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An Industrial Glam Wedding In Calgary

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An Industrial Glam Wedding in Calgary - Bride and Groom

Mike and Amanda first met at a wedding show. “He was helping his friend who owned a DJ company, and I was sitting directly across from him at my wedding planning company’s booth. The rest is history!” Amanda says.

When it came time to pop the question, Mike went all out with a grand romantic gesture. “Mike’s proposal was sneaky yet so romantic. When I came downstairs after taking a bath, dinner was made, Mike was dressed up, and there were candles everywhere. He asked me to marry him, and we spent the rest of the night celebrating with champagne!”

As Amanda is in the wedding business, she knew that their wedding had to stand out from the crowd with plenty of unique touches. That said, she also wanted everything to look amazing! “We chose an industrial glam theme with blush pink accents and lots of sparkly details,” Amanda says. “Our venue, The HQ, really helped us achieve the look we were going for. The flowers and the cake were definitely my favourite details of the day.”

One of the couple’s favourite wedding moments was the choreographed dance they had learned from Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” music video before the wedding. “Mike and I really wanted to bring an element of surprise to our wedding. We had rehearsed for months, and all the guests said it was the highlight of the night! It was far from perfect, but it’s definitely one of our favourite memories,” she says.

Amanda Brown and Mike Ferrero, August 14, 2015, Calgary, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Stephanie Couture.

Ceremony and reception venue: The HQ
Bridal gown: Mikaella by Paloma Blanca
Bridal party attire: David’s Bridal
Cake: Cakes With Attitude
Caterer: Rocky Mountain BBQ
Favours: Calgary Wedding Planning Co.
Music: Little Something Beautiful

Amsale Fall 2017 Wedding Dresses

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

Amsale Fall 2017 Wedding Dresses

Always stylish and fashion-forward, Amsale’s fall/winter 2017 collection is nothing short of perfect. The gowns are modern, accessible and wearable, all while maintaining an element of classic romance. Brides will love details like tiered ruffles, off-the-shoulder necklines and plenty of dreamy tulle, as well as the sleek and flattering silhouettes.

The collection is all about brides staying true to their authentic styles and personalities on their wedding days, a message we can definitely get behind. Feeling comfortable and beautiful on your big day is essential, and the stunning styles from Amsale’s newest collection are sure to please.

Keep an eye out for gorgeous favourites like the tiered beauty with translucent long sleeves, and the simple yet elegant strapless pieces in the collection.

Creative Ways To Announce Your Engagement

Planning » Photo/Video

10 Creative Ways to Announce Your Engagement - Ring Selfie

Getting engaged is one of the most exciting milestones of your life, so your post-proposal photo shoot should capture that thrilling feeling. You’ll want to document this time so you can have plenty of great photos to look back on years down the road.

Engagement photos are also a great way to share your big news with loved ones. Whether you post your photos on Instagram, Facebook, or send them to select friends and family members via email, they’re sure to help the important people in your life get into wedding mode and share your joy.

There are so many fun and creative ways to announce your engagement through photos. Whether you incorporate nature, your pets, or even your hobbies as a couple into your engagement shoot, your photos should speak to your unique personalities and potentially even your wedding theme. Check out a few of our favourites below to get some ideas!

Nurit Hen Fall 2017 Wedding Dresses

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

Nurit Hen Fall 2017 Wedding Dresses

Nurit Hen’s fall 2017 bridal collection, Ivory & White, is full of glamorous silhouettes, romantic details, and luxurious fabrics. With feminine touches and modern, graphic lace patterns, the gowns within this collection are perfect for brides looking to make a dramatic statement on their wedding days.

The line is chock-full of various styles and cuts, making it easy for any bride to find a gown to suit her bridal look. From trendy off-the-shoulder silhouettes to sexy illusion lace panels, each gown offers something truly unique and gorgeous.

Whether you’re going for a sultry princess look or a dreamy, ethereal vibe, Nurit Hen has something for you. One thing all the gowns have in common is sheer glamour, and there’s no denying that these stunners are all amazing statement pieces.

An Elegant Wedding In Banff

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An Elegant Wedding at the Banff Springs Hotel - Bride and Groom

Rachel and Jamie met when she moved to Calgary from Montreal. “We both ended up there after graduating university and accepting jobs with the same company. Timing wasn’t right when we first met, but our paths continued to cross and eventually we started dating,” Rachel explains.

Once they decided it was time to tie the knot, the couple knew right away that the Cascade Ballroom at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel would be the perfect venue for their celebration of love. “We instantly fell in love with the room the first time we saw it. It has a beautiful mix of gold, champagne and blue accents throughout, which we complemented with lighter, subtle tones of champagne, ivory and gold,” Rachel says. “It was an instinctive choice to let the venue showcase its natural charm.”

When the couple first saw the reception room fully decorated, it was already full of their closest friends and family. One of Jamie’s groomsmen had made a mixtape to kick off the festivities and introduce the bridal party, and both Rachel and Jamie say it was a highlight of the entire day. “I remember both of us stopping abruptly and looking at each other with mile-wide smiles on our faces. It was more memorable than we ever imagined,” Rachel says.

Another of the couple’s favourite moments of the day was when they slipped away for an hour between the ceremony and reception to take photos. “Our photography session got a bit adventurous, exactly how we wanted it. We arrived back at the reception dragging dirt, covered in dust and laughing about almost falling into a river–the important and formal parts were over and it was time to dance!” The bride laughs.

Rachel Eaton and Jamie Ostrikoff, August 1, 2015, Banff, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Carey Nash.

Ceremony and reception venue: Fairmont Banff Springs
Bridal gown: Galia Lahav
Cake: Cake Creations
Flowers: Forget-Me-Not-Flowers
Music: Class Act DJ
Wedding planner: Julie Padgett of Rocky Mountain Wedding Planners

Five Unusual Flowers That Look Great In Bouquets

Planning » Bouquets & Flowers

Five Textured Flowers to Add to Your Bouquet - Protea

When it comes to your bouquet, it’s important to work with your florist to create something beautiful, unique and true to your wedding theme and style. Luckily, there are thousands of flowers out there that can help you add some oomph to your bouquet.

We’re currently loving non-traditional blooms with interesting textures. Flowers like hops and thistles may initially seem like rather unusual choices for a wedding, but when arranged with other complementary plants they can really make an arrangement sing. The following five eye-catching bouquets are true statement pieces that will complement your dress the way a stunning piece of jewellery or a great shoe would.

Table Number Ideas To Suit Every Wedding Theme

Planning » Reception Ideas

10 Awesome Table Number Ideas to Fit Your Wedding Theme - Flower Vase

Table numbers are one of those wedding decor details that are easy to accidentally overlook. However, unlike selfie stations and candy buffets, they’re fairly mandatory if you’re going with assigned seating at your reception.

We’ve got plenty of table number ideas to get you excited about planning this important reception detail. Think about upgrading your centrepiece displays with stand-out statement items like numbered agate slices, vintage dishes, books or laser-cut wooden stakes that enhance the overall aesthetic of your celebration.

Super Cool Cactus Wedding Details

Planning » Wedding Decor

10 Great Ways to Infuse Your Wedding with Cacti - Cupcakes

Forget succulents. Cactus wedding details can bring a boho-chic aesthetic to any celebration – and they’re especially great for the bride looking for a relatively cost-effective, low-maintenance alternative to typical wedding florals.

Don’t be fooled by this plant’s prickly exterior; the cactus has actually come to symbolize longevity and endurance – can you imagine a more appropriate plant to incorporate into your wedding?!

From signage to table numbers, there are countless ways to incorporate these hearty desert plants into your wedding decor. Get creative and use cacti as cake toppers, wedding favours, or centrepieces for a unique look that’s equal parts whimsical and earthy.

Mark Zunino Fall 2017 Wedding Dresses

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

Mark Zunino Fall 2017 Wedding Dresses

Mark Zunino’s Fall 2017 collection for Kleinfeld offers something for every bride. Gowns of every style, hue, fabric and silhouette are included in the new line, and there are more than a few jaw-dropping statement pieces for those going for a dramatic wedding look. The collection also boasts plenty of luxe fabrics, romantic textures and unique cuts to offer a fresh take on the classic bridal ensemble.

A few of our favourites from the collection include the dreamy nude stunner with an intricate neckpiece and a translucent skirt, perfect for the sultry bride. The strapless floral frock is another show-stopper, while the ethereal off-white gowns with romantic lace detailing and flowing fabrics would be perfect for a boho bride.

A Sophisticated Blush Pink Wedding

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A Sophisticated Blush Pink and Gold Wedding in Toronto - Bride and Groom

Sean and Caitlin first met when they were kids, but their paths didn’t cross again until much later, when they were both teachers coaching rival basketball teams. “Sean insists to this day that his team beat mine, but I’m not so sure,” Caitlin laughs.

Sean proposed at Nathan Phillips Square, the place where the couple first exchanged the words “I love you.” After ordering a limo to escort Caitlin to the square, Sean got down on one knee in front of the water fountains and popped the question. “I knew instantly what was happening. It was perfect!” Caitlin says.

The couple chose Arcadian Loft for their wedding venue as it overlooks the place where they became engaged. Plus, the pair loves Oliver & Bonacini resturants, so they knew from the start that it would be perfect for them. Not only did their venue provide a stunning view and great food, but the location also made for some gorgeous photo ops around downtown Toronto. “Walking through the heart of downtown Toronto for our photos was so much fun. Even though we were shooting on Friday during rush hour, somehow it felt like it was just us,” Caitlin says.

For their wedding decor, the couple chose a soft palette of blush pink and navy with gold accents for a touch of glamour. “We wanted a contrast between the modernity of the city and the softness of a summer wedding, which is why we chose navy and pink. The gold added some much needed sparkle, and represented the ‘gold’ in my maiden name, Treadgold. It was the perfect combination,” she explains.

Above all, Caitlin says that her favourite moment of the day was walking down the aisle towards her groom. “As soon as we saw each other, our nerves were instantly calmed. I don’t think we stopped smiling from that moment on,” she remembers.

Caitlin Treadgold and Sean Blea, Friday, July 3, 2015, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Christine Cousins.

Ceremony and reception venue: Arcadian Loft
Bridal gown: Hayley Paige from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay
Bridal party attire: Mori Lee from Diva Boutique
Groom’s tux: Empire Customs
Music: Brent Miller Live
Hair and makeup: Toronto Beauty Group
Flowers: Branching Out

Creative Cake Toppers For Every Type Of Wedding

Planning » Wedding Cakes


Looking for a fun and eye-catching way to decorate your wedding cake? Look no further than one of these cute and creative cake toppers, which can jazz up even the most basic boxed cake. Whether your wedding vibe is rustic, modern, elegant, boho, or industrial-chic, there’s an adorable topper out there to put the finishing touches on your dessert spread and really wow your guests.

From metallic-painted dinosaurs to pastel baubles, there are so many fun ways to get creative and DIY your own cake topper. You won’t regret creating something truly meaningful to add to your cake, and the best part is that it will make for a cute keepsake that you can bring out on anniversaries down the road.

A Romantic Winter Wedding In Ottawa

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A Romantic Winter Wedding in Ottawa - Bride and Groom

Alex proposed to Allison at their home on Christmas Eve. “He had prepared a delicious meal, served it by candlelight and we shared it with a bottle of my favourite red wine,” Allison remembers. “I wasn’t completely surprised by his proposal, which is a good thing because I really don’t like surprises! He executed this event perfectly,” she says.

For their wedding, the couple chose a gorgeous venue, The Ivy Restaurant in the Thousand Islands along the St. Lawrence River. “Stunning views of the water and adjacent snow-covered woodland made a perfect backdrop for a romantic winter celebration,” Allison says. A colour palette of white, silver, burgundy and grey helped to tie together the winter wonderland theme and add some romance to the décor. “We chose these colours because burgundy is a warm, luxurious colour that added richness and depth to the winter landscape of crisp white and grey tones, and we added silver elements to the décor for a touch of sparkle,” Allison says.

The bride and groom didn’t choose their venue just for its gorgeous views and ideal location, though. “One of the main reasons we chose The Ivy Restaurant for our venue was because of the amazing food. Our menu was comprised of four courses: the first being a cream of Gruyère soup with caramelized onions and sourdough crostini; followed by a red beet carpaccio and arugula goat cheese salad; the main course was a braised beef short rib cooked to perfection; and dessert was the best sticky toffee pudding ever,” Allison says.

To end off a night of delicious food on a sweet note, Allison and Alex gifted their guests with chocolate wedding favours. “Each guest received two truffles at their place setting. Alex and I chose the chocolates to represent our favourite flavours: a dark chocolate with amaretto and a milk chocolate with orange cream,” she says.

Aside from the food and their breathtaking venue, Allison says the best part of the day was walking down the aisle towards her groom. “The feeling you get when you see everyone you love together in one place and also watching your soul mate standing so proudly at the front is incredible – definitely a moment I will never forget,” she says.

Allison Bednar and Alexander Carey, January 9, 2016, Ottawa, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Anne-Marie Bouchard of AMB Photo.

Ceremony and reception venue: The Ivy Restaurant
Wedding planner: Erica Irwin Weddings and Events
Bridal gown: Allure Bridals from Alliance Bridal
Flowers: Wedecor
Hair: Showpony
Makeup: One Fine Beauty

Inventive Wedding Food And Drink Stations Your Guests Will Love

Planning » Reception Ideas

10 Amazing Bar-Style Food and Drink Stations Your Guests Will Love - Popcorn

While your guests are no doubt excited to watch you walk down the aisle, it’s the food they’ll be buzzing about before, during and after the main event.

With wedding food and drink stations becoming more and more creative (and affordable), there’s no excuse not to have this sort of set-up included in your event. Not only are these sorts of  stations convenient for serving hungry guests, but they help to create a relaxed, laid-back vibe that will make your friends and family feel at ease.

Some of the trendiest wedding food and drink stations out there include gourmet popcorn bars, s’mores stations, and of course, the ever-popular mimosa bar. Peruse these fun foodie ideas to gather some inspiration for your wedding day spread.

Minimalist Tablescapes For A Chic Urban Wedding

Planning » Reception Ideas

10 Minimalist Tablescapes for an Urban Wedding

In our books, simpler is always better, and what better way to ensure your guests love your wedding set-up than by sticking to clean and crisp reception decor? Even if you’re looking for something ultra-luxe and romantic, minimalist tablescapes will never fail to impress your guests and create an intimate feel at your reception dinner.

The best way to keep it simple is to infuse your table with tons of fresh greenery, monochromatic candles and modern place settings. It’s best to steer clear of complicated centrepieces and intense charger plates that will clutter up your tables.

From cool copper detailing to old-world, candlelit romance, there are so many ways to make your minimalist tablescapes stand out and really shine on your big day. To get you started, here are 10 of our favourite simple reception table set-ups.