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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: 4,175
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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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Darla & Jeff : A Winter Wedding
Wonderland in the Rockies

Posted At : November 27, 2015 6:14 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 5,252
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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: 5,282
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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: Dustin & Lucy
Wilderness Meets Heritage at the Pacific North Cannery

Posted At : June 9, 2015 3:20 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 5,637
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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


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

Posted At : April 30, 2015 6:10 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 5,280
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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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Winners: Our Very Best Wedding Photos of 2014

Posted At : April 1, 2015 8:48 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 10,297
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" .. over 1,000 photographs, 37 finalists, 8,000 people voting on social media .. "

And the Winner Is...

Bride and Groom kissing against the stars and the milky way

Michelle & Mark, under the milky way, on the left coast of Canada, incredibly photographed by Chris Boar of Nanaimo, BC (chrisboar.com)

Tied for 2nd Place

The judges were split on these two - but social media carried the day and the popular vote on Facebook cliched it for Camillia, Brittany & Luke :-)

Passionate kiss in the lake

Brittany & LukeCamillia Courts Photography

bride and groom kissing in the snowy rocky mountains

Delphine & Pierrick, photograhed by Tatiana & Natalia of Karizma Photography


All the Finalists

Michelle & Mark Brittany & Luke Delphine & Pierrick Laura ( - and Trevor?) Christine (waiting for Mark!) Lana & Mike Lana & (soon to reach!) Michael Katrina & Dustan Lana & Mike Lauren & Bryan Sheri & Doug Olivia & Tom Emily & Tucker Kayla (& Jeff) Krystal & Justin Dina & Ahmed Maria Tima & Stephen Polina & Stas Melissa & Mateo Amanda & David

Kudos & Congratulations to All the Finalists!

Special Mention : Martine Sansoucy

An extra shoutout must go out to Saskatoon shooter Martine Sansoucy. In an unprecendented show of artistic prowess and popularity both, Martine placed four finalists in our top-20! (She was also a finalist in 2012 and 2013) We have run this contest since 2009 and no one has ever come close to that. Great showing!




Real Wedding: Cara & Selwyn New Year's Eve at the Diamond Ballroom

Posted At : February 26, 2015 6:00 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 6,138
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Cara & Selwyn

The radiant couple, Cara & Selwyn
photo: Cakewalk Media, Vancouver

New Year's Eve has to be one of the best nights of the year to get married. Period! Everyone is already in great spirits on December 31st, and the fun and festiveness of a wedding only adds to the merriment. Best of all, counting down to the new year takes on a whole new meaning when the happy newlyweds beside you are also counting down the start of their first year as newlyweds. Cara & Selwyn tied the knot with their family and loved ones at the Diamond Ballroom in Vancouver.

bride, birdcage veil

The dazzling bride, in her classically elegant wedding day look
Her hair by Maria's Make Ohh-Ver and make-up by Darrelle Griffiths

photo session with the bridal party at Jericho Beach

Having planned a lovely photo session with the bridal party at Jericho Beach?!, the bright, clear sky was undoubtedly a welcome sight when Cara & Selwyn awoke the morning of the wedding!

Event Design by Coco Events & Wedding Planning

Lara of Coco Events & Weddingscreated a beautiful, intimate atmosphere for the couple's evening ceremony at the Diamond Ballroom in Vancouver and planned the day perfectly, from start to finish. The beauty and elegance continued into the dining room, where the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a delicious catered dinner, lively speeches and the great views that the Diamond Ballroom is known for.

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Real Wedding: Chris & Abbi's Romantic Rockies Wedding in Banff

Posted At : November 10, 2014 2:17 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 6,774
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Abbi & Chris were married this past August in picturesque Banff, Alberta, under blue skies and in the company of their loving friends and family. The couple wanted the world to surround them on their wedding day and the Juniper Hotel & Bistro was the perfect location to make that dream a reality.

Nicole Modde, of NC Photography, photographed the couple's wedding day and succeeded in capturing the beauty all around!

bride and groom at Banff Alberta wedding beside a lake and mountains

Abbi & Chris enjoying one another's company on their wedding day in beautiful Banff, Alberta.

gold kaci jimmy choo heels for wedding with pink and light green floral bouquet

Abbi chose sparkling (amazing!) heels by Jimmy Choo. The beautiful floral decor was created by Willow Haven Flower Shop in Canmore.

Abbi's chiffon wedding dress, as well as the bridesmaids' blush dresses (style 2890 by Dessy), were from Pure Bridal in Edmonton. The girls' hair & makeup was done by Calgary-based Claire Marjanen Hair & Makeup Artist.

hand painted sign for wedding ceremony, bride pink and white bouquet and flower garland for ceremony.

A cute hand-painted sign directed guests to the wedding ceremony, which was held outdoors at the Juniper Hotel & Bistro.

The decor at both the ceremony and reception was expertly planned by Jenelle Jamani of Special Event Rentals in Calgary. The umbrellas, which thankfully ended up only being there "just in case", were certainly a thoughtful touch for guests!

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Real Wedding:
Jessica & Howard's
Urban Fairy Tale Wedding

Posted At : October 14, 2014 3:06 PM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 7,401
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Jessica & Howard's magical summer wedding in Vancouver was an elegant affair complete with beautiful scenery and gorgeous wedding details.

Modern Romance Productions captured every moment of the day, including the couple's traditional Chinese tea ceremony and vows at Cecil Green Park House, as well as their intimate reception aboard The Wedding Yacht.

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Real bride wearing Tara Keely 2360 pink and purple bouquet and silver jimmy choo heels

Jessica wore a Tara Keely ballgown, purchased from Bisou Bridal with an intricately beaded bodice and tulle skirt. We love that Jessica added crinoline beneath her skirt to really capture her fairy tale vision!

Chinese tea ceremony bride in red cheongsam with embroidered collar

The bride & groom served tea to their parents and relatives during the traditional Chinese tea ceremony, held at the beautiful Cecil Green Park House.

First look with bride and groom. Bride wearing Tara Keely 2360.

The grounds of Cecil Green Park House were a picturesque setting for the couple's 'first look' in Jessica's bridal gown.

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Real Wedding:
Rustic Elegance in the City

Posted At : October 3, 2014 11:40 AM   |  Posted By : Fashion Editor   |  Views: 7,825
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bride and groom standing in front of window with sunlight streaming in

The happy couple, Natalie & Braden, enjoying a quiet moment as husband and wife.

We had a hard time deciding which photos to share with you because, simply put, this wedding was absolutely spectacular! Natalie & Braden were married at the Celebration Pavilion at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver. Their reception was held at the equally beautiful Diamond Alumni Centre in Burnaby.

The flawless day was captured by Will Pursell of Will Pursell Photography and planned by Lua Weddings & Events. --click on any of the photos to see more.

Our favourite thing about this wedding? The way that Natalie & Braden shared their love of all things country (they both wore cowboy boots!) and at the same time, infused the day with one elegant touch after another. This rustic country affair is proof that you can indeed have an elegant AND charming rustic-themed wedding.

Bride wearing Lazaro 3955 fit and flare wedding dress. Getting ready details.

Natalie had a custom train added to her Lazaro wedding dress,
which was purchased from Bisou Bridal.
Her hair and makeup was done by the talented team at Pillars Salon & Spa.

Rustic ceremony decor at the Celebration Pavilion in Queen Elizabeth Park

It was a beautiful day for a wedding at the Celebration Pavilion in Vancouver

Touches of lace adorned mason jars and added a romantic feel to the rustic décor. Purple, peach, and white make for a beautiful color palette, don't you think?!

The ceremony floral arrangements and wedding party florals were created by Garden Party Flowers in Vancouver.

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