RDT Events + Beauty shares the process of creating and designing the romantic and elegant wedding of Maria and Rich at Berkeley Church wedding venue Toronto. beautifully photographed by Scarlet O’Neil.

You had previously done a stunning Romeo and Juliet shoot at Berkeley Church. What did having had an experience designing in the space add to your perspective in designing a wedding for the location?

I also got married at Berkeley Church so I am quite familiar with the venue. My wedding, the style shoot and this wedding are all unique in design – the space really can work for every style.

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How would you describe the wedding design? What details really communicated the vision and desired feeling of being in the space? 

The clients really wanted the design to feel feminine, airy and very spring-like. With this in mind, we took these ideas and they blossomed into the beautiful design we created.

The mezzanine was the perfect accent to our hanging cherry blossom branches – it really gave the feel of a Spring day, with these stunning trees canopying over you.

What are some of the benefits of designing and planning a wedding? 

You get that much more involved in the design process. As always, you get to know your clients really well from the start. It’s really important for us to make the wedding be a reflection of the couple (their vision, etc). Being able to design and plan allows you to formulate special relationships with vendors. You get so familiar with each vendor and it really allows you to work that much more closely with them. You feed ideas off each other so it’s actually my favorite way to approach my wedding planning.

You used all the potential of the space including the mezzanine space and cleverly leveraged all the historic details in your process. What inspired this and what set of skills do you draw on specifically to achieve this?

The couple’s vision is really important for us in the design & planning process. We feel it’s one of the biggest facets to the wedding – having it be a reflection of the couple. We can’t take all the credit – although we have visions and ideas, our extraordinary team of vendors really pull everything off!

Looking back, what choice do you think added to the guest experience the most? 

The hanging cherry blossoms. It was a nice juxtaposition to the space itself and so unexpected. It added a really airy element and so much romance.

What is your process for working with other vendors, and what have you found to be effective ways of bringing everyone on board for a seamless end design and experience? 

Every wedding and couple is different but for the most part, our process remains constant.  At the initial consultation and meeting with the couple, we ask our clients to bring any inspirational photos (flowers, weddings, interior design, art, etc) and we begin to discuss each one. We try to find similarities among them, and really hone in on their likes and dislikes. We also discuss their wedding vision together (suspended items, tall flowers, unique details, etc). From there, we then take everything we’ve learned, and begin the design process. At this stage in the planning process, most of the time we have already selected a floral and decor company, so I meet with them and discuss all my ideas. We play off each other and continue to grow this amazing design until we are fully satisfied. From there, I create a design board to present to the client – it covers everything from personal flowers, to stationery, to house florals, the ceremony, the reception and everything in between. It’s the overall vibe for the wedding and really visual so the clients know exactly what they are getting. It’s a really important piece to the full puzzle!

How do you think this wedding design could be translated to a smaller more intimate experience without losing all the beautiful aesthetics?

 It would still be lovely, just different execution. Smaller weddings don’t necessarily mean less impact!

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