Mel and Donia met on the Toronto music scene, when Mel played as a drummer for Hibachi, and Donia was the lead singer of Boone Helm and Spire Empire. They crossed paths at parties and around town for a good six years as fond acquaintances, until both happened to be going through terrible break-ups at the exact same time.
From sharing their heartbreak with each other while out with mutual friends, to spending more time together as friends, things quickly escalated to a love affair that neither was sure would go anywhere.
Seven years, a massive German shepherd, two cats, a house and a baby-on-the-way-later, they are still pretty ‘shook’ and pleasantly surprised at how things worked out. In hindsight, those heartbreaks were the best thing that ever happened to them.
Mel and Donia were perfect for this shoot. The idea was to create wedding inspiration that would combine art and boho. First, a custom backdrop was created by Nav from Full Vase Decor; the dark reds and roughness of the canvas created a classic gloomy mood with a combination of dry and fresh flowers. The wood from the barn helped tie in the boho mood. The floral inspiration was to have a mix of dry and fresh florals in everything – from the bouquet and to the floral bar for the guests. The designers went with a wood table and added terra cotta chargers. The linen on the table was wrinkled, the stem wear was classic. The result? A shoot that took elements from barn theme, boho theme, art theme and classic and ended in something beautiful, different and cool.
Co-Designer and florist: Full Vase Décor
Co-Designer and baker (cookies): Hello Sugar TO
Photographer: Cacie Carroll Photography
Venue: Cambium Farms
Stationery: The Paperie by Aman
Cake: Something Sweet Bakery
Calligraphy: Calligraphy Thyme
Place settings: Splendid Settings
Table runner, napkins, table and chairs: Chairman Mills
Makeup: Lauren Boyd at Highlo
Hair: Em at Back Alley Studios
Dresses: Lauren and Monika from More 2 Love
Models: Donia and Mel
Jewellery: Jillian at Maddin Jewellery