bus home (a definite draw!).


STYLE/ THEME: Anabela & Geoff wanted quite a traditional wedding and were very against a specific theme. We decided to choose all the elements according to our taste and that way we figured our aesthetic would be consistent. We simply chose things we liked/ that were pretty and things that were shades of gold, silver, dark blue, pale pink, white, or grey!


PHOTOGRAPHY: Our photos were taken by my friend Celine Kim, and this is probably the first time in my life that I am excited to look at pictures of myself! 


THE DRESS: A friend of mine from Victory Patterns designed and made my dress for me and all 15 yards of silk chiffon + vintage beaded appliques were sewn by her. The back is my favourite part of it, so beautifully draped.


ACCESSORIES: I wore a pretty Twigs and Honey veil for the ceremony and the headpiece for the reception which was a custom creation from Lou Lou Loves You. It had white and pale pink roses throughout and tied at the back. I have to admit that I nearly chickened out of wearing it because it is such a statement! But I loved wearing it and I got so many compliments. A little girl at the wedding pulled roses out of the centrepieces and put them in her hair because she wanted to look like me. I don’t usually wear a lot of jewelry but I thought I would add a little sparkle and chose some rose quartz studs from Lulu Frost.


THE SHOES: I wore scallop edged blush pink sandals from See by Chloe. I was comfortable all day long!


BRIDESMAIDS: The bridesmaids wore beautiful plain navy silk dresses from Dace.


THE GROOM: Geoff’s suit was custom made in a gorgeous charcoal wool by Brooklyn Tailors, and it too was perfect. I highly recommend their suits, especially if you’re looking for a slim cut, modern suit. Geoff has never owned such a nice suit and we know he will get years of use out of this one. His shoes are Brooks Brothers and his tie is J. Crew Factory. I made the little pocket square.


THE FLOWERS: The flowers were all done by Alison at Coriander Girl. I trusted Alison completely, let her do her thing, and she went above and beyond with the flowers, which were one of the parts I cared about the most. I cried when I saw them!


DECOR + DETAILS: I made decorations, the ring pillow and designed all the wedding stationery with Geoff’s help. We also silk-screened a “Love is Sweet” design onto white cotton aprons to give out as favors. As with any creative endeavor, for every completed project there were at least two abandoned ones that were never finished or just didn’t work out, so our apartment looked like a wedding had exploded in there, full of ribbons, tulle, and paint all over!


THE STATIONARY: We designed our wedding invitations ourselves using a picture I took of the sky with my iPhone as the base. The photo we chose actually set the tone and colour scheme for the entire wedding.


THE CAKE: The cake was by my dear friend, Nikole Herriott, and it was so, so beautiful!


THE MUSIC: Having a super fun dance party was really important to us, and we didn’t trust ourselves with an iPod playlist, equipment set up, etc. Justin (from Indie Wedding DJ) was amazing! Our friends who remained past 1am booed when he had to stop playing. Our first dance was to ‘You’re Beautiful’ by Mojave 3, chosen for prettiness/ sentiment/ short length/ my history with it (I have loved Mojave 3 since the 1990s).


MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: When I think back to our wedding, what I remember most is laughing a lot and it was really incredible to be surrounded by so many people I love.
So many huge smiles and so many sparklers out on the sidewalk. It was the most beautiful day.


OUR TOP TIPS: It was a fairly wedding-y wedding, traditional and large and decidedly not the small picnic we had intended to have years ago, and I loved it. It was totally worth not eating in restaurants for nearly a whole year and giving up lots of other things to save up for it!



Photography: Celine Kim | Florist: Coriander Girl | Dress: Victory Patterns | Veil: Twigs and Honey | Groom: Brooklyn Tailors | Bridesmaids: Dace | Hair: Ana Sorys Make-up: Mary at Eye Love | Stationary: Designed by Anabela & Geoff | Cake: Nikole Herriott | Entertainment: Indie Wedding DJ


There are so many lovely elements to their big day, I just love Anabela’s flower crown! It must have been so wonderful to be able to involve so many of their close friends as suppliers. It’s a great example of how you can draw upon your friends talents and expertise to help create your vision. I know not everyone has so many creative friends but if you do, they will of course know you and your style/ tastes better than others. The whole planning process and the results on the day would surely be much more personal when working with your friends. Wishing you both lots of happiness!

Mrs White x

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