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Leap Day Proposal Stories From Women Who Popped The Question


"In the end, I knew I just had to ask him," says Krista.

Legend has it that back in 5th century Ireland, St. Bridget begged St. Patrick to give women the chance to propose marriage to the man of their choice. She believed it was taking longer and longer for men to propose marriage and thus felt it unfair to force women to wait so long. After listening to her plea, St. Patrick decided that women would have that chance, but once every four years on Leap Day.

There are many traditions associated with Leap Day. First off, it was believed that a woman could only propose marriage on Leap Day while wearing a red petticoat. It was believed that the colour red was a symbol of love, warmth, passion and fertility (qualities every guy wanted to make sure his soon-to-be-wife possessed). Second, it was believed that if a man said “no” he would have to buy the woman who proposed a silk dress and pair of silk gloves (so she could cover up the embarrassment of being without an engagement ring).

While most of those traditions are no longer practiced (and barely remembered) the act of a woman proposing to the man of her choice is one idea that’s been carried through the ages. We talked to a few Canadian ladies who took it upon themselves to pop the question. Here are three stories of women who thought, like St. Bridget, it was time to turn the tables on their men.

Try One of These Oscar Fashion Trends for Your Wedding

Fashion & Beauty

At Sunday’s Academy Awards, there were plenty of wedding-worthy gowns on the red-carpet—many in bridal-appropriate shades of white and silver, but there were also tons of other stunning dresses that reminded us of trends we’ve seen on the bridal fashion runways. We played mix and match to show you how you can wear Michelle Williams’ peplum or Rose Byrne’s sequins for your big day. Enjoy!

5 Knock-Out Wedding-Worthy Oscar Dresses

Fashion & Beauty

Over your Oscar hangover yet? We finally are, having rehashed the show, the stars and the dresses a zillion times over breakfast, lunch and afternoon break yesterday. Our bottom line on the fashion—there were tons of lovelies on the red carpet that you can take a style cue from for your wedding day. We loved all the white, the shimmer, the super-soft pastel hues, the delicate movement of dresses. All amazing! Here are the five starlets whose Oscar style we feel translates best into wedding-day inspiration.

An Elegant Vintage Wedding in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

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Corinne Russell-Gutstadt and Jared Gutstadt, October 22 2011, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Stec Photo, (stecphoto.com).

Ceremony and reception location: Pillar and Post
Wedding planner: Savanna Krantz, event coordinater from Pillar and Post
Dress:  Christos “Desiree” dress from the Amsale Salon
Hair and makeup: Allure Hair & Makeup
Music: Ted’s Tunes
Groom’s tux: John Varvatos
Bridal party attire: Vera Wang
Cake: Vineyard Sweets (cupcakes and mini cheesecakes) and A Cheesy Alternative (groom’s cake)
Caterer: Pillar and Post
Favours: Chocolate Truffle Cups by Vineyard Sweets (assembled by bride) and a mini bottle of ice wine
Flowers: Mimosa Flower Studio
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas


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