On a crisp Toronto winter day in February, we rolled up our sleeves to design Heidi and Sam’s stunning art decor inspired wedding at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel. It was indeed a sight to behold. No detail was overlooked and we were thrilled to work with such a wonderful couple and family. The flowers and decor were over the top.. if we do say so ourselves! Our custom gorgeous chuppah created an impressive focal point for the ceremony and our contemporary tins that lined the aisle were loaded with opulent phaleaonopsis orchids, roses and hydrangeas. The reception left guests breathless with our towering lucite candelabras and rows of glowing candles. Heidi and Sam ate their first meal as husband and wife under a collection of crystal chandeliers and romantic canopy. Guests also enjoyed the finest of dining by the impeccable service from the staff at the Four Seasons Hotel. We lined up the best in the industry for this one, and among them, was Sam Wong from Visual Cravings nailed this one with his incredible photography along with Palettera who designed the amazing custom stationary. Wedding Cordinator Shealyn Angus from Bliss Events kept things running smoothly and was a pleasure to work with. For always stylish decor and flowers and a flawless design visit www.rachelaclingen.com PHOTOGRAPHY • VISUAL CRAVINGS, FLOWERS, DECOR AND FULL DESIGN • RACHEL A. CLINGEN WEDDING & EVENT DESIGN DAY OF PLANNING • BLISS EVENTS, VENUE • FOUR SEASONS HOTEL TORONTO, STATIONERY • PALETTERA CUSTOM CORRESPONDENCES, GOWN • INBAL DROR FROM WHITE TORONTO, ACCESSORIES • WHITE TORONTO (VEIL), RITCHÉ BRIDAL (HAIR CLIP), BRIAN BAILEY (CLUTCH), SHOES • CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN FROM SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, JEWELLERY • J. CREW (EARRINGS AND BRACELET), BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES • BCBG, FORMAL WEAR • HUGO BOSS FROM HOLT RENFREW (TUXEDO) AND EDWARD ARMAH FROM HARRY ROSEN (BOWTIE), HAIR • LB HAIR, MAKEUP • JACKIE GIDEON BEAUTY, ADDITIONAL RENTALS • CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE RENTALS INC., DETAILZ CHAIR COUTURE (STELLA SWAROVSKI BRIDE & GROOM CHAIRS AND WHITE LOUIS XVI CHAIRS), DANCE FLOOR • DANCE FLOOR DÉCOR, CAKE • TRUFFLE CAKE & PASTRY, ENTERTAINMENT • SATURDAY NIGHT JIVE, CINEMATOGRAPHY • LIGHTFIELD LEWIS FROM LA, CATERING • FOUR SEASONS HOTEL TORONTO For always stylish decor and fabulous flowers for Toronto weddings visit us at www.rachelaclingen.com
Bespoke fashion and decor, French couture along with inspired extravagance, this was the vision of our fabulous couple Mike and Carmelina for their wedding at the super cool Fermenting Cellar in Toronto. “We made it a priority to hire the best in the industry for what we wanted” said this stylish couple. Yes we were thrilled to be among those chosen to create this spectacular event along with the talents of Elsa Corsi, Valencienne, Palettera and Cake Opera Co. to name a few. The decor was luxe’ and detailed. Rich and glam elements included our gold antique candelabras and an exhaustive line up of our gold mercury glassware pieces. Both were loaded with lavish bouquets of flowers and no details was overlooked. Carmelina’s love for vintage pieces was heavily incorporated into the design. A custom velvet backdrop was detailed with antique frames and even a vintage birdcage. What a pleasure to work with such a wonderful couple! And so thrilled to share these stunning images by Dave and Charlotte
Stunning custom gown by Valencienne. “My gown was a precious creation of worldly bespoke fabric collection from France and Dubai. My gown was inspired by my love for couture fashion from the Parisian runways and my passion for the fashion behind Marie Antoinette. Mademoiselle Je ne sais Quoi” beautiful custom jewellery by Elsa CorsiCustom Stationary – Palettera The Fermenting Cellar was lavished with beautiful floral arrangements. Carmelina tells all.. “Our designer, Rachel Clingen mixed several different elements to create an artistic yet luxurious elegant look, as if our guested were walking through the gardens of the Palace of Versailles. Classic blends of roses, peonies and hydrangeas graced the tops of the vintage mixture of gold and alternating black candelabra centrepieces. In addition to the tall pieces, low mounds of coordinating flowers in beautiful antique gold mercury vases lined the gallery style tables. Rachel also used eclectic combinations, gold mercury vases filled with flowers, black vintage bird cages and crystal candle sticks on our head table. The floral elements echoed the blissfulness of the French gardens and the secrets of the palace.”Stunning custom cakes by Cake OperaVenue – The Fermenting Cellar Photographer – Dave and Charlotte Make-up – Fancy Face Stationary – Palettera Gown – Valencienne Jewellery- Elsa Corsi Vintage rentals – Happily Ever After Events Cakes – Cake Opera Co. Flowers and Decor – Rachel A. Clingen Wedding & Event Design For always stylish wedding decor and flowers in the Toronto and Muskoka regions visit us at www.rachelaclingen.com
Well we are coming to the close of another year in the Toronto wedding industry. This is our 20th year creating stylish weddings so time to update our professional photos and while we are at it why not another creative table top to inspire? Thank you to our dear friends at Rowell Photography for always jumping in to gear and photographing our last minute set ups! Any reason to decorate another table and have some fun with pretty flowers. Yes this is still our passion.. still our love! Over the years we have learned much, but some things never change. While trends and fashions change at an alarming rate, we still feel that good old fashioned customer service is never out of style. While we don’t claim to be perfect, we certainly aim to be! Along with meeting the design and creative needs of the modern bride, impeccable service and customer care will always be our focus. Yes, I’m a little older, and there are a few more wrinkles. The wedding and event industry are fast paced and stressful but is also very rewarding. The truth is, I am so thankful to be able to be creative for a living. While I appreciate so much the accolades of those that have appreciated our work, I really can’t take to much credit. I believe that any creativity or talents I might posess are from God and so really I have nothing to take credit for. Its not like my creativity is as a result of what I have done or accomplished, but rather the other way around.. and for this reason I thank God for blessing me in this way. While pretty flowers, a beautiful centrepiece and some fabulous decor elements make me smile, my joy comes from things that I cannot take credit for. I also take great pleasure in some of life’s simple things, like a walk to the barn with David. A heart to heart with one of my boys. I love animals, particularly horses. I love creation, the mountains, the ocean and the true artist of all these things. I love time with David and my boys, love my church family, these are the things that define who I am and what I do. Jessy no doubt shares a good part to the secret of our success. She is our General Manager and her strong organizational skills, creative edge and devotion to our company are what make her ‘one of a kind’! In 20 years of business, I have never met another person who can multi task and return an email as quick as she can! When she is not on the phone or charting the weeks events, she is eager to help in the flower shop and will even often be caught in the fabric shop, doing the not-so-glamorous job of folding and sorting. Our lead florist Andrea is our floral manager. Besides her strong creative edge, her sweet and helpful spirit are of great value to our team. Andrea came to us with a strong edge in Toronto wedding floral industry as owner of a successful flower shop. Raising a young family and wanting a little less hectic schedule, Andrea decided to come on board with our team. Her years of experience with wedding design and flowers were assets to our company. The flower shop can be stressful.. Its a busy place, but Andrea keeps everyone in good spirits with her witty comments and fun attitude.