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Event :: Sugar Tiers Cake Decorating Class

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Toronto Event Photographer :: Sugar Tiers
Hey Everyone!  I just wanted to share my experience doing a 2hr Cake Decorating Class with Sugar Tiers!  I’m not really a baker, but thought this would be a fun experience.  It’s great because all the materials are provided for you, all you have to do is show up!  So we take a pre-baked cake base, cut it in half, slather buttercream inbetween and all around. Then we’re given fondant to cover the cake, then some yellow fondant for the decorations.  Working with fondant can be a bit of a challenge because if you’re too slow, it dries/hardens and you’ll see some cracks and what not. At the end of the class, we get to bring home our creation and eat it! I thought I did not too shabby for a newbie!

Our instructor was Evalin Chong.  She’s very friendly and knowledgeable re: pastries and cakes.  If you go to Sugar Tiers, they have lots of baking products you can buy if you’re in the DIY kind of mood.  The class is about 2 hours long.  And Evalin also provides you with the cake and buttercream recipe, if you wanted to try making another cake at home.  With the knowledge you learn from the class, I guess I’d be comfortable making a birthday cake of some sort.  The fondant is actually available for purchase if you’re not comfortable making it yourself.  If you’re into cake decorating and can’t commit to actual baking school, this is a perfect opportunity to just try it out.  They also have a cupcake decorating class that I might be interested in trying out too. If you want more info re: classes or are looking for a cake for your upcoming wedding, here is Sugar Tier’s contact :

Sugar Tiers
735 Markland Street, Unit 4, Markham
Ontario, Canada, L6C 0G6
E : manager@sugartiers.ca
W : http://www.sugartiers.ca

Cheers!
Maggie // M Studio Life Photography

Event :: Wedding Dress Shopping {Tips and Advice}

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Toronto Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer :: M Studio Life
Going wedding dress shopping for my sister’s upcoming wedding was a unique experience.  Because I’m heavily involved in the wedding industry, wedding gowns seemed like an obvious thing to me, but the process/choices can be overwhelming to the average person, especially when it’s all new to them.  Here were some things/tips to keep in mind when shopping for a dress :

1) Weight
A wedding gown can be quite heavy, especially with all the beading, detail, or layers.  Decide if you’d like something light and easy to wear throughout the day, or if you’re up for the challenge of wearing something heavy! However, you may have to train for it, so you’re not too tired on your wedding day!

2) Colour
White, Off-White, Diamond White, Ivory, Cream, Champagne…who knew there were so many colours variances of white to choose from for a gown?!  Something diamond white has a more cool tone vs something cream may have a warm tone. See which flatters your skin tone when you try it on. Also keep these colours in mind when purchasing jewelry and your veil.  Usually it should match in the tone.  My sister was going to order a veil online and almost accidently bought an ivory veil, when her dress is diamond white.  Also keep in mind jewelry — silver/crystals/diamonds vs pearls vs gold — make sure it goes well with your dress tone!

3) Shape
Finding a dress shape that flatters your body.  My sister tried on probably over 10 dresses and found the A-line shaped dresses flattered her body best.  Usually the dress consultant can help and make suggestions, since most dress fittings are by appointment only.  Keep in mind that if you decide to get a Princess-Type of “poofy” dress, consider the ease of getting in and out of the limo and/or the ease of sitting to eat.  Also, do you want the train of your dress dragging on the floor vs finishing right at your feet.  Be sure to bring proper heels to your fitting, so you’re at the right height when trying on your dress. And wear a strapless bra and/or the undergarments you think you would wear on the day to be sure no garment lines are showing if you’re wearing a tight fitted dress.  Also, keep in mind, most wedding gowns you have to go up one size.  So if you’re normally a size 6, you may have to try on size 8.  The type of dress is important too — strapless / sweetheart / asymmetric / spaghetti straps / short sleeves / halter — how comfortable are you showing off your shoulders and/or back?

4) Material Choice
Chiffon, lace, silk, organza, satin — everything drapes and hangs differently even if the style is the same.  Consider the texture, look and feel. The material you choose may also affect the weight of the dress. Some may look more expensive and some may have a more vintage and/or modern feel. Some are flowy and romantic.  Know the theme/feel of your wedding and look you’re going for.

5) Budget
Know your budget and your expectations.  My sister was on a budget, so she chose a store that had a clearance section.  If you’re someone with NO budget, perhaps getting a custom Vera Wang may be in order! Also, a lot of times if you fit a dress perfectly in the store and buy the one off the rack, you can often get a discount for it.  If you have to order the correct size, you’ll be paying full price.  If you need to make alterations, it can be quite costly.  Some people like to order online, just be sure they give exact measurements before purchasing, because as mentioned before, sometimes your wedding gown can be one size up from what you’re used to wearing.  Some people feel since they are only wearing the dress for one day, that it makes better sense to rent.  Or even used dresses can be a good option.

Buying a wedding dress can be such a daunting task, just be patient and go in with an open mind.  It’s best to just bring one person with you that you trust and have similar taste/style. If you bring too many people with opposing opinions, it could get quite confusing for the bride. You’ll eventually get that “ah-ha” moment once you try on the perfect one for you! And when you do, congratulations! Happy Dress Hunting everyone!

CREDITS
Photo+Words : Maggie // M Studio Life
Location : Windsor Bridal

Testimonial :: Josh + Evelina {Post-Wedding Session}

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Toronto Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer :: M Studio Life
For an international model, Josh is such a down-to-earth and nice chap! Evelina also used to model back home in Latvia and is equally as humble.  Please note that these two are a REAL couple!  A lot of peeps thought they were hired for the shoot! They met online via a model website and now they’re married and have never looked back.  Photographing these two was an absolute delight!  Seriously, any angle we shot from, these two looked good.  And they were so open to any ideas we wanted to try.  Evelina also provided many of her own accessories for the session, many of which she made herself! Really talented!  LUV LUV LUV J+E!  When we met up again after the shoot, J+E had prepared a nice dinner for us when we dropped off their Photo DVD. Good-looking and can cook! Sweeeet!

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Here’s some nice things Josh + Evelina had to say about M STUDIO LIFE :

A delight and pleasure, M STUDIO LIFE was very professional, and created a relaxed environment. Maggie also provided us with makeup service on-site, and had the images on DVD within 2 weeks.  We have recommended her to countless friends!

JOSH + EVELINA

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CREDITS from THE POST-WEDDING SESSION
Photography : M Studio Life [info@mstudiolife.com]
Photo Assistant : Tobin C Studio
Makeup + Hair : Maggie Ng
Nails : Polina Nesterenko
Wardrobe Stylist : Evelina Ti
Necklace and Earrings: Evelina Ti
Location : Toronto Harbourfront

Design :: Signature Wedding Albums {Part II}

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This is one of M Studio Life’s Signature Wedding Albums.  This stunning, high-end and modern album is handcrafted and made in Canada, but with the Italian tradition – flushmount (gutter-free) photographic spreads with white edges.  The pages are thick and durable.  The quality and attention to detail is impeccable and only requires approximately 2 weeks for print and production.  The photographic colours are spot on and beautiful!  We had another sample made in 12×12 Square Grey Japanese Silk. We did this second sample to showcase the landscape size of 9.5×13 in Linen. This album also comes in various sizes to accommodate guestbooks, parent albums, etc. All the layouts for each client is different and custom designed by our team. We love these albums and we’re so excited to offer this to our future wedding couples and clients! Let us tell your story through this luxurious album!

Toronto Wedding Photographer :: Signature Wedding Album
Toronto Wedding Photographer :: Signature Wedding Album
Toronto Wedding Photographer :: Signature Wedding Album

Shown above : 9.5″ x 13″ Linen Album

CREDITS
Photography & Design : M Studio Life [info@mstudiolife.com]

Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise “Brilliance of the Seas”

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This was my first time cruising.  Glad I was able to find a good deal for Royal Caribbean International — it was for 7 nights and we got a balcony suite.  We decided to fly to San Juan, Puerto Rico to take the “Brilliance of the Seas” ship because everyday the ship docked somewhere new except for one day at sea.  So we got a taste of different nearby islands such as : Tortola {British Virgin Islands}, Philipsburg {St. Maarten}, Basseterre {St. Kitts}, Pointe-a-Pitre {Guadeloupe}, Bridgetown {Barbados}, and then back to San Juan {Puerto Rico}, where we stayed for an extra 3 days. “Brilliance of the Seas” was a probably a mid-sized ship, which was kept really clean and everyone was very friendly.  I was worried about sea-sickness, but was ok for the duration of the trip. Every now and then you would feel the ship rock, but it was expected.

Evening entertainment was fun — some of the acts included “Happy Days” singer Bobby Avron, comedians Azeem and Jeff Bradley, “Brilliance of the Seas” singers and dancers, etc.  Activities on the ship that we tried included : rock climbing, billiards, table tennis, etc.  The food; hands down was spectacular — I’m pretty sure I gained a few pounds when I got back.  Some highlights of the evening dining at Minstrel included lobster tail, escargot, shrimp, cod fish, tiramisu, creme brulee, souffle, etc.  Breakfast and lunch was usually buffet at the Windjammer, but occasionally we’d go to the Seaview Cafe for some yummy chicken fingers or fish and chips.  Overall it was a great experience — it was nice spending part of the winter holidays in warm weather.  You don’t get much time to explore on each island, but at least you get a taste of what each island is like, so if you really enjoyed it, you could go back another time.  For my next trip, I’ll be headed to Goa, India soon for a Destination Wedding…so stay tuned for that blog post! Cheers!

Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
Travels :: Royal Caribbean Cruise {Toronto Destination Photographer}
CREDITS
Photography : M Studio Life [info@mstudiolife.com]
Cruise : Royal Caribbean International