Ah the WedLuxe show.
The fairytale of all wedding shows, the annual WedLuxe show (held at The Carlu) is just that: a fairytale come to life. Last year I was a volunteer for the show all weekend and this year I was thrilled to attend the industry media night.
Slight disclaimer: it's a beautiful venue, but the lighting is horrible for my camera and phone! I need to invest in a flash but that's a whole other issue...anyway, back to the magic.
The show had the theme of Wanderlust this year and every room you walked into was completely different.
For example this, and I'm not exagerrating, breath-taking display presented by Masha Kamenskaya and created by Opus Events Productions.
My pictures don't even begin to do the display justice!
So now I'm sure you get what I mean by fairytale. This show is not for the faint of heart (or wallet, if we're being honest here) but I would tell any bride-to-be to attend.
Because it's everything you've been building up in your head about a wedding in one day, and for that one day you can experience it yourself! It's great to see what's out there and enjoy the glamour side of the wedding planning. Depending on your budget you might find a vendor that fits too! They cover everything from trendy wedding favours, florals, paper - you name it, it's there. It's truly a spectacle, and one that awes me at every turn.
It was very different to attend a large scale show like this one as myself- little ol' Sincerely, Bri. Especially because my blog is little and not so old, at all. I will admit I did get a few questioning looks as I tried to explain I wasn't from a magazine and no, you probably haven't heard of my blog (yet) but I was able to make a handful of connections with people and that's my favourite part of these shows!
My favourite vendor by far was Sweet By Nature. I might be a little bit biased, but I was just so happy to finally see a wedding cake that was nut free! Seriously, you never see that! I've been to quite a few shows now and this was my first. Of course it didn't hurt that their staff were so kind and welcoming...but they do gorgeous work too! I have some pictures but I highly suggest taking a look at their gallery online as well.
Sweet by Nature
We know I'm in a pink & gold phase right now so that cake on the right caught my eye first...and then I realized it was nut free and I could hardly contain my excitment!
They had cupcakes to sample (worry free too, that's a change) and I had a raspberry coulis one. And it changed my life. Okay, a bit dramatic but you bet I'm keeping that flavour in mind when my wedding planning rolls around.
You come across nut free bakeries a lot on Toronto, sure, but hardly any that do luxury type designs like Sweet by Nature. I'm already looking forward to (hopefully!) seeing them again in the future, even if it means I have to have a cake for no particular reason.
I don't think it would be possible for me to cover every single booth and vendor and part of this show, it's truly massive. But I will highlight some of my fave bits of the night!
Like what led me to this: a delish vanilla rose donut created by Fine Cakes by Zehra.
This beauty came from the main attraction of the show - La Vie Est Belle.
Each year the stage is transformed with a theme and this year it was romantic, whimsical, and jaw-dropping. This year it was put together by Biji Planners Cultural Wedding Planners, Fine Cakes by Zehra, GPS Decors, Eventure Design and Event Graffiti.
This is what they created, and I think it'll be a tough one to upstage.
Patrica's Cake Creations certainly caught my eye - the colours!
I think it stood out to me because I'm so used to seeing pastels with wedding cakes, but I loved the blue and melting gold details.
And we know I adored Nadia & Co.'s display - even WedLuxe shared a photo of mine that I gushed over on their Insta!
Apparently it's always the cake displays that win me over...who would have thought?
Here's a round-up of all the photos (some I didn't specifically chat about but gorgeous nonetheless!)
I was pretty photo crazy (when I wasn't juggling a drink in one hand!) so here's the full collection of what I snapped on my phone:
So that concludes the WedLuxe show for another year! I didn't even cover half of it in this post, it's really something you have to see to believe.
Here's what I'm going to try & remember for next year:
- comfy shoes (I was stumbling in my heels by the time I left)
- a bag to carry the swag bag - they load it right up
- a flash (!!!!!!)
- somehow more hands to carry everything?
Next up for me is The Wedding Co. Market at the end of February, let me know if I'll see you there!