Tulips and pastel colour palettes have been done a zillion times, so where do you turn for spring wedding ideas that will actually surprise and delight your guests? We think modern styling is where it’s at.
Minimalist details come alive when paired with a gorgeous wedding cake, a stunning linear centrepiece and romantic stationery. Here, we’ll show you how to creatively add a modern yet romantic spin to your spring wedding.
Wow your guests with a statement centrepiece: a long, overflowing green garland brimming with roses, orchids and wax flowers.<br />
<i>Stationery, <a href="http://www.paperandposte.ca/" target="_blank">Paper & Poste</a>. Linen and napkins, <a href="http://aroundthetable.ca/" target="_blank">Around the Table</a>. Flatware and chargers, <a href="https://www.eventrentalgroup.com/" target="_blank">Event Rental Group</a>. Flowers, <a href="http://www.floraldesigns.ca/" target="_blank">D & D Floral Designs</a>.</i>
Forego traditional cupcakes and cookies on the dessert table in favour of tasty tarts complete with fresh berries. <br />
<i>Sweets, <a href="http://www.nadiaandco.com/" target="_blank">Nadia & Co.</a>.</i>
Your groom will look elegant and dapper with a white or pale pink mini arrangement.<br />
<i>Stationery, <a href="http://www.paperandposte.ca/" target="_blank">Paper & Poste</a>. Flowers, <a href="http://www.floraldesigns.ca/" target="_blank">D & D Floral Designs</a>.</i>
Never too flashy, never overdone, the secret to this look is amplifying your natural beauty to create a perfect polished you. It starts with an all-over golden glow and is punctuated with just the right amount of colour on eyes, cheeks and lips.
For eyeshadow, burnished neutral shades are best. For cheeks, just a swish of rosy-peach blush on the apples will define your angles and warm your overall complexion. Keep your lip colour natural with a matte gloss that is just a shade or too richer than your natural lip colour. Here are five beauty musts for creating the ultimate glowing bridal beauty look.
All photography by Chris Nicholls.Styling by Vanessa Taylor. Styling Assistant Jessica Moy. Makeup by Simone Otis for Joe Fresh Cosmetics/P1M.ca. Hair by Justin German for Pantene/P1M.ca.
<strong><a href=" https://www.stilacosmetics.com " target="_blank">Stila</a> Eyes are the Window to the Soul Palette in Spirit</strong><br />
This palette contains 12 of Stila's most iconic shades (including cult favourite Kitten) and has every tone you need to create the perfect defined eye. Use the richer shades along the lid and the softer shimmer shades under the brow bone to makeup eyes shine.
<strong><a href="https://www.maybelline.com/eye-makeup/mascara/the-falsies-push-up-drama-washable-mascara" target="_blank">Maybelline</a> The Falsies Pushup Drama Mascara</strong><br />
If you want lashes with lift and volume, this is your magic formula. This product is perfect for creating high drama looks that are photo-ready.
<strong><a href="https://www.narscosmetics.com" target="_blank">NARS Cosmetics</a> Orgasm Blush</strong><br />
This cult classic is a shade stocked by every renowned makeup artist because it delivers colour that is natural, shimmering and sexy. Brush on the apples of your cheeks and anywhere you want skin to have a gorgeous warm glow (brow bones and décolleté recommended).
<strong><a href="http://www.revlon.com" target="_blank">Revlon</a> Ultra HD Matte Color in Kisses and Seduction</strong><br />
For lightweight, moist, matte lips, this is your perfect lip colour. Built to last from your "I dos" until the last dance, this colour won't wear off and imparts a natural, kissable look and feel to your lips.<br />
<strong><a href="https://us.nuxe.com/all-our-products" target="_blank">NUXE</a> Huile Prodigieuse Or</strong><br />
This never-greasy, dry oil is the gold standard for creating a JLo-worthy glow. Not only does it nourish and smooth skin, but it also gives a gorgeous shimmer effect. This product can be used all over the body, on the face, and even in hair!<br />
Your big day is your red-carpet moment, so amp up the dazzle factor with an ultra-glamorous wedding makeup look. Don’t be afraid to go seriously high-impact for your beauty look—this is your time to shine like a movie star and that means playing with a very classic-yet-bold style.
Red lips are the foundation of this look, paired with eyes that shimmer and shine with luminous colour, flawless skin, defined brows and a beautiful, ladylike fragrance as your finishing touch. Here are five bridal-beauty essentials for creating a luxe and effortlessly elegant beauty look.
If you are a girl who loves a high-impact beauty look, don’t think you have to switch up your style for your wedding day. If your look is typically more rock and roll and edgy, don’t feel you have to suddenly go soft and subtle when it comes to your wedding makeup. The key to statement-making bridal beauty is to put the focus on one feature (vibrant lips or smokey eyes) and let it make a bold impression. Here are five essential products for creating a head-turning bridal beauty look.
Photography by Chris Nicholls.Styling by Vanessa Taylor. Styling assistance by Jessica Moy. Makeup by Simone Otis for Joe Fresh Cosmetics/P1M.ca. Hair by Justin German for Pantene/P1M.ca. First published in the Spring & Summer 2014 issue of Weddingbells.
Gourds and fallen leaves might suffice for a Thanksgiving spread, but when it comes to your fall wedding you’ll want to aim for elevated autumnal decor.
Consider pairing rich jewel tones of blue, red, orange and green with hints of gold to create an elegant yet rustic reception vibe. Combine this updated seasonal colour palette with unique fall reception ideas like artful painted stationery and an epic sweet table spread and you’ve got the makings of a cool weather celebration your guests won’t soon forget.
From the loud-and-proud king protea to the sweet and romantic peony, flowers really do speak volumes. With this in mind, it’s important to choose a bridal bouquet that will make a unique statement on your big day. Whether your style is soft and dreamy or wild and colourful, expressing it through flowers is always a good idea.
This year, the top Canadian wedding bouquets chosen by our editors feature bevy of lush blooms, eye-catching colours and textured foliage. While each floral recipe is completely distinct from the next, all of our top picks for 2016 have one thing in common – they are beautifully-arranged works of art designed to perfectly complement a bridal ensemble.
Gordon Chin and Danielle Ewan grew up in the same city just a few streets away from each other — they even attended the same high school — but it wasn’t until years later when the two officially began dating. “Gordon was always busy travelling, living out his professional soccer dream and playing for various teams in Europe, the Vancouver Whitecaps, and with Canada’s national team,” Danielle shares. “By the time we started dating in the winter of 2010, we had over 10-plus years of friendship and history in our books. Since then, Gordon and I have partnered together in business, been on endless road trips and travel adventures, and prefer to spend as much time as possible with our first love, our French bulldog, Stella.”
It was during one of their adventures that the two fell in love with The Modern, a chic luxury hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. “We knew that it was the perfect venue for our wedding. There was just something about the natural beauty of the hotel that spoke to us – we loved all the wood paneling, the palms and foliage scattered throughout the property paired with the contemporary-meets-1960’s vibe,” Danielle explains. “There was an overwhelming feeling of relaxation at The Modern and we wanted that feeling to also be felt by our guests on our wedding day.”
In keeping with their breezy destination vibe, the two chose to say “I do” poolside followed by a fun outdoor tented reception decked in gold dinnerware and hanging leis.
“My favourite part of the day was all the little stolen moments that Gord and I shared alone together,” says Danielle.
Danielle Ewan and Gordon Chin, May 21, 2016, Honolulu, Hawaii.
High school sweethearts Courtney and Anthony met through a mutual friend in 2007 and have been inseparable ever since. “At the time he played in the OHL for the Erie Otters in Erie, P.A. We spent the next six years travelling back and forth as often as we could between Toronto and Pennsylvania in order to see each other,” Courtney shares. When Anthony got picked up by the Winnipeg Jets, Courtney made the big move to Winnipeg.
For their wedding day, the two chose to say “I do” at Toronto’s Metropolitan United Church. The ceremony was officiated Courtney’s dad, who is a pastor. Following their vows, the celebration continued at The Liberty Grand in the Governor’s Room, which was decked out with incredible details from a huge dessert table to tall floral centrepieces made up of cherry blossoms. “Our wedding day was an absolute dream, especially when it came to the decor at the reception hall. My favourite design detail was the head table—it was so lush and full of cherry blossoms that looked wild and organic,” Courtney explains. “My second favourite element of the day was definitely our sweet table. We had so much fun planning it with our cake designer Zehra. The cake table was an elaborate 18-foot display that included a main cake flanked by two smaller cakes and six mini cakes. Anthony and I hand-picked the rest of the desserts, which included meringues, mini cheesecakes, Sicilian cannoli and a variety of French and Italian pastries.”
Courtney admits that, gorgeous details aside, the best moment of the entire wedding day was seeing Anthony for the first time at the ceremony. “I was so nervous up until that moment, but when we finally saw each other at the end of the aisle, everything else disappeared. I forgot there were hundreds of people watching us. In that moment, Anthony was the only thing that mattered,” Courtney shares.
Courtney MacKenzie and Anthony Peluso, July 11, 2015, Toronto, Ontario.
Every year we ask cake designers all across Canada to submit their most impressive wedding cake designs, and the photos we receive never cease to amaze us. With submissions from every part of the country from Parksville, British Columbia to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, this year’s featured cakes are as diverse as the areas they represent.
If there’s anything that we’ve gleaned when it comes to wedding cake trends for the year ahead, it’s that anything goes. Inspired by metallic hues, laser cut finishings and floral motifs, each of these 35 over-the-top confections would make a beautiful wedding sweet table centrepiece.
For some couples, finding the perfect venue can be the hardest part of wedding planning. Luckily for Torontonians Mira Metter and Michael Werry, the choice came naturally. “We had been going to Mountain Lake Country Club in Florida for several years, over the holidays, and found it to be such a special place,” Mira explains. “We got engaged just before heading there for Christmas and started imagining how incredible it would be to have our guests there for a wedding. When we got home, we looked at a few other venues but everything was booked for our date and nothing was equal to Mountain Lake Country Club‘s charm.”
Inspired by their location, Mike and Mira planned a spectacular wedding weekend getaway for 120 loved ones. “Our guests mean the world to us, and we were so excited and blown away by how many came out to celebrate,” Mira says. To keep their nearest and dearest occupied, Mira and Mike created a vacation itinerary, which included golf and tennis tournaments, tours of the park, croquet, massages and several hosted dinners and brunches. For those who wanted to explore the area on their own or lounge by the pool, there were plenty of opportunities to do that, too. “The welcome dinner the night before the main event was held at the country club’s pool house, and featured both a full dance party and an epic viewing of the Blue Jays’ final game in the post-season series,” Mira says. As for the main celebration, not a single detail was overlooked—airport transportation, babysitters, and on-site hairstylists were readily available to make it an amazing and relaxing weekend for all.
Pre-ceremony, Mira and Mike took advantage of the country club’s stunning grounds. It was amid the rolling hills, orange groves and lush greenery that the duo had their first look. “She was breathtaking and everything I had imagined,” says Mike. “It was wonderful to have that moment to ourselves to contemplate the adventure we were about to embark on.” The ceremony took place at El Caserio, a 100-year-old Spanish-style house, one of 125 private residences situated inside the Mountain Lake community. “The garden features a cascading waterfall, gardens, citrus trees, a bell tower and an incredible view of the entire park,” says Mira. “It is by far one of the most incredibly beautiful and romantic places I’ve ever seen. I was beyond excited when we were offered its use for our ceremony.”
After taking pictures, the newlyweds brought guests to the Colony House, the main clubhouse and inn, for their reception. The couple used white-and-gold decor to play up the chic ambiance of the space. “We wanted everything to have a feeling of timelessness and be entirely romantic,” Mira says. “Everything was intended to blend into and enhance the existing beauty of the country club.”
To that end, Mira asked Ferris Wheel Press to create stationery that matched the modern, elegant mood. Everything, from the wedding cake topper to the invitations to the place cards, helped set the tone for Mira and Mike’s classic event.
The party got into full swing as Rusty Riggs, an eight-piece band with a DJ, kept guests entertained all evening. “Everyone danced all night—even my 96-year-old grandmother got out of her wheelchair to hit the floor,” Mira notes with a laugh. “It was awesome! I think everyone could feel we were having fun and in turn echoed the vibe, which made it even more special. To this day, our friends tell us they want to go back to our wedding to do it again.”
Mira Metter and Michael Werry, October 24, 2015, Lake Wales, Florida.
Floral motifs and bridal fashion obviously go hand in hand but for the year ahead designers are taking this idea to the next level. We’re talking about 3D floral appliques that are just exploding off dresses and really transforming the gowns into textural works of art. Designers like Marchesa chose to go all out with this 2017 wedding dress trend by adding the blooms to skirts and necklines, while Monique Lhuillier and Pronovias opted for more minimal eye-catching floral embellishments.
Pronovias, typically known for their use of lace, jumped on the 3D floral trend with the introduction of their Nagore wedding gown. While the dress itself was sleek and minimal, the addition of raised, laser-cut floral pieces from shoulder to hip allowed this modern wedding gown to pop.
For spring 2017, Romona Keveza strayed from traditional white in favour of a beautiful purple ombré ballgown. In keeping with the 3D floral trend, she artfully placed beautiful textured blooms throughout the bottom of the skirt.
Tying the knot somewhere far from home was always something Christina Competrini and Jonathan Goyetche considered, but the traditional wedding destination of a sandy beach just wasn’t their style.“I’m more of a fall and winter girl,” Christina explains. “Johnny and I both love escaping to the mountains whenever we can, so the thought of getting married there made me feel the excitement every bride should feel when deciding on a venue or location.”
With many of their friends and family travelling from the east to Alberta, Christina and Johnny decided to host their wedding at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise situated in Banff National Park. “We wanted our out-of-town guests to feel free to explore and wander around the beauty of Lake Louise, on top of being there for our wedding,” Christina says. With their venue in mind, the couple decided on a rustic chic theme to mimic the area’s natural beauty and the hotel’s gorgeous interior.
The ceremony took place inside the Victoria Ballroom overlooking Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier. The aisles were lined with flickering candles alongside beautiful green-and-white floral arrangements. The couple used farmhouse chairs for guests to sit on, which added to the rustic motif. “Johnny and I did not do a first look before the ceremony, because we wanted it to be a total surprise,” Christina recalls. “The feeling I got walking down the aisle was truly indescribable—just a rush of emotion running through my veins. I remember holding hands and we were both trembling with excitement.”
For their reception, Christina and Johnny sought the help of friend and event planner Megan Wappel to achieve their vision. Playing to the elegant charm of the hotel’s interior, the Mount Temple Ballroom was brought to life via burgundy candles, gold dinnerware, latte-coloured napkins, creamy linens and low floral centrepieces filled with pink, white and green petals. “When I first walked in, all I felt was bliss and relaxation knowing our wedding reception was as stunning as I hoped it would be,” Christina discloses. “Megan took the reins with everything once she heard my vision, and she executed it flawlessly.”
For the newlyweds, the best part of the evening came shortly after dinner, when their videographer, NextEpisode Production, surprised them with a highlight reel of the day. “They gave it to us as a gift,” says Christina. “I think my jaw dropped for the entire video. Johnny was at a loss for words. My family surprised us with the videographer, but none of us had any idea they were going to put something together to be viewed that same day. It was so special and we owe our beautiful family a huge thank you for their generosity and thoughtfulness.”
Like any fabulous party, the evening ended with the couple and guests on the dance floor. “There was no hesitation from any of our guests once the music started,” says Christina. “I think we danced with everyone for six hours straight. We had guests coming to say goodnight and telling us this was one of the best weddings they’ve been to. That made all the stress and hard work feel worth it for us.”
Christina Competrini and Jonathan Goyetche, October 9, 2015, Lake Louise, Alberta.
Searching for summer wedding ideas? Pay homage to the warmer months with a celebration filled with bright, cheerful details. Citrus shades and deep pink hues work especially well for weddings during June, July and August and you can work these cheerful colours into your party in a number of creative ways. From eye-catching stationery to Instagram-worthy wedding cakes, we’ll show you five unique summer wedding ideas you’re definitely going to want to emulate.
Colouring books for adults are a playful trend we love. We asked illustrator and designer Pamela Sand, owner of Pam & Paper, to have some fun incorporating this idea into wedding planning. As a result, she crafted these gorgeous save-the-date templates inspired by popular wedding locations.
“The idea of colouring book save-the-dates is so ‘now,’ part of a growing trend that lets adults dip into their childhood days of staying between the lines (or not). Even my 85-year-old grandmother has been filling up an adult colouring book of her own,” says Sand. “As a designer, colour is my jam. Being asked to leave it out challenged how I draw and also how I visualize a project. For this project, I chose destinations with landscapes and traditions that boast an array of colours. I now find myself intrigued by the unknown – who knows how people will choose to colour my designs. I’m excited by the multitude of ways these save-the-dates could be interpreted and coloured by the guests who receive them. With this stationery, you’re asking your guests to take ownership, give it life, and create something.”
From Toronto and Lake Louise to Costa Rica and Las Vegas, here are eight free downloadable colouring cards your guests will want to save–and not just for the date!
First published in the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of Weddingbells. Save-the-dates by Pam & Paper. Coloured pencils from Indigo.