Where to begin with these two.  You see, I first met Maranatha early last year, when we sat down for coffee together to chat about her wedding day plans.  Our schedules happened to align when she was in town, back from visiting her beau down in Tampa Florida.  Asking her about how they had met, I quickly see how her face lit up when she spoke of Raoul.  You see this lovely Bride-to-be knew long before anyone else that she was going to fall madly in love with her guitar playing beau + that she would one day marry him.  That romantic tale was put forth into the Universe + soon Maranatha found herself in a whirlwind romance with the man of her dreams.

The lovestory continued only to find Raoul winning the award for most romantic proposal on the planet, when  he swept Maranatha away, off on a very early morning hot air balloon ride, where he surprised with a gorgeous ring + asked her to marry him.  Everything came full circle for Maranatha, the guitar playing boy in church that she would admire from afar, was now asking for her hand in marriage.

Maranatha + I connected quite quickly over our love of Art, bright bold colours + all things creative.  As she started to describe her Modern Day Renaissance style vision for her wedding day, my eyes + ears lit up with excitement!  Her attention to detail + knack for creativity, was the perfect combination to pull off what would be the most GORGEOUS wedding!

We had gushed for months over her choice to don the infamous Hayley Gown by Hayley Paige in amethyst, but actually seeing this beauty in the dress of all dresses, left me speechless.  It was perfectly Maranatha in every way, colourful, beautifully detailed, eclectic + romantic!  She was every bit the Modern Day Princess Bride!

Her style choice of pairing moody black cape dresses, with oxblood + Burgundy florals was stunning + rich with sophistication!  The florals, the florals, the florals.  The Bourbon Rose Floral Design Co. knocked it out of the park with the bouquets!  Hands down pure artwork + detailed craftsmanship to create such beautiful pieces!

To continue the moody yet artistic + sophisticated vibes of the wedding motif, Maranatha along with the help of her family, crafted a stunningly deep toned floral wallpaper backdrop.  This masterpiece was used as the backdrop for Maranatha + Raoul to say their I Do’s, as well as what they would sit before, when toasting the night away as Mr. + Mrs.  The Victorian styled decor by Allure Events, transformed the Water’s Edge Event Centre into Maranatha’s vision of a Modern Day Renaissance romantic fairytale.

Maranatha + Raoul you have my heart.  Capturing every incredible style detail, while basking in the glow of the pure adoration that you share for one another, had me feeling like I was floating alongside you, the entire day!  I can’t thank you enough for inviting me into your lives to capture your incredibly special lovestory.

Brace yourself my friends.  This wedding was incredible + below are a few of MANY favourites from Maranatha + Raoul’s stunning wedding day!

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