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The Most Gorgeous Bridal Updos For Your Big Day

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Dress, Christos Costarellos and earrings, Jennifer Behr, all from White Toronto.

Bridal updos go way beyond buns and braided crowns. From fishtail braids and upsweeps to ponytails and beehives, wedding hairstyle options have never been more fashionable and easy to wear. We’ll show you some of the coolest new styling ideas for 2018 and 2019 celebrations.

Photography, Carlyle Routh. Styling, Georgia Groom. Hair, Tony Masciangelo for Alcorn Hair/P1M.ca. Makeup, Sheri Stroh for Bite Beauty/Oribe/Plutino Group. Nails, John C. Nguyen for CND. All backdrop fabrics, Tonic Living.

Braided Beauty
Call it the Game of Thrones’ Khaleesi effect–plaits have never been more popular! Channel your inner queen by wearing your hair artfully twisted and turned to create a regal and romantic look.

The Most Gorgeous Bridal Updos For Your Big Day - Chignon

Dress, Savannah Miller from LoversLand. Earrings & hairpins, Jennifer Behr from White Toronto.

Clean Sweep
We love the idea of brushing hair up and away from the face into an amped-up chignon. This style is the perfect match for a delicate dress neckline and for showcasing this season’s must-have accessory, the statement earring.

Telling Tails
The pony is a classic and comfortable look, and it’s totally wedding-perfect. Instead of opting for a sleek style, our preferred version features unbridled curls for a romantic, easy-breezy finish.

The Most Gorgeous Bridal Updos For Your Big Day - Classic Updo

Dress, Unbridaled by Dan Jones from LoversLand. Headband, Jennifer Behr from White Toronto. Ear cuff & ring, Birks.

The High Life
This retro-inspired style gives us major Audrey Hepburn vibes. We pumped this classic updo with extra volume and wispy texture to create a sweet and sexy look fit for a red carpet ingenue.

This New Canadian Bridal Collection Is Perfect For Laid-Back Weddings

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

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Toronto-based duo Lisa Blunt and Angel Spendlove, the creators behind the modern-chic bridal brand & For Love, have just launched sister collection Jackson + Grace, a line of affordable wedding dresses under $2500 that are similarly effortless and laid-back. Ethically designed and made in Toronto, each of the gowns convey an easy-breezy vibe, perfect for brides who are looking for dresses that aren’t too fussy.

From body-hugging sheath gowns to flowy frocks, these new gowns would perfectly complement a far-flung destination wedding or a boho celebration in the forest. We particularly love the dainty, romantic details such as off-the-shoulder sleeves and low-cut backs.

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A Fabulous Same-Sex Wedding In Palm Springs

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Ryan Massel, a lifestyle blogger and TV host, and Rob Gairns, an architect, met over 13 years ago while they were both working as flight attendants. “We were scheduled to work together,” Ryan discloses. “A one-in-a-million scheduling coincidence resulted in us finding true love.”

Ryan popped the question during an elaborate surprise proposal in Calgary’s Heritage Park Historical Village. “I had the headline, ‘Ryan Massel Asks Robert Gairns to Marry Him’ printed by the vintage printing press in Heritage Park,” Ryan reveals. “At first Rob didn’t see it. I pointed to it and he said, ‘Wait, what?!’”

The couple knew they had to have an extra special celebration. “The world has come a long way with its legal acceptance of same-sex marriage,” Ryan says. “When Rob and I met, it would not have been possible for us to legally marry. With our wedding we not only wanted to share the story of the eternal love we have for each other, but share the hope and dreams that love around the world will be recognized and accepted for what it is… love!”

The couple split their wedding day into a two-part affair with a daytime pool party and an evening garden party. Instead of holding the ceremony during the day, they opted to have it during the evening event. “This allowed us to gather guests together first in a casual social setting to laugh and celebrate before the evening nuptials,” Ryan explains. “It also gave us more time to enjoy the day with them and shake off any pre-ceremony jitters.”

Guests wore comfortable all-white attire as they mingled and revelled in the festivities. For their guestbook, Ryan and Rob hired an artist to hand-cut silhouettes of the guests. “She made two copies, one for the guestbook and one for the guest to take home.”

Ryan and Rob also made sure some of their favourite Canadian brands went home with their guests. “We gifted jewellery, handmade fabric boutonnières and even custom soaps, as a special treat,” Ryan divulges. “It allowed us to not only thank them for making the trip to Palm Springs, but to also share items that have been special parts of our life together.”

Custom laser-cut cocktail stir sticks were a nod to Rob and Ryan’s wardrobe change for the ceremony, into hot pink and orange suits.

As the sun set, guests made their way from the garden back to the pool as a side-by-side video picture of Rob and Ryan appeared with a 10-minute countdown overlaid on top. “As the timer concluded, our side-by-side images faded,” Ryan says. “Music lifted and separately we would each fade in and out telling the story, as we remember, of how we met and how we’ve felt over the last 13 years together.”

As the countdown ended the screens lifted to reveal Rob and Ryan in bright pink and orange suits for the start of an emotional, tear-filled ceremony. The tears didn’t last long—the couple had one final wow factor up their sleeves.

“We needed a way to turn the tears into a party,” Ryan admits. “Right after our kiss the screens descended and a color, creative video played. Again, the music lifted as one of the world’s top drag queens, Morgan McMichaels, came out and performed a six-song mashup that whipped the crowd into a frenzy!”

Ryan Massel and Rob Gairns, October 8, 2017, Palm Springs, California.

Photography courtesy of Dong Kim and Kelsey Horne.

Vendors
Ceremony and reception venue: The Koerner House
Grooms’ tuxes: OppoSuits
Daytime caterer: Over The Rainbow, El Mirasol and Fruit Wonders
Evening caterer: Trio Restaurant and Liquid Catering
Flowers: My Little Flower Shop
Stationery: Minted
Cake: Over The Rainbow
Stir sticks: California Lustre
Jewellery: Hillberg & Berk
Boutonnieres: Ensemble Style
Custom soaps: Rocky Mountain Soap Company
Silhouette artist: Sylhouettes by Sylvia
DJ: DJ Femme A
Jazz singer: Rose Mallet
Ceremony video: Crushed Rockets
Lighting and AV: AVSU Event Services
Balloons: Balloony Tunes
Letterboards: Words & Co.
Rentals and decor: Signature Party Rentals
Rings: Ecksand
Photobooth: Raven Social Photobooths

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Let These Reception Tablescapes Inspire Your Wedding Decor

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No matter what your style, every couple wants their celebration to look fun, fresh and extraordinary. We’ve chosen two contrasting wedding styles—classic and modern—to inspire two beautiful tablescapes infused with colour, texture and diverse elements. Your guests will be abuzz as soon as they sit down at their places, and will be talking about your decor long after they leave their seats.

Photography, André Doyon. Editor, Emmanuelle Ghersi. Text, Kimberly Aglipay. First published in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Weddingbells.

let these reception tablescapes inspire your wedding style - classic tablescape

Stationery and floral arrangements, Fêtes Grenadine. Tables, chairs, pillows, plates, flatware and wine glasses, Sofa To Go. Tablecloth, lace overlay, napkins, marble cake plate, cake plate, honeycomb candleholders, gold bowls, saucers, faux fur and small mercury candles, Tenue de Soirée. Cake, Sweet Couture. Fringed curtain backdrop, DX Event Furnishings.

The Luxe Touch
Icy blue hues are the perfect palette for this elegant spread featuring a lace tablecloth, a fur table runner and spectacular florals. To take a classically beautiful tablescape to the next level, add unexpected elements such as painted fruit, cleverly displayed menus and place cards, and a centrepiece with a tall canopy of tree branches.

 

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Chocolates & marble platter, Lecavalier Petrone. Flowers, Prune les Fleurs. Chargers, plates, water glasses & wine glasses, Groupe ABP. Dessert plates, 3 Femmes & 1 Coussin. Flatware, West Elm. Place cards, White Willow Paper Company. Candleholders, Chez Nous Chez Vous.

Eclectic Charm
A tablecloth with a lime green linear design provides a vibrant surface for this minimalist tablescape bursting with colour. Copper accents keep the setting warm and inviting, while lime green vases and glasses add a bright and cheerful flair to the decor.

Jennifer Behr On How To Choose The Perfect Bridal Accessories

Fashion & Beauty » Veils & Accessories

Jennifer Behr photo courtesy of White Toronto.

Weddingbells had the chance to catch up with pro bridal accessories designer Jennifer Behr when she was recently in Canada at White Toronto to meet brides and have them try pieces from her Spring 2019 collection. For any bride, picking the right accessories to complement the gown is an important part of creating a cohesive and beautiful bridal look. But how exactly do you pick the right accessories? We asked Behr to share her best tips for choosing the pieces that are right for you.

WB: How should a bride who’s wearing more of a modern dress accessorize her look?
JB: Having a headpiece or an elevated accessory is the best way to complement your dress. It will help you look like you’re the bride and that it’s your special day.

WB: We especially love how you play with incorporating traditional elements such as pearl into your pieces.
JB: Pearl is something I’ve wanted to do for awhile. It can look so fussy on some accessories, but we love making it look more modern ad elegant, rather than princess-y. You can even add more with pearl hairpins. We love how brides are more willing to try new things.

WB: What’s it like designing pieces for big events such as the MET Gala?
JB: The MET is really for people who love fashion, and they’re much more willing to do fun things. The best thing about those red carpet moments is seeing not just the over-the-top outfits, but when every day pieces just look super elevated. For example, for Eva Chen, her hairstylist Chris used the simple headbands I created and made them elegant and elevated by layering them and strategically placing them. They’re just two simple ribbon headbands. A bow or velvet headpieces are accessories you can incorporate into your daily style, and it doesn’t have to be costly.

WB: Are there any accessories that brides often overlook, but that you wish they’d consider?
JB: I think for the headpiece, we get people who don’t consider it until the last minute. I want brides to consider their accessories as a way of personalizing their dresses, and think about the whole look from the beginning. What is on your head, like really, from the waist up like a portrait, is what people really see. Make your jewellery and your headpiece as part of the process when you’re looking for your dress, rather than waiting til the end and feeling like you need to add something. Consider how it all works together. Your headpiece and earrings are what people are going to see, so consider it early on and work it in. I think it’s wonderful that people are considering a wider range of things to wear in their hair than they’re used to.

WB: What are your favourite pieces to design?
JB: It’s so hard to choose! I’m really in love with jewellery at the moment because it’s new and it’s fun. I keep going back to the flower and being inspired by nature. There’s all this beautiful floral stuff that’s kind of experimental and I love incorporating some of those elements into what we do.

WB: What advice do you have for brides when choosing wedding day accessories?
JB: I say to people that even outside of the wedding, you have a wardrobe of clothes and a wardrobe of shoes, and a wardrobe of jewellery and it helps you transform. There are days when I want to wear a romantic flower dress and there are other times when I wear linen overalls I might want a chunky gold piece on that day versus a really delicate accessory. I think it’s fun, that fashion doesn’t have to be serious, and it can be more transformative. I would like people to take more risks! People say to us sometimes like, “Oh, I could never wear that.” And it’s like, well, why not? When people wear the crazier things, it makes people around them happy!

WB: What would you say to brides who are torn between a classic look and a more modern one?
JB: Sometimes brides say, “I want to look totally classic, and I don’t want to look out of date in 20 years.” But brides, you might as well wear something fun! Whatever you’re thinking is classic now is not going to be classic in 20 years. So you might as well embrace something you really love, rather than worrying about what it might look like in the future.

Five Instagram Rules Every Engaged Couple Should Follow

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A wedding is one of the most important moments in your life, so it’s natural to want to document every stage of the process. In this age of social media it’s practically a requirement to post big life event on your channels. But does that mean posting every minute of your pre- and post-wedding activities?

We certainly think sharing some things can be a fun way to commemorate this period in your life, but for us, sharing every second of your experience as a bride is a definite no-no. Some things are best kept to yourself.

So should you post photos of your bachelorette party? And do your friends on social media need to be given the scoop (and option to vote) on every possible combination of wedding flowers? We’ve put together a primer with five rules for pre-wedding Instagram posting. Follow these guidelines we guarantee you’ll remain unmuted from even your most cynical single friends’ feeds.

A cute engagement photo announcement is acceptable. Don’t post multiple photos of your ring or bombard everyone with a gazillion photos in your feed or in your Stories of how the engagement happened and the carat weight of your diamond. If people want to know, they’ll ask. No one needs a play-by-play. Follow Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s lead and take some beautiful photos for your engagement announcement.

Daily posts about your wedding planning are a no-no. This means no countdowns and no hourly updates on wedding planning–let’s face it, it might be exciting for you, but to other people it just isn’t. However, quick sneak peeks here and there (we’re talking, like, once a month maximum) are a great way to give your guests a taste of the celebration to come.

Be aware of who’s following your wedding activities. One photo of you and your besties at your bachelorette party is fine, but sharing with the world photos of your more wild activities is probably not the best idea. Especially if you know your coworkers, your boss, or your family is watching. That’s just awkward, and you’ll probably regret it post-bachelorette.

On your big day, step away from the phone. Your wedding will only happen once, and it’s important you enjoy it in the moment. If you’re just dying to have content from your big day posted in real time, have a friend snap some shots and video for you to post later. But when you’re posting, make sure to curate the content and ensure that everything posted offers something new from your big day. Multiple photos of the reception centrepieces will not make anyone who didn’t attend your wedding feel like they were actually there.

You can post a few select pro photos, but not the whole album. A photo reflecting on life post-wedding is okay, and so is another to commemorate your first anniversary. But don’t post all the photos from your wedding that your photographer sent to you–save them for an album to share with your friends and family in real life and not on social media.

Morilee By Madeline Gardner AF Couture Wedding Dresses

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

morilee by madeline gardner af couture wedding dresses

In the Morilee by Madeline Gardner AF Couture collection, you won’t find overly voluminous ball gowns or traditional high-cut necklines. Instead, this collection combines modern, sophisticated silhouettes with intricate beading to create dresses that are seriously sexy and stunning. The fitted bodices allow brides to dance the night away, while crystal beading ensures the details are as every bit as glam as the bride herself.

Standout looks include a plunging nude V-neck lace gown with low-cut back, and a fit-and-flare off-the-shoulder lace gown with exposed boning.

All The Details On Meghan Markle’s Bridal Accessories

Royal Wedding

Photo via Getty Images.

For her wedding day, Meghan Markle wore some of the most beautiful accessories that complemented her stunning gown.

Meghan followed in Kate Middleton’s footsteps and borrowed a crown from Queen Elizabeth II for the occasion. The tiara, called the Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau Tiara, is full of history–the bandeau is from 1932, while the brooch in the centre is from 1893 and is set with 10 brilliant diamonds.

The tiara was the perfectly sparkly accessory to Meghan’s updo, which held her 16-foot silk tulle cathedral veil made by the same designer who also created her dress, Clare Waight Keller, artistic director of Givenchy.

The veil itself carries special meaning. According to Kensington Palace, the edges of the veil were hand-embroidered with the flora of all 53 commonwealth countries, as per the request of Meghan herself, who wanted to carry all 53 countries with her on her special day. On her feet, Meghan donned silk shoes by Givenchy.

To complement her crown, Meghan wore understated stud earrings and matching bracelet by Cartier. During the ceremony, Meghan and Harry exchanged rings from Cleave and Company, the same brand that made Meghan’s engagement ring. Meghan’s band was made of Welsh gold gifted by Queen Elizabeth II, while the couple veered away from tradition with Harry’s band, which is made of platinum.

We have no doubt the wedding will be sparking some hot bridal accessory trends!

Canadian Florists Predict What The Royal Wedding Flowers Will Look Like

Royal Wedding

Floral gown by Coriander Girl from Fleurs De Villes 2018.

The royal wedding is only a few days away, so we thought it’d be best to gather all the predictions and ideas that will likely inspire the big event, and inspire bridal trends for the next couple of years.

We had the chance to chat with some seriously talented florists from across the country who’ve been part of Fleurs De Villes, a unique cross-country event in its third year, in which floral designers are challenged to create bespoke gowns entirely from fresh blooms. They gave us the inside scoop on their floral trend predictions, what the flowers at the royal wedding will look like, and their favourite floral pieces to make for weddings.

Kelly from Botany & Bloom in Vancouver

What are your floral trend predictions for the upcoming year?

The top floral trends are all about colour, which excites me! Lots of beautiful blooms and a variety of foliage and fruit to create layers of texture with movement and whimsical designs.

What do you think the royal wedding flowers will look like?

I picture Meghan with a cascading bouquet full of lush peonies and David Austin garden roses. The wedding flowers will be over the top, but not in a fussy way, which seems to go along with their personalities — lots of flowers and greenery with a natural feel. I imagine the reception site will be full of flowers, tall centrepieces and suspended floral decor.

What is your favourite piece to create for a wedding?

I love designing the ceremony arch. The ceremony is my favourite part of a wedding as it is so sentimental, so designing the arch is really special.

Nathan from Graham & Lane Florists in Edmonton

What are your floral trend predictions for the upcoming year? 

We predict the season will continue with a very abstract, wildflower, woodsy aesthetic. Many brides are drawn to a loose, airy feel and bouquets using a variety of foliage and textures. Interesting statement blooms continue to be popular, such as peonies, protea and dahlias. The most popular tones for the summer remain rustic, with creamy peaches, burgundy, aubergine, sand and cream.

What do you think the royal wedding flowers will look like?

We predict the royal couple, although young and contemporary, will conform to a more formal, classic style for their wedding. We see Meghan carrying a bouquet in classic whites and ivories, interspersed with a mixture of natural foliage to add texture. Our predictions include flowers such as white, David Austin O’Hara garden roses, ranuculus, lily of the valley and green and white parrot tulips. We hope to see her carry a very clean and classic nosegay style bouquet rather than a teardrop like Katherine or a full cascade bouquet as Diana carried.

What is your favourite piece to create for a wedding?

My favourite piece to create for every wedding is the bridal bouquet! It sets the tone for the whole wedding and all other flower decisions come from that one piece. It is a very personal connection between the bride and a florist.

Cory Christopher from Cory Christopher Design in Calgary

What are your floral trend predictions for the upcoming year? 

For upcoming trends, we’re going to see a continuation of greenery and more earthy florals. There’s this push toward foraging and making that connection with the outdoors. We’re also going to see more unexpected elements. I think florals these days are moving away from this bohemian look and toward getting creative with textures. We’re going to be seeing more installations–they’re going to become a really integral part to a wedding.

What do you think the royal wedding flowers will look like?

In choosing their floral designer and even cake designer, Meghan and Harry are really trying to pay homage to that social responsibility aspect of their wedding and their lives as a whole. Their flowers are going to include unique elements, but are also going to be reflective of their personalities and souls. They’ll incorporate locally grown flowers that are meaningful to them.

Your floral dress at this year’s Fleurs De Villes will feature a Meghan-Markle inspired dress. What can we expect?

For Fleurs De Villes, I’ve really wanted to make my gowns couture–something you can see on the runway. It gives me a chance to propel my skills and attention to detail. Fashion and wedding gowns really influence what bridal floral trends will be, so I wanted to create something to reflect that. The gown will be fun and whimsical, with greens and shades of yellow.

What is your favourite piece to make a for wedding?

I love creating the bridal bouquet. The bouquet, for me, is like my gift to the bride. It’s something very meaningful and special, and I spend time with each of my brides creating something totally unique to her personality.

Deanna from Coriander Girl in Toronto

What are your floral trend predictions for the upcoming year? 

My top floral trend/predictions for 2018 are the cascading bridal bouquet, but more loose and garden inspired with trailing greenery. I also predict that greenery heavy arrangements will be very popular with a focus on foraged and more interesting foliage such as the incorporation of wild greenery branches and grasses.

What do you think the royal wedding flowers will look like?

I think The Royal Wedding will be traditional and simple in the sense that the palette will likely be white and ivory blooms and maybe a pop of some shade of purple like a soft lavender. I think the flower girls will likely wear cute and dainty flower crowns, but none for Meghan and the bouquets will be small, posy-like bouquets similar to Pippa and Kate with some trailing greenery in the bridal bouquet. I imagine the centrepieces being a combination of tall and low arrangements with spring blooms such as peonies, tulips, garden roses, hyacinth and more.

What is your favourite piece to make a for wedding?

My favourite pieces to make for a wedding would be large-scale installations such as arches and other ceremony backdrops or mantle arrangements. The design of these vary greatly and it allows our team to really get creative. Of course, I also look forward to making the bridal bouquets because they always get the best flowers.

Myariam from Fleurs De Laurier in Quebec

What are your floral trend predictions for the upcoming year? 

The colours are essentially the same as last year: dark blue, green in all its variations as well as yellow and gold. For an industrial style wedding, materials range from metal to cement and to barn wood.

What do you think the royal wedding flowers will look like?

I think that since Prince Harry and Meghan are more extravagant, they will rather opt for something that looks like them. I predict they’ll use colour such as lime green and purple as accent color. The bouquet would be composed of purple orchid phalaenopsis, some leaves of pendanus folded to give a little volume, one beautiful big leaf of monstera, two beautiful white anthuriums and some green cymbidium lime to give a little sparkle .

What is your favourite piece to make a for wedding?

I love to do wedding flowers in general, but what I particularly like is that weddings are personalized to the taste of the customers. I like to start from photos of inspirations and personalize each piece so that it is unique.

Weddingbells’ Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea

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All photography by Kevin Tablizo.

On Friday, May 11, Weddingbells hosted a high tea in celebration of the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The event, held at the One King West Hotel, welcomed key partners in the wedding industry including bridal designers, boutique owners, media influencers, wedding planners and advertisers. Guests enjoyed DAVIDsTEA and a variety of delicious nibbles including scones, tea sandwiches and macarons provided by One King West Hotel. The Grand Banking Hall was beautifully decorated with floral centerpieces by Quince Flowers, Union Jack buntings and confetti from eBay Canada, and stunning tableware from Chair-man Mills, Royal Albert and Sweet Bee Tea Party.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted with Markle Sparkle and Very Merry Harry welcome mimosas, made with Ocean Spray and Ruffino Prosecco. Shortly after the tea and treats were served, Jacqueline Loch, vice-president and publisher, women’s group, St. Joseph Media, took to the stage to share important findings from Weddingbells‘ 2018 reader survey.

Editor-in-chief Alison McGill gave an inside look into Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding including the location at Windsor Castle and the special locations and events happening there in honour of the upcoming union. She walked guests through the trends and styles Meghan Markle could be wearing on May 19th, and what to expect on the big day.

Guests enjoyed music by string quartet Concordo and posed for photos at the photobooth by Brand M3dia against a floral backdrop from Best Wedding Backdrops, and many snapped their own photos and hashtagged #WBRoyalTea for a chance to win jewellery from Links of London. When it came time to depart, guests took home goodie bags filled with royal wedding treats from Creative Bag Co., DAVIDsTEA, Finespun Cakes & Pastries, IKEA, Lindt Canada, and Springridge Farm.

Get a peek inside the event in the gallery below.

A Beautiful Space In Toronto For Bridal Showers And Registries

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Luxury tableware and giftware retailer William Ashley recently opened their flagship store at the historic Colonnade in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood, and it’s bigger and better than ever before. The new location features two storeys filled with shelves on shelves of coveted brands, but it also includes a lounge space where customers can linger over coffee and tea, as well as nibble on chocolates flown in weekly from Zurich.

According to Jackie Chiesa, president of William Ashley, creating a space not only for perusing fine china and tableware but also for guests to enjoy tea and treats came naturally. “We wanted to allow customers to use the product in its context,” Chiesa says. “What better way than to have tea and coffee using the china pattern that was gifted to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their wedding in 2011?!”

With a capacity of 20, the lounge is the perfect spot for a bridal shower high tea. Brides can also head to the store to put together their registry, with the help of the knowledgeable William Ashley consultants. Did we mention you can also snag tableware gifted to the royal family, including the design gifted to soon-to-be newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?!

131 Bloor St. W. #203, 416-964-2900, williamashley.com.

A Simple, Modern Wedding In Downtown Toronto

Real Weddings

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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.

Vendors
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

Fashion & Beauty » Wedding Dresses

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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a beautiful blush and gold wedding in toronto - bride and groom

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.

Vendors
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

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