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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: 8,459
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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

The Best Engagement Portraits of 2011

Posted At : February 23, 2012 1:11 AM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 19,290
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"Hundreds of photographers, over a thousand amazing engagement portraits, a twelve-month selection process"..

.. And the Winner Is ...

Erica Martin and Mike McMahon
photographed by Brent Foster (Windsor, Ontario)

A Very Close Second

Chloe Crowson and Zack Pettus (Galiano Island, BC)
photographed by Matt Neumann (Phrozen Photo)

So very interesting, the contrasting styles between the top-2. Brent's sensual shot was actually the only unanimous choice among the six judges. Matt's incredibly romantic take.. only two points behind!

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For high-res and the story of each photograph

Tied for Third!

Terron and Mariko
photographed by Brian Van Wyk (China Beach, Vancouver Island)

Jena and Ashkan
photographed by Katia Trudeau (Elora, ON)

Michelle and Kevin
photographed by Julianna Pennings (St. Thomas, Ontario) / bridesmaids & groomsmen gifts

Wedding Stand: Personalized bridesmaids gifts Groom Stand: Personalized groomsmen gifts

The Runners-Up

Rounding up the top-15.. the following ten photos were actually tied for fourth place! Our closest contest ever.

Tonya & Ben Brianna & Kevin Channa & Devon Isabelle & Todd Kristen & Jerod Jessica & Nick Kelsey & Jamie May & Dennis Rhian & William Erica & Adam

A Great Many Thanks to our Guest Judges..

Kim Mah, Editor
Real Weddings Magazine
Theo Dermatis, Editor
Elegant Wedding Magazine
Kathie James, Producer
The Wedding Fair Calgary

Honourable Mentions

We "pulled" these two from the "runners-up" above, because the really stood out

The "Wow!" Engagement Portrait of 2011

Sophia and Fayaz
photographed by Shelley Weber (As I See It Photography, Calgary)

Read their Amazing Story

Our KIDNEY Story ~ By Sophia

About 5 years ago, Fayaz was told he has to start dialysis treatments. This occurred about a year before we met. Fayaz handled things well and he didn't let dialysis treatments get in his way of doing the things he loved including travelling, earning a degree and working.

About a year ago, I decided I wanted to donate my kidney to Fayaz. I talked to Fayaz, my friends, my doctor and my family about it. They were all supportive of my choice, especially my parents. The support from friends and family was the most important strength for Fayaz and I throughout the entire process. After 6 months of assessments I found out that I am a match and all we had to do was pick a date.

On June 21, 2011 I gave my kidney to Fayaz. Everything went smoothly, the surgeons were amazing and the kidney began to work right away. We were admitted together in the hospital for a week; after that we spent 3 months recovering together... and planning a wedding ;) We are now both back to work and back to our regular routines. We are now looking forward to our wedding and a nice long honeymoon all over Europe.

The "Hey!" Engagement Portrait of 2011

After running this contest for three years, our first same-sex couple! Proud of you guys. Especially, since you actually won "People's Choice" for the Fall submissions. Yipee!..

Riyaz and Justin
photographed by Jasser Abu-Giemi (JAG Photography, Edmonton)

See you All in 2012!

Popular Winner: Fall Engagement Photo 2011

Posted At : February 16, 2012 12:11 AM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 9,294
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A special moment @ today: the first same-sex engagement photo, winner of our popular choice contest, for the Fall of 2011 Submissions. Riyaz & Justin, from Edmonton, photographed by Jasser Abu-Giemi (JAG Photography)

After 7 years of dating, Justin finally decided to pop-the-question while he and Riyaz were vacationing in Maui. He had purchased a Tiffany's ring that Riyaz had been eying for the last couple years and was hoping to ask Riyaz to marry him during a beautiful Hawaiian sunset. After a rather strong wind had shortened their day at the beach, Riyaz decided to take in some shopping at a high end shopping area at Wailea...home to the only Tiffany & Co on the island of Maui. As they pulled up, Riyaz announced that 'today would be the day' he would be finally be visiting Tiffany's to buy the ring he had tried on oh-so-many times. In a panic, Justin pulled out the ring and popped-the-question right there in the parking lot! In hindsight he should have waited until the car had stopped moving...

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Real Wedding: Leah & Darryl's Vintage Country Charm

Posted At : November 8, 2011 4:04 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 14,787
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"a perfect blend of vintage appeal and romantic elegance"..

Leah & Darryl, photographed by Denise Blommestyn

August 2011 St. Catharines, Ontario

From Spring Engagement Sweethearts to a Summer Wedding Delight!

Canada's sweathearts are back :-) We fell in love with Leah and Darryl's engagement photos back in June but were completely blown away with their August!

When Leah and Darryl booked their summer 2011 wedding at The Big Barn at Ball's Falls Conservation in Jordan, Ontario, they had a blank slate with lots of rustic charm to work with. The end result was a perfect blend of vintage appeal and romantic elegance.

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Summer Lovers: Winner, Summer Engagement Photo (2011)

Posted At : October 17, 2011 1:22 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 11,170
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"As a student, Mariko had always wanted to get a certain picture of herself and her man when she would eventually meet him"..

Sexy Summer Engagement Photo: on The Beach, with Mariko & Terron, Victoria (vancouver), BC, Canada

Terron & Mariko, photographed by Brian Van Wyk (Victoria, BC)

Our Most Popular Engagement Photo, ever!

We have a winner! (for the "summer" portion of our annual Best Engagement Photo in Canada Contest). After hundreds of entries & thousands of votes, Mariko & Terron's sexy, iconic homage to a classic image was the decisive popular winner - more "likes" than any photo submitted in the past three years! (even though they entered quite late..)

So Mariko wins her wedding favours from (yeah!) and Brian-the-Photographer is now an instand front-runner for Photo of the Year! (Don't forget, look for this and past winners in the next issues of Real Weddings and Elegant Wedding magazines..)

And, don't forget: Fall Image submissions are now open!

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Real Wedding: Priya & Kartik

Posted At : October 12, 2011 2:55 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 9,253
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"Vibrant colours, rich Indian traditions and a cool, urban backdrop make Priya & Kartik's wedding day a feast for the eyes"..

East Meets West in Windsor, ON

The intricate mehndi designs on the bride's hands
The intricate mehndi designs on the bride's hands and on the hands of the female family members

The traditional Hindu ceremony was held before 150 family and friends at Windsor's St. Claire Centre for the Arts. The bride and groom, dressed in traditional Indian bridal attire, made sure their cultural background was the focus before and during the elaborate ceremony by adhering to many of their families' proud traditions. The intricate mehndi designs on the bride's hands and on the hands of the female family members was just one of the time honoured traditions the couple included in their wedding day.

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Real Wedding: Chelsea & Steve, Lake View Delight!

Posted At : August 26, 2011 2:55 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 11,926
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"A warm summer's day, a view like to a Tuscan landscape, a beautiful bride and groom, equals one perfect wedding"..

When? June 18, 2011
Where? God's Mountain Chalet, Penticton, British Columbia
Photography: Kevin Trowbridge, Kelowna

The Couple

When Calgary natives, Chelsea and Steve planned their wedding in the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia, they made sure their surroundings created the focal point for the day. With breathtaking views of Lake Skaha below, the couple took their vows and celebrated with family and friends that had joined them from far and wide for the occasion.

the wedding couple, Chelsea and Steve

The Photo Ops

The couple enjoyed some quite time before and after the ceremony for some all important photo ops. The lush vegetation at Linden Gardens set the scene before the ceremony during the couples "first look" photos, while the chalet was the stage for the fabulous shots after the ceremony ...

weddin gphotography in the Okanagan, interior of British Columbia

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Photo of the Week: Toni & Gerry take the plunge!

Posted At : August 24, 2011 10:27 AM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 6,854
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Bride & Groom: Toni Newman & Gerry Benard
Date: July 2, 2011
Location: Lac Mercier, Mont-Tremblant QC
Photographer: DK Cooper

Operation 'White Cake': A Surprise Wedding!!

Posted At : August 15, 2011 10:18 AM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 6,783
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Shawn & Colleen got married on the weekend... only the groom set up the entire wedding - and the Bride had ZERO idea she was getting married :-)

Many thanks to Ontario filmmaker Gavin Michael Booth for capturing the event, producing the video and sharing it with everyone.

Real Weddings: Sasha & Anton, an Urban Fairytale!

Posted At : July 6, 2011 4:41 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 9,318
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Sasha & Anton: An Urban Fairytale!

"the perfect blend of urban chic and old world, Russian traditions"..

Sasha & Anton' s urban-chic yer Russian wedding: formal photos at Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver

A contemporary, cutting edge reception venue in one of Canada's most beautiful cities coupled with the rich symbolism of Russian tradition creates the perfect blend of urban chic and old world charm for Sasha and Anton's special day.

Sasha and Anton successfully incorporated the natural beauty of Vancouver with its stunning modern architecture into their wedding day, all while respecting their cultural background.

Here's how they did it:

The Fashion

The bride made her entrance with a gorgeous, modern Monique Lhuillier gown from Vancouver's Bisou Bridal while her attendants dazzled guests in their beautiful purple bridesmaids' gowns from After Five Fashion.

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