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A Simple, Modern Wedding In Downtown Toronto

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Grant proposed to Krista on a trip to Italy. “He surprised me at my favourite beach bar restaurant on the Amalfi Coast, just beside the Italian village of Positano,” Krista says. “It was completely unexpected and incredibly sweet.”

The couple was the first to get married on the rooftop of The Broadview Hotel in Toronto. “We originally planned the wedding for the Toronto islands, but they were flooded,” Krista explains. “We changed the wedding venue to The Broadview just 10 weeks before the wedding day—we signed on while it was still a construction site! We couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out.”

The couple allowed the venue to dictate the decor. Because The Broadview is an urban-chic historical hotel with modern inspiration from local culture, they chose minimal decor to let the venue speak for itself.

Following the ceremony, the cocktail party took place on the terrace of the hotel and afterward guests headed inside for a fabulous dinner. “We didn’t have traditional elements such as a wedding cake or a first dance song,” Krista says. “We wanted everyone to have good food and drinks and enjoy an evening of just being together.”

Krista Reardon and Grant Aldridge, August 18, 2017, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Mango Studios.

Ceremony and reception venue: The Broadview Hotel
Bridal gown: Lis Simon
Wedding planner: Events by Alicia
Hair: Untitled by Flaunt Boutique
Music: Sheila Carabine

Berta Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

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BERTA Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses

Israeli designer Berta Balilti’s spring 2019 wedding collection stays true to the brand’s reputation of breaking the rules of what a traditional bridal gown should be. “Strong, powerful, and confident” are the words used to describe this stunning collection.

Featuring dramatic detailing, such as feathers, tear-away capes, plunging necklines, open backs and voluminous trains, these dresses are somehow both sexy and elegant. One of our favourite gowns is a tulle number with plunging v-neck, long sleeves and a slit in the skirt that shows just the right amount of skin.

A Beautiful Blush And Gold Wedding In Toronto

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Chloe and Tim first met at a hip-hop dance competition at Queen’s University. “We were on the two opposing teams battling in the finals that year,” Chloe explains. “Among all the talented break dancers I couldn’t keep my eyes off Tim—we talked and danced the night away! My team won the championship that year, but everyone says Tim is the real winner for swooping me up that night.”

What drew the couple to their Arcadian Court venue was its modern and minimalist architecture. “The space provided us with ample opportunity to create a warm and intimate space that truly reflected our personalities and tastes,” Chloe says. Through Pinterest, the bride quickly learned she had a love for blush and gold, and this combination worked perfectly to create a romantic mood with an element of glamour and elegance.

“My jaw dropped when  entered the reception hall; it was everything I wanted and more,” Chloe says. The designers at The Daycor went above and beyond to make the venue so cozy and romantic with the decor and countless candles.” The reception was full of gorgeous details, including the lace backdrop for the photo booth and the ‘Chloe & Tim’ gold glitter sign behind the head table.

The couple wanted their first dance to be a true reflection of them as a couple. “This made the song selection much easier than anticipated,” Chloe says. “We chose ‘Something Special’ by Usher—we first danced to this song on our second date, so it made perfect sense to relive that moment during our wedding!”

Chloe Lee and Tim Nguyen, August 12, 2017, Toronto, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of One&Only Photography.

Ceremony venue: Trinity College Chapel at University of Toronto
Reception venue: Arcadian Court
Bridal gown: Martina Liana from Felichia Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Bill Levkoff from Avenue 22 Bridal
Groom’s tux: Coppley from Channer’s
Caterer: Oliver & Bonacini
Decor: The Daycor
Flowers: DeLight Floral + Design
Hair and makeup: Maya Makeup and Hairstyling
Music: DJ John Yoo

Meghan Markle Will Wear Two Dresses At Her Wedding

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Meghan Markle will light another wedding trend aflame with her recent choice in attire. According to Vanity Fair, Meghan will be wearing not one, but two wedding dresses–one for the ceremony at St. George’s Chapel, and one for the reception, which will be hosted by Prince Charles. A source close to Meghan told Vanity Fair that “the plan is for her to change after the ceremony so she can party the night away in something glamorous and less restrictive.” The source also spilled details about Meghan’s first dress, saying: “The wedding dress itself will be traditional and elegant. There’s been talk of lace and sleeves and Meghan has been working very closely with the designer, who has been sworn to secrecy.”

Sporting a second dress is one of the hottest wedding trends for 2018; however, it’s not a new trend among royals. After her wedding ceremony, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton opted to change from her stunning Sarah Burton with lace sleeves and sweeping skirt to a more understated satin ballgown and Angora bolero by the same designer. She remained in her second dress for her reception of 300 guests, a more low-key event than her ceremony, which had over 1000 people in attendance.

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Harper’s Bazaar reports that there are a few new guesses as to who will be designing Meghan’s dress. Burberry’s exiting Creative Director, Christopher Bailey, could be the one tapped to design Meghan’s dress as a “final bow” to the brand. There were reports that PR strategy meetings have been held at the fashion house for a “high-profile” dress. The site also touts Meghan’s close friendship with Isabel May, a former director of communications for Burberry, as a potential reason for her to choose the brand.

Erdem and Ralph and Russo are also popular predictions for Meghan’s dress designer. We can’t wait to see who she ultimately chooses on May 19th!

Could One Of These Be Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress?

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There’s no doubt that we’re all dying to find out what Meghan Markle will be wearing on May 19th and who the royal wedding dress designer will be. Unless someone spills the beans beforehand, we’ll all be eagerly watching for the first sight of her gown — one that will no doubt be setting trends everywhere as soon as it’s revealed.

Many industry insiders have given their guesses as to what Meghan’s dress will look like, and five incredible designers from David Bridal’s roster of talent have followed suit, showing us their own sketches for the gown they envision Meghan wearing. Spoiler alert: They’re all stunning.

David’s Bridal: “This unique Duchess Satin with hand-laced appliqué yoke on an off-the-shoulder bodice is what we designed for Meghan. It is a classic, timeless style, but the front slit in the gown gives it an updated edge.”

Galina Signature: “We envision for Meghan a stretch Mikado gown with a fit-and-flare skirt to accentuate her fantastic figure. The sexy beaded slip bodice and low back are modestly veiled with the beaded tulle cape that takes the place of a veil.”

Melissa Sweet MM: “We see Meghan in something romantic and a little vintage-inspired: A shaped all-over lace strapless sheath with a tulle and hand appliquéd lace overlay. We would complete the look with a coordinated lace appliqué cathedral veil.”

Oleg Cassini: “This all-over lace, hand-beaded gown with an illusion lace appliqued mock neck yoke and cap sleeves is modest, regal and elegant. The skirt seam adds a subtle relevant detail. We finished her look with a matching coordinated cathedral veil and a tiara, which we assume she will probably borrow from a future in-law.”

White by Vera Wang: “The large rosette flange gown with the high low hem, stretch illusion yoke and sleeves, and bias pleated bodice is modern, dramatic and a little daring. The extended train is very couture and would make a dramatic entrance for Meghan at St. George’s Chapel.”

An Elegant Wedding With Purple And Grey Details In Winnipeg

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Matt proposed to Katarina while the couple was on vacation in New York City. “He casually suggested a rowboat excursion on the lake in Central Park, and I agreed, but kept getting distracted by the other sights in the park,” Katarina shares. “Finally, at sunset, Matt got down on one knee, but while attempting to gracefully kneel, he nearly tipped the boat over! Luckily, no one was sent swimming and I said yes.”

The bride chose a palette of purple, lavender and grey, wanting the wedding to feel elegant yet modern at the same time. “Purple is a regal colour, and that shade, along with my wedding dress, made me feel like royalty,” Katarina explains. “The flowers, with pops of lavender, perfectly complemented my dress and the grey bridesmaid dresses. I always wanted roses in shades of purple and pink, and the florist delivered.”

Among the couple’s favourite details were the food and beverages. “We wanted guests to have a wide variety of drinks to choose from so we opted for an amazing selection of wine,” Katarina says. The cake from Cake Studio was another favourite detail, topped with flowers in shades of purple, which complemented the couple’s colour scheme. “We also wanted a delicious treat for those who weren’t fans of cake,” Katarina adds. “Guests loved filling their bags at the candy bar with a variety of treats and sweets.”

According to Katarina, their wedding song was the only song Matt could successfully dance to. Instead of a slow-paced song, the couple wanted something fun and uplifting. “We ended up choosing the electronic dance song “Jubel” by Klingande–we had a blast dancing to this song,” Katarina says. “The highlight of the evening was partying with friends and family into the wee hours.”

Katarina Weber and Matthew Loewen, May 21, 2017, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Photography courtesy of Rygiel Photography & Video.

Ceremony venue: The Parish Church of St. Luke
Reception venue: The Fort Garry Hotel
Bridal gown: Sottero and Midgley from Stella’s Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: The Dessy Group After Six from Stella’s Bridal
Groom’s tux: Tux & Tails
Flowers: Beyond Flowers
Cake: Cake Studio
Music: Summer Bounce Entertainment

A Rustic Wedding With Gold Details In Saskatchewan

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Sean proposed to Kerstin on a trip to the Dominican Republic. “We were in a little garden on the island, surrounded by fish and birds, and I thought it was the perfect moment,” Sean recalls.

The pair wanted their wedding to have a rustic look with elegant touches. Gold, ivory and champagne colours complemented the rustic wood decor. “Kerstin knew we had to have peonies at the wedding, as homage to her grandma, who had passed,” Sean explains. “We wanted Gran to be present on our wedding day through her favourite flowers. Kerstin’s mother spent hours perfecting the beautiful arrangements.”

A special detail from the wedding day were the cupcake stands, crafted by Sean. “I made them myself using pieces of wood; they were such unique items that fit the rustic theme perfectly,” he says. “Making them also added a personal touch to the wedding.”

The couple agrees that one of the best parts of the ceremony was holding it on a golf course. “The venue was absolutely stunning and it allowed us to enjoy the amazing weather.” Sean says. “We also took some great photos on the property.” Sean says one of the best moments was the beginning of the ceremony, when he saw Kerstin for the first time. “When I saw her walking down the aisle toward me, I was speechless,” he remembers. “That is definitely a moment I’ll never forget!”

Kerstin Strilaeff and Sean White, June 24, 2017, Tisdale, Saskatchewan.

Photography courtesy of Sarah Meagan.

Ceremony venue: Tisdale Riverside Golf Course
Reception venue: Tisdale Recplex Auditorium
Caterer: Page Seven Catering
Flowers: Tisdale Florist
Stationery: Vistaprint
Cake: The Family Bakery
Hair: Breanna Enderson
Makeup: Milk & Honey
Music: Impact Mobile Music

Weddingbells x Ritz-Carlton Montreal Royal Treatment


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All photography courtesy of MOEtreal.

On March 17th and 18th, 10 engaged couples were treated to a wedding planning experience extraordinaire at Ritz-Carlton Montreal. Winners of the Ritz-Carlton Montreal Royal Treatment Contest enjoyed a luxe weekend of haute wedding experiences. From a night’s stay at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal—voted one of Weddingbells‘ Loveliest Wedding Venues for 2018—to experiencing a bridal style pop-up with wedding fashion experts White Montreal and beauty stylists from Wonderblush, a grooms’ style session courtesy of Maison Cloakroom, an incredible evening reception in the hotel’s iconic Oval Room filled with thousands of florals in elaborate stagings from Alain Simon Fleurs, and spa pampering at Spa Saint James, the event showcased wedding luxury at its finest. See our full recap of the event in the gallery below.

Thank you to everyone who helped made this weekend so memorable: Alain Simon Fleurs, Celebrations Group, Haute Balloon, Katherine Karambelas, Maddy K, Maison Cloakroom, Manina World, Marquee LettersMOEtreal photosMaison BouludPorter Airlines, Ruby Brown, Signature InvitationSpa St. James, Swiss line by DermalabWhite Toronto and Montreal and Wonderblush.

A Timeless, Elegant Summer Wedding In Banff

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Cole and Sarah worked at a restaurant together for a number of years before they started a relationship. “At first we did not like each other,” Sarah says with a laugh. But that changed one evening when Cole and Sarah were both closing the restaurant. “We sat down to eat together and ended up talking for hours,” Sarah says. “We both walked away shocked by how easy it was to talk to each other and even more shocked that we actually enjoyed each other’s company.”

The couple wanted everything to look very clean and sharp at their celebration, but they also added lush flowers for a touch of whimsy. “The flowers were exquisite and arranged in such a unique way,” Sarah recalls.

A stunning detail was the groomsmen’s merlot-hued suits. “We were a little hesitant to go with this colour of suit, but they really made the flowers pop and also complemented the bridesmaid dresses really well,” Sarah remarks.

During the reception, the couple left with their photographer briefly to take sunset photos. “It was amazing to have a moment together away from everything,” Sarah says. “To have even just 10 minutes alone to soak in all the feelings and emotions that we felt throughout the day was something we will remember forever.”

Sarah Koroluk and Cole Geddes, June 3, 2017, Banff, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Corrina Walker Photography.

Ceremony and reception venue: Fairmont Banff Springs
Bridal gown: Blush by Hayley Paige from The Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid dresses: Occasions by Hayley Paige from Cameo & Cufflinks
Groom’s tux: Atelier by Ensemble Style
Wedding planner: Reflections Weddings
Flowers: Black Earth Floral Gallery
Stationery: Minted
Hair: Hair by Jessie Liao
Makeup: Avenue Beauty
Music: Duo d’Amore
Videographer: Parfait Productions

A Romantic Woodsy Wedding In Muskoka

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Elynn and Joe picked a “romance in the woods” theme for their wedding. “We took a lot of inspiration from the natural greenery of the Muskoka region,” Elynn says. Family also played a key role throughout many elements of the couple’s celebration weekend. “Both my mom and Joe’s mom were involved in the planning process—my mom has an incredible eye for design and worked closely with Tanya List and Shealyn Angus to transform the Sherwood Inn,” Elynn explains. “Joe’s mom organized a beautiful Muskoka-themed rehearsal lunch decorated with hand-painted canoe paddles and photos of Joe and I growing up on Lake Joseph, which was also our wedding location.”

The couple planned out an entire weekend of fun events for their guests, many of whom came to Muskoka on the day before the wedding. “We were fortuitous with the weather, and having everyone we love spend the weekend with us was the absolute best,” Elynn remarks. “Friday afternoon turned into a big beach party followed by a barbecue. Luckily we had good friends who sent us home at an appropriate time!”

The couple’s decor included tall centrepieces of greenery, as well as candles in a variety of sizes. “The photos speak for themselves—Tanya’s flowers were perfect,” Elynn shares. “We incorporated subtle hues of mauve and other natural colours to accent the greenery.”

The reception included fun, interactive games that included all the guests. Later that evening, the couple shared their first dance to “That’s How Strong My Love Is” by Otis Redding. “We both love Otis Redding so much we named our dog after him!” Elynn says. “The song was an easy choice—not over-the-top or theatrical, just a really romantic love song.”

Elynn Tucker and Joe Williams, July 8, 2017, Port Carling, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Barb Simkova of Tara McMullen Photography.

Ceremony and reception venue: Sherwood Inn
Bridal gown: Lazaro from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay
Groom’s tux: Hugo Boss
Wedding planner: Shealynn Angus Weddings & Events
Flowers: Tanya List
Stationery: Shealyn Angus Weddings & Events
Hair and makeup: Nicole Richards
Favours: Lucky Duck Fudge
Music: Rob Watts and Tush

Fresh Flower Wedding Cakes That Could Rival Harry and Meghan’s

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Kensington Palace has just announced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s cake designer. American-born Claire Ptak, owner of London-based Violet Bakery Cafe, has been commissioned to create a lemon elderflower cake topped with fresh flowers.

When it comes to the choice in cake designer, Alexandria Murray of Finespun Cakes agrees the couple couldn’t have picked a more perfect person. “Having a California-raised cake designer focusing on local and fresh British ingredients couldn’t be any more perfect, and almost seems symbolic for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding,” Murray says.

The Palace also said the cake will incorporate the “bright flavours of spring.” Nadia Colella of Nadia & Co. suggests that this means the couple is eyeing more “light” flavours, including tea flavours such as Earl Grey and peach oolong. “I’m a huge fan of citrus paired with floral notes, like what Prince Harry and Meghan have chosen,” Colella says. “I think their choice is bright, fresh and very much on-trend.”

We’ve seen blooms and greenery adorn cakes for years (in fact, flower-topped cakes were first seen in the 19th century), and this is one style of wedding cake that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The elegance of incorporating, real, fresh flowers for a simple yet stunning cake is a trend that will continue, and having Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake follow this trend basically guarantees that we’ll see more of it for years to come. “I think people will always love this style, because there’s an endless variety of flowers you can put on a cake,” Murray says.

Both Colella and Murray think the couple’s cake will have a more contemporary feel. “I’m envisioning a classic meets modern cake,” Murray says. “For the classic part: clean lines and elegant colours. For the modern part, I think Claire Ptak will add some beautiful textured buttercream and apply the flowers in a loose and whimsical way with lots of movement.”

We’ve sourced some stunning cakes that incorporate fresh flowers in the design. We think these cakes would be fit for a royal wedding–or for a couple who wants to feel just as royal as Harry and Meghan!


How To Amp Up Your Bridal Hairstyle With Hair Extensions

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When looking online for bridal hair inspo, you’ll find looks ranging from glam updos to easy breezy long and loose tresses. While these hairstyles are beautiful, they might look difficult and even impossible to achieve. But just like your beauty look, with the right tools your dream wedding-day hairstyle is totally attainable.

One tool you might not have thought of? Hair extensions. If your hair is super fine or closer to an ultra-short crop than Rapunzel’s long locks, simple clip-in hair extensions can help you get the volume and length you need to pull off some of the more elaborate bridal hairstyles out there.

We turned to celeb hair and makeup pro Roger Medina, who recently came out with his own line of high-quality hair extensions in a range of shades, for some tips on how to use hair extensions to create a stunning hairstyle for your wedding day. For Medina, who’s beautified the likes of Chloe Grace Moretz and Clemence Poesy, good quality hair extensions are key.

Whether you’re taking photos or dancing the night away at your reception, hair extensions are a great way to enhance your existing hair. “Your hair photographs differently than how you see it in person,” Medina says. “By adding extensions in, you can achieve those hairstyles you see on Pinterest.”

For brides looking to do their own hair on their wedding day, clip-in extensions are easy to use. First-time users should look to YouTube for examples on how to put them in your hair, Medina advises. But if you have coloured hair, it’s best to see a professional for advice on how to match your hair extensions. “I’d suggest going in for a consultation or going to the company directly to have your hair matched by their hair experts,” Medina says.

A hairstyle that Medina particularly loves for brides is effortless, tousled waves, as seen in the photo above. “Classic body waves off to the side à la Jessica Rabbit,” Medina elaborates. “I also love a day-after updo with a subtle hair accessory, or a simple chignon!”

Check out Medina’s video below on how to put in your hair extensions perfectly.

A Classic, Elegant Wedding In Mississauga, Ontario

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Michael and Roxanne met in high school in their Grade 9 math class. “From sitting behind me and teasing me constantly to eating a piece of paper after I dared him, our friendship grew as we continued to share many more classes throughout high school,” Roxanne recalls. “He was the class clown, an athlete and was generally popular. It never came to my mind that he would one day be my husband.”

After nine years together, Michael popped the question. “I spent days organizing a romantic, wintry proposal,” Michael says. “After a dinner celebrating both our birthdays, we went to an outdoor ice rink near my home. Roxanne thought we were just there to skate, but I had organized everything with the security guards and even had a photographer present to capture the moment!”

The help of their wedding coordinator made the planning process easy for Michael and Roxanne. “Her communication during the entire process kept us at ease, and whenever stress crept in, she knew how to calm us down,” the couple shares. “The wedding wouldn’t have gone as smoothly without her help.”

One of the pair’s favourite details was their cake. “We wanted to choose an experienced cake designer who had great reviews,” Roxanne explains. “Vanessa from Patisserie V. Marie constructed a simple yet elegant creation, even including Batman in the cake at my husband’s request, which we loved!” The flowers by DeLight Floral + Design were also another favourite detail. “Florist Sarah Min turned our vision into reality, especially at the reception–the centrepieces were stunning and exceeded all expectations,” Roxanne says. “I even kept my bridal bouquet and dried it to preserve the memories.”

Roxanne Figueroa and Michael Derro, May 19, 2017, Mississauga, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Beyond Infiniti Photography.

Ceremony venue: Merciful Redeemer Parish
Reception venue: Bellvue Manor
Bridal gown: Sottero & Midgley from Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay
Bridesmaid dresses: White by Vera Wang from David’s Bridal
Groom’s tux: Zara Man
Wedding planner: Kari Lywood Events
Flowers: DeLight Floral + Design
Decor: Rosepetal Decor
Stationery: Diane Flores
Cake: Patisserie V. Marie
Hair: Gretchen Cruz
Makeup: Katherine Torrez of Lavish Flair
Music: DJ Sanga Genesis
Videography: Goody Cambay

ROMONA Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Romona is the newest addition to prolific designer Romona Keveza’s trio of bridal collections. Focused on “[capturing] the essence of the luxury brand without the luxury price tag,” the line maintains Keveza’s signature aesthetic of clean lines and timeless silhouettes, in pared back fabrications.

The fall 2018 collection is classic, girly, and elegant. Crisp fabrics like Mikado and silk shantung are pleated and gathered to create structured silhouettes. Gowns are left unadorned—free of beading, appliques, or embroidery. The shapes and lines of the meticulous construction are left to speak for themselves, and do so with quiet confidence. A dramatic detachable bow is the only repeated enhancement, accenting the backs of two ball gowns and fluted trumpet gown. A pair of fit-and-flare minidresses—one with a boat neckline, the other a deep V—are made voluminous with box-pleated skirts.

Texture is added via the accessories, all made with pretty Guipure flowered lace: A flirty capelet, a modish shrug, and a high-collared over blouse.