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A Romantic Summer Wedding In Alton, Ontario

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A Romantic Summer Wedding in Alton, Ontario -

When asked about how Diana and Sohrab met, Diana laughs. “Believe it or not, we met at a club,” she says. “We were both there for our friends’ birthdays, and my girlfriends pointed him out to me and told me to talk to him.” After agreeing to meet for Greek food on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue, the pair learned they had mutual friends. Eight years later, after a few long distance stints and many Skype calls, Diana and Sohrab made it official.

The couple approached their wedding with a romantic look in mind. “We wanted the day to feel classic but also modern,” Diana explains. “We chose white, ivory, cream, blush, soft greys, natural greens and brass accents.”

With the reception held in a beautiful tent at the Alton Mill Arts Centre, candles, white flowers and greenery adorned the tables. “I loved seeing all the candles lit up in the tent, and sitting under a lace canopy held by our mothers, grandmothers and bridesmaids in front of a traditional Persian sofreh aghd (wedding spread).”

Reading a handwritten letter from Sohrab just before putting on her wedding gown was one of the highlights of the day for Diana. “It took me three attempts to read it because I was in tears,” Diana recalls. “Sohrab is a man of few words and to have him do something like this was very unexpected, thoughtful and touching.”

They shared their first dance to “Yellow” by Coldplay. After going to several Coldplay concerts together, they knew it was the perfect song for them. “It brought back memories of being in the moment and seeing million lights brighten a dark room,” Diana smiles. “We also shared a lot of laughs with this song trying to practice our first dance in the kitchen.”

Diana Biacora and Sohrab Ghazi-Zadeh, July 8, 2016, Alton, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of LV Imagery.

Ceremony and reception venue: Alton Mills Arts Centre
Bridal gown: Naeem Khan from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay
Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo
Groom’s tux: Hugo Boss
Groomsmen attire: Freeman Formalwear
Wedding planner: Melissa Medalla of near+dear events
Caterer: Toben Food By Design
Flowers: Sweet Woodruff
Stationery: Studio Apricity
Cake: Rococoa Butter
Hair and makeup: Artistrhi
Favours: DIY persian walnut cookies
Music: Taylor Nelles McGee
Website studio: Eastwood Design

A Woodsy Wedding In Abbotsford

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A Woodsy Wedding in Abbotsford British Columbia - Bride and Groom

Drew, an Ohio native, and Jenny, who is from British Columbia, met while studying in Israel with their schools for a month. “We emailed each other back and forth randomly until one day Drew invited me to see a show he was playing with his band, Fever Fever, in Seattle,” Jenny shares. “We hung out and after that, there were endless Facebook messages and Skype chats.” In June 2015, Drew flew out to B.C. to make their relationship official. “He surprised me when he flew in that weekend,” Jenny recalls. “I was even more surprised the next time I came to visit Ohio, when he proposed!”

Instead of deciding on a particular theme or palette, the couple wanted to focus on how the wedding would feel. “We knew we wanted our guests to feel rested, refreshed and inspired at our wedding, and we used this as the guiding principle throughout the entire process,” Jenny explains.

Instead of having separate tables for their reception, the couple kept the guest list intimate and had all the guests sit together at one long table. “A lot of people travelled to B.C. for our wedding,” Jenny says. “My parents live in Papua New Guinea, and Drew and his family are all from Ohio, and my best friend is from Ontario. So we had a lot of people who didn’t know each other, but since our group was so small, everyone was chatting and interacting.”

It was Drew who wrote the music for their wedding, including a song that played as Jenny walked down the aisle. “I asked him to write something with a piano, that was inviting and slow, but also like something new and enchanting being born,” Jenny smiles. “He wrote a layered song that grew as the procession proceeded, with the most lively part when I walked in!”

Jennifer Chell and Andrew Murfin, January 9, 2016, Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Taliah Leigh.

Ceremony venue: Clayburn Church
Reception venue: Spruce Collective
Bridal gown: DIY by bride and her mother
Groom’s tux: H&M
Caterer: Columbia Gourmet Catering
Flowers: Shar Warkentin
Stationery: DIY by groom, bride and bride’s mother
Favours: Purdy’s

Get Pippa Middleton’s Bridal Look With These Five Dresses

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Get Pippa Middleton's Bridal Look With These Five Dresses - Viktor & Rolf Spring 2018 Wedding Dress

Pippa Middleton’s nuptials to James Matthews took place this past Saturday and if you were one of the millions of people watching her every move, you’re probably swooning over her spectacular bridal style just like we are. The Duchess of Cambridge’s sister enlisted British designer Giles Deacon to create a bespoke wedding dress for that’s sophisticated, modern, and suited Pippa perfectly.

Pippa’s bridal look will be the talk of bridal fashion trends for months come. If you are looking to emulate her classic wedding look, we’ve rounded up five dress styles Spring 2018 Bridal Week that’ll have you looking Pippa-perfect on your wedding day.

A Boho-Chic Wedding At The University Of Saskatchewan

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A Boho-Chic Wedding at the University of Saskatchewan - Bride and Groom

Danielle and Noel first met on campus at the University of Saskatchewan. After getting engaged, the couple was looking for a venue for months before walking into University of Saskatchewan’s Marquis Hall. “Noel looked out the window onto the campus and pointed to the first place he ever saw me,” Danielle shares. “We teared up, and then sealed the deal on the venue!”

With the help of their wedding planners at The Black Door Events, Danielle and Noel decked their venue in white and gold details, paired with natural greenery. “Our goal was to avoid clutter, keep it crisp, clean and elegant,” Danielle explains.

On the day of the wedding, the weather did not cooperate. “I was devastated when we were told we couldn’t hold the ceremony outside like we had planned,” Danielle recalls. “We ended up holding it indoors, and it turned out to be absolutely stunning.” The big gold windows in the venue showcased the campus and the fall colours, giving the couple that element of nature they were hoping for. “Walking down the aisle, seeing him waiting at the end, I was the most calm I’d been leading up to the wedding,” Danielle smiles.

Dancing was one of their highlights of the entire day. “Our friend performed ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ for our first dance, which was a dream of mine since I heard it in My Best Friend’s Wedding,” Danielle says. “We had DJ Charly Hustle, who doesn’t typically do weddings. We were lucky to have him play at ours, and the dance floor was lit up all night!”

Danielle Doyscher and Noel Roeger, September 24, 2016, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Photography courtesy of deMo Photography.

Ceremony and reception venue: University of Saskatchewan
Bridal gown: Shareen Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
Groom’s tux: Indochino
Wedding planner: The Black Door Events
Flowers: Blossoms Living
Table numbers: Rifle Paper Co.
Place cards: Honey Lane Designs
Cake: Maryann Roeger
Hair: Rachel Stange
Makeup: Caty McCulloch
Music: The Lost Keys Trio, Rylan Schultz, DJ Charly Hustle

The Best Ideas for an Over-The-Top Destination Wedding

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The Best Ideas for An Over-The-Top Destination Wedding - Ceremony with a View

Destination weddings should be nothing short of a fabulous, memorable affair with your favourite people, gorgeous scenery and endless excitement. Celebrating your special day at a beautiful location abroad is definitely one way to take your wedding to the next level, but it doesn’t have to stop there.

When it comes to destination weddings, more is more, and we love the idea of a unique, over-the-top event that’ll get your guests talking. That’s why we turned to LUXE Destination Weddings founder Tara Soloway to give us the scoop on how to take your destination wedding from ordinary to extraordinary.

From lavish, lush floral decor to a fun bonfire cocktail reception, here are some of Soloway’s top recommendations for an over-the-top destination wedding.

An Intimate Backyard Wedding In New Brunswick

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An Intimate Backyard Wedding in New Brunswick - Bride and Groom

“We almost lived together once,” Alisa admits when asked about how she and Mathieu met. “He was looking for a roommate, and I was looking for a room.” It never ended up happening, but a few years later the pair met again and sparks flew.

For their wedding, the couple wanted colours that would pop, but also represented their simple and sweet personalities. “We chose yellow and white for the flowers, and shades of grey to tie everything together,” Alisa shares. The ceremony was held at the bride’s parents’ home, decked out in DIY details by the bride’s mother, including the buckets of white and yellow flowers that adorned the aisles.

Their first dance was one of Alisa’s favourite moments. “Mathieu picked Eric Clapton’s ‘You Look Wonderful Tonight,'” she smiles. “I know it meant a great deal to him. The song fits us like a glove–we are a team and I feel the song portrays that. We also like that it is a little cheesy. But good cheesy. We like the cheese sometimes.”

At the orchard reception, guests enjoyed a buffet meal of roasted pig, baked potatoes and salads. Dessert wasn’t a wedding cake, but a tower of pies. “We baked all the pies together with the help of a few friends, froze them, and then created the tower of pies on the day of the wedding,” Alisa explains. “My dad even built a big stand so we could layer them in a perfect tower!”

Alisa Arsenault and Mathieu LeBlanc, September 3, 2016, Moncton, New Brunswick.

Photography courtesy of Studio AFN.

Ceremony venue: Bride’s parents’ home
Reception venue: Verger Belliveau Orchard
Bridal gown: Vintage Bride
Groom’s tux: Moores
Roasted pig: Boudreau Meat Market
Flowers: DIY
Pies: DIY
Favours: DIY vintage teacup plants

10 Treats You Need For Your Sweet Table

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Sweet tables have become a modern wedding must-have. Along with the obvious functional purpose, having a table for your desserts also doubles as decadent decor for your reception.

With this in mind, we’ve picked some of the best sweet table treats that are easily customizable to any theme or colour palette. You can bring these photos with you when consulting your caterer or cake designer, but if you’re up for a fun DIY, many of them are also easy to whip up yourself.

If you’re looking for ideas that go way beyond typical cupcakes and macarons, this list is definitely for you. Here are 10 modern sweet table ten treats guaranteed to have your guests drooling.

An Elegant White and Gold Wedding In Quebec City

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An Elegant White and Gold Wedding in Quebec City - Bride and Groom

When it came time to propose to Marie-Joëlle, Geoff knew it had to be somewhere special. He decided on Big Sur, California, Marie-Joëlle’s favourite place in the world. “I was not expecting anything, I seriously thought we were only going on a hike!” Marie-Joëlle reveals. “Needless to say, this was the biggest surprise of my life!”

The couple’s venues highlighted the beauty of Québec City, and truly wowed their guests, many of whom had come from the United States. “Many of them couldn’t believe how beautiful Québec was, especially the picturesque views,” Marie-Joëlle shares. “The wedding register at the church goes back to the 1600s–it’s so rich in history and romance.”

Wanting to showcase the beauty of the venues, the couple kept their decor simple and elegant. “White and gold feel both classic and glamorous, so those were our colours,” Marie-Joëlle explains. “The white flowers and gold chairs helped to create a romantic atmosphere while showcasing our colour scheme.”

The highlight of the evening was the Motown band, Dave Brown and the Versatiles. “We discovered them at a wedding in New York City and fell in love with them,” Marie-Joëlle reveals. “We decided to fly all eight musicians to Québec City–an ambitious endeavour, but so worth it!”

Marie-Joëlle Pagé-Parent and Geoffrey De Wilde, June 18, 2016, Québec City, Québec.

Photography courtesy of Magnolia Studio.

Ceremony venue: Notre-Dame-des-Victoires
Reception venue: Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique
Bridal gown: Boutique Anne Jean-Michel
Groom’s tux: Ralph Lauren
Wedding planner: Elisabeth B. Mariages & Évenements
Caterer: La Mangue Verte
Flowers: La Fleur d’Europe
Stationery: Minted
Hair: Anaïs Côté
Makeup: Martine L’Heureux
Band: Dave Brown and the Versatiles
Music: DJ Tru Spin

A Rustic Country Wedding Outside Ottawa

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A Rustic Country Wedding Outside of Ottawa - Bride and Groom

Lindsay and Robert’s love story is a cross-country one. The couple met at the Shawville Fair in Quebec and were engaged in Alberta during a vacation together, exploring the Columbia icefields. “We went on a walk not far from our hotel to get to this gorgeous view of the Kananaskis River,” Lindsay recalls. “It was perfect–the sky was a pretty purple and the moon was out and full. Rob couldn’t have chosen a more perfect spot to ask me to spend the rest of my life with him.”

While planning their wedding, the pair knew they wanted to treat their guests to a warm, country celebration that had a vintage look and a touch of elegance. “We came up with wood, lace and pearls as the inspiration for our wedding theme,” Lindsay explains. “Our wedding venue, Evermore, was absolutely stunning and the perfect fit for us. We fell in love as soon as we walked into the barn!”

When it comes to her favourite wedding details, Lindsay divulges how much she loved their DIY centrepieces. “So much work was put into them!” Lindsay smiles. “The boxes were built out of old barn board and the flowers were hand-picked from the side of the road the night before.”

Lindsay and Rob also put together the large photo backdrop. “We spent hours building, staining and hand-painting it,” Lindsay shares. “We wanted to give our guests a personal touch from us, and allow them to enjoy many couple and group pictures.”

Lindsay Walter and Robert Lamothe, August 6, 2016, Almonte, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Chelsea Mason.

Ceremony venue: St. John Chrysostom Church
Reception venue: Evermore Weddings & Events Inc.
Bridal gown: Kenneth Wilson from All That Glitters
Bridesmaid dresses: B2 by Jasmine from All That Glitters
Groom’s tux: Moores
Caterer: Salt Ottawa
Flowers: Pretty Pots Flower Shop Inc.
Stationery: Sylvia Krawiecki
Cake: Victoria McGregor
Hair: Shawndra Ward
Makeup: Leanna Johnston
Music: DJ Spanky from First Quality Sound
Videographer: Up North Wedding Films

Jenny Packham Spring 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Jenny Packham Spring 2018 Wedding Dresses

Jenny Packham is a name synonymous with gorgeous hand-beaded gowns. The designer’s spring 2018 collection stays true to form with an array of romantic silhouettes adorned with eclectic simmering embellishments.

In addition to the traditional white dresses, three red ensembles appeared within the collection, including a cocktail-length red dress with a flirty feathered skirt, and a glittery red sequin V-neck gown paired with a bold feathered jacket.

A few of the more traditional looks that stood out include a sleek jumpsuit with an intricate beaded embellished bodice and a form-fitting knee-length dress with subtle ruching and lace sleeves.

A Modern Wedding With Multicultural Elements

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A Modern Wedding with Multicultural Elements in Toronto - Bride and Groom

Camille and Andrew became engaged during a visit to Vancouver, where Camille grew up. The couple went for a walk around Camille’s old neighbourhood, Yaletown, when it started pouring rain–hard. “I turned around, and the next thing I knew, Andrew was on one knee proposing,” Camille recalls.

When it came to planning the decor, the couple only had two requirements: For there to be lavender, and chill, happy vibes. “Lavender smells so lovely, but it also served as a tribute to my mother, who loved the flowers,” Camille shares. “Our venue, The Burroughes, was the perfect place to hold the relaxed, contemporary celebration we were envisioning–especially its cool rooftop patio.”

Guests were served multicultural food and drinks at the reception, including Thai cuisine, South African, French and Canadian wines and Chinese beers. “We also had the best coffee from Boxcar Social served at the end of the night,” Camille adds. “Everyone loved it.”

The couple says the entire night was filled with special moments. “We were fortunate to celebrate Andrew’s grandmother’s ninetieth and my grandmother’s eightieth birthdays, and our parents’ speeches were incredibly touching,” Camille smiles. “The best part was being surrounded by our closest friends and family members, many of whom had travelled far to be there. It was unforgettable.”

Camille Verschooris and Andrew Lounsbury, June 11, 2016, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Brandon Scott.

Ceremony and reception venue: The Burroughes
Bridal gown: Theia Couture top and Claire La Faye skirt from Sash & Bustle
Groom’s tux: Harry Rosen
Wedding planner: Rebecca Chan
Caterer: Khao San Road
Cake: Daango by Baker Siu
Flowers: Crown Flora
Stationery: Kaylie Whitcher
Hair and makeup: Ashley Rocha
Music: Lissa Monet
Coffee bar: Boxcar Social

Romantique By Claire Pettibone Spring 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Claire Pettibone Spring 2018 Wedding Dresses

Claire Pettibone is known for her romantic, regal and ethereal wedding dresses and the designer’s accessible Romantique line is no exception. The latest offering from Claire Pettibone Romantique is the Vineyard collection, a selection of airy silhouettes with an elegant boho vibe.

Backless silhouettes and illusion panelling featured prominently within the new collection, giving gowns a subtly sexy aesthetic. One of the standout pieces is an off-the-shoulder gown featuring lace sleeves and a lace skirt with a jagged hem. If you’re looking for a more relaxed look with just the right amount of embellishment, these dresses are for you.

Marchesa Spring 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Marchesa Spring 2018 Wedding Dresses

Modern, fresh dresses were the focal point of Marchesa’s eclectic spring 2018 collection. An unconventional runway and a gorgeous floral backdrop complemented each wedding dress perfectly, allowing a bride to envision how the dress would look on her wedding day.

The new collection showcased some of spring 2018’s most predominant trends, including oversized bows, black details and off-the-shoulder silhouettes.

Some of the highlights include a beautiful white off-the-shoulder gown adorned with bow sleeves and a large bow accent in the back, and a whimsical cocktail-length dress with a ruffled skirt and black-accented bodice, paired with show-stopping feather shoes with lace and a black bow.

All of the dress in this collection are perfect for a bride who loves dreamy, delicate details but is also looking to make a fierce, fashion-forward statement.

Important Wedding Fragrance Tips From A Perfume Designer

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Important Wedding Fragrance Tips from a Perfume Designer

Eau Contemporaine is available at Simons on May 4.

Here at Weddingbells, we know just how important it is to find the perfect perfume for your special day. Although often overlooked, picking the ideal scent is just as crucial as selecting your shoes or accessories. The nose remembers–and spritizing that special scent will bring back memories of your wedding day, whether you choose to wear it over and over again or save it for special occasions.

We recently chatted with the model-turned-fragrance designer Ruby Brown (who once modelled for Weddingbells!), whose latest project is collaborating with Simons to create the department store’s first perfume line, Eau Contemporaine. She’s also worked with countless brides to create custom wedding-day fragrances. Brown filled us in on how to go about finding a signature wedding scent, why it’s important and what fragrance she envisions wearing on her special day.

Weddingbells: Why is having a wedding day scent necessary?

Ruby Brown: Scent is such an intimate sense, and it creates memories of your big day. Every time you spray the scent it’ll bring you back to that day.

WB: Do you have any advice for brides when it comes to picking a wedding day fragrance?

RB: You definitely need to try it out prior to the big day and you have to feel confident in everything that you pick out. Try to go with something in the same scent family as the perfume you normally wear if you’re picking a special fragrance. If you usually wear citrus scents, stick with citrus. If you wear floral scents, choose a floral perfume.

WB: Out of the entire Eau Contemporaine line, which do you think brides will gravitate toward?

RB: I would say Soie, because Soie evokes the sensuality of a silk dress. Soie for me says bridal, and sensual, you want to feel sexy on your big day, you want to feel confident.

WB: Where are the most important places to spray your perfume to ensure it lasts all day?

RB: Generally, your pulse points: Behind your ears, behind your knees, in the inner part of your elbow. If you have sensitive skin, you can always spray it on your clothes (but avoid spraying it on spandex, polyester.) I always do about four spritzes. You can even spray it in your hair!

WB: You recently got engaged yourself. What fragrance will you be wearing on your special day?

RB: It depends on when the wedding will take place–if it happens this year, I’ll definitely be wearing Lin from the Eau Contemporaine line, otherwise I’ll probably mix myself a custom scent. But as you can see from the line, I’m a big fan of bergamot! It just puts you in such a great mood. It is now scientifically proven that citrus puts you in a happy mood, so there’s a reason we had to use bergamot orange in the line.