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Symbolic Spring Bouquets

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Photography courtesy Carlo Mendoza.

The language of flowers dates back to the Victorian era when petals were given special meanings. For your bridal bouquet, why not adopt this age-old tradition by incorporating some symbolic blossoms into the mix?

We put together eight meaningful bouquets using some of spring’s most popular blooms, from tulips to ranunculus. See what your favourite arrangement says about you!

Sweet Table Ideas Inspired by Valentine’s Day

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As Valentine’s Day nears, we once again find ourselves surrounded with an abundance of romantic ideas that could easily be worked into a wedding celebration. Heart-shaped desserts, especially, are popping up all over the web from ombré cakes to homey pies to whimsical candy cakes. Easy DIY garlands and buntings inspired by Valentine’s Day are also high in demand and we’ve found ultra-cute ways to incorporate these decor items onto your dessert bar. Think red, pink and white just won’t jive with your colour palette? Don’t let that deter you from borrowing some of these inspiring ideas–you can easily switch up the hues to have them complement your wedding day.

A Whimsical, Colourful Wedding In Toronto, Ontario

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Jaclyn and Tyler met while working together at a restaurant in Jaclyn’s hometown, but it wasn’t until after she left for school that the two started dating. In June 2013, Tyler popped the question at the top of the Eiffel Tower. “He had the ring on his finger and just waited for me to notice it before asking me to marry him,” Jaclyn shares.

The couple chose an old Victorian mansion with beautiful grounds for their outdoor wedding. “Our ceremony backdrop was a wall of hand-made paper flowers, which were present in a great number of our wedding’s DIY details from the centrepieces to our ‘pick-your-flower’ escort cards,” Jaclyn says.

For Jaclyn and Tyler, a colour scheme with lots of vibrant shades was top of mind. “We wanted our day to be a reflection of out personalities. We wanted it to be fun and create the happiest possible memories for everyone,” the two reflect. Their celebration was filled with many activities to create a something-for-everyone kind of atmosphere. A heart-shaped piñata, a create-your-own sangria bar, and a photo booth complete with fun accessories were just a handful of things for guests to try. 

To please their guests’ taste buds, dinner was set into staffed stations, with prime rib, rolled-to-order sushi, and pasta stations. “We also served up a variety of cupcakes and mini pies for dessert, and, of course, we had an open bar,” Jaclyn shares. “We even got to enjoy the food before dancing the rest of our day away.”

Jaclyn Mason and Tyler McNeill, July 5, 2014, Toronto Ontario.

Photography courtesy of 3Photography.

Ceremony and reception venue: De La Salle Oaklands College
Bride’s gown: Watters from Felichia Bridal
Groom’s tux: Calvin Klein
Cake: en Ville
Wedding planner: Tula Events
Music: Donovan Thompson
Hair: Candice Irons
Makeup: Michelle Reis
Bride’s bouquet: Blush and Bloom Flower Studio
Stationery: Stephanie Simmons (a friend of the bride)
Centrepieces: DIY


A Country-Chic Wedding In Singhampton, Ontario

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Gillian Roberts and Luke Gibson will always remember their camp days at Kilcoo Camp in Minden, Ontario. After all, it was the place they first met. “It was an all-boys camp and I was working there as one of five girls,” Gillian explains. “Luke managed to shine brighter than any other of the 100 male staff.

For their wedding day, which would take place at Gillian’s family home in Singhampton, Ontario, the pair decided on a country-chic theme. To match their natural ambiance, Luke and Gillian chose to surround their evening with lots of white with touches of greenery and wood. The harvest tables at their reception were kept bare with simple runners, and the couple even found wine barrel bars to complete the rustic theme.

“The ceremony was the most special moment of the day,” Gillian remembers. “We worked with our officiant, Carolyn Taylor, to create a lighthearted, unique ceremony.” Personal vows were recited along with a reading of an excerpt of Ellen Degeneres’ commencement speech at Tulane University. A particularly adorable part of the ceremony occurred when Gillian and Luke’s poodle left her seat to join the couple up front and fell asleep on Gillian’s train.

Following their vows, the couple and guests headed to the reception tent. “I worked closesly with Paras Events and Happenings Party Rentals to find the perfect tent,” Gillian shares. “After many conversations, I eventually convinced Happenings Party Rentals to add a sail cloth tent to their inventory and it made its first debut at our wedding. The high ceilings in the tent hung with white Einstein bulbs provided the exact setting we were hoping for.”

In addition to their romantic mood, the couple ensured guests were entertained through their music options. “Luke worked for months with the band, Stereoflavour, the DJ,  and the string duet to create the perfect acoustic vibe for the evening,” Gillian says. “The eight-person band, complete with a horn section, kept the dance floor full the entire night and we couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

Gillian Roberts and Luke Gibson, June 14, 2014, Singhampton, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Verve Photo Co.

Ceremony and reception location:
The bride’s family home
Bridal gown: Nicole Miller from White Toronto
Groom’s tux: Coppley Navy Tuxedo from Harry Rosen
Pies: Fruit of the Glen
Caterer: Men with Knives
Wedding design: Paras Events
Band: Stereoflavour
DJ: BelloSound
Hair: David Hillis Salon
Makeup: Michelle Rosen for Judy Inc.
Flowers: Leuk
Thank-you cards: Rifle Paper Co.
Invitations: Snap + Tumble
Calligraphy: The Lettering Studio
Rentals: Happenings Party Rentals and Marvelle Events
Officiant: Carolyn Taylor
Jeweller: Bijoux Village Toronto

Wedding Decor Trends For 2015

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Wedding decor in 2015 is all about making a statement, from the colour palette you choose to the accents that will define your day. Grand entranceways, rows upon rows of candles and bold, green colour schemes are all on our radar for the year ahead.

Our first wedding decor trend: Grand Entranceways.

Wedding Sweets Trends For 2015

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Photo via Paper & Stitch.

Can’t decide on which sweet treats to serve guests with at your reception? We don’t blame you! Thanks to the increasing popularity of dessert bars, candy tables, cake pops and other sugary delights, there’s quite a crop to pick from. While a tiered wedding cake is still a staple item, many couples are looking to feature more than one dessert option.

For 2015, we see brides and grooms getting more personal with their sweets. Custom lollipops will be huge this year as will macarons, which will make an appearance on nearly every sweet table. Nostalgic sweets are also making a big comeback – watch for the return of Hostess cupcakes, Twinkies and marshmallow treats of every description.

Our first wedding sweets trend: Macaron Bars.

The Best Party Shoes For Your Wedding (And Why You Need To Buy Them Now!)

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Photo by Carlo Mendoza. Styling by Tara Williams. First published in Weddingbells Spring & Summer 2015 issue.

Want wedding shoes are that extra-sparkly and fun? The winter holiday season always brings out the best crop of party shoes, so think about investing in your wedding footwear now. From glittering, bow-adorned pumps to jewel-toned peep-toes, there’s an endless amount of fancy footwear in the market right now. And for those who aren’t keen on heels, we’ve also tracked down five glittery pairs of ballet flats that are just as glamorous as any pair of sky-high stilettos.


A Stylish, Modern Wedding In Toronto

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Torontonians Renata De Thomasis and Aundrae Rollins met when they were teenagers. “Aundrae was on my dad’s soccer team and became best friends with my brother,” Renata explains. “He was always at our house and he eventually moved in with us.” Although they were childhood friends, the two drifted apart and didn’t reconnect until a New Year’s Eve party in 2004.

As a wedding makeup artist, Renata had seen her fair share of celebrations, so when it came to planning her own party she looked to unique places for inspiration. “We loved Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2014 collection with its warm golds, rich reds, black and a stained-glass-window blue,” Renata says. The couple, together with their event planner and designer Melissa Andre of Melissa Andre Events dreamed up a list of ideas to bring this colour palette to life.

“For my bouquet I went to Blush & Bloom and asked for a creation with red flowers,” Renata shares. “I absolutely loved it when I saw it—it was like walking around with a piece of art.” Ruby red shoes and black bridesmaid dresses also emphasized her motif. “For the decor, we left that up to Melissa and her team to help design, and we couldn’t have asked for anything more ‘us’ than what we got,” Renata confirms.

The wedding day began with a ceremony at The Spoke Club, located in downtown Toronto. The walk down the aisle was a special moment between the couple, not only because they were seeing each other for the first time, but also because they had placed a bet over whether Aundrae would cry. Dressed in a stunning Jenny Packham gown and cloaked in a custom-made cape from Valencienne, Renata knew the instant she locked eyes with Aundrae that he was about to melt. “I will say proudly I lost the bet,” Aundrae laughs. “I had so many emotions that day—excited, anxious and over-joyed about the whole moment of seeing her. When I saw her turn the corner with her parents, I was floored. To me, she couldn’t have been more perfect.”

For their reception, the couple selected Toronto’s Berkeley Church. “We chose that particular venue because of its character,” Renata says. “For the decorations, we added some modern elements and lots of florals. I loved seeing it all—it felt like we were in a very old European cathedral.” Upon arrival guests were greeted with rows and rows of tables topped in a custom blue-and-white-patterned decal, black-and- white lampshades wrapped in garlands and roses, and gold-and-black dinnerware topped with an ultra-luxe treat: Christian Lacroix notebooks for guests to take home. The pièce de resistance was the beautiful head table decked in candles, a lush floral arch and a five-tiered wedding cake.

To officially open the main reception room, guests watched from the mezzanine of the church as Renata and Aundrae took their first twirl as Mr. & Mrs. to “I Found My Everything” by Mary J. Blige. “We felt like we were alone, dancing on a stage,” Renata recalls. “It felt like our moment—and it was amazing to have our closest friends and family watching us.”

Renata De Thomasis and Aundrae Rollins, May 17, 2014, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Boyfriend/Girlfriend.

Ceremony location: Portland Room at The Spoke Club
Reception location: The Berkeley Church
Bridal gown: Jenny Packham from Powder Bride with a cape from Valencienne
Bridesmaids dresses: White by Vera Wang from David’s Bridal and Badgley Mischka from Holt Renfrew
Groom’s tux: J.P. Tilford, Samuelsohn and Tom Ford from Harry Rosen
Groomsmen attire: Coppley from Harry Rosen
Cake: Nadia & Co.
Ice cream sandwiches: Sweet Sammies
Doughnuts: Glory Hole Doughnuts
Favours: Melissa Andre Events
Wedding planner: Melissa Andre Events
Music: Michael Coombs
Bride makeup: Renata De Thomasis
Bridesmaids makeup: Janine Holmes and Patrick Rahme
Hair: Tony Phaam from Jie Prive, Nicole Graftner and Nina Puccio
Bouquets: Blush & Bloom
Floral decor: Melissa Andre Events
Stationery: Paper & Poste
Wedding invites: Momental Designs
Rentals: Chair-man Mills and Contemporary Furniture Rentals
Wallpaper: Melissa Andre Events
Photo booth: SmileBooth by Mango Studios
Ceremony violinist: Tino Pop

A Dreamy Destination Wedding In Corsica

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Dreamy Destination Wedding France - bride and groom

With family and friends scattered around the world, Jaime Holland and Carl Pocock always knew that an intimate destination wedding somewhere in the Mediterranean was in the cards for them. “We had been to Corsica together a few years before we got engaged and fell in love with it,” Jaime admits. “The island offers a perfect combo of outdoor activities, incredible history and gorgeous landscapes. We knew our friends and family would love the island as much as we did.”

To assist them with their French fete the couple enlisted the help of wedding planner La Fabrique à Rêves, based in Paris and Marseille. “We booked Hotel Palazzu in Pigna based off of photos and videos we saw from them,” Jaime explains. “Although it was great to see the place digitally, words cannot express how excited and overwhelmed we were to see it for the first time in person. It was even more beautiful than we ever imagined.” The hotel, an 18th-century family-owned mansion with lush and secluded gardens, was the perfect setting for their romantic escape. Jaime and Carl’s wedding ceremony took place at Cantina a Moresca, an ancient threshing circle site formerly used to separate grain. “It offered a truly magnificent view and surreal backdrop,” Jaime recalls. “To look out at the most amazing views—eagles were literally soaring overhead—and to see the man of your dreams surrounded by your closest friends and family was pretty incredible.”

As a personal detail, Jaime and Carl included a tribute to each other, followed by their vows, which were celebrated with tossed lavender confetti and champagne. “We had the reception in the back garden of the Hotel Palazzu,” Jaime says. Not wanting to take away from the beauty of the natural landscape, the couple kept the decor minimal, choosing soft pink and green accents. “My vision came to life with the set-up, done by a handful of talented friends along with our planners Èlodie and Delphine from La Fabrique à Rêves.”

As an interior designer, Jaime was obsessed with the little details: she designed all the day-of stationery and even drafted floor plans to ensure her vision would easily transform into reality. Dinner proved to be nothing short of magical with a single long table covered in linen and topped with green garlands, flowers in shades of pink and candles. Each guest’s place was marked with a card handwritten in calligraphy. “With the stone wall backdrop and to-die-for sunset, it couldn’t have been any more beautiful,” Jaime reminisces.

In keeping with the romantic atmosphere, the couple hired a local band, Buskers, to play in the background. “We discovered them on our first trip to Corsica a few years back,” Jaime explains. “We had such a pleasant experience that we had asked for their names. Two years later, when we were getting married, we miraculously tracked them down in Paris via Facebook. We were over the moon when they accepted our proposal to play at our wedding—their music set the mood and fit the scenery perfectly.”

Dinner and dancing carried on until two in the morning, when the bus arrived to take guests back to their accommodations. “It was a beautiful and warm night in Pigna. We enjoyed an incredible meal with our guests followed by an outstanding dance party, with tunes procured and mixed on an iPod Carl had spent a year preparing,” Jaime discloses. “Carl and I spent the night at Hotel Palazzu, only to wake up and find that everything had been cleaned up and put away, as if it was all a beautiful dream.”

Jaime Holland and Carl Pocock, July 17, 2014, Corsica, France. 

Photography courtesy of Shannon Yau Photography.

Ceremony location: Cantina A Moresca
Reception location: Hotel Palazzu
Bridal gown: Elizabeth Fillmore
Groom’s tux: Hugo Boss
Caterer: Chef Michael Nordico at Restaurant Palazzu
Wedding planners: Elodie Decaix-Nicolas and Delphine Barallier at La Fabrique à Rêves
Music: Buskers
Hair and makeup: Britt Nijs and Andy Cheyne
Flowers: Caitlin Melling
Stationery: Designed by bride and printed at Jukebox

A Modern Scottish Wedding In Hamilton, Ontario

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Classic Scottish Newfoundland Wedding - bride and groom

Scottish and Newfoundland traditions merged at Lisa Hannam and David Finnerty’s grand celebration. The two started the day off with a heartwarming ceremony in the lobby of Liuna Station. The groom sported a kilt and the bride walked down the aisle with a Chanel bag in hand. “It was one of our favourite parts of the entire wedding day,” Lisa shares. “Dave said you could hear a hush the minute we entered the room. The ceremony was light, short and fun. As we stood in front of our guests, we knew they were having a good time already, laughing and clapping.”

Lisa says she and David let the colour scheme of their venue dictate the decor for their day. Flowers were rich red, bright orange, muted purple, soft mint and yellow accented with silver and velvet brocade linens to go with the 1920s feel of the space. “I think the bold arrangements with the unique stands really gave the reception a warm, welcome feeling,” Lisa says.

The couple’s wedding also had an underlying Scottish theme. “Dave is Scottish, and so are many of the things he loves. His favourite Scottish artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, inspired many details, from the cakes to the favours; there were touches of his famous roses everywhere on our special day,” Lisa says.

Because Lisa’s family hails from Newfoundland a few east coast traditions were included in the celebration as well. “Screeching-in Dave and his family to be ‘honorary’ Newfies was one of the best moments of the evening,” Lisa laughs. “We had them do everything from eating a piece of Newfie steak (bologna) to answering a Newfie vocab quiz — it was a great standout for my background and family.”

Lisa Hannam and David Finnerty, April 12, 2014, Hamilton, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Jean-Marc Robin at Ikonica.

Ceremony and reception location: Liuna Station
Bridal gown: Paule Ka
Cake: White Cakery Co.
Stationery: Joanna Kam
Groom’s attire: Burnett & Struth
Favours: Marie McMillan Guy and Henry Gibbons Guy
Music: DJ Emporium
Hair: Ivanka Grgic
Makeup: Sheri Stroh for Plutino Group
Flowers: La Jardinere

How To Squeeze In Some Wedding Planning During The Holidays


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December and January are usually reserved for nesting, taking a much needed-vacation and catching up with friends and family. And while wedding planning might not be top of mind for most brides, there are some advantages to doing some brainstorming (and shopping) over the festive season. From taking engagement photos to buying bridesmaid dresses, here are five examples of how you can knock off some wedding to-dos during the Christmas break.

A Rustic, Elegant Wedding In Northern Ontario

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It took five years and a trip to Africa to bring senior entertainment reporter at CTV’s eTalk Danielle McGimsie and MuchMusic creative director Randall Graham together. “We worked in the same building right under each other’s noses,” Danielle explains. “We both went to Africa on a separate work assignment and that’s where we officially met. Randall says, ‘We were 62 steps apart but had to go to the other side of the planet to find one another,’ I love it when he says that.”

For their special day, the two whisked guests up north to their cottage for a rustic, elegant celebration. “We wanted the decor to reflect the environment so we went with white, green and gold for our colour palette,” Danielle says. Channeling his creative side, Randall hand-made the place card holders using wood from their property. For a romantic touch, he hung gold lanterns in trees around the entire area. In keeping with their rustic theme, the two opted to dress their tables with burlap and hydrangea-filled centrepieces.

Following a beautiful ceremony, with the lake as their backdrop, the two ushered guests to a tent for a delicious sit-down dinner. “We worked with Don Potter of Muskoka Catering, whose specialty and focus is using local ingredients,” the two share. “We both agree that Don really outdid himself; several of our guests said our wedding featured some of the best food they had ever tasted.”

In lieu of clinking glasses, the couple asked friends and family to say a poem if they wanted them to kiss. “A lot of our friends work in TV and are very creative people so the poems were amazing,” Danielle recounts. “Our favourite was the heartfelt poem from our friends about our love story and how we met in Africa.”

As wedding favours the two dished out an array of goodies including cake pops, maple syrup from Parry Sound and Dawson’s Hot Sauce. Ending the evening on a bang, Danielle and Randall asked everyone to gather on their back deck for fireworks. “The sky lit up and it was spectacular,” Danielle remembers. “We danced and laughed and lip-synced the night away until the wee hours of the morning.”

Danielle McGimsie and Randall Graham, July 30, 2014, Parry Sound, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Todd Fraser.

Bridal gown:
Pnina Tornai from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay
Groom’s tux: Strellson from Hudson’s Bay
Cake pops: The Little Bakery That Can
Caterer: Muskoka Catering
Favours: Bradley’s Maple Syrup (705-732-6903) and Dawson’s Hot Sauce
Wedding planners: Northern Paradise Events
Hair and makeup: Voula Zisis
Flowers: Pardon My Garden
Stationery: Evermine
Wedding bands: Maison Birks


The Best Honeymoon Hotels In Hawaii

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Hawaii is a mecca for tourists seeking sun, surf and a relaxed atmosphere. The island chain also offers something for every type of honeymooner. From hiking volcanoes to kicking back on some of the world’s most stunning beaches, there’s no shortage of amazing things to do in this tropical paradise. When it comes to accommodations, the options are just as diverse. In particular, Hawaii prides itself on its wealth of beautiful hotels offering prime beachfront access and incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. Here, we narrow down six of the best hotels in Hawaii for honeymoons.

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Hawaii For Foodies

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For a tiny island chain isolated in the middle of the Pacific, Hawaii has an astounding food scene. With a focus on readily available fresh seafood and tropical fruit, Hawaiian cuisine fuses traditional American fare with Asian flavours. From street eats to high-end cuisine, there’s an infinite number of delicious cafes and restaurants serving up “ono grinds” (the Hawaiian term for delicious food) that you’ll still be craving on the plane ride home. Here, we’ll introduce you to five of our favourite places to chow down in paradise.

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