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.
<strong><a href="http://www.weddingbells.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Pam_and_Paper_SaveTheDate_Lake-Louise.pdf">Download our free Lake Louise save-the-date template</a></strong><br />
<strong>From Pam & Paper:</strong> "This save-the-date was inspired by the quintessential tourist photograph that one captures while in Canada’s majestic Rocky Mountains."<br />
<i>Photo by Carlo Mendoza</i>
<strong><a href="http://www.weddingbells.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Pam_and_Paper_SaveTheDate_Vegas.pdf">Download our free Las Vegas save-the-date template</a></strong><br />
<strong>From Pam & Paper:</strong> "Where can you find more colour and detail than Vegas?! This piece was inspired by vintage Vegas postcards that once called the curious traveller to the desert through lights and flash. I bombarded it with much of the pastiche that Vegas is known for around the world. Plus, my brother and his wife were married in Vegas by 'Elvis,' so a tribute to The King was a must!"<br />
<i>Photo by Carlo Mendoza</i>
<strong><a href="http://www.weddingbells.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Pam_and_Paper_SaveTheDate_Toronto.pdf">Download our free Toronto save-the-date template</a></strong><br />
<strong>From Pam & Paper:</strong> "This piece was inspired by the view of downtown from Toronto's iconic Casa Loma, but was reinterpreted to pay homage to the old brick Victorian homes that make up so many of Toronto’s old neighbourhoods." <br />
<i>Photo by Carlo Mendoza</i>
<strong><a href="http://www.weddingbells.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Pam_and_Paper_SaveTheDate_Costa-Rica.pdf">Download our free Costa Rica save-the-date template</a></strong><br />
<strong>From Pam & Paper:</strong> "I imagined this design to be one of the more playful pieces, its catalyst being the ubiquitous splendour of sun, water and activity that a tropical destination wedding anywhere promises." <br />
<i>Photo by Carlo Mendoza</i>
<strong><a href="http://www.weddingbells.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Pam_and_Paper_SaveTheDate_Halifax.pdf">Download our free Halifax save-the-date template</a></strong><br />
<strong>From Pam & Paper:</strong> "My husband’s family is from Nova Scotia and he spent some of his early years living close to Peggy’s Cove. My mother-in-law’s stories of the coastal landscape inspired my depiction of this nautical piece." <br />
<i>Photo by Carlo Mendoza</i>
<strong><a href="http://www.weddingbells.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Pam_and_Paper_SaveTheDate_Paris.pdf">Download our free Paris save-the-date template</a></strong><br />
<strong>From Pam & Paper:</strong> "The City of Love practically draws itself!"<br />
<i>Photo by Carlo Mendoza</i>
<strong><a href="http://www.weddingbells.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Pam_and_Paper_SaveTheDate_Mumbai.pdf">Download our free Mumbai save-the-date template</a></strong><br />
<strong>From Pam & Paper:</strong> "I love Indian weddings for their dedication to the intense elaboration of every minute detail! I wanted this one to be lavish and exotic, suggestive of the grandeur that this type of wedding will certainly deliver." <br />
<i>Photo by Carlo Mendoza</i>
<strong><a href="http://www.weddingbells.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Pam_and_Paper_SaveTheDate_Napa.pdf">Download our free Napa Valley save-the-date template</a></strong><br />
<strong>From Pam & Paper:</strong> "My husband and I spent our honeymoon last fall traversing the vineyards of Beaujolais and Burgundy. Vineyards, no matter where, have a certain je ne sais quoi about them. When I closed my eyes and thought of Napa, my mind was drawn to the majestic striations of the vineyards dancing across the rolling hills of the valley." <br />
<i>Photo by Carlo Mendoza</i>
Milica has her brother Milan to thank for introducing her to Sean. “I had met Sean out with my brother a few times,” Milica explains. “No one could have imagine that we would get married because my brother is super protective of my sisters and I, and we were considered off limits to anyone, let alone friends.” After running into each other again, Milica and Sean started to date but they didn’t tell Milan until his wedding day when Sean showed up as Milica’s date. “I am sure I could have picked a better time to tell my brother,” Milica laughs. “But he was thrilled. Anyone who knows Sean knows how great of a person he is and my whole family was excited that we ended up together.”
For their wedding day, the Milica and Sean chose a mixed colour palette of oranges, greens and pinks. “As a joke, my husband said his favourite Ninja Turtle was Michelangelo, so our colours had to be orange and green. In working with our wedding planner and florist, the idea of ‘California Chic’ came to life,” Milica shares. “We used tons of actual oranges and grapefruit everywhere, including in our eight-foot eucalyptus chandeliers and as table numbers.”
With their heart set on a tented wedding venue, Milica and Sean immediately thought about the Canadian Derby at Northlands Racing as a potential reception location. The idea of a racetrack wedding appealed to the couple since Sean had spent his youth at the horse races with his grandfather and dad. They also owned horses and have a history in harness racing in Canada. “We were very fortunate that Northlands allowed us to have our wedding at the infield of the horse racetrack, as it has never been done before,” Milica says. “We even invited guests to enjoy the horse races from the infield, as they snacked on food, had drinks and played garden games. We also had the final race named after us and got to make bets and take pictures in the winner’s circle.”
One of the highlights of the night came after the dinner and speeches. “The coolest part of the night was having the northern lights dancing above us while we danced for the first time as husband and wife. The northern lights are pretty spectacular on any night, but to have them on your wedding above an outdoor dance floor is unlike anything you could ever imagine,” Milica concludes.
Milica Mrdjenovich and Sean LeLacheur, August 22, 2015, Edmonton, Alberta.
It may have been five years since Kate Middleton tied the knot, but the effect of her beautiful Alexander McQueen wedding dress, most notably the sleeves, is still making waves today. For 2017, bridal brands brought this wedding trend to the next level by arming their collections with sleeves of all styles and textures. Designers such as Jenny Packham introduced this wedding dress trend through glamorous boho bridal gowns, while other bridal brands, like Lazaro and Amsale, embraced the sleeves trend through the use of lace. From wrist-length sleeves to elbow-grazing fringe, sleeves have never looked more chic.
While a rustic-meets-glam wedding dress may not be the typical Jenny Packham design, the slim silhouette and beautiful beading are very her. For brides wanting a romantic bridal gown with sleeves that’s not too lacy, this style could be ideal.
If lace is just not your thing, not to worry there’s plenty of ways to wear this wedding dress trend, all you have to do is take note of Pronovias’ Nuria bridal dress. The form-fitting design paired with sleeves and a daring slit is the perfect style for a modern bride.
Wedding hair accessories can look amazing, but few people instinctively know which designs will work best for their particular shape, style and texture of hair. New York-based hair accessory queen Jennifer Behr, who has created pieces for everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Katy Perry, recently made an appearance at White Toronto to unveil her 2016 collection and we sat down with the designer for some tips on how to properly select bridal hair accessories.
“A lot of girls wait until the last minute to decide on one, but your headpiece is actually the accessory that will be seen the most on your wedding day — way more than your shoes,” says Behr. “You should consider your dress, headpiece and jewellery in tandem and have it on hand for your hair trial — that way your stylist can work with the piece to find the correct hairstyle.”
Ready to start your search for the perfect wedding hair piece? Read on for Behr’s breakdown of the most popular bridal hair accessories and which hair types and updos they complement.
Spring is the perfect time to take engagement photos, especially if you’re a summer, fall or winter bride because these photos can double as your save-the-dates. Booking a spring engagement session is also a great way to test out potential wedding photographers so you can see if you jive during the shoot before booking them for your wedding day.
Along with the warmer temperatures and the budding tulips and daffodils, spring is also the season for cherry blossoms and all things Easter-related, so you should have no problem finding pretty photo props and backdrops. And, while April typically brings showers, there’s plenty of romantic ways to capture great pictures even in the rain (let’s not forget that one of the most romantic movie kisses of all time happened in a downpour).
Need more convincing? Check out five inspiring engagement photo concepts that can really only be pulled off in the spring.
After you’ve found the perfect wedding dress, the next things on your to-do list are likely your accessories. And, with literally thousands of options to pick from, where does one even begin? Lucky for you, we’ve tracked down 20 pretty bridal accessories that are easy-to-wear and will give your entire bridal style an ultra-romantic look.
Inspired by the 2016 fashion shows, where floral hair accessories ruled the runways, we’ve found a few pieces that translate well into the bridal world. From cool tiaras and an ethereal cape to beautiful veils, shoes and pretty drop earrings, read on for more bridal fashion inspiration.
High school sweethearts Alyson Kelle and Ryan Kuemper first met during their school production of Little Shop of Horrors. “Ryan was working backstage and I was playing the role of a shop customer when we stumbled upon each other behind the curtains,” Alyson remembers. “Ryan’s sweet, quiet nature sparked my attention. After a few months of school and rehearsals together, we began dating and we’ve been inseparable ever since!”
For their wedding day, the pair opted for a vintage-meets-enchanted-forest theme. “We love trees and got engaged in California, so we found it only fitting that we tied the knot near some kind of foliage. We also love camping and being outside,” says Alyson. “However, we still wanted our wedding day to be a bit fancy and not overly casual, so we thought the enchanted forest idea might bring a level of elegance that we wouldn’t be able to achieve with a camp style wedding.” Moved by her love of vintage, Alyson also tried to incorporate some antique touches throughout the day.
The wedding day started with the bride arriving to the ceremony in a blue 1955 Chevy Bel Air. “I was so nervous before the wedding, but riding in that gorgeous car offered a nice distraction from my anxiousness,” Alyson explains. Surrounded by 70 of their closest friends and family members, the two exchanged vows at the Linden Garden in Kaleden, British Columbia. Following the ceremony, the Alyson and Ryan ushered guests to their seats where they were greeted by a pretty tablescape complete with a grassy runner, vintage place settings and lots of pretty wildflowers. “We got our flowers from a lovely lady in Penticton, Lisa Yang, who grows all of the flowers in her backyard garden,” Alyson shares. “We chose her to do our wedding florals because we wanted a more natural, forestry feel to the arrangements, and that was something a lot of local flower shops couldn’t provide.”
After some heartfelt speeches and the couples’ first dance, the two opened up the dance floor to their guests. “The dancing was so much fun,” recalls Alyson. “My childhood best friend and I sang along to Vanilla Ice, my family from Tillsonburg, Ontario all got on the dance floor to sing along with Stompin’ Tom’s ‘Tillsonburg’, and my mom and mother-in-law got really into “Uptown Funk”–we had no idea they could dance like that!”
Alyson Kelle and Ryan Kuemper, June, 19 2015, Kaleden, British Columbia.
Canadian bridal designer Lea-Ann Belter has just unveiled her latest Astrid & Mercedes collection, a lovely, youthful line, which is also surprisingly budget-friendly.
Named after Belter’s two free-spirited nieces, the Astrid & Mercedes line features playful details such as sequins, tulle and dainty sashes. Each gown is patterned, cut and draped in Belter’s Toronto atelier and sewn by hand. The result is a collection of dreamy wedding dresses perfect for laidback outdoor celebrations and dancing barefoot under twinkling lights.
Chock-full of romantic tulle, lace and silk, Lea-Ann Belter’s new 2016 Avalon collection is perfect for any bride looking to accentuate her femininity. With traditional silhouettes and modern touches, the collection offers something for every style of wedding.
Whether you’re channeling a glamorous Old Hollywood starlet or a classic Victorian princess, the collection covers a wide range of looks. Gorgeous lace details lend a sophisticated feel to the line, while eye-catching elements like oversize bows, delicate embroidery and sweet sashes reinforce the collection’s ladylike appeal.
Michelle de Villenfagne and Michael Stone (an Arizona Coyotes player) have known each other since they were teenagers–after all, Michael was billeted with Michelle’s aunt and uncle so he could play for the Calgary Hitmen at the time. “When I was 14 and Michael was 16, he moved to Calgary to play junior hockey. He was lodging at my aunt and uncle’s place,” Michelle explains. “Our family is very close and we have family dinners every Sunday. For the first year, we avoided eye contact. We finally built up the courage to start talking to each other, and we haven’t gone a day without talking since.”
For their celebration the two were sold on Sirocco Golf Club–a stunning venue known for its views of the beautiful rolling hills. The couple exchanged vows outdoors under a DIY arch. “This was one of our favourite details,” Michelle says. “I explained what I was hoping for to my uncle, then he and my aunt made it happen. They kept it a surprise, so it was amazing seeing the result.”
Following the ceremony, the two ushered guests into their reception room, which was decorated with elegant floral centrepieces alongside a candy buffet and sweet table. To open up the dance floor, Michelle and Michael chose ‘Come Away With Me’ by Norah Jones–a fitting song choice that explained their hectic lifestyle. “With Michael being in the NHL, we have had to uproot our lives,” Michelle shares. “His career path is full of uncertainty, so the lyrics ‘come away with me’ really spoke to us–our love will always be our home.”
As the evening continued, the newlyweds opened up the mic to guests in lieu of glass clinking. One memory in particular stood out for the couple. “Our favourite story came from my aunt and uncle,” says Michelle. “When I was 15, Mike was practising his autograph, so apparently I practised mine, too. They showed our guests a sheet of paper with Mike’s signature, and there was ‘Michelle Stone’ in my writing. It was funny to hear that I had planned on becoming Michelle Stone since I was 15.”
Michelle de Villenfagne & Michael Stone, July 11, 2015, Calgary, Alberta.
For Vanessa Taylor and Robert Eddy, a vintage English garden look with a boho vibe was what they had in mind for their wedding. “I wanted everything to feel fresh, beautiful and effortless–nothing that seemed too forced or posed,” explains Vanessa. In keeping with their theme, the two chose to exchange vows and celebrate their reception at The Berkeley Fieldhouse. “I loved this location for the vintage feel and particularly for all the natural light that came from the floor-to-ceiling windows,” shares Vanessa. “The outside tent area was also ideal to let kids run around during dinner.”
Although their theme was more vintage, Vanessa and Rob tried to incorporate as many fun and personalized details into their day as they could. “Rob walked down the aisle with his mom to ‘Juicy’ by Notorious B.I.G.–yes you heard that correct,” laughs Vanessa. “I went more traditional and walked down the aisle with my dad to ‘Ho Hey’ by the Lumineers.” Other custom touches included personalized Drake and Biggie cookies, which showcased the couples’ love for hip hop music, and a laser-cut custom cake topper.
When it came to her wedding dress, Vanessa had a pretty specific gown in mind. “I loved how my bespoke gown came together, and it was a dream to wear,” smiles Vanessa. “It was light and comfortable, and I was particularly in love with the flutter sleeves, which went down in the back to create an almost cape-like effect. I also used a piece of my mum’s wedding-day headpiece in place of a barrette on my veil–it was the perfect way to include a bit of the past.”
Vanessa Taylor and Robert Eddy, September 20, 2015, Toronto, Ontario.
Nicolas Lo and Klara Chen met through a mutual friend–sort of. “We had a friend who thought we would be a great match,” explains Klara. “However her boyfriend at the time (now husband) didn’t think I was Nick’s type, so we never met.” However, it was Nick who messaged Klara through social media with a smiley face. “His profile picture at the time was very interesting, it was taken in Mexico with a monkey around his neck,” laughs Klara. “I was intrigued so I messaged back ‘nice monkey’ and the rest is history!”
For their wedding day, the two chose to have their ceremony and reception at Reflections at Hotel Georgia. “We had a difficult time picking a venue because I always envisioned an outdoor wedding, but with Vancouver’s unpredictable weather we needed a contingency plan,” says Klara. “We loved the laid-back yet glamorous vibe of Reflections and they had an indoor and outdoor space–perfect in case of rainy weather.”
With their unique venue choice, it was only fitting that the couple opted for an non-traditional reception: a cocktail and lounge party. With the exception of some reserved seating for their family, guests were free to mingle, sit anywhere, try different eats from Nick and Klara’s food stations and enjoy specialized drinks. “Our wedding vision was to have guests walk around and mingle while enjoying some of our favourite foods from places we’ve visited around the world,” explains Klara. “Each dish we served told a particular story about our travels. For example, we had Anna Elizabeth from Anna Elizabeth Cakes create a layer cake, which was inspired by Milk Bar‘s cereal milk ice cream.”
The couple both agree that the best moment of the day was having one of their groomsmen, Bryan, sing their first-dance song. “Bryan went all out–he even booked studio time to practice,” the two share. “He sang Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud,’ which embodied everything we saw in our future.”
Klara Chen and Nicolas Lo, August 2, 2015, Vancouver, British Columbia
Megan Loach and Mitch Tomulka may have met in school, but they didn’t exactly start off as high school sweethearts. “Mitch and I met through mutual friends,” Megan starts. “He used to tease me a lot in the beginning and I considered him slightly rude. However, I wasn’t aware that he would purposely come over to my friend’s house when he knew I was there. He told his friend that one day he was going to marry me!” The two kept in touch and their love story began five years later when Megan received a last-minute invite to Mitch’s annual birthday party hosted in Muskoka. “That weekend was the beginning and we have been together since, getting married eight summers later,” Megan shares.
For their wedding celebration the pair looked to the south of France as inspiration for a classic but effortlessly chic event. “We pulled in our own love of great food and wine and an estate-feel environment,” Megan says. “Casa Loma provided the perfect venue and we had an amazing four-course meal—a Provençale-inspired menu that ended with lavender crème brûlée.”
As for their palette, the two were inspired by a 2013 Zegna ad campaign, which featured navy, medium blue and cloud blue suits on a background of antique blush.
As the marketing and vendor relations manager at The Room at Hudson’s Bay Company, Megan’s dress options were endless. “I was searching for a non-traditional dress to wear for the reception and one of my very favourite designers we carry at The Room is Erdem,” Megan says. After looking at older collections, Megan located a long, lace gown with a cropped lining that was shown in Spring/Summer 2012. “They were able to make the gown in white for me, it was so light and had the most beautiful, delicate lace,” Megan recalls. “I loved every singe moment of wearing it.” For the ceremony, Megan wore a beautiful Atelier Pronovias gown complete with a huge train, fitted bodice and pockets. “That dress was the Scarlett O’Hara drama I couldn’t help but also have,” Megan admits. “It felt elegant, and made a pretty fantastic moment in the church with some high drama.”
Adding to the day’s drama were the decadent decorations. Working with Melissa Haggerty and Gabi Armenia from Spectacular Spectacular and Gisele Sterling from NOUS Design, the team created a fabulous event blooming with rich details. “The terrace was filled with cocktails, the oyster bar and lavender lemonade,” Megan divulges. “Our reception inside the room was brimming with candles in metallic holders alongside David Austin roses, dahlias, lisianthus, and blue satin tablecloths, which all came together to create the most romantic ambiance.” For that added European touch, Megan and Mitch asked Aileen Fretz from Plume to create calligraphy that mimicked the look of a century-old love letter. The font was then used on the place cards, invitations, menus and ceremony programs.
Beautiful details aside, the highlight of the evening for Megan and Mitch was their speeches, which also led to their first dance. “It was an incredible moment to be standing together in front of all our family and friends to thank them, share special wishes for our parents and hear each other speak about one another with such love and affection,” the newlyweds happily confirm.
Megan Loach and Mitch Tomulka, August 22, 2015, Toronto, Ontario.
Couples planning on tying the knot in Italy will have an array of magical backdrops at their fingertips.
In Rome, take advantage of the renaissance structures in the Vatican as well as the marbled statues dispersed throughout. For couples tying the knot up north, Lake Como and Lake Garda are a wedding photographers’ delight with glorious views galore.
Here are 10 epic wedding photo shoot locations to consider when planning your destination wedding in Italy.