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.
<strong><a href="http://www.paul-joe-beaute.com/en/" target="_blank">Paul & Joe Beauté</a> Eye Color Trio</strong><br />
This trio of shades creates the perfect smoked out eye. Start with a wash of soft colour all over the eye then use the darker metallic on the lid and the golden bronze in the crease for a hit of extra twinkle.<br />
<i>Photo by Carlo Mendoza</i>
<strong><a href="https://www.benefitcosmetics.com/ca/en-gb" target="_blank">Benefit</a><br />
They're Real Mascara</strong><br />
Loved by beauty addicts for its high-impact results, this mascara creates big, bold lashes that are lush and seriously statement-making. Layer on a few coats to pump lashes to the max.<br />
<i>Photo by Carlo Mendoza</i>
<strong><a href="http://www.maybelline.ca/Products/lip-makeup/lip-color/Color-Sensational-Vivid-Matte-Liquid.aspx" target="_blank">Maybelline</a> Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid</strong><br />
We love a dark lip paired with a white dress, and this shade delivers just the right amount of drama without looking goth. Possessed Plum is the colour and the finish is moist, matte and very modern.<br />
<i>Photo by Carlo Mendoza</i>
<strong><a href="http://www.makeupforever.com/us/en-us/make-up/face/foundation/pro-sculpting-palette" target="_blank">Makeup Forever</a> Pro Sculpting Palette</strong><br />
Highlight and contour like a pro using this easy-breezy kit. The cream product applies and blends like a dream and is key for creating a flawless face.<br />
<i>Photo by Carlo Mendoza</i>
<strong><a href="http://www.dolcegabbana.com/beauty/perfumes/" target="_blank">Dolce & Gabbana</a> Rose Excelsa</strong><br />
This rose-based fragrance is exotic and sexy, which makes it not your average floral scent. Notes include neroli flowers, white amaryllis, white water lily, Turkish rose, musk and sandalwood. <br />
<i>Photo by Carlo Mendoza</i>
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.
Stationery with painted edges, specks of gold and beautiful calligraphy, sets the tone for an artful affair.<br />
<i>Stationery, <a href="http://www.maisonmaquette.com/" target="_blank">Maison Maquette</a>.</i>
The naked cake trend gets a slight makeover for fall with whimsical toppings such as caramels, popcorn, pretzels, and a ganache drip.<br />
<i>Cake, <a href="http://www.therollingpin.ca/" target="_blank">The Rolling Pin</a>.</i>
Elevate your doughnut bar by introducing a fun dipping station, where guests can dunk the classic Canadian desserts into a sauce of their choice (caramel and chocolate are popular options), and top them with a sprinkle of coconut or nuts. <br />
<i>Doughnuts, <a href="http://www.therollingpin.ca/" target="_blank">The Rolling Pin</a>.</i>
Ask your florist to create your boutonnieres using shades of orange accompanied by greenery to keep the atmosphere cheery and uplifting.<br />
<i>Flowers, <a href="http://www.delightfloraldesign.com/" target="_blank">DeLight Floral + Design</a>.</i>
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.
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.