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A Rustic Winery Wedding With Modern Details

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Joanna and Bart were on a seven-day trip to Helsinki, Finland and Paris, France when Bart popped the question. “We decided to walk home in the rain from dinner when Bart proposed right before midnight, the day before my 30th birthday,” Joanna reveals. “It was under the love lock bridge in Paris. It was perfect.”

Their winery wedding was filled with neutral tones including black, creams and greens with subtle gold accents added to the heaps of greenery. “We wanted something elegant, sophisticated and natural,” Joanna explains.

Their ceremony site included an arbour filled with florals that ranged from white and green to orange and blue, alongside two barrels on the sides that carried the floral arrangements as well. The boutonnieres, the bride’s bouquet, and the bridesmaids’ corsages were made to match the outdoor setting.

The couple maintained the rustic look of the winery at their reception by adding rich green garlands to the harvest tables matched with white runners, which made the whole floral setting pop. To refine it further, gold charger plates were added to the mix. “Our table setting was a Pinterest dream brought to life,” Joanna says.

For their first dance, the couple chose “Use Somebody” by King of Leons. “They were a very popular band when we first started dating and the song has such beautiful words,” Joanna shares. “We decided to slow it down with a cover band singing the beautiful song.”

Joanna Dudziak and Bartholomew Nowak, August 26, 2017, Orangeville, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Avenue Photo.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: Adamo Estate Winery
Bridal gown: Paloma Blanca from Becker’s Bridal
Bridesmaid’s dress: Hayley Paige from Pearl Bridal House
Groom’s tux: Surmesur
Caterer: Adamo Estate Winery and Hockey Valley
Flowers: Seasons Floral Studio
Stationery: Aktiv Art & Design
Cake: Sweet Temptations
Hair: Lucky Life Beauty
Makeup: Samantha Morgado
Music: DJ Scott and MC Adam

A Romantic Industrial Wedding In Toronto

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Jamaal and Patricia met as teenagers working at their local McDonalds. “Our first date was dinner and a movie,” Patricia recalls with a smile. “After five years of dating, Jamaal popped the question while we were cliff diving in the Philippines!”

For their wedding, the couple enlisted the help of wedding planner Narelle Allen to create a romantic, rustic celebration using wood and earth tones with mauve accents. Gold was incorporated as an accent on the vases and glass chargers. “Everything on the tables, from the hanging mauve table runners with greenery, to the flowers and candles, gave a romantic whimsical vibe that we were looking for,” Patricia explains. “Our custom dance floor also had a big flower that went really well with our table setting. It really put the room together,” she added.

For their first dance, the couple swayed to “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur. “The song is the best representation of our relationship,” Patricia shares. “From meeting each other, to having fun, to settling down, to finally starting a family and growing old together.”

Patricia Eugenio and Jamaal Leslie, August 19, 2017, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Artanis Collective.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: District 28
Bridal gown:
Morilee by Madeline Gardner
Bridesmaid dresses:
Henkaa
Wedding planner:
Narelle Janine Events
Flowers: Chateau Des Fleurs
Stationery:
Paperless Post
Hair and makeup: Mary Zhen
Favours:
Spicy beef jerky from Carne Boys
Music:
Bernard Torroza
Late night snack: BeaverTails

A Gold And Navy Elopement In British Columbia

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On New Year’s Eve in 2012, Nadia and David bumped into each other at the Whiskey Mist bar in London, U.K.

After the birth of their daughter five years later, David surprised Nadia with a beautiful three carat ring in the Presidential Suite at River Rock Hotel in Vancouver.

Their whirlwind wedding was planned in just three days, an amazing feat managed by David. The couple hired Olivia from Lavish Engagements only three days before their wedding. “She planned a stunning elopement at Maple Bay Manor, that will have you believe she had months to put it together,” Nadia said.

Olivia created a luxurious winter wedding in an intimate setting using deep navy, silk linens with gold cutlery, and candle sticks that added a romantic ambiance to the room. For florals, she used heaps of greenery with white, cream, and blush flowers, which kept the setting simple yet trendy.

“I walked down the aisle to Beethoven’s “Für Elise” in honour of our daughter, Elizabeth,” shares Nadia. “And we danced to Tim McGraw‘s “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” for our first dance. It is a personal favourite of David’s.””

Nadezda Rolinskaja and David Smillie, December 9, 2017, Duncan, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Joanna Moss Photography.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: Maple Bay Manor
Wedding planner: Lavish Engagements
Caterer: Alibi Catering
Flowers: Poppies Floral Art
Stationery: Tickle Tree Studio
Cake: Cobble Hill Cake Co
Hair and makeup: Artistry By Alexa
Rentals: Black and White Party Rentals
Event design: All in One Party Shop, Trend Decor, and Party Mood

Amazing Bridesmaid Outfit Ideas

Fashion & Beauty » Bridesmaid Dresses

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.

A Parisian Garden Wedding In Vancouver

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Every hopeless romantic dreams of getting married in Paris, after all, it is the city of love. But when you can’t have a wedding in Paris, you bring Paris to yours. And that’s exactly what Rita Lo and Hanford Chan did.

Their Parisian themed wedding was inspired by their proposal, which happened on top of the Eiffel Tower on Rita’s birthday. “Hanford made a reservation at Le Jules Verne and waited till midnight of my birthday to pop the question. It was too perfect of a moment,” Rita shares.

The wedding was filled with dusty rose, lavender, cream and green details. The garland centrepiece for their reception was filled with peonies, which are usually not in season by late June or July. “I was lucky to have caught the last batch of peonies of the year,” Rita says. The garden where they had their ceremony, which Rita describes as “a hidden gem,” was the perfect venue to complement the floral theme, with its lush greenery.

A proud moment for the bride was designing the R&H backdrop. From going to Home Depot and cutting the PVC pipes, to spray painting, designing the logo, sourcing and sewing the tulle curtains, everything was done by Rita herself. “It was not an easy task and I thought of giving up half way,” she says.

In the end, the backdrop worked perfectly for their pictures. “It also helped to shield our wedding table from harsh sunlight during our reception dinner,” Rita adds. “It was both beautiful and practical.”

Rita Lo and Hanford Chan, July 2nd, 2017, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Denise Lin.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: Riverway Clubhouse
Bridal gown: Atelier Pronovias
Groom’s tux: Indochino
Caterer: Riverway Clubhouse
Flowers: Roa Floral Design
Stationery: Minted
Cupcakes: SweeTease Cupcakes
Hair and makeup: Vivian Gum
Favours: SweeTease Cupcakes
Music: Girls On Wax – DJ Colette

A Dreamy Wedding In Vancouver

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Kevin’s proposal to Amy was off-the-charts romantic. He popped the question in front of thousands of people at a famous Chinese singer’s concert! He had met the singer before the show and asked her to help him with the proposal. “At the end of the concert, the singer said someone would propose today and my husband stood up,” Amy shares. “I was in shock and trying to hide somewhere because I’ve never been watched by thousands of people. The moment was unforgettable.”

Amy says she dreamed of a classic romantic wedding. “I wanted our wedding to have a warm, soft, and elegant vibe,” Amy explains. To achieve this, the couple chose light pastel colours such as creamy pink, light green, and white. The venue was also decorated with pink roses throughout.

Apart from the flowers, one of Amy’s favourite features was the dessert table, which included cupcakes, a macaron tower, cake pops and of course, the cake. “I love desserts and sweet stuff,” Amy says. “The decoration of the dessert table was exactly the style that I loved.”

Amy Chen and Kevin Gao, August 12, 2017, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy of Annie Chang.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: Terminal City Club
Bridal gown: Lisa’s Bridal Salon Ltd
Wedding planner: Eternity Moments Wedding & Events Planning
Caterer: Terminal City Club
Flowers: Roa Luxury Floral Event Design
Stationery: Marry So (China)
Cake: A. Elizabeth Cakes
Hair and makeup: KoKo Sarita Pro Wedding Makeup & Hair
Favours: Lulu Island Honey
Music: Entity Party Sounds & Lighting
Videographer: VISM

A Flower-Filled Wedding In Cormac, Ontario

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For their wedding, Justin and Katina wanted to highlight their shared love of nature. “We love spending a lot of our time together outdoors, but being very laid-back people, we did not want to deal with the stress of planning for unpredictable weather,” Katina says. “Therefore our theme was designed around bringing the outdoors inside.”

The couple decorated their venue with Hawaiian leis and flowers, which were strung from the ceiling over the dance floor. They also included wood slabs with bird cages weaved with greenery, and lots of flowers for the centrepieces. Whole trees and soft white twinkle lights everywhere brought their theme together.

One of Justin and Katrina’s favourite details were the flowers. Katina explains that they decided to add a bit of glam to dress up the outdoor decor, and had lots of greenery and dusty rose bridesmaid dresses with burgundy and gold accents to complement the floral details.

Katina’s dress was a recommendation from her husband. “Justin had said that a ballgown was always the style of dress he had pictured me in, but I was reluctant,” she says. After trying on several dresses, she settled for a ballgown and loved every aspect of the design. “The only downside is that Justin thinks he’s always he’s right now,” she adds with a laugh.

The couple’s first dance was to the tune of “How Long Will I Love You” by Jon Boden. They heard the song when watching the movie About Time. “During the movie, we immediately knew. Justin and I turned to each other and said ‘that should be our wedding song’,” Katina remembers. “It’s a little bit country, and about all about committing to one another for the long haul.”

Katina Wren and Justin Schauer, June 10, 2017, Cormac, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Natasha Rombough.

Vendors
Ceremony venue: St. Ann’s Catholic Church
Reception venue: Cobden Agricultural Hall
Bridal gown: With Love Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s tux: Sean John
Flowers: Kevin’s Flowers
Hair and makeup: Studio 646, Makeup by Paula
Favours: Ferguson Tree Nursery
Caterers: Ullrich’s
Music: Dandee Music
Cake: DIY

Amazing Wedding Sweet Tables You Have To See

Planning » Reception Ideas

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Nothing impresses at a wedding quite like a sweet table. Guests will definitely appreciate this delicious gesture, and the table and desserts can act as a piece of decor to play up the theme, colour scheme or the mood of your celebration. You can amp up your sweet table with custom sweets that showcase you and your partner’s personalities, and beautifully crafted confections that take homemade baked goods to another level. Incorporate the decor of your venue and deck out your table in cute signage, flowers and other trinkets–the options are endless.

Our real wedding couples know a thing or two about spectacular sweet tables. From spreads consisting of more than one wedding cake, to pies, doughnuts and candy, these tables are a feast for the eyes and stomach. There’s no doubt these displays raise the bar for what sweet tables can be–and should be!

A Lake House Wedding In Calgary

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Erin and Landon’s wedding was inspired by elegant, rustic, floral and garden party themes. “We wanted to focus less on people being there for our wedding, and more on people being there to celebrate our love with us,” Erin explains.

They created an atmosphere that was elegant but at the same time, effortless, relaxed, and inviting. “We wanted our guests to feel like they had stepped into a summer garden party that was in full swing or a laughter-filled family dinner in a beautiful vineyard,” she says. The pair created their ideal atmosphere using a colour palette of blush, peach, yellow and deeper reds.

To add a personal touch to their wedding, and to showcase their appreciation of classic cars, the couple rented out a Rolls Royce for their big day.

At the reception, they shared their first dance to “Makin’ Plans” by Miranda Lambert. “I have spent many years traveling the world and Calgary finally felt like home when I met Landon” said Erin. “We love spending time together and ‘making plans’ and dreaming about our future together, so this song was a perfect fit for us.”

Erin Jean Burdzy and Landon Michael Friesen, May 27, 2017, Calgary, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Justine Milton.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: The Lake House
Bridal gown: Lazaro from The Bridal Boutique Calgary
Bridesmaid dresses: Nordstorm and Adorn Boutique
Groom’s tux: O’Conners
Groomsmen attire: O’Conners
Caterer: The Lake House
Flowers: Fleurish Flower Shop
Stationery: DIY
Cake: The Lake House
Hair and makeup: Simply Me and Trena Laine
Day of coordinator: Hera Weddings + Events
Music: dj.ca
Rental: Alpine Limousine and Tours

 

A Bright, Floral Music Conservatory Wedding

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Jaclyn and Jonathan met at the Osheaga music festival in 2010, and instantly connected over their love of music. “Our first moments involved enjoying music together and talking about it, and that’s something that has carried forward in our relationship ever since,” Jaclyn says. Six years down the road, Jonathan popped the question in Boston, right before the pair moved to Toronto. “It really was the perfect note to end on for our time away together,” Jaclyn says.

The couple wanted a colourful outdoor wedding, but knew they didn’t want to worry about unpredictable Canadian weather. Instead they opted to bring the outside indoors for their garden-themed celebration at the Royal Conservatory of Music. The couple brought their vision to life with greenery and bright lush florals such as dusty orange and fuchsia bougainvillea, coral peonies, and potted plants. The florals added pops of lively and vibrant colour and created a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Organic materials such as oatmeal-hued linens and and wooden cross back chairs were used to make the bold accents stand out even more. To incorporate more of their personalities, the bride and groom included playful elements such as whimsical dinosaur succulents and blue glassware.

During the reception, Jonathan serenaded his bride by performing a Bob Dylan song which he had rewritten the words to. “Jon is a very talented musician and has a great voice, but is a pretty shy guy and normally only plays the guitar in the privacy of home,” Jaclyn shares. “It was the most meaningful gesture I could have imagined. Everyone was really stunned.”

Jaclyn Travis and Jonathan Pascaris, June 18, 2017, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Christine Lim.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: The Royal Conservatory of Music
Bridal gown: Reem Acra from White Toronto
Hair and makeup: Bespoke Beauty
Wedding planner: Blush + Bowties
Caterer: Daniel et Daniel
Flowers: Roadside Florist
Stationery: Rifle Paper Co
Cake: Nadia and Co
Calligraphy and signage: The Lettering Studio
Music: Ride the Tiger

15 Incredible Floral Ceremony Backdrops

Planning » Ceremony Ideas

10 Incredible Floral Backdrops For Your Spring Wedding - drop

Wedding vows are can be even more poignant when recited in front of a stunning backdrop. Keep in mind that your ceremony arch or backdrop will be in all the photos of your “I dos”, and it will also be the primary focal point in your ceremony space.

We’ve combed our real weddings for some of the best floral arch and backdrop ideas. Whether they’re rectangular, circular, semi-decorated or heavily filled with blooms, these 15 floral installations are way too stunning not to share.

Fun Guestbook Alternatives For Creative Couples

Planning » Reception Ideas

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Your guestbook is arguably one of the most important decor elements of your wedding — not typically because it’s a focal point of your reception, but because it serves as keepsake from your big day.

But how do you make sure all of your loved ones take a break from the dance floor and actually contribute their well wishes? Having a unique, inventive guestbook that will truly engage your guests definitely helps. Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need a “book” to collect wedding commentary and sentiments–there are plenty of other options that your guests can have fun with.

We’ve collected 10 trendy and unique guestbook alternatives. Not only are these creative, but some of them are also totally simple to create and personalize yourself.

How To Include Your Dog In Your Wedding Like Amy Schumer Did

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Comedian Amy Schumer got married in a private ceremony last week and one of the highlights of her wedding was definitely her dog, Tati (pictured above). Donning a tiny veil, Tati padded down the aisle with another pup during the processional.

Finding the perfect way to include your dog in your wedding can be a challenging task, but it’s definitely a worthwhile one. After all, for most people pets are considered members of the family so why shouldn’t they be present for a milestone moment like a wedding celebration?! Whether its through table numbers, donations, or appearing at the altar in a customized tuxedo, we’ve found 13 fun ways to include your dog in your wedding.

Romantic, Affordable Wedding Dresses You Need To See

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

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Ever New, a Melbourne-based label that expanded into Canada last year, has just launched its first-ever bridal collection. The best part? The dresses are both gorgeous and affordable.

The new line, appropriately called the “Ever After” collection, includes dresses made of 100% silk, and details such as Chantilly-inspired lace, elaborate hand-beading and intricate embroidery. Brides, bridesmaids and guests are sure to find dresses within the collection that would work for a range of wedding occasions, including the big day.

The line includes everything from laid-back bridal gowns to flirty floral bridesmaid dresses and with prices ranging from $179.99 to $399.99, the pieces are a great option for budget-conscious brides and their entourages.

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