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17 Show-Stopping Boutonnieres

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Boutonnieres are a great way to tie in your wedding theme and colours and add dimension to an otherwise ordinary suit. You can match your man’s boutonniere to your bouquet or combine other elements of your wedding like branches or bling. With an endless list of unique possibilities, boutonnieres are a small touch that go a long way. Read on for 17 of our favourite styles and colours.

Our Favourite Gemstones and Their Hidden Meanings

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Sparkly stones are pretty to look at, but what do they mean? Is there a particular reason diamonds are favoured for engagement rings? We did a little digging and unveiled the hidden meanings of five of our favourite stones.


Meaning: The stone of prophecy and successful love. Green is the colour of Venus and translates into constant love and beauty. It is believed to calm the mind and encourage good choices.

Why we love it: Emeralds are rare gems that will add a splash of colour and sparkle to your hand. From Jackie O to Wallis Simpson, emerald rings have been a timeless and exquisite display of romantic love stories.


Meaning: The stone of destiny and prosperity. Bringing peace of mind and clarity, this blue stone also represents friendship and loyalty.

Why we love it: A sapphire ring paired with side stone diamonds is a romantic style fit for a princess. Only a style this luxurious could pass through two generations (Princess Diana and Kate Middleton) and remain an iconic piece.


Meaning: The stone of love. Believed to be full with love, the ruby’s blood-red colour implies life and warmth and represents passionate and powerful feelings.

Why we love it: A simple setting decorated with this eye-catching and brilliant stone creates a lavish piece for the fashion forward and eccentric bride.


Meaning: The stone of self-mastery and self-control. This stone protects against negative energy and encourages determination. It also allows for change and finding alignment in life.

Why we love it: A strong statement on an elegant piece. Pushing the boundaries of tradition, onyx adds the perfect touch of glam and panache to classic settings.


Meaning: The stone of love, eternity and strength. Known for its durability and sparkle, the diamond represents innocence and constancy.

Why we love it: A traditional representation of love and romance, the diamond is undeniably an exquisite gem to have on your finger. The purity and simplicity of diamonds allows for extravagant and unique settings.

Wedding Style Inspiration from the Emmy Awards

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All of our favourite shows cleaned up last night at the Emmy’s—Mad Men, Downton Abbey and Mildred Pierce all came away winners and in our books they deliver not just great television but great style inspiration. On that notion, there was so much great fashion on the red carpet, great inspiration for wedding dresses, bridesmaid colours, hair and accessories. Here the Weddingbells’ editors pick their best dressed.

Champagne and Roses in Toronto, Ontario

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Cayla Spagat and Jay Solomon, May 29, 2011, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy Assaf Friedman of Assaf Friedman Photography, (

Ceremony and reception location: Adath Israel Synagogue
Wedding planner: The bride and her mother, day of consultant Sharon Goodman (
Bridal gown: Becker’s Bridal
Bride’s shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bridal hanger: Dawn Hill
Hair: Rosa of  Capelli Hair Salon
Makeup: Ariela Adout Groom’s tux: Got Style
Groomsmen’s socks: Got Style
Bridal party’s attire: Custom made dresses by Marlene Wilson (416-299-4535)
Music: God Made Me Funky
Cake: Richman’s Bakery
Favours: Botanical Paperworks
Caterer: Caterer’s York (416-783-4293)
Flowers: An Affair to Remember (905-881-6686)
Stationery: Papers n Prints (905-764-7455)


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