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A White, Vintage Wedding in MacGregor, Manitoba

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Valerie and Robert grew up going to the same church, however it wasn’t until years later that they became friends. “It all started when he added me on Facebook,” Valerie shares. “We had an agreement that we would be friends and that was all we would ever be. Three years into our friendship we went to Vancouver together and decided that we could be more than friends. And the rest is history.”

For their wedding day, the two opted for a short and sweet ceremony and dinner celebration, which took place at a church in MacGregor, Manitoba. “We decided to take photos prior to the ceremony so that we could seat our guests without a significant gap between our vows and the reception,” Valerie explains. The couple kept the decor minimal with white linens, single white roses as centrepieces and an all-white dessert table brimming with cake pops and a buttercream cake. “My mom made all the food and did a fabulous job,” Valeries says. “At the end of the day, we just really wanted to be able to spend the entire wedding with our friends and family,which we did, and we couldn’t have asked for more.”

Valerie Kehler and Robert Wieler, August 24, 2013, MacGregor, Manitoba.

Photography courtesy of Sugar & Soul Photography.

Bridal gown: Da Vince at C.K.LY Fashion
Bridal party attire: Hudson’s Bay and Mad About Style
Groom’s tux: Barney’s Menswear (204-857-7323)
Hair and makeup: Pure White (204-998-7873)
Stationery: Chapters and Michaels

25 Unconventional Ways To Use Flowers At Your Wedding

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If you think the trend of wearing a floral crown is on its way out, think again. Becky De Oliveria from Toronto-based floral shop Blush and Bloom is showing brides that floral crowns (and flowers in general) can be worn in a myriad of ways.

“I’ve been making floral crowns non-stop since last year,” De Oliveria explains. “This concept is what I have built Blush and Bloom on, and branded my company after.”

Recently, De Oliveria partnered with TwoBirds Bridesmaids, Scarlet O’Neill Photography, Ashley Readings Hair and Makeup and Posh Veils to showcase some of the creative ways floral accents can be worked into weddings beyond bouquets and boutonnieres. “We wanted to showcase bridal, bridesmaid and mother-of-the-bride looks that we feel are innovative and wearable, with fun and refreshing concepts,” De Oliveria shares.

Bridal Style Tips From Famed Designer Pnina Tornai

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Pnina Tornai’s gowns will be available in Toronto at Kleinfeld’s opening in May.

Pnina Tornai’s gowns will be available in Toronto at Kleinfeld’s opening in May.

Die-hard Say Yes to the Dress fans can easily spot a Pnina Tornai dress from a mile a way. Pnina’s signature corset-style gowns with billowy tulle and Swarovski crystal details have become among the most coveted bridal couture creations available. “My wedding gowns are all very sexy yet feminine,” Pnina explains. “They’re for the bride who wants to look beautiful, not so traditional, but still elegant at the same time. I just love dresses the accentuate the femininity of the woman.” Although known for her ballgown and fit-and-flare designs, Pnina Tornai’s 2014 collection for Kleinfeld indicates that she can also create demure pieces with a beautiful twist. A Kleinfeld favourite, not just on the show but also amongst brides, we caught up with designer to learn more about what inspires her work.

Q: How did you get into the bridal fashion industry?
“The age of four I started sketching, on the wall of our house. But, it wasn’t until much later, when I was in my twenties, that I had a dream about this amazing dress. I took that as a sign from God and went into the bridal industry.”

Q: Where does your inspiration come from?
“From everywhere: dreams, travelling, movies like Alice in Wonderland, and from the brides themselves. When, I’m asked to create something custom, I get inspired by their style as well as their likes and dislikes.”

Q: To date, what’s the most memorable dress you’ve created?
“Tough question. But, there is this one bride who had the most amazing blue eyes. She was getting married in Greece. I was inspired by her eyes to sketch up this beautiful dress with a blue tint covered with tons of Swarovski crystals. It was gorgeous. When I drew it out for her, she literally had tears in her eyes. Was very moving for the both of us.”

Q: What can we expect for your next collection?
“I’m working on a few things. I want to introduce a ready-to-wear Sari-inspired piece, as well as destination wedding-inspired dresses. You’ll still see my signature elements, but I want to combine a lightweight dress with some beading and lace or maybe a combination of both.”

Q: What’s the best advice you can give brides who are still shopping for their wedding dresses?
“Make sure you bring the right people when you go shopping for your dress. Bring those that you love most and are very comfortable with. Also, don’t try too many different styles on and don’t try too many dresses on in one day. Pace yourself and you’ll eventually find the right wedding gown for 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 Sophisticated Wedding In Toronto, Ontario

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Meeting through friends at university is what initially brought Candice and Michael together, but it was their mutual love of running and golfing that ultimately sealed the deal. “We became friends and soon realized we shared similar interests and our love blossomed from there,” Candice shares. Following a romantic proposal in Maui, the two spent two years planning their spring celebration. On their wedding day, Candice and Michael wowed their 200 guests with personalized details including a same-day edit video, a well-choreographed first dance and a decadent red velvet and lemon cake. “Everything went perfectly,” the two note. “Our parents’ speeches, especially, were what made our day. Their heartfelt messages on life lessons and  hopes for the future will stay with us forever.”

Candice Kwok and Michael Yue, May 4, 2013, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Avangard Photography.

Ceremony location:
St. Bonaventure Church
Reception location: Angus Glen Golf Club
Bridal gown: Pronovias from Ritche Bridal
Bridal party attire: TB Dress
Cake: Truffle Cake and Pastry
Flowers: Floris
Favours: Donations to the Toronto Rehab Institute Foundation
Music: All Things Music
Hair and makeup: Suzie Kim and Karen Kim
Stationery: SwellandGrand
Gold program: Designed by bride
Videographer: Faithbooth
Love Story videographer: The Red Seal
Decor: Sheer Elegance

See more photos of this sophisticated wedding in Toronto.

A Sparkly Barn Reception in Prince Edward Island

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“The rustic setting of a restored 1950′s dairy barn, weathered picnic tables lined in textured tweed linens, and centrepieces made of copper piping, worked together to create a relaxed backdrop for this shoot,” says Jane Gallant of Modern Jane, the event designer for this lovely styled shoot in Prince Edward Island. “The setting was softened with an abundance of flowers in deep tones of natural green, muted plums and reds and shimmery copper details. Rows of flickering candlelight, vintage china trimmed in gold and cozy woolen blankets were the finishing touches to this magical affair,” she adds.

“The wedding setting was rustic, natural and warm so we used copper tones to complement the beautiful fall colours of PEI,” says stationery designer Kim Roach of Kim Roach Designs. “Other paper elements followed suit with warm tones of copper while triangular accents added a modern twist to the overall decor.” The wedding cake, designed by City View Bakehouse, complemented this modern rustic decor look beautifully with edible metallic copper details and a design inspired by falling confetti.

Photography courtesy Rachel Peters Photography.

Venue: Clinton Hills
Bridal gown: The Perfect Pear Bridal
Cake: City View Bakehouse
Event coordinator: Kiss the Bride
Event design: Modern Jane
Flowers: Michael Jackson
Grooms attire: Moores
Hair stylist: Cheryl Weeks
Knitwear: Northern Watters Knitwear
Makeup Artist: Michelle Cudmore
Rentals: Caseley’s Tent Rentals
Rings: Norton’s Jewellers
Stationery: Kim Roach Design

An Elegant Modern Wedding In Toronto, Ontario

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The Grand Banking Hall at One King West, with its cathedral windows and Corinthian columns, was perfect for Laura and Steven’s elegant celebration. But, it was the personal touches, such as a bacon-themed candy buffet, that made this wedding stand out. “We love bacon,” Laura shares. “So we created our own candy station complete with bacon caramel truffles, maple bacon popcorn and honey bacon lollipops.” To cap off the successful evening, the two hit the dance floor right away, and their band Lady Kane ensured guests were thoroughly entertained. “The only time people left the floor was for poutine and sliders or dessert,” Laura shares. “We ended the night on the dance floor with everyone. The last song was Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing,’ which had us all singing along—it was incredible!”

Laura Szekely and Steven Reid, June 1, 2013, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Corina V. Photography.

Ceremony location: Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Reception location: One King West Hotel
Bridal gown: Ferre Sposa
Bridal party attire: Alfred Angelo from Ritche Bridal
Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss from Harry Rosen
Cake: Yummy Stuff
Macaron tower: Bobbette & Belle
Wedding planner: Karina Lemke
Music: Lady Kane
Hair and makeup: Featuring You Spa
Flowers: Grower’s Flower Market (416-920-2442)
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas

See more photos of this elegant wedding in Toronto, Ontario.

A Rustic, DIY Wedding in McKellar, Ontario

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When Katelyn and Holt couldn’t find the reception venue of their dreams they started to look at more unconventional places. Eventually, they found their ideal location in Katelyn’s parents’ driveway! “I ended up convincing my parents to let us have it there,” Katelyn shares. “I think it blew everyone away—their driveway has never looked so nice.” To match their rustic ambiance, Katelyn and Holt decided on a vintage outdoorsy motif complete with s’mores, a bonfire and good old homemade cooking. “My mom made all the food, and she had a few ladies to help her organize,” Katelyn explains. With 80 guests in attendance, the pair put together an enjoyable evening that ended with dancing and sparklers. “The night was so fun, it felt like a huge gathering with all our friends and family—just as we planned,” the two conclude.

Katelyn Felsman and Holt Hutchinson, June 8, 2013, McKellar, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Jennifer Newberry.

Bridal gown: Maggie Sottero from Eva’s Bridal
Bridal party attire: Amordress
Favours: DIY s’mores
Flowers: DIY
Groom’s attire: Le Château
Hair & makeup: DIY
Stationery: DIY

See more photos from this beautiful rustic wedding in McKellar, Ontario


Gorgeous New Design Ideas For Elegant Wedding Receptions

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A traditional setting, like the Sovereign Ballroom at Toronto’s OMNI King Edward Hotel, is the perfect space for an elegant wedding. Add contemporary pieces and luxe flowers for a fresh take.

As first published in the Spring & Summer 2014 edition of Weddingbells. Photography by Angus McRitchie. Styling by Cindy Johnson.

The Sexiest Gowns For 2014 Weddings

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A gorgeous gown that fits like a glove is a sexy choice for the modern bride. In the past several seasons, wedding dresses have moved away from the traditional princess silhouette with voluminous ball skirts to  more form-fitting cuts. Here we’ve showcased some of our favourite, fashion-forward designs, which feature details like plunging V-necklines, sheer backs and sassy short hemlines. The Ritz-Carlton Montreal is the perfect backdrop to showcase this season’s chic new styles.

As first published in the Spring & Summer 2014 Weddingbells edition. Photography Max Abadian. Styling Tara Williams. Hair & Makeup by Genevieve Lenneville for Folio. Special thanks to Anna Belle Giannini and Katia Piccolino, The Ritz-Carlton Montreal.

Just Engaged? 10 Things You Need To Do After You’ve Said “Yes”


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December and January are popular celebratory months–as they should be. It’s the perfect time of year, surrounded by family and friends, to enjoy your newly-engaged status. But, after reveling in the glow, we understand how daunting wedding planning can appear to be. To keep you stress-free (and on the right track), here are 10 things to do once you’re ready to start planning your own day:

1) Share the news. Contact your loved ones (if you haven’t already) to let them in on your exciting news. You’ll want to tell close friends and family members in person or on the phone before you send any tweets, change your Facebook status or share photos of your ring on Instagram.

2) Start a wedding website. There’s a ton of choice out there when it comes to creating a templated wedding site. All you do is plug in the required information, and voila you can easily share all of the necessary details with your loved ones.

3) Talk to your fiancée about your celebration. Communication is key. Both of you should be on the same page–have the same vision, ideas and goals when it comes to your affair.

4) Budget. Although you may not know exactly the type of wedding you want, having an approximate wedding budget will make things easier in the long run (i.e. this could affect your venue, how many guests you invite, etc.).

5) Guest list. Once your budget is established, write down the names of guests you anticipate on inviting. This does not have to be a set list, but this will give you a more rounded number on how many people to expect, how much to spend and the type of venue you choose. Note: as a courtesy (if you wish) you should also ask parents (and in-laws) their number of guests–as they may want to include a few guests of their own.

6) Pick a date and find your venue(s). Choosing a date (try to choose more than one, as many venues book up to a year, or more, in advance) is key. Once you have a tentative idea, securing your reception and ceremony sites are a must–especially if your ceremony venue is separate from your reception space.

7) Once the date and venue have been secured, create a to-do list or use a online list tool to help you plan and manage your time wisely. This will make planning your day less overwhelming–yet fun at the same time. With your budget, you’ll be able to slot tentative amounts accordingly.

8) Visit wedding shows. January is high time for wedding shows galore. It’s worth a shot to go out and visit vendors within your region. Don’t feel the need to book right away, go simply to obtain information and meet potential vendors face-to-face.

9) Think about your bridal party. It’s not necessary to pick and choose your bridesmaids and groomsmen right away, but asking them in the early stages of planning does have its advantages–your bridal party members are wonderful people who may be able to assist you before the big day with things such as gown-hunting, creating decor and interviewing vendors.

10) Research. Now comes the fun part–creating your inspiration board. Buy a ton of wedding magazines (make tears, flip through pages), scour Pinterest, read up on vendors you may be considering (or saw at a show), scroll through blogs, and check out our real wedding section for inspiration galore. Gathering images is a wonderful way to garner inspiration for your own day. This is the fun part of planning, so enjoy it and all things will fall into place.

A Stunning Waterfront Wedding in Toronto

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Carlie and Padraig had what they dub a “Dirty Dancing” relationship. “Paddy and I met while he was working at the golf course where I played. It was a bit of a Dirty Dancing situation as member/staff relationships were frowned upon,” Carlie laughs. “We ended up dating in secret for two years until he moved to another golf course.”

For their day, the two booked the Toronto Hunt Club, a venue that offered sprawling green lawns and a first-class view of the lake. “The space was so beautiful and we had absolutely great weather,” the two share. Opting for a more laid-back vibe, the duo chose food stations as well as a cookie bar (with treats made by friends and family). “It was truly a perfect day,”Carlie adds. “At one point we even had a deer stop by to check it all out—it was like something out of a Disney movie.”

Carlie Weppler and Padraig Kelly, June 15, 2013, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Gabriel Li.

Ceremony and reception location: Toronto Hunt Club
Bridal gown: Anaïs Anette from Vogue Sposa
Bridal party attire: Alfred Sung at Vogue Sposa
Cake: Vanvi Lam at Art Gallery of Ontario
Favours: Rhubarb vanilla jam made by the bride
Flowers: Lavender Rose Flowers
Groom’s tux: Indochino
Hair and makeup: Civello
Music: Rhythm Revival

See more photos from this beautiful, waterfront wedding in Toronto.

6 Wedding Cake Flavours Worth Trying in 2014

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As first published in Weddingbells Spring & Summer 2014. Photography by Carlo Mendoza.

First published in Weddingbells Spring & Summer 2014 issue. Photography by Carlo Mendoza.

Traditional vanilla batter or chocolate cake are two of the most popular wedding cake flavours, with red velvet charging in at a close third these days. But, if you’re feeling a bit more daring, why not switch things up by incorporating unique flavours into a more classic flavour? Instead of the usual red velvet and cream cheese frosting combination, why not add coconut to the mix? Or, for chocolate lovers, try infusing a delicious rosewater flavour into your vanilla buttercream–a subtle yet sweet flavour that’ll leave your guests wanting for more. Once you’ve decided on ingredients, let that signature flavour inspire the design of your cake. Here are six innovative new flavours to try in 2014 along with clever ways to present them to your guests.

An Elegant, Martha’s Vineyard-Inspired Wedding In Toronto

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A wedding inspired by Martha’s Vineyard was what this pair had in mind for their big day. Here, the bride shares how her vision became a reality. “Our dream was to be married in Martha’s Vineyard—we love the laid-back nautical atmosphere so much that we visit every year—but it wasn’t in the cards for us. Elle Daftarian of Petite & Sweet helped bring a piece of that place to us in Toronto by decking the venue with lush trees and flowers. We chose The Warehouse as our venue because we could basically do whatever we wanted. The elements came together with open flame candles, globe lights and some uplighting to give the room warmth. Our ceremony took place at the same space and was one of the highlights of the evening. During the Bedekin ceremony, our Rabbi asked guests to individually give us words of advice. This was more meaningful than we could ever have imagined. Food was also a huge part of our wedding day. We worked with Toben Food by Design for our main course and appetizers. For dessert, we wanted an epic sweet table, something that would show off our love for treats. Petite & Sweet did an amazing job and created everything from doughnuts to cake pops that looked like caramel melted apples—people were chomping at the bit to get to it! The entire wedding day was just so amazing. There were so many details—like my mom making the chuppah or Brandon’s sister singing the song for the mother-son dance—that were very personalized and just meant a lot to both of us.”

Jessica Kaplan and Brandon Carson, October 13, 2013, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Scarlet O’Neill.

Ceremony and reception location: The Warehouse Event Venue
Bridal gown: Monique Lhuillier from Kleinfeld
Cake & decor: Petite & Sweet
Caterer: Toben Food by Design
Bridal party attire Various designers from Mendocino
Favours Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society
Wedding planner Party Planning
Music DJ Berny
Makeup Misty Fox
Hair Allison Kam (647-830-6800)
Stationery Vogue Ink

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