Relaxed gowns with a modern boho vibe come alive when shot against bucolic lavender fields. For the dreamiest looks, we chose easy-breezy dresses with simple and sexy silhouettes paired with minimal jewellery and gorgeous floral headpieces, which imbue a sophisticated festival vibe.
Some of the prettiest boho bridal gowns available this season include features like eyelet lace, breezy flutter sleeves and modern cut-outs.
<strong>Field of Dreams</strong><br />
Located on 60 picturesque acres outside of Toronto, <a href="http://terrebleu.ca" target="_blank">Terre Bleu</a> is a working lavender farm that absolutely smells as incredible as it looks.The dramatic entrance way is the perfect backdrop for this sculptural embossed gown.<br />
Dress by <a href="https://www.casablancabridal.com" target="_blank">Casablanca Bridal</a>. Floral crown by <a href="http://www.ladyhayes.com" target="_blank">Lady Hayes</a>. Earrings by <a href="http://laurieflemingjewellery.com" target="_blank">Laurie Fleming</a>. Rings by <a href="http://www.erintracy.ca" target="_blank">Erin Tracy</a>.
<strong>Swing Shift</strong><br />
Even a boho bride can appreciate a little volume, and this dress delivers the perfect combo of princess details and breezy style.<br />
Dress by <a href="https://enzoani.com" target="_blank">Enzoani</a>. Floral crown by <a href="http://www.ladyhayes.com" target="_blank">Lady Hayes</a>. Earrings <a href="http://www.erintracy.ca" target="_blank">Erin Tracy</a>.
<strong>Soft Silhouette</strong><br />
A simple flutter sleeve gown is the perfect choice for an outdoor summer wedding. We love the simplicity of this gown and its deep V-neckline.<br />
Dress by <a href="http://www.sarahseven.com" target="_blank">Sarah Seven</a> from <a href="http://whitetoronto.com" target="_blank">White Toronto</a>. Necklace by <a href="http://www.erintracy.ca" target="_blank">Erin Tracy</a>. Rings by <a href="http://laurieflemingjewellery.com" target="_blank">Laurie Fleming</a>.
<strong>Garden Variety</strong><br />
A chic eyelet halter dress looks gorgeous in the <a href="http://terrebleu.ca" target="_blank">Terre Bleu</a> fields, which are comprised of eight different lavender varietals. Blooms hit their peak between late June and late August making the farm a dream wedding photo location.<br />
Dress by <a href="https://www.maggiesottero.com/sottero-and-midgley" target="_blank">Sottero & Midgley</a>. Floral crown by <a href="http://www.ladyhayes.com" target="_blank">Lady Hayes</a>.
<strong>Short & Sweet</strong><br />
Perfect for a hot summer day, this lace romper is the ultimate cool-girl wedding choice.<br />
Romper by <a href="http://www.davidsbridal.ca" target="_blank">Cynthia Rowley for David’s Bridal</a>. Belt by <a href="http://www.laurajayne.com/index.php" target="_blank">Laura Jayne</a> from <a href="http://whitetoronto.com" target="_blank">White Toronto</a>. Shoes, stylist's own. Bouquet by <a href="http://www.fromthepottingshed.com" target="_blank">From the Potting Shed</a>.
<strong>Beautiful Dreamer</strong><br />
This whimsical yellow door is an iconic spot at <a href="http://terrebleu.ca" target="_blank">Terre Bleu</a>. A bold dress design complete with daring side cut-outs is the perfect complement to the statement-making installation.<br />
Dress by <a href="http://www.daughtersofsimone.com" target="_blank">Daughters of Simone</a> from <a href="http://www.loversland.com" target="_blank">Loversland</a>. Choker from <a href="http://www.loversland.com" target="_blank">Loversland</a>.
ICYDK we are in the midst of engagement season, a magical window of time from Christmas through Valentine’s Day when 35 per cent of proposals take place.
These days, women are more involved than ever in the selection of their engagement rings—it’s the most important piece of jewellery you’ll wear so being sure it’s perfect for you is paramount. And trust when we say, the man in your life is just fine with you providing input (because, you know, it will make his job easier!)
To get the scoop the hottest new engagement ring trends, we spoke to famed jewellery designer David Yurman and his wife Sybil, who collaborated on the dazzling new David Yurman Wedding Collection. Here the couple share the scoop on everything from the coolest ring styles to popular metals and whether or not size still matters.
Weddingbells:How important do you think it is for the bride to be involved in the selection of her ring?
Sybil Yurman: “I think deciding how and when a bride gets involved should be completely up to the couple. We do see more women visiting our bridal counters alone to try on different styles, metals, cuts, and I think that’s wonderful. We have also just re-launched the wedding experience on our website, which is a great resource to those browsing and wanting to learn more about diamonds and engagement rings.”
WB: What are the hot ring styles for today’s modern bride and what style(s) do you think have had their day for now?
SY: “No one ring or collection is the most popular, there is a customer for every style and it just depends on personal preference. We are seeing more interest in unconventional styles such as our faceted Delaunay engagement rings (pictured) and men’s wedding band.”
WB: Tell us about the David Yurman Wedding Collection. What is the inspiration? How many pieces are in the line and who is the David Yurman bride?
David Yurman: “I have always been a hunter of stones, including diamonds. When we started to think about creating bridal jewelry, we wanted to create unique rings that were designed and set around the stone; not the other way around. This way, no two rings are alike and each bride can have her own interpretation of both stone and design to match her lifestyle.”
SY: “The collection is a continued evolution of our brand, and continues to be an incredibly popular category for us. Our established wedding collections include: Crossover, which features a criss-crossed pavé-set band and was originally inspired by my X Series of paintings. Wisteria is another one of my favorites, and features an intertwined band. Our new collections feature something for every bride-to-be: Lanai, which features pavé diamond-finished twist rings; Astor, which features wrapped wedding bands in yellow, rose or white gold; and Delaunay, which features the faceted metal engagement ring with a striking emerald-cut diamond set in the east-west orientation.”
WB: There are many metal options available with engagement settings—what are your current favourites and how do you both feel about the metal choice impacting the presentation of a diamond?
DY: “While we always focus on the stone first, metal choice is also important. It would depend on the bride’s skin tone, and their personal style. We have seen a rise in desire for rose gold as of late, and it’s something that we are now offering more of in our wedding collections.”
WB: Does size still matter when it comes to engagement rings?
SY: “I don’t think it should ever be about sheer size alone. For us, an engagement ring is about finding your own unique style and treasuring a piece of jewellery that will endure for years to come.”
WB: We are now in the midst of engagement season what do you think makes for a romantic proposal?
DY: “A proposal is so unique to every couple. For us, I asked Sybil to marry me every other year for 11 years! Sybil knew we were a great team, but her Bohemian spirit had always resisted the idea of tying the knot. Finally, in 1979, after 11 years together, she was ready. On our way to the ceremony, Sybil asked me if I had the rings. I thought: ‘Rings? What rings?’ So, I ran back to our loft and soldered two simple gold bands together —one band for Sybil, double bands for me. We still have them. These rings still symbolize our partnership, the shapes and forms we create together.”
If you are a bride who wants to rock a unique gown, it’s your time to shine! The hottest bridal fashion trends for 2017 truly offer something for everyone. Some of our favourite styles of the season include beautiful boho gowns with incredible bell sleeves, a peplum pantsuit that’s equal parts sexy and chic, elegant off-the-shoulder necklines, and modern princess silhouettes that combine drama, femininity and gorgeous fabrics to create a show-stopping wedding gown. Here we highlight the bridal fashion trends you’ll be seeing a lot more of in the year ahead.
Channel your inner hippie and choose a unique dress with gorgeous lace bell sleeves. The look is very rock & roll and completely on trend for 2017.<br />
Dress by <a href="https://clairepettibone.com" target="_blank">Claire Pettibone</a>. Earrings by <a href="http://marklash.com" target="_blank">Mark Lash</a>.
<strong>MODERN PRINCESS</strong><br />
We love the easy design (it has pockets!) of this dramatic dress. A sexy lace tank-style bodice, voluminous ball skirt and dramatic train tick all the boxes for a perfect gown.<br />
Dress by <a href="https://www.jlmcouture.com/Lazaro" target="_blank">Lazaro</a> from <a href="http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/search/Kleinfeld/Kleinfeld-Home?no_mobile=true/" target="_blank">Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay</a>. Earrings and necklace by <a href="http://marklash.com" target="_blank">Mark Lash</a>.
This was perhaps the biggest trend we saw happening on Fall & Winter 2017 bridal runways. We love the elegance of this column gown with ruching on the bodice and neckline.<br />
Dress by <a href="http://www.jmendel.com" target="_blank">J. Mendel</a> from <a href="http://whitetoronto.com/" target="_blank">White Toronto</a>. Earrings and bracelet by <a href="http://marklash.com" target="_blank">Mark Lash</a>.
This trend lends an air of sexiness to a wedding dress without overexposure. A deep plunging neckline paired with lace-appliqué-adorned sheer panels is bold and beautiful.<br />
Dress by <a href="http://www.pninatornai.com" target="_blank">Pnina Tornai</a> for <a href="http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/search/Kleinfeld/Kleinfeld-Home?no_mobile=true/" target="_blank">Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay</a>. Earrings by <a href="http://marklash.com" target="_blank">Mark Lash</a>. Necklace (worn as bracelet) from <a href="http://www.maisonbirks.com/en/" target="_blank">Maison Birks</a>.
<strong>3-D FLORALS</strong><br />
We love this fresh take on embellishments. Delicate flowers come to life adding a gorgeous dimension and texture to gowns.<br />
Dress by <a href="http://www.dicarlocouture.com/" target="_blank">Di Carlo Couture by Antoinette Di Carlo</a>. Earrings and ring by <a href="http://marklash.com" target="_blank">Mark Lash</a>.
Channel your inner Material Girl with a bow-cinched gown. If you are looking for a dress with a red carpet vibe, this one is perfection.<br />
Dress by <a href="https://www.verawang.com" target="_blank">Vera Wang</a>. Earrings by <a href="http://marklash.com" target="_blank">Mark Lash</a>. Ring by <a href="http://www.maisonbirks.com/en/" target="_blank">Maison Birks</a>.
This peplum two-piece ensemble is the essence of haute bridal couture. Combine this look with modern jewellery and a pair of incredible shoes and you've got the makings of a statement-making bridal outfit.<br />
Pantsuit by <a href="https://www.rosaclara.es/en/" target="_blank">Rosa Clara</a>. Necklace by <a href="http://www.vincecamuto.com/" target="_blank">Vince Camuto</a>. Earrings and ring by <a href="http://marklash.com" target="_blank">Mark Lash</a>. Shoes by <a href="https://www.davidsfootwear.com" target="_blank">Rene Caovilla at David's Footwear</a>.
<strong>TIERED SKIRTING</strong><br />
Miles and miles of tiers and ruffles combine to create a look that's frilly, feminine and fabulous!<br />
Dress by <a href="http://eddyk.com/" target="_blank">Eddy K</a>. Necklace and bracelet by <a href="http://www.betseyjohnson.com/" target="_blank">Betsey Johnson</a>.
The year’s most fashionable bridal makeup looks are all about the eyes. When it comes to makeup for 2017 weddings, we’re love a look that’s equal parts statement and high style.
Want to try out a fashion-forward bridal beauty look? During your makeup trial, have your makeup artist experiment with eye shadow intensity, dramatic liner and lashes. The results are gorgeous and definitely dramatic so don’t be surprised if you see your friends attempting to emulate your statement-making look.
Photography by Chris Nicholls. Fashion styling by Tara Williams. Makeup by Grace Lee, lead artist Maybelline New York Canada/Plutino Group. Hair by Tony Masciangelo, Alcorn Hair/P1M. Beauty direction and art direction by Caroline Bishop. First published in the Spring & Summer 2017 edition of Weddingbells.
This season’s most romantic wedding dresses mix heavenly fabrics with darling details to create the ultimate ethereal gowns. Vintage laces dotted with delicate crystals, transparent fabrics paired with slinky silhouettes that beautifully hug the body and beautiful brocades that are fit for a princess are just are a few of our favourites. To showcase all the gorgeousness, we created our very own bridal atelier on set, having fun with vintage props and yards of gorgeous fabrics. Never has bridal shopping looked so chic!
The west coast is the best coast, as they say, and for a honeymoon with a definite Canadiana cool factor, Vancouver is the place.
What is it that makes Van City so enchanting? Framed by the dreamy North Shore Mountains, Vancouver delivers a travel experience brimming with luxury experiences, outdoor adventure and incredible food. The oceanic climate is certainly a bonus too—summers are typically dry and warm with little humidity and winter temperatures rarely dip below double digits. Vancouver is also a great jumping off point from which to explore nearby Whistler, Victoria, Nanaimo and Sechelt.
We’ll show you five must-have experiences for the vacation of a lifetime in Vancouver.
A dreamy boho bridal look is the ultimate for a summer or destination bride. The sort of romantic wedding makeup is all about softness with flawless skin, soft colour on cheeks, eyes and lips and a gorgeous fragrance that hits the right notes of being ethereal yet slightly exotic. We’ve curated a selection of boho bridal beauty essentials that are critical for putting together a flawless, wedding appropriate no-makeup makeup look.
Creating a shot list for your photographer is one of the most important things on your wedding to-do list and we’re all for thinking outside of the box and getting seriously creative when it comes to this wedding day task. Adding props, interesting locations and pets are just a few cool ways to make your pictures a standout (and, let’s face it, give a serious spike to your Insta likes). We asked Toronto-based wedding planner Rebecca Chan owner of Rebecca Chan Weddings for her favourite original wedding photo ideas—here are her five suggestions (and amazing examples from recent weddings she planned!)
1. Use sparklers.
These hand-held fireworks look fantastic at night, especially in outdoor spaces like a garden or terrace. Check to see if your venue allows sparklers and can help facilitate lighting them all at once for your guests. “I love doing sparkler first dances just before kicking off the dance floor,” says Chan.
2. For your first look, do something fun!
“This couple incorporated a balloon release (in their wedding colours of course) as part of their first look. It took a little bit of coordinating, but it was so worth it,” says Chan.
3. Include your favourite things.
Do you love to play softball together? Do you have a pet? Include your favourite hobbies or furry friends as part of your wedding photo session. “I’ve hired dog sitters to transport (and dress up) pooches for photos outside the church,” says Chan.
4. Think of cool locations that don’t require photo permits.
“Scout for interesting locations weeks before the wedding day with your photographer to find something uniquely you and different than just the same old park setting,” Chan advises.
5. Incorporate bridesmaids’ or groomsmen’s gifts.
When selecting gifts for your wedding party, consider something they can wear either on, or while getting ready for, your wedding day. “Something matching but personalized always makes for a great photo, whether it be shoes, a fun tie bar, or cute pajamas,” says Chan. It can even be something fun that you can eat together as part of the getting ready portion of the day, like cotton candy!
“The best advice for great photos is to be present in your celebration. Be yourself. Don’t sweat the small stuff and have fun. Your natural beauty will show through in your photos when you are relaxed and enjoying your day,” says Chan.
British designer Jenny Packham is famous for her elegant and exquisitely detailed designs. Her ready-to-wear creations are a favourite of Kate Middleton’s (most recently the Duchess wore bespoke Jenny Packham for her arrival in Victoria, British Columbia for the Canadian royal tour) and her bridal designs have been worn by celebrity brides including Kim Sears (wife of Wimbledon champ Andy Murray) and Halle Berry. Earlier this year she introduced Wonder by Jenny Packham, a collaboration with David’s Bridal, which features a dreamy lineup of gowns embodying the beauty of Packham’s gorgeous designs at a very accessible price point.
With the newest additions to the Wonder by Jenny Packham lineup hitting the market this fall, we recently caught up with the designer to learn what inspires her and to get some expert wedding dress shopping tips.
Weddingbells: Why do you love designing bridal gowns? Jenny Packham: “I have always aspired to create something truly special and beautiful that the bride feels confident when wearing – this is always at the forefront of my design process and my greatest challenge. I love the process of designing a bridal collection, from sourcing inspiration to selecting fabrics and embellishments.”
WB: Is there one era that inspires your designs? JP: “I find inspiration everywhere I go, from vintage markets in Paris to exquisite pieces of antique jewellery and Shakespearean plays; it is one of my greatest pleasures.”
WB: What is one bridal fashion do, and bridal fashion don’t that you swear by? JP: “When it comes to accessorizing your look, I believe that they should complement your gown rather than compete with it. Delicate accessories work well with a bigger dress, while statement jewellery can add instant glamour to a simpler silhouette.”
WB: What is the Wonder by Jenny Packham for David’s Bridal signature style? JP: “The styles are very feminine with vintage-inspired beading and delicate, understated embellishments. Flowing silhouettes complement more contemporary structured shapes, elegantly exposed backs, delicate appliqué and embellishments.”
WB: Is there a dress in the collection that is your favourite? JP: “It is difficult to pick a favourite. One dress I particularly love was inspired by wild flowers—the hand beaded leaf motifs, clusters of pearls and floral appliqué add a whimsical romance. Another very special dress is a design perfect for a maid of honor—it features a kaleidoscope of brightly-coloured sequins beaded onto a backdrop of blush pink.”
WB: What is the most important thing a bride should consider when shopping for her gown? JP: “Take your time to find the perfect dress and remember it should also be a fun experience! There is a huge variety of different styles and silhouettes, so do try on lots of dresses until you find the one!”
WB: What are classic elements of bridal style that will always look fresh? JP: “When I am designing, I am always considerate of the way the cut, draping and beading will best enhance the bride, making her feel confident and beautiful.”
WB: Who is your favourite iconic celebrity bride? JP: “Elizabeth Taylor on her wedding day to Richard Burton—she wore a canary yellow dress with white flowers in her braided hair.”
WB: Finish this statement: A bride’s perfect dress is… JP: “…the one that makes her feel truly fabulous!”
Hairstylist Tony Masciangelo, co-owner of Toronto’s Alcorn Hair, knows updos. “Weddings are, of course, a big part of what I do as a stylist,” Masciangelo says. “In my career I have worked with hundreds of brides — too many to count — and my role is always to make the bride feel her most beautiful. In this era of social media and online connections, I receive many messages from past brides telling me how I played such an important role in their day and their wedding memories.”
Masciangelo says the best wedding updos are classic and simple. “The updos I favour are unfussy, beautiful and clean. Less is definitely more when it comes to wedding hair.”
Here are three of Masciangel0’s favourite updo styles to create a runway-ready, red-carpet-worthy wedding day look.
Rolling hills, dramatic sea cliffs and luxury castles are just a few of Ireland’s many alluring attributes. You can’t help but be swept away by the bucolic landscapes of country — but it’s not just the incredible scenery that makes Ireland a remarkable travel destination. Amazing food, welcoming people, and the diversity of travel experiences you can have all in one place all add to the appeal. This is a destination where you can truly have the best of the country and the city.
We’ll show you where to stay and what to see in order to make the most of your Irish honeymoon.
Sexy silhouettes have become a staple of bridal fashion over the past several seasons. Plunging necklines and dress backs, sky-high skirt slits and sheer side panels running the length of the leg have become almost as prevalent as demure designs, but the 2017 wedding dress trend that everyone is talking about most is cut-outs. Several designers, including Christos, Ines Di Santo and Christian Siriano, showed gowns with peek-a-boo panels just above the hips. Some dresses were fitted with barely there sheer inlays, while others had a little more coverage with pretty lace and fishnet fabrics. The good news? This daring design detail creates a sleek and slimming effect that is incredibly flattering on almost every body type.
For his first bridal collection for Kleinfeld, Christian Siriano showcased a buzzy lineup of textured gowns and gorgeous silhouettes. This particular gown’s cut-outs blend seamlessly into the design to create an elongated, elegant silhouette.
Gowns with very minimal detailing are becoming increasingly popular and what we love about this one by Kenneth Pool is that it has some small, delicate lace panels on the sides to give a hint of sexiness to an otherwise clean and classic gown.
Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the union, but it’s also one of the most picturesque and romantic. Taylor Swift owns a home in the tony Watch Hill area and, ICYMI, The Ocean State’s shoreline has served as the backdrop for Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddlestone’s sizzling new romance.
We visited Tay’s favourite summer hang out spot recently to see why she’s so smitten. What we discovered was a truly enchanting honeymoon destination. From luxurious Victorian hotels and rustic hideaways to vineyards and breathtaking beaches, Rhode Island has it all. Here are four more reasons why we love this little slice of New England:
1. It’s home to one of the world’s most luxurious hotels Swift’s neighbourhood of Watch Hill runs along a dramatic stretch of the Atlantic Ocean. If Swifty has yet to extend a personal invite to her pad, you can stay in the same area at the historic and iconic Ocean House. Built on the bluffs of Watch Hill over 135 years ago, the Victorian-style property is one of only 10 Forbes triple five star hotels in the world—everything from the accommodations to the food, service, grounds and OH!Spa are incredibly luxe. The 49 guest rooms and 18 suites are spacious and feature coastal décor that combines modern and antique design finishes. With 13 oceanfront acres to explore, this seaside Relais & Chateaux resort also has a private 650-foot white sand beach perfect for strolling.
Photo via iStockphoto
2. Autumn in Rhode Island is unforgettable Though it’s an amazing destination in spring and summer too, autumn is when Rhode Island truly shines. Bordered by Connecticut and Massachusetts, Rhode Island is surrounded by natural beauty and that means gorgeous fall colours. The best way to see it is to take a little road trip around the area and even dip into the neighbouring states (if you’re staying at Ocean House you can borrow one of the property’s Mercedes convertibles for a sexy sightseeing tour).
3. It’s close to wine country Did you know that neighbouring Connecticut is a hot bed for wine makers? In fact, one of the best vineyards in New England is located in North Stonington, just across Rhode Island’s state line. John Edwards Winery has been in business since 2000 (they also have vineyards in Napa Valley) and a visit to property is a must for oenophiles. Book a tasting and tour of the property where you can explore its rambling 48 acres, see the wine-making process, and enjoy a sampling of both John Edwards east and west coast vintages. You will definitely want to take a few bottles home with you too as a honeymoon souvenir.
4. It has a rustic and romantic side If you truly want privacy and to be surrounded by nature’s serenity, there is a beautiful and plush hideaway in Rhode Island that’s perfect for that. The Weekapaug Inn, a sister property to Ocean House (and also a Relais & Chateaux property), boasts similarly exceptional food, service and accommodations with a vastly different laid-back vibe. Built on the shores of the tranquil Quonchontaug Pond, the inn dates back to 1899 though the property as it stands today was restored in 2010. There are just 31 cozy guest rooms here, all of which feature charming country-luxe décor (Weekapaug designer Nancy Taylor made each room unique) and pond or cove views. You can hit the beach, canoe, kayak, bike, bird watch or just relax in the beauty of your guest room and the inn’s common areas. You will be well rested and very well fed thanks to the Weekapaug’s incredible menus—the traditional Sunday Roast lunch is a must.