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The Best Flowers For Winter Weddings

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The Best Flowers for a Stunning Winter Wedding - Cotton

Planning a winter wedding? While you might have chosen a less popular time of year for a celebration than spring or summer, you definitely chose a season with plenty of stunning blooms perfect for your bridal bouquet!

It might be intuitive to think that winter is the off-season in terms of flowers, but there are actually endless beautiful options available for winter arrangements despite the colder temps.

A few of our favourites for the season are leafy green foliage, modern-looking anemones and even fluffy cotton for a rustic look. Check out the gallery below to familiarize yourself with the best flowers for winter weddings.

A Vineyard Wedding In Niagara-On-The-Lake

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A Classic Wedding in Niagara-on-the-Lake - Bride and Groom

Michael and Kaitlynn first met at work, where they developed a friendship that grew into something more. “As time passed, we both realized we were growing into something special, and wanted to explore a relationship with each other. Michael asked me out on a date, and after that, we were inseparable,” Kaitlynn says. Later, Michael decided to make it official, proposing over their Christmas holidays in South America. “To my heart’s joy, a ring box was waiting for me in the Christmas tree. Michael took the box in his hand, got down on one knee, and in the most loving way, asked me to be his wife, and share the rest of his life,” says Kaitlynn.

Michael and Kaitlynn chose a cream and gold colour scheme for their wedding venue, Stratus Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. “The palette we selected was warm, classic and romantic, which fit the balmy month of August,” Kaitlynn explains. “It was a great reflection of the dreamy feel we wanted to create in the romantic winery setting.”

One of the bride’s favourite wedding features was the flowers. “I’m in love with flowers. Ever since I watched Julia Robert’s wedding in Steel Magnolias, I knew I wanted flowers–lots of them—at my wedding,” says Kaitlynn. “I was so thrilled when I walked outside and saw how the reception area was arranged. It was like walking into a blossoming garden of matrimonial Eden!”

The day was full of special moments, but both the bride and groom agree that one the best parts of the evening was their first dance. “We chose the acoustic version of ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri to bring out extra emotion for what we felt on the day. This dance is one of my favourite moments to watch in our wedding video,” Kaitlynn says. Exchanging their vows was another unforgettable moment from the wedding, one which Kaitlynn says she will cherish forever. “Just hearing the man you have dreamed of all your life promise to love you, and be with you for eternity, is a moment that can’t be put into words.”

Kaitlynn Elliott and Michael Lawlor, August 22, 2015, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Brandon Scott.

Ceremony and reception venue: Stratus Vineyards
Bridal gown: Stella York from Sophie’s Gown Shoppe
Caterer: Queen’s Landing
Decor: Simply Beautiful Decor
Flowers: Wine Country Floral
Music: Sound Obsession
Stationery: Statue Rue


A Rustic And Romantic Wedding In Calgary

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A Rustic and Romantic Wedding in Calgary - Bride and Groom

Jeremy proposed to Theresa at the end of a month-long Europe trip, during their last stop in Paris. “On our last night there we went to the Eiffel Tower at sunset where he proposed,” Theresa remembers.

For their wedding, the couple put a lot of thought into small details that they knew would make the event festive and engaging. “We had a lot of fun coming up with the ideas, including: the handwritten place cards, a DIY macramé backdrop, selfie stick wedding favours, the wedding hashtag (#Jermesa2015), and the Polaroid and fingerprint guestbooks,” she says.

The theme was rustic romance with a palette of soft neutrals accented with bold greenery. “We wanted our wedding colours to be subtle and timeless, so we went with blush pinks, ivory and gold as our main hues. Our venue, Saskatoon Farm, featured plenty of beautiful shrubs and bold colours, so we tied it all together by adding gorgeous greenery to the bouquets,” Theresa says.

One of the couple’s favourite parts of the wedding was the super fun reception. “The wedding games we played were hilarious and quite unique. Whenever guests clinked their glasses, the MC would pick a famous kiss for us and another couple in the room to copy: we ended up emulating the Titanic kiss, the dip and kiss, and The Notebook kiss—everyone loved it!”

Theresa Duong and Jeremy Yeon, August 29, 2015, Calgary, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Shannon Yau.

Ceremony location: The Saskatoon Farm
Reception location: Calgary Zoo
Bridal gown: The Bridal Centre
Cake: Pretty Sweet
Favours: Selfie sticks from AliExpress
Flowers: Occasional Bloom
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas

A Rustic Wedding In Uxbridge, Ontario

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A Classic, Vintage Wedding in Uxbridge - Bride and Groom

Erik and Caitlin first met at Bishop’s University in Quebec. “On our first date, Erik taught me to drive standard in his trusty Mazda Protege 5. Seven years later, he proposed while we were sitting down by the bonfire at a cottage we had rented. I, of course, said yes!” Caitlin says.

In honour of the place they met, the couple chose a wedding colour palette based on the Bishop’s school colours, purple and silver. “Our colour scheme was lavender and grey. We felt that this was true to us but also a little more elegant for our wedding,” Caitlin explains.

For their venue, the couple chose Skyloft ski hill in Uxbridge, Ontario, a chalet with a rustic feel .”We felt like the vintage, rustic decor at our wedding helped to elevate the beauty and elegance of the space. Plus, it gave us the opportunity to do some fun DIY projects!” Caitlin says.

The couple says that of all the special moments throughout the day, sharing a first look before the ceremony was the most memorable. “It calmed my nerves significantly and allowed for the intimacy that the ceremony couldn’t provide. That private moment was one of the best parts of the whole day,” Caitlin remembers.

Caitlin McNamee-Lamb and Erik Johannesson, August 29, 2015, Uxbridge, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Ally & Nicholas Photography.

Ceremony and reception venue: Skyloft Ski Resort
Bridal gown: Casablanca Bridal from Michelle My Belle
Flowers: Ruffles & Twine
Minister: Rev. James Tyler Robertson
Music: Durham Wedding DJs

10 Epic Wedding Send-Offs That Don’t Involve Rice


10 Epic Send-Off Photos That Don't Involve Rice - Confetti

There’s nothing more romantic than a dramatic send-off involving all your closest friends and family. It makes for one of the most memorable celebratory moments of any wedding, and it’s definitely one that you’ll want to capture and frame later on. Next to the first dance and the first kiss, your send-off is the best photo op of your entire big day, so you’ll want to make sure it’s as epic as can be.

As wedding trends change and evolve, brides have become super inventive with everything from their ceremony backdrop to the shoes they wear on their wedding day, and the creativity doesn’t stop with the send-off. First, think about whether you want to do your send-off right after your ceremony or as you leave the reception venue — this will help you determine what the best celebratory props will be.

While having your guests throw rice at the end of the ceremony used to be the norm, there are so many cooler alternatives that are way more photogenic. From sparklers to paper planes, take a peek at the gallery below to see our favourite ideas.

A Rustic, Elegant Wedding In Calgary

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A Rustic, Elegant Wedding in Calgary - Bride and Groom

Kyle and Brianna first met in high school. “Our mutual friend told me Kyle had a crush on me and I was the only girl he wanted to date. After a few dates, we were inseparable,” Brianna explains.

As soon as they were engaged, the couple knew they wanted a simple and romantic feel for their wedding. “We didn’t want anything too over-the-top, so we chose a rustic yet elegant theme with a pink, cream and gold palette. I loved how classic and beautiful everything turned out,” says Brianna.

Brianna admits her favourite moment of the day was the first look. “It was amazing to have a moment to ourselves to just enjoy and think about why we were getting married,” she says. “We loved how we were able to soak everything in and share in our happiness together.”

Another unforgettable moment from the wedding was saying “I do.” “We had been together for eight years on our wedding day, so it had been a long time coming! Finally getting married was so special,” Brianna says.

Brianna Shyiak and Kyle Albert, May 14, 2016, Calgary, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of GingerSnap Photography.

Ceremony and reception venue: The Lake House
Bridal gown: David’s Bridal
Flowers: Funky Petals
Groom’s tux: Suit Supply
Music: Pez Productions
Stationery: Minted and Mixbook

A Black Tie New Year’s Eve Wedding

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A Black Tie New Years Eve Wedding in Manitoba - Bride and Groom

Sarah and David knew that they wanted their wedding to be an amazing party for their friends and family, and holding it on New Year’s Eve seemed like the perfect way to do this. “To really knock out the celebratory theme, we chose a black-tie motif mixed with gold accents, because New Year’s Eve traditionally has such a fun and sparkly feel to it,” Sarah says. “I also designed a party favour table with everything from top hats, feather crowns and homemade glitter bombs to noisemakers and beads.”

The couple agrees that best moment of the day was seeing each other for the first time when walking down the aisle. “We were both so excited! Our officiant was a good friend, and prior to us reading our vows, he secretly asked guests in the crowd to give him some quotes about marriage, which he read to us. It was so unique and special getting advice from all the people in our lives we love,” Sarah says.

Other fun details at the reception included their gourmet popcorn bar and a five-foot-wide white “love ball.” “We served three flavours of popcorn, which was a huge hit with the guests, and they took pictures with the ball throughout the night. It was so much fun!” Sarah says.

Sarah Southern and David Nuytten, December 23, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

Photography courtesy of Kiex Fotography.

Venue: Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Bridal gown: David’s Bridal
Cake: Laugh Love Cakes
Flowers: Fache Floral
Groom’s tux: Aldo Formal Wear
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas

A Rustic-Chic Country Club Wedding

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Andrew and Nicole met while they were working at the same advertising agency. “We were assigned to work on a pitch for Jackson Triggs, so I guess you could say wine brought us together—though not in the usual way! Several after-hours trips to the local watering hole Bar Wellington ensued, and the rest is history,” Nicole says.

For their wedding, the couple chose a rustic, country club chic theme. “Andrew’s father is a member at The Caledon Mountain Trout Club, so we were very lucky to be able to hold our wedding there. It is a club rich in history, tucked away and preserved, and it was the ideal backdrop for the elegant, rustic affair we envisioned,” she says.

One of the couple’s favourite details of the day were the flowers. “The florals at our celebration were truly idyllic. Our florist constructed lush garlands for our harvest tables out of beautiful, fragrant eucalyptus with white floral accents,” Nicole explains. “For the ceremony, she constructed a gorgeous arbour out of birch and decorated it with wildflowers, more garlands and white roses. All the flowers complemented the natural setting perfectly.”

One of the most memorable moments of the day was the couple’s first look, which they decided to do in a wooded area on the grounds. “I could feel my heart racing as I walked up behind Andrew underneath a canopy of huge, magical fir trees. The expression on his face when he turned around and we both saw each other for the first time is something I will never forget,” Nicole says.

Nicole Schaeffer and Andrew Livey, October 1, 2016, Caledon, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Kayla Rocca.

Ceremony and reception venue: The Caledon Mountain Trout Club (519-927-5294)
Bridal gown: Elizabeth Fillmore from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay
Bridal party attire: Name of Love
Flowers: Timberlost Designs
Furniture rentals: Divine Furniture Rental
Stationery: Lunar Caustic Press
Videography: Brightside Films

A Colourful, Vintage Wedding In Toronto

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An Intimate, Vintage Wedding in Toronto - Bride and Groom

Paul proposed to Beth on their second annual camping trip in Haliburton. “We took a hike to a nearby look-out, and as we looked at the beautiful view, Paul read Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of the Open Road.” I could feel his heart beating faster and knew something big was going to happen. After he read the poem, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I immediately said yes!” Beth says.

For their wedding, the couple chose a vibrant English garden theme. “My starting point was collecting vintage milk glass vases. My mom and sister searched local thrift stores for different shapes and sizes—we could not get enough milk glass!” Beth explains. “I wanted multiple single stem vases on all the tables and throughout the venue holding an assortment of flowers in bursts of vibrant colours—my inspiration came from an issue of Weddingbells!”

Garden roses, dahlias, pink hypericum berries and waxflower were a few of the flowers the couple chose for their big day. “I love colour, so the vibrant shades of raspberry, fuchsia and eggplant found in the flowers were carried through on the invitations, candle holders and the DIY ribbon wall. We also added hints of gold, navy and white to highlight the brighter shades,” Beth says.

One of the couple’s favourite parts of their day was the intimate and personal ceremony. “A special touch to our ceremony was having our rings passed to each of our guests. We wanted everyone who touched our lives to touch our rings, the symbol of our marriage and our next chapter together as a couple,” Beth explains.

Beth Hinz and Paul Langley, September 10, 2016, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Mary McCrea Photography.

Ceremony and reception venue: Bricco Wine Bar
Bridal gown: Maureen Patricia Bridal
Sweet table: Dufflet Bakery
Flowers: Riverside Flower Shop (416-530-2772)
Groom’s tux: Spier & Mackay
Hair: Sarah from Navigate Salon
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas

Cozy Lodge Wedding Venues Across Canada


Cozy Lodge Venues Across Canada - Storm Mountain Lodge

The rustic wedding trend has been steadily gaining momentum for years now and brides everywhere are dreaming of woodsy celebrations featuring pinecones, candles and stunning natural surroundings. Luckily, here in Canada, we’re blessed with a plethora of rustic venue options. From the Rockies to the Laurentians, our country is chock-full of stunning lodge wedding venues perfect for a cozy, laid-back celebration.

The homey feel of a lodge couldn’t be more appropriate for a romantic, nature-focused wedding. Whether you’re intrigued by the majestic look of a log home or the grand feel of a lakeside resort, one thing is certain: there’s no shortage of beautiful rustic lodge wedding venues for your big day.

A Boho DIY Wedding In Nova Scotia

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A Boho DIY Wedding in Nova Scotia - Bride and Groom

Emily and Ryan had been together for 10 years when they got engaged. “It was spontaneous: we were out for dinner and we just decided to pick a date and go with it. We don’t have a traditional engagement story and in fact there wasn’t even a ring, but this is more our style!” Emily says.

For their wedding, the couple chose a laid-back event with tons of DIY elements, which Emily’s parents worked tirelessly to bring together. “They finessed so many small but significant details, from handwriting everyone’s names on Mason jar mugs to creating all the napkins and table runners, and crafting beautiful floral wreaths to hang in the tent above the dance floor. All of their hard work paid off as the tent and property looked incredible,” Emily says.

Decor aside, the music was one of the most important elements of the celebration. “Music was a big part of the day as it’s super important to both of us. Our DJs, Anna and Bobby, absolutely killed the music selection and even took a few classic East Coast requests (hello, Rankin Family!),” Emily says. “Rich Aucoin, a close family friend, also performed at our wedding, and seeing him bring everything together was truly a feeling and experience none of the guests will ever forget.”

Another favourite moment of the day was the ceremony, a short and sweet affair, which lasted just 10 minutes! “As soon as we had our first kiss and walked out among our friends and family, it really solidified why we got married. Seeing so many lovely faces all there together to celebrate us (including our dog Gertrude who was there for every part of the festivities) was overwhelming and amazing,” Emily says.

Emily MacCulloch and Ryan Beecroft, July 30, 2016, Chester, Nova Scotia.

Photography courtesy of Chelle Wootten.

Ceremony and reception venue: Private home
Bridal gown: Rue de Seine from Loversland
Caterer: Cocoa Pesto
Doughnuts: Scanway Catering
Flowers: Tulipwood Inc. (
Groom’s tux: Sydney’s
Boutonnieres: Omer Polak from Boutonniere
Headpiece: Jennifer Behr from White Toronto

A Seaside Destination Wedding In Cape Cod

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An Elegant Seaside Wedding in Cape Cod - Bride and Groom

Ashley and Andrew’s love story began in their first year of college, where they lived a floor apart and shared everything from the elevator to the grilled cheese maker. By the summer after their second year, the pair had become pen pals and watched “Say Anything” as their first official date, but it wasn’t until five years after they had met that they shared their first kiss. “It took Andrew a while to muster up the courage to kiss me, and when he finally did, I kissed him first!” Ashley says.

When it came time to propose, it was only natural that Andrew would pop the question during their favourite winter pastime: skating. “Sipping hot chocolate with a drop or two of Bailey’s and testing the twirl-ability of Toronto’s skating rinks had become our favourite way to spend the winter, so it was an obvious choice for the proposal,” Ashley explains. “Andrew dropped to one knee as he was lacing up my skate, and I said yes—of course!”

For their wedding, the couple swapped ice for the ocean, choosing Cape Cod as the backdrop for their big day. “We always knew we wanted to get married by the sea. Andrew whisked me away to The Cape for my birthday a couple of years ago and it’s been a special place for us ever since,” Ashley says. “Its unpretentious charm and natural beauty made it feel like the perfect place to exchange our vows.”

The stunning seaside setting made the cool blue and white colour palette a given, while the work of the late Canadian painter Alex Colville inspired the couple to create a dreamy, artistic feel for their wedding. “We wanted to feel like we were getting married inside a Colville painting. Our shared love of the ocean guided us towards a cool palette of blue and white accented with a hint of blush and a pop of peony pink,” Ashley explains. Aside from the flowers, candles, and other subtle touches within their colour palette, the couple kept the décor to a minimum. “We didn’t want the look to swing in the direction of nautical as we felt that would read as too literal. Instead, we highlighted the colonial design of the home, the sea in view, and fun patterns like gingham,” Ashley says.

The couple made sure to infuse the day with plenty of personalized touches to create a memorable experience for each other and their guests. “Our wedding bands were created by combining the gold of my late grandmother’s ring along with heirloom jewelry from Andrew’s family,” Ashley says. Full of sentimental details and meaningful moments, the ceremony was one of the most romantic elements of the entire weekend. “We asked our dear friend, Dave, to be our officiant and we went through the entire process with him. It was incredibly special and something we’ll always remember,” the bride says. In addition to writing their own vows, the groom, a writer and journalist, put his talents to good use by penning “Table Talk” cards with quirky facts about each guest to spark conversations and add even more personality to their day.

Ashley and Andrew’s intimate celebration ended with a feast of lobster and champagne in true Cape Cod fashion. “As we sat down to dinner, we raised a glass of ‘Sofia’ Coppola champagne (our favourite) to our intimate group of family and the friends who have become family. We made a toast and had a moment of absolute gratitude as we looked out at the tables of people who had traveled far and wide to be with us on Thanksgiving weekend,” Ashley says. “Seeing thirty of our friends and family, impeccably dressed, tugging at lobster claws in lobster bibs was truly unforgettable!”

Ashley Barlett and Andrew Seale, October 8, 2016, Provincetown, Cape Cod.

Photography courtesy of Tara McMullen and Barb Simkova from Tara McMullen Photography.

Ceremony and reception venue: The Ocean House
Bridal gown: BHLDN
Bridal shoes: Holt Renfrew
Flowers: Anchor & Grace
Groom’s tux: Ted Baker
Hair: Jenna Pando of The Cabinet Salon
Tablescapes: Plate Occasions
Wedding planner: Ruby Social Co. (a creative consultancy firm owned by the bride)

Out Of This World Galaxy Cakes For Your Wedding

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10 Out of This World Galaxy Cakes

The latest cake design trend is colourful, creative, and completely out of this world! Coated in magical, intergalactic designs inspired by the starry night sky or the awe-inspiring kaleidoscope colours of a nebula, galaxy cakes are both beautiful and unique.

The best part is that if you’re willing to get crafty, you could even make a galaxy cake on your own. Using cocoa powder, food colouring and edible paint, these cakes are relatively easy to DIY.

If you and your groom are into Star Wars, astronomy, or even celestial art, these galaxy cakes should be right up your alley.

Inbal Dror Fall 2017 Wedding Dresses

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Inbal Dror Fall 2017 Wedding Dresses

Beyoncé is a big fan of Israeli designer Inbal Dror and with good reason. Dror is know for her stylish and modern, yet feminine creations, and her newest bridal line does not disappoint. The Fall 2017 bridal collection was both sophisticated and romantic, featuring a range of silhouettes for every type of bride. Embellishments featured prominently within the new collection, which abounded with gorgeous beading, feathers and 3D floral details. Dror also showcased a variety of hemlines, from modern high-low skirts to whimsical and voluminous tea-length gowns.

Some of our favourites include the gothic gown with ruffles and a high neckline, the sultry nude and translucent number, and the sexy halter neck gown with a plunging neckline.