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16 Dresses You HAVE To Try On in 2016!

Posted At : February 19, 2016 11:42 AM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 13,494
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The dresses available in 2016 offer brides a perfect mix of on trend and classic; from crop tops paired with tulle skirts and gowns with colorful watercolor prints, to timeless lace ballgowns; there truly is something unique for every bride. We love that while fabulous new trends emerge every year, some tried and true bridal looks seem like they will last forever.

With so many incredible choices out there, you might be wondering where to begin! Well, not to worry, we've got you covered; in no particular order, here is our curated list of the top 16 wedding dresses you HAVE to try on in 2016!

  1. Maggie Sottero 'Luna'

    Maggie Sottero Luna aline wedding dress model on wooden swing

    From sweet to sultry, Maggie Sottero's new collection offers something for every bride. 'Luna' has us imagining its delicate scattered lace and tulle skirt floating prettily on a summer's breeze, and we are most certainly mesmerized.

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Real Wedding: A Charming Outdoor Wedding at Horseshoe Resort

Posted At : January 29, 2016 5:16 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 13,293
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When a fun couple gets married, they have a fun wedding! Laura and Lucas tied the knot at Horseshoe Resort in Barrie, Ontario on a beautiful summer's day. Their wedding was captured by Jennifer Newberry Photography, who did a wonderful job of telling this vibrant couple's story and capturing the charming nuances of their personalities, which were so thoughtfully infused into the day.

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bride in tulle ballgown and ruched bodice with cathedral veil floating in the wind

We love the drama that a cathdral veil, floating in the wind creates. All photography by Jennifer Newberry Photography.

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Styled Shoot: A Wonderland High Tea Reception

Posted At : January 13, 2016 2:52 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 16,146
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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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Darla & Jeff : A Winter Wedding
Wonderland in the Rockies

Posted At : November 27, 2015 6:14 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 14,206
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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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Antonella & Frank: Splendor
at the Venetian Banquet Hall

Posted At : October 19, 2015 1:32 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 13,696
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Elegant, classic, and heartfelt; three words that describe the wedding of Antonella and Frank perfectly. The Ontario couple were married in a beautiful church ceremony and lavish wedding reception at The Venetian Banquet Hall.

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bride with windswept veil and groom in front of wooden historic building

A windswept veil gets us every time.

Erika Hammer of Ten·2·Ten Photography captured every intimate moment of the couple's day, and shares a few words about their love-filled nuptials.

From Erika:

Behind all the glitz and glamour of a wedding day are two people who are truly in love. Frank and Antonella's wedding day was filled not only with lavish and luxurious details, but also with love for one another and from their families. Having photographed over 100 weddings, I rarely get a chance to see such an incredible outpouring of love.

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Real Wedding: Ariane & Henry
Classic Elegance at Cecil Green

Posted At : October 7, 2015 3:07 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 15,062
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Ariane and Henry tied the knot at one of Vancouver's much-loved venues, Cecil Green Park House. Situated on the grounds of UBC campus, Cecil Green is simply breathtaking, to say the least.

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With a picturesque setting like this, is it any wonder that Cecil Green Park House is one of Vancouver's most coveted wedding venues?

Kailey-Michelle, of Kailey Michelle Events, planned a wedding that perfectly showcased the couple's spirit, as well as their vision. Describing themselves as a goofy, spontaneous, movie-loving couple; Ariane & Henry's wedding day had a light-hearted, happy atmosphere that suited the couple perfectly.

From Kailey-Michelle: I first met Ariane through her sister, whose heart was to ease her sister's stress and worry, when it came to both planning her wedding and enjoying the day. If Ariane [and her family] were to savour the day and be fully present to absorb every moment, then she needed someone she could trust to make the magic happen. And the day was exactly that.. magical, filled with sweet sentiment, great food and the most luxurious of settings; like your most elegant dinner party nestled within the walls of history, character and prestige!

Akin to every girl's fairytale, the room dripped with hundreds of fresh cut roses, orchids and strands of pearls. But more striking than the beauty of their wedding day, was the sheer joy these two shared in finally being each others, at last.

Ariane's beaded lace wedding dress fit her perfectly, and her classic bouquet of pink roses by Wedding Design Studio fit the fairytale romance of the day, beautifully.

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Real Wedding: Mary & Robert
Elegance & Opulence at the Montreal Science Centre

Posted At : July 10, 2015 10:03 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 16,250
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The Montreal wedding of Mary & Robert was a beautiful occasion that was both love-filled and opulent. Their incredibule day was captured by Grey Sparrow and expertly planned by Blanc Events, who utterly transformed The Panoramic Hall at the Montreal Science Centre into a magnificent enchanted forest.

bride and groom posing for photo in front of Montreal Science Centre. Bride wearing Vera Wang Liesel

Mary & Robert on their wedding day; these two simply radiate with love. Photography by Grey Sparrow.

A word from the bride: "Robert and I both dreamed of getting married in the country, as we both grew up spending our summers there. However, getting 300 people to the country is no easy task. Instead, we thought it would be easier to transform a room at the Science Center in Montreal into an enchanted forest. The color scheme revolved around warmth and greenery, focusing on deep burgundies and dark mauves, as well as introducing tons of wood and muted silvers."

bride getting ready photos and wearing vera wang liesel and Christian Louboutin gold heels

Mary chose to wear Vera Wang's Liesel gown; the intricately beading dropped waist bodice and full layered skirt suited her beautifully. If you are experiencing major shoe envy right now, you are not alone; we LOVE her Jazzy Doll heels by Christian Louboutin.

traditional Greek wedding ceremony at St George Greek Othodox Church in Montreal

The couple's ceremony at St. George Greek Orthodox Church was steeped with tradition and love.

opulent floral table centrepieces of reds, greens and purples. Hanging flowers and vases at Centre des Montreal Sciene Centre

The incredible floral design by Fleurs des Jardins can only be described as enchanting; they did an amazing job of bringing the couple's vision to life.

opulent wedding decor montreal science centre wedding

The silver tones throughout the room were a perfect choice by Blanc Events. From the linens and tableware (even the napkin rings!), to the silver chiavari chairs, there was a feeling of finery and opulence everywhere the eye could see.

close up of two layer cake, tall floral centrepiece in silver vase and menu with lace napkin
Hundreds of glowing candles in the centrepieces and on the tables cast beautiful light throughout the room.

Hundreds of glowing candles created a beautiful and warm ambience for the evening reception.

bride and groom kissing under a magnificant hanging floral ceiling at dusk at the Oldport of Montreal

The Montreal cityscape and setting sun make for one stunning backdrop. Here's to the happy couple!

The Dream Team

Mary and Robert on their wedding day; these two simply radiate with love. Photography by Mary's makes one oh-so stylish bride, wearing Liesel by Vera Wang Christian Louboutin heels. Floral bouquet by They said their vows before friends and family in a beautiful Greek Orthodox ceremony. This floral design by Fleurs des Jardins is simply breathtaking, as is the overall design by Blanc Events. Every detail was thought of, from the silver napkin rings, to the subtle wood grain on the cake by This incredible ambience was created with hundreds of glowing candles throughout the room. The cityscape glows behind the couple at the Oldport of Montreal, as the sun sets.


Real Wedding: Dustin & Lucy
Wilderness Meets Heritage at the Pacific North Cannery

Posted At : June 9, 2015 3:20 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 8,151
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Dustin & Lucy's northern BC wedding is full of so many unique and special details that we weren't sure where to begin... until we read this beautiful passage from Tyler, of Tyler Meers Photography:

"Lucy and Dustin's wedding was a truly beautiful affair that intertwined not only their deep love for one another, but also their connection to culture and place. Bonds of love, light, and life run powerfully though the event of their union, from the century-old fishing cannery with the family connection that was transformed into an unforgettable reception venue, to the locally sourced and handcrafted items that made their day unique.

bride and groom standing on rocks at rivers edge with mountains in the background at sunset

Lucy & Dustin along the banks of the Skeena River in beautiful Northern BC. Captured by Tyler Meers Photography.

Dustin & Lucy met and live in the coastal community of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and wanted their wedding theme to emulate the mountains, streams, and coastline that they love so much. The vision for their wedding was simple: sea-foam meets mossy forest floor. "We tried to keep it as natural and local as possible," says Lucy. With the breath-taking scenery of Prince Rupert and its surrounding areas, natural and local made for one incredible wedding day location.

Lucy is a member of the Nisga'a nation, an indigenous group from the northwest corner of British Columbia. Lucy's connection to her heritage comes through in many of the wedding details that you will see in this story. Add to that, the couple's love for their community and you have an affair brimming with personal touches and beautiful nods to nature.

You may remember Dustin & Lucy as the winners of our 2014 Best Engagement Photo Contest: Winter! You can see their winning photo (also photographed by Tyler Meers Photography) here.

wedding collage wedding shoes red high heels with lace bride getting ready, bouquet and dress hanging from trees

This wedding offers incredible DIY details everywhere the eye can see! For starters, Lacy hand-appliqued lace to her red high heels, elevating them from fashionable to fabulous ;)

The boutonnieres, crafted of cedar bark roses, hydrangeas, and sprigs of Rosemary, were lovingly made by Lucy's bridesmaid.

bouttonierres with cedar bark wood roses, rosemary and hydrangeas. Seafoam green bridesmaids dresses and seaglass pendants

Lucy handmade tiny cedar-bark rosebud earrings for each of her bridesmaids; their pendants were made from sea glass gathered from the beaches near the cannery and crafted by a Prince Rupert artisan.

westcoast wedding bouquets of hydreangeas, roses, baby's breath, and cedar bark wood roses.

The bouquets included cedar-bark roses hand-woven by Lucy, her sisters, and other women in her family.

The groom & groomsmen wore unique ties that had been silkscreened with a Chinook salmon, gifted to them by local artist Kostan Lagace.

real wedding at the North Pacific Cannery museum northern bc venue bride and groom looking out of window of the First Nations netloft.

Lucy and Dustin look down from the upper floor of the First Nations netloft at the North Pacific Cannery.

From Tyler: "North Pacific Cannery is a National Historic Site and the longest standing cannery on the northwest coast. Situated outside of Port Edward on Cassiar Road, about 25 kilometers from Prince Rupert, the cannery is a collection of wooden, tin-roofed buildings spread along a tidal river bank and connected by a series of boardwalks. To Lucy and Dustin, North Pacific symbolized the heartbeat of coastal life - salmon. Wild salmon are integral to First Nations culture and existence, and many coastal communities would not exist if it were not for this precious food."

reception venue at North Pacific Cannery with white draping and seafoam green and light-blue florals.

The North Pacific Cannery offers a truly amazing wedding venue, with airy high-rafter cielings and picturesque views. Each of the 168 cedar bark roses that were given as wedding favours, were lovingly crafted by Lucy, her sister Nikita, and other members of her family. The roses were made by harvesting strips of red cedar tree bark, drying and cleaning it, then hand-weaving the strips one by one into lovely, unique roses.

From Lucy: "My grandma's moms name was Rose, and I really wanted to incorporate them to honour my Ool'ie."

bride and groom sitting on an ancient tree looking out at the Skeena River and walking at sunset

The couple, as they chase the sun along the banks of the Skeena River.

stylized black and white photo of bride and groom on a rocky beach in the mountains of northern BC.

This duo has style, style, and more style! Dustin sports his custom Kostan Lagace tie and Lucy is radiant in her reception dress.

The Dream Team


Elegance Defined : Rosa Clará debuts at Blush Bridal

Posted At : January 20, 2015 7:07 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 8,492
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Last week, we shared part-one or our two-part editorial with Blush Bridal and Coco Events & Weddings, and we are very excited to reveal the rest of this gorgeous story! Part-one revealed a playful and feminine side to Rosa Clará and Soft by Rosa Clará; two of the newest additions to Vancouver's Blush Bridal.

bride holding a red rose in a tulle and lace ballgown, crystal headpiece with ivory ribbon in her hair

In part-two, the impressive juxtaposition of this editiorial is revealed; illuminating an entirely new, dramatic side to Rosa Clará. Lara Taylor, of Vancouver-based Coco Events & Weddings, led the creative direction for the editorial and shares the inspiration behind it:

"Inspired by our travels in the East, and our years living in Southeast Asia, we were energized by the myriad of textures and colors in the décor used for celebrations, and in places of worship. We were captivated by the use of rich, strong, metallic, jewel tones and weighted fabrics; contrasted against light and delicate florals, folded papers, and lights.

This shoot was meant to portray the emotions and feelings brought about by two opposing elements. In part one, the paper floral wall created an intricate and whimsical canvas for portraying the delight and playfulness evoked by the anticipation surrounding one's wedding, that one magical day. In part two, the rose gold metallic wall acted as a bold contrast; showing elegance and expressing an intrinsic thread of tradition."

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Style Inspiration: Once Upon a Sweet Winter's Fairy Tale

Posted At : December 18, 2014 10:15 AM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 8,556
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Melissa Johnstone of Sugar & Soul Photography brings us this sweet, fairy tale inspired winter styled photoshoot, set in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Loosely inspired by the Brothers Grimm tale of Hansel & Gretel, this editorial embodies all of the fun and festive possibilities of the holidays.

We will leave the rest of the tale to Melissa, who tells it the very best:

"Heidi and Markus embark on a journey to get married on a magical winter day in the forest. Leaving breadcrumb trails behind them, (in case they get lost!), they discover a witches hut decorated in candy. They say their vows amidst an archway of candy, then head into the hut for their whimsical reception - complete with snow globes, pretzels, and lots of holiday treats and warmth by the fire!"

A bride and groom walking in snow covered trees with lantern and basket of bread

"As they walked through the trees, they left a trail of crumbs behind to mark the way." Photography by Sugar & Soul Photography.

Bride with braids holding a rich holiday inspired bouquet.

A beautiful, winter-inspired bouquet by Oak & Lily. The rich reds, oranges, and yellows stand out against the snow perfectly.

Bride wearing tulle and lace ballgown in the snow with braided hair and rich wedding bouquet.

This Hayley Paige wedding dress from Bliss Bridal Boutique is a pretty sea of tulle and lace.

winter bride with two braids and red berries in hair and pink lip. Groom in grey suit with red bow tie.

We love the soft and subtle glow that Justine of Vamp Industries Makeup & Hair created for the bride.

bride groom outdoor festive wedding ceremony inspiration, candy canes, hansel gretel theme

Nancy Arnold of Lady Owl Design did a fantastic job of infusing fun and festive elements into this styled shoot.

festive holiday wedding invitation with black details and red candy canes

These striped candy graphics add the perfect touch of whimsy to this invitation suite by Lady Owl Design.

German inspired winter wedding reception with checkered table cloth and candy canes

The reception at Gasthaus Gutenberger was designed to envoke a nostalgia for German Christmas traditions of olde.

Bride in a ballgown and vest with groom standing in snowy trees. Groom kissing her forehead.

These two were the perfect pair to portray this sweet, snowy fairy tale, brought to life by Sugar & Soul Photography.

The Dream Team

A lantern to guide the way and breadcrumbs to lead guests to the ceremony, perhaps? The rich bouquet of reds, oranges, and yellows, stands out against the snow perfectly. A pretty sea of tulle and lace. We love this soft and subtle glow for the bride. Nancy Arnold of Lady Owl Design did a fantastic job of infusing fun and festive elements into this styled shoot. The striped candy graphics add the perfect touch of whimsy to this invitation suite. The reception was designed to envoke a nostalgia for German Christmas traditions of olde. These two were the perfect pair to portray this sweet, snowy fairytale.


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