The Caketress herself, Ms. Lori Hutchinson is one of the best pastry chefs in the city. She made all the bad boys featured on the table behind her, including my sequined pink and silver birthday cake this past November. Lori is such an outgoing person, easy to work with and a true designer. Did I mention that she is also the 2008 Cake Designer of the Year??? If you were thinking of skipping the wedding cake altogether and not having one at all - you might just change your mind when you see Lori's work. It's your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a custom wedding cake made for you and I wouldn't pass it up if Lori is available.
Little Party Goers
Maria Vrontos of Little Party Goers provides crafts, games and toys as party of the child care service she runs. LPG caters to weddings and events. Maria is serious about kids and even has a BA in Early Childhood Education. Her rates are incredibly affordable and she brings all the gift bags too! The cost is definitely worth avoiding the headache of kids screaming and running around the dance floor during speeches. Which is actually pretty common from what I see as a wedding DJ . It's also great for the parents to get a break and enjoy the party too.
Get The Booth
Wedding photographer - Jon Thorpe of Union Photo brought along his very cool photo booth from Get the Booth to the Carlu. Lori and I had a ton of fun doing a mini photo shoot in here and got two strips of black & white (or colour) photos during our session. I'll post them once I scan them. The booth is so easy to use and Jon is a super nice guy to deal with. He even designed the booth himself! If you splurge on anything, this comes high on the list.
Sash & Bustle
Sash & Bustle is hands-down one of the hippest bridal shops in town. Super sleek wedding planner, Cynthia Martyn curates the store herself and stocks raw silk dresses under $1500! Her Leslieville shop also carries a fun selection of candy-coloured bridesmaids dresses in fantastic colours. If you're looking for something original, this is the place to go.
One Fine Day Event Planning
Melissa Samborski of One Fine Day Event Planning and Design has a fine attention to detail and years of experience in the wedding industry. I had the pleasure of working with her this past summer at Steam Whistle Brewery and she is never bossy. She is efficient, elegant and works with all your vendors to achieve the best possible results for you. Check out her portfolio and you'll be amazed by her design work. I am consistently impressed with the weddings that she is a part of.
Laura K Design
We love Laura K Design ! They are sleek, original and colourful. Her custom invitations are not fussy and very clean. We are always impressed with Laura's design work and are never surprised when they are featured online and in Wedding Bells Magazine. Laura simply is one of the best.
Liz Wanless of Great Events was my wedding planner when my husband Paul and I got married in 2007! I cannot say enough nice things about Liz and her team. Liz is absolutely the sweetest person to work with, but she gets the job done and executes with precision. She has planned some one-of-a-kind events recently, including one on a tall ship in Toronto. I always have a great time working with Liz and she never makes it feel like work when she is on your team.
Violinist Grenville Pinto is THE coolest thing I have seen at a wedding all year and I go to A LOT of weddings as a DJ. Yes, he is the real and deal and a true musician...BUT he will take his instrument and play the most recent thing you heard on the radio and make it sound beautiful. If you don't know about Grenville - you need to book him. He often plays for ceremonies, cocktail hour and first dances. I saw him at the Liberty Grand this year and he serenaded the couple with their first dance. He also entertained during cocktail hour with his fun violin covers, while standing on a pedestal for all to see.
Sasha Moric of Samo Films shoots some incredible footage in a very artistic style. There is no cheesiness to his wedding videos. It really is like watching a movie and the man can edit! I watch his wedding videos and get kinda teary with the music going and everything. Sasha brings along his team to get all the angles that he needs. If you're serious about getting a wedding video done, you need to see Sasha. He makes you look like a rockstar. I think he also has some really good blackmail footage of me as a guest tearing up the dance floor at my best friend's wedding...so I better be careful around him :)
One of my DJ BFFs is Mr. Michael Coombs of Prodigy Entertainment. We worked closely together last year on the board of The Canadian Professional DJ Association. He is the Wedding DJ of the year for 2007 and 2008. You can't touch THE man! Mike and I always have a great time together and if I'm booked over at hello DJ! then you should definitely go see Mike. But he books up 18 months in advance! So act quickly if you want to work with one of TOs finest DJs.
That's my round-up! I hope you found some useful information for your own wedding or for any of your friends and family members. You can also get info year-round online from the show's producers, The Wedding Co.