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Darla & Jeff : A Winter Wedding
Wonderland in the Rockies

Posted At : November 27, 2015 6:14 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 13,139
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This real wedding makes us want to shout from the mountaintops that Jasper, Alberta is one of the prettiest places in the WORLD to host a winter wedding! Darla & Jeff's winter wonderland wedding, captured by Sofia Katherine Photography, boasts some of the prettiest bridal party portraits that we've seen in a long time! But don't take our word for it - see the breathtaking beauty for yourself and be prepared to swoon.

winter wedding setting at a frozen lake with bride and groom in Jasper Alberta

Frozen lakes and snow covered mountaintops offer an incredibly picturesque backdrop and these two lovebirds knew it would certainly be worth getting a bit chilly for!

From the bride:

We loved the idea of having a winter wedding with snowflakes everywhere and there was no better place for that than the beautiful Rocky Mountains. We have a love affair with the Rockies, plus it's where Jeff got down on one knee and popped the question!

Maggie Sottero real bride wearing tulle ball gown with crystal bodice

Darla wore a Maggie Sottero gown, which she describes as the dress from her dreams:

"It was covered in Swarovski crystals and when I saw it, I thought it sparkled like snow and knew that I had to have it!"

This little guy's name is Charlie and his cuteness factor is just. too. much!

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Winter Wedding Venue Idea: The Conservatory

Posted At : July 16, 2012 11:26 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 12,375
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How to Have Garden Wedding in the Winter!

Well, I guess you need an indoor garden! A big one too: you need to fit your ceremony, your décor, your guests; take some great photos as well - why even move to a different photo location?

Botanical Gardens & Conservatories to the rescue! Just about every city has one. Usually a big dome or a pyramid or some other tall, roomy, heated glass structure, bright, filled with beautiful exotic plants, even full size trees, ponds, little creeks - at least one of them has exotic birds too - even monkeys! lol..

Conservatory Wedding Example #1 : Muttart Pyramid, Edmonton

Rikk & Kristina's wedding
location: Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton
photography: Admire Studios, Edmonton

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Real Weddings : Sunny yellow, Budget-friendly, DIY = PERFECT

Posted At : March 23, 2012 4:08 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 8,923
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They Call Me "Mellow Yellow"!

Just about the perfect, DIY backyard event, this gorgeous, intimate, BRIGHT California event can be your best starting "template". So many good ideas, such lovely style indeed! We found it on one of our favourite wedding blogs : Oh Lovely Day - definitely worth bookmarking!

Oh Lovely Day blog : A great DIY, economical, yellow-themed, summer wedding

In the bride's own words:

We wanted to have a pretty laid back wedding where people could feel comfortable and where we could invite all of our friends and family and not exclude anyone. I made the pictures on the centerpieces, the goody bag tags, the card box sign, my aunt made the ring bearer pillow and my hubby made the programs and the save-the-date's. We got our invites from, we bought our burlap goody bags online and put salt water taffy inside, which we also got online at We got the tins for our centerpieces at Shinoda in Coasta Mesa. Our florist, Kyndra Frank, who is one of my mom's good friends, did all of the florals.... [full story..]

Oh Lovely Day blog : A great DIY, economical, yellow-themed, summer wedding

Bridal Swap is Back, in Vancouver (Nov 20th)

Posted At : November 2, 2011 10:01 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 4,922
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"uniting Past Brides with this year's Brides-to-Be"..

Fun, Eco-friendly and Budget-Conscious too!

First introduced last year, in Vancouver, The Bridal Swap is an event uniting Past Brides with this year's Brides-to-Be to buy and sell gently used wedding items in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, alongside..
  • Sample and consignment dresses for sale,
  • decor companies clearing their stock and
  • select professional vendors to chat one-on-one.

Vancouver Bridal Swap 2010

The inaugural, last year, was even more successful that expected (over 700 brides - look at the lineups!) so thsi year the event is moving to Villa Amato (Main & 1st, near the Olympic Village: Sunday, November 20th)

Vancouver brides, shopping at the 2010 Bridal Swap

We need more of these, across Canada..

Wedding Trends: A Non-Floral Bridal Bouquet!??

Posted At : September 19, 2011 9:23 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 24,391
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Silver Brooch Bouquet (found:

"We regularly come across wedding trends that really make us stop and take notice. Our latest find is not only trendy but also fun to create and easy on the environment"..

What is it? A Non-Floral bridal bouquet!

Sounds crazy, doesn't it? But there is no steadfast rule that says a bridal bouquet must be made of fresh flowers. Actually, bouquets can be created from just about anything. For example: seashells, candy, lace, fabric, and paper flowers all make excellent alternatives to fresh flowers.

found: Dahlia's Day blog

$100 on

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DIY Spring Centrepiece Project: Vase Sleeves

Posted At : March 30, 2011 4:11 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 9,151
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"Looking for a fun and budget-friendly wedding centerpiece idea?"..

Diy wedding centerpiece idea

source: Good Housekeeping!

Here's something that's easy to do and that will add an extra-special splash of colour to each of your guest tables. (and help you save money by using "generic", simple vases)

A Pleated Vase-Sleeve

Make a simple, seasonal floral bouquet really pop, by placing a plain glass vase into a pleated vase sleeve made of a coordinating floral cotton fabric. How?
  1. Buy some cotton fabric of your colour and pattern choice (obviously something that matches your wedding decor theme)
  2. Also buy some fusible backing (something glue-able, ideally precoated, from the craft store), for stiffness and to keep the cut fabric from fraying.
  3. Iron the fabric onto the backing and press in folds.
  4. Snip the ends, if you like to create those points at the top.
  5. Cut small slits on each pleat to allow for a ribbon to wrap around your creation.
  6. Make a bow with your ribbon to complete the look.

Choose a fabric and pattern that will compliment both the size and colour of the flower and your creation is sure to be a winner!

Add some fresh flowers and cheap vases from the dollar-store and .. ta-daaa.. instant happy spring centrepieces! We love tulips because they come in a variety of colours and are readily available this time of year but, obviously, you can use any flower that you like!

Wedding Style Options: Feathers

Posted At : March 15, 2011 11:17 AM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 23,475
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White feather bridal bouquet with pearls

Ivory and Pearl Feather Bouquet

An old time favourite, feathers make an excellent and versatile style & décor wedding idea. Why?

  1. They are fairly inexpensive compared to fresh flowers, giving budget-conscious brides more options.
  2. They are a lot easier to arrange than flowers; so they are a perfect alternative for the "do-it-yourselfer"
  3. They create large voluminous displays in a variety of colours, adding drama and interest to any table décor.
  4. They are elegant and attractive in bridal bouquets and boutonnieres creating an element of uniqueness to your design.
  5. They create a fun and light (retro?) atmosphere without weighing down the overall look.

Here are some great examples from around Canada:

Wedding decor with black & white feather centerpieces

Black & White Feather Centrepieces
© MW Flower Design, Scrarborough

White Ostrich Feather Centrepieces
© MW Flower Design, Scrarborough

Feather floral bride's bouquet

Gorgeous! White feather + roses bridal bouquet

The Groom too! Feather + lily boutonniere

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Vancouver Wedding Gown Sample Sale, Feb 11th & 12th

Posted At : February 7, 2011 3:01 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 5,156
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Wedding Gown & Dresses sample sale, Vancouver BC, Feb 11th 2011

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DIY Wedding Invitations: Print-Your-Own Kits by Wilton

Posted At : January 18, 2011 4:43 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 31,066
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Print-your Own, DIY wedding invitations by Wilton: 'Bow-Ivory'

source: The Thank You Company (Canadian eShop)

One of the prevailing developments in wedding planning, over the last few seasons, has of course been the whole "do-it-yourself" trend. So we're always on the lookout for easy, fun and affordable ways to get you DIY-ing - invitations being the obvious starting point; it's the first thing you need to organise, as soon as you set your wedding date!

When it comes to DIY invitations, there are a number of great options available to Canadians, online or locally, custom, even digital; but the preeminent quick-and-easy, affordable-yet-great-looking solution has long been Wilton's "Print Your Own" line.

Print-your Own, DIY wedding invitations by Wilton: 'String-of-Pearls'

How Wilton Print-your-Own DIY works..

They are a simple and fast "plug-and-play" option to creating beautiful and professional wedding invitations on your own. Each kit contains everything you need to get going, from the invitation to the reply itself.

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A Junkfood Buffet? Why not?

Posted At : September 21, 2010 12:02 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 9,362
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Love junkfood? Include your fun favourites in a late night wedding buffet. Here are a collection of ideas from around the Internet for you. Just make sure you customize it to junkfood that you love!

Pop Corn!

Serving fresh popcorn at your wedding reception

Late Night Popcorn Machine!
idea: Alexa Events (Denver)

Grilled Cheese?

Yummy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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