Fidan Ismayilova, owner of Designed Dream Wedding & Event Planning discusses her vision and implementation of ideas for this stunning wedding ceremony and reception at Berkeley Church wedding venue Toronto.

This wedding was inspired by the couples love of Muskoka, how did incorporate this interest into their wedding day?

Yes, Muskoka is one of the couple’s favourite places to spend their time. With that their inspiration and idea came from, to use elements which can be found in the nature and Muskoka sights. The ceremony wooden stumps were taken from the island, lined the aisle and were surrounded with foral and candles, set up to perfection by our team. Birch bark was also collected from the property and were used to create natural table numbers. A perfect way to bring the rustic beauty of cottage-country and bring it into the city.

How would you describe this wedding day?
This wedding was one of the most natural and personalized weddings we have done. There were so many elements that were special and meaningful to our couple, it was incredible to see their guests reaction and excitement for when they saw the entire wedding. For example, handmade place cards were made and inside the couple wrote an individual unique note to every single guest thanking them for coming to their wedding! This created a reaction that became one of the couple’s most memorable moments of their day.

How did you leverage the location of the historic Berkeley Church in your wedding choices?
Megan and Stuart chose Berkeley Church as their venue for many reasons, one of them was the variety of locations for pictures. Considering that it was a March wedding, they wanted to incorporate some outdoors pictures with the snow, cute pictures of the bridesmaids in their rain boots on the snow, they also got a chance to take pictures at the Berkeley Fieldhouse, which they loved and in many more amazing spots in that venue.

How do you arrive at the final wedding design with your couples?
Creating a wedding design for us is definitely a mutual project with our couples in most of the cases, unless the couple gives us the full freedom to design their wedding, which we do as well, but mostly they already have an idea of what they are looking for. First we like to get to know our couple better, then we create an inspiration board for our clients based on the ideas we get from them and add our own touch to it . Working along with our clients until achieving the mutual satisfaction in design. Only then we go ahead and contract vendors for each of the decor elements and of course the most exciting part is to see how it all comes to life on the day of the wedding!

How do you evolve in your profession and where do you go for inspiration?
I am constantly looking for inspirations, everywhere I go. My usual inspiration comes from the architecture,
interior design, fashion and latest trends. I visit exhibitions a few times a year to get inspired. My other source of inspiration comes from Russia, USA and Dubai wedding designers. And of course since every couple we meet is so different our main inspiration comes from getting to know our clients personalities, hobbies and interests.

How did you co-ordinate with the floral designers to arrive at this beautiful wedding day design?
The idea for this couple was to make the design simple and beautiful, incorporating lots of a candle light and wooden accents. Each centrepiece consisted out of  3 cylinder vases of a different height, one with pink garden roses with greenery, the second one with white hydrangea and some greenery and the third one with white hydrangeas, pink garden roses and dusty miller. All three vases were placed on the wooden piece and surrounded with candles! Our team styled a set-up of the centrepieces and it was a great experience!

The wedding ceremony and reception had such a cohesive style and flow. How did you achieve this?
Each wedding which we style, we always ensure that the final look gets repeated throughout entire design of that wedding. Example: Using the same colours scheme and theme to incorporate them into every little detail, like the centrepieces, ceremony decor, cake, sweet table, invitations and stationary, bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses, groom’s and groomsmen attire etc. It is also important to use the same flowers throughout the whole wedding and always to keep the bride’s gown in mind when creating the bridal bouquet.

Planning and design Services: Fidan Ismayilova of Designed Dream Wedding & Event Planning 

 Photographer: MK Photographics

Venue & Catering: Berkeley Church

Gown: Beckers Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groom’s Attire: Freemans Formal

Cake: Sue Ellen Parrott

Music: Pynn Productions

Hair and makeup: Bridezilla Beauty 

Flowers: King West Flowers

Stationery: Invitations and menus Minted

Place cards, signage, table numbers, seating chart all homemade

Photobooth: Kreative Treasures

Limousine: Blue Stars Limo

Officiant: Ceremonies with Choice