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A Cozy, Rustic Wedding in St. John’s, Newfoundland

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A Cozy, Rustic Wedding in St. John's, Newfoundland - bride and groom

Shawn proposed to Chrissie on the night before her 30th birthday. The previous year, Shawn bought Chrissie a bottle of expensive champagne and she decided to save for a special occasion. “Before dinner, Shawn slipped the bottle into the fridge, hoping that I would see it when we returned but unfortunately for him, I started to fall asleep. He insisted that I get up and have a celebratory glass of wine,” Chrissie shares. “I finally saw the bottle  in the fridge and immediately declared that my 30th birthday wasn’t special enough to break out the champagne, which was when he took the ring out of a nearby drawer and dropped onto one knee.”

For their wedding, the couple hosted an intimate cocktail party at The Fifth Ticket Piano Bar in St. John’s. “Our venue was the perfect combination of sophisticated, rustic, and warm. From the food to the red ceiling, everything about it was perfect,” Chrissie says. “The only theme we had was that we wanted our wedding to be simple, chilled-out, and stress-free.”

The couple chose navy as their wedding colour because it happened to be Chrissie’s favourite colour at the time and went well with the winter season. And at the very last minute, Chrissie decided to add fake florals that included pinecones and lots of greenery with pops of gold.

For their first dance, pianist Kathy Stock performed “XO” by John Mayer. “Shawn and our amazing photographer, Sandra Lee, are huge John Mayer fans, and I am a recent convert as well,” Chrissie explains. “The choice of our wedding song itself wasn’t a big deal to us but we did want to make it personal and we thought it would convert beautifully to a solo piano/voice performance. Kathy did a beautiful rendition for us and absolutely nailed it!”

Christina Greene and Shawn Metcalfe, December 30, 2017, St John’s, Newfoundland.

Photography courtesy of Sandra-Lee Photography.

Reception venue: The Fifth Ticket Piano Bar
Bridal gown: WToo
Flowers: By Sharpe Design
Groom’s tux: Maxwell’s Clothier
Cake: Made by Courtney Butler (bridesmaid)
Hair and makeup: The Beauty Vault
Music: Kathy Stock

Amazing Bridesmaid Outfit Ideas

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15 Beautiful Bridesmaids Dresses Worn By Real Bridesmaids - Bridesmaid Dresses

Your bridesmaids are one of your biggest pillars of support during your wedding. Not only are they there for you through all the big pre-wedding events, they are also by your side during one of the biggest life-changing events of your life. So it’s pretty important that they look their very best, and all of that starts with beautiful attire.

Deciding on bridesmaid dresses can be a challenge. There are a number of things to consider, such as whether the dresses should be matching or mismatched, short or long, sequinned or unembellished, and whether your maid of honour will wear a different dress. And then you have to consider how the dresses would be accessorized and how the outfits fit in overall with the look or mood of your wedding.

To help you and your bridesmaids decide on dresses, we picked 15 gorgeous sources of inspiration from bridal parties that have been featured in our real weddings.

10 Super Creative Wedding Cakes


10 Utterly Whimsical Wedding Cakes - Cake

Having a wedding cake that represents your wedding theme and palette but is still unique to your personality can be a challenge. We think there’s nothing better than adding a bit of fun and whimsy to your cake, After all, it is a detail at your wedding that doubles as a piece of decor.

Whether they’re painted, covered in crystalline candy or topped with sugar blooms, we’ve rounded up ten beautiful, super cool wedding cakes that are modern, artsy, and well-crafted.

The Most Romantic Wedding-Day Kisses


Most Romantic Wedding Day Kisses - kiss

As Valentine’s Day is nearing, we thought we’d narrow down our top 20 swoon-worthy kisses from real weddings we’ve featured. After all, there’s nothing more romantic than lovestruck couples on their wedding day, and seeing the pure joy they have will totally melt your heart.

Take a look through these lip-locked shots to gather inspiration for your own wedding day smooch photos.

10 Stunning Spring Wedding Bouquets



We love spring weddings that are bright in colour and filled with florals that perfectly embody the season. Spring flowers include soft, pretty peonies, gorgeous lilacs, eye-catching hydrangea and a variety of roses in a spectrum of shades.

Your bridal bouquet is an important accessory, so you’ll want to choose stunning blooms that will complement your dress perfectly. We’ve chosen some of our favourite spring bouquets from our real weddings to inspire your bridal arrangement. Whether you’re a spring bride or not, these are the flowers you’ll want to carry down the aisle.

Ten Gorgeous Wedding-Day Henna Designs

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Henna Designs You Need To See- henna

Henna can be seen as temporary body art or temporary tattoos, which come in many forms, colours, and ingredients. Traditionally, it is applied on the hands and feet using a cone-like tube. But nowadays, people have found creative ways to place the art on other body parts such as the legs and arms.

In many South East Asian, Middle Eastern, and African countries, it is applied on the bride, female relatives and guests, and each design varies from one another. Henna uses cursive and floral designs and is usually designed and applied by professionals.

Here are some of our favourite henna designs that will inspire any bride looking to wear henna on her special day.


A Glamorous Two-Day Wedding In Toronto

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A Glamorous Two-Day Wedding in Toronto, Ontario - bride and groom

Lucia and Michael’s engagement took place at Quinta da Regaleira, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Sintra, Portugal, during their fifth anniversary celebrations. “We had gone to the top of one of the towers, which overlooked the entire garden. I was taking photos and when I turned around, Mike was on one knee with a box in his hand,” Lucia recalls. “I was not expecting it and he picked out the ring all by himself—which made it all the more special!”

The couple, who currently reside in London, England, enlisted the help of the planners at August In Bloom to plan a Toronto celebration for 120 guests. In order to spend more time with their nearest and dearest, the couple decided to split their wedding into a multi-day affair and have an intimate garden party following the church ceremony at Michael’s family home on Saturday. “We saved the formal sit down dinner, cake, first dance, speeches, and our final sparkler send-off for the formal reception that took place on Sunday,” Lucia explains. “It was an absolute whirlwind, but we wouldn’t have done it any other way!”

Their reception theme of glitz and champagne was inspired by The Great Gatsby, an aesthetic that suited both of them. Keeping in mind the decor of their venue, Malaparte, the couple chose a palette of silver, black, and gold complemented with pastel-hued flowers.

“How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding was the song of choice for their first dance. “Mike actually put it forward as an option,” Lucia shares. “We only made it about halfway through the song because we both started to cry. We knew it was perfect.”

Lucia Sansone and Michael Trudeau, August 5 & 6, 2017, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Leydon Photography.

Ceremony venue: Blessed Sacrament Church
Reception venue: Malaparte
Wedding planner: August In Bloom
Bridal gown: Dennis Basso from Kleinfeld
Bridesmaid dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groom’s tux: Andrew’s Formals
Caterer: Oliver & Bonacini
Flowers: The Flower 597
Stationery: Minted
Cake and favours: Sweet Philosophy
Hair and makeup: Fancy Face Inc.
Music: DJ Floh Back Productions
Rentals: RAD Photo Booth

Entertaining Wedding Reception Games


5 Entertaining Reception Games You Must Try At Your Wedding - Reception Games

Wedding reception games are the perfect ice breaker to get guests mingling. They can range from low-key carnival games to trivia that allows guests to show just how much they know the bride and groom.

Whether you opt for giant Jenga or classic bean bag toss, reception games are sure to keep guests entertained and involved throughout the course of your big day. We’ve collected five of our top reception game picks that are suitable for indoor as well as outdoor weddings. Let the games begin!

An Elegant New Year’s Eve Wedding In Ontario

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A Chic And Elegant Winter Wedding In Ontario - bride and groom

For Desirée and Robert, a chance meeting at Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub in Toronto blossomed into a beautiful romance. After they became engaged, the couple decided to enter a new year as husband and wife with a New Year’s Eve-themed wedding.

“We wanted to celebrate our marriage, as well as ring in the New Year with all our friends and family,” Desirée explains.

For their chic theme, the couple chose champagne tones with black accents. Cream roses and baby’s breath flowers were used for the centrepieces, complemented with wood slab decor and votive candles.

Luckily for the couple, the bright sun and snow-filled grounds served as a beautiful winter wonderland for their photos. “The scenery was breathtaking during our ceremony. The sun was setting, which gave a dusk lighting that highlighted the clear marina,” Desirée shares. “The snow on the ground looked beautiful, and the lighthouse provided a beautiful architectural background.”

The couple incorporated two Spanish traditions from Desirée’s Nicaraguan background into the ceremony: the lasso and coin rituals. A crystal rosary was wrapped around both of them to symbolize two lives being united as one, and 13 silver coins were exchanged with each other in order to recognize their responsibility as providers to one another. “Acceptance of the coins means taking that trust and confidence unconditionally with total dedication and prudence,” Desirée explains. “The 13 coins symbolize love, harmony, cooperation, commitment, peace, happiness, trust, respect, caring, wisdom, joy, wholeness and nurturing.”

Desirée Gadea and Robert Close, December 31, 2017, Oakville, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Sarah Eybel.

Ceremony and reception venue: Harbour Banquet & Conference Centre
Bridal gown: Stella York from The Gown
Bridesmaid dresses: Jealous Bridesmaids
Groom’s tux: Esco Clothier
Flowers: Alana’s Flowers & Gifts
Stationery: Vistaprint
Cake: European Patisserie
Hair: Kimberly Cabral
Makeup: Karla Fuentes
Favours: Individually wrapped Lindt Excellence chocolates
Music: DJ Anthony
Videographer: Kindle & Coal

A Minimalist Wedding In Winnipeg

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A Minimalist Marble Wedding in Winnipeg - bride and groom

Even though Mike and Osanna were both born and raised in Winnipeg, they originally met in Edmonton. “We both had recently moved there and were at a pub called O’Byrnes when he noticed the wallpaper on my phone was of the Chicago Blackhawks instead of the Edmonton Oilers and asked why I wasn’t an Oilers fan,” Osanna recalls. “We soon found out that we were both from Winnipeg and instantly hit it off.”

The couple’s wedding’s theme was “marble” with a palette of black, white and grey with heaps of greenery. “I’ve always been drawn to the classic, minimal look, so I wanted to make sure our wedding theme suited our personalities,” Osanna says. Fresh florals such as foliage with viburnum and brunia berries were added to the bouquets to create the perfect summer vibe, while the venue was adorned with Italian ruscuses. “It was very simple and pretty and didn’t cost us an arm and a leg,” she adds.

Osanna’s sister-in-law baked the cake and cookies for their wedding. “I loved what she created for us. The cake was simple and beautiful, and the cookies were decorated with marble frosting,” Osanna says. “She even surprised us by stamping the cookies with hilarious sayings such as “Married AF”.”

For their first dance, the couple swayed to “I Will Follow You” by Toulouse. “For a while, we thought we were just going to have to settle on some old classic song,” Osanna shares. “I somehow came across this one and played it for Mike and while we slow-danced to test it out, we both got teary-eyed. It was definitely the one!”

Osanna Mai and Mike Dutka, August 5, 2017, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Photography courtesy of Esther Funk Photography.

Ceremony and reception venue: St. Charles Country Club
Bridal gown: Truly Zac Posen from David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s tux: Suitsupply
Flowers: The Floral Fixx
Stationery: DIY
Cake: Bakes by Shontel
Hair: Kim Duong from Regis Salon
Makeup: Janique Lavoie from Fine Eyes Makeup Artists
Music: Crystal Sound Music

A Woodsy Summer Wedding In Montreal

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A Woodsy Summer Wedding in Montreal - bride and groom

For Jessica and Brad, an outdoor wedding with a lakeside ceremony was something they always wanted. When they discovered the L’Oasis De L’ile, the couple knew they had found their prefect wedding location.

“Our venue offered everything we were looking for, including the lakefront setting,” Jessica shares. She also wanted to combine their rustic theme with elegant and chic elements, so they opted for pops of lavender, mauve, and violet in the bridesmaids’ attire, ties, and florals, which tied in well with the white flowers.

Jessica’s dress was one of her favourite details from the special day. “It had the perfect silhouette and fit the theme beautifully,” Jessica explains. “I just knew it was the dress for me from the moment I tried it on.”

One of the most memorable moments from the wedding was when the the maid of honour’s dress caught on fire mid-ceremony! “My step father politely interrupted the ceremony to stomp it out,” Jessica says. “This even made for a great tidbit in Brad’s speech, where he thanked the bridesmaids who were literally on fire!”

The night ended with a magical first dance under a pergola decorated with string lights. And while Brad and Jessica danced to an acoustic version of “Latch” by Sam Smith, the guests held up sparklers. “It’s like time stood still for that moment when we were in each other’s arms,” Jessica shares. “We were able to stop and really take everything in.”

Jessica Zagari and Brad Evans, July 1, 2017, Montreal, Quebec.

Photography courtesy of Lightbox Studio Montreal.

Ceremony and reception venue: L’Oasis De L’ile
Bridal gown: Mikaella Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Dessy
Groom’s tux: RW & Co.
Flowers: A Timeless Celebration
Stationery: Vistaprint
Cake: Pâtisserie de L’Île-Bizard
Hair: Roger Medina
Makeup: Vanessa Cabral
Music: DJ Wesley Perez

A Modern Maritime Wedding In Prince Edward Island

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A Modern Maritime Wedding In Prince Edward Island - bride and groom

Matt and Katie were celebrating Katie’s 30th birthday in Chicago when he popped the question. “We walked over to the Cloud Gate in Millennium Park and then to an outdoor amphitheatre that was right beside it,” Katie recalls with a smile. “As I looked up at all of the lit up buildings and the city skyline, I commented about how beautiful it was. Matt responded by asking, “well what do you think about this?” I turned around and he was standing there with a ring! I was completely taken aback. It was perfect.”

Since Matt is from Prince Edward Island and the couple resides in Ontario, 90 of their wedding guests flew out to the island for the wedding. The wedding theme was modern classic with a maritime charm. “It was really important to us to showcase the island and have a real east coast feel incorporated throughout,” Katie explains.

They created a palette of blush, navy, steel blue, and wine complemented with rustic elements throughout, including wooden signs, small branches with green fillers, and brightly-lit candles.

The couple said their vows overlooking the red cliffs of PEI with the Northumberland Strait in the background. “We were blessed with the most absolute perfect weather. It was a quintessential late summer PEI day!” Katie says.

To pay further homage to the island, they included an illustrated map of PEI on the invites, served an oyster shucker at cocktail hour, and hosted an east coast kitchen party the night before the wedding.

For their first dance, the couple chose “Lucky Man” by The Verve. “Matt played me this song when we first met and I always associate it with the beginning of our relationship alongside other countless memories,” Katie shares. “Towards the end of our first dance, the band changed the lyrics from ‘I’m a lucky man’ to ‘Matt’s a lucky man.’ It was a really cute.”

Katie Shaver and Matthew MacDonald, September 8, 2017, Prince Edward Island.

Photography courtesy of Rachel Peters Photography.

Ceremony and reception venue: Seacow Head Lighthouse
Bridal gown: Essense of Australia from Promises & Lace Bridal Dress Boutique
Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s tux: Tip Top Tailors
Wedding planner: Jennifer McKenney (close friend)
Caterer: Fiveleven West
Flowers: Prestige Floral Studio
Stationery: Meredith McRae
Cake: DIY
Marriage commissioner: Marsha Weeks from Your PEI Wedding
Makeup: Rebecca Powers Makeup Artist
Favours: Donation to Wells of Hope
Music: Robbie & Matthew
Rentals: Caseley’s Tent & Party Rentals

A Romantic Fairy-Tale Wedding In Toronto

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A Romantic Fairy-Tale Wedding In Toronto - bride and groom

Matt proposed to Lena during the couple’s vacation to France and Greece. “Matt surprised me with a white stretch limo,” Lena shares. “Inside were rose petals and a huge bouquet of red roses. He popped the question just as I got into the limo!”

The couple’s late summer affair was filled with pastel, white and gold details and rose gold and pastel blooms. “Our ceremony decor was the perfect mix of marble sophistication and floral dreaminess,” Lena says. Silk dip-dyed fabric was draped over the ceremony seating, giving the space a romantic feel. “Our planning and design team did the most incredible job at creating a magical and romantic ambiance for our reception,” she adds.

To go with their fairy-tale inspired celebration, Lena wore a sparkling tiara and a stunning ballgown, which made the bride feel like royalty. “It was a dream come true,” Lena says of her royal-inspired attire. “My maid of honour was a lifesaver, she helped me with my train all day long!”

The couple shared their first dance to “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. “It was a song we both loved when it first came out,” Lena explains. “The lyrics really resonated with us.”

Lena Aseeva and Matt Currie, September 22, 2017, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Elizabeth In Love.

Ceremony and reception venue: Graydon Hall Manor
Bridal gown: Custom
Bridesmaid dresses: Dessy from White Toronto
Groom’s tux: Pace Men’s Collection
Wedding planner: Love by Lynzie Events + Design
Caterer: Couture Cuisine
Flowers: Coquette Studios
Stationery: Minted
Cake: Nadia and Co.
Hair and makeup: Jen Evoy Makeup Studio
Favours: Custom-made mirrors by LBL
Music: Jenna Gallagher and The Elie Band


A Laid-Back Gold And Marble Wedding

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A Gold And Marble Wedding In British Columbia - bride and groom

Before their anniversary, Ryan told Betsy that he wanted to get her a painting for the special occasion. Fast forward to their anniversary, he brought out the painting, which, much to Betsy’s surprise, was actually a framed photo. “It said “I love you” on a black background, and faded into the background in grey were the words, “Will you marry me?” He then got on one knee. Of course I said yes!” Betsy recalls.

Betsy and Ryan’s wedding was a modern and minimalist affair with neutral tones and lots of greenery. “Our vision was simple: we wanted our wedding to look beautiful,” Betsy explains. “I love the look of marble and gold, especially when they’re complemented by really toned down colours.”

To bring an extra element of fun to their party, the couple had a variety of lawn games that ranged from oversized Jenga to ladder golf.

The couple swayed to “Need Your Love So Bad” by Fleetwood Mac for their first dance. “We were at home when Ryan started playing this and it made me pause because it was such a cool song,” Betsy shares. “And the fact that it was Fleetwood Mac–a family obsession–made it all the more special.”

Betsy Wark and Ryan Lynch, July 29, 2017, Duncan, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Amee Nijjar.

Ceremony and reception venue: Affinity Guesthouse
Bridal gown: Rue De Seine from Union Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Park & Fifth Co
Groom’s tux: Coppley from Walker 24
Wedding planner: French Kiss Events
Caterer: Toque Catering
Flowers: Verbena Floral Design
Stationery: DIY
Cake: Marvellous Cakes
Hair Hairpins
Makeup: Artistry by Alexa
Music: HiWay Productions DJ Pro
Rentals Faire la Fete Linen