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Styled Shoot: A Wonderland High Tea Reception

Posted At : January 13, 2016 2:52 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 6,705
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We will leave it to Christine, of Christine Wills Photography, to introduce this styled shoot set at a private residence in Alberta, since she does it so perfectly!

bride and groom sitting at sweetheart table toasting with champagne

Imagine Alice grows up into a beautiful, sophisticated young woman and meets her white knight. They tie the knot in the whimsical woods, with a floral inspired outdoor ceremony, then sit down to an elegant high tea reception.

A sweetheart table offers the bride and groom that cozy, "just the two of us", feeling.

sweetheart table outdoor wedding reception rustic theme

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Wedit: An Exciting DIY Twist to Traditional Wedding Video

Posted At : July 1, 2015 11:00 AM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 6,344
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We all love a great movie and wedding videography has become just that: a full-on cinematic experience full of emotion. Traditionally, couples hire a professional wedding videographer to make sure every special memory is caught on film, but as we recently found out, there are some pretty cool options making the "wedding rounds" these days. One, in particular, caught our attention: Wedit. This is not a new service, but it recently started offering shipping to Canada; so, we just had to share. Check it out!

Wedding Videos produced with Wedit DIY

What is Wedit? How Does it Work?

Wedit is a "do-it-yourself" type of wedding videography service:
  1. Five HD cameras (iPod Touches) are sent to you the week before your wedding.
  2. Distribute them amongst your family and friends and let them capture your wedding from their standpoint.
  3. After the wedding, send the cameras back to Wedit
    where everything then gets uploaded into your own password protected area.

Wedit Trailer from Wedit on Vimeo.

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Real Wedding: Emilie & Jan
Rustic, Backyard & Very DIY!

Posted At : April 30, 2015 6:10 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 6,250
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Real Wedding: Emilie & Jan - Rustic, Backyard & Very DIY!

" Living in the northern part of Canada, we get an amazing opportunity to have the gorgeous mountains and rivers as our back drop. Everything about this wedding makes you warm and fuzzy inside! "

Bride &amp Groom: Emilie & Jan Wandel

This beautiful couple met during bible studies, their love for one another shines bright enough to make the heart smile.

Stefania Bowler, wedding photographer in BC, Canada
Photography + Comments, Captions & Narration by Stefania Bowler Wedding Photography, Vancouver & BC Interior.

Yellow, summer, sunflower bridal bouquet

Country wedding ceremony on the green

The couple decided on a simple back yard wedding accompanied by their closest friends and family who came from near and as far as Germany.

Rustic wedding decor, menues, guest books

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Real Wedding: Chelsea & Tyler's DIY Rustic Barnyard Elegance

Posted At : August 20, 2014 11:19 AM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 4,570
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Bride and Groom kissing in a barn set up for a wedding ceremony

This was one of our favourite weddings to photograph. It was a rustic wedding on a little farm. The wedding was full of DIY details, beautiful landscape, a barn and sheep. Barns are highly sought-after in Vancouver and this couple managed to find one of the most gorgeous barns we have ever seen. The DIY details, chandeliers, wood accents, made for a fairy-tale wedding.
~ Will Pursell (Burnaby)

Bride and bridesmaids getting ready in the farmhouse cottage

Chelsea's Day

My husband and I grew up on opposite sides of a small town in British Columbia, Canada where it was highly unlikely but clearly a possibility to wait twenty years before finally meeting. When we least expected it, Tyler and I finally met during a summer in Whistler where some friends had brought us up for a weekend of camping. Instantly, thoughts of forever entered my mind and we didn't spend much time apart from there. Two years later, I came home from university to find a forest lit up with mini lights and the man of my dreams down on one knee and forever became a reality.

Creative weddig guest book with a typewriter for guests

Rustic Elegance

I had always imagined an over-the-top wedding but Tyler brings out a much more outdoorsy-understated side which was reflected in our day. We planned for May 19, 2012, an eight month engagement. Those months were filled with scavenging through local thrift shops and online craft stores where we found hundreds of items that reflected both our personalities. The theme quickly emerged as "rustic elegance" and my Mom's highschool friend had the most perfect property for this day to play out. Evita owns a working farm that is rarely used for events, which is why I won't mention the address but will say that the property is about twenty minutes from Tyler's and my hometown. The farm is a place of beauty and relaxation, but it would not exist without a lot of hard work. Evita is creative and passionate and she was fully devoted to making our dream day a reality. Her and our families spent hours and hours enhancing the beautiful red barn, tea house, and garden into a "venue" fit for a wedding.

Beautiful wedding ceremony in the barn


The bridal party, happily posing in a field

Chelseas semi-custom wedding dress

Our photographers set the tone for the day with their relaxed yet inspired and creative attitude; from then-on, everything went smoothly. The ceremony was held in the loft of the barn which was strung with the handmade tweed balls and bunches of tool and lace. Wooden white chairs filled the loft from front to back in order to accommodate 150 of our closest friends and family members. The intimate ceremony was led by Tyler's brother-in-law, Alex, who spoke about love and faith. After the ceremony, our bridal party left for the tea house for some champagne while the guests had some appetizers and found their seat under the tents. The reception had a very laid-back feel and each table was thoughtfully decorated by our friends and family. The various thrift store 'finds' all seemed to work together to bring the 'rustic elegant' feel from the barn to the tents.

The rustic elegance outdoor wedding decor

We were so blessed to have so many hands help make our wedding a possibility. Every place-setting was set with wedding programs that were printed from my family's regular ink-jet printer. The photo-board was created by our best man and maid of honour from plywood and thrift store picture frames. The hanging string balls were made by the bridesmaids and our Moms who glued twine and yarn around balloons.

Rustic elegance, vitnage wedding table decor

My grandma spent many hours applying crystals to the applique of my wedding dress and the satin buttons originally came from her own dress. The beautiful bouquets were prepared by a family friend who put so much thought into choosing the most perfect flowers for the theme. I could go on and on about all of the preparation but what really 'took the cake' was the day itself.

Rustic barnyard wedding decor

Wedding cake and candy buffet

The meal was lovingly prepared by Evita's sister, Doreen, who owns a catering company. Her team presented an elegant plated meal of prime rib and my Uncle Gerry's freshly caught sockeye salmon. After dinner our guests were welcome to wander around and visit the candy and doughnut tables or head over to the tea house to get away from the excitement for a minute. The tiered lemon-filled cake was baked and decorated by Evita and her friend; it definitely tasted as good as it looked! The first dance was back up in the loft of the barn, where an ipod playlist kept friends and family on the dancefloor into the early hours of the morning. The photos shown here truly capture the love and detail that went into this wedding, and we are so thankful to everyone who helped make our dream a reality.

Outdoor wedding photobooth backdrop and props

Chelsea and Tyler

Photography: Will Pursell (Burnaby)

Chelsea and Tyler enjoying a romantic moment before the ceremony Here comes the bride! Great Idea for a guestbook The beautiful ceremony in Evitas barn The bridal party! Chelsea in her one-of-a-kind dress! The Rustic Elegance theme continued throughout Even more nivtage and rustic table decor A few more of the DIY vintage + rustic touches Cake and Candy Buffet! The crazy vintage backdrop for the photobooth! Chelsea and Tyler Brown :-)


Leah-Rose & Brendan at Sutton Place: A Real Winter Wedding, Vancouver Style!

Posted At : August 5, 2014 5:19 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 7,817
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Leah-Rose and Brendan

The Setting

The prestigious The Sutton Place Hotel in the centre of the city hosted the couple both for their ceremony and their reception. Since December in Vancouver is often rainier than it is cold and white, having the ceremony and the reception in the same location proved a very smart and "dry" decision for the couple and a very thoughtful consideration for their guests. The hotel's grand entrance and elegant atmosphere offered the perfect backdrop for Leah-Rose and Brendan's woodland elegance themed winter wedding.

Traditional white rose bridal bouquet

Vivio Flower Gallery (Port Moody)

Wedding reception, white chair covers, with muted gold accents

The Sutton Place Hotel (Vancouver)

The Décor

The décor picked up on the hotel's already elegant atmosphere with the addition of soft candlelight, and muted gold accents. The use of twigs and greenery in Leah-Rose's "woodland elegance" theme brought a natural feel to the room while the adorning white lights lent a wintery sparkle to the warm and inviting environment.

Two curly willow archways (designed by Leah-Rose) adorned the aisle and the stage during the ceremony and were later used as a head table back drop and as an entrance arch during the reception.

Alternating short and tall centerpieces accented the guest tables; florals were used in the short displays whereas the tall vase centerpieces incorporated branches with hanging candle holders and crystal chains.

Wedding Reception details at the Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver

Chairs with Flair Seat Covers (Vancouver)

Leah's Gorgeous

Wedding Dress from The Bridal Gallery (New Westminster)
Hair & Makeup by Facade West Salon (Port Coquitlam)

The Attire

The beautiful bride took centre stage as she glided down the aisle in an elegant strapless tulle and lace gown (Ramaje by St. Patrick)..a unique creation featuring a trumpet skirt that is hidden under a tulle overskirt with appliqués. A simple jewel accent on the slightly raised empire waist along with a tone on tone sequin in the bodice created a very subtle sparkle to an already special gown.

The bride's wedding day look?

Simple adornments completed Leah-Rose's look...a long veil was attached to the back of her lovely long, wavy hair. And, one, single ornate rhinestone hair pin created the centerpiece of an already magnificent wedding hair style. Sophisticated, modern, and romantic!

The bridal party was sheer elegance in a wonderful blend of elegance and winter chic in one of the season's top colour combinations, navy blue with gold accents. The bridesmaids complimented their navy gowns with blue and gold accented pashminas, the perfect cover up for a winter wedding.

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Fall Wedding Fun;
A DIY Couple with Rustic Flair!

Posted At : July 9, 2014 2:06 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 5,577
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Jasmine & Chase: Alberta country couple

What happens when a creative "do-it-yourself" bride and her beau visit a farm and its barn on an Alberta Fall day? A wonderful wedding fusion of rustic charm and creative elegance... complete with mason jars, burlap and even a few horses!
Here is the story of their wedding day, full of loving details & creative ideas, seen, witnessed, recorded & narrated by their talented photographer, Melanie Mayer

Rustic vintage chaulkboard sign, welcoming wedding guests

Chase and Jasmine's rustic wedding day took place on a perfect fall day. Yellow leaves blanketed the ground and the air was fresh and crisp. The bride started the day by having her hair styled at Puressence, a trendy local salon. She continued getting ready with her bridesmaids at Life Church, where the ceremony was also being held. Delicate strings of pearls adorned her wrists and neck, and she wore a cream coloured, elegant gown- she looked absolutely breathtaking.

Jasmine getting ready, reading her bridesmaids keepsakes

The couple was wed in a touching ceremony filled with tears from family members and lots of laughs shared between the bride and groom. Chase and Jasmine work in the Yukon in a mine, and it just so happens that the history channel is making a television series about what they do! A History Channel Film Crew was present to film their wedding day, which was really exciting. After the ceremony, we headed to a beautiful farm to take photos. I loved all of the curious horses who wanted to be a part of the photos too! Most of the day was cloudy and we were very fortunate to have the sun peek through the clouds just as it was setting for some golden, glowing light.

The bride & groom enjoying a break from their photo session on the farmyard swing

Rustic, burlap-themed table-settings & wedding favours

Mason-jar barnyard rustic wedding centrepieces

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Fun Wedding Invitation Idea : Message in a Bottle!

Posted At : May 9, 2012 2:13 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 11,923
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wedding invitation in a bottle : for a beach wedding or a destination wedding or simply a theme wedding!

One of the possible designs from InvitationInABottle.com

The Perfect Destination or Beach Wedding Invitation?

Yes, a wedding invitation in the form of a message in a bottle is the latest trend to hit wedding planning. Mysterious, fun, and very unique... a message in a bottle wedding invitation really sets the tone for a whimsical destination or simply beach or just beach-themed wedding.

.. But not Only

We love this idea because it takes a very traditional aspect of a wedding and flips it into one of intrigue and adventure. It creates a "moment" long before the wedding even takes place. From destination weddings to formal affairs, couples can engage their guests and leave them with the anticipation of what excitement is yet to come...

The paper invitation format inside the wedding invitation in a bottle

Sample of what the actual paper part of the invitation can look like; © InvitationInABottle.com

Why not DIY?

DIY kit for the Invitation-in-a-bottle wedding invitation design

A Simple DIY Kit from InvitationInABottle.com
Some FUN Assembly Required :-)

Invitations in a bottle are just about the easiest DIY wedding project!

  • Do-it-totally-yourself: Simply visit your local craft store for bottles, corks, paper and ribbon. Print your "message" (invitation) on the paper, roll it up and place it in the bottle. Cork the bottle, label it and voila!
  • Buy the Entire Kit Ready: from InvitationInABottle.com. You can either print your own message on the supplied paper or have them preprinted and sent to you with the DIY supplies. It doesn't get any easier than that!

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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: 8,042
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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 weddingpaperdivas.com, we bought our burlap goody bags online and put salt water taffy inside, which we also got online at acandystore.com. 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


Wedding Trends and Traditions: Rice, Confetti & Alternatives

Posted At : February 14, 2012 2:11 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 8,011
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photo: Carlton Adkins Wedding Photography

The tradition of throwing rice at the bride and groom after their wedding ceremony can be traced back to ancient times. Throwing anything from old sandals (!) to rice has meant different things to different cultures from saying good bye to bachelorhood to taking on the new responsibility of caring for a wife and of course, to wishing the couple good luck and fertility.

Nowadays, we still enjoy "showering" the couple as the exit their ceremony but throwing rice has been replaced by many new and creative ways to pass along our good wishes. Here are some examples of modern ways to celebrate the newlyweds without hammering them in the head with grains of rice...

The "Green" Alternatives

Plantable (contains seeds) heart-shaped confetti
from Beaucoup

  • birdseed: it kind of looks like rice but the birds will get a treat once your wedding is over and they'll also handle the clean up!
  • bio-degradable flower petals: flowers just make everything beautiful.
  • plantable seed paper confetti: give back to the world by letting your wedding "grow" from this day forward! (no pun intended :)

Preserved Rose Petals from WeddingSTAR

The "Fun" Alternatives

photo: Sakura Photography, Vancouver

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Gorgeous by Georgia: Tips for Brighter Eyes for Your Wedding Day

Posted At : February 2, 2012 4:22 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 6,906
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Hey, isn't this Kate Beckinsale? Gorgeous!

For Puffiness

For all you damsels in distress over excess "baggage" under the eyes, here are a few tricks that will increase circulation and decrease the puff:

  1. Try ice cubes, cucumber slices or a really cold water splash. These are old school favourites that really do work.

    source: ayushveda.com

    How?

    • Wrap the ice cube in a face cloth and gently placing it over the eye area for a few minutes.
    • Or, you can apply cold cucumber slices over the eyes and have a little shut eye for 15 minutes.
    • The fastest and easiest solution, however, is splashing your eye area with very cold water; it really does work.
    The cooling effects of any of these methods work to reduce puffiness. You an even try them all if you've got the time!
  2. Another method is tapping and rolling on an eye gel with your finger.

    img: themakeupchair.blogspot.com

    Hint

    Keep it in the fridge; the colder it is the more it will shrink puffiness.
  3. You can also try a concealer that is slightly deeper than your skin tone over the eye bag and one that is slightly lighter than your skin tone in the "fold" under the eye bag. Why? This will reduce the size and depth of the eye bag.

    How?

    Apply lightly and set with translucent powder. Avoid concealers that are much lighter than your skin tone if you are troubled by puffiness as light colours will only highlight the problem.
    img: "Estee Lauder's Ideal Light Brush On Illuminator" on I Wear Flats!


For Tired looking eyes

from: "How to Conceal Dark Circles" on Beautiful with Brains :-)

For brides who find they look a little rough around the edges the morning of their wedding, there is a simple method to hide the effects of a late or sleepless night.

  1. Try a little peachy pink concealer in the inner corners and at the outer edges to disguise any blue that's peeking through, then add a little pink concealer on the lids to further brighten.

    Hint

    A couple of eye drops wouldn't hurt either.
    You can also apply an ivory coloured concealer pencil on your waterline which will take away redness. Avoid white as it is not natural looking in person.
  2. Another trick is to apply some champagne coloured loose shimmer powder to the inner eye area and the centre of your eyelids to open up and brighten the eyes a little more.

    Hint

    You can opt to use a liquid light weight concealer formula to create the illusion of brightness if your circles aren't too dark but for severe discolouration a more opaque cream based concealer works better.

Georgia Spyra, Makeup Artist Georgia Spyra is an accredited, award-winning makeup artist with over 16 years experience in the beauty industry. She was voted one of Canada's top-20 makeup artists and one of Canada's Top-5 bridal makeup artists; she was featured in Elle Magazine as top Canadian make up and beauty expert. She is a make over artist for Life Network Platform; a make up artist/educator for Canadian Make Up Show and Kryolan Cosmetics; as well as a make up designer for many fashion shows, music videos and Television shows, like CBC News and Relic Hunter.

Last month: 10 Tips for Luminous Wedding-Day Makeup"..

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