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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: 10,807
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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: 11,621
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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: 11,599
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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: 12,563
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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: 13,798
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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: 7,322
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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

Styled Shoot: Blushing Bride!
Inspiration in Blush, White, Cream & Gold!

Posted At : June 2, 2015 3:22 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 7,550
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" The vision was to create a romantic and rustic wedding shoot withwhimsical undertones, ideal for the down to earth bride who loves flowers, ruffles, lace and everything pink! "

Gorgeous Bridal Bouquet and matching floral mini-roses crown

Story & Photography: Samantha Ong Photography
Floral Designer: Midge Flower Studio, Toronto

The whimsical floral headpiece focused on mini pink roses to frame the bride's lovely face. Her stunning bouquet featured peonies, roses and other soft florals creatingblush-peach-pink-rose palette. The greenery added interest and brought back the rustic outdoors feel to the bouquet wrapped up with white lace and pearl pins.

Gold, White & Pink Wedding Stationary

Empress Paper Crafts, Markham

The stationary included a circular rose-print style menu card with charming font. The invitations were stunning withwhite invitation card dressed up with gold painted doily overlay, elegant font, and a blush pink envelope with rose pattern peek-a-boo interior. The whimsical program cards featured a pictogram wedding party on a rustic cardstock.

Blush & White 2-tiered Wedding Cake

Cakes by Shmi, Pickering

The striking two-tier cake sat upon a ruffled edge cake stand. It featured soft blush ruffle layer dusted with a hint of gold on the edges sitting beneath a white pearl beaded layer topped with a flower with delicate pink petals and jewel-like gold center.

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Styled Shoot: Warehouse Wedding at The Burroughes

Posted At : May 19, 2015 4:17 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 8,384
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Rich table decor

Event Design by RL Designs Inc. & Twelfth Night Events

" We wanted something romantic, dramatic, and rich in colour and texture. Our goal was to break the traditional ideals of wedding style and colour palettes. "
by Red Button Photography

luxurious black,white and gold plate setting

bride, red bouquet, headpiece

As a collective, we wanted to create a luxury inspired photo shoot; One that would reflect our personal and unique style, as wedding vendors. We wanted something romantic, dramatic, and rich in colour and texture. Our goal was to break the traditional ideals of wedding style and colour palettes.

Amelia ball-gown by Farage Paris

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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: 7,383
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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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Inspired by Tuscany:
A Romantic Okanagan Editorial

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Kathryn Easton & Tanya Peters of Milestone Events, combined their incredible talents to produce this romantic, Tuscan inspired photoshoot at The Plaza Hotel, in Kamloops, British Columbia. Kathryn Learie, of Owen Imaging, did an amazing job of capturing every picture perfect detail.

From Kathryn Easton of Milestone Events:

"Like no other location in Kamloops, the desert scenery of sagebrush and large arches made for a perfect location."

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Model wearing Truvelle Michelle with floral head crown and pastel bouquet.

Pastel tones and the Michelle dress by Truvelle, provided by Aglow Bridal Lounge, fit the Tuscan wedding theme perfectly. Photography by Owen Imaging

Tuscan theme rooftop ceremony with white chairs in the Okanagan at The Plaza Hotel Kamloops

The rooftop patio at The Plaza Hotel provides a private urban oasis for both your ceremony and reception. We love the high walls that give the space an extra bit of intimacy.

Tuscan themed wedding ceremony ideas at The Plaza Hotel in Kamloops

Greenery and pastel florals, designed by Milestone Events, accent the natural aesthetic of the venue perfectly.

Bride and groom at Kamloops Plaza Hotel wedding. Bride wearing Michelle dress by Truvelle.

The dramatic floral headpiece, created by Milestone Events, was the perfect finishing touch to the effortless, easy aesthetic of the Truvelle wedding dress. We love how MUAH Bridal & Event Styling chose a bold lip colour to bring an edge to the soft, modern gown.

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