While the original wedding “soirée” was held in the daytime rather than the evening, as the name purportedly means, it was a beautifully fanciful event. An immensely better experience than my first wedding show experience a month or so ago, this event had 100% more classy, tasteful and relevant information for me and my style.
I was so lucky to have 3 out of my 4 bridesmaids with me, plus my good friend/emcee, so it was truly a girls’ day out at the InterContinental Hotel in the ritzy neighbourhood of Yorkville in Toronto. Everything felt so French and decadent and right up my alley! The wedding show was located on the 2nd floor of the hotel and we were immediately greeted with a welcome sign-in table, and a string quartet. Moving along the hall, we realized that there were going to be a LOT of vendors in a fairly small, crammed space. We made our way to the coat check – which ended up being self-serve and, me being paranoid, I was very reluctant to leave my coat there unattended. But there was no way to have our winter jackets with us in the small single-file narrow aisles so, alas, I had to part with it (and asking my sister to check on it every now and then!) 🙂
We wandered into one of the rooms where it was mainly all the food vendors and boy was everything looking delicious! It felt way too early to be enjoying so many sweets, but I definitely met some great vendors and took their business cards for future reference (especially those that make all the macarons you see in the picture below!)
The admission for this “curated art affair” was to include a “high tea” portion that you could go check out all throughout the day. However, we found out when trying to squeeze in to see the extremely quick 5 minute fashion show, the high tea area was a very small space with a number of tables that were occupied by people who looked like they weren’t going to be going anywhere for a while. In the end, we grabbed our complimentary “blushing bride” cocktail and meandered off instead.
This proved to be quite difficult because as much as there were so many fabulous vendors that I wanted to chat with, as soon as you stop to talk to them everyone behind you had to stop as well due to the tight aisles, causing some frustration and anger and not being able to get through. So a lot of this felt like a drive-thru… just keep moving and grabbing their cards and flyers as you walked on by.
The other room featured more of the beauty and photography vendors, with a few doing hair & make-up. We made our way through that room and then tried to find some empty space in the foyer to reconvene, but even that was jam-packed with vendors. We waited to check out the Bourjois make-up workshop which was to begin at 12:30, but the workshop before seemingly lost track of time and ran pretty late into the next time slot. (The woman also didn’t seem to notice that Bourjois had started speaking already since they were now running late & completely interrupted them to continue her schpeel as she’s packing up. 0_o .. really?!? Anyway. I digress.) Nonetheless, we finally got in and my sister got pulled up to be the model for the make-up tutorial and she looked fantastic! She doesn’t usually wear much make-up (the last time probably being her wedding last May!) but she was totally happy with the results.
After the workshop, it had been about 3 hours since we got there so we decided to head out and grab some brunch nearby before we felt any more claustrophobic. I felt bad for my friends who had paid to come with me to the event and didn’t get a chance to experience the high tea portion, but they said they didn’t mind. It really was a lovely afternoon, fancying it up while a loud St. Patty’s Day parade was going on outside. I found the selected vendors were of great calibre and unique & creative as well. My only wish was that it was in a larger, more open venue as it made getting around extremely difficult and wearisome. Beautiful show – would definitely recommend for future brides in the coming years.