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A Romantic Tuscany-Inspired Wedding In Calgary

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It was excellent timing that brought Scott and Rachel together. The pair first met through mutual friends while Scott was living in Edmonton. “Rachel was in the process of moving to Edmonton herself for work,” Scott recalls. “I showed her around town a little bit and we even played on the same ball team until I moved back to Calgary in the summer of 2011.” It wasn’t until over a year later that the pair bumped into each other after they were both settled in Calgary. “We talked for hours about our life goals, ambitions and experiences travelling; I couldn’t believe how much I had in common with this beautiful girl,” Scott says. “I knew I needed to get to know her better, so I worked up the courage to ask her on a date and the rest is history.”

For their wedding, Scott and Rachel knew they wanted to look back on their wedding years from now and have no regrets about the decor. “The theme was airy and classic romantic elegance,” Rachel explains. The flowers were the star of the show, and the decor overall incorporated gold, white and cream with hints of dusty rose. Everything from the bouquets, boutonnieres and centrepieces were some of Rachel’s favourite details. “We have a friend who just started a floral design company and we wanted to support her,” Rachel explains. “I really trusted her to make our dream come to life, and she did a great job.”

Another favourite detail was Rachel’s dress. “When I tried it on for the first time, I knew instantly it was the one,” Rachel says. “I loved how different it was and the fit made me feel like a million bucks.”

The ceremony was by far the best moment of the entire day, according to the couple. “Seeing Scott with tears in his eyes when he greeted me at the end of the aisle made my heart stop,” Rachel recalls. “The feeling reaffirmed that this was the man I was meant to be with.”

Rachel Acton and Scott Gregory, July 9, 2016, Calgary, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of Kristyn Harder.

Second photographer: Garand Photography
Ceremony venue: St. Albert The Great Catholic Parish
Reception venue: Calgary Golf and Country Club
Wedding planner: Claudette Marie Events
Bridal gown: Allure Bridals from The Bridal Centre
Bridesmaid dresses: Jim Hjelm from Cameo & Cufflinks
Groom’s tux: Huey Lam
Groomsmen attire: Huey Lam
Flowers: Sweet Pea Floral Design
Stationery: Michell McDougall of Twisted Ink
Cake: Swirl Cakes
Hair and makeup: The Pretty Haus
Favours: DIY pasta sauce by the mother of the bride
Music: Pez Productions
Rentals: Chair Flair
Videographer: Parfait Productions

Naeem Khan Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Naeem Khan Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

Naeem Khan’s eclectic bridal style is a haute couture lover’s dream. Khan’s latest collection is nothing short of unique, sophisticated and unapologetically modern. We love the Khan never fails to amp up the bridal market’s latest trends, putting a spin on each with unique fabrics and designs such as ruching or ruffles.

Textured dresses are in full effect in this collection, complemented by stunning elements such as luxe metallic lace and divine, intricate beading. We adore Khan’s use of unconventional colours in bridal gowns, perfect for brides who are looking for an alternative to a traditional white dress. Floral appliques and bow details appear throughout the collection while a stunning crocheted gown with plunging V-neckline is a boho bride’s dream come true.

An Intimate Destination Wedding In The Bahamas

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For Agnes and Travis, when the opportunity came to get married in the Bahamas, it was a no-brainer. The couple was one of 16 lucky Canadian couples chosen through a contest to have their wedding take place at 4 p.m. in 16 different locations across the Bahamas. “Our wedding celebration was very intimate–it was just us,” Agnes says. “We threw a separate party for family and friends who weren’t able to attend.”

On the day of their wedding, it looked like it was going to rain. “Our wedding planner, Kwanza Clay Bowe, told us that if the extreme weather continued, we needed a backup plan for the venue,” Agnes recalls. “We hoped the weather would cooperate because we really wanted to get married on the beach!”

Luckily, the weather did cooperate, and the couple was able to get married on the beach as planned. Agnes, dressed in a Galina Signature bridal gown from David’s Bridal, made her way across the sand to meet her groom, wearing a gorgeous crown adorned with local blooms.

For the couple, exchanging vows was a moment they’ll never forget. “I felt my heart racing, and the expression on Travis’s face was full of emotion and sincerity,” Agnes says. “When we sat down to sign the wedding contract, a rainbow appeared over our heads!”

Agnes Matubis and Travis Meldrum, November 16, 2016, Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Photography courtesy of Reno Curling.

Ceremony and reception venue: Grand Isle Resort & Spa
Bridal gown: Galina Signature from David’s Bridal
Groom’s tux: Kenneth Cole and Joseph Abboud
Wedding planner: Kwanza Clay Bowe of A Wedding Breeze
Cake: Sharlaine Adderley-Lloyd (
Hair and makeup: Keniqueca Ambrister-Whyms from Indulgence Beauty Parlor

Wedding Favours 101: Expert Tips For Giving The Best Gifts

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Photography by Simply Lace Photography.

The idea of giving a parting gift to your guests that sums up you as a couple as well as the entire wedding day may be daunting. Should you send them home with something edible such as a sweet or condiment? Or should you take a different route and gift them with something they might find useful? We spoke to Alexandra McNamara, Toronto-based wedding planner at Blush & Bowties, and Andrea Hounsell, Atlantic Canada-based planner at Borrowed & Blu, to weigh in on wedding favour etiquette, the best wedding favours they’ve seen couples give, and their best tips for picking what’s right for your celebration.

1. Contrary to popular belief, giving a wedding favour is not necessary.
However, it is a nice gesture for your guests, and can also be a lovely addition to your decor. “Take time to think about what you want as a couple without the pressure of thinking of ‘this is the way it should be done’,” Hounsell advises. McNamara agrees. “I advise my clients to only give favours if it’s something that reflects who they are and that the guests can keep, otherwise it can be wasteful,” she says.

2. When considering what favours to give, turn toward personal things you love. 
“Think about handmade, local or artisanal favours,” McNamara shares. “Meaningful favours are always the way to go!”

3. Some of the best favours are both functional and personal.
“We worked with a bride who planted 160 mini succulents for her wedding guests to take home. We also used them as decor to line up the escort cards,” Hounsell recalls. “We did another wedding for a groom from Newfoundland and a bride from Texas, and they gave their guests mini bottles of hot sauce and Screech (a Newfoundland rum). It was great to see both their backgrounds included!” For McNamara, some of the best favours she’s seen tied the whole wedding theme together. “We had a Toronto couple who were married at a brewery who gave iron bottle openers made by a local company. They loved craft beer so it was meaningful to them,” McNamara explains. “I also had a couple that did laser-cut names of all their guests that doubled as a place card and a favour. Guests went crazy over those!”

4. You might want to consider giving a donation in lieu of favours.
“It’s a really beautiful thing to take that money and donate it to a worthy cause,” Hounsell says. “It also eliminates wastage from favours being left behind on tables at the end of the night.” If you’re stuck on what to give, extending a donation is a great idea, McNamara says. “It makes total sense, and you won’t have to spend money on items that may end up being thrown away.”

5. Consider edible favours. 
“Most of our clients in the past few years have been using their budget for favours toward a sweet table for their guests, which adds a beautiful decor element,” Hounsell says. “I recommend choosing a sweet treat for the reception place setting. If it’s not something your guests can eat, it will more than likely get left behind at the end of the night.”

6. Favours can go either at each guest’s place setting, or on a designated favour table, depending on what the favour is.
“If it’s something pretty like Sloane tea or Kitten and the Bear jam, these can add to a place setting and the overall design of the table,” McNamara says. “Larger favours may be better to put out later. Whatever it is, make sure it is easy to locate or guests might miss it!”

Maggie Sottero Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Maggie Sottero’s Fall 2018 wedding dresses are the perfect embodiment of the label’s romantic style. Any bride wanting a true princess moment will find a dress to suits her style in this dreamy collection.

Silhouettes range from A-line and fit-and-flare skirts to sleek sheath gowns with beautiful movement. Where the line really shines is in its signature beading and luxe lace details. Maggie Sottero is a seasoned pro at ethereal embellishments, and the Fall 2018 line is no exception. Standout pieces include a gorgeous boatneck gown with graphic lace and 3D flowers. We also love the blush-hued silk gown with an intricate beaded neckline for an extra-special touch of sparkle.

A Lovely Fall Wedding In Windsor, Ontario

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Elie and Vasilios have known each other since they were kids. “The Greek community in Windsor isn’t very big, so we would see a lot of each other in our younger years at church, Greek school and Greek dance class,” Elie shares. Over the years, the pair lost touch until Elie’s final year at school in London, Ontario, when she spotted Vasilios on Facebook. “After adding him, we were talking everyday,” Elie says. “After graduation, when I moved back home for the summer, we went on our first date. It lasted about 12 hours, and when it was over I knew he was the man I would one day marry.”

Having their November wedding day be a gorgeous 19 degrees and sunny was completely unexpected. The couple returned to their hometown of Windsor to get married at the Greek Orthodox church they grew up attending. Before the ceremony, the bride and groom took photos with their wedding party, a decision that proved to be a good one. “Having a small group of people support us was perfect,” Elie remarks. “It was so calm and stress-free!”

The couple wanted their wedding to feel romantic, with a timeless, classic feel. Soft colours combined with a neutral palette of white, cream and gold set the stage for an elegant affair. “I love the clean and warm look it gave to our venue,” Elie says.

Elie says the crowning ceremony was a highlight of their day. “During a Greek Orthodox wedding, a crown is placed on the heads of the bride and groom, and a ribbon attaches the two headpieces,” she explains. “The crowns symbolize the honour of marriage, and the ribbon symbolizes the union of a new family.” Elie and Vasilios made sure to tell the best man, who was purchasing the stefana, that they wanted something simple and less glitzy that most traditional ones. “He had them made of olive branches and flowers–they were amazing!”

Elie Mantziouras and Vasilios Dimopoulos, November 5, 2016, Windsor, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Brandon Scott Photography.

Ceremony venue: Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church
Reception venue: Giovanni Caboto Club
Bridal gown: Allure Bridals from Bridal Couture
Bridesmaid dresses: Lulus and Badgley Mischka from Hudson’s Bay
Groom’s tux: Tom James
Rings: Diamondboi Designs
Flowers: New Designs
Stationery: Designed by the bride and groom, printed at The Printing House
Cake: Prairie Girl Bakery
Hair: Tangles Hair Spa
Makeup: Vanity Flair
Music: Mythos Band

A Rustic Backyard Wedding In Edmonton

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For Celia and Kane, a relaxed, outdoors-inspired wedding was always in the cards. “We both love the outdoors and the idea of keeping things simple,” Celia explains. “Looking back, Kane and I agreed that the relaxed feel of our ceremony was one of our favourite parts. We laughed, we joked and everyone was close enough that it felt very intimate.”

The pair chose a rustic theme to match their backyard venue and added twine, twigs and plenty of lace for some extra romance. Many of the decor pieces were handmade by the couple’s family members. Kane and his father made the palette bar and cocktail tables, two details that the couple decided to keep for their future home.

Kane’s vows exceeded Celia’s expectations completely. “It was such an amazing moment, they nearly knocked me off my feet,” she shares. “His words were so personalized, heart-felt, and so true to who we are as a pair.”

The couple took their first dance to “The One” by Kodaline–a song that Kane sent to Celia while they were dating long distance, which they did for two years prior to their wedding. “He said the song reminded him of me, and I listened to it and instantly developed goose bumps,” Celia recalls. “We decided then and there that that would be our wedding song one day.”

Celia Agius and Kane Lafranchise, July 2, 2016, Edmonton, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of NC Photography.

Ceremony and reception venue: Private residence
Bridal gown: Mikaella Bridal from Novelle Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: RenzRags
Groom’s tux: Vera Wang from Moores
Caterer: Elizabethan
Flowers: Costco
Stationery: Family friend
Hair and makeup: Christina Muran
Music: Will Belyea

Personalized Wedding Details You Need For Your Big Day


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One of the best ways to make your wedding stand out is through personalized wedding details. Beyond monograms, consider working custom illustrations, favourite quotes or even nods to your shared passions into your celebration.

From wedding stationery to bridesmaids gifts, sometimes the smallest details can make a big impact on the overall look and feel of your party.

We’ve gathered up a few super cool ideas for adding custom touches to your wedding to ensure you have a gorgeous event that guests will remember for years to come.

A Rustic Elegance-Themed Wedding In Winnipeg

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For Chantalle and Jesse, romance blossomed through the online dating app Tinder. “His brother convinced him to sign up, and around the same time, my friends convinced me to sign up as well,” Chantalle shares. “We realized how much we had in common, and the day we finally met, it was like we’d come home.”

The couple used their love of nature to inspire their wedding theme. “I loved the idea of simple, rustic elegance with a bit of gold shimmer,” Chantalle explains. “Sage green, dusty rose, cream and gold served as our colours–the end result was exactly what I wanted but had never been able to put into words.”

Chantalle first saw her dream wedding dress in a magazine. She was able to track it down when Maggie Sottero had a trunk show the week she planned to go dress shopping. “I put it on and immediately loved it,” Chantall recalls. “I knew Jesse would love it, too.”

With Jesse being a musician, music played an important role in the couple’s wedding. “We had a band called The Pink Socks play at our celebration–it was special because Jesse grew up playing in bands with a few of the members,” Chantalle says with a smile. “It was one big sing along with covers spanning all the ages, and a dance party that got everyone, from the seven-year-old flower girl to my 87-year-old grandmother, on the dance floor!”

Chantalle Menard and Jesse Perry, June 4, 2016, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Photography courtesy of Brittany Mahood.

Ceremony and reception venue: FortWhyte Alive
Bridal gown: Maggie Sottero from Stella’s Bridal
Bridal veil: Atelier Elise
Bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew
Wedding planner: Liz Fyfe from Styled Wedding and Event Planning
Flowers: Purple Peony
Hair: Somboun June
Jewellery: The Borrowed Collection
Music: The Pink Socks

A Timeless Summer Wedding In Montreal

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Christine and Guillaume’s romance began after a chance meeting in Cuba. “It was totally unexpected,” Christine recalls. “I was vacationing with a friend and he was there with a bunch of his friends. With Christine living in Toronto and Guillaume living in Montreal at the time, the two began a long-distance relationship until Christine moved to Montreal.

One weekend, Christine surprised Guillaume with a trip to New York City. Little did she know, Guillaume was planning to propose to her that same weekend. “On our last night in New York, we went out to dinner, and Guillaume surprised me by proposing,” Christine says with a laugh. “Even though he didn’t know anything about the trip beforehand, he was planning to propose all along.”

For their wedding, the couple knew they wanted their celebration to be about their close friends and family and less about over-the-top decor. Choosing a palette of white, gold and pink, their wedding incorporated simple, timeless details, including the bride and bridesmaids’ dainty calla lily bouquets. Christine walked down the aisle to a guitar player’s rendition of James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go.” “It was one of the best moments,” Christine shares. “Guillaume’s father was our officiant, which meant a lot to us.”

For their first dance the couple chose “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Lauryn Hill. “Our first dance had everyone we love circling us, clapping and singing along to our song!”

Christine Brant and Guillaume Sauvé-Tardif, July 8, 2017, Montreal, Quebec.

Photography courtesy of Anne-Sophie Huot.

Ceremony and reception venue: Hyatt Regency Montreal
Bridal gown: Nicole Miller from White Toronto
Groom’s tux: Zara and Massimo Dutti
Flowers: Prune Les Fleurs
Stationery: Vistaprint
Decor: Possibilite N
Guitar player: Thierry Gomez
DJ and MC: Productions Megamix

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

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Monique Lhuillier Fall 2018 Wedding Dresses

Monique Lhuillier’s fall 2018 wedding dresses keep in line with her signature romantic style, but with a modern edge.

Balance comes to mind when viewing this line, as frothy tulle gowns can be seen alongside more streamlined satin numbers. Lhuillier also takes cover-ups to the next level — capes, blazers and even leather jackets made an appearance at this show!

Lhuillier also shines a spotlight on the unique fabrics used for each dress–whether it’s graphic lace in a jacket and dress pairing or a ruffled skirt paired with a silky satin bodice. A standout number includes a tulle dress and cape styled with white leather high-heeled boots.

A Rustic Fairytale-Inspired Wedding In Canmore

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Canmore, Alberta was the location of choice for Lindsay and Cameron’s celebration. “Canmore has always been a special spot for us,” Lindsay explains. “My parents live there, and that’s where Cam proposed.” The pair knew they wanted to complement the beautiful Rocky Mountain backdrop while keeping their wedding vibe relaxed and sentimental, so they chose a rustic-glam theme and incorporated seaglass, Lindsay’s favourite colour.

Wanting to symbolize a fairytale ending, the couple incorporated fairytale-inspired details into their decor. “Our cake had a glass slipper on it, and between us at the head table was a twinkling glass vase enclosing a turquoise rose,” Lindsay explains with a smile.

Sentimental touches were sprinkled throughout the day, including Lindsay’s wedding dress–the same one her grandmother wore to her own wedding. “Dancing all night with my Grandma while wearing her wedding dress was probably one of the highlights,” Lindsay remarks. Friends and family played key roles throughout the day, including a cousin who wrote and performed a song for them, as well the family dog, Pebbles, who walked down the aisle with Lindsay’s grandmother.

Many of the details from the day were DIYed in Lindsay’s family’s workshop such as the frames, centrepieces, candle holders and signs. “The time we spent in there building and painting was special, and made the process leading up to the wedding so much fun,” she explains.

Lindsay Dreger and Cameron Brodie, July 3, 2016, Canmore, Alberta.

Photography courtesy of The Toths.

Ceremony venue: Riverside Park
Reception venue: Cornerstone Theatre
Bridal gown: Bride’s grandmother’s dress, bought in 1955
Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo from Frocks
Flowers: Leo Nugteren of Vida Fashion
Cake: Cake Creations
Hair: Bailey Orozco
Makeup: Aimee Plant
Ice pop: Family Freezed
Favours: DIY and Weddingstar
Live music: Taking August
Rentals: Special Event Rentals

Gorgeous Bridal Bouquet Styles You Might Want To Consider

Planning » Bouquets & Flowers

If you’re not too familiar with flowers and types of arrangements, it might be tempting to choose the style of bouquet you see most often on Pinterest. Lately, unstructured arrangements have taken the wedding world by storm, but there are several other unique styles that may be more suited to your personality and style. Whether it be an arrangement of cascading blooms a perfectly composed classic design, one bouquet might just fit your wedding theme and style better than you think. We have your guide to bouquet styles that include some of our favourite blooms in colour palettes we adore.

A Fall Vineyard Wedding In Niagara-On-The-Lake

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Shortly after moving from Toronto to New York City, Alana met Ryan online. “We agreed to meet for a drink at the bar across the street from my apartment,” Alana reveals with a smile. “I knew by the end of the night he’d be the man I’d marry.”

When it came to their wedding, the couple wanted their celebration to feel like a fabulous backyard party, rather than a formal wedding. “We wanted the decor to fit with the vineyard setting and time of year,” Alana says. “The aim was for the decor to feel luxurious, but natural at the same time.” To achieve this look, the couple enlisted the help of Megan Wappel, who used a palette of ivory, navy and sage green with copper and rose gold accents. Custom chandeliers were covered in greenery and flowers by Ooh La La Designs, and the tables were lined with beautiful greenery garlands.

To add to the relaxed vibe, Alana and Ryan provided their guests with lawn games to play during the cocktail hour, including bocce, cornhole and giant Jenga. “Being that Ryan’s family and friends are from the U.S. and mine are from Canada, it was a great way for people to break the ice and get to know each other,” Alana explains.

For Alana, the best part of the day was walking down the aisle. “It was an out of body experience,” Alana remarks. “I had both my parents walk me down the aisle, which was special, and I’ll never forget the look on Ryan’s face.”

Alana Kalil and Ryan Gage, October 15, 2016, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Photography courtesy of Mango Studios.

Ceremony venue: St. Vincent de Paul Church
Reception venue: Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery
Bridal gown: Allure Bridals from Ferre Sposa
Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s tux: Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding planner and stationery: Megan Wappel Designs
Flowers: Ooh La La Designs
Makeup: I Do! Beauty Co.
Hair: Pamela Butt
Favours: North Shore Animal League America
Linens, chairs, chargers and light fixtures: Simply Beautiful Decor
Cocktail Music: Across The Pond
Reception Music: Dirty Little Swing Thing